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Jeremy Nordick can't wait for the Section 8AAA football playoffs to begin. Despite ending the season with a six-game losing streak, the head coach of the Park Rapids football team is confident the Panthers can turn the season around and make a run at playing for the section title.
Annika Aho, Kaarin Lehto, Gabby Hrdlicka and Alessandra Matson finished in the top-five spots in leading the United North Central girls cross-country team to the Park Region Conference title Tuesday at Wadena. Aho covered the 5K course in a winning time off 20:21 while Lehto (21:48), Hrdlicka (22:15) and Matson (22:16) finished in the 3-4-5 spots in leading the Warriors to the team title with 34 points. Lora Isaacson rounded out UNC's team score by placing 22nd overall in 24:35. Wadena-Deer Creek took second with 40 points in this eight-team meet.
Ashley Pyburn pounded down 16 kills and Kia Heide added 10 kills in leading the Nevis volleyball team to a 3-0 win at Sebeka Monday night. Makenna Frazier and Pyburn served two aces each as the Tigers went 69 for 74 in serves and had 44 kills with 15 hitting errors. Andrea Dudley tallied 31 set assists as the Tigers rolled to a 25-19, 25-23, 25-16 victory. Sadie Thurner (18), Dudley (16), Frazier (14) and Maggie Carrier (13) combined for 61 of the team's 87 digs as the Tigers improved to 16-6. Sebeka fell to 6-14. Nevis statistics
After seeing Walker-Hackensack-Akeley rally for a 3-2 win on Oct. 9, the Menahga volleyball team rebounded to rally for a 3-2 win over Pillager on Oct. 11 and a 3-1 win over Staples-Motley Monday night (Oct. 15). The Braves followed with a 3-0 loss to Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday night (Oct. 16) in the final regular-season match.
Nevis head coach Shawn Klimek knew Goodridge/Grygla's offense would consist of handing the ball to running backs Jaden Kiesow and Peyton Verbout. Knowing what the Chargers would do didn't matter as Kiesow and Verbout combined to rush for 475 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-28 District 9 West (North) victory at Nevis Thursday night.
The Park Rapids Clay Dusters extended their lead in the 1A Conference 8 standings after Week 3 of the Minnesota State High School Fall Clay Target League. Park Rapids scored 1,390.50 points to finish behind Princeton's 1,405.50 points in Week 3. Duluth East was third with 1,351 points while St. Francis finished fourth with 1,071.50 points.
Katelyn Weaver dominated at the service line as the Park Rapids volleyball team closed out its final regular-season home match with a 3-0 Section 8AA victory over East Grand Forks Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Weaver put 32 of 34 serves in play with 14 aces and 29 points to spark the Panthers' 25-14, 25-10, 25-13 win. The Panthers went 67 for 74 in serves with 20 aces while adding 46 kills to improve to 10-0 against section opponents this season.
Kamree Carlson tallied 15 service points, 13 kills and 12 digs while Kaisa Coborn had 14 kills in powering the Park Rapids volleyball team to a 3-0 Section 8AA victory at Thief River Falls Thursday night. Rilee Michaelson added eight kills as the Panthers finished with 42 kills with 11 hitting errors in the 25-11, 25-10, 25-22 victory. Katelyn Weaver set up 30 kills and joined Carlson with three ace serves. Park Rapids put 64 of 72 serves in play with 11 aces. Coborn and Michaelson served two aces each.
The annual Park Rapids Invitational cross-country meet scheduled for Monday (Oct. 15) at Headwaters Golf Course has been canceled and won't be rescheduled. There were 24 teams and more than 450 runners expected to compete in this final regular-season meet. The Panthers will prepare for the Section 8A meet at Bagley on Friday, Oct. 26. The girls race will start at 4 p.m. followed by the boys race. Nevis and United North Central are also among the 22 teams scheduled to compete at Twins Pines Golf Course to earn trips to the state Class A meet.
Maggie Dietrich proved to be the key factor as East Grand Forks qualified for the state Class A girls tennis tournament for the first time in school history while denying Park Rapids that same accomplishment. Dietrich wasn't in the lineup in EGF's 5-2 loss to the Panthers during the regular season. Even though Dietrich lost in her No. 2 singles match, having the freshman back in the lineup enabled the Green Wave to put a stronger group on the court and prevail 5-2 in a hard-fought battle in Friday's Section 8A championship match.