Panthers drop three matches to section foes

The Park Rapids boys tennis team ended the regular season with a 5-5 record in dual meets after dropping three matches to Section 8A opponents last week.

The Park Rapids boys tennis team ended the regular season with a 5-5 record in dual meets after dropping three matches to Section 8A opponents last week.

East Grand Forks defeated the Panthers 5-2 in the first match of a triangular meet at Crookston last Tuesday while Crookston posted a 7-0 victory over Park Rapids in the second match. EGF defeated Crook-ston 5-2 in the other match.

In the regular-season finale Friday at the Depot Courts, Thief River Falls coasted to a 7-0 win.

Ryan Kent was victorious in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Ben Waller and Joe Penning won a third-set tiebreaker to account for the Panthers' two points against EGF.

In the loss to Crookston, Mark Smith lost a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles and Kyle Dickinson lost in a tiebreaker in the second set at No. 4 singles.


Thief River Falls won all seven matches in straight sets.

Park Rapids hosted the first round of the Section 8A team tournament Tuesday with No. 4 Park Rapids playing No. 5 Perham. Park Rapids also hosted the semifinals and finals Tuesday with No. 1 Thief River Falls playing the Park Rapids vs. Perham winner and No. 2 East Grand Forks playing No. 3 Crookston in the semifinals.

The Section 8A individual tournament also began Tuesday and will conclude Wednesday at Park Rapids.

EGF 5, Park Rapids 2

No. 1 singles: Andrew Berggren, EGF, over Mark Smith 6-4, 6-2.

No. 2 singles: Michael Lukkason, EGF, over Alex Renner 6-2, 6-2.

No. 3 singles: Ryan Kent, PR, over Zach Srnsky 6-1, 3-6, 7-3.

No. 4 singles: Jake Greenwood, EGF, over Steve Smith 6-2, 6-2.


No. 1 doubles: Ben Waller/Joe Penning, PR, over Herb Kretzsinger/Alex Spitsberg 6-2, 5-7, 8-6.

No. 2 doubles: Jordan Wolfe/Logan Kern, EGF, over Brady Pederson/Ted Tiffany 6-4, 6-2.

No. 3 doubles: Henry Gutierrez/Kody Vizenor, EGF, over Max Brown/Kyle Dickinson 6-2, 6-4.

Crookston 7, Park Rapids 0

No. 1 singles: Alex Kiel, C, over Mark Smith 3-6, 6-1, 9-7.

No. 2 singles: Jake Thompson, C, over Alex Renner 6-1, 6-0.

No. 3 singles: Nick Sylvester, C, over Steve Smith 6-1, 6-1.

No. 4 singles: Ryan Erickson, C, over Kyle Dickinson 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).


No. 1 doubles: Cody Brekken/Luke Biermaier, C, over Ben Waller/Joe Penning 6-3, 7-5.

No. 2 doubles: Brett Lien/Carger Denison, C, over Brady Pederson/Ryan Kent 6-1, 6-3.

No. 3 doubles: Kooper Andringa/Nick Biermaier, C, over Ted Tiffany/Max Brown 6-0, 7-5.

Thief River Falls 7, Park Rapids 0

No. 1 singles: Jacob Englestad, TRF, over Mark Smith 6-2, 6-3.

No. 2 singles: Cody Bottem, TRF, over Ryan Kent 6-0, 6-2.

No. 3 singles: Jordan Swanson, TRF, over Steve Smith 6-0, 6-2.

No. 4 singles: Brandon Skime, TRF, over Kyle Dickinson 6-1, 6-3.


No. 1 doubles: Corey Horien/Chase Haviland, TRF, over Joe Penning/Ben Waller 6-4, 6-2.

No. 2 doubles: Brian Kays/Parker Nesson, TRF, over Brady Pederson/Ted Tiffany 6-0, 6-4.

No. 3 doubles: Connor Hutton/J.D. Robson, TRF, over Max Brown/James Quava 6-2, 6-3.

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