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Going 7-1 against Section 8A teams during the regular season gave the Park Rapids girls tennis team the No. 1 seed for the Section 8A tournament. The Panthers, who finished with a 12-7 overall record in dual meets, will face No. 8 Roseau in a quarterfinal match Thursday (Oct. 11) at 10:30 a.m. at Courts Plus in Fargo. Park Rapids defeated Roseau 5-2 in their only meeting this season. The other quarterfinal matches pit No. 4 Crookston against No. 5 Staples-Motley, No. 2 East Grand Forks against No. 7 Wadena-Deer Creek and No. 3 Perham/New York Mills against No. 6 Parkers Prairie.
Rilee Michaelson and Kaisa Coborn combined for 32 kills in leading the Park Rapids volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep at Barnesville Tuesday night. Michaelson's 18 kills, Coborn's 14 kills, Kamree Carlson's eight kills and Katelyn Weaver's 36 set assists sparked the Panthers' 25-20, 25-11, 25-23 victory. Park Rapids finished with 49 kills with 14 hitting errors. The Panthers put 69 of 76 serves in play with Coborn serving two aces and 14 points. Carlson served three aces and 10 points, Weaver served two aces and 10 points, and Michaelson served an ace and 10 points.
Cora Umthun and Ashley Pyburn served four aces apiece as the Nevis volleyball team relied on 17 ace serves to spark a 3-0 Northland Conference win over Northome-Kelliher Tuesday night. Andrea Dudley served there aces and had 23 set assists in the Tigers' 25-13, 25-14, 25-7 victory. Pyburn led Nevis with 16 kills while Jessica Swanda (8) and Kia Heide (6) combined for 14 kills. The Tigers put 67 of 74 serves in play and had 37 kills with 10 hitting errors against the Mustangs.
Jessica Pietila served six aces and 18 points as the Menahga volleyball team swept Frazee 3-0 in a battle of Section 6A rivals Tuesday night at Menahga. The Braves snapped a four-match losing streak with the 25-22, 25-22, 25-18 win.
Winning four matches in third-set tiebreakers solidified Park Rapids' position for the upcoming Section 8A girls tennis tournament. The Panthers won two doubles matches in tiebreakers in a 5-2 win over Crookston and won a pair of matches in tiebreakers in a 5-2 victory over Roseau on Sept. 29 at Crookston to improve to 6-1 against section rivals.
Cade Schmidt rushed 29 times for 286 yards and four touchdowns in helping the Staples-Motley football team celebrate homecoming with a 34-14 win over United North Central Friday night at Staples. The Warriors opened and ended the game with big scoring plays in this clash between teams seeking their first wins of the season. Brett Pinoniemi's 58-yard TD run gave UNC a 6-0 lead before Schmidt responded with TD runs of 23 and 65 yards to give Staples-Motley a 14-6 lead after the first quarter.
Keegan Moses and Seth Breitweser finished in the top-10 spots as the Park Rapids boys cross-country team placed fifth at the Glenn Moerke Invitational at Pelican Rapids' Birchwood Golf Course on Sept. 27.
The Park Rapids Clay Dusters easily topped the nine-team 1A Conference 8 standings after the first week of the MInnesota State High School Clay Target Fall League. Park Rapids finished with 1,589.50 points to easily finish ahead of Duluth East's 1,336 points and Princeton's 1,335 points. Rounding out the conference standings were Denfeld (1,043.50), St. Francis (1,030.50), North Lakes Academy (897.50), Ortonville (833), Luverne (782.50) and Blackduck (332.50).
Ashley Pyburn's seven kills and three ace serves led the Nevis volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Thursday night at Walker. Kia Heide (6) and Andrea Dudley (4) combined for 10 kills while Dudley had 19 set assists in leading the Tigers to a 25-10, 25-19, 25-15 Northland Conference win. Maggie Carrier served two aces for Nevis, which went 67 for 73 in serves with eight aces and had 24 kills with eight hitting errors.
Park Rapids produced plenty of positive plays during Friday night's Section 8AAA and Midwest Red District football game against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at Glyndon. The Panthers forced five turnovers and held D-G-F to only 21 yards rushing and 173 total yards. Of their 10 offensive series, the Panthers marched into D-G-F territory eight times while compiling 294 total yards. However, Park Rapids was only able to score on two of those drives as the Rebels used two key conversions on fourth down and a late defensive stand to hang on for a 14-12 victory.