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Despite leading from start to finish, the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team needed a strong finish to defeat Detroit Lakes Thursday night. The Panthers held a 64-62 lead before going 1-2 in the 200-yard freestyle relay and 1-2-3 in the 100-yard breaststroke to close out their dual-meet schedule with a 100-84 Mid-State Conference victory at the Area High School pool. Allycia Zinke, Hannah Williams, Lauren Rossman and Emily Creager won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:48.90 and Heather Kniss, Jessica Andersen, Melissa Haas and Leah Meinert followed in 1:52.73 as the Panthers claimed a 7
Sienna Miller's 11 kills, four ace serves and three blocks led Crosby-Ironton to a 25-19, 25-13, 25-13 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids volleyball team Thursday at the Area High School gym. The Panthers stayed close in Set 1 as ace serves by Lizzy Vaudrin, Marisa Rittgers and Olivia Vaadeland and two blocks by Vaadeland made it 19-17 before C-I went on a 6-2 run to close out the set. In Set 2, Missy Foote served six straight points as C-I turned a 12-9 lead into an 18-9 advantage. An ace serve by Rittgers gave the Panthers a 3-1 lead in Set 3.
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.
Park Rapids high school sporting events just weren't the same for most of August and September. It wasn't tough to miss the reason why. John Schumacher's presence was missed at several athletic events at the beginning of the fall season. Since becoming the Panthers' activities director, Schumacher has been a noticed fixture at every home event. That changed this fall when Schumacher was diagnosed with cancer on his right tonsil.
As expected, the Park Rapids girls tennis team received the No. 2 seed for the Section 8A tournament. The section team tournament will begin Monday at the Grand Forks Tennis Center with quarterfinal matches. The Panthers will play No. 7 New York Mills at 1:30 p.m. Park Rapids defeated New York Mills 7-0 during the regular season. Monday's other quarterfinal matches pit No. 4 Thief River Falls against No. 5 East Grand Forks at 9 a.m., No. 3 Crookston against No. 6 Wadena-Deer Creek at 10:30 a.m., and No. 1 Roseau against No. 8 Perham at noon. The semifinals will be played at 11 a.m.
Thief River Falls remained in the No. 3 spot in the Section 8AA volleyball standings with a 25-13, 25-16, 25-15 win over Park Rapids Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. The host Panthers used a tip and five service points by Marisa Rittgers to claim a 7-6 lead in Set 1. Thief River Falls went on a 12-5 run before five service points by Ashley Boen helped the Prowlers win the set. Brooke Yaggie opened Set 2 with seven straight service points to give the Prowlers a quick 8-1 edge.
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