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Despite having both relays disqualified in the first event, the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team coasted to a 108-71 victory over Warroad in the home debut Thursday night at the Area High School pool. The Panthers went 1-2-3 in five events and 1-2 in two others before swimming exhibition in the final two events to open the dual schedule with an easy win. Paige Fritze (in 2:11.47), Jasmine Cease (in 2:37.48) and Chloe Voigt (in 2:41.69) went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle before Kayla Andersen (in 2:32.68) and Jessica Kaseman (in 3:02.75) led the way in the 200 individual medley
Park Rapids dominated the top singles spots to defeat Crosby-Ironton and Detroit Lakes in a pair of Mid-State Conference girls tennis duals Thursday at the Depot Courts. Julia Smith, Natalie Kinkel, Tori Hilmanowski and Rachel Palmer didn’t lose a game as the Panthers opened with a 6-1 victory over Crosby-Ironton. Kellsey Clark and Mariena Dearstyne won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles while Drew Hilmanowski and Haley MacPherson prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No.
Kiefer Miller rushed 25 times for 237 yards in leading Nevis to a 32-20 9-man football victory at Isle Friday night. Miller opened the scoring with a 64-yard TD run and Jack DeWulf ran in the conversion to give the Tigers an 8-0 lead after the first quarter. After Isle tied the game on a 4-yard TD run, Miller hit Griffin Chase on a 32-yard scoring route and Miller ran in the conversion for a 16-8 lead at the half. DeWulf’s 20-yard TD pass to Zach Henry and Hunter Darchuk’s conversion extended the lead to 24-8 after the third quarter. Isle scored on a 70-yard TD run to cut the gap to 2
Leah Schwartz’s five kills led the Menahga volleyball team during Thursday night’s 25-16, 25-15, 25-10 Park Region Conference loss at Henning. Sam Sabin served two aces and had five digs, Alayna Lake had 12 set assists, Caroline Kako had five digs and Dani Novak had two solo blocks for the Braves, who fell to 0-2 on the season. Menahga statistics Ace serves: Sabin 2, Schwartz 1. Kills: Schwartz 5, Novak 4, Yliniemi 2, Lake 1, Hendrickson 1. Set assists: Lake 12. Digs: Kako 5, Sabin 5, Schwartz 4, Yliniemi 3, Novak 2, Hendrickson 2. Blocks (solo-assists): Novak 2-2, Koch 0-2.
United North Central’s offense compiled 334 yards and six touchdowns while the defense allowed only 116 yards and no touchdowns as the Warriors rolled to a 44-0 win over Wadena-Deer Creek Friday at Wadena. It was the third straight shutout for the Warriors, who have outscored their opponents 90-0 in three games this season. Aaron Hrdlicka’s 38-yard touchdown reception from Tom Tellers at the 9:45 mark and Kirby Hrdlicka’s 16-yard TD run at the 5:45 mark gave UNC a 16-0 lead after the first quarter.
Both Park Rapids and Thief River Falls were looking for offensive production during Week 2 of the high school football season. In the season openers, Park Rapids was held to seven first downs and 127 yards in offense in a 6-0 loss to United North Central while Thief River Falls managed only four first downs and 106 yards in offense in a 16-2 loss to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. Both teams produced their first touchdowns of the season in the first half last Friday night, but the host Prowlers scored late in the first half a
Lydia Kantonen led the field as the Park Rapids girls cross-country team edged out United North Central for the team title at Monday’s Central Minnesota River Run Invitational at Staples. Kantonen covered the 5,000-meter course in 22:04 and Megan Olson was fourth in 23:29 as the Panthers compiled 64 points to top the 10-team field in the season opener.
After dropping the first two matches, the Park Rapids girls tennis team rebounded to win the final match in a quadrangular meet at the Depot Courts Tuesday. The Panthers opened with a 7-0 loss to Crookston and a 6-1 loss to Pequot Lakes before defeating Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 5-2. Crookston, which is rated No. 9 in the first state Class A poll, won six matches in straights sets while Julia Smith lost in a tiebreaker at No. 1 singles. Smith won a tiebreaker at No.
This season started where last season left off for the Park Rapids volleyball team. The Panthers ended last season with a 25-21, 25-12, 25-14 loss to Roseau in the first round of the Section 8AA tournament. In the season opener Tuesday night at the Area High School gym, Roseau posted a 25-16, 25-11, 25-21 victory over the Panthers. In Set 1, Morgan Melby served Roseau to a 6-0 lead as the Rams took control.
Cal Roosdett rushed for 140 yards, two touchdowns and the deciding conversion as Kelliher-Northome edged Nevis 30-28 in overtime in a 9-man football game last Friday night at Nevis. Nevis opened the scoring on Griffin Chase’s 31-yard interception return and Kiefer Miller’s conversion for an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. The Mustangs, who were stopped inside the Nevis 10 on their next two possessions, carried a 14-8 lead into the half on Roosdett’s 34-yard TD run at the 6:06 mark and 8-yard TD run with :05 remaining.