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In the first half of Friday night's game against Fergus Falls, head coach Aaron Morris saw the potential he expected from the Park Rapids football team this season. The Panthers were the heavy underdog against a Fergus Falls team that stood atop the Midwest Red District standings at 5-0. The Otters had won five games in a row, outscoring their opponents 160-61 during that stretch. Meanwhile, Park Rapids was seeking its first win of the season and entered this game by being outscored 153-20 in the last three games, including 98-12 in the first half.
Jaiden McCollum reached a milestone by surpassing 1,000 career kills in helping the Park Rapids volleyball team remain undefeated against Section 8AA opponents with a sweep over Thief River Falls Thursday night at the Area High School gym. McCollum entered the Panthers' final regular-season home match with 998 kills and pounded down a team-high 12 kills to surpass the milestone and spark a 25-11, 25-18, 25-13 victory.
Kyle Schmidt rushed 25 times for 154 yards and two touchdowns and Tucker Roehl returned a fumble 60 yards to conclude the scoring in helping Nevis overcome four turnovers in a 26-6 District 9 West North 9-man football victory over Goodridge-Grygla Thursday night at Grygla. The Tigers were able to move the ball on their first three possessions before turnovers ended all three scoring chances.
Detroit Lakes used a record-setting day to win the Section 8A True Team girls swimming and diving title Saturday at Detroit Lakes. The Lakers broke six meet records in compiling 1,605.50 points to top the nine-team field. Park Rapids finished fifth with 926.50 points.
Park Rapids' Natalie Kinkel lived up to her No. 2 seed in singles to qualify for the state Class A girls tennis tournament. Kinkel opened the Section 8A tournament at Courts Plus in Fargo Friday with a 6-0, 6-0 win over No. 15 Kayla Partlow of East Grand Forks in a first-round match and a 6-2, 6-0 win over No. 7 Abby Burquest of Parkers Prairie in a quarterfinal match. The Park Rapids junior advanced to the finals with a 6-2, 6-3 win over No. 6 Abby Westrum of Wadena-Deer Creek in Saturday's semifinals.
Park Rapids gave the top football team in the Midwest Red District a battle in the first half before Fergus Falls scored three touchdowns in the second half to pull away for a 42-14 victory Friday night at Vern Weekley Field. The Panthers took an 8-0 lead on Tristin Persons' 3-yard touchdown run and Zach Severtson's conversion catch from Jens Anderson with 4:22 to play in the first quarter. That scoring drive took 14 plays and covered 65 yards.
Despite dropping the last three matches, head coach Isaiah Hahn is pleased with the way the Menahga volleyball team is playing at this point of the season. The Braves, who were coming off a close 3-0 loss to Frazee and another close 3-2 loss to Sebeka, held a 2-1 lead Tuesday night before Walker-Hackensack-Akeley rallied for a 22-25, 25-11, 21-25, 25-23, 15-10 victory at Menahga.
Nevis closed out the Northland Conference volleyball schedule with two easy wins to cap off another undefeated season in league play. The Tigers defeated Cass Lake 25-15, 25-11, 25-13 Monday night at Cass Lake and followed with a 25-7, 25-16, 25-11 victory at Clearbrook-Gonvick Tuesday night. Those two wins gave Nevis a 7-0 record in conference play. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley is 5-1 while Pine River-Backus (3-1), Laporte (2-3), Cass Lake (2-3), Clearbrook-Gonvick (2-4), Northome-Kelliher (1-4) and Blackduck (0-6) follow.
Park Rapids' perfect record against Section 8AA volleyball opponents continued with an impressive win at Perham Tuesday night. Kaisa Coborn and Rilee Michaelson led a balanced offensive attack with 14 kills each in leading the Panthers to a 26-24, 25-22, 18-25, 25-17 victory. Jaiden McCollum added 12 kills and Kamree Carlson had 10 kills as the Panthers pounded down 54 kills in the match with Kennedy Carlson setting up 50 of those. Park Rapids put 86 of 90 serves in play with Kennedy Carlson and Katelyn Weaver serving two aces each. Weaver led the way with 11 service points.
Whitney Steffel and Holly Johnson earned all-conference honors while Haley Pickar claimed the final all-conference honorable mention spot as the Park Rapids girls cross-country team placed sixth at Tuesday's Mid-State Conference meet at Crosslake.