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Opening the season with shutout victories landed Nevis and United North Central among the top teams in the first state football polls.
Kendra Coborn and Gracie Eischens improved to 10-3 as a No. 2 doubles team in helping the Park Rapids girls tennis team defeat Wadena-Deer Creek 7-0 Tuesday afternoon at the Depot Courts. Coborn and Eischens rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 victory while Natalie Kinkel improved to 7-4 at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win as the Panthers won five matches in straight sets and received a forfeit win in rolling to their fourth straight dual-meet victory.
The Park Rapids volleyball team pounded down 39 kills and served eight aces to remain undefeated on the season with a 3-0 win over Frazee Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Jaiden McCollum finished with 11 kills to lead a balanced offensive attack as the Panthers coasted to a 25-17, 25-9, 25-8 victory. The Hornets scored the majority of their points on 10 hitting errors and 13 service errors by Park Rapids.
Both Park Rapids cross-country teams placed sixth at Tuesday's Wadena-Deer Creek Johanna Olson Invitational at Whitetail Run Golf Course at Wadena. Seth Breitweser finished 23rd overall in 19:39 and Keegan Moses followed by placing 24th in 19:40 as the Park Rapids boys finished sixth with 184 points. Will Pickar (31st in 20:24), Sam Warne (48th in 21:23) and Gabe Bagstad (58th in 22:14) rounded out the Panthers' team score. Kyron Wohlenhaus (64th in 22:52) and Owen Wagner (77th in 25:22) completed Park Rapids' varsity squad.
After edging Detroit Lakes, the Park Rapids girls tennis team blanked Crosby-Ironton to sweep a pair of Mid-State Conference matches at Crosby Thursday.
Winning the first eight events and going 1-2-3 in four of them sparked the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a 96-76 win over Warroad/Roseau/Greenbush-Badger-Middle River Thursday at the Area High School pool. Madi Robbins, Maija Hovelsrud, Ellie Ulvin and Olivia Ulvin opened the meet with a winning time of 2:06.20 in the 200-yard medley relay before Jordan Klemmer (in 2:16.36), Jess Kaseman (in 2:27.91) and Emma Vrieze (in 2:32.61) went 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle.
Jeremy Nordick and the members of the United North Central football team are feeling right at home at Vern Weekley Field. Two years ago, UNC opened the 2015 season with a 6-0 victory over Park Rapids at Vern Weekley Field. Friday night in the 2017 season opener, the Warriors posted another shutout on the Panthers' home turf as quarterback James Clark rushed for three touchdowns to spark a 22-0 victory.
After a competitive first set, the Park Rapids volleyball team took control in the second set in posting a 25-19, 25-4, 25-17 victory at Nevis Thursday night.
The Nevis 9-man football team opened the season with a stellar defensive performance in a 14-0 victory over Kittson County Central Thursday night. Jack DeWulf's 5-yard touchdown run and Kyle Schmidt's conversion gave the Tigers an 8-0 lead in the second quarter before DeWulf's 30-yard TD run in the fourth quarter sealed the win. Nevis finished with 209 yards in offense with DeWulf rushing 19 times for 95 yards and Schmidt adding 38 yards on 11 carries. Luke DeWulf added 32 yards on two carries and caught a 12-yard pass.
James Clark rushed for three touchdowns and the United North Central defense allowed only 101 yards as the Warriors opened the season with a 22-0 win over Park Rapids at Vern Weekley Field Friday night. UNC's defense set up the first score when Owen Anderson intercepted a Jason Haas pass and returned it 29 yards to the Park Rapids 1-yard line. Two plays later, Clark plunged in from 2 yards out. Clark found Cade Lacoe for the two-point conversion and the Warriors led 8-0 with 11:07 to play in the first half.