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After a close first set, the Park Rapids volleyball team dominated the rest of the match to defeat Staples-Motley 29-27, 25-12, 25-4 in the Mid-State Conference debut for both teams Thursday night at Staples. The Panthers dominated at the service line by putting 74 of 79 serves in play with 22 aces while adding 35 kills. Taylor Hilmanowski served seven aces and 19 points, Brooke Jerger served seven aces and 14 points and Jaiden McCollum served four aces and 13 points.
Three straight-set wins in doubles and a three-set win at No. 4 singles led Staples-Motley to a 4-3 win over the Park Rapids girls tennis team in a Mid-State Conference match at Staples Thursday. Julia Smith coasted in straight sets at No. 1 singles, Natalie Kinkel coasted in straight sets at No. 2 singles and Tori Hilmanowski won in straight sets at No. 3 singles to lead the Panthers. Rachel Palmer lost in three sets at No.
Tom Tellers rushed 17 times for 143 yards and completed 8 of 11 passes for 185 yards in leading the United North Central football team to a 30-16 victory at Staples-Motley Friday night. Kirby Hrdlicka opened the scoring with a 22-yard touchdown run and Thane Dailey followed with a 22-yard TD reception from Tellers as UNC led 12-0. Matt Miller’s 30-yard TD run and Hunter Berggren’s conversion cut the lead to 12-8 after the first quarter.
Olivia Yliniemi led the Menahga volleyball team with eight kills and two solo blocks in an 18-25, 25-12, 26-24, 25-20 Park Region Conference loss to Bertha-Hewitt Thursday night. Leah Schwartz added six kills and 13 digs, Dani Novak had five kills and four ace serves, Lindsey Hendrickson had 13 digs, and Alayna Lake had 19 set assists as the Braves fell to 0-2 in the conference and 0-4 overall. Menahga statistics
Whitney Janu pounded down 13 kills and had five blocks in leading Frazee to a 25-23, 25-20, 25-19 win over the Park Rapids volleyball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Park Rapids held leads midway through all three sets, but Frazee used strong finishes to close out all three sets to hand the Panthers their third 3-0 loss this season. In Set 1, two kills by Jaiden McCollum, an ace serve by Kaisa Coborn, a winning tip by Kennedy Carlson, and kills by Brooke Jerger and Kamree Carlson gave the Panthers a 10-
For the second time this season, the Park Rapids girls cross-country team edged United North Central to take first place at a meet. Led by top-10 finishes by Lydia Kantonen, Megan Olson and Kendra Coborn, the Panthers compiled 49 points to win the title at Tuesday’s Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational. UNC was second in this 14-team meet with 58 points. Kantonen covered the 5,000-meter course with a winning time of 20:42, Olson was third in 21:22 and Coborn finished 10th in 22:10 to lead the Panthers.
A sweep in singles helped the Park Rapids girls tennis team reach the .500 mark in dual meets. Julia Smith, Natalie Kinkel, Tori Hilmanowski and Rachel Palmer combined to drop only seven games in the four singles matches to spark the Panthers to a 6-1 Mid-State Conference victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday at the Depot Courts. Olivia Wallace and Gracie Eischens also prevailed in straight sets at No. 3 doubles while Kellsey Clark and Mariena Dearstyne won in three sets at No.
Hannah Bliss’ 18 kills and 17 service points led the Nevis volleyball team to a 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-23 win at Menahga Tuesday night. Hannah Anderson added 12 kills and 11 service points while Andrea Dudley had 32 set assists.
In the first two games of the season, the Park Rapids football team couldn’t sustain any drives offensively. That wasn’t a problem Friday night. The Panthers’ offense moved the ball all night, finishing off four drives to spark a 29-13 victory at East Grand Forks in a battle of Section 8AAA rivals. Park Rapids, which managed only 12 first downs and 276 yards in offense in a 6-0 loss to United North Central and a 32-6 loss to Thief River Falls in the first two games of the season, compiled 25
Errors were the difference as the Park Rapids volleyball team dropped a 25-16, 25-19, 25-15 decision at Nevis Thursday night. The Panthers had 22 attack errors, 19 errors on digs, 17 errors on serve receive and five service errors in falling to 0-2 on the season. In Set 1, two kills by Jaiden McCollum kept Park Rapids within 3-2 before a kill by Allison Booker started a 7-0 run for the Tigers.