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Youth led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to an early lead in the season opener Saturday afternoon. Experience took over late in the game as Morris/Benson scored five unanswered goals as the Storm stormed back for a 6-4 victory at the Ted O.
Based on seed times, Todd Fritze expected a close battle between Park Rapids and Bemidji to determine the Section 8A girls swimming and diving champion. A down-to-the-wire finish was avoided when the Panthers clocked 30 season-best times during Friday's preliminaries at Bemidji and followed with 17 more season bests during Saturday's finals. Despite not winning a single event, the Panthers relied on their quality depth to easily repeat as section champs. The Panthers advanced 24 swimmers, all four divers and all three relay teams to Saturday with strong performances during Friday's preli
Aaron Morris expected the Park Rapids football team to produce at least a .500 record this season. Even though the Panthers finished 0-9, Morris felt his team was a few plays away from finishing at the .500 mark. "I knew it was going to be a tough year, but I was banking on three or four wins," said Morris. "We were very close to that. Four plays here or there and we could have been 4-4. We just didn't get any breaks. I'm very proud of the guys. The kids worked hard and never gave up. I don't look at records. I look at growth the kids are making as a team and as individuals.
Despite lacking depth, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team produced respectable records by going 8-14 and 9-15-2 the last two seasons. With the most numbers in the 13-year history of the program (26 players, including nine from last year's varsity team), head coach Chris Albee is counting on that depth to lead the Panthers to a winning record this season. "This is what we've been waiting for," said Albee. "We've lost a lot of close games the last few years. Now our depth is going to start to show up. We're not going to get as tired this year.
For the third year in a row, Nevis and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa battled for the Section 5A volleyball title. For the second time in the last three years, B-B-E captured the section title and advanced to the state Class A tournament. Maggie Gruber's 24 kills and three blocks led the Jaguars to a 25-22, 26-28, 27-25, 26-24 victory over Nevis Saturday night at Pierz in the section title match. Brittany Roelike and Shyan Kuefler had 12 kills apiece and Taylor Braegelman added nine kills for B-B-E, which advanced to the state tournament with a 23-match winning streak and 27-2 overall record.
It was no secret what the Nevis football team had to do in order to win the Section 6 9-man title Friday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The key for the Tigers was to contain Ada-Borup's Bill Atwood and Aaron Olson. Like every other team this season, Nevis was unable to stop those two senior running backs as Atwood and Olson combined for 231 rushing yards in sparking the Cougars to a 37-7 victory. Atwood and Olson scored all five of Ada-Borup's touchdowns and surpassed 2,000 rushing yards for the season as the Cougars won their third consecutive section title. Ada-Borup dominated
Nevis' Bryon Schuldt fulfilled his goal by earning all-state honors while Park Rapids finished 15th as a team at Saturday's state Class A cross-country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Schuldt contended for the state Class A boys title by covering the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 10 seconds to finish sixth out of 161 runners. Mounds Park Academy senior Mason Ferlic won the state title in 15:47 while Caledonia senior Matt Jergenson was second in 16:00, Worthington junior Mubarik Musa was third in 16:01, Blake junior Brandon Clark was fourth in 16:08 and St.
Megan Norby served Nevis to early leads in all three sets as the Tigers rolled past Pillager Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the Section 5A volleyball tournament. Nevis jumped out to leads of 11-0 in Set 1, 8-0 in Set 2 and 9-1 in Set 3 en route to a 25-9, 25-11, 25-12 victory at the Tiger Arena. The Tigers, the top seed in the Northeast portion of the section bracket, dominated all three sets in eliminating the No. 2-seeded Huskies. Norby served three aces during a 10-0 run as the Tigers jumped out to an 11-0 lead in Set 1.
All six members of the Park Rapids girls cross-country team fulfilled their roles as the Panthers fulfilled their quest of returning to the state Class A meet. Junior Lydia Lutz and sophomores Kaylee Hilmanowski and Morgan Olson were determined to get back to state after helping the Panthers claim the Section 8A runner-up trophy and finish fifth at last year's state meet. Despite being new to the program, junior Shelby Pierce, sophomore Lora Remus and freshman Alex Pederson were just as determined to help the Panthers earn another state berth. Those six delivered last Friday by leading t
Some big offensive plays and some big defensive stops helped the Nevis 9-man football team advance to the Section 6 championship game. Zach Anderson threw three touchdown passes to offset four touchdowns by Dillon Stevens in leading the Tigers to a 32-24 victory over Ulen-Hitterdal last Saturday night at Nevis. Sean Howes opened the scoring on the opening series with a 65-yard TD run and kicked the extra point to give the No.