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Panthers sweep section opponents at Crookston

Winning four matches in third-set tiebreakers solidified Park Rapids' position for the upcoming Section 8A girls tennis tournament. The Panthers won two doubles matches in tiebreakers in a 5-2 win over Crookston and won a pair of matches in tiebr...

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Mickey Clark won a pair of matches in third-set tiebreakers to help the Park Rapids girls tennis team defeat Crookston and Roseau on Sept. 29. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Winning four matches in third-set tiebreakers solidified Park Rapids' position for the upcoming Section 8A girls tennis tournament.

The Panthers won two doubles matches in tiebreakers in a 5-2 win over Crookston and won a pair of matches in tiebreakers in a 5-2 victory over Roseau on Sept. 29 at Crookston to improve to 6-1 against section rivals.

In the win over Crookston, Natalie Kinkel lost only one game at No. 1 singles, Abby Morris lost only two games at No. 2 singles and Kendra Coborn lost four games at No. 3 singles. Gracie Eischens and Mickey Clark prevailed 8-6 in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles while Madison Johnson and Meagan Powers prevailed 7-3 in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles. Park Rapids also defeated the Pirates 5-2 earlier in the season.

A sweep in singles sparked the Panthers past Roseau. Kinkel lost only one game at No. 1 singles, Morris didn't drop a game at No. 2 singles, Coborn lost four games at No. 3 singles and Clark prevailed with a 10-6 win in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 4 singles. Eischens and Rachael Herman prevailed 10-6 in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles while Madison Johnson and Powers lost in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles.

Crookston defeated Roseau 5-2 in the other match.

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Park Rapids 5, Crookston 2

No. 1 singles: Natalie Kinkel, PR, over Hayden Winjum 6-0, 6-1.

No. 2 singles: Abby Morris, PR, over Emma Osborn 6-1, 6-1.

No. 3 singles: Kendra Coborn, PR, over Eden Haller 6-3, 6-1.

No. 4 singles: Halle Winjum, C, over Chloe Johnson 6-3, 6-4.

No. 1 doubles: Catherine Tiedemann/Emma Borowicz, C, over Jada Renneberg/Rachael Herman 6-2, 6-2.

No. 2 doubles: Gracie Eischens/Mickey Clark, PR, over Elysa Christensen/Hannah Street 6-4, 2-6, 8-6.

No. 3 doubles: Madison Johnson/Meagan Powers, PR, over Hannah Lindemoen/Audrey Harbott 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-3.

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Park Rapids 5, Roseau 2

No. 1 singles: Natalie Kinkel, PR, over Jodi Ostroski 6-0, 6-1.

No. 2 singles: Abby Morris, PR, over Olivia Urness 6-0, 6-0.

No. 3 singles: Kendra Coborn, PR, over Charlene Grahn 6-2, 6-2.

No. 4 singles: Mickey Clark, PR, over Haylee Bennett 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.

No. 1 doubles: Kiana Flaig/Grace Walsh, R, over Chloe Johnson/Jada Renneberg 7-5, 6-0.

No. 2 doubles: Gracie Eischens/Rachael Herman, PR, over Kiersten Flaig/LIndsay McFarlane 5-7, 6-4, 10-6.

No. 3 doubles: Jayda McFarlane/Madison Verbout, R, over Madison Johnson/Meagan Powers 6-0, 4-6, 10-3.

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Patriots defeat Panthers

Pequot Lakes locked up an undefeated record in Mid-State Conference play with a 6-1 win over the Panthers Tuesday afternoon at Pequot Lakes.

Coborn and Morris teamed up to win a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles to account for Park Rapids' lone victory. The Patriots won the other six matches in straight sets.

Pequot Lakes, which defeated the Panthers 5-2 earlier in the season, improved to 5-0 in conference matches and 20-1 overall. The Patriots' only loss this season was a 4-3 setback to Osakis in the season opener back on Aug. 18. Park Rapids fell to 3-3 in the conference and 11-7 overall.

Pequot Lakes 6, Park Rapids 1

No. 1 singles: Megan Muller, PL, over Natalie Kinkel 6-2, 6-1.

No. 2 singles: Morgan Mudgett, PL, over Rachael Herman 6-0, 6-0.

No. 3 singles: Courtney Boller, PL, over Grace Eischens 6-0, 6-1.

No. 4 singles: Madelyn Pluimer, PL, over Mickey Clark 6-0, 6-0.

No. 1 doubles: Kendra Coborn/Abby Morris, PR, over Ellie Saxerud/Alexa Fyle 6-2, 2-6, 10-6.

No. 2 doubles: Erin Bengtson/Madeline Sherman, PL, over Chloe Johnson/Jada Renneberg 6-4, 6-2.

No. 3 doubles: Afton Crocker/Morgan Lueck, PL, over Madison Johnson/Meagan Powers 6-2, 6-4.

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