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Katelyn Hilmanowski served eight aces and 10 points while Megan Grimes pounded down nine kills in leading the Park Rapids volleyball team past Walker-Hackensack-Akeley last Thursday night at Walker. Justine Rittgers served 12 points, including the final three to end the match, as the Panthers posted a 27-25, 25-18, 25-22 victory. Grace Bateman had three ace serves and 16 set assists, Shania Johnson had 11 set assists, Bria Wolff had six kills and four solo blocks, and Rittgers had seven digs for the Panthers, who tallied 14 ace serves and 27 kills in the match.
Tayah Otterness led the way for the Park Rapids girls cross-country team at Tuesday's Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational at Whitetail Run Golf Course. Otterness covered the 4,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 58 seconds to finish eighth overall and lead the Panthers to third place with 105 points. Lora Remus finished 17th in 17:44, Megan Olson was 19th in 18:03, Madison Steffel finished 27th in 18:52 and Kaylee Hilmanowski was 34th in 19:25 to complete the team score. Mattia Hendrickson led the field with a winning time of 16:13 in leading Little Falls to the team title with 33 points.
Led by Isaac Overmyer's runner-up finish, the Park Rapids boys cross-country team earned runner-up honors at Tuesday's Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational. Overmyer covered the 5,000-meter course at Whitetail Run Golf Course in 17 minutes. Zach Jewison was 15th overall in 18:53, Jake Waggoner finished 17th in 18:59, Bailey Mueller was 25th in 19:44 and Tanner Otterness finished 27th in 19:51 as the Panthers tallied 84 points. Perham, the runner-up at last year's state Class A meet, won the team title with 19 points. Keeghan Hurley led the way with a winning time of 16:49.
Park Rapids' no-huddle offense caught the Hawley football team by surprise in the first half of Friday night's Heart O'Lakes Conference season opener at Vern Weekley Field. The Nuggets weren't surprised at the start of the second half by an onside kick as Hawley took advantage of the ideal field position to dominate the third quarter and break open a scoreless game en route to a 27-6 victory. Despite committing three turnovers, Park Rapids controlled the first half by running 35 plays for 133 yards while limiting the Nuggets to 25 plays and 111 yards. The second half was a different stor
Park Rapids' doubles teams didn't drop a set in leading the Panthers to a pair of Mid-State Conference girls tennis victories Thursday at the Depot Courts. The Panthers used a sweep in doubles and three singles wins to defeat Detroit Lakes 6-1 in the first match while a sweep in doubles and a win at No. 2 singles led to a 4-0 win over Crosby-Ironton. A brief rainstorm postponed play, but since the match was already decided, the Rangers decided to leave instead of waiting for the courts to dry. Against Detroit Lakes, Charity Ridlon prevailed in three sets at No.
Going 1-2 in the 200-yard medley relay set the tone as the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team opened its dual-meet schedule with a dominating performance at Warroad Thursday night. The Panthers won the first eight events before swimming exhibition in the final two events in a 102-73 victory. Paige Fritze, Hannah Williams, Taylor Graham and Lauren Rossman won the 200 medley relay in 2:05.18 and Alex Pederson, Jessie O'Hern, Tea Nyland and Heather Kniss followed in 2:07.85 to give the Panthers the early lead. Emily Creager won the 200 freestyle in 2:08.06, Katherine Erickson won th
Isaac Overmyer's fourth-place finish led the Park Rapids boys cross-country team at the season-opening Shockey Strand Invitational at Moorhead Monday. Overmyer covered the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 59 seconds to lead the Panthers to fifth place in this nine-team meet with 145 points. Megan Olson finished 14th overall in the girls meet by covering the 4,000-meter course in 16:50.
Crookston and Pequot Lakes won close matches to defeat the Park Rapids girls tennis team in a battle of Section 8A rivals Tuesday at the Depot Courts. In the first match, Crookston swept the doubles matches for a 4-3 victory. Christina Smith and Julia Renner posted straight-set wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles and Charity Ridlon prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 singles for the Panthers' three victories. Crookston prevailed by winning close matches at No. 4 singles, No. 1 doubles and No.
Nevis capitalized on 30 kills and 19 ace serves to open the volleyball season with a 25-7, 25-12, 25-12 win at Park Rapids Tuesday night. An ace serve by Norby, three kills by Katie Becker and a kill by Norby were followed by a pair of aces and six service points by Becker as Nevis jumped out to a 17-4 lead in Set 1. Two more kills by Norby and a kill by Riley Hanson closed out the opening set. A kill by Denia Brown, an ace serve by Kate Dierkhising, a block by Hanson and four service points by Olivia Toft, including two aces, sparked the Tigers to a quick 11-2 lead in Set 2.
Aaron Morris is counting on team quickness to produce quick points and more victories for the Park Rapids football team this fall. With only one player weighing more than 200 pounds, the Panthers don't have the personnel to pound out victories. Instead, Morris is instituting an up-tempo offense to offset the opponent's size advantage. "This is going to be a different brand of football for Park Rapids," said Morris, who begins his fourth season as the Panthers' head coach. "We're not very big, so we're going to use a no-huddle offense and play up-tempo.