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Aaron Morris says football is a game of inches. Falling short by inches prevented the Park Rapids football team from producing a winning record. The Panthers opened the season with a 1-6 record before defeating Roseau in the regular-season finale and Perham in the first round of the Section 8AAA playoffs. A loss to Pequot Lakes in the section semifinals gave Park Rapids a 3-7 overall record. “Our record doesn’t indicate the season we had.
Tayah Otterness scored a pair of goals as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team opened the season with a 4-1 win over Morris/Benson at Morris Saturday afternoon. After a scoreless first period, Otterness opened the scoring with an assist from Tara Johanning at the 4:57 mark of the second period.
For Park Rapids’ Lydia Kantonen and Megan Olson, last Friday’s Section 8A girls cross-country meet at Bagley’s Twin Pines Golf Course was bittersweet. For Park Rapids’ Adam Jacobi, the Section 8A boys cross-country meet was just plain sweet. All three runners fulfilled their goals by qualifying as individuals for the state Class A meet. Kantonen, a junior, finished seventh overall by covering the 5,000-meter course in 19:58 while Olson, a senior, was 10th overall in 20:07 as both
The Nevis volleyball team opened the Section 5A tournament with two easy wins. Nevis, the No. 1 seed in the East B bracket, opened the tournament with a 25-16, 25-10, 25-8 win over No. 5 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley last Thursday night at the Tiger Arena and eliminated Onamia, the No. 2 seed in the East A bracket, 25-16, 25-17, 25-22 last Saturday night at Crosby.
Paige Fritze, Kayla Andersen, Tea Nyland and Alyza Edevold set one of three records as the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team claimed runner-up honors at the Mid-State Conference meet last Friday night at Detroit Lakes. Detroit Lakes repeated as conference champs with 495 points while the Panthers followed with 395 points.
Right before the start of Friday’s Section 8A meet at Bagley’s Twin Pines Golf Course, Steve Schreiber could tell the United North Central girls cross-country team was ready to battle for a trip to state for the first time in school history. “The girls went into the section meet knowing what had to happen for us to win,” said Schreiber.
Adam Jacobi went from not being able to run all summer to running in his first state Class A boys cross-country meet. The Park Rapids junior suffered a stress fracture in his foot during last spring’s track season and was sidelined all summer.
For the third year in a row, Julia Smith won a match at the state Class A girls tennis tournament. The Park Rapids junior opened her third state tournament with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Osakis senior Ashley Kraemer before being eliminated with a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Blake eighth grader Arlina Shen in the quarterfinals Thursday at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Shen, the No. 2 seed, lost to teammate Libby Rickeman 6-1, 6-0 in the finals. Rickeman, a junior, was the No.
Midway through the second quarter, Moose Lake-Willow River appeared in control in a state Class AA quarterfinal football game against United North Central. With Bryceton Butkiewicz rushing for 147 yards and three touchdowns, Moose Lake-Willow River held a 20-6 lead Saturday afternoon at Brainerd.
Olivia Strand, Ella VonRuden and Maria Rutten combined for 30 kills as Perham eliminated the Park Rapids volleyball team from the Section 8AA tournament with a 25-15, 25-20, 25-13 victory Friday night at Perham. The Yellowjackets, who were the No. 1 seed in the south half of the section, used quick starts and strong finishes to advance to the subsection finals. In Set 1, Perham jumped out to a six-point advantage before the Panthers closed the lead to 12-10.