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Pillager scored three times in the third quarter and held off a couple of late scoring threats to defeat United North Central 22-14 in a Midwest Blue District football game Friday night at Pillager. After a scoreless first quarter, James Clark's 5-yard TD run and conversion run gave the Warriors an 8-0 lead at the 8:43 mark of the second quarter.
Ashley Pyburn and Cora Umthun served seven aces while Kia Heide pounded down 11 kills as the Nevis volleyball team coasted to a Northland Conference win at Blackduck Thursday night. Montana Baker and Madison Neyens served two aces each as the Tigers served 13 aces and had 35 kills in a 25-15, 25-5, 25-6 victory. Pyburn added eight kills and Andrea Dudley tallied 25 set assists. Sadie Thurner led the defense with 15 digs as Nevis improved to 2-0 in conference matches and 6-4 overall.
Annika Aho's top-20 finish led the United North Central girls cross-country team to third place in the Class A division of Saturday's Milaca Mega Meet. Aho covered the 5K course in 21:29 as the Warriors compiled 180 points to trail only West Central Area's 132 points and Canby's 162 points in this 31-team meet. Kate Hendrickson (36th in 22:27), Kaarin Lehto (39th in 22:35), Gabby Hrdlicka (57th in 23:39) and Anita Lehto (62nd in 23:52) rounded out UNC's team score. Maria Isaacson (88th in 24:24) and Lora Isaacson (117th in 25:00) also ran varsity for the Warriors.
Because of road construction on Highway 71 between Itasca State Park and Lake George, the Itascatur Outdoor Activities Club was forced to change the route for Saturday's 37th annual Headwaters 100 bike ride.
Solid performances by the entire lineup kept the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team undefeated on the season. The Panthers won nine events, including six 1-2 showings, in posting a 110-70 victory over Perham/New York Mills Thursday night at the Area High School pool. Madi Robbins, Maija Hovelsrud, Analise Smee and Jordan Klemmer opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:09.25.
For the first time since 1983, the Detroit Lakes football team opened the season with an 0-3 record. Thanks to several big plays, an offense that racked up 581 yards and a defense that forced two turnovers to stop scoring drives, the Lakers entered the win column for the first time this season with a 48-6 victory over Park Rapids Friday night at Vern Weekley Field. Detroit Lakes scored on a 97-yard run, returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and used a 63-yard run to set up another score to spark the victory in this Midwest Red District game.
Ashley Pyburn's 12 kills and 11 digs and Andrea Dudley's 22 set assists, 16 digs and two blocks led the Nevis volleyball team to a key Section 5A North B victory over Verndale Tuesday night. Kia Heide added nine kills and Sadie thurner had 17 digs as the Tigers posted a 25-18, 31-29, 25-19 win. Nevis improved to 2-0 in section matches and 5-4 overall. Morgan Glenz had 17 kills and 16 digs while Mardi Ehrmantraut also had 16 digs for the Pirates, who fell to 3-2 in section matches and 5-9 overall. Nevis statistics
Dean Christofferson and Jon Gravdahl used a record-setting catch to win the title at the 22nd annual Fall Classic fishing tournament Sept. 9 on Long Lake. Christofferson and Gravdahl finished with 52.28 points after catching three northern pike weighing 27.8 pounds, six bass weighing 11.43 pounds and six walleyes weighing 10.55 pounds. The duo, which received 2.50 bonus points for catching all three species, hauled in a 14.94-pound northern to help top the 30-boat field.
Whitney Steffel and Keegan Moses led the Park Rapids cross-country teams to a pair of 11th-place finishes at Tuesday's Bagley Invitational at Twin Pines Golf Course. Steffel covered the 5K course in 22:15 to finish 23rd overall as the Park Rapids girls compiled 230 points in this 26-team meet. Rounding out the Panthers' team score were Holly Johnson (26th in 22:25), Haley Pickar (30th in 22:33), Julia Harmon (87th in 26:12) and Karen Valencia (106th in 33:51).
Nevis and United North Central moved up in this week's Minnesota state high school football polls while Park Rapids remained in the same spot in this week's state volleyball poll.