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With a talented group returning, Todd Fritze is counting on another successful season from the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team. Duplicating last year's success could be tough as the Panthers went 8-0 in dual meets, repeated as Mid-State Conference and Section 8A True Team champions, broke four school records, tied the school record by qualifying for the state Class A meet in 10 events en route to claiming runner-up honors at the Section 8A meet, and scored 24 points at the state meet. Last year's senior duo of Mandy Schirmers and Allycia Zinke played key roles in that success.
Molly Aukes is counting on depth and experience to lead the Park Rapids volleyball team to more victories this fall. The Panthers return six regulars from a team that went 1-4 in Mid-State Conference match-es and 6-17 overall last season. Filling the spots vacated by the graduation of Olivia Vaadeland, Erika Jerger and Katie Just is going to be the key to a successful season.
Tom Stambaugh is looking to send a Nevis runner to the state Class A cross country meet for the fifth year in a row. Bryon Schuldt capped off his senior season last fall by winning the state title in his fourth appearance at the state meet. Stambaugh thinks senior Josh Trosen has the potential to qualify for state this year.
Nevis surprised some people by reaching the state Class A championship volleyball match last season. The Tigers won't surprise anyone if they return to the state championship match this fall. The majority of the players return from a team that went 6-0 to win the Northland Conference title and 25-10 overall, losing to Bethlehem Academy in the state title match. Those veterans are looking to send the Tigers to the state tournament for the third time in school history. "The girls are pretty focused on having a fun season.
Shawn Klimek is counting on the Nevis 9-man football team to get off to another strong start and end with a strong finish. Last season, the Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 start before going on a three-game losing streak to end the season. That resulted in Nevis being the No. 6 seed for the Section 6 9-man playoffs. The Tigers fell to No.
Depth at every position has Jeremy Nordick expecting more wins from the United North Central football team this season. Last season, the Warriors went 1-4 in Prairie North Conference play and 3-5 during the regular season for the No. 8 seed before losing to top-seeded Hawley 49-0 in the first round of the Section 8AA playoffs.
Isaiah Hahn is counting on a senior-dominated lineup to lead the Menahga volleyball team to a successful season. Of the nine players starting the season on varsity, seven are seniors.
Steve Schreiber likes the direction the United North Central boys and girls cross country teams are heading. The girls feature a strong team with six runners returning from the Section 8A unit that finished seventh with 175 points. The boys continue their rebuilding process with four runners back from last year's team that finished 13th at the section meet with 326 points. "The boys are in more of a rebuilding mode than the girls right now, but we're moving in the right direction," said Schreiber.
The Park Rapids girls tennis team opened its dual-meet schedule by winning two of three matches. Park Rapids used a sweep in singles for a 6-1 win at Fergus Falls Tuesday before splitting matches at Sauk Centre Wednesday by following a 4-3 loss to the host Mainstreeters with a 5-2 win over Yellow Medicine East. Panthers defeat Otters The Panthers swept the four singles matches in straight sets and added two straight-set wins in doubles to defeat Fergus Falls. Julia Renner at No. 1 singles, Charity Ridlon at No. 2 singles, Hope Johnson at No. 3 singles and Heidi Schaum at No.
Anna VanWechel broke the women's course record and won the overall title to highlight last Saturday's 19th annual Fish Hook Challenge Half Marathon. VanWechel completed the 13.1-mile course around Fish Hook Lake in 1 hour, 23 minutes, 40 seconds to break Heather Gilbertson's 2004 record of 1:27:28.