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Park Rapids received the No. 5 seed in the north and will open the Section 8AA volleyball tournament at No. 4 Roseau Thursday night at 7. The Panthers will carry a 10-12 record into that match while Roseau is 22-7. Thursday night’s other north quarterfinal matches find No. 1 Hawley (22-5) hosting No. 8 East Grand Forks (6-17), No. 2 Thief River Falls (17-6) hosting No. 7 Crookston (8-15), and No. 3 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (14-9) hosting No. 6 Warroad (8-17). In the south, No.
Nevis received contributions from the offense, defense and special teams to hand Cromwell its first 9-man football loss of the season last Wednesday night and gain a share of the Great Northern Conference title. The offense compiled 383 yards, the defense held Cromwell scoreless over the final 20 minutes and the special teams contributed a touchdown as the Tigers ended the regular season with a 32-18 victory. Cromwell, which entered the game rated No.
Julia Smith didn’t dwell on the past as she entered the Section 8A girls tennis tournament. Focusing on the present led to a return trip to the state Class A tournament for the Park Rapids sophomore. Smith entered the section tournament at Fargo’s Courts Plus as the No. 3 seed in singles. Staples-Motley’s Izabella Edin was the No. 1 seed and Pequot Lakes’ Haley Wiebolt was the No. 2 seed. During the regular season, Smith had lost twice to both players.
Jake Dickinson broke the school record for passing yards in a game in leading the Park Rapids football team to a 33-20 Heart O’Lakes Conference Northern Division and Section 8AAA victory at Perham Wednesday night. Dickinson completed 11 of 18 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns in rallying the Panthers to the win in the regular-season finale.
Perham swept the field at Monday’s Park Rapids Invitational cross-country meet at Headwaters Country Club. In the girls race, Perham compiled 86 points to lead the 17-team field. Roseau was second with 101 points, followed by Detroit Lakes with 110 and Park Rapids with 118. Megan Olson finished fourth overall in 15:13 and Lydia Kantonen was seventh in 15:18 to lead Park Rapids.
Park Rapids and Nevis will receive homefield advantage when the section football playoffs begin Tuesday night. Park Rapids’ 33-20 win at Perham Wednesday night gave the Panthers the No. 3...
Led by Megan Grimes’ 44 kills, the Park Rapids volleyball team closed out the regular season with a pair of victories against Section 8AA opponents. Grimes’ 22 kills, six ace serves and 12 service points sparked the Panthers to a 25-15, 25-18, 25-20 win at Pelican Rapids Monday night.
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.
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.
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.