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Entering the Section 8A tournament, the Park Rapids girls tennis team was hoping to send a singles player and doubles team to state in the same season for only the fourth time in school history. The Panthers fell short of achieving that goal, but senior Julia Smith did end up qualifying for the state Class A tournament in singles for the fourth year in a row.
Six rushing touchdowns, a special teams' touchdown and a defensive touchdown sparked Nevis to a 56-14 9-man football win at Onamia Friday night. The Tigers, who rushed for 328 yards in the game, claimed the 9 North Gold Division title with a 4-0 record while improving to 7-0 on the season. Luke DeWulf opened the scoring by returning the opening kickoff 84 yards for a score. Logan Tinnes ran in the conversion and the Tigers led 8-0 just 14 seconds into the game.
Julia Smith earned her fourth trip to the state Class A girls tennis tournament with a runner-up finish at Thursday's Section 8A tournament at Fargo. The Park Rapids senior entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed in singles and coasted to the finals with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Parkers Prairie's Megan Arens and a 6-0, 6-1 win over Maggie Dietrich of East Grand Forks during Wednesday's first rounds and a 6-0, 6-1 win over Perham's Josie Beachy in Thursday's semifnals. Arens was the No. 15 seed, Dietrich was the No. 10 seed and Beachy was the No. 3 seed.
Ashley Pyburn served the Nevis volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Cass Lake Monday night to cap off an undefeated season in Northland Conference play. Pyburn put all 21 serves in play and had 17 service points in leading the Tigers to a 25-10, 25-12, 25-12 victory. Hannah Anderson led the way with 10 kills while Cielo Mooney served three aces and Andrea Dudley had 20 set assists. Leading the defense were Vanessa Byer with 22 digs, Mooney with 17 digs, Anderson with 11 digs, Dudley with 10 digs and Montana Baker with two solo blocks.
Despite losing in two sets to Perham last Saturday, Park Rapids head coach Stephanie Hanson expected a different outcome in a rematch of two of the top Section 8AA volleyball teams Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Perham, which rolled to a 25-18, 25-14 win over Park Rapids at the Perham Invitational, controlled the first set before the Panthers regained their composure and battled back for a 14-25, 25-23, 25-16, 16-25, 15-13 victory.
Ottertail Central held United North Central's offense to only 89 yards in a 21-0 Midwest Blue Division football game last Friday night at Henning. After a scoreless first period, OTC carried a 14-0 lead into the half on Austin Wensauer's 1-yard TD run and Bennet Cameron's 36-yard interception return for a score. The Bulldogs concluded the scoring on Nick VanErp's 8-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Five members of the Park Rapids boys and girls cross-country teams earned all-conference honors at Monday's Mid-State Conference meet at Headwaters Golf Club.
Several area runners competed in last Saturday's Bemidji Blue Ox 26K Loop the Lake and Half Marathon. Park Rapids' Justin Domogalla and Kent Cease competed in the 26K race around Lake Bemidji. Domogalla, 36, completed the approximately 16.7-mile course in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 35 seconds while Cease, 54, finished the race in 2:32:28. Bemidji's Sam Dwyer, 23, had the fastest time of 1:43:05.
Leah Schwartz and Olivia Yliniemi combined for nine kills to lead the Menahga volleyball team in a 25-23, 25-18, 25-15 loss to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Monday night. Aimee Lake served two aces and Madi Marjamaa had 10 set assists for the Braves. Aimee Lake (8), Marjamaa (7) and Alayna Lake (6) combined for 21 digs as Menahga fell to 9-13 on the season. W-H-A improved to 12-9. Menahga statistics Service aces: Marjamaa 2, Ai. Lake 2, Hendrickson 1. Kills: Schwartz 5, Yliniemi 4, Marjamaa 1, Hendrickson 1, Ai. Lake 1.
Corina Ruud's 20 kills led Pequot Lakes to a 3-0 win over the Nevis volleyball team Thursday night. Emily Stevens added 19 digs and Quinn Kratochvil had 37 set assists in the Patriots' 25-21, 26-24, 25-13 victory. Nevis tallied 92 digs with Vanessa Byer (23), Andrea Dudley (19), Cielo Mooney (14), Hannah Anderson (13) and Madisyn Lucas (13) leading the way. Offensively, Anderson had nine kills and Dudley had 24 set assists. Pequot Lakes improved to 13-4 while the Tigers fell to 8-11. Nevis statistics