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Self-inflicted turnovers were the only things that stopped Detroit Lakes' option offense in the first half of Friday night's Heart O'Lakes Conference North Division football game against Park Rapids. The Lakers overcame the cold, windy, snowy conditions by relying on a power running attack to score on five of their seven possessions in the first half in building a 33-14 lead. Quarterback Michael Herzog and fullback Jarret Nosal combined to rush for 317 yards and four touchdowns in the game in leading the Lakers to a 40-22 victory. "Detroit Lakes is a tough team, but we didn't come out pl
Perham backed up its No. 1 ranking in the state Class A poll with a near-perfect performance at Thursday's Perham Invitational boys cross-country meet. The Yellowjackets led the 13-team meet with 17 points. Park Rapids finished sixth with 141 points while United North Central was 10th with 311 points. In the girls meet, Moorhead claimed the team title with 22 points while Park Rapids finished seventh with 204 points and UNC was eighth with 208 points.
Losing twice to Pequot Lakes and Crookston during the regular season dropped the Park Rapids girls tennis team to the No. 4 seed for the Section 8A tournament. The Panthers, who finished the regular season with a 12-5 record, will open the section tournament Tuesday against No. 5 East Grand Forks at 12:30 p.m. at the Grand Forks Center Court Fitness Club. The Panthers defeated EGF 6-1 during the regular season. No. 8 Perham hosts No. 9 New York Mills in a first-round match Monday. The other quarterfinal matches Tuesday pit No. 1 Staples-Motley hosting Perham or New York Mills, No.
A win over Crookston and a tie against Detroit Lakes led the Park Rapids volleyball to eighth place at last Saturday's Fergus Falls tournament. The Panthers opened pool play with a 25-18, 25-14 win over Crookston before dropping matches to Fosston (25-16, 25-19) and Pelican Rapids (25-15, 25-23). Park Rapids ended pool play with a tie against Detroit Lakes, winning the first set 25-21 and losing the second set 25-11. Detroit Lakes won the pool and lost to Fergus Falls in the championship match.
Robbie Hine scored four touchdowns as Nevis scored all its points in the first half in a 61-14 Great Northern Conference 9-man football rout of Northland Remer last Friday night at Nevis. The Tigers built a 34-0 lead after the first quarter on a 15-yard TD run by Hine, a 45-yard pass from Collin Huckbody to Taylor Chase, a 28-yard TD run by Huckbody, a 13-yard pass from Huckbody to Hine, and a 4-yard TD run by Austin Becker. Nevis scored four more times in the second quarter to carry a 61-0 lead into the half. Hine scored on a 14-yard run and returned an interception 95 yards for a score.
The Menahga volleyball team managed to pick up a couple wins in the last 14 matches. Shannon Skoog's five kills and Tarah Cleveland's four kills and 12 digs led the Braves in a 25-15, 25-15, 25-18 Park Region Conference loss at Sebeka on Sept. 13. The Braves went 0-3 at the Hawley tournament on Sept. 15 with losses to Wheaton (25-15, 25-12), Frazee (30-28, 25-20) and Ada-Borup (25-18, 25-15). Menahga snapped a seven-match losing streak on Sept. 18 with a 25-20, 23-25, 25-13, 25-16 win over Laporte. The Braves had season highs of 40 kills and 10 ace serves in that match.
Barnesville scored in a variety of ways to defeat United North Central 66-20 in a Prairie North Conference football game last Friday night at Barnesville. After Michael Strand scored on a 3-yard run to give Barnesville a 6-0 lead, Brandon Junes hit Keiler Skaro on a 49-yard scoring route as UNC tied the game at 6-6. The Trojans, who entered the game rated No.
Riley Hanson's 30 kills and 13 service aces led the Nevis volleyball team to a pair of easy Northland Conference victories. Hanson had 15 kills and eight aces in a 25-11, 25-9, 25-7 win over Laporte Tuesday night at the Tiger Arena while Hanson's 15 kills and five aces sparked the Tigers to a 25-13, 25-11, 25-17 win over Blackduck last Thursday night. Megan Norby had 10 kills, Hannah Bliss and Denia Brown had five kills each, and Katie Becker had four kills in the win over Laporte.
Aaron Morris fondly remembered the last time the Park Rapids football team defeated Thief River Falls. Morris was a junior lineman when the Panthers defeated Thief River Falls 21-19 in 1996. These two teams didn't meet again until 2006 and the Prowlers proceeded to go on a six-game winning streak. That winning streak ended Friday night as Park Rapids' big-play offense sparked a thrilling homecoming victory at Vern Weekley Field. The Panthers scored on four plays of at least 40 yards to defeat Thief River Falls 41-35 in a Heart O'Lakes Conference North Division game.
Winning seven events before swimming exhibition in the final three events led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a 96-63 Mid-State Conference win over Staples-Motley Thursday night at the Area High School pool. Paige Fritze, Jessie O'Hern, Alyza Edevold and Hannah Williams led off the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:06.97. After Tea Nyland's runner-up 2:21.15 in the 200 freestyle, Katherine Erickson (2:31.29), Elizabeth Nichols (2:46.73) and O'Hern (2:48.87) led the Panthers to a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 individual medley. Emma Ellefson's runner-up 28.54 in th