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After dropping the first two matches, the Park Rapids girls tennis team rebounded to win the final match in a quadrangular meet at the Depot Courts Tuesday. The Panthers opened with a 7-0 loss to Crookston and a 6-1 loss to Pequot Lakes before defeating Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 5-2. Crookston, which is rated No. 9 in the first state Class A poll, won six matches in straights sets while Julia Smith lost in a tiebreaker at No. 1 singles. Smith won a tiebreaker at No.
This season started where last season left off for the Park Rapids volleyball team. The Panthers ended last season with a 25-21, 25-12, 25-14 loss to Roseau in the first round of the Section 8AA tournament. In the season opener Tuesday night at the Area High School gym, Roseau posted a 25-16, 25-11, 25-21 victory over the Panthers. In Set 1, Morgan Melby served Roseau to a 6-0 lead as the Rams took control.
Cal Roosdett rushed for 140 yards, two touchdowns and the deciding conversion as Kelliher-Northome edged Nevis 30-28 in overtime in a 9-man football game last Friday night at Nevis. Nevis opened the scoring on Griffin Chase’s 31-yard interception return and Kiefer Miller’s conversion for an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. The Mustangs, who were stopped inside the Nevis 10 on their next two possessions, carried a 14-8 lead into the half on Roosdett’s 34-yard TD run at the 6:06 mark and 8-yard TD run with :05 remaining.
Aaron Morris is hoping playing three teams in Section 8AAAA will prepare the Park Rapids football team for making a run at winning the Section 8AAA title. Of the Panthers’ eight regular-season games, three are against Section 8AAAA opponents. Park Rapids lost to Thief River Falls 32-6 in a road game in Week 2, hosts Detroit Lakes in Week 4 and hosts Fergus Falls in Week 7. Except for the season opener against United North Central (which the Warriors won 6-0), the Panthers’ other games are against Section 8AAA rivals.
Steph Hanson is hoping a successful off-season will lead to a successful regular season for the Park Rapids volleyball team. A dedicated group of players participated in leagues and camps last spring and this summer. Hanson is optimistic all that effort will lead to more success on the courts this fall and in the future. “I can’t imagine not playing in the off-season. The girls should be praised for all their hard work this summer. They came in so much more ahead than they were last year,” said Hanson.
With one rival out and a six starters returning, Brianne Morris sees the Park Rapids girls tennis team once again challenging for that elusive trip to the state Class A tournament. The Panthers came close to securing their first trip to state last season by reaching the Section 8A championship match. Staples-Motley, the No. 1 seed, defeated the No. 3-seeded Panthers 6-1 to qualify for state. Park Rapids advanced to the title match by upsetting No.
Having a senior-dominated lineup has Todd Fritze expecting another successful season from the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team. Last season, the Panthers went 7-1 in dual meets, finished second at both the Mid-State Conference and Section 8A meets, and qualified five individuals in five events for the state Class A meet. Four of those state qualifiers return to lead the Panthers in hopes of capping off their senior season with another trip to state. Kayla Andersen, Alyza Edevold, P
There are going to be some obvious changes for the Park Rapids boys and girls cross-country teams this fall. The biggest change for the boys is the absence of three-time all-state runner Isaac Overmyer, who graduated after capping off his career with a runner-up finish at last year’s state Class A meet. The biggest changes for the girls will be running a longer course (going from 4,000 meters to 5,000 meters) and replacing three runners who competed at state. Head coach Kerry Johnson has hig
Despite having low numbers and coming off a winless campaign, Jeremy Nordick is counting on an improved season from the United North Central football team. The Warriors went 0-5 in the Prairie North Conference and 0-9 overall last fall, ending the season with a 44-6 loss to Frazee in the first round of the Section 8AA playoffs. UNC has to replace five all-conference players in quarterback/defensive back Tyler Eckman, running back/linebacker Jeff Erickson, and linemen Tristan Palmer, Alex Schwartz and Jake Shepersky.
Isaiah Hahn will be counting on his three returning starters to lead the way for the Menahga volleyball team this season. Graduating from last year’s team that went 0-6 in Park Region Conference play and 5-22 overall were right-side hitter Elyse Skoog, setter Lakyn Anderson, middle hitter Stacy Holmer, outside hitter Jodi Skoog and middle hitter Kendall Koch. Returning to lead the Braves this season are senior middle hitter Danielle Novak, junior setter Alayna Lake and sophomore outside hitter Leah Schwartz.