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Panthers oust EGF, advance to semifinals

Winning two close doubles matches led the Park Rapids girls tennis team to a 5-2 win over East Grand Forks in a Section 8A quarterfinal match Tuesday at Grand Forks.

Julia Renner, Julia Smith and Charity Ridlon posted straight-set wins in singles to give the Panthers a 3-2 advantage.

Hope Johnson and Sarena Kinkel overcame a 5-0 deficit in the second set to prevail in three sets at No. 1 doubles while Heidi Schaum and Lindsey Girtz prevailed in three sets at No. 2 doubles.

No. 8 Perham eliminated No. 9 New York Mills 5-2 on Monday. In Tuesday's other quarterfinal matches, No. 1 Staples-Motley blanked Perham 7-0, No. 3 Crookston defeated No. 6 Roseau 6-1, and No. 2 Pequot Lakes eliminated No. 7 Wadena-Deer Creek 6-1.

The Panthers, who defeated East Grand Forks 6-1 during the regular season, carried a 13-5 record into Friday's semifinal match against Staples-Motley.

Park Rapids 5, East Grand Forks 2

No. 1 singles: Jessamy Jones, EGF, over Christina Smith 6-2, 6-1.

No. 2 singles: Julia Renner, PR, over Chessa Jones 6-4, 6-3.

No. 3 singles: Julia Smith, PR, over Ericka Pritchett 6-1, 6-3.

No. 4 singles: Charity Ridlon, PR, over Emma Dietrich 6-3, 6-0.

No. 1 doubles: Hope Johnson/Sarena Kinkel, PR, over Kelli Radi/Katelyn Berggren 4-6, 7-6, 11-9.

No. 2 doubles: Heidi Schaum/Lindsey Girtz, PR, over Ashley Normandin/ Kaitlyn Randall 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-0.

No. 3 doubles: Cynthia Loven/Emily Strezishar, EGF, over Jeni Simpson/ Jill Simpson 6-0, 6-3.