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The first play of the game set the tone as Detroit Lakes rolled to a 46-0 win over Park Rapids Friday night at Mollberg Field. Cam Gilbertson recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff at the Park Rapids 27 and the Lakers took advantage when Carson Tunheim scored on a 3-yard run seven plays later to give Detroit Lakes a quick 7-0 lead..
Injuries and illnesses kept the Park Rapids boys and girls cross-country teams from fielding their best lineups at Tuesday's Bagley/Fosston Invitational. Lydia Kantonen captured the individual girls title with a winning time of 19:23 over the 5K course, but the Panthers had to field an incomplete team with only three runners available. In the boys race, Park Rapids finished 12th out of 22 teams with 263 points as only six runners competed on varsity. Following Kantonen's winning time for the Panthers were Macky Warne (30th in 22:23) and Haley Pickar (38th in 22:54).
Julia Smith claimed runner-up honors at No. 1 singles as the Park Rapids girls tennis team finished third at last Saturday's Mid-State Conference tournament at Pequot Lakes. The Panthers finished third at four spots with Natalie Kinkel at No. 2 singles, Tori Hilmanowski at No. 3 singles and Abby Morris at No. 4 singles winning their final matches. Drew Hilmanowski and Haley MacPherson also placed third at No. 1 doubles.
Park Rapids and Nevis moved up in this week's Minnesota state high school football polls. Park Rapids used a 7-0 win over East Grand Forks to improve to 3-0 and climb to the No. 8 spot in this week's state Class AAA poll. The Panthers were rated No. 11 last week. St. Croix Lutheran is 3-0 and rated No. 1 while Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton is 3-0 and rated No. 2.
Park Rapids took control down the stretch in all three sets for a 25-21, 25-16, 25-20 win at Crookston Tuesday night. Set 1 was tied 19-19 before the Panthers closed with a 6-1 run. The Panthers used a 13-4 run to break open a 12-12 tie in Set 2. In Set 3, a 9-4 run broke open a 16-16 tie to end the match. Jaiden McCollum (13), Kamree Carlson (12), Rilee Michaelson (10) and Kaisa Coborn (9) combined for 44 of the Panthers' 48 kills. McCollum served two aces and 10 points while Kennedy Carlson had 39 set assists.
Claire Vekish pounded down 16 kills and Hannah Goggleye had 14 kills in helping Greenway rally for a 3-1 win over Nevis Tuesday night at Greenway. Mikhara Anderson added 10 kills for the Raiders, who dropped Set 1 before rallying for a 25-27, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16 victory. Vanessa Byer led Nevis by serving three aces and 16 points while tallying 32 digs. Hannah Anderson had 13 kills and 18 digs while Ashley Pyburn had four solo blocks. Andrea Dudley finished with 27 set assists and 18 digs as the Tigers fell to 2-7 on the season. Greenway improved to 9-1.
Crookston won 10 events during Tuesday night's meet, but the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team relied on depth to remain undefeated in duals this season. Park Rapids used a 1-2-3 sweep in diving and a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay to spark a 102-80 victory over the Pirates at the Area High School pool. The win lifted the Panthers to 4-0 in dual meets this season.
Kirby Hrdlicka rushed 39 times for 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns in leading the United North Central football team to a 37-28 win over Wadena-Deer Creek Friday night at Sebeka. Both offenses clicked as the Warriors finished with 353 yards while Jake Dykhoff passed for three TDs and rushed for another for W-DC. Hrdlicka opened the scoring with a 28-yard interception return and Brandon Miller caught a pass from James Clark on the conversion to give UNC an 8-0 lead.
Three big plays and another solid defensive effort sparked Nevis to a 54-6 9-man football win over Isle Friday night at Nevis. Griffin Chase opened the scoring with a 70-yard interception return and Jack DeWulf ran in the conversion as Nevis led 8-0 with 2:44 to play in the first quarter.
Annika Aho placed 17th overall to lead the United North Central cross-country teams at Thursday's Lucky Lindy Invitational at Little Falls. Aho completed the 5,000-meter course in 20:03 as the Warriors finished 13th in the 25-team field with 353 points. Kate Hendrickson (75th in 22:04), Molly Hendrickson (76th in 22:05), Cierra Ahlf (88th in 22:30) and Anna Olson (97th in 22:50) rounded out the team score for the UNC girls. Renae Anderson of Hopkins led the field with a winning time of 18:45 while Willmar claimed the team title with 30 points.