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Going 1-2 in the 200-yard medley relay set the tone as the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team opened its dual-meet schedule with a dominating performance at Warroad Thursday night. The Panthers won the first eight events before swimming exhibition in the final two events in a 102-73 victory. Paige Fritze, Hannah Williams, Taylor Graham and Lauren Rossman won the 200 medley relay in 2:05.18 and Alex Pederson, Jessie O'Hern, Tea Nyland and Heather Kniss followed in 2:07.85 to give the Panthers the early lead. Emily Creager won the 200 freestyle in 2:08.06, Katherine Erickson won th
Park Rapids' doubles teams didn't drop a set in leading the Panthers to a pair of Mid-State Conference girls tennis victories Thursday at the Depot Courts. The Panthers used a sweep in doubles and three singles wins to defeat Detroit Lakes 6-1 in the first match while a sweep in doubles and a win at No. 2 singles led to a 4-0 win over Crosby-Ironton. A brief rainstorm postponed play, but since the match was already decided, the Rangers decided to leave instead of waiting for the courts to dry. Against Detroit Lakes, Charity Ridlon prevailed in three sets at No.
Park Rapids' no-huddle offense caught the Hawley football team by surprise in the first half of Friday night's Heart O'Lakes Conference season opener at Vern Weekley Field. The Nuggets weren't surprised at the start of the second half by an onside kick as Hawley took advantage of the ideal field position to dominate the third quarter and break open a scoreless game en route to a 27-6 victory. Despite committing three turnovers, Park Rapids controlled the first half by running 35 plays for 133 yards while limiting the Nuggets to 25 plays and 111 yards. The second half was a different stor
Nevis capitalized on 30 kills and 19 ace serves to open the volleyball season with a 25-7, 25-12, 25-12 win at Park Rapids Tuesday night. An ace serve by Norby, three kills by Katie Becker and a kill by Norby were followed by a pair of aces and six service points by Becker as Nevis jumped out to a 17-4 lead in Set 1. Two more kills by Norby and a kill by Riley Hanson closed out the opening set. A kill by Denia Brown, an ace serve by Kate Dierkhising, a block by Hanson and four service points by Olivia Toft, including two aces, sparked the Tigers to a quick 11-2 lead in Set 2.
Crookston and Pequot Lakes won close matches to defeat the Park Rapids girls tennis team in a battle of Section 8A rivals Tuesday at the Depot Courts. In the first match, Crookston swept the doubles matches for a 4-3 victory. Christina Smith and Julia Renner posted straight-set wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles and Charity Ridlon prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 singles for the Panthers' three victories. Crookston prevailed by winning close matches at No. 4 singles, No. 1 doubles and No.
Isaac Overmyer's fourth-place finish led the Park Rapids boys cross-country team at the season-opening Shockey Strand Invitational at Moorhead Monday. Overmyer covered the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 59 seconds to lead the Panthers to fifth place in this nine-team meet with 145 points. Megan Olson finished 14th overall in the girls meet by covering the 4,000-meter course in 16:50.
Aaron Morris is counting on team quickness to produce quick points and more victories for the Park Rapids football team this fall. With only one player weighing more than 200 pounds, the Panthers don't have the personnel to pound out victories. Instead, Morris is instituting an up-tempo offense to offset the opponent's size advantage. "This is going to be a different brand of football for Park Rapids," said Morris, who begins his fourth season as the Panthers' head coach. "We're not very big, so we're going to use a no-huddle offense and play up-tempo.
Brianne Morris is counting on the combination of talented veterans and talented newcomers to lead the Park Rapids girls tennis team to another successful season. Morris, who has served as the Panthers' assistant coach the last three years, will count on the five returning players from last year's Section 8A team to provide leadership this fall. That group features seniors Heidi Schaum and Lydia Schaum and juniors Christina Smith, Julia Renner and Charity Ridlon. In addition to that group, seniors Jeni Simpson and Jill Simpson saw some varsity action last season. Those players helped th
After just missing her main goal last season, Kerry Johnson is hoping to fulfill her ultimate goal of sending both Park Rapids cross country teams to the state Class A meet. Last fall, the Park Rapids girls qualified for the state meet for the third year in a row by winning the Section 8A title for the first time since 1997. The Park Rapids boys were looking to qualify for state for the first time since 1997, but fell short after placing fourth at the section meet. With the return of several veteran runners and the addition of some talented newcomers, Johnson is hoping the Panthers can d
With a talented group returning, Todd Fritze is counting on another successful season from the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team. Duplicating last year's success could be tough as the Panthers went 8-0 in dual meets, repeated as Mid-State Conference and Section 8A True Team champions, broke four school records, tied the school record by qualifying for the state Class A meet in 10 events en route to claiming runner-up honors at the Section 8A meet, and scored 24 points at the state meet. Last year's senior duo of Mandy Schirmers and Allycia Zinke played key roles in that success.