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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.
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.
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.
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.
Hannah Anderson's 20 digs, 11 kills and 10 service points rallied the Nevis volleyball team to a 3-1 Northland Conference win over Pine River-Backus Thursday night. Jessica Swanda, Ashley Pyburn and Montana Baker added five kills each as the Tigers posted a 11-25, 26-24, 27-25, 25-18 victory at Pine River. Andrea Dudley served two aces and had 30 set assists and 10 digs while Vanessa Byer added 19 digs as the Tigers improved to 2-5 in their conference opener.
Three players tallied double digits in kills as the Menahga volleyball team rallied for a 3-2 win over New York Mills Thursday night at New York Mills. Leah Schwartz had 15 kills while Aimee Lake and Olivia Yliniemi had 10 kills each as the Braves pounded down 41 kills in rallying for a 24-26, 25-27, 25-23, 25-21, 15-12 Park Region Conference victory. The Braves put 106 of 115 serves in play with eight aces with Yliniemi serving four aces and Lake serving a pair of aces. Madi Marjamaa finished with 31 set assists.
United North Central's girls and Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen were rated among the top runners in the state in the latest state Class A poll. UNC remained in the No. 11 position in the state Class A girls poll while Perham retained its spot as the No. 1 team in the state. Kantonen was rated as the No. 12 individual runner in that poll while Perham's Brynnan Covington was rated No. 3 and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's Maria Pake was rated No. 13.
Isabel Bagstad served five aces and the Park Rapids volleyball team pounded down 47 kills to open the Mid-State Conference schedule with a 3-1 win at Detroit Lakes Thursday night.
Melrose broke one of two meet and pool records in winning the team title at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational girls swimming and diving meet. The 400 freestyle relay team of Stefanie Rasmussen, Taylor Poepping, Mikayla Von Wahlde and Savana Bitz clocked a 3:47.95 to break Melrose's meet and pool record of 3:49.04 set last season. That was one of six winning efforts for the Dutchmen, who topped the seven-team field with 595 points. Brainerd took second with 490 points while Park Rapids finished sixth with 153 points.