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Park Rapids' defense redeemed itself in a big way to spoil Pequot Lakes' homecoming game at Pillager Friday night. After allowing 527 yards and seven touchdowns in a 53-46 loss to Crookston the week before, the Panthers' defense forced eight turn- overs and held Pequot Lakes to only 220 yards and two scores in a 54-12 Heart O'Lakes Northern Division Conference and Section 8AAA victory. "I knew we could play with them, but I didn't think it would be this kind of a game," said Park Rapids head coach Aaron Morris.
Wadena-Deer Creek backed up its No. 8 state Class AA ranking with a 25-8, 25-7, 25-7 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids volleyball team Thursday night at the Area High School gym. In Set 1, Mady Vaudrin's kill made it 1-1 before W-DC used a pair of kills by Emily Miron, a kill by Halley Maas and two ace serves by Carrie Nelson to claim a 10-2 lead. Kills by Bailee Jerger and Vaudrin kept the Panthers within 15-7 before six service points by Heather Theisen and kills by Maas and Miron sparked a 10-1 run by W-DC to close out the set.
Depth once again led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to another easy dual victory Thursday night. The Panthers went 1-2 in the first two relay events and won four other events before swimming exhibition in the final three events in a 95-50 victory over Perham/New York Mills at the Area High School pool. Katherine Erickson, Hannah Williams, Taylor Graham and Emily Creager led off the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:01.17 while Alex Pederson, Jessie O'Hern, Tea Nyland and Lauren Rossman followed in 2:05.32 as the Panthers jumped out to a 12-2 lead. Erickson wo
For the second time this season, Pequot Lakes handed the Park Rapids girls tennis team a 5-2 setback in a Mid-State Conference battle. Julia Renner coasted at No. 2 singles and Julia Smith coasted at No. 3 singles to account for the Panthers' two wins. Pequot Lakes won the other five matches in straight sets to snap the Panthers' eight-match winning streak.
Nevis compiled 527 yards in offense, including 336 on the ground, in defeating Kelliher-Northome 42-14 in a battle of undefeated Great Northern Conference 9-man football teams Friday night. Collin Huckbody scored the Tigers' first three touchdowns on runs of 36, 2 and 2 yards to give Nevis a 22-0 lead at the half. Robbie Hine scored on a 62-yard run in the third quarter and followed with an 8-yad TD run in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 36-0. Kiefer Miller's 40-yard TD run concluded the scoring for the Tigers. Huckbody led the offense by rushing 14 times for 165 yards and compl
The Nevis volleyball team pounded down 35 kills and served 19 aces in sparking a 25-12, 25-8, 25-12 win over Clearbrook-Gonvick Thursday night. Riley Hanson's 12 kills and six ace serves and Megan Norby's 11 kills and seven ace serves led the Tigers. Nevis statistics Attacks: Becker 5, Bliss 6 (6 kills), Stenberg 2 (1 kill), Brown 6 (5 kills), Toft 1, Hanson 18 (12 kills), Norby 22 (11 kills). Serving: Becker 11 for 13 (2 aces), Bliss 4 for 5 (1 ace), Brown 3 for 3 (1 ace), Toft 8 for 11 (1 ace), Dierkhising 11 for 11 (1 ace), Hanson 13 for 13 (6 aces), Norby 18 for 20 (7 aces). Service
Katherine Erickson won two individual events while Lauren Rossman, Heather Kniss and Hannah Williams each took first in an individual event in leading the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to an easy 102-72 win over Crookston Tuesday night at the Area High School pool. Paige Fritze, Williams, Rossman and Erickson opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:04.92. Rossman followed by winning the 200 freestyle in 2:18.92 before Erickson won the 50 freestyle in 27.18.
Both Park Rapids cross-country teams turned in solid performances at Tuesday's Bagley/Fosston Invitational. Tayah Otterness, Megan Olson and Lora Remus finished in the top 25 spots in leading the Panthers to third place in the 21-team girls meet. Otterness finished 10th in 16:22, Olson was 19th in 17:10 and Remus was 22nd in 17:16 as the Panthers compiled 119 points. Rounding out the team score for the Panthers were Madison Steffel (37th in 17:47) and Abby Mueller (40th in 17:55).
Julia Renner and Christina Smith claimed the title at No. 1 doubles in leading the Park Rapids girls tennis team to third place at last Saturday's Mid-State Conference tournament at Park Rapids. Renner and Smith, the No. 1 seed, defeated Pequot Lakes' Ellie Heggerston and Carly Fyle in the championship match as the Panthers compiled 37 points. Staples-Motley, which won all four singles spots, won the conference title with 45 points while Pequot Lakes finished second with 40 points in this seven-team tournament. Charity Ridlon, the No. 3 seed at No. 2 singles, and Hope Johnson, the No.
Crookston jumped out to early leads in all three sets in handing the Park Rapids volleyball team a 25-21, 25-12, 25-20 setback Tuesday night at Crookston. The host Pirates led 9-4 in Set 1, 14-3 in Set 2 and 4-0 in Set 3 in this match between Section 8AA rivals to improve to 3-5 with their third win in a row. In Set 1, the Panthers trailed 16-10 before ace serves by Shania Johnson and Megan Grimes closed the gap to 22-20 before Crookston closed out the set. The Pirates controlled Set 2 and led 16-11 in Set 3 before Mady Vaudrin served four points to tie the set at 18-18.