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Even though the United North Central football team graduated 10 key players, head coach Jeremy Nordick is counting on the Warriors to defend their Prairie North Conference title and be a legitimate contender in the Section 8AA playoffs. Last season, the Warriors won the conference title for the second time in the last three years with a 4-0 record and entered the section playoffs as the No. 4 seed. UNC defeated No. 5 Warroad 42-18 before falling to No.
Isaiah Hahn has high expectations as the new head coach of the Menahga volleyball team. Several players return from last year's team that went 1-7 in Park Region Conference play and 4-21-1 overall. "I am really excited about this opportunity," said Hahn, who will be assisted by Caroline Schik and Steve Schreiber. "I am going into this challenge and the responsibility that comes with being a head coach head on. I have high expectations for this season and our entire volleyball program." Leading the Braves this season will be senior hitters Lindsey White and Amelia Pho.
Five runners who competed at last year's Section 8A meet return to lead the United North Central boys and girls cross-country teams this fall. The boys fielded an incomplete team at the section meet, but return three veterans in senior Jonathan Miller, junior Luke Graham and sophomore Eric Aker.
Aaron Morris is relying on team speed and depth to lead the Park Rapids football team to a successful season. The Panthers return five starters on both offense and defense from last year's team that went 1-5 in the Northern Division of the Heart O'Lakes Conference and 2-6 overall before falling to Perham 36-22 in the first round of the Section 8AAA playoffs. "We lost a lot of talented seniors, but I think the kids we have coming back will step in and accept the challenge and be ready to go," said Morris, who will be assisted by Brett Bishop (defensive coordinator), Joe Grimes (offensive co
Julia Renner won all three of her matches as the Park Rapids girls tennis team opened its dual-meet schedule by winning one of three contests on the road. The Panthers dropped a 4-3 decision at Fergus Falls Tuesday before splitting matches at Sauk Centre Wednesday with a 5-2 loss to the host Mainstreeters and a 6-1 win over Yellow Medicine East. In the loss to Fergus Falls, Bailey LaCoursiere won in straight sets at No. 2 singles, Renner prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 singles, and the No.
A three-run seventh inning and seven-run eighth inning sparked Midway to a 13-3 win over Kasson in the first round of the state Class C amateur baseball playoffs Friday night at Bird Island. Midway, which scored a run in the third and another run in the fifth, trailed 3-2 before a solo home run by Jake Lund and a two-run double by Jeff Marjamaa gave the Snurdbirds a 5-3 lead in the seventh. Midway then scored seven runs in the eighth and added another run in the ninth to seal the win. The Snurdbirds belted out 16 hits with Shane Hendrickson going 4 for 6 with a pair of doubles, two runs
Winning championships at three positions helped the Park Rapids girls tennis team open the season by winning a tournament title. Julie Renner took first at No. 3 singles, Karly Dickinson and Allie Girtz won the title at No. 1 doubles, and Bonnie Baumgartner and Lexi Burlingame finished first at No. 2 doubles as the Panthers topped Saturday's eight-team Park Rapids Invitational.
Oliver Haugland of Plymouth and Traci Schuch of Janesville captured the men's and women's titles at Sunday's 17th annual Fish Hook Challenge half-marathon. Haugland covered the 13.1-mile course around Fish Hook Lake in 1 hour, 22 minutes, 36 seconds to lead the 18-runner men's field while Schuch finished the course in 1:36:46 to lead the 13-runner women's field. A 5K run followed the half-marathon with Park Rapids' John Puckropp claiming the men's title in 18:22 and Barbara Arntson of East Grand Forks winning the women's title in 19:43. The annual race is sponsored by the Itascatur Ski,
When Tyler Lehrke began playing hockey at the age of 7, his dream was to become a professional hockey player. That dream has come true. Lehrke signed to play for the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League, which is a mid-level professional minor hockey league. The Killer Bees play at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. "Tyler is a kid that I targeted as soon as our 2009-10 season ended," said Killer Bees head coach Chris Brooks in a press release. "I've seen him play since he was 15. He fits with the culture of our team.
For the fourth time in the last five years, Shelly Miller was able to coast down the stretch to win the women's club championship at Headwaters Country Club. Miller shot an 87 during Saturday's first 18 holes to carry an 18-shot lead over Kim Rasmussen, a 19-shot lead over Jan Husby and a 23-stroke advantage over Peg Heeren into Sunday's final 18 holes. Despite shooting a 93 Sunday, Miller was able to extend her lead, finishing with a two-day total of 180 and a 23-stroke advantage over Rasmussen, who fired a 98 for a two-day total of 203.