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Kayli Muckenhirn's 12 kills led Detroit Lakes to a 25-13, 25-11, 25-23 Mid-State Conference volleyball victory at Park Rapids Thursday night. Two kills by Olivia Vaadeland, a kill by Justine Rittgers, tips by Mady Vaudrin and Megan Grimes, and an ace serve by Vaadeland kept the Panthers within 9-8 in Set 1. Detroit Lakes closed out the set by going on a 14-5 run as Julia Taylor and Courtney Hedstrom combined for eight service points. The Lakers continued the momentum in Set 2 by jumping out to a 10-3 lead.
Melrose only won three events, but relied on depth to capture the team title at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational girls swimming and diving meet. Melrose compiled 636 points to top the seven-team field. Brainerd, despite winning six events, finished a distant second with 509 points while Park Rapids took third with 443 points. Katherine Erickson clocked a 1:05.39 to win the 100-yard backstroke to account for Park Rapids' lone first-place finish.
The Park Rapids girls cross-country team placed five girls in the top six spots in running away with the title at Monday's Pelican Rapids Invitational. Lydia Lutz led the eight-team field with a winning time of 15 minutes, 55 seconds over the 4,000-meter course. Lutz is currently rated as the No. 9 runner in this week's state Class A poll. Shelby Pierce was third in 16:35, Summer Ellefson placed fourth in 17:08, Lora Remus was fifth in 17:29 and Megan Olson finished sixth in 17:32 as the Panthers scored 19 points.
Olivia Vaadeland took charge down the stretch in the fourth set to seal Park Rapids' volleyball victory over Menahga Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers prevailed 25-15, 25-23, 24-26, 25-23 in a match that went back-and-forth in the final three sets. Menahga jumped out to an 8-4 lead in Set 1 behind a tip by Beth Tormanen and a kill and service winner by Jenny Skoog.
The Park Rapids girls tennis team reached the .500 mark in dual meets with a pair of 7-0 home wins over Mid-State Conference opponents. Park Rapids won five matches in straight sets against Detroit Lakes Monday and won six matches in straights sets against Perham Tuesday at the Depot Courts. Julie Renner, Lydia Schaum, Heidi Schaum and Charity Ridlon prevailed in singles against Detroit Lakes while Christina Smith, Renner and the Schaums coasted to straight-set wins in singles against Perham. Bonnie Baumgartner and Allie Girtz won both matches in straight sets at No.
Another solid all-around team effort led to another easy dual victory for the Park Rapids girls swimming team Tuesday night. The Panthers went 1-2 in six events and won three other events before swimming exhibition in the final two events in a 60-32 victory over Fosston/Bagley at the five-lane Fosston pool. Jessica Andersen, Hannah Williams, Emily Creager and Heather Kniss opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:11.27 while Allycia Zinke, Seri Erickson, Christina Mackley and Ellen Hoffman followed in 2:14.71. Mandy Schirmers won the 200 freestyle in 2:13.32 and Taylor G
Staples-Motley handed the Park Rapids girls tennis team another 4-3 loss Thursday at Staples. Julie Renner posted a straight-set win at No. 1 singles, Charity Ridlon posted a straight-set win at No. 4 singles, and Bonnie Baumgartner and Allie Girtz posted a straight-set win at No. 1 doubles to lead the Panthers. Staples-Motley matched the Panthers with straight-set wins at No. 1 singles, No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles before claiming the win by winning in three sets at No. 3 doubles. The win lifted the Cardinals to 2-0 in Mid-State Conference matches and 3-1 overall.
Going 1-2 in the first seven events led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to another easy dual victory Thursday night at the Area High School pool. The Panthers built a 107-32 advantage before swimming exhibition in the final three events to improve to 2-0 in dual meets. Jessi Andersen, Mandy Schirmers, Allycia Zinke and Heather Kniss won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:07.10 while Ellen Hoffman, Jessie O'Hern, Christina Mackley and Taylor Graham followed in 2:12.43 as the Panthers jumped out to a 12-2 lead. Hannah Williams won the 200 freestyle in 2:15.92 and Lauren Rossman
A strong serving night sparked the Park Rapids volleyball team to its first win of the season Thursday night. The Panthers served 18 aces in a 25-10, 25-7, 25-16 Mid-State Conference win over Staples-Motley at the Area High School gym. Two aces by Grace Bateman, two kills and a block by Olivia Vaadeland, and an ace serve by Katelyn Hilmanowski turned an 8-5 lead in Set 1 into an 18-9 advantage. After a kill by Vaadeland, three ace serves by Shania Johnson closed out the opening set. Erika Jerger opened Set 2 with seven straight service points.
Lydia Lutz led the field as the Park Rapids girls cross-country team finished third at Tuesday's Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational. Lutz, who is rated No. 10 in this week's state Class A poll, covered the 4,000-meter course in a winning time of 16:02 in leading the Panthers to third place with 49 points. Little Falls took first with 39 points while Perham was second with 42 points. Park Rapids moved up to the No. 8 spot in this week's state poll while Perham dropped a spot to No.