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Shania Glenz pounded down 12 kills and served nine aces in leading Verndale to a 25-22, 25-18, 25-7 Park Region Conference win over the Menahga volleyball team Thursday night at Menahga. Morgan Glenz added nine kills as the Pirates improved to 2-1 in conference play and 10-1 overall. Leah Schwartz had eight kills and Lindsay Hendrickson had four kills for Menahga. Madi Marjamaa tallied 14 set assists while Schwartz (14) and Alayna Lake (12) combined for 26 digs. The Braves, who had 12 service errors and 12 attack errors, fell to 2-1 in the conference and 5-7 overall.
The Nevis volleyball team controlled the net with 40 kills and 12 blocks in a 3-0 Northland Conference win over Blackduck Thursday night at Nevis. Hannah Anderson's 15 kills and three blocks and Vanessa Byer's three ace serves and 16 service points led the Tigers to a 25-13, 25-15, 25-19 victory.
Crookston won 10 events during Tuesday night's meet, but the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team relied on depth to remain undefeated in duals this season. Park Rapids used a 1-2-3 sweep in diving and a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay to spark a 102-80 victory over the Pirates at the Area High School pool. The win lifted the Panthers to 4-0 in dual meets this season.
Injuries and illnesses kept the Park Rapids boys and girls cross-country teams from fielding their best lineups at Tuesday's Bagley/Fosston Invitational. Lydia Kantonen captured the individual girls title with a winning time of 19:23 over the 5K course, but the Panthers had to field an incomplete team with only three runners available. In the boys race, Park Rapids finished 12th out of 22 teams with 263 points as only six runners competed on varsity. Following Kantonen's winning time for the Panthers were Macky Warne (30th in 22:23) and Haley Pickar (38th in 22:54).
Claire Vekish pounded down 16 kills and Hannah Goggleye had 14 kills in helping Greenway rally for a 3-1 win over Nevis Tuesday night at Greenway. Mikhara Anderson added 10 kills for the Raiders, who dropped Set 1 before rallying for a 25-27, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16 victory. Vanessa Byer led Nevis by serving three aces and 16 points while tallying 32 digs. Hannah Anderson had 13 kills and 18 digs while Ashley Pyburn had four solo blocks. Andrea Dudley finished with 27 set assists and 18 digs as the Tigers fell to 2-7 on the season. Greenway improved to 9-1.
Park Rapids and Nevis moved up in this week's Minnesota state high school football polls. Park Rapids used a 7-0 win over East Grand Forks to improve to 3-0 and climb to the No. 8 spot in this week's state Class AAA poll. The Panthers were rated No. 11 last week. St. Croix Lutheran is 3-0 and rated No. 1 while Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton is 3-0 and rated No. 2.
Julia Smith claimed runner-up honors at No. 1 singles as the Park Rapids girls tennis team finished third at last Saturday's Mid-State Conference tournament at Pequot Lakes. The Panthers finished third at four spots with Natalie Kinkel at No. 2 singles, Tori Hilmanowski at No. 3 singles and Abby Morris at No. 4 singles winning their final matches. Drew Hilmanowski and Haley MacPherson also placed third at No. 1 doubles.
Park Rapids took control down the stretch in all three sets for a 25-21, 25-16, 25-20 win at Crookston Tuesday night. Set 1 was tied 19-19 before the Panthers closed with a 6-1 run. The Panthers used a 13-4 run to break open a 12-12 tie in Set 2. In Set 3, a 9-4 run broke open a 16-16 tie to end the match. Jaiden McCollum (13), Kamree Carlson (12), Rilee Michaelson (10) and Kaisa Coborn (9) combined for 44 of the Panthers' 48 kills. McCollum served two aces and 10 points while Kennedy Carlson had 39 set assists.
Three players tallied double digits in kills as the Menahga volleyball team rallied for a 3-2 win over New York Mills Thursday night at New York Mills. Leah Schwartz had 15 kills while Aimee Lake and Olivia Yliniemi had 10 kills each as the Braves pounded down 41 kills in rallying for a 24-26, 25-27, 25-23, 25-21, 15-12 Park Region Conference victory. The Braves put 106 of 115 serves in play with eight aces with Yliniemi serving four aces and Lake serving a pair of aces. Madi Marjamaa finished with 31 set assists.
Three big plays and another solid defensive effort sparked Nevis to a 54-6 9-man football win over Isle Friday night at Nevis. Griffin Chase opened the scoring with a 70-yard interception return and Jack DeWulf ran in the conversion as Nevis led 8-0 with 2:44 to play in the first quarter.