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Nevis' string of come-from-behind victories came to an end as the No. 1-ranked team in the postseason defeated the No. 1-ranked team in the preseason for the Class A volleyball championship Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Bethlehem Academy of Faribault, which entered the state tournament as the No. 1-ranked team in the state and the No. 1 seed, defeated Nevis 25-9, 25-14, 25-8 to capture its fifth Class A title in the last nine seasons.
Nicole Brandt had high hopes for the Park Rapids girls tennis team this season. Despite falling short of reaching their main goals, the Panthers still had a successful season by going 12-6 in dual meets and sending a player to the state Class A tournament for the fourth year in a row. Brandt was hoping the Panthers would earn the school's first trip to state. The addition of Staples-Motley and Pequot Lakes to Section 8A prevented that from happening. However, the Panthers were able to extend their state streak when sophomore Christina Smith advanced in singles.
Lydia Lutz admitted she went out too fast in her previous four appearances at the state Class A girls cross-country meet. Lutz made sure to set a better pace in her final appearance at state Saturday at St.
Stephanie Hanson strengthened Nevis' regular-season volleyball schedule to prepare her players for the post-season tournament. Playing tougher competition paid off Saturday night as the Tigers earned their second trip to the state Class A tournament by winning the Section 5A title at Pierz. For the fourth consecutive year, Nevis and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa battled in the Section 5A volleyball championship match. B-B-E defeated Nevis for the section title in 2008 before the Tigers claimed their first state berth by defeating B-B-E in the section championship match in 2009.
After placing 12th in his state Class A cross-country debut in 2008, Nevis head coach Tom Stambaugh predicted Bryon Schuldt would be a state champion some day. That day came Saturday when Schuldt won the state Class A title in his final state appearance. Schuldt covered the 5,000-meter course at St. Olaf College in Northfield in 15 minutes, 55 seconds to edge the runner-up time of 15:59 by Blake senior Brandon Clark, who entered the state meet as the favorite to win the state title.
Madison Miller's 14 kills led Roseau to a 25-17, 25-10, 25-21 win over the Park Rapids volleyball team in the first round of the Section 8AA tournament last Thursday night at Roseau. Megan Grimes had seven kills while Olivia Vaadeland had five kills, six service points and 12 digs to lead the Panthers. Shania Johnson had nine set assists and four service points while Erika Jerger had nine digs for Park Rapids, which was the No. 6 seed in the north half of the section. The Panthers ended the season with a 6-17 overall record. Roseau, the No. 3 seed, defeated No.
Four winning times and six runner-up finishes helped the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team repeat as Mid-State Conference champs last Friday night at Detroit Lakes. Five Panthers earned all-conference honors with winning times. Katherine Erickson, Mandy Schirmers, Taylor Graham and Allycia Zinke opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay. Zinke won the 100 butterfly and Erickson took first in the 100 backstroke.
The Section 8A meet couldn't have turned out any better for the Park Rapids girls cross-country team and Isaac Overmyer. After finishing second to the Perham girls the last two years, the Panthers fulfilled a goal by edging the defending champs to capture their first section title since 1997. Senior Lydia Lutz led the way by winning her first section title while senior Shelby Pierce also earned an individual state berth by finishing ninth. Senior Summer Ellefson (13th), eighth grader Megan Olson (14th) and junior Lora Remus (18th) rounded out Park Rapids' team score of 47 points.
Nevis' Bryon Schuldt and Park Rapids' Isaac Overmyer entered Friday's Section 8A cross-country meet confident of qualifying for the state Class A meet. Both lived up to those expectations with impressive times at Twins Pines Golf Course in Bagley. Schuldt captured his third consecutive section title with a winning time of 16 minutes, 6 seconds while Overmyer earned his first state berth by finishing fifth by covering the 5,000-meter course in 16:48. Schuldt, who sat out the final two weeks of the regular season with a sore knee, showed no signs of being injured by running away from the f
Despite going in as the No. 6 seed, Aaron Morris believed the Park Rapids football team could compete with any team in the Section 8AAA playoffs. The Panthers proved that point in the section quarterfinals and semifinals. After opening the playoffs with a 13-10 win at No. 3 East Grand Forks, the Panthers battled No. 2-seeded Perham to a 7-7 tie at the half. The Yellowjackets were able to avoid the upset Saturday night as key plays by the defense and special teams led Perham to a 28-14 victory. "Our kids played hard and left everything on the field," said Morris.