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Henning closed out the Park Region Conference and regular-season schedule with a 25-16, 25-20, 26-24 win over Menahga Tuesday night. Leah Schwartz had seven kills and 16 digs, Olivia Yliniemi had five kills, Lindsay Hendrickson had five kills, and Aimee Lake had four kills to lead Menahga. Madi Marjamaa added 21 set assists while Alayna Lake had 13 digs as the host Braves fell to 2-5 in the conference and 9-15 overall. Henning improved to 3-4 in conference matches and 17-10 overall. Menahga statistics Service aces: Marjamaa 1, Hendrickson 1.
Six Section 8A runners were listed in the top-14 spots in this week's state Class A girls cross-country poll. Tierney Wolfgram of Math & Science Academy remained the top Class A runner in the state while Perham's Brynnan Covington returned at No. 2. Eden Valley-Watkins' Anna Donnay was rated No. 3 while Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen remained in the No. 4 spot. Also rated from Section 8A were Crookston's Katherine Geist at No. 9, Perham's Caitlin Covington at No. 10, United North Central's Annika Aho at No. 12 and Roseau's Ellie Nelson at No. 14.
Morgan Palmer and Erin Lillquist combined for 35 kills in powering Sebeka to a 3-1 win over Nevis Monday night at Sebeka. Palmer had 18 kills and Lillquist followed with 17 kills in the Trojans' 25-19, 25-17, 21-25, 25-23 victory. Hannah Anderson led Nevis with 21 kills while Ashley Pyburn added 10 kills. Andrea Dudley served two aces and 10 points while Vanessa Byer served three aces. Dudley also had 39 set assists.
A late run in Set 1 propelled the Park Rapids volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Pine River-Backus Monday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers used a 10-4 run to overcome a 17-15 deficit in the opening set to spark a 25-21, 25-20, 25-11 victory.
After a sluggish first half, the Park Rapids football team dominated the third quarter to close out the regular season with a 41-6 rout of Roseau Wednesday night at Vern Weekley Field. That Midwest Red District victory snapped a four-game losing streak and gave the Panthers some momentum entering the first round of the Section 8AAA playoffs. Park Rapids finished at 4-4 and received the No. 5 seed and will travel to No. 4 Pequot Lakes (5-3) Tuesday night at 6 in the playoff opener. Pequot Lakes defeated the Panthers 26-7 in Week 6 at Vern Weekley Field.
Aaron Morris knew one of the keys for the Park Rapids football team to upset Fergus Falls Friday night was to contain senior running back Rylie Sheridan. Park Rapids' defense held Sheridan in check better than any other team the Otters have faced this season. But that wasn't enough as Fergus Falls' defense forced four turnovers and kept the Panthers out of the end zone in a 36-0 Midwest Red District game at Fergus Falls.
Jaiden McCollum and Kamree Carlson combined for 31 kills in leading the Park Rapids volleyball team to a 3-1 win at Thief River Falls Thursday night. McCollum had 16 kills, Carlson had 15 kills and Rilee Michaelson added nine kills to power the Panthers to a 25-21, 25-16, 22-25, 25-18 Section 8AA victory.
Osakis jumped out to a 30-0 halftime lead to defeat the United North Central football team 37-14 in a Midwest Blue District game Friday night at Sebeka. Colton Waldvogel scored on touchdown runs of 9 and 19 yards in the first quarter while Glenn Seela's 1-yard TD run and Logan Wolff's 18-yard TD run made it 30-0 at the half. Owen Anderson's 10-yard TD reception from Caleb Puttonen made it 30-8 after three quarters before Josh Peterka's 33-yard TD reception from Gage Larson sealed the win.
Kasey Volkmann's 20 kills and six blocks led Wadena-Deer Creek to a 3-1 Park Region Conference win over Menahga Thursday night at Menahga. Ellie Miron added 11 kills, Aly Daigneault and Kennedy Gravelle had six blocks each, and Ashley Adams had 35 set assists in leading the Wolverines to a 25-12, 25-16, 23-25, 25-13 victory.
Despite being the No. 5 seed, head coach Brianne Morris was looking for her Park Rapids girls tennis team to contend for the Section 8A title. The Panthers opened the section team tournament last Tuesday at Fargo's Courts Plus by avenging a loss to No. 4 Perham with a 6-1 victory before being eliminated by No. 1 Roseau 5-2 in the semifinals. Perham edged the Panthers 4-3 during the regular season by winning three-set matches at No. 3 singles and No. 4 singles and winning in a pair of tiebreakers at No. 2 doubles.