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Maija Hovelsrud qualified for the state Class A girls swimming meet by placing second in the 100-yard breaststroke at Saturday's Section 8A meet at Bemidji. The Park Rapids junior clocked a 1:10.49 to earn her first trip to state. Thief River Falls' Marley Nelson took first in 1:09.51 while Bemidji's Alyssa Mess was third in 1:12.12. Park Rapids finished sixth in the team standings with 141 points. Bemidji won the section title for the sixth year in a row with 421 points. Detroit Lakes was second in the 11-team field with 384.50 points.
Park Rapids' top singles players and top doubles team were among 25 players named to this year's Mid-State Conference girls tennis team. Senior Julia Smith and sophomore Natalie Kinkel were named to the 13-member all-conference team while the senior duo of Drew Hilmanowski and Haley MacPherson earned all-conference honorable mention honors.
Waubun's defense held Nevis' offense to a season-low 273 yards, including 97 on the ground, in the Section 6 9-man football championship game last Thursday at the Fargodome. Waubun overcame a 28-12 deficit in the fourth quarter for a 32-28 victory to repeat as section champs. The Tigers' previous offensive lows this season were 170 rushing yards and 292 total yards in a 22-15 section semifinal win over Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal.
It was another successful season for the Park Rapids girls tennis team. The Panthers finished with an 11-11 record in dual meets, placed third at the Mid-State Conference tournament, advanced to the semifinals of the Section 8A tournament and sent a player to the state Class A tournament for the ninth year in a row. Capping off the season was having senior Julia Smith qualify for the state tournament in singles for the fourth straight year. It was an up-and-down season for the Panthers as players adjusted to new roles.
United North Central's Annika Aho and Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen completed their mission by earning all-state honors at Saturday's state Class A girls cross-country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Park Rapids' Adam Jacobi capped off his senior season by competing in his second state boys cross-country meet. Aho capped off her sophomore season by placing 15th overall by covering the 5K course in 19:32 while Kantonen capped off her senior season by finishing 22nd overall in 19:43. The top-25 runners earned all-state honors.
Nevis had Waubun in unfamiliar territory late in Thursday's Section 6 9-man championship football game at the Fargodome. A furious comeback in the final six minutes had Waubun back in a familiar spot. The Bombers scored three touchdowns in the final 5:46 to rally from a 28-12 deficit and stun Nevis 32-28 to remain undefeated on the season and repeat as section champs.
Gary Vaudrin is counting on the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to continue to improve on the offensive and defensive ends and put another competitive unit on the ice. Last year, the Panthers scored 51 goals while allowing 104 goals in going 3-3 in Mid-State Conference play, 1-10 against Section 8A opponents and 8-17 overall. That was an improvement over the year before when Park Rapids scored 37 goals, allowed 114 goals and went 3-3 in the conference, 0-9 in the section and 6-17-1 overall.
United North Central's Annika Aho and Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen completed their mission by earning all-state honors at Saturday's state Class A girls cross-country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Park Rapids' Adam Jacobi capped off his senior season by competing in his second state boys cross-country meet. Aho capped off her sophomore season by placing 15th overall after covering the 5K course in 19:32 while Kantonen capped off her senior season by finishing 22nd in 19:43. The top-25 runners earned all-state honors.
Both the Park Rapids and United North Central cross-country teams concluded their seasons at last Friday's Section 8A meet at Bagley.
Maija Hovelsrud won the 100-yard breaststroke to earn all-conference honors as the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team claimed runner-up honors at last Friday's Mid-State Conference meet at the Area High School pool. Hovelsrud led the field with a winning time of 1:14.95 to account for the Panthers' lone first-place and all-conference performance in this regular-season finale.