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In the regular-season finale, a muddy field at Roseau hindered the running game of the Park Rapids football team in a 16-6 loss. Footing wasn't a problem for the Panthers in the rematch Saturday afternoon at Vern Weekley Field. The Panthers compiled 362 yards, including 184 yards on the ground, in the first half alone in building a 34-6 lead en route to a 41-14 victory in a Section 8AAA semifinal playoff game. With the win, Park Rapids advances to the section title game against Perham Friday night at 5:30 at the Fargodome. Perham, the No. 1 seed in the section, defeated the No.
Julia Renner and Christina Smith made history at Friday's state Class A girls tennis tournament. The Park Rapids juniors finished fourth at the Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis to become the first doubles team in school history to bring home a medal from the state tournament. The only other Park Rapids tennis player to earn a state medal was Megan Reich, who finished fourth in singles in 1995. "I wanted them to do well and they did. I didn't care if they won or lost as long as they played well and left it all out on the court.
One streak ended while another continued for the Park Rapids girls cross-country team at Friday's Section 8A meet at Bagley. While the Panthers fell short in their quest to qualify for the state Class A meet as a team for the fourth year in a row, they did extend their streak of being represented at the state meet to seven years in a row when freshman Tayah Otterness earned a state berth as an individual. Otterness, who was competing in cross country for the first year, finished 12th overall with a time of 16:17 over the 4,000-meter course to earn the seventh of eight individual state bert
After falling short the last two years, the Park Rapids boys cross-country team was determined to earn a trip to the state Class A meet this year. The Panthers used a team effort to accomplish that goal at Friday's Section 8A meet at Bagley. Park Rapids, which finished fourth at the section meet the last two years, earned that elusive state berth with a solid runner-up showing behind the top-rated team in the state. Perham easily defended the section title with 17 points while the Panthers followed with 99 points. Roseau was third with 124 points.
Another dominating performance on both sides of the ball led the Nevis 9-man football team to an easy win in the opener of the Section 6 playoffs Tuesday night at Nevis. The No. 1-seeded Tigers built a 33-0 lead at the half en route to a 46-8 win over No.
Statistics can often be misleading. Take the first half of the Section 8AAA quarterfinal football game between Park Rapids and Staples-Motley, for instance. Staples-Motley's offense controlled the ball for 22 of the first 24 minutes and the Cardinals' defense limited Park Rapids to only eight plays from scrimmage and no first downs. Instead of facing a halftime deficit, the Panthers relied on three big plays to build a 21-6 lead at the break.
A late rally by the United North Central football team fell short in a 21-20 loss to West Central Area in the regular-season finale last Wednesday night at Sebeka. WCA carried a 14-0 lead into halftime behind an 80-yard run by Dakota Kashmark in the first quarter and a 1-yard TD run by Drew Peterson in the second quarter. The Warriors opened the second half with a 35-yard TD run by Jordan Yliniemi, who also ran in the conversion.
Park Rapids and Menahga will open the section volleyball playoffs on the road. Park Rapids, which finished the regular season with a 5-17-1 record, received the No. 7 seed and will play at No. 2 Pequot Lakes (19-5-1) Thursday night at 7 to open the Section 8AA North tournament. Pequot Lakes defeated the Panthers 25-4, 25-9, 25-14 during the regular season. In the other 8AA North quarterfinal matches Thursday night, No. 1 Thief River Falls (21-5) hosts No. 8 Bagley (1-20), No. 4 Roseau (18-8-1) hosts No. 5 Warroad (11-15), and No. 3 East Grand Forks (18-9-1) hosts No. 6 Crookston (5-16).
Collin Huckbody threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another as the Nevis football team closed out an undefeated regular season with a 47-20 Great Northern Conference win at McGregor last Wednesday night. Huckbody hit Courtland Chase on a 9-yard TD pass 56 seconds into the game and found Gerald Beckerleg on a 38-yard TD pass with 8:03 to play in the first quarter.
Katherine Erickson's sixth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team at Saturday's state Class A True Team meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Erickson clocked a 5:42.31 in the 500 freestyle to lead the Panthers, who finished 11th in this 12-team meet with 998.50 points. Erickson, Hannah Williams, Taylor Graham and Lauren Rossman opened the meet by placing 13th in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:01.53.