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Thief River Falls solidified its spot atop the Section 8AA North volleyball standings with a 25-11, 25-8, 25-13 win over Park Rapids Tuesday night at Thief River Falls. Olivia Vaadeland's 11 digs and five kills led the Panthers.
Nicole Brandt likes the chances of the Park Rapids girls tennis team to qualify for the state Class A tournament for the first time in school history. Even though the Panthers enter the Section 8A tournament as the No. 3 seed, Brandt knows her team was one singles or doubles match away from being the top seed. During the regular season, the Panthers split 4-3 matches with Pequot Lakes and dropped another close 4-3 match to Staples-Motley. Pequot Lakes edged Staples-Motley 4-3 in their only meeting. Based on those results, Pequot Lakes earned the No.
Turnovers and the running of Ralph Williams put an end to the Park Rapids football team's modest two-game winning steak. The Panthers carried a 14-13 lead into the break, but Williams rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns and Thief River Falls forced four turnovers in the second half to spark a 33-14 Heart O'Lakes Conference North Division victory Friday night at Thief River Falls. "Turnovers killed us in the second half. That was the story of the game," said Park Rapids head coach Aaron Morris.
The Park Rapids girls tennis team picked up a pair of wins against Section 8A rivals at Crookston Saturday. The Panthers opened with a 4-3 win over Crookston and followed with a 6-1 victory over Roseau to improve to 6-2 against section teams this season. Christina Smith, Julia Renner and Lydia Schaum posted straight-set wins in singles while Bonnie Baumgartner and Allie Girtz won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles to lead the Panthers past Crookston. The Panthers pushed their winning streak to six duals in a row by defeating Roseau.
Strong play at the net offset Cass Lake-Bena's scrappy defense as the Park Rapids volleyball team prevailed 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 25-18 in a battle of the Panthers Thursday night at the Area High School gym. An ace serve by Allie Bade, a block and kill by Olivia Vaadeland, a tip and kill by Megan Grimes, and a kill by Justine Rittgers gave the Panthers a 12-10 lead in Set 1.
Lydia Lutz and Isaac Overmyer finished in the top-six spots in leading the Park Rapids girls and boys cross-country teams at Thursday's John Hermes Invitational at Perham. Lutz covered the 4,000-meter course in 15:32 to finish fifth as the Panthers finished third in the girls meet with 97 points. Alexandria won the girls title with 48 points while Bemidji was second in this 14-team meet with 83 points. Alexandria's Jamie Piepenburg led the way with a winning time of 14:33. Overmyer clocked a 17:38 on the boys 5,000-meter course to finish sixth overall in 17:38.
Six different swimmers won races as the Park Rapids girls swimming team coasted to a 106-46 victory over Staples-Motley at Staples Thursday night. Allycia Zinke, Jessie O'Hern, Christina Mackley and Hannah Williams opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:10.85. Katherine Erickson won the 200 freestyle in 2:12.09 and Heather Kniss was second in 2:22.20 before the Panthers went 1-2 in the 200 individual medley behind Williams' 2:12.09 and Jessi Andersen's 2:25.20. Lauren Rossman won the 100 butterfly in 1:13.11 and Mackley took second in 1:14.69 before the Panthers went 1
Riley Hanson pounded down 21 kills to become Nevis' all-time leader in that category in the Tigers' 25-16, 25-9, 25-21 win over Clearbrook-Gonvick on Sept. 22. Hanson, who also led the team with 11 digs in that match, broke Jaci Heath's school record of 1,393 career kills. Megan Norby added 10 kills, nine digs and five ace serves while Kate Dierkhising served four aces. Olivia Toft had 36 set assists. Nevis statistics Serving: Becker 10 for 11 (2 aces), Stenberg 1 for 1, Toft 4 for 8 (1 ace), T.
Over the last six seasons, the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team hadn't had much success in dual meets against Bemidji. That changed Tuesday night. The Panthers, who were 0-5-1 in the last six meetings with Bemidji, relied on depth in the final four events to break a 63-63 tie and remain undefeated on the season with a 99-87 victory at the Area High School pool. "Bemidji is a good team and it took a total team effort to beat them," said Park Rapids head coach Todd Fritze, whose team improved to 6-0 in dual meets. "Things are starting to click for us.