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Isaac Overmyer's runner-up finish led the Park Rapids boys cross-country team to fourth place at Thursday's John Hermes Invitational at Fergus Falls. Overmyer completed the 5,000-meter course in 16:45 in leading the Panthers to 123 points. Sartell-St. Stephen led the 12-team field with 59 points while Alexandria (69) and Little Falls (122) followed. Jake Waggoner was 13th in 17:46, Zach Jewison finished 33rd in 18:29, Bailey Mueller was 39th in 18:39 and Tanner Otterness finished 42nd in 18:50 to round out the Panthers' team score.
Cass Lake served 10 aces and took advantage of 30 attack errors by the Park Rapids volleyball team to rally for a 26-28, 25-23, 25-22, 25-9 win Thursday night. Katelyn Hilmanowski served two aces while Grace Bateman and Mady Vaudrin combined for 21 service points for Park Rapids. Bateman also had 16 set assists with Vaudrin leading the way with seven kills. Bateman (12), Vaudrin (12) and Megan Grimes (10) hit double digits in digs with Grimes tallying four solo blocks as the Panthers fell to 3-10 on the season. Park Rapids statistics vs.
Something had to give during Tuesday night's dual meet between the Park Rapids and Bemidji girls swimming and diving teams. Both teams entered the meet undefeated in duals this season with Park Rapids riding a 15-meet winning streak.
The Park Rapids boys cross-country team had a solid showing at last Saturday's Milaca Mega Meet. Park Rapids finished 11th out of 34 teams in the Class AA division with 325 points. Jake Waggoner led the Panthers by covering the 5,000-meter course in 17:43 to finish 38th overall. Zach Jewison was 64th in 18:18, Bailey Mueller finished 73rd in 18:31, Austin Carlson was 88h in 18:51 and Tanner Otterness took 92nd in 18:56 to round out the Panthers' team score.
Brittany Kelley's 11 kills and four ace serves and Journee Howard's nine kills led Pine River-Backus to a 25-13, 21-25, 25-14, 25-14 win over the Park Rapids volleyball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. In Set 1, an ace serve by Mady Vaudrin, three winning spikes by Megan Grimes and a tip by Grace Bateman had the Panthers even at 11-11. Megan Felthous then served 10 straight points to give Pine River-Backus the set.
Riley Hanson's 17 kills and three ace serves led the Nevis volleyball team to a 25-10, 25-9, 25-9 win over Cass Lake-Bena Tuesday night. Megan Norby added six kills, 13 service points and 11 digs while Denia Brown had five kills.
Brian Thorstad and Hunter Johnson combined to rush for 284 yards and four touchdowns in leading Osakis to a 35-8 win over the United North Central football team last Friday night. Thorstad rushed 25 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns and Johnson rushed 16 times for 101 yards and two TDs as the Silverstreaks improved to 3-1 with their third win in a row. The Warriors were held to six first downs and 162 yards in offense. Brandon Junes completed 6 of 22 passes for 76 yards, Keiler Skaro caught four passes for 77 yards and Jordan Yliniemi rushed five times for 40 yards.
Park Rapids' defense redeemed itself in a big way to spoil Pequot Lakes' homecoming game at Pillager Friday night. After allowing 527 yards and seven touchdowns in a 53-46 loss to Crookston the week before, the Panthers' defense forced eight turn- overs and held Pequot Lakes to only 220 yards and two scores in a 54-12 Heart O'Lakes Northern Division Conference and Section 8AAA victory. "I knew we could play with them, but I didn't think it would be this kind of a game," said Park Rapids head coach Aaron Morris.
Wadena-Deer Creek backed up its No. 8 state Class AA ranking with a 25-8, 25-7, 25-7 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids volleyball team Thursday night at the Area High School gym. In Set 1, Mady Vaudrin's kill made it 1-1 before W-DC used a pair of kills by Emily Miron, a kill by Halley Maas and two ace serves by Carrie Nelson to claim a 10-2 lead. Kills by Bailee Jerger and Vaudrin kept the Panthers within 15-7 before six service points by Heather Theisen and kills by Maas and Miron sparked a 10-1 run by W-DC to close out the set.
Depth once again led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to another easy dual victory Thursday night. The Panthers went 1-2 in the first two relay events and won four other events before swimming exhibition in the final three events in a 95-50 victory over Perham/New York Mills at the Area High School pool. Katherine Erickson, Hannah Williams, Taylor Graham and Emily Creager led off the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:01.17 while Alex Pederson, Jessie O'Hern, Tea Nyland and Lauren Rossman followed in 2:05.32 as the Panthers jumped out to a 12-2 lead. Erickson wo