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Brianne Morris is expecting another successful season from the Park Rapids girls tennis team. A year ago, the senior trio of Julia Smith, Drew Hilmanowski and Haley MacPherson led the Panthers to an 11-11 overall record, a third-place showing at the Mid-State Conference tournament and a spot in the Section 8A semifinals.
Graduation left the Nevis volleyball team with six key positions to replace this season. However, head coach Heidi Wormley is counting on the return of three all-conference players to lead the Tigers to another successful season.
Isaiah Hahn can't emphasize enough how much ball control will dictate the success of the Menahga volleyball team this fall. "Our team's biggest emphasis this year, as in past years, is ball control. Ball control, ball control, ball control," said Hahn. "We really need to be consistent in this area to reach our goals as a team. Everything that we do starts on defense, especially when it comes to serve-receive defense and overall ball control."
Aaron Morris has never shied away from a tough schedule. The head coach of the Park Rapids football team is confident that facing tough opponents during the regular season will lead to more success in the postseason.
When McKenna Brand started playing hockey, she dreamed of representing the United States in the Winter Olympics. On Thursday, Brand took another step toward achieving that goal. The soon-to-be senior forward at Northeastern University was selected No. 11 overall by the New York Riveters in Thursday night's National Women's Hockey League Draft. Brand will play her final collegiate season for the Huskies before joining the professional team.
Tom Stambaugh thought he was done with coaching when he retired as a teacher at Nevis last spring. Some Nevis runners convinced him to postpone his retirement from coaching. "I retired from teaching this spring, so I thought I was pretty much done," said Stambaugh. "We had seven or eight young distance runners in track in grades 6-8. We've never had that many. They were pestering me about cross country and I fell for it and the school was nice enough to add it back."
Wins at No. 2 doubles, No. 3 doubles and No. 4 singles gave the Park Rapids girls tennis team an early 3-1 lead before Fergus Falls won the next three matches to rally for a 4-3 victory Tuesday in a dual meet at Fergus Falls. Kendra Coborn and Gracie Eischens coasted to a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2 doubles, Morgan Koppleman and Mickey Clark prevailed 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3 doubles, and Jada Renneberg dropped the first set before rallying for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles to give the Panthers the early lead.
Friendly banter accompanies the sound of tennis balls hitting racquets two mornings a week at the Park Rapids Depot Courts. For the past 30 summers, the Depot Courts has hosted doubles and mixed doubles play every Tuesday morning and Thursday morning (weather permitting). For the group of players age 55 and over (with a few exceptions), meeting for some friendly competition from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. is the perfect way to enjoy a sunny summer morning.
After opening the season by dropping a pair of dual meets Friday at the Depot Courts, the Park Rapids girls tennis team rebounded to tie for second place at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational at the Depot Courts and Century School Courts.
When Sarah VanderMeiden entered the Northwoods Triathlon in 2004, little did she know this race in Nevis would turn into an annual Engebretson family reunion. This year, 17 members and three generations of the Engebretson family participated in the 15th annual triathlon, which was held on Aug. 12. Among the group participating was Paul Engebretson, who was the oldest triathlon competitor at age 80. Sticking with tradition, the Engebretsons gathered at the home of Wayne and Martha (Engebretson) Thompson on Sixth Crow Wing for a family reunion following the triathlon.