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Park Rapids and Nevis will open the section football playoffs Tuesday night. Park Rapids (2-6) received the No. 6 seed and will travel to No. 3 Perham (4-4) for a 6 p.m. kickoff In a Section 8AAA quarterfinal game. Perham edged the Panthers 16-15 in Week 5. Tuesday night’s other Section 8AAA quarterfinal games pit No. 2 Pequot Lakes (6-2) against No. 7 Roseau (0-8) and No. 4 Aitkin (4-4) hosting No. 5 East Grand Forks (3-5). No. 1 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (7-1)will receive a first-round bye. The semifinals will be played Saturday with the section championship game set for Oct.
Julia Smith received the No. 1 seed in singles while the Park Rapids girls tennis team received the No. 5 seed for the Section 8A tournament. The Panthers, who ended the regular season with a 9-12 record, will face No. 4 Roseau in a section quarterfinal match Tuesday morning at 10:30 at Choice Fitness Center in Grand Forks. Roseau defeated the Panthers 5-2 in a dual meet last week. Tuesday’s other quarterfinal matches pit No. 1 Crookston against No. 8 Wadena-Deer Creek, No. 2 East Grand Forks against No.
The Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team won the first nine events before swimming exhibition in the final three events in a 99-78 Mid-State Conference victory over Staples-Motley last Thursday night at Staples. Trinah Szafranski, Alyza Edevold, Kayla Andersen and Paige Fritze opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:12.28. Tea Nyland won the 200 freestyle in 2:15.68, Andersen took first in the 200 individual medley in 2:34.12 and Alyza Edevold won the 50 freestyle in 27.69 as the Panthers jumped out to a 42-20 lead. A 1-2 showing by Jada Current (with 165.20 poin
The Park Rapids volleyball team split four matches at last Saturday’s Fergus Falls Invitational to finish in seventh place. The Panthers opened with a 25-6, 25-10 win over St. Paul Washington Tech and dropped a 16-25, 25-19, 15-10 decision to Fergus Falls in pool play. In the finals, the Panthers lost to Pelican Rapids 19-25, 25-12, 15-11 before defeating Richland, ND, 25-14, 25-17. The split gave the Panthers a 6-8 record.
For the first 18 minutes of Friday night’s homecoming game at Vern Weekley Field, the Park Rapids football team outplayed one of the top Class AAAA teams in the state. That all changed in the second half of the second quarter. Fergus Falls, which entered this game rated No.
Megan Olson led the field in leading the Park Rapids girls cross-country team to the team title at Thursday’s Pelican Rapids Invitational at Birchwood Golf Course. Olson covered the 5,000-meter course in 20:16 and Lydia Kantonen was third in 20:44 as the Panthers topped the seven-team field with 20 points. Whitney Steffel (eighth in 21:56), Macky Warne (11th in 22:55) and Madison Steffel (14th in 23:26) rounded the Panthers’ team score.
Kennedy Carlson broke her own school record for set assists, but it wasn’t enough as Barnesville rallied to defeat the Park Rapids volleyball team Thursday night. Carlson tallied 55 set assists to break her record of 49 set against Crookston last season.
The Nevis volleyball team remained undefeated in Northland Conference play with victories over Laporte and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley last week. Hannah Anderson’s 15 service points led the Tigers to a 25-21, 25-19, 25-23 win at Laporte last Tuesday night while Hannah Bliss’ 16 kills sparked Nevis to a 25-10, 25-12, 25-10 win over W-H-A Thursday night at the Tiger Arena. Nevis improved to 4-0 in conference play and 11-2 overall this season. Tigers defeat Laporte
United North Central relied on its winning formula of a stingy defense and a solid rushing attack to improve to 6-1 on the season. The Warriors compiled 268 in offense, including 235 yards on the ground, while the defense didn’t allow a touchdown for the fifth time this season in a 22-8 win at Osakis Friday night to spoil the Silverstreaks’ homecoming football game. Osakis opened the scoring when Joseph Hull blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the end zone.
In most games this season, the Nevis 9-man football team used dominant first halves to spark easy wins. On Friday night, the Tigers used a dominant second half to spark an easy victory. Nevis scored 32 unanswered points after the break to break open a close game and seal a 52-12 victory at Onamia. Tucker Roehl’s 27-yard TD run opened the scoring before Onamia answered with a 5-yard TD run to tie the game at 6-6.