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Despite being the No. 5 seed, head coach Brianne Morris was looking for her Park Rapids girls tennis team to contend for the Section 8A title. The Panthers opened the section team tournament last Tuesday at Fargo's Courts Plus by avenging a loss to No. 4 Perham with a 6-1 victory before being eliminated by No. 1 Roseau 5-2 in the semifinals. Perham edged the Panthers 4-3 during the regular season by winning three-set matches at No. 3 singles and No. 4 singles and winning in a pair of tiebreakers at No. 2 doubles.
Entering the Section 8A tournament, the Park Rapids girls tennis team was hoping to send a singles player and doubles team to state in the same season for only the fourth time in school history. The Panthers fell short of achieving that goal, but senior Julia Smith did end up qualifying for the state Class A tournament in singles for the fourth year in a row.
Six rushing touchdowns, a special teams' touchdown and a defensive touchdown sparked Nevis to a 56-14 9-man football win at Onamia Friday night. The Tigers, who rushed for 328 yards in the game, claimed the 9 North Gold Division title with a 4-0 record while improving to 7-0 on the season. Luke DeWulf opened the scoring by returning the opening kickoff 84 yards for a score. Logan Tinnes ran in the conversion and the Tigers led 8-0 just 14 seconds into the game.
Kasey Volkmann's 20 kills and six blocks led Wadena-Deer Creek to a 3-1 Park Region Conference win over Menahga Thursday night at Menahga. Ellie Miron added 11 kills, Aly Daigneault and Kennedy Gravelle had six blocks each, and Ashley Adams had 35 set assists in leading the Wolverines to a 25-12, 25-16, 23-25, 25-13 victory.
Julia Smith earned her fourth trip to the state Class A girls tennis tournament with a runner-up finish at Thursday's Section 8A tournament at Fargo. The Park Rapids senior entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed in singles and coasted to the finals with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Parkers Prairie's Megan Arens and a 6-0, 6-1 win over Maggie Dietrich of East Grand Forks during Wednesday's first rounds and a 6-0, 6-1 win over Perham's Josie Beachy in Thursday's semifnals. Arens was the No. 15 seed, Dietrich was the No. 10 seed and Beachy was the No. 3 seed.
Despite losing in two sets to Perham last Saturday, Park Rapids head coach Stephanie Hanson expected a different outcome in a rematch of two of the top Section 8AA volleyball teams Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Perham, which rolled to a 25-18, 25-14 win over Park Rapids at the Perham Invitational, controlled the first set before the Panthers regained their composure and battled back for a 14-25, 25-23, 25-16, 16-25, 15-13 victory.
Ashley Pyburn served the Nevis volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Cass Lake Monday night to cap off an undefeated season in Northland Conference play. Pyburn put all 21 serves in play and had 17 service points in leading the Tigers to a 25-10, 25-12, 25-12 victory. Hannah Anderson led the way with 10 kills while Cielo Mooney served three aces and Andrea Dudley had 20 set assists. Leading the defense were Vanessa Byer with 22 digs, Mooney with 17 digs, Anderson with 11 digs, Dudley with 10 digs and Montana Baker with two solo blocks.
Ottertail Central held United North Central's offense to only 89 yards in a 21-0 Midwest Blue Division football game last Friday night at Henning. After a scoreless first period, OTC carried a 14-0 lead into the half on Austin Wensauer's 1-yard TD run and Bennet Cameron's 36-yard interception return for a score. The Bulldogs concluded the scoring on Nick VanErp's 8-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Five members of the Park Rapids boys and girls cross-country teams earned all-conference honors at Monday's Mid-State Conference meet at Headwaters Golf Club.
Several area runners competed in last Saturday's Bemidji Blue Ox 26K Loop the Lake and Half Marathon. Park Rapids' Justin Domogalla and Kent Cease competed in the 26K race around Lake Bemidji. Domogalla, 36, completed the approximately 16.7-mile course in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 35 seconds while Cease, 54, finished the race in 2:32:28. Bemidji's Sam Dwyer, 23, had the fastest time of 1:43:05.