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It's pretty easy to see why Joe Mollberg was heavily recruited by several Division I colleges. All you had to do was watch the Detroit Lakes senior quarterback in the second quarter of Friday night's game at Park Rapids to see he definitely has the talent to play at that level. After a slow first quarter, Mollberg took charge in the second quarter by completing all seven passes he attempted for 220 yards and three touchdowns.
Another dominant effort Thursday night enabled the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to go undefeated in dual meets for only the second time in school history. The Panthers closed out their dual schedule with a 191-111 victory at Detroit Lakes for a perfect 8-0 record this season. Park Rapids' only other undefeated season was a 10-0 record in 2002. This meet was scored 10-5-3 in the relays and 8-6-5-4-3-2 in the other events. The Panthers won nine events and went 1-2-3 in three events to coast to the win.
Moorhead ran away with the boys and girls titles at Thursday's Perham Invitational cross-country meet at Arvig Park. In the girls meet, Moorhead had seven runners in the top-15 spots and finished with 36 points. The Spuds had six runners in the top-13 spots in winning the boys title with 20 points. Park Rapids finished third in the girls race with 97 points. Lydia Lutz led the way by covering the 4,000-meter course in 15 minutes, 29 seconds to finish third overall.
Thief River Falls solidified its spot atop the Section 8AA North volleyball standings with a 25-11, 25-8, 25-13 win over Park Rapids Tuesday night at Thief River Falls. Olivia Vaadeland's 11 digs and five kills led the Panthers.
Nicole Brandt likes the chances of the Park Rapids girls tennis team to qualify for the state Class A tournament for the first time in school history. Even though the Panthers enter the Section 8A tournament as the No. 3 seed, Brandt knows her team was one singles or doubles match away from being the top seed. During the regular season, the Panthers split 4-3 matches with Pequot Lakes and dropped another close 4-3 match to Staples-Motley. Pequot Lakes edged Staples-Motley 4-3 in their only meeting. Based on those results, Pequot Lakes earned the No.
Turnovers and the running of Ralph Williams put an end to the Park Rapids football team's modest two-game winning steak. The Panthers carried a 14-13 lead into the break, but Williams rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns and Thief River Falls forced four turnovers in the second half to spark a 33-14 Heart O'Lakes Conference North Division victory Friday night at Thief River Falls. "Turnovers killed us in the second half. That was the story of the game," said Park Rapids head coach Aaron Morris.
The Park Rapids girls tennis team picked up a pair of wins against Section 8A rivals at Crookston Saturday. The Panthers opened with a 4-3 win over Crookston and followed with a 6-1 victory over Roseau to improve to 6-2 against section teams this season. Christina Smith, Julia Renner and Lydia Schaum posted straight-set wins in singles while Bonnie Baumgartner and Allie Girtz won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles to lead the Panthers past Crookston. The Panthers pushed their winning streak to six duals in a row by defeating Roseau.
Strong play at the net offset Cass Lake-Bena's scrappy defense as the Park Rapids volleyball team prevailed 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 25-18 in a battle of the Panthers Thursday night at the Area High School gym. An ace serve by Allie Bade, a block and kill by Olivia Vaadeland, a tip and kill by Megan Grimes, and a kill by Justine Rittgers gave the Panthers a 12-10 lead in Set 1.
Lydia Lutz and Isaac Overmyer finished in the top-six spots in leading the Park Rapids girls and boys cross-country teams at Thursday's John Hermes Invitational at Perham. Lutz covered the 4,000-meter course in 15:32 to finish fifth as the Panthers finished third in the girls meet with 97 points. Alexandria won the girls title with 48 points while Bemidji was second in this 14-team meet with 83 points. Alexandria's Jamie Piepenburg led the way with a winning time of 14:33. Overmyer clocked a 17:38 on the boys 5,000-meter course to finish sixth overall in 17:38.