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Isaac Overmyer and the rest of the Park Rapids boys cross-country team knew what to expect while Tayah Otterness wasn't sure what to expect at last Friday's Section 8A meet at Bagley. Despite the different mindsets, the end results were the same as Overmyer, Otterness and the boys team earned trips to the state Class A meet. Led by Overmyer's fourth-place finish, the Panthers finished second as a team to qualify for the state meet for the first time since 1997. In her first season of running cross country, Otterness earned an individual berth to the state meet by placing 12th overall.
After falling short the last two years, the Park Rapids boys cross-country team was determined to earn a trip to the state Class A meet this year. The Panthers used a team effort to accomplish that goal at Friday's Section 8A meet at Bagley. Park Rapids, which finished fourth at the section meet the last two years, earned that elusive state berth with a solid runner-up showing behind the top-rated team in the state. Perham easily defended the section title with 17 points while the Panthers followed with 99 points. Roseau was third with 124 points.
One streak ended while another continued for the Park Rapids girls cross-country team at Friday's Section 8A meet at Bagley. While the Panthers fell short in their quest to qualify for the state Class A meet as a team for the fourth year in a row, they did extend their streak of being represented at the state meet to seven years in a row when freshman Tayah Otterness earned a state berth as an individual. Otterness, who was competing in cross country for the first year, finished 12th overall with a time of 16:17 over the 4,000-meter course to earn the seventh of eight individual state bert
Julia Renner and Christina Smith made history at Friday's state Class A girls tennis tournament. The Park Rapids juniors finished fourth at the Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis to become the first doubles team in school history to bring home a medal from the state tournament. The only other Park Rapids tennis player to earn a state medal was Megan Reich, who finished fourth in singles in 1995. "I wanted them to do well and they did. I didn't care if they won or lost as long as they played well and left it all out on the court.
In the regular-season finale, a muddy field at Roseau hindered the running game of the Park Rapids football team in a 16-6 loss. Footing wasn't a problem for the Panthers in the rematch Saturday afternoon at Vern Weekley Field. The Panthers compiled 362 yards, including 184 yards on the ground, in the first half alone in building a 34-6 lead en route to a 41-14 victory in a Section 8AAA semifinal playoff game. With the win, Park Rapids advances to the section title game against Perham Friday night at 5:30 at the Fargodome. Perham, the No. 1 seed in the section, defeated the No.
Despite winning only four events, the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team dominated Friday's Mid-State Conference meet at the Area High School pool. The Panthers easily defended their conference title with 523 points.
For the first time all season, the Nevis 9-man football team was in a battle until the end during Saturday afternoon's Section 6 semifinal game. But as was the case in the previous nine games, the Tigers were victorious. Nevis, the No. 1 seed in the section, entered this playoff game averaging 44.7 points a game while allowing 12.9 points. Norman County East, the No.
Another dominating performance on both sides of the ball led the Nevis 9-man football team to an easy win in the opener of the Section 6 playoffs Tuesday night at Nevis. The No. 1-seeded Tigers built a 33-0 lead at the half en route to a 46-8 win over No.
Statistics can often be misleading. Take the first half of the Section 8AAA quarterfinal football game between Park Rapids and Staples-Motley, for instance. Staples-Motley's offense controlled the ball for 22 of the first 24 minutes and the Cardinals' defense limited Park Rapids to only eight plays from scrimmage and no first downs. Instead of facing a halftime deficit, the Panthers relied on three big plays to build a 21-6 lead at the break.
At last year's Section 8A girls tennis tournament, Park Rapids' Christina Smith and Julia Renner almost had to meet to each other to determine which one would advance to the state Class A tournament in singles. At this year's section tournament, both players advanced to state after teaming up to win the section title in doubles. Last year as sophomores, Smith was the No. 3 seed in singles while Renner was the No. 4 seed in singles. Smith upset No. 2 Mikayla Wing of Staples-Motley in the semifinals before losing to top-seeded Jessamy Jones of East Grand Forks in the championship match.