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Annika Aho and Kate Hendrickson turned in top-20 finishes as the United North Central girls cross-country team finished fifth at Saturday's Swain Invitational at Duluth. Aho finished 16th overall in 20:50 and Hendrickson was 18th in 20:54 as the Warriors compiled 186 points. Cierra Ahlf (40th in 21:29), Kaarin Lehto (53rd in 21:55), Megan Hendrickson (79th in 22:32), Anna Olson (81st in 22:36) and Maria Isaacson (112th in 23:16) also ran varsity for UNC.
Roseau locked up the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Section 8A girls tennis tournament with a 6-1 win over Park Rapids and a 5-2 win over Crookston in the regular-season finale Saturday at Crookston. Park Rapids opened the triangular with a 4-3 loss to Crookston as the Pirates swept the singles matches for the win. Drew Hilmanowski and Natalie Kinkel won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles, Haley MacPherson and Tori Hilmanowski won in straight sets at No. 2 doubles, and Olivia Wallace and Abby Morris won in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles for the Panthers.
A number of things cost the Park Rapids football team in a 27-26 loss at Perham Friday night. First was allowing the host Yellowjackets to jump out to a quick 14-0 lead. Second was missing two conversions while rallying to take a 26-21 lead. Third was turning the ball over four times, stopping potential scoring drives. Fourth was not being able to stop Perham on fourth down on two key occasions. The first kept a drive alive and led to the game-winning touchdown and the second helped the Yellowjackets run out the clock.
A balanced offensive attack sparked the Park Rapids volleyball team to a 3-0 Mid-State Conference win over Staples-Motley Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Seven different players had at least two kills as the Panthers rolled to a 25-15, 25-13, 25-15 victory.
Nevis took over sole possession of first place in the District 9 North Gold 9-man football standings with a hard-fought 20-12 victory over Ogilvie Friday night at Nevis. Jack DeWulf rushed 23 times for 260 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another 99 yards as the Tigers finished with 428 yards in offense. DeWulf opened the scoring with an 85-yard TD run and hit Griffin Chase on the conversion for an 8-0 lead with :18 remaining in the first quarter. That was the only scoring in the first half.
Despite injuries and illnesses, the Park Rapids boys and girls cross-country teams were able to field full squads at Thursday's Pelican Rapids Invitational. Per Jorgenson (ninth in 18:05), Seth Breitweser (11th in 18:09), Ashton Clark (24th in 19:40), Jack Christenson (29th in 20:04) and Kaleb Carlson (36th in 21:15) led the boys to fourth place with 102 points. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton took first with 28 points in this six-team meet.
The Menahga volleyball team followed a 3-0 win over Staples-Motley with a 3-0 loss to Sebeka. Leah Schwartz (9), Olivia Yliniemi (7) and Aimee Lake (7) combined for 23 kills in leading the Braves to a 25-19, 25-19, 25-15 win over Staples-Motley last Tuesday night at Menahga. Madi Marjamaa had 24 set assists while Schwartz, Lindsay Hendrickson and Mackenzie Kako served two aces each. Alayna Lake led the Braves with five solo blocks and 13 digs. Schwartz added 11 digs.
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.