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Pequot Lakes’ defense shut down Park Rapids’ running game as the Patriots advanced to the Section 8AAA football championship game with a 42-14 semifinal victory at Pequot Lakes Saturday night. Park Rapids managed only 5 yards on 19 running plays while C.J. Borleis completed 9 of 14 passes for 189 yards in leading the No. 2-seeded Patriots past No. 3 Park Rapids. Of those nine completions, two went for touchdowns and five others produced first downs that kept scoring drives alive.
For the second year in a row, Julia Smith won a singles match at the state Class A girls tennis tournament. The Park Rapids sophomore opened the state tournament Thursday at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis with a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Winona Cotter freshman Cindy Li, who was the No. 3 seed. Smith stayed alive with a 6-0, 6-0 win over St.
Paige Fritze earned all-conference honors in four events in leading the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to runner-up honors at Friday’s Mid-State Conference meet at the Area High School pool. Fritze joined Kayla Andersen, Tea Nyland and Lauren Rossman to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1:56.61.
Kiley Borowicz’s 14 kills and Amelia Johnson’s 11 kills led Roseau to a 25-21, 25-12, 25-14 victory over Park Rapids in a Section 8AAA North quarterfinal volleyball match Thursday night at Roseau. Megan Grimes led Park Rapids with 13 kills and 10 digs while Kennedy Carlson had 23 set assists. Roseau, the No. 4 seed, improved to 23-7 while the No. 5-seeded Panthers ended the season with a 10-13 record. Park Rapids statistics
Five different players scored touchdowns as Nevis built a 41-12 halftime lead en route to a 48-26 9-man football victory over Rothsay in a Section 6 quarterfinal game Tuesday night at Nevis. Gavin Becker’s 55-yard TD pass from Austin Becker, Kiefer Miller’s 3-yard TD run and Gavin Becker’s 55-yard TD run gave the Tigers a 20-0 lead after the first quarter. After Rothsay scored on a 3-yard TD run, Jordan Spenst’s 60-yard TD reception, Hunter Darchuk’s 10-yard TD run and Austin Becker’s 49-yard TD run gave Nevis a 41-6 l
At the time, Jordan McCollum’s 95-yard interception return to end the first half only seemed to put the finishing touches on a dominant first half for the Park Rapids football team. In the end, that touchdown on the final play of the first half proved to be the game-winner as the Panthers escaped with an 18-12 Section 8AAA quarterfinal victory over Roseau at Vern Weekley Field. Entering the first-round playoff game, the No. 3-seeded Panthers were the heavy favorites to advance past No.
Julia Smith didn’t dwell on the past as she entered the Section 8A girls tennis tournament. Focusing on the present led to a return trip to the state Class A tournament for the Park Rapids sophomore. Smith entered the section tournament at Fargo’s Courts Plus as the No. 3 seed in singles. Staples-Motley’s Izabella Edin was the No. 1 seed and Pequot Lakes’ Haley Wiebolt was the No. 2 seed. During the regular season, Smith had lost twice to both players.
Nevis received contributions from the offense, defense and special teams to hand Cromwell its first 9-man football loss of the season last Wednesday night and gain a share of the Great Northern Conference title. The offense compiled 383 yards, the defense held Cromwell scoreless over the final 20 minutes and the special teams contributed a touchdown as the Tigers ended the regular season with a 32-18 victory. Cromwell, which entered the game rated No.
Park Rapids received the No. 5 seed in the north and will open the Section 8AA volleyball tournament at No. 4 Roseau Thursday night at 7. The Panthers will carry a 10-12 record into that match while Roseau is 22-7. Thursday night’s other north quarterfinal matches find No. 1 Hawley (22-5) hosting No. 8 East Grand Forks (6-17), No. 2 Thief River Falls (17-6) hosting No. 7 Crookston (8-15), and No. 3 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (14-9) hosting No. 6 Warroad (8-17). In the south, No.
Nevis and Menahga will open the Section 5A volleyball tournament on the road. Menahga (4-21) received the No. 5 seed in the North 1 bracket and will travel to No. 4 Pillager (5-21) Thursday night at 7. The winner of that match plays at No. 1 Sebeka (21-7-1) Friday night at 7. The other first-round match in that bracket pits East Central (1-18) at Hinckley-Finlayson (8-14). East Central is the North 2’s No. 6 seed while Hinckley-Finlayson is the No. 3 seed. The winner of that match plays at Onamia (16-10) Friday night.