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With a lineup full of versatile singles and doubles players, Nicole Brandt knew the Park Rapids girls tennis team would have a successful season. The Panthers didn't disappoint by going 14-5 in dual meets, claiming runner-up honors at both the Mid-State Conference and Section 8A tournaments, and sending a doubles team to the state Class A tournament for the third year in a row. "One huge factor was that I could have an extremely strong singles lineup. This year I had girls playing No. 3 and No. 4 singles that played No. 1 and No. 2 singles last year.
Qualifying for the state Class A girls swimming meet didn't really surprise Park Rapids' Leah Meinert, Taylor Ondracek, Mandy Schirmers, Allycia Zinke, Emily Creager, Katherine Erickson, Hannah Williams and Lauren Rossman. Those eight swimmers were a little surprised after qualifying for state in eight events and winning the Section 8A title by 115 points. The Panthers set a school record by sending eight swimmers to the state meet at last Saturday's Section 8A meet at Bemidji. Park Rapids compiled 422.50 points to easily finish ahead of Bemidji's 307.50 total to repeat as section champs.
Warroad's four Division I prospects combined for seven goals and eight assists as the defending state Class A champions opened the season with a 12-0 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Layla Marvin, a senior who has committed to the University of North Dakota, scored five goals while senior Karley Sylvester, a senior who has signed with the University of Wisconsin, had three assists.
Youth led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to an early lead in the season opener Saturday afternoon. Experience took over late in the game as Morris/Benson scored five unanswered goals as the Storm stormed back for a 6-4 victory at the Ted O.
Based on seed times, Todd Fritze expected a close battle between Park Rapids and Bemidji to determine the Section 8A girls swimming and diving champion. A down-to-the-wire finish was avoided when the Panthers clocked 30 season-best times during Friday's preliminaries at Bemidji and followed with 17 more season bests during Saturday's finals. Despite not winning a single event, the Panthers relied on their quality depth to easily repeat as section champs. The Panthers advanced 24 swimmers, all four divers and all three relay teams to Saturday with strong performances during Friday's preli
Despite lacking depth, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team produced respectable records by going 8-14 and 9-15-2 the last two seasons. With the most numbers in the 13-year history of the program (26 players, including nine from last year's varsity team), head coach Chris Albee is counting on that depth to lead the Panthers to a winning record this season. "This is what we've been waiting for," said Albee. "We've lost a lot of close games the last few years. Now our depth is going to start to show up. We're not going to get as tired this year.
Aaron Morris expected the Park Rapids football team to produce at least a .500 record this season. Even though the Panthers finished 0-9, Morris felt his team was a few plays away from finishing at the .500 mark. "I knew it was going to be a tough year, but I was banking on three or four wins," said Morris. "We were very close to that. Four plays here or there and we could have been 4-4. We just didn't get any breaks. I'm very proud of the guys. The kids worked hard and never gave up. I don't look at records. I look at growth the kids are making as a team and as individuals.
Nevis' Bryon Schuldt fulfilled his goal by earning all-state honors while Park Rapids finished 15th as a team at Saturday's state Class A cross-country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Schuldt contended for the state Class A boys title by covering the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 10 seconds to finish sixth out of 161 runners. Mounds Park Academy senior Mason Ferlic won the state title in 15:47 while Caledonia senior Matt Jergenson was second in 16:00, Worthington junior Mubarik Musa was third in 16:01, Blake junior Brandon Clark was fourth in 16:08 and St.
It was no secret what the Nevis football team had to do in order to win the Section 6 9-man title Friday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The key for the Tigers was to contain Ada-Borup's Bill Atwood and Aaron Olson. Like every other team this season, Nevis was unable to stop those two senior running backs as Atwood and Olson combined for 231 rushing yards in sparking the Cougars to a 37-7 victory. Atwood and Olson scored all five of Ada-Borup's touchdowns and surpassed 2,000 rushing yards for the season as the Cougars won their third consecutive section title. Ada-Borup dominated
For the third year in a row, Nevis and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa battled for the Section 5A volleyball title. For the second time in the last three years, B-B-E captured the section title and advanced to the state Class A tournament. Maggie Gruber's 24 kills and three blocks led the Jaguars to a 25-22, 26-28, 27-25, 26-24 victory over Nevis Saturday night at Pierz in the section title match. Brittany Roelike and Shyan Kuefler had 12 kills apiece and Taylor Braegelman added nine kills for B-B-E, which advanced to the state tournament with a 23-match winning streak and 27-2 overall record.