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Annika Aho led the pack in leading the United North Central girls cross-country team to the Park Region Conference title for the fourth year in a row last Tuesday at Wadena. Aho covered the 5K course in a winning time of 20:04 and was followed by Kate Hendrickson (second) and Kaarin Lehto (fifth) as the Warriors topped the five-team field with 27 points. Those three runners earned all-conference honors. Receiving all-conference honorable mention honors for UNC were Anna Olson (ninth) and Megan Hendrickson (10th).
Ending the regular season with a marathon win over East Grand Forks locked up the No. 1 seed for the Section 8AA tournament for the Park Rapids volleyball team. The Panthers used season highs of 69 kills, 121 digs and 13 blocks to overcome 31 attack errors, 19 errors on serve receive and 11 ball-handling errors for a hard-fought 28-26, 25-22, 20-25, 24-26, 17-15 victory. Park Rapids will enter the section tournament as the No. 1 seed in the South bracket with an 18-5 record. The Panthers host No. 8 Staples-Motley Thursday night at 7 in a first-round match.
Another dominating first half sparked the Nevis football team to another easy win as the Tigers closed out the regular season with a 74-6 rout over Lake of the Woods last Wednesday night. Nevis' defense intercepted eight passes and returned three of those for touchdowns as the Tigers ended the regular season with an 8-0 record. The Tigers entered the playoffs as one of only eight undefeated 9-man teams in the state.
United North Central's defense didn't allow a touchdown for the third time this season and the offense put together two impressive scoring drives as the Warriors ended the regular season with a 14-6 win over Frazee Thursday afternoon at the Fargodome.
Wins over Wadena-Deer Creek, Pequot Lakes, Barnesville, Perham and East Grand Forks down the stretch gave the Park Rapids volleyball team the No. 1 seed in the South for the Section 8AA tournament. Park Rapids ended the regular season with an 18-5 record and will open the section tournament by hosting No. 8 Staples-Motley (5-20) in a first-round match Thursday night at 7 at the Area High School gym. The Panthers defeated Staples-Motley 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-15) during the regular season.
What originally looked like an easy road back to the state girls tennis tournament before the season started turned into a rougher ride for Park Rapids senior Julia Smith. Smith, who won the Section 8A title to earn her third consecutive trip to the state Class A tournament last fall, was expected to cap off her senior season with another trip to the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
Nevis will be at home while Park Rapids and United North Central will hit the road as the section football playoffs kick off Tuesday night. Nevis, the No. 2 seed...
A late run in Set 1 propelled the Park Rapids volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Pine River-Backus Monday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers used a 10-4 run to overcome a 17-15 deficit in the opening set to spark a 25-21, 25-20, 25-11 victory.
Morgan Palmer and Erin Lillquist combined for 35 kills in powering Sebeka to a 3-1 win over Nevis Monday night at Sebeka. Palmer had 18 kills and Lillquist followed with 17 kills in the Trojans' 25-19, 25-17, 21-25, 25-23 victory. Hannah Anderson led Nevis with 21 kills while Ashley Pyburn added 10 kills. Andrea Dudley served two aces and 10 points while Vanessa Byer served three aces. Dudley also had 39 set assists.
Six Section 8A runners were listed in the top-14 spots in this week's state Class A girls cross-country poll. Tierney Wolfgram of Math & Science Academy remained the top Class A runner in the state while Perham's Brynnan Covington returned at No. 2. Eden Valley-Watkins' Anna Donnay was rated No. 3 while Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen remained in the No. 4 spot. Also rated from Section 8A were Crookston's Katherine Geist at No. 9, Perham's Caitlin Covington at No. 10, United North Central's Annika Aho at No. 12 and Roseau's Ellie Nelson at No. 14.