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Winning seven events before swimming exhibition in the final three events led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a 96-63 Mid-State Conference win over Staples-Motley Thursday night at the Area High School pool. Paige Fritze, Jessie O'Hern, Alyza Edevold and Hannah Williams led off the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:06.97. After Tea Nyland's runner-up 2:21.15 in the 200 freestyle, Katherine Erickson (2:31.29), Elizabeth Nichols (2:46.73) and O'Hern (2:48.87) led the Panthers to a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 individual medley. Emma Ellefson's runner-up 28.54 in th
Aaron Morris fondly remembered the last time the Park Rapids football team defeated Thief River Falls. Morris was a junior lineman when the Panthers defeated Thief River Falls 21-19 in 1996. These two teams didn't meet again until 2006 and the Prowlers proceeded to go on a six-game winning streak. That winning streak ended Friday night as Park Rapids' big-play offense sparked a thrilling homecoming victory at Vern Weekley Field. The Panthers scored on four plays of at least 40 yards to defeat Thief River Falls 41-35 in a Heart O'Lakes Conference North Division game.
Isaac Overmyer's runner-up finish led the Park Rapids boys cross-country team to fourth place at Thursday's John Hermes Invitational at Fergus Falls. Overmyer completed the 5,000-meter course in 16:45 in leading the Panthers to 123 points. Sartell-St. Stephen led the 12-team field with 59 points while Alexandria (69) and Little Falls (122) followed. Jake Waggoner was 13th in 17:46, Zach Jewison finished 33rd in 18:29, Bailey Mueller was 39th in 18:39 and Tanner Otterness finished 42nd in 18:50 to round out the Panthers' team score.
Cass Lake served 10 aces and took advantage of 30 attack errors by the Park Rapids volleyball team to rally for a 26-28, 25-23, 25-22, 25-9 win Thursday night. Katelyn Hilmanowski served two aces while Grace Bateman and Mady Vaudrin combined for 21 service points for Park Rapids. Bateman also had 16 set assists with Vaudrin leading the way with seven kills. Bateman (12), Vaudrin (12) and Megan Grimes (10) hit double digits in digs with Grimes tallying four solo blocks as the Panthers fell to 3-10 on the season. Park Rapids statistics vs.
Something had to give during Tuesday night's dual meet between the Park Rapids and Bemidji girls swimming and diving teams. Both teams entered the meet undefeated in duals this season with Park Rapids riding a 15-meet winning streak.
The Park Rapids boys cross-country team had a solid showing at last Saturday's Milaca Mega Meet. Park Rapids finished 11th out of 34 teams in the Class AA division with 325 points. Jake Waggoner led the Panthers by covering the 5,000-meter course in 17:43 to finish 38th overall. Zach Jewison was 64th in 18:18, Bailey Mueller finished 73rd in 18:31, Austin Carlson was 88h in 18:51 and Tanner Otterness took 92nd in 18:56 to round out the Panthers' team score.
Brittany Kelley's 11 kills and four ace serves and Journee Howard's nine kills led Pine River-Backus to a 25-13, 21-25, 25-14, 25-14 win over the Park Rapids volleyball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. In Set 1, an ace serve by Mady Vaudrin, three winning spikes by Megan Grimes and a tip by Grace Bateman had the Panthers even at 11-11. Megan Felthous then served 10 straight points to give Pine River-Backus the set.
Riley Hanson's 17 kills and three ace serves led the Nevis volleyball team to a 25-10, 25-9, 25-9 win over Cass Lake-Bena Tuesday night. Megan Norby added six kills, 13 service points and 11 digs while Denia Brown had five kills.
Brian Thorstad and Hunter Johnson combined to rush for 284 yards and four touchdowns in leading Osakis to a 35-8 win over the United North Central football team last Friday night. Thorstad rushed 25 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns and Johnson rushed 16 times for 101 yards and two TDs as the Silverstreaks improved to 3-1 with their third win in a row. The Warriors were held to six first downs and 162 yards in offense. Brandon Junes completed 6 of 22 passes for 76 yards, Keiler Skaro caught four passes for 77 yards and Jordan Yliniemi rushed five times for 40 yards.
Park Rapids' defense redeemed itself in a big way to spoil Pequot Lakes' homecoming game at Pillager Friday night. After allowing 527 yards and seven touchdowns in a 53-46 loss to Crookston the week before, the Panthers' defense forced eight turn- overs and held Pequot Lakes to only 220 yards and two scores in a 54-12 Heart O'Lakes Northern Division Conference and Section 8AAA victory. "I knew we could play with them, but I didn't think it would be this kind of a game," said Park Rapids head coach Aaron Morris.