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Lydia Lutz repeated as the Mid-State Conference cross-country champion in leading the Park Rapids girls cross-country team to runner-up honors at Thursday's conference meet at Crosswoods Golf Course in Cross Lake. Lutz, who earned all-conference honors for the fourth year in a row, covered the 4,000-meter course with a winning time of 14:34. Alex Pederson also earned all-conference honors by placing seventh in 15:13 while Morgan Olson earned all-conference honorable mention honors by placing 14th in 15:34.
A dominating performance over New York Mills Monday advanced the Park Rapids girls tennis team to the Section 8A semifinals. The No. 2-seeded Panthers opened the section tournament with a 7-0 quarterfinal win over the No. 7-seeded Eagles at the Grand Forks Tennis Center. The win advanced Park Rapids to a semifinal match against No. 3 Crookston Friday at Grand Forks. No. 1 Roseau and No. 5 East Grand Forks met in the other semifinal with the winners playing for the section title Friday afternoon at Grand Forks.
For the second time this season, the Park Rapids football team had a victory turn into a defeat in the final minute of the game. Tanner Okeson's 27-yard touchdown catch with 50 seconds remaining lifted Roseau to a 32-25 Heart O'Lakes Conference and Section 8AAA win over the Panthers during the Rams' homecoming game Friday night. In Park Rapids' second game of the season, Perham scored the game-tying touchdown with 1:11 left in a 12-6 overtime victory.
Despite leading from start to finish, the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team needed a strong finish to defeat Detroit Lakes Thursday night. The Panthers held a 64-62 lead before going 1-2 in the 200-yard freestyle relay and 1-2-3 in the 100-yard breaststroke to close out their dual-meet schedule with a 100-84 Mid-State Conference victory at the Area High School pool. Allycia Zinke, Hannah Williams, Lauren Rossman and Emily Creager won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:48.90 and Heather Kniss, Jessica Andersen, Melissa Haas and Leah Meinert followed in 1:52.73 as the Panthers claimed a 7
A near-perfect performance led the Park Rapids girls cross-country team to the title at last Tuesday's United North Central Invitational at Blueberry Pines. Lydia Lutz led the field with a winning time of 15:50 and Alex Pederson was second in 16:51 as the Panthers compiled 18 points. Shelby Pierce (17:07), Lora Remus (17:14), Kaylee Hilmanowski (17:18) and Morgan Olson (17:24) finished in the 4-5-6-7 spots as Park Rapids easily finished ahead of Pequot Lakes' 50 points to win this seven-team meet.
Sienna Miller's 11 kills, four ace serves and three blocks led Crosby-Ironton to a 25-19, 25-13, 25-13 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids volleyball team Thursday at the Area High School gym. The Panthers stayed close in Set 1 as ace serves by Lizzy Vaudrin, Marisa Rittgers and Olivia Vaadeland and two blocks by Vaadeland made it 19-17 before C-I went on a 6-2 run to close out the set. In Set 2, Missy Foote served six straight points as C-I turned a 12-9 lead into an 18-9 advantage. An ace serve by Rittgers gave the Panthers a 3-1 lead in Set 3.
Park Rapids high school sporting events just weren't the same for most of August and September. It wasn't tough to miss the reason why. John Schumacher's presence was missed at several athletic events at the beginning of the fall season. Since becoming the Panthers' activities director, Schumacher has been a noticed fixture at every home event. That changed this fall when Schumacher was diagnosed with cancer on his right tonsil.
As expected, the Park Rapids girls tennis team received the No. 2 seed for the Section 8A tournament. The section team tournament will begin Monday at the Grand Forks Tennis Center with quarterfinal matches. The Panthers will play No. 7 New York Mills at 1:30 p.m. Park Rapids defeated New York Mills 7-0 during the regular season. Monday's other quarterfinal matches pit No. 4 Thief River Falls against No. 5 East Grand Forks at 9 a.m., No. 3 Crookston against No. 6 Wadena-Deer Creek at 10:30 a.m., and No. 1 Roseau against No. 8 Perham at noon. The semifinals will be played at 11 a.m.
Thief River Falls remained in the No. 3 spot in the Section 8AA volleyball standings with a 25-13, 25-16, 25-15 win over Park Rapids Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. The host Panthers used a tip and five service points by Marisa Rittgers to claim a 7-6 lead in Set 1. Thief River Falls went on a 12-5 run before five service points by Ashley Boen helped the Prowlers win the set. Brooke Yaggie opened Set 2 with seven straight service points to give the Prowlers a quick 8-1 edge.
The Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team rebounded from its first loss of the season with an impressive victory Thursday night. Todd Fritze's team went 1-2 in the first six events en route to a 90-58 Mid-State Conference win over Staples-Motley at the Area High School pool. Emily Creager, Allycia Zinke, Lauren Rossman and Katherine Erickson opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:07.97 while Leah Meinert, Heather Kniss, Hannah Williams and Melissa Haas followed in 2:14.43. Mandy Schirmers (2:14.13) and Rossman (2:18.23) led the way in the 200 freestyle before Mein