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Aaron Morris said it would take some time for the Park Rapids football team to click with a new offensive system. It took the Panthers only two games to show signs of how explosive that offense could be. The Panthers rushed for 332 yards offensively while the defense held Thief River Falls to only 90 total offensive yards in a 27-7 victory Friday night at Vern Weekley Field.
Aaron Morris wasn't surprised that Park Rapids' offense struggled in the season-opening football game against United North Central Thursday night at Menahga. The Park Rapids head coach knew it would take some time for the Panthers to click with their new offensive scheme. Morris also expected UNC to put a solid defensive team on the field. Both offenses struggled in this defensive battle as the Panthers used a pair of touchdowns in the second half to pull off a 13-6 victory in this game between Midwest District teams.
Sweeping four individual events and all three relays sparked the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a 123-62 win at Warroad Thursday night. Liesel Smee, Chloe Voigt, Ellie Ulvin and Jordan Klemmer won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:15.88 before Olivia Ulvin (2:19.06), Trinah Szafranski (2:20.25) and Jessica Kaseman (2:30.59) went 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle. Smee (2:42.11), Voigt (2:54.12) and Madi Robbins (2:58.01) followed with a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 individual medley.
Nevis scored touchdowns on the first six possessions of the first half in building a 46-0 lead in coasting to a 66-16 9-man football win over Bigfork in the season opener Friday night at Nevis. The Tigers finished with 530 yards in offense in a dominating win.
Jaiden McCollum pounded down 22 kills and Kaisa Coborn served 13 points and had 23 digs in leading the Park Rapids volleyball team to a 19-25, 25-20, 25-11, 25-19 win over Nevis Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Kamree Carlson added 16 kills while Rilee Michaelson and Taylor Hilmanowski had nine kills apiece for the Panthers. Kamree Carlson also served three aces and 11 points while tallying 13 digs, Kennedy Carlson had three ace serves and 49 set assists, and McCollum added 19 digs.
The Park Rapids girls tennis team used a sweep in singles to defeat Detroit Lakes 6-1 in a Mid-State Conference match Thursday at the Depot Courts. Julia Smith, Natalie Kinkel, Abby Morris and Jada Renneberg all won their singles matches in straight sets. In doubles, Drew Hilmanowski and Tori Hilmanowski prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at the No. 1 spot while Chloe Johnson and Gracie Eischens won in straight sets at the No. 2 position.
Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen clocked a winning time of 19:57 over the 5K course while the United North Central girls captured the team title with 59 points at Monday's Central Minnesota River Run Invitational at Blueberry Pines Golf Course. Annika Aho finished fourth in 21:39 and Alyssa Peterson was sixth in 22:17 in leading UNC to the title in this 14-team meet. Megan Hendrickson (15th in 23:40), Maria Isaacson (18th in 24:13) and Cierra Ahlf (19th in 24:20) rounded out the Warriors' team score.
Ron Litzau and Kim Rasmussen took control during the first 18 holes and stayed in control during the final 18 holes to capture the Men's and Women's Club Championships at Blueberry Pines. Litzau opened and ended with birdies during last Saturday's first 18 holes for a pair of 37s and a first-day total of 2-over par 74. That was good for an 11-shot cushion over Gary Marjama, who opened with an 85. Ken Mackley (88), Steve Weappa (90), Stan James (94), Dustin Berttunen (95) and Russ Weappa (96) rounded out the men's field.
After opening with an easy win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, the Park Rapids girls tennis team dropped a Section 8A match to Crookston and a Mid-State Conference match to Pequot Lakes during a quadrangular meet Tuesday at the Depot Courts. The Panthers followed a 7-0 win over LP-GE with a 5-2 loss to section rival Crookston and a 4-3 loss to conference rival Pequot Lakes for a 5-5 overall record in dual meets this fall.
Ellie Ulvin accounted for 35 points as the Park Rapids girls swimming team opened the season at Monday's Laker Pentathlon at Detroit Lakes. Ulvin finished seventh in the 50-yard butterfly in 30.27, 13th in 50 backstroke in 33.24, 15th in the 50 freestyle in 28.49 and 16th in the 100 individual medley in 1:13.91 as the Panthers finished sixth in the team standings with 49 points. Detroit Lakes topped the seven-team field with 540.50 points.