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The Park Rapids volleyball team closed out the regular season by dropping a pair of Section 8AA matches with losses at home to East Grand Forks and at Pequot Lakes. In the regular-season finale Tuesday night, Ellen Potter's 11 kills sparked East Grand Forks to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-15 win at the Area High School gym. Two ace serves by Grace Bateman and kills by Mady Vaudrin and Megan Grimes had the Panthers even at 11-11 in Set 1 before Hannah Vonasek served seven points to put EGF in control.
Park Rapids and Nevis will host first-round football playoff games while United North Central will hit the road Tuesday night. Despite a 16-6 loss to Roseau in the regular-season finale Wednesday night, the Panthers (3-5) maintained the No. 2 seed in Section 8AAA and will host No. 7 Staples-Motley (0-8) Tuesday night at 7 at Vern Weekley Field. The other quarterfinals games in Section 8AAA feature No. 3 Roseau (4-4) hosting No. 6 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (2-6) and No. 4 Crookston (3-5) hosting No. 5 Pequot Lakes (2-6). No.
Another strong start led the Nevis football team to another impressive win last Friday night. The Tigers built a 26-0 lead en route to a 38-22 victory at Onamia in a battle of undefeated and rated 9-man teams. Nevis, which entered the state poll at the No. 9 spot last week, moved up to the No. 5 spot this week after defeating Onamia, which fell from the state rankings after being rated No. 11 last week.
The Nevis volleyball team posted two more impressive wins by defeating Moorhead and Sebeka. Riley Hanson had 24 kills and Megan Norby had 18 kills as the Tigers defeated Moorhead 23-25, 25-11, 26-24, 25-15 last Thursday night while Hanson's 19 kills and eight ace serves led Nevis to a 25-16, 25-11, 25-15 win at Sebeka Monday night. Norby and Hanson also had four ace serves each and combined for 22 service points while Kate Dierkhising served nine points in the win over Moorhead.
Cody Kilfoyle-Steward rushed for four touchdowns in leading Long Prairie-Grey Eagle to a 45-24 Prairie North Conference win over the United North Central football team last Friday night at Menahga. Kilfoyle-Steward scored on TD runs of 17 and 50 yards and John Dinkel caught a 21-yard TD pass as the Thunder led 20-0 after the first quarter. After Brandon Junes' 2-yard TD run at the 5:35 mark pulled UNC to within 20-8, a 32-yard TD run by Alex Lemke and 5-yard TD run by Kilfoyle-Steward gave LPGE a 33-8 advantage at the half. Junes hit Keiler Skaro on an 81-yard TD route at the 8:01 mark o
Jenny Skoog's eight kills and Tarah Cleveland's two ace serves and 12 digs led the way as the Menahga volleyball team closed out the regular season with a Park Region Conference loss to Bertha-Hewitt last Thursday night at Menahga. Maria Tormanen also served two aces, Shannon Skoog had eight digs and three kills, and Tarrin Mickelson had 10 set assists as the Braves fell to 0-7 in the conference and 4-18 overall. B-H improved to 17-6 overall. Menahga statistics Kills: J. Skoog 8, S.
Julia Renner and Christina Smith lived up to their No. 1 seed to earn a trip to the state Class A girls tennis tournament. The Park Rapids juniors used four straight-set wins to capture the Section 8A doubles title at the Choice Health and Fitness Club in Grand Forks Saturday. Renner and Smith opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over No. 16 Hannah Jacobson and Molly Kraemer of Wadena-Deer Creek before eliminating Park Rapids' Lindsey Girtz and Sarena Kinkel, the No.
Todd Fritze thought the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team had the depth and balance to repeat as Section 8A True Team champions. The Panthers relied on points from all 24 participants to retain their section title at Warroad Saturday. Park Rapids' depth produced 1,436.50 points while Bemidji finished second in this eight-team meet with 1,321 points. In the nine individual events, the Panthers were consistent all day by scoring between 88 and 103 points.
Isaac Overmyer repeated as the Mid-State Conference champion and Tayah Otterness earned runner-up honors to account for two of five all-conference performers for the Park Rapids cross-country teams Thursday at Wadena. Overmyer covered the 5,000-meter course with a winning time of 16:45. Jake Waggoner also earned all-conference honors by placing 10th in 17:42 while Zach Jewison received all-conference honorable mention honors by placing 15th in 18:15. Tanner Otterness placed 26th in 18:50 and Bailey Mueller was 31st in 19:06 as Park Rapids finished fourth with 83 points.
Two big plays by the defense and special teams in the final 5:14 rallied the Park Rapids football team to a 13-10 win over East Grand Forks Friday night at Vern Weekley Field. Kyle Goplerud's interception set up a 28-yard touchdown pass from Tyler McCollum to Goplerud with 4:52 to play and Zach Eystad's 29-yard punt return set up a 1-yard TD run by Cory Gartner with :06 remaining to give the Panthers the win in this Heart O'Lakes Conference North Division game. The win lifted Park Rapids to 3-4 on the season and guarantees the Panthers a home game for the first round of the Section 8AAA pl