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With seven of the eight area runners being underclassmen, Saturday's state Class A girls cross-country meet provided valuable experience for next season. United North Central, which advanced to state as the Section 8A runner-up, finished 16th in the team standings with 347 points while Nevis' Jade Rypkema finished 91st in her state debut with a 5K time of 20:42 at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Rush City ended the season for the Nevis volleyball team with a 25-12, 25-16, 25-20 victory in a Section 5A tournament match Oct. 31 at Aitkin. Montana Baker's 11 kills, Sadie Thurner's 14 digs and Andrea Dudley's 16 set assists led the Tigers, who end the season with a 19-11 record. Ashley Pyburn had four kills, Kia Heide had three kills, Dudley had six digs and Viviana Viloria had five digs. Nevis tallied 21 kills and two ace serves with 15 hitting errors, five service errors and 12 errors on serve receive.
Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal spoiled the annual homecoming game and an undefeated regular season for the Nevis 9-man football team. The Tigers returned the favor by spoiling NCE/UH’s attempt to win the Section 6 9-man title. Jack DeWulf delivered three key plays in leading the top-seeded Tigers to a 20-18 victory over No. 3 NCE/UH Thursday afternoon at the Fargodome.
In last year's Section 8AA volleyball tournament, Pequot Lakes upset Park Rapids in the second round. The Panthers were determined to avoid another upset by Pequot Lakes in this year's section tournament. Led by an efficient service game and a strong performance at the net, Park Rapids advanced to the Section 8AA championship match with a 26-24, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18 win over the Patriots Tuesday night at Walker.
The Park Rapids volleyball team is one win away from qualifying for the state Class AA tournament. Park Rapids (the No. 1 seed in the South) avenged a loss to Pequot Lakes (the No. 2 seed in the South) in last year's Section 8AA tournament with a 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 25-18 victory Tuesday night at Walker in a section semifinal match. Pequot Lakes eliminated the Panthers from last year's section tournament with a 19-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-23 win in the second round.
Two solid performances led the Nevis volleyball team to two impressive wins at the Tiger Arena to open the Section 5A tournament. The Tigers used 37 kills and 52 digs in rolling to a 25-8, 25-9, 25-11 victory over Bertha-Hewitt Thursday night and relied on another balanced offensive attack for a 25-15, 25-23, 15-25, 25-18 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Friday night.
Cecil Cordahl was one of the most successful high school baseball coaches during his 18-year tenure at Akeley. That was more than enough to get the Park Rapids resident inducted into the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Nevis relied on its defense to return to the Section 6 9-man championship game. Jack DeWulf's 5-yard touchdown pass to Zach Henry with 10:27 to play in the second quarter provided the only scoring in the Tigers' 6-0 victory over Waubun in a section semifinal game on Oct. 28. Nevis' defense made that lead hold up by limiting the Bombers to only 153 yards in offense. This game was the complete opposite of last year's section championship game where Waubun compiled 480 yards in offense and rallied from a 28-12 deficit with 5:48 to play for a 32-28 victory at the Fargodome.
Ellie Ulvin won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:03.90 in leading the Park Rapids girls swimming team to runner-up honors at the Mid-State Conference meet Oct. 27 at Detroit Lakes. That was the only winning time for the Panthers, who compiled 324.50 points. Detroit Lakes, which broke four meet records, won the other 11 events to repeat as conference champions with 550.50 points in this four-team meet. Perham/New York Mills was third with 264 points while Staples-Motley took fourth with 165 points.
Natalie Kinkel was hoping to win at least one set in her state debut at the state Class A girls tennis tournament. The Park Rapids junior surpassed that goal by winning a match at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Kinkel made her state debut with a 6-0, 6-2 loss to Trinity School at River Ridge junior Katie Mulvey during Thursday morning's first round of singles play. Mulvey entered the state tournament as the No. 3 seed.