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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.