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Running together in two groups enabled the Park Rapids boys cross-country team to win its first meet title in a decade. Taylor Kimball, Isaac Overmyer and Bailey Mueller ran in one pack while Tanner Otterness, Jake Waggoner, Zac Haugland and Matt Sullivan ran in another pack as the Panthers led the 10-team field at Monday's Pelican Rapids Invitational.
The Park Rapids girls tennis team extended its winning streak to eight duals in a row Monday before having that streak snapped on Tuesday. A sweep in doubles and wins at the top singles spots led the Panthers to a 5-2 victory at Perham on Monday. Allie Girtz and Bonnie Baumgartner at the No. 1 spot, Heidi Schaum and Lydia Schaum at the No. 2 position, and Lexi Burlingame and Katie Walsh at the No. 3 spot combined to lose only four games in sweeping the three doubles matches. Bailey LaCoursiere coasted at No. 1 singles and Christina Smith coasted at No.
Katherine Erickson and Mandy Schirmers played a role in five first-place finishes in leading the Park Rapids girls swimming team to a 123-97 victory at Thief River Falls Thursday night. Erickson won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:09.09 and the 100 freestyle in 1:00.41 while Schirmers took first in the 200 individual medley in 2:29.41 and the 500 freestyle in 6:00.31. Those two also joined Leah Meinert and Taylor Ondracek on the 400 freestyle relay team that took first in 4:02.51.
The Park Rapids volleyball team used 13 ace serves and 32 kills to pick up its first win of the season with a 25-11, 25-20, 25-16 Mid-State Conference victory against Staples-Motley at Motley Thursday night. Mady Vaudrin served four aces and 13 points while Anna Grimes and Katie Just served three aces each and combined for 11 points.
For 46 minutes of Friday night's Heart O'Lakes Conference and Section 8AAA football game at Perham, Park Rapids was in control. It took one play for the Panthers to lose control. With the Panthers holding a 6-0 lead, a bad snap on a punt was recovered by Perham at the Park Rapids 34 with 1:48 to play.
Park Rapids' Lydia Lutz and Nevis' Bryon Schuldt clocked runner-up times at Tuesday's Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational cross-country meet. Lutz covered the 4,000-meter girls course in 15:52 while Schuldt covered the 5,000-meter boys course in 17:03. Schuldt is rated as the state Class A's No. 9 runner in the first state poll. Alex Pederson finished eighth in 17:14, Kaylee Hilmanowski was 10th in 17:22, Morgan Olson placed 14th in 17:28 and Lora Remus was 15th in 17:30 as Park Rapids finished second in the girls meet with 40 points.
A 1-2 finish in the 200-yard medley relay set the tone as the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team opened its dual season with a 102-81 victory at Warroad last Thursday night. Katherine Erickson, Mandy Schirmers, Allycia Zinke and Lauren Rossman opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 2:02.32 and Taylor Ondracek, Melissa Haas, Leah Meinert and Heather Kniss followed in 2:08.17 as the Panthers jumped out to a 12-2 lead. Emily Creager (2:10.14) and Schirmers (2:10.83) followed with a 1-2 showing in the 200 freestyle before Zinke won the 200 individual medley in 2:29.85.
Midway capped off its 16th trip to the state amateur baseball tournament with its first state championship Monday at Willmar. The Snurdbirds entered the final weekend of the double-elimination state Class C tournament undefeated with a 4-3 win over Raymond last Friday and a 5-4 win over Moorhead last Saturday. Midway capped off an undefeated tournament run with a 5-4 win in 13 innings over Moorhead in Monday's championship game. After opening the state tournament with a 13-3 win over Kasson, the Snurdbirds won five straight close games. Midway blanked St.
Park Rapids' three doubles teams combined to lose only one game in a 7-0 Mid-State Conference girls tennis victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday night. The No. 1 doubles team of Karly Dickinson and Allie Girtz and the No. 3 doubles team of Heidi Schaum and Lydia Schaum didn't drop a game while the No. 2 doubles team of Bonnie Baumgartner and Lexi Burlingame lost only one game. The Panthers also swept the four singles matches as Christina Smith (at the No. 3 spot) and Julia Renner (at the No. 4 spot) lost only one game each. Bailey LaCoursiere also posted a straight-set win at No.
Marissa Rittgers' six service points and Olivia Vaadeland's five kills led the Park Rapids volleyball team in a 25-15, 25-17, 25-20 loss to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Thursday night at Walker. Mady Vaudrin and Katie Just served aces, Lizzy Vaudrin had five service points and three set assists, and Vaadeland had 13 digs and joined Anna Grimes with an ace block as the Panthers fell to 0-6 on the season. Park Rapids stats vs. W-H-A Serving: Bateman 5 for 5, M. Vaudrin 4 for 5 (1 ace), M. Rittgers 9 for 10, Grimes 4 for 4, Vaadeland 8 for 9, Just 3 for 3 (1 ace), L. Vaudrin 10 for 11, J.