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Losing twice to Pequot Lakes and Crookston during the regular season dropped the Park Rapids girls tennis team to the No. 4 seed for the Section 8A tournament. The Panthers, who finished the regular season with a 12-5 record, will open the section tournament Tuesday against No. 5 East Grand Forks at 12:30 p.m. at the Grand Forks Center Court Fitness Club. The Panthers defeated EGF 6-1 during the regular season. No. 8 Perham hosts No. 9 New York Mills in a first-round match Monday. The other quarterfinal matches Tuesday pit No. 1 Staples-Motley hosting Perham or New York Mills, No.
A win over Crookston and a tie against Detroit Lakes led the Park Rapids volleyball to eighth place at last Saturday's Fergus Falls tournament. The Panthers opened pool play with a 25-18, 25-14 win over Crookston before dropping matches to Fosston (25-16, 25-19) and Pelican Rapids (25-15, 25-23). Park Rapids ended pool play with a tie against Detroit Lakes, winning the first set 25-21 and losing the second set 25-11. Detroit Lakes won the pool and lost to Fergus Falls in the championship match.
Robbie Hine scored four touchdowns as Nevis scored all its points in the first half in a 61-14 Great Northern Conference 9-man football rout of Northland Remer last Friday night at Nevis. The Tigers built a 34-0 lead after the first quarter on a 15-yard TD run by Hine, a 45-yard pass from Collin Huckbody to Taylor Chase, a 28-yard TD run by Huckbody, a 13-yard pass from Huckbody to Hine, and a 4-yard TD run by Austin Becker. Nevis scored four more times in the second quarter to carry a 61-0 lead into the half. Hine scored on a 14-yard run and returned an interception 95 yards for a score.
The Menahga volleyball team managed to pick up a couple wins in the last 14 matches. Shannon Skoog's five kills and Tarah Cleveland's four kills and 12 digs led the Braves in a 25-15, 25-15, 25-18 Park Region Conference loss at Sebeka on Sept. 13. The Braves went 0-3 at the Hawley tournament on Sept. 15 with losses to Wheaton (25-15, 25-12), Frazee (30-28, 25-20) and Ada-Borup (25-18, 25-15). Menahga snapped a seven-match losing streak on Sept. 18 with a 25-20, 23-25, 25-13, 25-16 win over Laporte. The Braves had season highs of 40 kills and 10 ace serves in that match.
Barnesville scored in a variety of ways to defeat United North Central 66-20 in a Prairie North Conference football game last Friday night at Barnesville. After Michael Strand scored on a 3-yard run to give Barnesville a 6-0 lead, Brandon Junes hit Keiler Skaro on a 49-yard scoring route as UNC tied the game at 6-6. The Trojans, who entered the game rated No.
Riley Hanson's 30 kills and 13 service aces led the Nevis volleyball team to a pair of easy Northland Conference victories. Hanson had 15 kills and eight aces in a 25-11, 25-9, 25-7 win over Laporte Tuesday night at the Tiger Arena while Hanson's 15 kills and five aces sparked the Tigers to a 25-13, 25-11, 25-17 win over Blackduck last Thursday night. Megan Norby had 10 kills, Hannah Bliss and Denia Brown had five kills each, and Katie Becker had four kills in the win over Laporte.
Aaron Morris fondly remembered the last time the Park Rapids football team defeated Thief River Falls. Morris was a junior lineman when the Panthers defeated Thief River Falls 21-19 in 1996. These two teams didn't meet again until 2006 and the Prowlers proceeded to go on a six-game winning streak. That winning streak ended Friday night as Park Rapids' big-play offense sparked a thrilling homecoming victory at Vern Weekley Field. The Panthers scored on four plays of at least 40 yards to defeat Thief River Falls 41-35 in a Heart O'Lakes Conference North Division game.
Winning seven events before swimming exhibition in the final three events led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a 96-63 Mid-State Conference win over Staples-Motley Thursday night at the Area High School pool. Paige Fritze, Jessie O'Hern, Alyza Edevold and Hannah Williams led off the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:06.97. After Tea Nyland's runner-up 2:21.15 in the 200 freestyle, Katherine Erickson (2:31.29), Elizabeth Nichols (2:46.73) and O'Hern (2:48.87) led the Panthers to a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 individual medley. Emma Ellefson's runner-up 28.54 in th
Isaac Overmyer's runner-up finish led the Park Rapids boys cross-country team to fourth place at Thursday's John Hermes Invitational at Fergus Falls. Overmyer completed the 5,000-meter course in 16:45 in leading the Panthers to 123 points. Sartell-St. Stephen led the 12-team field with 59 points while Alexandria (69) and Little Falls (122) followed. Jake Waggoner was 13th in 17:46, Zach Jewison finished 33rd in 18:29, Bailey Mueller was 39th in 18:39 and Tanner Otterness finished 42nd in 18:50 to round out the Panthers' team score.
Cass Lake served 10 aces and took advantage of 30 attack errors by the Park Rapids volleyball team to rally for a 26-28, 25-23, 25-22, 25-9 win Thursday night. Katelyn Hilmanowski served two aces while Grace Bateman and Mady Vaudrin combined for 21 service points for Park Rapids. Bateman also had 16 set assists with Vaudrin leading the way with seven kills. Bateman (12), Vaudrin (12) and Megan Grimes (10) hit double digits in digs with Grimes tallying four solo blocks as the Panthers fell to 3-10 on the season. Park Rapids statistics vs.