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Brainerd won 10 of the 12 events to run away with the team title at Saturday’s Park Rapids Invitational girls swimming and diving meet. Brainerd compiled 620 points to top the seven-team field. Melrose was second with 513 points while the host Panthers took fifth with 281 points. Kayla Andersen accounted for Park Rapids’ lone first-place finish by clocking a 1:12.49 in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Park Rapids relied on 42 kills, 16 ace serves and 44 digs to rally for a Mid-State Conference volleyball victory at Detroit Lakes Thursday night. Megan Grimes’ 17 kills and 13 digs, Jaiden McCollum’s 13 kills, and Kaisa Coborn’s 10 service points and 11 digs sparked the Panthers to a 25-21, 8-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-9 victory. Coborn, Taylor Hilmanowski, Kennedy Carlson, Grimes and McCollum combined for 15 ace serves and 38 service points as the Panthers put 91 percent of their serves in play.
Park Rapids’ Isaac Overmyer and Lydia Kantonen set the pace at Monday’s Pelican Rapids Invitational cross-country meet. Overmyer won the boys 5,000-meter race with a time of 17:23 as the Panthers finished second as a team with 83 points. Pelican Rapids won the team title in this nine-team meet with 36 points. In the girls meet, Kantonen covered the 4,000-meter course in a winning time of 16:38 in leading the Panthers to the team title with 41 points.
Megan Grimes’ 25 kills helped Kennedy Carlson tie the school record with 43 set assists as the Park Rapids volleyball team defeated Menahga 27-25, 25-17, 24-26, 25-17 Tuesday night at Menahga. Menahga jumped out to an early 17-9 lead in Set 1 behind a pair of kills, an ace serve and a block by Stacy Holmer and a kill by Lakyn Anderson. Grimes had four kills while Jaiden McCollum and Madi Wagner chipped in a kill apiece for the Panthers. Taylor Hilmanowski served three aces and 11 straight points to give the Panthers a 21-17 advantage.
Winning the first nine events, including going 1-2-3 in three races and 1-2 in three others, led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a dominating 104-71 victory over Fosston/Bagley Tuesday night at the Area High School pool. Isabela Simonson, Kayla Andersen, Alyza Edevold and Paige Fritze opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:08.77. After Carly Waggoner led the field in the 200 freestyle with a winning time of 2:23.52, Andersen and Maija Hovelsrud went 1-2 in the 200 individual medley
Missed opportunities and too many mistakes prevented the Park Rapids football team from upsetting Pequot Lakes Friday night at Vern Weekley Field. Losing three fumbles, being whistled for four major penalties and allowing 368 yards helped the Patriots post a 41-25 victory in this battle of Heart O’Lakes Conference Northern Division and Section 8AAA rivals. Pequot Lakes entered this game rated No.
Kennedy Carlson and Jaiden McCollum combined for eight aces and 34 service points in leading the Park Rapids volleyball team to a 25-19, 25-10, 25-10 Mid-State Conference victory over Staples-Motley Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Despite kills by McCollum and Megan Grimes and a tip by Emily Dean, the Panthers faced an 8-5 deficit in Set 1.
Staples-Motley used a sweep in singles to spark a 5-2 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids girls tennis team Thursday at the Depot Courts. The Cardinals won all four singles matches in straight sets and added a straight-set win at No. 1 doubles for the win. Morgan Knott and Mariena Dearstyne rallied for a three-set win at No. 2 doubles while Kellsey Clark and Drew Hilmanowski were victorious in straight sets at No.
Winning all three relays and going 1-2 in six events led the Park Rapids girls swimming team to a 111-59 victory at Thief River Falls Thursday night. Paige Fritze, Tea Nyland, Lauren Rossman and Alyza Edevold opened the dual by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:05.52. Edevold followed by winning the 200 freestyle in 2:22.86 while Isabela Simonson took second in 2:29.47. Rossman won the 200 individual medley in 2:31.43 and Fritze followed in 2:36.78 before Kayla Andersen clocked a runner
United North Central edged Park Rapids to capture the girls title at Tuesday’s Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational at Whitetail Run Golf Course. Both teams were missing runners as UNC topped the 12-team field with 68 points. Park Rapids was second with 72 points. In the boys race, Park Rapids’ Isaac Overmyer led the field with a winning time of 16:55 over the 5,000-meter course.