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Julia Smith kept the streak going for the Park Rapids girls tennis team. With Smith’s runner-up finish in singles at the Section 8A tournament at Courts Plus in Fargo Saturday, Park Rapids will be represented at the state Class A tournament for the seventh year in a row. The Park Rapids sophomore entered the section tournament as the No. 3 seed and advanced to Saturday’s semifinals with a 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 14 Jaeden Lizakowski of Crookston and a 6-0, 6-0 win over No.
Lydia Kantonen, Megan Olson and Kendra Coborn repeated as all-conference runners as the Park Rapids girls cross-country team repeated as Mid-State Conference champions Thursday at Detroit Lakes. Kantonen clocked a runner-up time of 16:07 and Olson was fifth in 16:28 to repeat as all-conference runners while Coborn finished 11th in 17:02 to earn all-conference honorable mention honors as the Panthers topped the seven-team field with 49 points.
Aaron Morris and the Park Rapids football team were in an unfamiliar situation entering halftime of Friday night’s game against East Grand Forks. For only the second time in seven games this season, Park Rapids entered the intermission with a lead.
Bemidji used a 1-2-4 showing in the 400-yard freestyle relay to rally to win Saturday’s Section 8A True Team girls swimming and diving meet at Bemidji. That showing gave Bemidji 1,216 points to edge Detroit Lakes’ 1,206 for the team title. Park Rapids finished third in this eight-team meet with 1,137 points. In the True Team format, every team can enter four entrants in each event and all finishers score points.
Despite pounding down 48 kills and serving 13 aces, the Park Rapids volleyball team fell short in a Mid-State Conference match at Pequot Lakes Tuesday night. Pequot Lakes dropped the first two sets before rallying for a 20-25, 15-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-11 victory. Megan Grimes led Panthers with 22 kills while Jaiden McCollum (10) and Bria Wolff (9) combined for 19 kills. McCollum served three aces and 12 points, Macky Warne served four aces and 11 points and Taylor Hilmanowski served 10 points.
Isaac Overmyer kept his undefeated streak intact by leading the pack at last Thursday’s Perham Invitational cross-country meet. The Park Rapids senior clocked a winning time of 15:47 over the 5,000-meter course for his fifth first-place finish in five races this fall. Following Overmyer were Perham’s Billy Beseman in 15:56, Little Falls’ Tyler Moore in 16:16 and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton’s Bailey Crook in 16:44. Overmyer is rated No. 3, Beseman is rated No. 12 and Crook is rated No.
For the second year in a row, the defense of the Park Rapids football team limited state-ranked Detroit Lakes to only two touchdowns at Vern Weekley Field. For the second year in a row, that was enough for the Lakers to escape with a win in a Heart O’Lakes Conference Northern Division battle. A year ago, the Lakers prevailed 14-7 as both teams were battling to win the conference title. Detroit Lakes entered the game rated No. 6 in the state Class AAAA poll while the Panthers were rated No.
After struggling at the start, the Park Rapids volleyball team regrouped to end a four-match losing streak with a Mid-State Conference victory over Crosby-Ironton Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Megan Grimes tallied 23 kills as the Panthers rallied for a 22-25, 25-5, 25-18, 25-23 victory. In Set 1, the Panthers used a kill and ace serve by Jaiden McCollum, an ace serve by Taylor Hilmanowski, two kills by Bria Wolff, ace serves by Kaisa Coborn and McCollum, and a kill by Grimes to take a 17-16 lead.
Winning the final event enabled the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to edge Detroit Lakes in the final dual meet of the season Thursday night at the Area High School pool. This Mid-State Conference battle was close throughout before the Panthers used their eighth winning performances of the day in the final event for a 95-91 victory. Park Rapids jumped out to a 10-4 lead behind a winning time of 1:59.10 by Paige Fritze, Kayla Andersen, Tea Nyland and Lauren Rossman and a third-place time of 2:16.51 by Isabel
Gavin Becker rushed three times for 105 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Nevis football team to a 44-6 Great Northern Conference 9-man victory over Northland Remer Friday night. Austin Becker’s 16-yard TD run was followed by TD runs of 3 and 80 yards by Gavin Becker as the Tigers claimed a 24-0 lead after the first quarter.