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Field position was the determining factor as Thief River Falls spoiled homecoming for the Park Rapids football team Friday night at Vern Weekley Field. The Prowlers scored on four drives of less than 35 yards, including two drives of less than 20 yards, en route to a 37-6 Heart O'Lakes Conference and Section 8AAA victory. Thief River Falls' defense shut down the Panthers in the first half as the Prowlers built a 24-0 lead.
The Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team rebounded from its first loss of the season with an impressive victory Thursday night. Todd Fritze's team went 1-2 in the first six events en route to a 90-58 Mid-State Conference win over Staples-Motley at the Area High School pool. Emily Creager, Allycia Zinke, Lauren Rossman and Katherine Erickson opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:07.97 while Leah Meinert, Heather Kniss, Hannah Williams and Melissa Haas followed in 2:14.43. Mandy Schirmers (2:14.13) and Rossman (2:18.23) led the way in the 200 freestyle before Mein
Roseau locked up the top seed for the upcoming Section 8A girls tennis tournament with a 4-3 win over Park Rapids Saturday at Crookston. The Panthers should earn the No. 2 seed after defeating Crookston 4-3 in Saturday's first match. Roseau defeated Crookston 5-2 in the final match. Park Rapids, which defeated Crookston by that same 4-3 score earlier in the season, ended the regular season with a 6-1 record against section teams and a 12-4 overall record.
Lizzy Vaudrin and Anna Grimes helped the Park Rapids volleyball team snap a seven-match losing streak by serving the Panthers past Cass Lake Thursday night. Vaudrin served four aces and 18 points while Grimes served two aces and 17 points in leading the Panthers to a 25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 25-17 victory. Grimes served an ace and nine straight points to give the Panthers a 16-12 lead in Set 1 before Marissa Rittgers served the final five points to give Park Rapids the early lead. Vaudrin's ace and six straight points provided a 17-11 advantage in Set 2 before Grimes served an ace and four s
Lydia Lutz finished fourth overall in leading the Park Rapids girls cross-country team to eighth place at Thursday's John Hermes Invitational at Fergus Falls. Lutz finished the 4,000-meter course in 15:13 as the Panthers compiled 232 points in this 24-team meet. Alex Pederson (52nd in 16:51), Lora Remus (53rd in 16:52), Shelby Pierce (63rd in 17:02), Kaylee Hilmanowski (68th in 17:08) and Morgan Olson (85th in 17:29) completed Park Rapids' team score. Monticello won the girls title with 46 points.
A good finish wasn't enough to overcome a poor start as the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team suffered its first dual loss of the season Tuesday night. The Panthers were disqualified in the 200-yard medley relay and faced a 49-29 deficit after diving before mounting a late rally. That comeback fell short as Bemidji hung on for a 99-87 victory at Bemidji. Bemidji took first in four of the first five events and won closes races in the 200 freestyle and 50 freestyle to build an early lead.
Pine River-Backus relied on 13 ace serves and 28 kills for a 25-13, 25-13, 25-18 win over the Park Rapids volleyball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. In Set 1, a kill by Olivia Vaadeland and winning spikes by Vaadeland and Ashley Domino helped Park Rapids battle to a 5-5 tie. Katie Wangberg then served seven straight points to give PR-B a 15-7 advantage. Three kills by Vaadeland kept the Panthers within 16-12 before Kendra Hamilton served seven straight points to give the Tigers the early lead. Two kills and a block by Vaadeland gave the Panthers a 3-3 tie in Set 2.
For the first half of the opening set, the Park Rapids volleyball team battled the state's No. 2-rated Class AA team point for point. That's when Wadena-Deer Creek's front line took over. Led by the net play of Brittney Noon, Kelsi Crawford and Emily Miron and the serving of Avery Jackson, the Wolverines were able to pull away en route to a 25-16, 25-4, 25-19 Mid-State Conference victory at the Area High School gym. Ashley Domino had a winning tip, spike and dig and Olivia Vaadeland chipped in an ace block and kill as the Panthers battled W-DC to a 13-13 tie in Set 1.
Emily Creager, Mandy Schirmers and Allycia Zinke clocked winning times in all four of their events in leading the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a 96-84 Mid-State Conference victory over Perham/New York Mills Thursday night at the Area High School pool. The Panthers, who swam exhibition in the final two events, had the fastest times in all 11 swimming events and took first in diving to improve to 5-0 in dual meets this season. Katherine Erickson, Schirmers, Leah Meinert and Zinke opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:00.84. Creager (2:09.58) and Erickso
Pequot Lakes relied on a balanced offensive attack to open the season with three wins. The Patriots relied on that same formula to remain undefeated Friday night. Nevin Greer threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more and Logan Lange rushed for 128 yards in leading Pequot Lakes to a 36-0 Heart O'Lakes Conference and Section 8AAA football victory over Park Rapids Friday night at Pequot Lakes. The win lifted Pequot Lakes, which is rated No.