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Top-10 finishes by Lydia Kantonen and Megan Olson led the Park Rapids girls cross-country team to third place at Thursday’s Perham Invitational. Kantonen finished fifth overall by covering the 5,000-meter course in 19:36 while Olson was 10th in 20:01 as the Panthers compiled 125 points. Perham won the team title with 52 points while Moorhead was second in this 19-team meet with 67 points.
Hannah Bliss (16), Allison Booker (10) and Hannah Anderson (9) combined for 35 kills as the Nevis volleyball team remained undefeated in Northland Conference play with a 25-14, 25-16, 25-18 win at Kelliher/Northome last Tuesday night. Vanna Byer (15) and Jordyn Lucas (11) combined for 26 digs while Andrea Dudley had 33 set assists as the Tigers improved to 5-0 in conference matches.
Another lopsided victory was expected for the Nevis 9-man football team in the regular-season finale at Lake of the Woods last Wednesday night. The Tigers entered the game averaging 43.7 points a game while Lake of the Woods had allowed an average of 50.1 points a game while scoring only 68 points in seven losses. Nevis’ offense continued to roll while the defense posted a shutout as the Tigers ended the regular season with a decisive 56-0 victory. Kiefer Miller’s 19-yard touchdown run and T
Riley Utke’s interception in the end zone and 78-yard kickoff return sparked Frazee to a 19-6 win over United North Central in a battle of Section 8AA football teams Thursday night at Sebeka. Utke intercepted a pass to stop UNC’s first scoring threat in the first quarter, but Tom Tellers followed with a 2-yard TD run to give the Warriors a 6-0 lead with 11:54 to play in the first half. Utke took the ensuing kickoff and returned it 78 yards to tie the game.
Park Rapids and Nevis will open the section football playoffs Tuesday night. Park Rapids (2-6) received the No. 6 seed and will travel to No. 3 Perham (4-4) for a 6 p.m. kickoff In a Section 8AAA quarterfinal game. Perham edged the Panthers 16-15 in Week 5. Tuesday night’s other Section 8AAA quarterfinal games pit No. 2 Pequot Lakes (6-2) against No. 7 Roseau (0-8) and No. 4 Aitkin (4-4) hosting No. 5 East Grand Forks (3-5). No. 1 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (7-1)will receive a first-round bye. The semifinals will be played Saturday with the section championship game set for Oct.
Julia Smith received the No. 1 seed in singles while the Park Rapids girls tennis team received the No. 5 seed for the Section 8A tournament. The Panthers, who ended the regular season with a 9-12 record, will face No. 4 Roseau in a section quarterfinal match Tuesday morning at 10:30 at Choice Fitness Center in Grand Forks. Roseau defeated the Panthers 5-2 in a dual meet last week. Tuesday’s other quarterfinal matches pit No. 1 Crookston against No. 8 Wadena-Deer Creek, No. 2 East Grand Forks against No.
The Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team won the first nine events before swimming exhibition in the final three events in a 99-78 Mid-State Conference victory over Staples-Motley last Thursday night at Staples. Trinah Szafranski, Alyza Edevold, Kayla Andersen and Paige Fritze opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:12.28. Tea Nyland won the 200 freestyle in 2:15.68, Andersen took first in the 200 individual medley in 2:34.12 and Alyza Edevold won the 50 freestyle in 27.69 as the Panthers jumped out to a 42-20 lead. A 1-2 showing by Jada Current (with 165.20 poin
The Park Rapids volleyball team split four matches at last Saturday’s Fergus Falls Invitational to finish in seventh place. The Panthers opened with a 25-6, 25-10 win over St. Paul Washington Tech and dropped a 16-25, 25-19, 15-10 decision to Fergus Falls in pool play. In the finals, the Panthers lost to Pelican Rapids 19-25, 25-12, 15-11 before defeating Richland, ND, 25-14, 25-17. The split gave the Panthers a 6-8 record.
For the first 18 minutes of Friday night’s homecoming game at Vern Weekley Field, the Park Rapids football team outplayed one of the top Class AAAA teams in the state. That all changed in the second half of the second quarter. Fergus Falls, which entered this game rated No.
Megan Olson led the field in leading the Park Rapids girls cross-country team to the team title at Thursday’s Pelican Rapids Invitational at Birchwood Golf Course. Olson covered the 5,000-meter course in 20:16 and Lydia Kantonen was third in 20:44 as the Panthers topped the seven-team field with 20 points. Whitney Steffel (eighth in 21:56), Macky Warne (11th in 22:55) and Madison Steffel (14th in 23:26) rounded the Panthers’ team score.