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The inability to complete drives in the red zone prevented the Nevis football team from playing in the Metrodome in a state 9-man semifinal game. Nevis failed to score on three possessions inside the 10 and ended the game with a drive stalling at the 15 as South Ridge prevailed with a 24-18 victory in a state quarterfinal game at St. Cloud State University's Husky Stadium Friday night. The Tigers seemed to have the momentum by scoring on the final play of the first half and on their first series of the second to claim an 18-8 lead.
Gary Vaudrin is once again looking for a strong defense to lead the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to another successful season. Last season, the Panthers shut out their opponents seven times and held an 83-61 advantage in goals en route to going 12-12. That marked the first time the Panthers finished with a .500 record or better since going 13-8-1 during the 2001-02 season.
Isaac Overmyer and the Park Rapids boys cross-country team fulfilled their goals at last Saturday's state Class A meet at St.
Jordan Hein has been a double threat for the Perham football team all season. During the Section 8AAA championship game against Park Rapids Friday night at the Fargodome, Hein was a triple threat. The senior quarterback rushed 27 times for 217 yards and three touchdowns, completed 8 of 17 passes for 156 yards and two TDs and returned an interception for another score in leading the Yellowjackets to a 51-26 victory. After Friday night's game, Hein has rushed for 1,554 yards and 20 TDs and passed for 1,050 yards and 13 TDs this season in leading the Yellowjackets to their sixth state tourn
Shawn Klimek wasn't too concerned that his Nevis football team trailed at the half of Thursday's Section 6 9-man championship game at the Fargodome. Klimek had just watched the Tigers give up 21 straight points in the final 3:23 of the first half as Ada-Borup turned a 24-7 deficit into a 28-24 lead. The Tigers regained their composure in the second half as a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter led Nevis to a 38-35 victory and the school's first trip to the state playoffs since 1993. Klimek couldn't have asked for a better start from his team when Collin Huckbody hit Gerald Beckerleg
The Nevis volleyball team seems ready to make another run at winning the state Class A title. The Tigers defended their Section 5A title with ease with a 25-8, 25-18, 25-8 win over Braham in Thursday night's semifinals at Pierz and a 25-6, 25-23, 25-20 win over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in Saturday night's championship match at Pierz. In the semifinal win over Braham, Riley Hanson had 22 kills and five ace serves while Megan Norby had 12 kills and 18 digs. Olivia Toft tallied 38 set assists while Kate Dierkhising (12), Hanson (10), Toft (9) and Norby (8) combined for 39 service points.
The Nevis volleyball team had no problem returning to the Section 5A semifinals. The Tigers, the No. 1 seed in the East West bracket, coasted past No. 5 Royalton 25-5, 25-21, 25-7 last Friday night and defeated No. 2 Onamia 25-19, 25-18, 25-12 Tuesday night at the Tiger Arena to advance to the semifinals. In the win over Royalton, Riley Hanson's 17 kills and six ace serves and Megan Norby's 10 kills and five ace serves led the Tigers. Those two combined for 33 service points. Olivia Toft had 24 set assists and eight digs while Savannah Gatewood had seven digs.
Isaac Overmyer and the rest of the Park Rapids boys cross-country team knew what to expect while Tayah Otterness wasn't sure what to expect at last Friday's Section 8A meet at Bagley. Despite the different mindsets, the end results were the same as Overmyer, Otterness and the boys team earned trips to the state Class A meet. Led by Overmyer's fourth-place finish, the Panthers finished second as a team to qualify for the state meet for the first time since 1997. In her first season of running cross country, Otterness earned an individual berth to the state meet by placing 12th overall.
After falling short the last two years, the Park Rapids boys cross-country team was determined to earn a trip to the state Class A meet this year. The Panthers used a team effort to accomplish that goal at Friday's Section 8A meet at Bagley. Park Rapids, which finished fourth at the section meet the last two years, earned that elusive state berth with a solid runner-up showing behind the top-rated team in the state. Perham easily defended the section title with 17 points while the Panthers followed with 99 points. Roseau was third with 124 points.
One streak ended while another continued for the Park Rapids girls cross-country team at Friday's Section 8A meet at Bagley. While the Panthers fell short in their quest to qualify for the state Class A meet as a team for the fourth year in a row, they did extend their streak of being represented at the state meet to seven years in a row when freshman Tayah Otterness earned a state berth as an individual. Otterness, who was competing in cross country for the first year, finished 12th overall with a time of 16:17 over the 4,000-meter course to earn the seventh of eight individual state bert