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A good finish wasn't enough to overcome a poor start as the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team suffered its first dual loss of the season Tuesday night. The Panthers were disqualified in the 200-yard medley relay and faced a 49-29 deficit after diving before mounting a late rally. That comeback fell short as Bemidji hung on for a 99-87 victory at Bemidji. Bemidji took first in four of the first five events and won closes races in the 200 freestyle and 50 freestyle to build an early lead.
Pine River-Backus relied on 13 ace serves and 28 kills for a 25-13, 25-13, 25-18 win over the Park Rapids volleyball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. In Set 1, a kill by Olivia Vaadeland and winning spikes by Vaadeland and Ashley Domino helped Park Rapids battle to a 5-5 tie. Katie Wangberg then served seven straight points to give PR-B a 15-7 advantage. Three kills by Vaadeland kept the Panthers within 16-12 before Kendra Hamilton served seven straight points to give the Tigers the early lead. Two kills and a block by Vaadeland gave the Panthers a 3-3 tie in Set 2.
For the first half of the opening set, the Park Rapids volleyball team battled the state's No. 2-rated Class AA team point for point. That's when Wadena-Deer Creek's front line took over. Led by the net play of Brittney Noon, Kelsi Crawford and Emily Miron and the serving of Avery Jackson, the Wolverines were able to pull away en route to a 25-16, 25-4, 25-19 Mid-State Conference victory at the Area High School gym. Ashley Domino had a winning tip, spike and dig and Olivia Vaadeland chipped in an ace block and kill as the Panthers battled W-DC to a 13-13 tie in Set 1.
Emily Creager, Mandy Schirmers and Allycia Zinke clocked winning times in all four of their events in leading the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a 96-84 Mid-State Conference victory over Perham/New York Mills Thursday night at the Area High School pool. The Panthers, who swam exhibition in the final two events, had the fastest times in all 11 swimming events and took first in diving to improve to 5-0 in dual meets this season. Katherine Erickson, Schirmers, Leah Meinert and Zinke opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:00.84. Creager (2:09.58) and Erickso
Pequot Lakes relied on a balanced offensive attack to open the season with three wins. The Patriots relied on that same formula to remain undefeated Friday night. Nevin Greer threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more and Logan Lange rushed for 128 yards in leading Pequot Lakes to a 36-0 Heart O'Lakes Conference and Section 8AAA football victory over Park Rapids Friday night at Pequot Lakes. The win lifted Pequot Lakes, which is rated No.
Nevis' Bryon Schuldt won the boys title in the Class A division while Lydia Lutz finished eighth to lead the Park Rapids girls cross-country team to seventh place in the Class AA division at Saturday's Milaca Mega Meet. Schuldt covered the 5,000-meter course in 16:29 to set the pace in the 157-runner Class A field. In the girls Class AA meet, Lutz completed the 4,000-meter course in 15:35.
Katherine Erickson won a pair of events as the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team remained undefeated in dual meets with a 99-70 win over Crookston Tuesday night at the Area High School pool. Erickson, Melissa Haas, Leah Meinert and Mandy Schirmers opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:06.94. Hannah Williams followed with a winning time of 2:16.97 and Christina Mackley took third in 2:30.04 in the 200 freestyle before Erickson led the pack in the 200 individual medley with a winning time of 2:31.18.
Park Rapids repeated as champs in the girls race and placed fifth in the boys race at Tuesday's Bagley/Fosston Invitational cross-country meet at Bagley. Lydia Lutz finished second overall in 16 minutes, 7 seconds in leading the girls to the team title with 62 points. Warroad was second in this 17-team meet with 80 points. Last year the Panthers led the way with 93 points. In the boys race, the Panthers finished fifth out of 21 teams with 149 points. Thief River Falls ran away with the boys title with 28 points.
The Park Rapids girls tennis team remained undefeated in matches against Section 8A teams by defeating East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls Tuesday at East Grand Forks. Bailey LaCoursiere, Christina Smith and Julia Renner combined to lose only one game in singles in leading the Panthers to a 5-2 win over East Grand Forks. Bonnie Baumgartner and Lexi Burlingame coasted in straight sets and Heidi Schaum and Lydia Schaum prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker in doubles to complete the win. Against Thief River Falls, Alyssa Carlson, LaCoursiere, Smith and Renner posted straight-set wins in s
Monica Wold's 13 kills and Kailey Biermaier's nine ace serves led Crookston to a 25-14, 25-21, 25-18 win over the Park Rapids volleyball team Monday night at Crookston. The host Pirates jumped out to a 21-9 lead in Set 1.