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Nevis surprised some people by reaching the state Class A championship volleyball match last season. The Tigers won't surprise anyone if they return to the state championship match this fall. The majority of the players return from a team that went 6-0 to win the Northland Conference title and 25-10 overall, losing to Bethlehem Academy in the state title match. Those veterans are looking to send the Tigers to the state tournament for the third time in school history. "The girls are pretty focused on having a fun season.
Shawn Klimek is counting on the Nevis 9-man football team to get off to another strong start and end with a strong finish. Last season, the Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 start before going on a three-game losing streak to end the season. That resulted in Nevis being the No. 6 seed for the Section 6 9-man playoffs. The Tigers fell to No.
Depth at every position has Jeremy Nordick expecting more wins from the United North Central football team this season. Last season, the Warriors went 1-4 in Prairie North Conference play and 3-5 during the regular season for the No. 8 seed before losing to top-seeded Hawley 49-0 in the first round of the Section 8AA playoffs.
Isaiah Hahn is counting on a senior-dominated lineup to lead the Menahga volleyball team to a successful season. Of the nine players starting the season on varsity, seven are seniors.
Steve Schreiber likes the direction the United North Central boys and girls cross country teams are heading. The girls feature a strong team with six runners returning from the Section 8A unit that finished seventh with 175 points. The boys continue their rebuilding process with four runners back from last year's team that finished 13th at the section meet with 326 points. "The boys are in more of a rebuilding mode than the girls right now, but we're moving in the right direction," said Schreiber.
Anna VanWechel broke the women's course record and won the overall title to highlight last Saturday's 19th annual Fish Hook Challenge Half Marathon. VanWechel completed the 13.1-mile course around Fish Hook Lake in 1 hour, 23 minutes, 40 seconds to break Heather Gilbertson's 2004 record of 1:27:28.
The Park Rapids girls tennis team opened its dual-meet schedule by winning two of three matches. Park Rapids used a sweep in singles for a 6-1 win at Fergus Falls Tuesday before splitting matches at Sauk Centre Wednesday by following a 4-3 loss to the host Mainstreeters with a 5-2 win over Yellow Medicine East. Panthers defeat Otters The Panthers swept the four singles matches in straight sets and added two straight-set wins in doubles to defeat Fergus Falls. Julia Renner at No. 1 singles, Charity Ridlon at No. 2 singles, Hope Johnson at No. 3 singles and Heidi Schaum at No.
Aaron Pike turned a tragedy of Olympic proportions into a trip to London as a member of the United States Paralympic Team. At the age of 13, Pike suffered a spinal cord injury after accidentally being shot in the back during a deer-hunting trip in Virginia. Instead of giving up on his love of competing in sports, Pike used his passion for competition to become one of the top wheelchair racers in America. At the United States Paralympic Championship Trials at Indianapolis on July 1, Pike learned he had earned a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Team.
Three fourth-place finishes and four consolation titles led the Park Rapids girls tennis team to sixth place at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational. Thief River Falls took first at three positions and claimed the team title with 27 points. Roseau (23), East Grand Forks (19), Minnewaska Area (18), Park Rapids (14), Wadena-Deer Creek (9) and Fergus Falls (5) rounded out the team standings in this eight-team season-opening tournament. Charity Ridlon (at No. 2 singles), Alison Walsh and Sam Boyd (at No. 4 singles), and Lindsey Girtz and Sarena Kinkel (at No.
Shelly Miller took the early lead Saturday and played steady golf on Sunday to capture the Women's Club Championship at Headwaters Country Club. Miller, who had her string of five straight titles snapped last fall, played steady golf by following an 85 on Saturday with an 84 on Sunday for a 169 and an 11-shot victory. Miller carded rounds of 42 and 43 during Saturday's first 18 holes for an 85. Miller carded pars on No. 3, No. 4 and No.