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Despite compiling a season-high 250 yards on the ground, the Park Rapids football team wasn't able to pick up its first win of the season Thursday night. The Panthers put together three scoring drives of at least 60 yards, but West Central Area countered with a pair of long scoring drives en route to a 27-19 victory in the regular-season finale at the Fargodome. Park Rapids took the opening kickoff and drove into WCA territory before an interception at the 24-yard line ended that drive.
The Park Rapids football team will enter the Section 8AAA playoffs at the No. 8 seed following a 27-19 loss to West Central Area Thursday night at the Fargodome. The Panthers, who ended the regular season with an 0-8 record, will open section play at No. 1 Pequot Lakes Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Pequot Lakes, which will enter the playoffs with a 7-1 record, defeated Park Rapids 36-0 in Week 4. Pequot Lakes is ranked No. 11 in the latest state Class AAA poll. The other Section 8AAA quarterfinal games Tuesday pit No. 2 Crookston (5-3) against No. 7 Roseau (2-6), No.
Chelsey Frydenlund's 13 kills helped the East Grand Forks volleyball team move above the .500 mark with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-13 win over Park Rapids in the regular-season finale Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers played well in Set 1 of this Section 8AA match on Seniors Night. A tip by Olivia Vaadeland and a pair of kills by Ashley Domino helped the Panthers to a 5-5 tie. EGF jumped out to a 14-9 lead before two spikes and a block by Vaadeland and two kills by Domino closed the gap to 18-17.
If Monday's Park Rapids Invitational is any indication, the Section 8A girls cross-country meet is going to be a battle. Perham captured the girls title at Headwaters Country Club with 69 points. Warroad (91), Park Rapids (98) and Roseau (101) followed. Throw in Staples-Motley and you're going to have five teams bat-tling for the two state berths at the section meet at Bagley next Friday. In the boys race Monday, Perham ran away with the title with 24 points. Perham is the top-ranked team in the latest state Class A poll.
Lydia Lutz repeated as the Mid-State Conference cross-country champion in leading the Park Rapids girls cross-country team to runner-up honors at Thursday's conference meet at Crosswoods Golf Course in Cross Lake. Lutz, who earned all-conference honors for the fourth year in a row, covered the 4,000-meter course with a winning time of 14:34. Alex Pederson also earned all-conference honors by placing seventh in 15:13 while Morgan Olson earned all-conference honorable mention honors by placing 14th in 15:34.
Todd Fritze knew that every race would be important in determining the Section 8A True Team champion Friday at the University of North Dakota Hyslop Aquatics Center. That proved to be the case as the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team needed a total team effort to capture its first section True Team title. The Panthers, led by four winning times and six runner-up performances, compiled 1,167 points to edge Bemidji's 1,161 total to claim the section title and qualify for the state Class A True Team meet, which will be held Friday night at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.
East Grand Forks' defense created ideal field position for the offense as the Green Wave built a 24-0 lead en route to a 24-8 victory over the Park Rapids football team Friday night at Vern Weekley Field. Park Rapids' offense was held to only six plays and six yards in the second quarter and 46 total yards in the first half. On their six possessions, the Panthers had to punt four times and threw two interceptions. East Grand Forks had five possessions in the first half and started in Park Rapids territory three times.
Nicole Brandt was expecting a historic Section 8A tournament from the Park Rapids girls tennis team. Brandt was hoping the Panthers would qualify for the state Class A tournament as a team for the first time in school history as well as qualify individually for the state meet. The Panthers fell short of their first goal with a 5-0 loss to Roseau in Friday's championship match at the Grand Forks Center Court Fitness Club, but did fulfill their second goal when senior Alyssa Carlson and freshman Christina Smith won the section title in doubles to qualify for state. Park Rapids did accompli
A dominating performance over New York Mills Monday advanced the Park Rapids girls tennis team to the Section 8A semifinals. The No. 2-seeded Panthers opened the section tournament with a 7-0 quarterfinal win over the No. 7-seeded Eagles at the Grand Forks Tennis Center. The win advanced Park Rapids to a semifinal match against No. 3 Crookston Friday at Grand Forks. No. 1 Roseau and No. 5 East Grand Forks met in the other semifinal with the winners playing for the section title Friday afternoon at Grand Forks.
A near-perfect performance led the Park Rapids girls cross-country team to the title at last Tuesday's United North Central Invitational at Blueberry Pines. Lydia Lutz led the field with a winning time of 15:50 and Alex Pederson was second in 16:51 as the Panthers compiled 18 points. Shelby Pierce (17:07), Lora Remus (17:14), Kaylee Hilmanowski (17:18) and Morgan Olson (17:24) finished in the 4-5-6-7 spots as Park Rapids easily finished ahead of Pequot Lakes' 50 points to win this seven-team meet.