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A balanced offensive attack sparked the Park Rapids volleyball team to a 3-0 Mid-State Conference win over Staples-Motley Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Seven different players had at least two kills as the Panthers rolled to a 25-15, 25-13, 25-15 victory.
Nevis took over sole possession of first place in the District 9 North Gold 9-man football standings with a hard-fought 20-12 victory over Ogilvie Friday night at Nevis. Jack DeWulf rushed 23 times for 260 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another 99 yards as the Tigers finished with 428 yards in offense. DeWulf opened the scoring with an 85-yard TD run and hit Griffin Chase on the conversion for an 8-0 lead with :18 remaining in the first quarter. That was the only scoring in the first half.
Despite injuries and illnesses, the Park Rapids boys and girls cross-country teams were able to field full squads at Thursday's Pelican Rapids Invitational. Per Jorgenson (ninth in 18:05), Seth Breitweser (11th in 18:09), Ashton Clark (24th in 19:40), Jack Christenson (29th in 20:04) and Kaleb Carlson (36th in 21:15) led the boys to fourth place with 102 points. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton took first with 28 points in this six-team meet.
The Menahga volleyball team followed a 3-0 win over Staples-Motley with a 3-0 loss to Sebeka. Leah Schwartz (9), Olivia Yliniemi (7) and Aimee Lake (7) combined for 23 kills in leading the Braves to a 25-19, 25-19, 25-15 win over Staples-Motley last Tuesday night at Menahga. Madi Marjamaa had 24 set assists while Schwartz, Lindsay Hendrickson and Mackenzie Kako served two aces each. Alayna Lake led the Braves with five solo blocks and 13 digs. Schwartz added 11 digs.
Staples-Motley won the first event, but the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team dominated the rest of the way in a 100-61 victory Thursday night at the Area High School pool. Olivia Ulvin, Jess Kaseman, Jordan Klemmer and Maija Hovelsrud clocked a runner-up 2:15.06 in the 200-yard medley relay before the Panthers went 1-2 in the next eight events to take control. Liesel Smee won the 200 freestyle in 2:20.45 and Madi Robbins followed in 2:20.09 before the Panthers went 1-2-3 in the 200 individual medley behind Klemmer's 2:41.40 and Trinah Szafranski's 2:43.89.
James Clark rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 134 yards and three TDs in leading United North Central to a 42-0 Midwest Blue Division victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Friday night at Long Prairie. Clark opened the scoring with a 71-yard TD run and hit Owen Anderson on a 76-yard scoring route as the Warriors led 14-0 after the first quarter. A 4-yard TD run by Clark and a 20-yard TD reception by Al Pietila gave UNC a 26-0 lead at the half.
Hannah Anderson's 18 kills and 20 digs sparked the Nevis volleyball team to a 3-0 Northland Conference win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Thursday night at Walker. Jessica Swanda and Emma Bliss added five kills each and Cielo Mooney served three aces and 18 points in the Tigers' 25-8, 25-6, 29-27 victory. Madisyn Lucas added two aces and 15 points while Andrea Dudley had 34 set assists. Vanessa Byer led the way with 25 digs and Lucas added 20 digs as the Tigers improved to 4-0 in conference matches and 6-0 overall.
Aaron Pike continues to be one of the top paralympic athletes in the United States. The 30-year-old Park Rapids native represented Team USA in two events at the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games in Rio. Pike placed sixth in his heat and 21st overall out of 24 racers in the wheelchair 1,500 meters with a time of 3:09.85 on Sept. 12. Thailand's Prawat Wahoram won the Gold medal with a winning time of 3:00.62.
Bemidji took first in seven events and added seven runner-up finishes to hand the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team its first loss of the season Tuesday night at Bemidji. The Lumberjacks went 1-2 in diving, the 100-yard freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay to spark a 110-76 win.
Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen and United North Central's Annika Aho were among the top 10 runners listed in this week's state Class A girls cross-country poll. Kantonen moved up to the No. 4 spot while Aho was rated No. 10. Perham's Brynnan Covington was rated No. 2, giving Section 8A three runners in the top spots. Math and Science Academy's Tierney Wolfgram was the top-rated runner in this week's poll. In the team rankings, UNC was rated No. 12. Fairmont held the No. 1 spot while Perham was rated No. 2.