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Kirby Hrdlicka rushed 39 times for 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns in leading the United North Central football team to a 37-28 win over Wadena-Deer Creek Friday night at Sebeka. Both offenses clicked as the Warriors finished with 353 yards while Jake Dykhoff passed for three TDs and rushed for another for W-DC. Hrdlicka opened the scoring with a 28-yard interception return and Brandon Miller caught a pass from James Clark on the conversion to give UNC an 8-0 lead.
Hannah Anderson's 20 digs, 11 kills and 10 service points rallied the Nevis volleyball team to a 3-1 Northland Conference win over Pine River-Backus Thursday night. Jessica Swanda, Ashley Pyburn and Montana Baker added five kills each as the Tigers posted a 11-25, 26-24, 27-25, 25-18 victory at Pine River. Andrea Dudley served two aces and had 30 set assists and 10 digs while Vanessa Byer added 19 digs as the Tigers improved to 2-5 in their conference opener.
Three players tallied double digits in kills as the Menahga volleyball team rallied for a 3-2 win over New York Mills Thursday night at New York Mills. Leah Schwartz had 15 kills while Aimee Lake and Olivia Yliniemi had 10 kills each as the Braves pounded down 41 kills in rallying for a 24-26, 25-27, 25-23, 25-21, 15-12 Park Region Conference victory. The Braves put 106 of 115 serves in play with eight aces with Yliniemi serving four aces and Lake serving a pair of aces. Madi Marjamaa finished with 31 set assists.
United North Central's girls and Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen were rated among the top runners in the state in the latest state Class A poll. UNC remained in the No. 11 position in the state Class A girls poll while Perham retained its spot as the No. 1 team in the state. Kantonen was rated as the No. 12 individual runner in that poll while Perham's Brynnan Covington was rated No. 3 and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's Maria Pake was rated No. 13.
Isabel Bagstad served five aces and the Park Rapids volleyball team pounded down 47 kills to open the Mid-State Conference schedule with a 3-1 win at Detroit Lakes Thursday night.
Melrose broke one of two meet and pool records in winning the team title at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational girls swimming and diving meet. The 400 freestyle relay team of Stefanie Rasmussen, Taylor Poepping, Mikayla Von Wahlde and Savana Bitz clocked a 3:47.95 to break Melrose's meet and pool record of 3:49.04 set last season. That was one of six winning efforts for the Dutchmen, who topped the seven-team field with 595 points. Brainerd took second with 490 points while Park Rapids finished sixth with 153 points.
It took another solid defensive effort to give the undefeated Park Rapids football team a 7-0 win over East Grand Forks Friday night at Vern Weekley Field. After EGF reached the Park Rapids 9 on its first drive, the Panthers' defense took control by forcing seven punts the rest of the game in recording their first shutout of the season.
It took another solid defensive effort to give the Park Rapids football team a 7-0 win over East Grand Forks Friday night at Vern Weekley Field. After a scoreless first half, Tristin Persons' 3-yard TD run and Jarrett Johnson's kick gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 3:05 to play in the third quarter. Quarterback Jake Dickinson rushed for 15 and 28 yards during that four-play, 49-yard scoring drive. The Panthers' defense made that lead hold up.
Six winning times and a 1-2-3 sweep in diving powered the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a 113-69 win over Fosston/Bagley Tuesday night at the Area High School pool. It was a total team effort in the home opener that kept the Panthers undefeated in dual meets this season. Ellie Ulvin, Maija Hovelsrud, Liesel Smee and Trinah Szafranski opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:10.65.
Perham won three close matches to defeat the Park Rapids girls tennis team for the first time in school history. The Yellowjackets, who entered the match with an 0-20 record in dual meets against Park Rapids, prevailed in three sets at both No. 3 singles and No. 4 singles and won a pair of tiebreakers at No. 2 doubles for a 4-3 Mid-State Conference win Tuesday afternoon at Perham.