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Staples-Motley won the first event, but the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team dominated the rest of the way in a 100-61 victory Thursday night at the Area High School pool. Olivia Ulvin, Jess Kaseman, Jordan Klemmer and Maija Hovelsrud clocked a runner-up 2:15.06 in the 200-yard medley relay before the Panthers went 1-2 in the next eight events to take control. Liesel Smee won the 200 freestyle in 2:20.45 and Madi Robbins followed in 2:20.09 before the Panthers went 1-2-3 in the 200 individual medley behind Klemmer's 2:41.40 and Trinah Szafranski's 2:43.89.
James Clark rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 134 yards and three TDs in leading United North Central to a 42-0 Midwest Blue Division victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Friday night at Long Prairie. Clark opened the scoring with a 71-yard TD run and hit Owen Anderson on a 76-yard scoring route as the Warriors led 14-0 after the first quarter. A 4-yard TD run by Clark and a 20-yard TD reception by Al Pietila gave UNC a 26-0 lead at the half.
Hannah Anderson's 18 kills and 20 digs sparked the Nevis volleyball team to a 3-0 Northland Conference win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Thursday night at Walker. Jessica Swanda and Emma Bliss added five kills each and Cielo Mooney served three aces and 18 points in the Tigers' 25-8, 25-6, 29-27 victory. Madisyn Lucas added two aces and 15 points while Andrea Dudley had 34 set assists. Vanessa Byer led the way with 25 digs and Lucas added 20 digs as the Tigers improved to 4-0 in conference matches and 6-0 overall.
Aaron Pike continues to be one of the top paralympic athletes in the United States. The 30-year-old Park Rapids native represented Team USA in two events at the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games in Rio. Pike placed sixth in his heat and 21st overall out of 24 racers in the wheelchair 1,500 meters with a time of 3:09.85 on Sept. 12. Thailand's Prawat Wahoram won the Gold medal with a winning time of 3:00.62.
Bemidji took first in seven events and added seven runner-up finishes to hand the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team its first loss of the season Tuesday night at Bemidji. The Lumberjacks went 1-2 in diving, the 100-yard freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay to spark a 110-76 win.
Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen and United North Central's Annika Aho were among the top 10 runners listed in this week's state Class A girls cross-country poll. Kantonen moved up to the No. 4 spot while Aho was rated No. 10. Perham's Brynnan Covington was rated No. 2, giving Section 8A three runners in the top spots. Math and Science Academy's Tierney Wolfgram was the top-rated runner in this week's poll. In the team rankings, UNC was rated No. 12. Fairmont held the No. 1 spot while Perham was rated No. 2.
A sweep in singles gave the Park Rapids girls tennis team a 5-2 win at Parkers Prairie Tuesday afternoon. Julia Smith, Natalie Kinkel, Tori Hilmanowski and Abby Morris all won their singles matches in straight sets while Chloe Johnson and Jada Renneberg prevailed in three sets at No. 3 doubles as the Panthers improved to 4-3 against Section 8A opponents and 10-8 overall in dual meets. The Panthers defeated Parkers Prairie 6-1 earlier in the season. Park Rapids 5, Parkers Prairie 2 No. 1 singles: Julia Smith, PR, over Kamryn Arceneau 6-2, 6-2.
Cielo Mooney served six aces and 20 points in leading the Nevis volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Laporte in a Northland Conference match Tuesday night at Nevis. Vanessa Byer had 29 digs and Hannah Anderson pounded down 12 kills in the Tigers' 28-26, 25-11, 25-13 victory. Ashley Pyburn had seven kills and Andrea Dudley tallied 33 set assists. On defense, Jessica Swanda made three solo blocks while Madisyn Lucas had 16 digs. The win lifted the Tigers to 3-0 in the conference and 5-9 overall while Laporte fell to 3-3 in conference matches. Nevis statistics
Solid serving sparked the Park Rapids volleyball team to a pair of impressive road wins against Section 8AA opponents. The Panthers put 82 of 89 serves in play with 11 aces in a 3-1 win over Wadena-Deer Creek at Wadena Monday and put 69 of 72 serves in play with 18 aces in a 3-0 win at Pequot Lakes Tuesday night.
Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen led a pack of 251 girls cross-country runners and United North Central claimed runner-up honors among 1A teams at last Saturday's Milaca Mega Meet. Kantonen covered the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 11 seconds while UNC's Annika Aho finished fourth in 19:44. Rounding out the Warriors' team score were Kate Hendrickson (37th in 21:25), Cierra Ahlf (42nd in 21:32), Molly Hendrickson (56th in 21:51) and Kaarin Lehto (62nd in 22:03). Trinity School at River Ridge won the girls team title with 140 points while UNC followed with 175 points.