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Keanu Yabandith rushed for 242 yards and scored four touchdowns in leading Nevis to a Section 6 9-man football win over Laporte Friday night at Nevis. Yabandith opened the scoring on a 37-yard TD run at the 11:30 mark and on a 17-yard TD run at the 3:13 mark as the Tigers led 12-0 after the first period.
Kali Sayovitz broke two individual records and swam on a record-setting relay in leading Sauk Centre to the team title at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational girls swimming and diving meet. Sayovitz won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.30 to break her record of 1:57.63 set last season and followed with a winning time of 53.86 in the 100 freestyle to break Stacy Busack's 2003 record of 55.14. Sayovitz joined Kayla Sayovitz, Jenna Rachey and Riley Engle on the 200 freestyle relay team that clocked a winning time of 1:42.71 to break the meet record of 1:44.93 set in 2007.
Entering Friday night's Section 8AAA battle against East Grand Forks at Vern Weekley Field, Park Rapids was the only Class AAA football team in the state that hadn't allowed a point after the first two games. It was East Grand Forks' defense that looked like one of the best in the state by delivering the key plays as the Green Wave prevailed with a 13-12 victory in this battle of undefeated teams.
Rilee Michaelson and Kaisa Coborn combined for 24 kills as the Park Rapids volleyball team rebounded from a tough loss to Pine River-Backus with a 3-0 Mid-State Conference win at Detroit Lakes Thursday night. Michaelson's 13 kills and Coborn's 11 kills sparked the Panthers to a 25-22, 25-16, 25-16 victory. Detroit Lakes held an 18-14 lead in Set 1 before the Panthers used a 10-2 run to help close out the opening set. Park Rapids held the lead the entire way in the next two sets for the win to spoil the Lakers' conference debut.
It was expected to be a battle when two of the top volleyball teams in the state met Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Pine River-Backus entered as the defending Section 5A champions and rated No. 7 in the state Class A poll while Park Rapids entered as the defending Section 8AA runner-up and ranked No. 11 in the state Class AA poll. Both teams lived up to their rankings, but the difference was clutch play by Bailey Wynn and Gabby Rainwater down the stretch that led Pine River-Backus to a hard-fought 25-19, 14-25, 25-13, 33-31 victory.
Two impressive wins to open the season helped the Park Rapids football team move into the top 10 in this week's Associated Press state Class AAA poll.
Ashley Pyburn pounded down 16 kills in leading the Nevis volleyball team to a 25-23, 25-23, 25-21 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday night at the Tiger Arena. Jessica Swanda and Kia Heide added nine kills each as the Tigers had 44 kills to offset 24 hitting errors. Cora Umthun and Pyburn served two aces each with Andrea Dudley tallying 38 set assists. Sadie Thurner (12), Pyburn (11) and Maggie Carrier (9) combined for 32 of the Tigers' 49 digs. The win lifted Nevis to 5-3 on the season.
Madi Marjamaa served nine aces and tallied 33 set assists as the Menahga volleyball team rallied for a marathon 25-15, 21-25, 21-25, 25-15, 15-6 win at Laporte Tuesday night. Elly Hillukka (9), Tara Hendrickson (8), Cierra Ahlf (7) and Olivia Yliniemi (6) combined for 30 of Menahga's 42 kills as the Braves overcame 30 hitting errors. Jamie Erno served six aces and Ahlf served four aces. Rena Pinoniemi (16), Ahlf (13) and Erno (10) had double digits in digs as the Braves improved to 3-5 on the season. Menahga statistics
Perham/New York Mills used a sweep in doubles to spark a 4-3 win over the Park Rapids girls tennis team Tuesday afternoon at Perham. Park Rapids swept the top singles spots with Natalie Kinkel coasting at the No. 1 spot, Abby Morris winning in straight sets at the No. 2 position and Kendra Coborn prevailing in straight sets at the No. 3 spot.
Keegan Moses and Julia Harmon set the pace for the Park Rapids boys and girls cross-country teams at Monday's Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Invitational at the Long Prairie Country Club. Moses led the Park Rapids boys with a 5K time of 19:39 to finish 22nd overall as the Panthers finished ninth in the team standings with 227 points. Rounding out Park Rapids' team score were Seth Breitweser (38th in 20:16), Sam Warne (65th in 21:52), Skylar Hagen (66th in 21:53) and Gabe Bagstad (71st in 22:01). Owen Wagner (72nd in 22:02) and Blaine Hensel (83rd in 24:02) also ran varsity.