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The first-half road woes continued for the Park Rapids football team Friday night at Thief River Falls. Thief River Falls jumped out to a 28-0 lead at the half and expanded that lead to 42-0 in a 42-20 victory in this Heart O’Lakes Conference North Division game. The Prowlers turned four interceptions into three touchdowns to spark the win. In the first two road games this season, the Panthers were outscored 54-7 in the first half in losses to Frazee (26-23) and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (40-26).
Winning the first nine events and going 1-2 in four of them sparked the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a 100-79 Mid-State Conference victory over Staples-Motley Thursday night at the Area High School pool. Paige Fritze, Carly Waggoner, Alyza Edevold and Kayla Andersen won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:08.70 before Lauren Rossman (in 2:10.46) and Tea Nyland (in 2:15.46) went 1-2 in the 200 freestyle. Another 1-2 showing followed as Isabella Simonson (in 2:47.67) and Waggoner (in 2:48.73) led the field in
Peyton Boom boomed down 17 kills and added four blocks in leading Barnesville to a 25-19, 21-25, 25-19, 25-16 victory over the Park Rapids volleyball team in a battle of Section 8AA teams Thursday night at the Area High School gym. In Set 1, three kills by Bria Wolff, an ace serve by Kaisa Coborn and a kill by Megan Grimes kept the Panthers within 15-12 before Barnesville closed out the set with a 10-7 run. Park Rapids evened the match by winning Set 2.
Lydia Kantonen and Megan Olson finished in the top-15 spots as the Park Rapids girls cross-country team finished sixth at Thursday’s John Hermes Invitational at Fergus Falls. Kantonen covered the 4,000-meter course in 16:29 to place 11th overall while Olson was 14th overall in 16:33 as the Panthers tallied 185 points.
Ruby Vedbraaten served two aces and 17 points as the Nevis volleyball team snapped a seven-match losing streak with a 25-12, 25-16, 25-16 Northland Conference win over Blackduck Thursday night. Hannah Bliss added 21 kills and three blocks, Denia Brown had 11 kills, Allison Booker served three aces and Hannah Anderson had 19 set assists for the Tigers.
Park Rapids’ Isaac Overmyer led the field in the Class AA boys varsity division at last Saturday’s Milaca Mega Meet. Overmyer, who is rated No. 2 in this week’s state Class A boys cross-country poll, covered the 5,000-meter course in 16:14 to top the 181-runner field.
Megan Felthous and Megan Porta controlled play at the net in leading Pine River-Backus past the Park Rapids volleyball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Felthous had 25 kills and seven blocks while Porta added eight kills and six blocks in PR-B’s 25-12, 25-16, 23-25, 25-19 victory. In Set 1, a kill and tip by Megan Grimes, an ace serve by Taylor Hilmanowski, three kills by Bria Wolff and a kill by Jaiden McCollum kept Park Rapids within 9-8 before Liz Downie served eight points to give the Tigers an 18-8
Bemidji used 1-2 showings in the 100-yard freestyle, 100 backstroke and 400 freestyle relay to rally for a 99-87 victory over the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team Tuesday night at Bemidji. The Panthers held a 50-44 lead after the 100 butterfly before Bemidji rallied for the win.
Brylee Colligan’s 10 kills led Bemidji to a 25-20, 25-23, 25-21 win over the Nevis volleyball team Tuesday night at the Tiger Arena. Hannah Bliss’ 18 kills and 20 set assists, Denia Brown’s 17 kills, Ruby Vedbraaten’s 16 digs, Jordyn Lucas’ 14 digs, and Hannah Anderson’s 14 digs and 17 set assists led the Tigers, who fell to 4-9 on the season. Bemidji improved to 6-3. Nevis statistics
Gavin Hitchcock rushed for two long touchdowns in leading the Nevis 9-man football team to a 42-22 victory at Hill City last Friday night. Hitchcock opened the scoring with a 35-yard TD run and Gavin Becker ran in the conversion in the first quarter. Hill City countered with a 30-yard TD pass and conversion to tie the game at 8-8. Kiefer Miller’s 9-yard TD run and Tucker Roehl’s conversion and Austin Becker’s 39-yard TD run and conversion pass to Gavin Becker gave the Tigers a 24-8 lead.