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Hannah Anderson's 18 kills and 20 digs sparked the Nevis volleyball team to a 3-0 Northland Conference win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Thursday night at Walker. Jessica Swanda and Emma Bliss added five kills each and Cielo Mooney served three aces and 18 points in the Tigers' 25-8, 25-6, 29-27 victory. Madisyn Lucas added two aces and 15 points while Andrea Dudley had 34 set assists. Vanessa Byer led the way with 25 digs and Lucas added 20 digs as the Tigers improved to 4-0 in conference matches and 6-0 overall.
Aaron Pike continues to be one of the top paralympic athletes in the United States. The 30-year-old Park Rapids native represented Team USA in two events at the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games in Rio. Pike placed sixth in his heat and 21st overall out of 24 racers in the wheelchair 1,500 meters with a time of 3:09.85 on Sept. 12. Thailand's Prawat Wahoram won the Gold medal with a winning time of 3:00.62.
Bemidji took first in seven events and added seven runner-up finishes to hand the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team its first loss of the season Tuesday night at Bemidji. The Lumberjacks went 1-2 in diving, the 100-yard freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay to spark a 110-76 win.
Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen and United North Central's Annika Aho were among the top 10 runners listed in this week's state Class A girls cross-country poll. Kantonen moved up to the No. 4 spot while Aho was rated No. 10. Perham's Brynnan Covington was rated No. 2, giving Section 8A three runners in the top spots. Math and Science Academy's Tierney Wolfgram was the top-rated runner in this week's poll. In the team rankings, UNC was rated No. 12. Fairmont held the No. 1 spot while Perham was rated No. 2.
A sweep in singles gave the Park Rapids girls tennis team a 5-2 win at Parkers Prairie Tuesday afternoon. Julia Smith, Natalie Kinkel, Tori Hilmanowski and Abby Morris all won their singles matches in straight sets while Chloe Johnson and Jada Renneberg prevailed in three sets at No. 3 doubles as the Panthers improved to 4-3 against Section 8A opponents and 10-8 overall in dual meets. The Panthers defeated Parkers Prairie 6-1 earlier in the season. Park Rapids 5, Parkers Prairie 2 No. 1 singles: Julia Smith, PR, over Kamryn Arceneau 6-2, 6-2.
Cielo Mooney served six aces and 20 points in leading the Nevis volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Laporte in a Northland Conference match Tuesday night at Nevis. Vanessa Byer had 29 digs and Hannah Anderson pounded down 12 kills in the Tigers' 28-26, 25-11, 25-13 victory. Ashley Pyburn had seven kills and Andrea Dudley tallied 33 set assists. On defense, Jessica Swanda made three solo blocks while Madisyn Lucas had 16 digs. The win lifted the Tigers to 3-0 in the conference and 5-9 overall while Laporte fell to 3-3 in conference matches. Nevis statistics
Solid serving sparked the Park Rapids volleyball team to a pair of impressive road wins against Section 8AA opponents. The Panthers put 82 of 89 serves in play with 11 aces in a 3-1 win over Wadena-Deer Creek at Wadena Monday and put 69 of 72 serves in play with 18 aces in a 3-0 win at Pequot Lakes Tuesday night.
Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen led a pack of 251 girls cross-country runners and United North Central claimed runner-up honors among 1A teams at last Saturday's Milaca Mega Meet. Kantonen covered the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 11 seconds while UNC's Annika Aho finished fourth in 19:44. Rounding out the Warriors' team score were Kate Hendrickson (37th in 21:25), Cierra Ahlf (42nd in 21:32), Molly Hendrickson (56th in 21:51) and Kaarin Lehto (62nd in 22:03). Trinity School at River Ridge won the girls team title with 140 points while UNC followed with 175 points.
Nevis moved up a spot while Park Rapids dropped out of the top 10 in this week's Minnesota state high school football polls. Nevis claimed the No. 7 spot in this week's state 9-man poll with 8 votes after a 42-6 win at Silver Bay last Friday night. The Tigers, who were rated No. 8 last week, improved to 4-0. Grand Meadow tops the 9-man ratings with 54 votes while Waubun is third with 47 votes. Ada-Borup received 2 votes to share the No. 12 spot.
It was supposed to be a defensive battle when Park Rapids traveled to Detroit Lakes for a Midwest Red District football game Friday night. Only one defense lived up to the hype as Detroit Lakes dominated on both sides of the ball in a decisive 46-0 victory at Mollberg Field. The Lakers entered this game rated No. 2 among Class AAAA teams in defense after allowing only 15 points during a 2-1 start to the season. On the other side of the ball, Park Rapids was the top-rated defense among Class AAA schools after giving up only 13 points during a 3-0 start.