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A sweep in singles gave the Park Rapids girls tennis team a 5-2 win at Parkers Prairie Tuesday afternoon. Julia Smith, Natalie Kinkel, Tori Hilmanowski and Abby Morris all won their singles matches in straight sets while Chloe Johnson and Jada Renneberg prevailed in three sets at No. 3 doubles as the Panthers improved to 4-3 against Section 8A opponents and 10-8 overall in dual meets. The Panthers defeated Parkers Prairie 6-1 earlier in the season. Park Rapids 5, Parkers Prairie 2 No. 1 singles: Julia Smith, PR, over Kamryn Arceneau 6-2, 6-2.
Cielo Mooney served six aces and 20 points in leading the Nevis volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Laporte in a Northland Conference match Tuesday night at Nevis. Vanessa Byer had 29 digs and Hannah Anderson pounded down 12 kills in the Tigers' 28-26, 25-11, 25-13 victory. Ashley Pyburn had seven kills and Andrea Dudley tallied 33 set assists. On defense, Jessica Swanda made three solo blocks while Madisyn Lucas had 16 digs. The win lifted the Tigers to 3-0 in the conference and 5-9 overall while Laporte fell to 3-3 in conference matches. Nevis statistics
Solid serving sparked the Park Rapids volleyball team to a pair of impressive road wins against Section 8AA opponents. The Panthers put 82 of 89 serves in play with 11 aces in a 3-1 win over Wadena-Deer Creek at Wadena Monday and put 69 of 72 serves in play with 18 aces in a 3-0 win at Pequot Lakes Tuesday night.
Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen led a pack of 251 girls cross-country runners and United North Central claimed runner-up honors among 1A teams at last Saturday's Milaca Mega Meet. Kantonen covered the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 11 seconds while UNC's Annika Aho finished fourth in 19:44. Rounding out the Warriors' team score were Kate Hendrickson (37th in 21:25), Cierra Ahlf (42nd in 21:32), Molly Hendrickson (56th in 21:51) and Kaarin Lehto (62nd in 22:03). Trinity School at River Ridge won the girls team title with 140 points while UNC followed with 175 points.
Nevis moved up a spot while Park Rapids dropped out of the top 10 in this week's Minnesota state high school football polls. Nevis claimed the No. 7 spot in this week's state 9-man poll with 8 votes after a 42-6 win at Silver Bay last Friday night. The Tigers, who were rated No. 8 last week, improved to 4-0. Grand Meadow tops the 9-man ratings with 54 votes while Waubun is third with 47 votes. Ada-Borup received 2 votes to share the No. 12 spot.
It was supposed to be a defensive battle when Park Rapids traveled to Detroit Lakes for a Midwest Red District football game Friday night. Only one defense lived up to the hype as Detroit Lakes dominated on both sides of the ball in a decisive 46-0 victory at Mollberg Field. The Lakers entered this game rated No. 2 among Class AAAA teams in defense after allowing only 15 points during a 2-1 start to the season. On the other side of the ball, Park Rapids was the top-rated defense among Class AAA schools after giving up only 13 points during a 3-0 start.
The Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team followed a 1-2 showing in the 100-yard freestyle with a 1-2-3 finish in the 500 freestyle to pull away for a 110-75 victory over Perham Thursday night at the Area High School pool. Perham never led in this meet, but stayed close until the Panthers pulled away after diving to improve to 5-0 in dual meets this season. Ellie Ulvin, Maija Hovelsrud, Liesel Smee and Jordan Klemmer opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 2:07.71.
Kennedy Carlson broke her school record for set assists, but it wasn't enough as the Park Rapids volleyball team dropped a marathon 3-2 decision at Pelican Rapids Thursday night. Carlson had 63 set assists, breaking her school record of 55 set last season. However, the Vikings were able to rally for a 12-25, 26-28, 25-23, 27-25, 16-14 victory. Grace Johnson's 12 kills and Jessica Weinrich's 11 kills led the way for Pelican Rapids, which improved to 9-5.
Jack DeWulf accounted for five touchdowns and the defense didn't allow a score until the final play of the game as Nevis remained undefeated with a 42-6 9-man football victory at Silver Bay Friday night. DeWulf completed 7 of 11 passes for 238 yards and three TDs and rushed nine times for 80 yards and two TDs as the Tigers improved to 4-0 this season. DeWulf hit Zach Henry on a 40-yard TD pass and ran in the conversion as Nevis led 8-0 at the 2:24 mark of the first quarter.
Hunter Berggren rushed 14 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns in sparking Staples-Motley to a 30-14 win over United North Central in a Midwest Blue District football game Friday night at Menahga. Eric Lisson's 10-yard TD run gave the Cardinals a 6-0 lead in the first quarter before a 66-yard TD run by Berggren, a 17-yard TD pass from Mason Rychner to Matt Miller and a 27-yard TD run by Lisson pushed the lead to 24-0 at the half.