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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.
Jaiden McCollum pounded down 21 kills in 26 attempts while Kaisa Coborn, Katelyn Weaver and Rilee Michaelson combined to serve 10 aces and 41 points as the Park Rapids volleyball team rolled to an easy win over Crookston Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Kamree Carlson added 10 kills and Kennedy Carlson had 37 set assists in the Panthers' 25-12, 25-12, 25-8 victory in this match between Section 8AA teams.
The father-son duo of Brett Kent and Ryan Kent teamed up to capture the title at the 12th annual Fall Slam fishing tournament on Fish Hook Lake on Sept. 16. The Kents caught limits of six bass weighing 15.01 pounds and three northern pike weighing 11.02 points while catching five walleyes weighing 8.80 pounds to earn the 2.50 bonus points for catching all three species to top the 28-boat field with 37.33 points.
Crookston won six events, but the Park Rapids girls swimming team relied on depth in coasting to a 102-68 victory Tuesday night in Crookston's meter pool. Analise Smee, Maija Hovelsrud, Ellie Ulvin and Jordan Klemmer opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 2:16.70 before runner-up showings by Olivia Ulvin in the 200 freestyle (2:35.22), Hovelsrud in the 200 individual medley (2:54.62) and Klemmer in the 50 freestyle (29.93) provided a 36-26 lead.
Natalie Kinkel lived up to her No. 1 seed and captured the No. 1 singles title at the Mid-State Conference girls tennis tournament at Wadena and Perham on Sept. 16. Kinkel rallied to defeat Perham/New York Mills' Makayla Melvin 3-6, 6-2, 10-4 in the championship match to account for Park Rapids' only championship.
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
Madi Marjamaa and Leah Schwartz served five aces apiece in leading the Menahga volleyball team to a Park Region Conference win over Bertha-Hewitt Thursday night at Bertha. Schwartz also had 12 kills while Marjamaa tallied 21 set assists in the Braves' 25-14, 25-7, 25-9 victory. Olivia Yliniemi added seven kills and Aimee Lake led the way with 10 digs while serving three aces.
Detroit Lakes used three record-setting performances to capture the team title at Saturday's 40th annual Park Rapids Invitational girls swimming and diving meet.
Shawn Klimek and the members of the Nevis football team had sour memories of the last game against Waubun. The Tigers had nothing but sweet memories following Friday night's rematch. In last year's Section 6 9-man championship game, Waubun rallied from a 28-12 deficit with 5:46 to play to stun the Tigers in a 32-28 victory to qualify for the state playoffs.
It's been a tale of contrasting seasons for the Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes volleyball teams. Park Rapids entered Thursday night's Mid-State Conference match undefeated while the Lakers were searching for their first victory of the season. Thanks to a dominating first set, the start to the season continued for both teams as the Panthers remained perfect on the season following a 25-8, 25-22, 25-16 victory at the Area High School gym.