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A strong start and a balanced attack sparked the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a 113-67 victory over Fosston/Bagley Tuesday night at the Area High School pool. The Panthers opened the home opener with a 1-2 showing in the 200-yard medley relay and followed with six other winning efforts and eight runner-up finishes in coasting to the win.
Win-E-Mac's defense limited Nevis to only 32 yards rushing to spark the Patriots to a 48-6 win in a Section 6 9-man and District 9 West (North) football victory Friday night at Erskine. The Patriots took a 6-0 lead with 1:00 to play in the first quarter on Gavin Walker's 11-yard touchdown run.
A dominating performance at the service line and at the net powered the Park Rapids volleyball team to a 3-0 Mid-State Conference win over Crosby-Ironton Thursday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers served 13 aces and pounded down 31 kills in sparking a 25-13, 25-6, 25-15 victory.
Nevis' Jade Rypkema and Jack McNamee were the top area runners at Thursday's Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational cross-country meet at Whitetail Run Golf Course. Rypkema finished sixth overall in the girls 5K race with a time of 22:10 as Nevis' lone runner. Park Rapids also had an incomplete team with three runners. Julia Harmon led the Panthers by placing 12th in 23:14 while Holly Johnson finished 14th in 23:18. Whitney Steffel was Park Rapids' No. 3 runner with a time of 25:45 for 35th place.
Eight winning performances led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a 99-71 victory at Thief River Falls Thursday night. Aleah Voigt, Jess Kaseman, Analise Smee and Savana Damar opened the meet with a winning time of 2:11.22 in the 200-yard medley relay. Ellie Ulvin won the 200 freestyle in 2:15.84 and Chloe Voigt followed in 2:23.87 as the Panthers led 18-12. Aleah Voigt's winning time of 2:37.41 and Emma Vrieze's runner-up 2:45.58 in the 200 individual medley pushed the advantage to 29-17.
It hasn’t taken long for the Park Rapids football team to learn Jeremy Nordick’s defensive scheme. For the second time in as many games, the Panthers held the opposition scoreless as a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery sparked a 34-0 Section 8AAA and Midwest Red District victory over Thief River Falls in the home opener Friday night at Vern Weekley Field.
A 6-1 win over Staples-Motley Thursday afternoon at the Depot Courts gave the Park Rapids girls tennis team a three-match winning streak against Mid-State Conference opponents. Natalie Kinkel posted a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles; Abby Morris rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles; and Kendra Coborn prevailed by winning a third-set tiebreaker in a 7-5, 1-6, 10-5 win at No. 3 singles. Mickey Clark dropped a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 decision at No. 4 singles.
Opening the season with wins landed Nevis and Park Rapids in the first state football polls. Nevis, which defeated Kittson County Central 36-21 in the season opener, was rated No. 4 in the initial state 9-man poll with 24 points. Defending state champion Spring Grove received four first-place votes and led the poll with 48 points while Stephen-Argyle followed with 28 points. Verndale, which received one first-place vote, was No. 3 with 27 points.
A balanced offensive attack led the Menahga volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Lake Park-Audubon Tuesday night in a contest between Section 6A North rivals at Menahga. The Braves had eight different players contribute at least two kills while four different players recorded an ace serve in the 25-14, 25-16, 25-21 victory.
Nevis' offense picked up where it left off last season by scoring on its first four possessions in a 36-21 District 9 West (North) 9-man football win over Kittson County Central in the season opener Aug. 31 at Nevis. Luke DeWulf set the tone for the game by returning the opening kickoff 45 yards to the KCC 40-yard line. A 13-yard run by DeWulf and a 13-yard run by Chance Braton set up a 14-yard touchdown run by DeWulf. That quick three-play drive gave the Tigers a 6-0 lead with 11:06 to play in the first quarter.