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Pequot Lakes used the combination of producing big plays with producing key stops to spoil the homecoming game for the Park Rapids football team Friday night at Vern Weekley Field. The Patriots had seven plays of at least 15 yards and held Park Rapids' offense to only 73 yards in a 26-7 Midwest Red District and Section 8AAA victory. "Pequot Lakes executed the fundamentals better than we did," said Park Rapids head coach Aaron Morris. "We lacked the fundamentals all night. It was a very frustrating night."
Perham's Brynnan Covington and Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen led the pack at Thursday's Perham Invitational cross-country meet. Covington covered the 5,000-meter course in 19:05 to lead Perham to the girls team title while Kantonen followed in 19:14 as the Panthers placed eighth. United North Central finished fourth in the 17-team field. Following Kantonen for Park Rapids were Whitney Steffel (50th in 21:45), Macky Warne (52nd in 22:00), Haley Pickar (56th in 22:10) and Madison Steffel (86th in 23:35). Those five led the Panthers 237 points.
Maija Hovelsrud's third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to fourth place at Saturday's Section 8A True Team meet at Bemidji. Hovelsrud clocked a 1:16.52 in that event to score 38 points as the Panthers finished with 1,157 points in this meet format where every team can enter four entrants in each event and every finisher scores points. Detroit Lakes won the section title with 1,918.50 points while Bemidji (1,857) and Thief River Falls (1,197.50) followed in this 10-team meet.
Lindsay Hendrickson and Aimee Lake had 13 kills apiece to lead the way in Menahga's 3-1 volleyball victory over Frazee last Tuesday night. Leah Schwartz added 10 kills while Madi Marjamaa had 37 set assists and two ace serves in the Braves' 25-13, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20 victory. Schwartz added 19 digs and Alayna Lake had 13 digs for Menahga as Frazee fell to 5-12. Menahga fell to 9-12 on the season with a 3-1 loss to Pillager Thursday night.
Detroit Lakes went 1-2 in the first event and went on to win eight other events in coasting to a 116-70 victory over the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team in the final dual meet of the season Thursday night at the Area High School pool. The Lakers also went 1-2 in the 50 freestyle and diving as Park Rapids ended the season with a 6-2 record in dual meets.
Griffin Chase caught three touchdown passes and the Nevis football team compiled 499 yards in total offense in a 54-6 rout of Hill City/Northland Friday night. Jack DeWulf hit Chase on a 19-yard scoring route with 6:23 to play in the first quarter and on a 76-yard scoring play at the 1:43 mark as the Tigers led 14-0. After Kyle Schmidt scored on a 2-yard run at the 10:55 mark of the second quarter, DeWulf hit Zach Henry for a 67-yard TD and Chase on a 36-yard scoring play to give Nevis a 34-0 lead at the half.
For the first time since 1982, the Park Rapids volleyball team can claim to be Mid-State Conference champions. The Panthers completed an undefeated season in conference play with a 25-17, 25-10, 25-10 win over Crosby-Ironton Thursday night at the Area High School gym. The win gave Park Rapids a 4-0 record in conference matches to claim the Mid-State title for the first time since winning four straight titles from 1979-82.
Max Tangen rushed for a touchdown and threw for another as Pequot Lakes spoiled the homecoming game for the Park Rapids football team Friday night with a 26-7 Midwest Red District victory. Zach Severtson's 13-yard touchdown run and Jarrett Johnson's kick gave Park Rapids a 7-0 lead with 6:24 to play in the first quarter before the Patriots took the lead for good on Blake Lane's 10-yard TD run at the 5:28 mark and Tangen's 56-yard TD pass to Austin Young with 33 seconds left in the opening quarter.
As expected, the Park Rapids girls tennis team received the No. 5 seed for the Section 8A team tournament, which begins Tuesday morning at Fargo's Courts Plus. Park Rapids, which had Tuesday's regular-season finale at Pequot Lakes rained out, finished the regular season with a 10-10 record in dual meets. The Panthers went 4-5 against section teams, defeating Parkers Prairie (6-1 and 5-2), Wadena-Deer Creek (6-1) and East Grand Forks (5-2) while dropping matches to Crookston (5-2 and 4-3), Staples-Motley (6-1), Perham (4-3) and Roseau (6-1).
Another impressive showing has the Park Rapids volleyball team moving up in the Section 8AA rankings. After opening the season with a 3-2 loss at Roseau, the Panthers went undefeated in their next five matches against section opponents. During a current seven-match winning streak, Park Rapids followed a 3-1 win over Wadena-Deer Creek with 3-0 wins over Pequot Lakes and Staples-Motley before adding a 25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 25-11 victory over Barnesville Tuesday night at the Area High School gym.