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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.
For the third year in a row, the outcome of the Wadena Deer-Creek vs.
Led by a sweep in doubles and only two losses in singles play, the Park Rapids girls tennis team swept a Mid-State Conference triangular meet Thursday at the Depot Courts. The Panthers lost only six games in the three doubles matches to spark a 6-1 win over Detroit Lakes in the first match and lost only four games in the top three singles matches to spark a 6-1 victory over Crosby-Ironton in the second dual. In the win over Detroit Lakes, Alyssa Carlson and Christina Smith at No. 1 doubles, Karly Dickinson and Allie Girtz at No. 2 doubles, and Bonnie Baumgartner and Lexi Burlingame 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.
Both the Park Rapids boys and girls cross-country teams had impressive showings in the season-opening Shocky Strand Moorhead Rotary Invitational Monday. Isaac Overmyer (37th overall in 19:21) and Taylor Kimball (48th in 19:43) led Park Rapids to eighth place with 237 points. Moorhead led the 11-team boys field with 47 points. Lukas Gemar of Moorhead led the field by covering the 5,000-meter course in 16:29. In the girls meet, Lydia Lutz finished third overall in 16:16 while Alex Pederson placed 20th overall in 17:59 in her first varsity meet.
Allycia Zinke and Mandy Schirmers placed in all five events in leading the Park Rapids girls swimming team to a first-place finish at Monday's Detroit Lakes Pentathlon meet. Zinke scored 63 points and Schirmers tallied 57 points as the Panthers compiled 282 points to top the six-team field. Detroit Lakes was second in this season-opening meet with 157.50 points. Katherine Erickson had the Panthers' only winning time with a 30.50 in the 50-yard backstroke. Taylor Ondracek was fifth in that event with a 32.07.