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Several area runners competed in various races at the 36th Twin Cities Marathon. Seven runners completed the 26.2-mile marathon Sunday with Menahga's Shane Kirlin (age 43) recording the best time of 3:19:18. Also finishing the full marathon were Park Rapids' Zachary Haugland, 24, in 3:43:27; Menahga's Jacob Oyster, 35, in 3:55:42; Park Rapids' Brian Garlie, 39, in 4:09:56; Park Rapids' Kent Cease, 55, in 4:30:26; Park Rapids' Rebecca Penning, 27, in 5:02:34; and Menahga's Ken Isaacson, 35, in 5:16:34.
Seth Breitweser and Keegan Moses finished in the top 20 in leading the Park Rapids boys cross-country team to fourth place at the Glenn Moerke Invitational at Pelican Rapids' Birchwood Golf Course on Sept. 28. Breitweser covered the 5K course in 19:03 for 15th place and Moses followed in 19:06 for 16th place as the Panthers compiled 106 points. Will Pickar was 23rd in 19:33, Kaleb Stearns finished 27th in 19:48 and Sam Warne was 30th in 19:59 to round out Park Rapids' team score. Ashton Clark (34th in 20:35) and Gabe Bagstad (35th in 20:39) also ran varsity for the Panthers.
Kamree Carlson and Jaiden McCollum pounded down 19 kills apiece in leading the Park Rapids volleyball team to a victory at Barnesville Tuesday night. Kaisa Coborn and Rilee Michaelson added eight kills each as the Panthers used 58 kills to spark a 25-18, 17-25, 25-14, 25-18 win. Kennedy Carlson set up 51 of those kills. Park Rapids overcame 20 hitting errors by putting 86 of 93 serves in play with seven aces. Katelyn Weaver went 20 for 20 in serves with two aces and 13 points while Coborn served two aces and 11 points.
For the second week in a row, the United North Central football team saw a halftime lead disappear. Three rushing touchdowns by James Clark gave UNC an 18-7 lead at the break before Staples-Motley rallied with a pair of second-half scores for a 21-18 Midwest Blue District victory at Sebeka on Sept. 29. The Warriors, who led 8-0 at the half and 14-8 in the third quarter before Pillager rallied for a 22-14 victory in Week 4, expanded a 12-7 lead after the first quarter to 18-7 at the half against Staples-Motley.
Efficiency at the net helped the Park Rapids volleyball team repeat as Mid-State Conference champions. The Panthers pounded down 54 kills while having only six hitting errors in a 25-8, 25-16, 25-12 victory over Staples-Motley Thursday night at Staples. That win in the conference finale gave Park Rapids a 4-0 record against Mid-State opponents. The Panthers also won the conference title last season with a 4-0 record. This marked the first back-to-back Mid-State titles for Park Rapids since winning four straight conference titles from 1979-1982.
Leah Schwartz had 15 kills and 21 digs in leading the Menahga volleyball team past Verndale in a Park Region Conference match Thursday night. Cierra Ahlf added 10 kills and 12 digs while Madi Marjamaa had 39 set assists, four service aces and 11 digs in Menahga's 25-10, 22-25, 25-21, 25-23 victory. Defensively, Aimee Lake had 24 digs, Tara Hendrickson had four ace blocks, and Annie Lake had three ace blocks and 13 digs. Olivia Yliniemi chipped in seven kills as Menahga improved to 2-2 in the conference and 9-8 overall.
Closing out two close sets kept the Nevis volleyball team undefeated in Northland Conference play Thursday night at the Tiger Arena. The Tigers won clutch points down the stretch in Set 1 and Set 4 for a 25-23, 24-26, 25-13, 27-25 victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.
Winning seven of the first eight swimming events led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to an easy 113-55 Mid-State Conference victory over Staples-Motley Thursday night at Staples.
Jack DeWulf threw for four touchdown passes in the second half to break open a 14-14 tie and lead Nevis to a 40-14 9-man football victory over Clearbrook-Gonvick Friday night. DeWulf completed 12 of 20 passes for 261 yards in the game as the Tigers improved to 5-0 against West North District 9 opponents.
Two early fumbles provided a bad omen for the Park Rapids football team Friday night. Even though Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton didn't immediately turn those turnovers into points, it set the tone for the night as the Rebels went on to compile 519 yards in offense while forcing four turnovers in a 49-6 Section 8AAA and Midwest Red District victory in Park Rapids' homecoming game at Vern Weekley Field.