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Not even the best offensive production in 19 years was enough to lead the Park Rapids football team past Crookston in an offensive shootout Friday night at Vern Weekley Field. The Panthers' offensive numbers were impressive: 101 plays, 31 first downs, 579 yards and six touchdowns. The 101 plays broke the school record of 79 against Frazee in 1975 and the 31 first downs broke the school record of 26 against Detroit Lakes in 1977. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Josh Edlund's numbers were even more impressive.
Christina Smith gave the Park Rapids girls tennis team a key Mid-State Conference and Section 8A victory over Staples-Motley Saturday at the Depot Courts. Rain forced this dual meet to be suspended tied at 3-3 on Sept. 6. Julia Renner, Julia Smith and Charity Ridlon posted straight-set wins in singles to lead the Panthers. Christina Smith split sets and was tied 2-2 in the third set at No. 1 singles when the match was called. Smith and Mikayla Wing finished their No.
Runner-up finishes by Taylor Graham in the 100-yard butterfly and Katherine Erickson in the 100 backstroke led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to third place at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational. Graham clocked a 1:07.13 in the 100 butterfly and Erickson clocked a 1:05.14 in the 100 backstroke to lead the Panthers, who compiled 458 points in this seven-team meet.
Jenna Field's serving sparked Detroit Lakes to a 25-7, 25-16, 25-13 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids volleyball team Thursday night. Emma Wood served three aces and six points and Field served three aces and six points as the Lakers built a 14-1 lead in Set 1.
Collin Huckbody threw for three touchdowns during a 27-point first quarter as Nevis rolled to a 54-24 9-man football victory at Isle Friday night. Huckbody hit Taylor Chase on a 16-yard scoring route, Gerald Beckerleg on a 43-yard TD pass and Gavin Becker on a 76-yard scoring play as Nevis built a 27-0 lead after the first quarter.
Katelyn Hilmanowski and Grace Bateman combined for 17 kills in leading the Park Rapids volleyball team to a dramatic come-from-behind win at Menahga Monday night. The Panthers dropped the first two sets before rallying for a 19-25, 16-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-6 victory. Hilmanowski finished with 10 kills, three ace serves and 10 digs while Bateman had seven kills, 16 digs and 14 set assists.
Park Rapids had its top five runners finish in the top 14 spots in sweeping titles at Monday's Pelican Rapids Invitational cross-country meet. In the girls meet, Tayah Otterness finished second in 17:13 while Lora Remus (18:33), Megan Olson (18:44), Abby Mueller (18:47) and Madison Steffel (18:50) finished in the 6-9 spots as the Panthers tallied 24 points to top the seven-team field. Morgan Olson finished 16th in 20:25.
Todd Fritze had another opportunity to move people around and the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team delivered with solid performances in every event to remain undefeated in dual meets. The Panthers took first in the first nine events and went 1-2-3 in three of them in building a 102-36 lead before swimming exhibition in a 102-71 victory over Fosston/Bagley Tuesday night at the Area High School pool. That win lifted the Panthers to 3-0 on the season and helped extend their winning streak in dual meets to 13 in a row. Katherine Erickson, Hannah Williams, Elizabeth Nichols and Emil
The Nevis volleyball team remained undefeated on the season with impressive wins over Osseo and Pine River-Backus. Riley Hanson's 24 kills, Megan Norby's 21 kills and Katie Becker's 20 service points led the Tigers to a 25-23, 24-26, 26-24, 25-16 win over Osseo Saturday afternoon at the Tiger Arena. Olivia Toft had 41 set assists while Hanson (14), Norby (12) and Savannah Gatewood (11) combined for 37 digs. Becker's four ace serves, 15 service points and 13 digs led the Tigers in a 25-13, 25-7, 25-16 win over Pine River-Backus last Thursday night at Pine River. Hanson (18) and Norby (1
Royalton racked up 529 yards in total offense, including 451 on the ground, in sparking a 42-8 win over the United North Central football team Friday night at Royalton. Cade Stang rushed 10 times for 132 yards and a touchdown and Brady Moulzolf rushed for 84 yards and two TDs and threw for 68 yards and another score for the Royals. Tony Gadacz added 86 yards rushing and a TD and Tyler Hegna rushed for 61 yards and a TD. UNC finished with 233 yards in offense with Dylan Huttunen's 5-yard TD run in the third quarter providing the only touchdown.