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After qualifying for the state Class A girls tennis tournament as the Section 8A runner-up in singles the last two seasons, Park Rapids’ Julia Smith entered this season as one of the favorites to win the Section 8A title in singles and return to state. That task became easier when Staples-Motley’s Izabella Edin elected not to play high school tennis this fall, Pequot Lakes was moved to Section 7A and Crookston’s Ally Tiedemann decided to play doubles at the section meet.
A year ago, the United North Central football team was at the bottom of the Section 8AA standings after struggling through a winless season. On Friday night at the Fargodome, the Warriors rose to the top of the section. The cooperative between Menahga and Sebeka relied on two touchdown catches by Aaron Hrdlicka and a stingy defense to defeat Barnesville 24-16 in the Section 8AA championship game. Neither Menahga nor Sebeka had played in a section championship game in football as individual schools or as a cooperative, which began in 2006.
Hannah Bliss’ 21 kills helped the Nevis volleyball team close out the regular season with a 25-9, 25-9, 25-11 victory over Clearbrook-Gonvick last Tuesday night at Clearbrook. Hannah Anderson had nine kills and 11 service points, Vanna Byer served five aces, and Andrea Dudley had four aces, 12 service points and 26 set assists. Defensively, Cielo Mooney (15), Anderson (14), Jordyn Lucas (14), Bliss (12) and Byer (12) had double digits in digs as the Tigers improved to 18-9. Clearbrook-Gonvick fell to 6-13. Nevis statistics Attacks: J. Lucas 4 (1 kill), Booker 15 (3 kills), H.
Park Rapids and Nevis will open the section volleyball tournament with home matches Thursday night. In the Section 8AA South bracket, Park Rapids (8-12-1) received the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 Wadena-Deer Creek (6-21) Thursday night at 7 at the Area High School gym. The Panthers defeated W-DC during the regular season. No. 1 Perham (23-5) hosts No. 8 Staples-Motley (3-26) in another first-round match Thursday night. The winners of those two matches meet Friday night at 7 at the high seed. The other first-round matches in the south half Thursday night pit No.
Jaiden McCollum pounded down 22 kills in leading the Park Rapids volleyball team to a 25-27, 25-23, 25-16, 25-20 win in the regular-season finale at East Grand Forks last Tuesday night. Madisen Wagner had 13 kills and Kamree Carlson had 12 kills as the Panthers finished with 60 kills in this match between Section 8AA opponents. Kaisa Coborn served 10 points and Kennedy Carlson had 51 set assists. Defensively, Emily Dean had 23 digs, Coborn had 20 digs and McCollum had 19 digs.
Casey Volkmann’s 12 kills and Ellie Miron’s nine blocks sparked Wadena-Deer Creek to a 25-12, 25-18, 25-16 Park Region Conference win over the Menahga volleyball team Tuesday night at Wadena. Dani Novak and Leah Schwartz had five kills each and Lindsay Hendrickson had 10 digs to lead the Braves, who fell to 1-6 in the conference and 4-18 overall. W-DC improved to 3-3 in conference play and 5-21 overall. Menahga statistics Kills: Novak 5, Schwartz 5, Koch 3, Hendrickson 1, Yliniemi 1. Ace serves: Ai. Lake 1. Set assists: Al.
Thief River Falls rallied from a 24-18 deficit in Set 3 to close out a 25-12, 25-21, 29-27 win over the Park Rapids volleyball team in a battle of Section 8AA rivals Monday night at the Area High School gym. Park Rapids used a block by Jaiden McCollum and Madisen Wagner, two kills by Kamree Carlson, a kill by Brooke Jerger and two kills by McCollum to stay within 14-10 in Set 1 before Mattlyn Erickson served seven straight points to give the Prowlers the early lead. In Set 2, a kill and ace serve by Jerger, kills by Wagner and McCollum, a tip by Carlson, a block by Emily Dean and Jerger,
The Park Rapids girls cross-country team tuned up for the Section 8A meet by winning the team title at Monday’s Park Rapids Invitational at Headwaters Golf Club. Lydia Kantonen finished third in 19:54 as the Panthers topped the 19-team field with 111 points.
Julia Smith lived up to her No. 1 seed to win the singles title at Thursday’s Section 8A girls tennis tournament at Choice Health and Fitness in Grand Forks to return to the state Class A tournament. The Park Rapids junior opened with a 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 16 Geena Boyum of East Grand Forks and a 6-0, 6-2 win over No. 8 Elizabeth Wittlar of Parkers Prairie last Wednesday. Smith then defeated No. 5 Josie Beachy of Perham 6-2, 6-1 in Thursday’s semifinals before defeating No.
Losing to Frazee in the regular-season finale gave the United North Central football team incentive to defeat the Hornets in a Section 8AA semifinal game Saturday afternoon at Sebeka. Frazee, which defeated the Warriors 19-6 to close out the regular season, entered the section playoffs as the No. 5 seed and advanced to the semifinals with a 19-14 win over No. 4 Hawley.