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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.
Emily Miron's 21 kills and Caitlin Volkmann's 15 kills helped Wadena-Deer Creek hand the Nevis volleyball team its first loss of the season with a 25-15, 25-15, 25-22 victory Monday night at Wadena. Volkmann also had 15 digs and six blocks while Miron added 10 digs and four blocks as the Wolverines improved to 6-0 on the season. Katie Becker served nine points and had 12 digs, Megan Norby served eight points and had eight kills, and Riley Hanson had 10 kills for the Tigers, who fell to 5-1 on the season. W-DC is rated No. 8 in this week's state Class AA poll while Nevis is rated No.
Mitch Lange rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns and Colton Kruzel caught two touchdown passes in leading Upsala/Swanville Area to a 41-6 win over the United North Central football team in a Prairie Conference North game last Friday night. Brandon Junes connected with Tanner Schwartz for United North Central's only touchdown as the Warriors trailed 13-6 after the first quarter. Junes completed 9 of 14 passes for 149 yards with Schwartz making two receptions for 66 yards and Jeff Skoog catching two passes for 50 yards.
Not even the best offensive production in 19 years was enough to lead the Park Rapids football team past Crookston in an offensive shootout Friday night at Vern Weekley Field. The Panthers' offensive numbers were impressive: 101 plays, 31 first downs, 579 yards and six touchdowns. The 101 plays broke the school record of 79 against Frazee in 1975 and the 31 first downs broke the school record of 26 against Detroit Lakes in 1977. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Josh Edlund's numbers were even more impressive.
Christina Smith gave the Park Rapids girls tennis team a key Mid-State Conference and Section 8A victory over Staples-Motley Saturday at the Depot Courts. Rain forced this dual meet to be suspended tied at 3-3 on Sept. 6. Julia Renner, Julia Smith and Charity Ridlon posted straight-set wins in singles to lead the Panthers. Christina Smith split sets and was tied 2-2 in the third set at No. 1 singles when the match was called. Smith and Mikayla Wing finished their No.
Runner-up finishes by Taylor Graham in the 100-yard butterfly and Katherine Erickson in the 100 backstroke led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to third place at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational. Graham clocked a 1:07.13 in the 100 butterfly and Erickson clocked a 1:05.14 in the 100 backstroke to lead the Panthers, who compiled 458 points in this seven-team meet.
Jenna Field's serving sparked Detroit Lakes to a 25-7, 25-16, 25-13 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids volleyball team Thursday night. Emma Wood served three aces and six points and Field served three aces and six points as the Lakers built a 14-1 lead in Set 1.
Collin Huckbody threw for three touchdowns during a 27-point first quarter as Nevis rolled to a 54-24 9-man football victory at Isle Friday night. Huckbody hit Taylor Chase on a 16-yard scoring route, Gerald Beckerleg on a 43-yard TD pass and Gavin Becker on a 76-yard scoring play as Nevis built a 27-0 lead after the first quarter.
Katelyn Hilmanowski and Grace Bateman combined for 17 kills in leading the Park Rapids volleyball team to a dramatic come-from-behind win at Menahga Monday night. The Panthers dropped the first two sets before rallying for a 19-25, 16-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-6 victory. Hilmanowski finished with 10 kills, three ace serves and 10 digs while Bateman had seven kills, 16 digs and 14 set assists.
Park Rapids had its top five runners finish in the top 14 spots in sweeping titles at Monday's Pelican Rapids Invitational cross-country meet. In the girls meet, Tayah Otterness finished second in 17:13 while Lora Remus (18:33), Megan Olson (18:44), Abby Mueller (18:47) and Madison Steffel (18:50) finished in the 6-9 spots as the Panthers tallied 24 points to top the seven-team field. Morgan Olson finished 16th in 20:25.