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Todd Fritze thought the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team had the depth and balance to repeat as Section 8A True Team champions. The Panthers relied on points from all 24 participants to retain their section title at Warroad Saturday. Park Rapids' depth produced 1,436.50 points while Bemidji finished second in this eight-team meet with 1,321 points. In the nine individual events, the Panthers were consistent all day by scoring between 88 and 103 points.
Isaac Overmyer repeated as the Mid-State Conference champion and Tayah Otterness earned runner-up honors to account for two of five all-conference performers for the Park Rapids cross-country teams Thursday at Wadena. Overmyer covered the 5,000-meter course with a winning time of 16:45. Jake Waggoner also earned all-conference honors by placing 10th in 17:42 while Zach Jewison received all-conference honorable mention honors by placing 15th in 18:15. Tanner Otterness placed 26th in 18:50 and Bailey Mueller was 31st in 19:06 as Park Rapids finished fourth with 83 points.
Two big plays by the defense and special teams in the final 5:14 rallied the Park Rapids football team to a 13-10 win over East Grand Forks Friday night at Vern Weekley Field. Kyle Goplerud's interception set up a 28-yard touchdown pass from Tyler McCollum to Goplerud with 4:52 to play and Zach Eystad's 29-yard punt return set up a 1-yard TD run by Cory Gartner with :06 remaining to give the Panthers the win in this Heart O'Lakes Conference North Division game. The win lifted Park Rapids to 3-4 on the season and guarantees the Panthers a home game for the first round of the Section 8AAA pl
Winning two close doubles matches led the Park Rapids girls tennis team to a 5-2 win over East Grand Forks in a Section 8A quarterfinal match Tuesday at Grand Forks. Julia Renner, Julia Smith and Charity Ridlon posted straight-set wins in singles to give the Panthers a 3-2 advantage. Hope Johnson and Sarena Kinkel overcame a 5-0 deficit in the second set to prevail in three sets at No. 1 doubles while Heidi Schaum and Lindsey Girtz prevailed in three sets at No. 2 doubles. No. 8 Perham eliminated No. 9 New York Mills 5-2 on Monday. In Tuesday's other quarterfinal matches, No.
The Nevis volleyball team capped off another undefeated season in Northland Conference play with an easy victory over Kelliher/Northome Tuesday night. Nevis served 24 aces and had 27 kills in a 25-8, 25-11, 25-4 victory on Senior Night at the Tiger Arena. Riley Hanson had seven ace serves and 13 kills, Kate Dierkhising served six aces and 23 points, and Katie Becker had six kills as those three seniors played their final regular-season match at home. Denia Brown had six kills, four ace serves and 10 service points while Olivia Toft served three aces and had 26 set assists as the Tigers w
Nevis head coach Shawn Klimek credits his offensive line for playing a key role in the Tigers' success this season. Center Aaron Halik, guards Jake Keranen and Jordan Dudley, and ends Gerald Beckerleg and Courtland Chase once again provided the gaps and protection as Nevis compiled 516 yards in a 58-8 Great Northern Conference 9-man football win over Hill City last Friday night. "This group of guys has done a great job blocking this year," said Klimek. "Many times you see them blocking someone 40 or 50 yards down the field.
Stetson Burkman's 63-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed United North Central's 32-16 win over Wadena-Deer Creek in Prairie Conference North football game last Friday night at Wadena. After a scoreless first quarter, Jeff Skoog gave the Warriors an 8-0 lead with a 1-yard TD run and conversion midway through the second quarter. W-DC tied the game early in the third quarter on a 22-yard pass from Evan VanErp to Andrew VanErp. The Warriors reclaimed the lead on Jordan Yliniemi's 4-yard TD run, but Dylan Dumpprope's 1-yard TD reception gave W-DC a 16-14 lea
Pelican Rapids won the clutch points down the stretch to hand the Park Rapids volleyball team a 25-21, 25-23, 25-18 loss Monday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers trailed 8-2 in Set 1 before a tip by Grace Bateman, a block and kill by Megan Grimes, and a kill by Alayna Young closed the gap to 10-6. The Panthers trailed 23-15 before two tips and a kill by Bateman and a kill by Grimes made it 23-21 before Pelican Rapids served out the set. In Set 2, ace serves by Bateman and Vaudrin gave the Panthers a 7-5 edge.
Jenny Skoog's 10 kills and Tarah Cleveland's 14 digs sparked the Menahga volleyball team to a 25-15, 25-14, 15-25, 26-24 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Tuesday night at Walker. Maria Tormanen and Cleveland added seven kills each while Tarrin Mickelson served five aces and had 22 set assists as the Braves improved to 4-17 on the season.
One of the best serving performances of the season led the Park Rapids volleyball team to its first Mid-State Conference win of the season Thursday night. Serving 26 aces and pounding down 35 kills sparked the Panthers to a 25-10, 23-25, 25-16, 25-15 win over Crosby-Ironton at the Area High School gym. The Panthers dominated Set 1 as a kill and dig by Mady Vaudrin and an ace serve by Grace Bateman produced a quick 5-1 lead. An ace serve by Vaudrin and a kill by Megan Grimes made it 8-3 before Katelyn Hilmanowski served an ace and five points to push the advantage to 14-5.