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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.
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
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.
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.
Aaron Morris knew the keys for the Park Rapids football team against Crookston Friday night were to limit turnovers and contain quarterback Mark Bittner. The Panthers could do neither. In the Pirates' first two games, Bittner rushed 34 times for 187 yards and completed 24 of 47 passes for 296 yards and two TDs in a pair of losses. Friday night at Vern Weekley Field, Bittner rushed for 165 yards and two TDs and threw for 72 yards and another score in leading the Pirates to a 44-6 victory.
Sweeping the three doubles titles led the Park Rapids girls tennis team to a runner-up finish at Saturday's Mid-State Conference tournament at the Depot Courts and Century School courts. Staples-Motley repeated as conference champs by sweeping the singles titles and compiling 37 points. Park Rapids was second with 34 points while Pequot Lakes finished third with 30 points in this seven-team tournament. Alyssa Carlson and Christina Smith, the No. 2 seed, lost only six games in winning the title at No. 1 doubles.
Three winning times and four runner-up showings led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a solid third-place finish at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational. Melrose defended its title with 480 points while Brainerd finished second with 421 points.
Carrie Sorenson's 13 kills led Detroit Lakes to a 25-17, 25-16, 25-13 Mid-State Conference volleyball victory over Park Rapids Thursday night. Emma Wood served three aces and seven straight points to give the Lakers a 14-6 lead in Set 1.
The Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team went 1-2 in the first five events in coasting to a 102-61 victory over Fosston/Bagley Monday night at the Area High School pool. Katherine Erickson, Melissa Haas, Mandy Schirmers and Heather Kniss won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:05.66 and Jessica Andersen, Hannah Williams, Emily Creager and Taylor Ondracek followed in 2:06.84 as the Panthers jumped out to a 12-2 lead. Allycia Zinke (2:13.91), Lauren Rossman (2:16.20) and Haas (2:18.06) went 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle before Creager (2:32.07) and Williams (2:33.80) followed with a 1-2 showin
Amelia Pho's 13 kills and Beth Tormanen's 36 digs led the Menahga volleyball team to a 25-18, 16-25, 25-23, 25-13 win over Park Rapids Monday night at Menahga. Lindsey White served three points to lead Menahga in Set 1. Lizzy Vaudrin served a pair of aces for the Panthers in the opening set. Park Rapids tied the match in Set 2 as Ashley Domino served out the final three points. Vaudrin served two aces and Justine Rittgers had an ace serve for the Panthers. Delanie Weyer served six straight points to give the Braves a 15-8 lead in Set 3.