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Todd Fritze had another opportunity to move people around and the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team delivered with solid performances in every event to remain undefeated in dual meets. The Panthers took first in the first nine events and went 1-2-3 in three of them in building a 102-36 lead before swimming exhibition in a 102-71 victory over Fosston/Bagley Tuesday night at the Area High School pool. That win lifted the Panthers to 3-0 on the season and helped extend their winning streak in dual meets to 13 in a row. Katherine Erickson, Hannah Williams, Elizabeth Nichols and Emil
The Nevis volleyball team remained undefeated on the season with impressive wins over Osseo and Pine River-Backus. Riley Hanson's 24 kills, Megan Norby's 21 kills and Katie Becker's 20 service points led the Tigers to a 25-23, 24-26, 26-24, 25-16 win over Osseo Saturday afternoon at the Tiger Arena. Olivia Toft had 41 set assists while Hanson (14), Norby (12) and Savannah Gatewood (11) combined for 37 digs. Becker's four ace serves, 15 service points and 13 digs led the Tigers in a 25-13, 25-7, 25-16 win over Pine River-Backus last Thursday night at Pine River. Hanson (18) and Norby (1
Royalton racked up 529 yards in total offense, including 451 on the ground, in sparking a 42-8 win over the United North Central football team Friday night at Royalton. Cade Stang rushed 10 times for 132 yards and a touchdown and Brady Moulzolf rushed for 84 yards and two TDs and threw for 68 yards and another score for the Royals. Tony Gadacz added 86 yards rushing and a TD and Tyler Hegna rushed for 61 yards and a TD. UNC finished with 233 yards in offense with Dylan Huttunen's 5-yard TD run in the third quarter providing the only touchdown.
Sweeping four events led the Park Rapids girls swimming team to a 100-64 victory at Thief River Falls Thursday night. The Panthers went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle, 200 individual medley, 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke and won three other events before swimming exhibition in the final two events en route to improving to 2-0 in dual meets this season. Katherine Erickson, Jessie O'Hern, Elizabeth Nichols and Hannah Williams won the 200 medley relay in 2:06.19 before Erickson's 2:10.74 led a sweep in the 200 freestyle. Emily Creager's time of 2:30.00 led a sweep in the 200 individual
Kelly Pearson's 17 kills and 18 digs led Staples-Motley to a 25-14, 21-25, 25-18, 25-16 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids volleyball team Thursday night at the Area High School gym. A kill by Mady Vaudrin and an ace serve by Grace Bateman gave the Panthers a quick 3-0 lead in Set 1 before Staples-Motley used six service points by Marilyn Eagle Tail to build a 10-5 advantage.
Jordan Hein showed Friday night why several NCAA Division I colleges are recruiting the Perham senior quarterback. Hein rushed for 98 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 183 yards and another score in leading the Yellowjackets to a 34-12 Heart O'Lakes Conference Northern Division victory over Park Rapids. "The kids played well and hung in there," said Park Rapids head coach Aaron Morris. "The kids showed improvement from last week to this week. That's what you want to see as a coach.
Led by Isaac Overmyer's runner-up finish, the Park Rapids boys cross-country team earned runner-up honors at Tuesday's Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational. Overmyer covered the 5,000-meter course at Whitetail Run Golf Course in 17 minutes. Zach Jewison was 15th overall in 18:53, Jake Waggoner finished 17th in 18:59, Bailey Mueller was 25th in 19:44 and Tanner Otterness finished 27th in 19:51 as the Panthers tallied 84 points. Perham, the runner-up at last year's state Class A meet, won the team title with 19 points. Keeghan Hurley led the way with a winning time of 16:49.
Tayah Otterness led the way for the Park Rapids girls cross-country team at Tuesday's Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational at Whitetail Run Golf Course. Otterness covered the 4,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 58 seconds to finish eighth overall and lead the Panthers to third place with 105 points. Lora Remus finished 17th in 17:44, Megan Olson was 19th in 18:03, Madison Steffel finished 27th in 18:52 and Kaylee Hilmanowski was 34th in 19:25 to complete the team score. Mattia Hendrickson led the field with a winning time of 16:13 in leading Little Falls to the team title with 33 points.
Katelyn Hilmanowski served eight aces and 10 points while Megan Grimes pounded down nine kills in leading the Park Rapids volleyball team past Walker-Hackensack-Akeley last Thursday night at Walker. Justine Rittgers served 12 points, including the final three to end the match, as the Panthers posted a 27-25, 25-18, 25-22 victory. Grace Bateman had three ace serves and 16 set assists, Shania Johnson had 11 set assists, Bria Wolff had six kills and four solo blocks, and Rittgers had seven digs for the Panthers, who tallied 14 ace serves and 27 kills in the match.
Another sweep in doubles led the Park Rapids girls tennis team to a 6-1 Mid-State Conference victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday at Wadena. Julia Renner and Christina Smith didn't drop a game at No. 1 doubles, Sarena Kinkel and Lindsey Girtz prevailed in straight sets at No. 2 doubles, and Jill Simpson and Jeni Simpson dropped only two games in a straight-set win at No. 3 doubles. Charity Ridlon and Hope Johnson posted straight-set wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles spots while Lydia Schaum prevailed in three sets at No.