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Putting together strong runs to close out the first and third sets sparked the Park Rapids volleyball team to a 25-17, 25-13, 26-24 victory at Bemidji Thursday night. The Panthers held a slim 15-14 lead in Set 1 before going on a 10-3 run to close out the opening set. In Set 2, Park Rapids used a 7-1 run to extend an 11-7 advantage to 18-8 in taking a 2-0 lead. Bemidji was in position to force a fourth set by building a 24-21 lead in Set 3. But Jaiden McCollum and Kamree Carlson combined for four kills during a 5-0 run that rallied the Panthers and ended the match.
Locking up the Mid-State Conference title with a 3-0 win over Staples-Motley and posting an impressive 3-1 win at Barnesville helped the Park Rapids volleyball team return to this week's state Class AA poll.
Brianne Morris says the Park Rapids girls tennis team is playing better than recent scores might indicate. The Panthers closed out the Mid-State Conference schedule Tuesday afternoon with a 6-1 loss at Pequot Lakes. That loss followed a fourth-place showing at the Thief River Falls quadrangular meet and Section 8A losses to Crookston (6-1) and Roseau (7-0) at Crookston in a triangular meet.
Montana Baker and Ashley Pyburn combined to serve 12 aces as the Nevis volleyball team coasted to a 25-8, 25-8, 25-12 Northland Conference win over Northome-Kelliher Tuesday night at the Tiger Arena. Nevis put 68 of 74 serves in play with 19 aces and had 31 kills with Kia Heide (11), Pyburn (7) and Baker (6) combining for 24 of those. Andrea Dudley tallied 24 set assists while Sadie Thurner had 12 digs as the Tigers improved to 5-0 in the conference and 12-6 overall. Northome-Kelliher fell to 1-4 in conference matches and 4-9 overall. Nevis statistics
Several area runners competed in various races at the 36th Twin Cities Marathon. Seven runners completed the 26.2-mile marathon Sunday with Menahga's Shane Kirlin (age 43) recording the best time of 3:19:18. Also finishing the full marathon were Park Rapids' Zachary Haugland, 24, in 3:43:27; Menahga's Jacob Oyster, 35, in 3:55:42; Park Rapids' Brian Garlie, 39, in 4:09:56; Park Rapids' Kent Cease, 55, in 4:30:26; Park Rapids' Rebecca Penning, 27, in 5:02:34; and Menahga's Ken Isaacson, 35, in 5:16:34.
Seth Breitweser and Keegan Moses finished in the top 20 in leading the Park Rapids boys cross-country team to fourth place at the Glenn Moerke Invitational at Pelican Rapids' Birchwood Golf Course on Sept. 28. Breitweser covered the 5K course in 19:03 for 15th place and Moses followed in 19:06 for 16th place as the Panthers compiled 106 points. Will Pickar was 23rd in 19:33, Kaleb Stearns finished 27th in 19:48 and Sam Warne was 30th in 19:59 to round out Park Rapids' team score. Ashton Clark (34th in 20:35) and Gabe Bagstad (35th in 20:39) also ran varsity for the Panthers.
Kamree Carlson and Jaiden McCollum pounded down 19 kills apiece in leading the Park Rapids volleyball team to a victory at Barnesville Tuesday night. Kaisa Coborn and Rilee Michaelson added eight kills each as the Panthers used 58 kills to spark a 25-18, 17-25, 25-14, 25-18 win. Kennedy Carlson set up 51 of those kills. Park Rapids overcame 20 hitting errors by putting 86 of 93 serves in play with seven aces. Katelyn Weaver went 20 for 20 in serves with two aces and 13 points while Coborn served two aces and 11 points.
For the second week in a row, the United North Central football team saw a halftime lead disappear. Three rushing touchdowns by James Clark gave UNC an 18-7 lead at the break before Staples-Motley rallied with a pair of second-half scores for a 21-18 Midwest Blue District victory at Sebeka on Sept. 29. The Warriors, who led 8-0 at the half and 14-8 in the third quarter before Pillager rallied for a 22-14 victory in Week 4, expanded a 12-7 lead after the first quarter to 18-7 at the half against Staples-Motley.
Efficiency at the net helped the Park Rapids volleyball team repeat as Mid-State Conference champions. The Panthers pounded down 54 kills while having only six hitting errors in a 25-8, 25-16, 25-12 victory over Staples-Motley Thursday night at Staples. That win in the conference finale gave Park Rapids a 4-0 record against Mid-State opponents. The Panthers also won the conference title last season with a 4-0 record. This marked the first back-to-back Mid-State titles for Park Rapids since winning four straight conference titles from 1979-1982.
Leah Schwartz had 15 kills and 21 digs in leading the Menahga volleyball team past Verndale in a Park Region Conference match Thursday night. Cierra Ahlf added 10 kills and 12 digs while Madi Marjamaa had 39 set assists, four service aces and 11 digs in Menahga's 25-10, 22-25, 25-21, 25-23 victory. Defensively, Aimee Lake had 24 digs, Tara Hendrickson had four ace blocks, and Annie Lake had three ace blocks and 13 digs. Olivia Yliniemi chipped in seven kills as Menahga improved to 2-2 in the conference and 9-8 overall.