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After losing three close duals in the first four meets, the Park Rapids girls tennis team turned in a pair of dominating performances against Mid-State Conference opponents. The Panthers lost only six games en route to a 7-0 win over Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday at the Depot Courts. Prior to that win, the Panthers coasted to a 7-0 win over Crosby-Ironton last Thursday at the Depot Courts.
Lydia Lutz led the field as the Park Rapids girls cross-country team finished third at Tuesday's Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational. Lutz, who is rated No. 10 in this week's state Class A poll, covered the 4,000-meter course in a winning time of 16:02 in leading the Panthers to third place with 49 points. Little Falls took first with 39 points while Perham was second with 42 points. Park Rapids moved up to the No. 8 spot in this week's state poll while Perham dropped a spot to No.
Hawley's defense forced four turnovers and scored a touchdown as the Nuggets made their Heart O'Lakes Conference football debut with a 41-7 win over Park Rapids Friday night. The Nuggets used a 27-yard punt return and an interception to set up a pair of touchdowns in building a 21-0 lead at the half before sealing the win with a 41-yard fumble return late in the fourth quarter. "I don't think Hawley is any better than us," said Park Rapids head coach Aaron Morris. "The score didn't show how we played.
A 1-2 showing in the first event set the tone as the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team made its home debut with a dominating 102-76 win over the Warroad/Roseau North Thursday night at the Area High School pool. The Panthers also went 1-2 in six other events before swimming exhibition in the final three events en route to the easy win. Katherine Erickson, Hannah Williams, Mandy Schirmers and Lauren Rossman won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:02.72 and Ellen Hoffman, Jessie O'Hern, Taylor Graham and Heather Kniss followed in 2:07.57 as the Panthers jumped out to a 12-2 lead. After
Allycia Zinke and Katherine Erickson combined to score 114 points in leading the Park Rapids girls swimming team to the title in the season-opening Detroit Lakes Pentathlon Monday. Erickson finished second in the 50-yard backstroke in 30.59, Mandy Schirmers was runner-up in the 50 breaststroke in 33.86 and Lauren Rossman was second in the 50 butterfly in 29.29 as the Panthers compiled 234 points in this eight-team meet.
Lydia Lutz's fourth-place finish led the Park Rapids girls cross-country team to a fifth-place finish at Monday's season-opening Shocky Strand Invitational at Moorhead. Lutz covered the 4,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 21 seconds as the Panthers tallied 127 points in this nine-team meet. Following Lutz for the Panthers were Shelby Pierce (19th in 17:13), Summer Ellefson (29th in 17:43), Lora Remus (35th in 17:52) and Megan Olson (40th in 18:09). Park Rapids, which is rated No. 12 in the first Class A poll, edged Perham for fifth place. Perham entered the season rated No.
Nevis head coach Stephanie Hanson and Park Rapids head coach Molly Aukes saw plenty of positive signs from Tuesday night's season-opening volleyball match at the Tiger Arena. Nevis (which fell from No. 1 to No. 4 behind Wabasha-Kellogg, Bethlehem Academy and Mayer Lutheran in this week's Associated Press state Class A poll) made a successful season debut with a 25-21, 25-7, 25-18 victory. Despite the loss, Aukes felt her Panthers played very well in the first and third sets against one of the top teams in the state. "Even the girls would say they didn't play up to their expectations.
Nicole Brandt predicted the Park Rapids girls tennis team would be in close matches all season. So far, that has been the case as the Panthers opened their dual-meet schedule with three 4-3 matches. Fergus Falls won three singles matches to spark a 4-3 win on Aug. 23 while Sauk Centre swept three doubles matches to spark a 5-2 victory on Aug. 24. Park Rapids picked up its first win of the season with a 5-2 victory over Yellow Medicine East in the other match at Sauk Centre on Aug. 24. The Panthers followed by finishing third at the Crookston Tournament last Saturday with 21 points.
After going 0-9 last season, Aaron Morris expects opponents will overlook the Park Rapids football team this fall. That could be a mistake. The Panthers lost three close games last season by giving up late touchdowns to Wadena-Deer Creek (in a 19-13 loss), Perham (in a 12-6 overtime loss) and Roseau (in a 32-25 loss). "We were a few plays away from winning three games last year," said Morris, who begins his third season as the Panthers' head coach.
Despite some major changes, Nicole Brandt thinks the Park Rapids girls tennis team has the potential to duplicate the success from a year ago. Brandt does have to replace three key players from last year's Mid-State Conference and Section 8A runner-up team. In addition, the Panthers have a tougher section field with the addition of two conference rivals. This year, Section 8A will be comprised of nine teams with Staples-Motley and Pequot Lakes moving in and Thief River Falls moving out.