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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.
Katherine Erickson's sixth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team at Saturday's state Class A True Team meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Erickson clocked a 5:42.31 in the 500 freestyle to lead the Panthers, who finished 11th in this 12-team meet with 998.50 points. Erickson, Hannah Williams, Taylor Graham and Lauren Rossman opened the meet by placing 13th in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:01.53.
Collin Huckbody threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another as the Nevis football team closed out an undefeated regular season with a 47-20 Great Northern Conference win at McGregor last Wednesday night. Huckbody hit Courtland Chase on a 9-yard TD pass 56 seconds into the game and found Gerald Beckerleg on a 38-yard TD pass with 8:03 to play in the first quarter.
Park Rapids and Menahga will open the section volleyball playoffs on the road. Park Rapids, which finished the regular season with a 5-17-1 record, received the No. 7 seed and will play at No. 2 Pequot Lakes (19-5-1) Thursday night at 7 to open the Section 8AA North tournament. Pequot Lakes defeated the Panthers 25-4, 25-9, 25-14 during the regular season. In the other 8AA North quarterfinal matches Thursday night, No. 1 Thief River Falls (21-5) hosts No. 8 Bagley (1-20), No. 4 Roseau (18-8-1) hosts No. 5 Warroad (11-15), and No. 3 East Grand Forks (18-9-1) hosts No. 6 Crookston (5-16).
A late rally by the United North Central football team fell short in a 21-20 loss to West Central Area in the regular-season finale last Wednesday night at Sebeka. WCA carried a 14-0 lead into halftime behind an 80-yard run by Dakota Kashmark in the first quarter and a 1-yard TD run by Drew Peterson in the second quarter. The Warriors opened the second half with a 35-yard TD run by Jordan Yliniemi, who also ran in the conversion.
Wednesday night's regular-season football finale between Park Rapids and Roseau was expected to be a high-scoring affair. Instead, a steady rain and sloppy field slowed down both offenses as Roseau escaped with a 16-6 Heart O'Lakes Conference and Section 8AAA victory. Roseau entered this game as the No. 1 passing offense in the conference with 1,217 yards while the Panthers were second with 949 passing yards.