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Menahga received the No. 7 seed in the North bracket and will open the Section 6A volleyball tournament by hosting No. 10 Rothsay at 7 p.m. tonight (Monday, Oct. 23). Menahga finished the regular season with an 11-12 record while Rothsay went 10-14. The winner of that match plays at No. 2 Pelican Rapids Thursday (Oct. 26) at 7 p.m. Pelican Rapids is 18-6.
Park Rapids' defense didn't have an answer on how to stop Jenson Beachy and the Perham passing attack in the regular-season finale on Oct. 18. Beachy broke school records for passing yards (435), touchdown passes (six) and total offense (485) in a game in leading the Yellowjackets to a 40-6 Section 8AA and Midwest Blue District football victory at Perham.
Nevis will receive a first-round bye while Park Rapids and United North Central will open the section football playoffs on the road Tuesday, Oct. 24. Nevis earned the No. 1 seed in the Section 6 9-man playoffs with a 42-20 win over previously undefeated Stephen-Argyle in the regular-season finale Wednesday night at Nevis. The Tigers ended the regular season with a 7-1 record. Rothsay also finished at 7-1 and earned the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye.
Nevis swept Sebeka in the final home match of the regular season at the Tiger Arena while Menahga's Madi Marjamaa reached a milestone as the Braves defeated Staples-Motley at Staples in local volleyball action Monday night. Three players hit double figures in kills and five players had double digits in digs in leading Nevis to a 25-15, 25-20, 25-18 victory over Sebeka.
After closing out the regular season at home Monday, head coach Kerry Johnson is looking forward to seeing how much the Park Rapids girls and boys cross-country teams have improved when Bagley hosts the Section 8A meet on Oct. 27. The Panthers ran in ideal conditions in their only home meet of the season at Headwaters Golf Club Monday and ran to a pair of ninth-place finishes in the 20-team field during the annual Park Rapids Invitational.
Annika Aho led the field as the United North Central girls cross-country team ran away with the Park Region Conference title Tuesday at Blueberry Pines. Aho covered the 5K course in a winning time of 20:42, Kate Hendrickson was third in 21:27, Molly Hendrickson took fifth in 22:10, Gabby Hrdlicka finished sixth in 22:11 and Kaarin Lehto was seventh in 22:15 as the Warriors compiled 19 points to top the seven-team field. All five runners earned all-conference honors.
Kortne Byer and Katelyn Weaver served four aces apiece and Rilee Michaelson had 13 kills in leading the Park Rapids volleyball team to a sweep at East Grand Forks Tuesday night. Kamree Carlson (9) and Jaiden McCollum (8) combined for 17 kills while McCollum served three aces and 11 points as the Panthers rolled to a 25-16, 25-14, 25-13 win in this match between Section 8AA opponents. Weaver served 10 points while Kennedy Carlson (9) and Byer (8) combined for 17 service points. Kennedy Carlson tallied 29 set assists as the Panthers had 38 kills and served 15 aces in the win.
Ottertail Central turned four United North Central turnovers into touchdowns in building a 34-0 lead in the first half en route to a 48-18 Midwest Red District football victory Oct. 13 during Menahga's homecoming game. Austin Wensauer scored on a 2-yard TD run and Ben Naddy followed with a 4-yard TD run as the Bulldogs led 14-0 after the first quarter. Naddy returned a UNC fumble 27 yards for another score before Wensauer scored on a pair of 1-yard runs for a 34-0 lead. Zach Floyd's 5-yard TD reception from James Clark made it 34-6 at the half.
Kia Heide's 12 kills and Andrea Dudley's four ace serves, 13 digs and 24 set assists led the Nevis volleyball team in a sweep over Hill City Thursday night. Ashley Pyburn (10) and Montana Baker (9) combined for 19 kills as the Tigers posted a 25-12, 25-22, 25-17 victory. Sadie Thurner chipped in 15 digs as Nevis improved to 15-7 on the season. Hill City's record fell to 13-12. Nevis statistics
Madi Marjamaa's seven ace serves, 24 set assists and 10 digs sparked the Menahga volleyball team to a Park Region Conference sweep over Pillager Thursday night at Menahga. Leah Schwartz added 14 kills and 10 digs while Olivia Yliniemi (6) and Tara Hendrickson (5) combined for 11 kills in the Braves' 25-12, 25-19, 25-13 victory. Aimee Lake led the way with 14 digs while Annie Lake (8) and Ahlf (7) combined for 15 digs as Menahga improved to 3-3 in conference matches and 10-11 overall.