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Two solid performances led the Nevis volleyball team to two impressive wins at the Tiger Arena to open the Section 5A tournament. The Tigers used 37 kills and 52 digs in rolling to a 25-8, 25-9, 25-11 victory over Bertha-Hewitt Thursday night and relied on another balanced offensive attack for a 25-15, 25-23, 15-25, 25-18 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Friday night.
Cecil Cordahl was one of the most successful high school baseball coaches during his 18-year tenure at Akeley. That was more than enough to get the Park Rapids resident inducted into the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Nevis relied on its defense to return to the Section 6 9-man championship game. Jack DeWulf's 5-yard touchdown pass to Zach Henry with 10:27 to play in the second quarter provided the only scoring in the Tigers' 6-0 victory over Waubun in a section semifinal game on Oct. 28. Nevis' defense made that lead hold up by limiting the Bombers to only 153 yards in offense. This game was the complete opposite of last year's section championship game where Waubun compiled 480 yards in offense and rallied from a 28-12 deficit with 5:48 to play for a 32-28 victory at the Fargodome.
Ellie Ulvin won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:03.90 in leading the Park Rapids girls swimming team to runner-up honors at the Mid-State Conference meet Oct. 27 at Detroit Lakes. That was the only winning time for the Panthers, who compiled 324.50 points. Detroit Lakes, which broke four meet records, won the other 11 events to repeat as conference champions with 550.50 points in this four-team meet. Perham/New York Mills was third with 264 points while Staples-Motley took fourth with 165 points.
Natalie Kinkel was hoping to win at least one set in her state debut at the state Class A girls tennis tournament. The Park Rapids junior surpassed that goal by winning a match at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Kinkel made her state debut with a 6-0, 6-2 loss to Trinity School at River Ridge junior Katie Mulvey during Thursday morning's first round of singles play. Mulvey entered the state tournament as the No. 3 seed.
Pelican Rapids survived a close opening set and went on to eliminate the Menahga volleyball team from the Section 6A tournament Friday night at Pelican Rapids. Menahga jumped out to a 20-18 lead in Set 1 before the Vikings took control for a 26-24, 25-15, 25-15 victory. Jessica Weinrich had 13 kills, Adriana Torres had nine kills, Sarah Thompson had 24 set assists and Kaylie Isaman had 12 digs for the Vikings, the No. 2 seed in the North half of the bracket who improved to 19-6.
Stephanie Hanson believes that playing a tough schedule during the regular season has prepared the Park Rapids volleyball team for the Section 8AA tournament.
Nick Jasmer and Tom Stambaugh aren't surprised that they will be accompanying runners to this year's state Class A girls cross-country meet. Jasmer, who shares head coaching duties with Nicole Oyster, was confident United North Central would qualify for state for the second time in school history. Stambaugh, who returned to coaching when Nevis formed a cross-country team this fall, thought seventh grader Jade Rypkema had a good chance to advance to state.
A snow-covered course along with cold and windy conditions prevented the members of the Park Rapids cross-country teams from marking their improvement during the season. Park Rapids finished 13th in the girls meet and 11th in the boys meet out of 24 teams at Friday's Section 8A meet at Bagley's Twin Pines Golf Course.
Jack DeWulf's 4-yard touchdown pass to Zach Henry with 10:27 to play in the second quarter proved to be the only scoring in Nevis' 6-0 Section 6 9-man football victory over Waubun Saturday afternoon at Nevis. That win sends Nevis back to the section championship game. The Tigers will face Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Thursday, Nov. 2 with a 12:30 p.m. kickoff at the Fargodome. Nevis is 8-1 on the season while NCE/UH is 9-1. NCE/UH defeated the Tigers 20-14 back on Oct. 6.