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Natalie Kinkel accepted the challenge of taking over the No. 1 singles spot for the Park Rapids girls tennis team this season. Playing against the top singles players in the area helped the Park Rapids junior qualify for her first state Class A tournament.
Nothing went right for the Nevis football team in the first eight minutes of the regular-season finale against Stephen-Argyle on Oct. 20. Everything went right for the Tigers the rest of the game. Stephen-Argyle scored the first two touchdowns in building a 12-0 lead before the Tigers responded with five unanswered scores to spark a 42-20 victory in this battle of two of the state's top-ranked 9-man football teams at Nevis.
After coasting to four wins to end the regular season, the Park Rapids volleyball team will carry momentum into the Section 8AA tournament. Park Rapids swept four opponents at the Fergus Falls Invitational on Oct. 19 with 2-0 wins over Pelican Rapids (25-18, 25-21), Warroad (25-10, 25-15), Breckenridge (25-23, 25-22) and Pequot Lakes (25-20, 25-14). Those four victories gave the Panthers a 12-0 record against section opponents and a 22-2 overall record.
Menahga received the No. 7 seed in the North bracket and will open the Section 6A volleyball tournament by hosting No. 10 Rothsay at 7 p.m. tonight (Monday, Oct. 23). Menahga finished the regular season with an 11-12 record while Rothsay went 10-14. The winner of that match plays at No. 2 Pelican Rapids Thursday (Oct. 26) at 7 p.m. Pelican Rapids is 18-6.
Park Rapids' defense didn't have an answer on how to stop Jenson Beachy and the Perham passing attack in the regular-season finale on Oct. 18. Beachy broke school records for passing yards (435), touchdown passes (six) and total offense (485) in a game in leading the Yellowjackets to a 40-6 Section 8AA and Midwest Blue District football victory at Perham.
Nevis will receive a first-round bye while Park Rapids and United North Central will open the section football playoffs on the road Tuesday, Oct. 24. Nevis earned the No. 1 seed in the Section 6 9-man playoffs with a 42-20 win over previously undefeated Stephen-Argyle in the regular-season finale Wednesday night at Nevis. The Tigers ended the regular season with a 7-1 record. Rothsay also finished at 7-1 and earned the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye.
Nevis swept Sebeka in the final home match of the regular season at the Tiger Arena while Menahga's Madi Marjamaa reached a milestone as the Braves defeated Staples-Motley at Staples in local volleyball action Monday night. Three players hit double figures in kills and five players had double digits in digs in leading Nevis to a 25-15, 25-20, 25-18 victory over Sebeka.
After closing out the regular season at home Monday, head coach Kerry Johnson is looking forward to seeing how much the Park Rapids girls and boys cross-country teams have improved when Bagley hosts the Section 8A meet on Oct. 27. The Panthers ran in ideal conditions in their only home meet of the season at Headwaters Golf Club Monday and ran to a pair of ninth-place finishes in the 20-team field during the annual Park Rapids Invitational.
Annika Aho led the field as the United North Central girls cross-country team ran away with the Park Region Conference title Tuesday at Blueberry Pines. Aho covered the 5K course in a winning time of 20:42, Kate Hendrickson was third in 21:27, Molly Hendrickson took fifth in 22:10, Gabby Hrdlicka finished sixth in 22:11 and Kaarin Lehto was seventh in 22:15 as the Warriors compiled 19 points to top the seven-team field. All five runners earned all-conference honors.
Kortne Byer and Katelyn Weaver served four aces apiece and Rilee Michaelson had 13 kills in leading the Park Rapids volleyball team to a sweep at East Grand Forks Tuesday night. Kamree Carlson (9) and Jaiden McCollum (8) combined for 17 kills while McCollum served three aces and 11 points as the Panthers rolled to a 25-16, 25-14, 25-13 win in this match between Section 8AA opponents. Weaver served 10 points while Kennedy Carlson (9) and Byer (8) combined for 17 service points. Kennedy Carlson tallied 29 set assists as the Panthers had 38 kills and served 15 aces in the win.