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Lydia Lutz led the field for the third consecutive meet in leading the Park Rapids girls cross-country team to its second consecutive title Tuesday. Lutz, who is rated as the No. 10 runner in this week's state Class A poll, covered the rain-soaked 4,000-meter course in 15 minutes, 32 seconds as the Panthers tallied 63 points to lead the 18-team field at the Bagley/ Fosston Invitational. Lake of the Woods' Victoria Alexander, who was rated No.
Turning the ball over at inopportune moments had the Park Rapids football team mired in a 16-game losing streak. Creating turnovers helped the Panthers end that skid Friday night. The Panthers (who turned the ball over 21 times in going 0-9 last season and nine times in season-opening losses to Hawley and Perham this season) intercepted four passes, recovered three fumbles and blocked a punt in sparking a 32-14 Heart O'Lakes Conference win at Crookston. "This was a nice win for us," said Park Rapids head coach Aaron Morris, whose team hadn't tasted victory since defeating Roseau 21-7 in
Pequot Lakes reached the finals at all seven positions, using three titles and four runner-up finishes to win the Mid-State Conference girls tennis title Saturday at Park Rapids. The Patriots compiled 38 points to edge Park Rapids (34) and Staples-Motley (33) and claim the conference championship. Park Rapids won two titles as Bonnie Baumgartner and Allie Girtz finished first at No. 1 doubles and Julia Renner took first at No. 2 singles. Girtz and Baumgartner entered as the No. 1 seed and defeated Pequot Lakes' Nicci Hedtke and Ellie Heggerston, the No.
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.