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At last year's Section 8A girls tennis tournament, Park Rapids' Christina Smith and Julia Renner almost had to meet to each other to determine which one would advance to the state Class A tournament in singles. At this year's section tournament, both players advanced to state after teaming up to win the section title in doubles. Last year as sophomores, Smith was the No. 3 seed in singles while Renner was the No. 4 seed in singles. Smith upset No. 2 Mikayla Wing of Staples-Motley in the semifinals before losing to top-seeded Jessamy Jones of East Grand Forks in the championship match.
Wednesday night's regular-season football finale between Park Rapids and Roseau was expected to be a high-scoring affair. Instead, a steady rain and sloppy field slowed down both offenses as Roseau escaped with a 16-6 Heart O'Lakes Conference and Section 8AAA victory. Roseau entered this game as the No. 1 passing offense in the conference with 1,217 yards while the Panthers were second with 949 passing yards.
If the regular-season finale is any indication, the Park Rapids boys cross-country team has a legitimate shot to qualify for the state Class A meet. The Panthers had all seven runners finish in the top 47 spots en route to a fourth-place finish at the Park Rapids Invitational at Headwaters Country Club Monday. Perham, the top-rated Class A team in the state, captured the team title with 17 points. Pelican Rapids was second with 89 points and Detroit Lakes took third with 108 points. Park Rapids followed with 113 points while Roseau was fifth with 167 points in this 20-team meet.
The Park Rapids volleyball team closed out the regular season by dropping a pair of Section 8AA matches with losses at home to East Grand Forks and at Pequot Lakes. In the regular-season finale Tuesday night, Ellen Potter's 11 kills sparked East Grand Forks to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-15 win at the Area High School gym. Two ace serves by Grace Bateman and kills by Mady Vaudrin and Megan Grimes had the Panthers even at 11-11 in Set 1 before Hannah Vonasek served seven points to put EGF in control.
Park Rapids and Nevis will host first-round football playoff games while United North Central will hit the road Tuesday night. Despite a 16-6 loss to Roseau in the regular-season finale Wednesday night, the Panthers (3-5) maintained the No. 2 seed in Section 8AAA and will host No. 7 Staples-Motley (0-8) Tuesday night at 7 at Vern Weekley Field. The other quarterfinals games in Section 8AAA feature No. 3 Roseau (4-4) hosting No. 6 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (2-6) and No. 4 Crookston (3-5) hosting No. 5 Pequot Lakes (2-6). No.
Another strong start led the Nevis football team to another impressive win last Friday night. The Tigers built a 26-0 lead en route to a 38-22 victory at Onamia in a battle of undefeated and rated 9-man teams. Nevis, which entered the state poll at the No. 9 spot last week, moved up to the No. 5 spot this week after defeating Onamia, which fell from the state rankings after being rated No. 11 last week.
The Nevis volleyball team posted two more impressive wins by defeating Moorhead and Sebeka. Riley Hanson had 24 kills and Megan Norby had 18 kills as the Tigers defeated Moorhead 23-25, 25-11, 26-24, 25-15 last Thursday night while Hanson's 19 kills and eight ace serves led Nevis to a 25-16, 25-11, 25-15 win at Sebeka Monday night. Norby and Hanson also had four ace serves each and combined for 22 service points while Kate Dierkhising served nine points in the win over Moorhead.
Cody Kilfoyle-Steward rushed for four touchdowns in leading Long Prairie-Grey Eagle to a 45-24 Prairie North Conference win over the United North Central football team last Friday night at Menahga. Kilfoyle-Steward scored on TD runs of 17 and 50 yards and John Dinkel caught a 21-yard TD pass as the Thunder led 20-0 after the first quarter. After Brandon Junes' 2-yard TD run at the 5:35 mark pulled UNC to within 20-8, a 32-yard TD run by Alex Lemke and 5-yard TD run by Kilfoyle-Steward gave LPGE a 33-8 advantage at the half. Junes hit Keiler Skaro on an 81-yard TD route at the 8:01 mark o
Jenny Skoog's eight kills and Tarah Cleveland's two ace serves and 12 digs led the way as the Menahga volleyball team closed out the regular season with a Park Region Conference loss to Bertha-Hewitt last Thursday night at Menahga. Maria Tormanen also served two aces, Shannon Skoog had eight digs and three kills, and Tarrin Mickelson had 10 set assists as the Braves fell to 0-7 in the conference and 4-18 overall. B-H improved to 17-6 overall. Menahga statistics Kills: J. Skoog 8, S.
Julia Renner and Christina Smith lived up to their No. 1 seed to earn a trip to the state Class A girls tennis tournament. The Park Rapids juniors used four straight-set wins to capture the Section 8A doubles title at the Choice Health and Fitness Club in Grand Forks Saturday. Renner and Smith opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over No. 16 Hannah Jacobson and Molly Kraemer of Wadena-Deer Creek before eliminating Park Rapids' Lindsey Girtz and Sarena Kinkel, the No.