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As expected, the Park Rapids girls tennis team received the No. 5 seed for the Section 8A team tournament, which begins Tuesday morning at Fargo's Courts Plus. Park Rapids, which had Tuesday's regular-season finale at Pequot Lakes rained out, finished the regular season with a 10-10 record in dual meets. The Panthers went 4-5 against section teams, defeating Parkers Prairie (6-1 and 5-2), Wadena-Deer Creek (6-1) and East Grand Forks (5-2) while dropping matches to Crookston (5-2 and 4-3), Staples-Motley (6-1), Perham (4-3) and Roseau (6-1).
Another impressive showing has the Park Rapids volleyball team moving up in the Section 8AA rankings. After opening the season with a 3-2 loss at Roseau, the Panthers went undefeated in their next five matches against section opponents. During a current seven-match winning streak, Park Rapids followed a 3-1 win over Wadena-Deer Creek with 3-0 wins over Pequot Lakes and Staples-Motley before adding a 25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 25-11 victory over Barnesville Tuesday night at the Area High School gym.
While Andrea Dudley reached a milestone on the offensive end, it was Nevis' scrappy defense that sparked a 3-1 win over Menahga last Saturday night at Nevis. Dudley tallied 31 set assists to surpass 1,000 for her career and the Tigers used 103 digs to rally for a 21-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-16 victory.
Nevis continues to move up in the state Class 9-man football poll. The Tigers, who were rated No. 7 last week with 8 votes, climbed a spot to No. 6 with 34 votes this week following a 20-12 win over Ogilvie last Friday night. Nevis' defense is currently ranked No. 3 among 9-man teams by allowing only 8.0 points a game. The Tigers are averaging 41.6 points a game and are one of only 11 undefeated 9-man teams with a 5-0 record.
Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen and United North Central's Annika Aho are once again listed among the top runners in the state in this week's Minnesota Class A high school girls cross-country poll. Kantonen returns to the No. 4 spot while Aho iss rated No. 13 after being rated No. 10 last week. United North Central is rated No. 13 as a team after being rated No. 12 last week.
Shania Glenz had 19 kills and 15 digs in leading Verndale to a 3-0 sweep over the Nevis volleyball team Monday night at Nevis. Morgan Glenz added 12 kills and 31 digs and Megan Dougherty had 16 digs as the Pirates posted a 25-16, 25-20, 25-22 victory.
Jaiden McCollum's 22 kills and Kamree Carlson's 16 kills powered the Park Rapids volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Barnesville Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Kennedy Carlson added 53 set assists while Kaisa Coborn served three aces and 13 points in the Panthers' 25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 25-11 win. Coborn (16), Emily Dean (12) and Kamree Carlson (10) had double digits in digs as the Panthers improved to 5-1 against Section 8AA opponents and 11-3 overall. Barnesville fell to 4-3 in section play and 16-7 overall.
Annika Aho and Kate Hendrickson turned in top-20 finishes as the United North Central girls cross-country team finished fifth at Saturday's Swain Invitational at Duluth. Aho finished 16th overall in 20:50 and Hendrickson was 18th in 20:54 as the Warriors compiled 186 points. Cierra Ahlf (40th in 21:29), Kaarin Lehto (53rd in 21:55), Megan Hendrickson (79th in 22:32), Anna Olson (81st in 22:36) and Maria Isaacson (112th in 23:16) also ran varsity for UNC.
Roseau locked up the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Section 8A girls tennis tournament with a 6-1 win over Park Rapids and a 5-2 win over Crookston in the regular-season finale Saturday at Crookston. Park Rapids opened the triangular with a 4-3 loss to Crookston as the Pirates swept the singles matches for the win. Drew Hilmanowski and Natalie Kinkel won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles, Haley MacPherson and Tori Hilmanowski won in straight sets at No. 2 doubles, and Olivia Wallace and Abby Morris won in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles for the Panthers.
A number of things cost the Park Rapids football team in a 27-26 loss at Perham Friday night. First was allowing the host Yellowjackets to jump out to a quick 14-0 lead. Second was missing two conversions while rallying to take a 26-21 lead. Third was turning the ball over four times, stopping potential scoring drives. Fourth was not being able to stop Perham on fourth down on two key occasions. The first kept a drive alive and led to the game-winning touchdown and the second helped the Yellowjackets run out the clock.