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Aaron Morris is hoping playing three teams in Section 8AAAA will prepare the Park Rapids football team for making a run at winning the Section 8AAA title. Of the Panthers’ eight regular-season games, three are against Section 8AAAA opponents. Park Rapids lost to Thief River Falls 32-6 in a road game in Week 2, hosts Detroit Lakes in Week 4 and hosts Fergus Falls in Week 7. Except for the season opener against United North Central (which the Warriors won 6-0), the Panthers’ other games are against Section 8AAA rivals.
Steph Hanson is hoping a successful off-season will lead to a successful regular season for the Park Rapids volleyball team. A dedicated group of players participated in leagues and camps last spring and this summer. Hanson is optimistic all that effort will lead to more success on the courts this fall and in the future. “I can’t imagine not playing in the off-season. The girls should be praised for all their hard work this summer. They came in so much more ahead than they were last year,” said Hanson.
With one rival out and a six starters returning, Brianne Morris sees the Park Rapids girls tennis team once again challenging for that elusive trip to the state Class A tournament. The Panthers came close to securing their first trip to state last season by reaching the Section 8A championship match. Staples-Motley, the No. 1 seed, defeated the No. 3-seeded Panthers 6-1 to qualify for state. Park Rapids advanced to the title match by upsetting No.
Having a senior-dominated lineup has Todd Fritze expecting another successful season from the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team. Last season, the Panthers went 7-1 in dual meets, finished second at both the Mid-State Conference and Section 8A meets, and qualified five individuals in five events for the state Class A meet. Four of those state qualifiers return to lead the Panthers in hopes of capping off their senior season with another trip to state. Kayla Andersen, Alyza Edevold, P
There are going to be some obvious changes for the Park Rapids boys and girls cross-country teams this fall. The biggest change for the boys is the absence of three-time all-state runner Isaac Overmyer, who graduated after capping off his career with a runner-up finish at last year’s state Class A meet. The biggest changes for the girls will be running a longer course (going from 4,000 meters to 5,000 meters) and replacing three runners who competed at state. Head coach Kerry Johnson has hig
Despite having low numbers and coming off a winless campaign, Jeremy Nordick is counting on an improved season from the United North Central football team. The Warriors went 0-5 in the Prairie North Conference and 0-9 overall last fall, ending the season with a 44-6 loss to Frazee in the first round of the Section 8AA playoffs. UNC has to replace five all-conference players in quarterback/defensive back Tyler Eckman, running back/linebacker Jeff Erickson, and linemen Tristan Palmer, Alex Schwartz and Jake Shepersky.
Isaiah Hahn will be counting on his three returning starters to lead the way for the Menahga volleyball team this season. Graduating from last year’s team that went 0-6 in Park Region Conference play and 5-22 overall were right-side hitter Elyse Skoog, setter Lakyn Anderson, middle hitter Stacy Holmer, outside hitter Jodi Skoog and middle hitter Kendall Koch. Returning to lead the Braves this season are senior middle hitter Danielle Novak, junior setter Alayna Lake and sophomore outside hitter Leah Schwartz.
Steve Schreiber is expecting successful seasons from both the United North Central cross-country teams. The girls return six runners from a team that finished fourth at last year’s Section 8A meet while the boys return four runners from a team that placed 11th at the section meet. Leading the girls will be freshman Alyssa Peterson, freshman Annika Aho, junior Anna Olson, freshman Cierra Ahlf, senior Jen Stifter and freshman Megan Hendrickson. Peterson finished 13th at t
Replacing last year’s talented senior class is going to be a challenge for Shawn Klimek and the Nevis football team. A year ago, the Tigers went 7-1 to share the Great Northern Conference title with Cromwell and finished 9-2 overall, falling to Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal 29-20 in the Section 6 9-man championship game. Leading Nevis last season were the five senior all-conference players: Austin Becker, Gavin Becker, Courtland Chase, Gavin Hitchcock and Victor Mastley. Austin Becker wa
Heidi Wormley is once again counting on the Nevis volleyball team to be a contender for the Section 5A title. Despite graduating middle hitter Denia Brown (who led the team with 375 kills and 68 blocks while serving 47 aces and 184 points), defensive specialist Ruby Vedbraaten (who led the team with 391 digs while serving 149 points) and McKenzie Harris (who had 68 digs), the Tigers return four starters in seniors Hannah Bliss, Allison Booker and Jordyn Lucas and junior Hannah Anderson. Bliss returns at hitter after co