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The magical ride for the United North Central football team came to an end Friday night. The Warriors made a dramatic turnaround in only one season, going from a 0-9 record last fall to the Section 8AA title and a trip to the state playoffs for the first time in school history this season. After defeating Moose Lake-Willow River 21-20 in the state Class AA quarterfinals, the Warriors saw their memorable season come to an end with a 49-9 loss to Pipestone Area in a state Class AA semifinal game at St.
Park Rapids’ Megan Olson, Lydia Kantonen and Adam Jacobi and the United North Central girls cross-country team capped off the season with solid performances at Saturday afternoon’s state Class A meets at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Olson capped off her senior season by placing 49th overall out of 175 runners with a time of 20:18 over the 5,000-meter course while Kantonen capped off her junior season by placing 75th overall in 20:38. This marked Olson’s fourth trip to state.
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.