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United North Central and Nevis were among the local teams listed in the first Minnesota high school football polls. Despite a 14-6 loss to Park Rapids in the season opener, UNC was rated No. 19 in the state Class AA poll. Barnesville (No. 4), Bagley (No. 12), Hawley (No. 14) and Ottertail Central (No. 17) were also listed. Caledonia was rated No. 1. In the Class 9-man poll, Nevis and Ada-Borup were tied for the No. 16 spot while Grand Meadow held the top spot. Waubun (No. 4), Kelliher-Northome (No. 13) and Clearbrook-Gonvick (No. 14) were also listed.
A near-perfect performance led the Park Rapids volleyball team to a dominating 25-9, 25-14, 25-9 win at Frazee Tuesday night. The Panthers pounded down 44 kills while hitting at a .348 clip, served 18 aces while putting 70 of 73 serves in play, and had only two errors receiving serve to snap a seven-match losing streak to Frazee and improve to 2-1 on the season.
Another sweep in singles play Tuesday afternoon at Wadena led the Park Rapids girls tennis team to another Mid-State Conference victory. The Panthers won all four singles matches in straight sets to spark a 6-1 win over Wadena-Deer Creek. Julia Smith, Natalie Kinkel, Tori Hilmanowski and Abby Morris combined to drop only seven games in their four singles matches.
It was a repeat of the season opener Tuesday at the Johanna Olson Invitational cross-country meet at Wadena as Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen had the best time while United North Central had the best girls team score. Kantonen, who led the field at the season-opening meet at Blueberry Pines, covered the 5,000-meter course at Whitetail Run Golf Course in 20 minutes, 15 seconds while Annika Aho followed in 20:28 to lead UNC to another team title with 58 points.
Aaron Morris said it would take some time for the Park Rapids football team to click with a new offensive system. It took the Panthers only two games to show signs of how explosive that offense could be. The Panthers rushed for 332 yards offensively while the defense held Thief River Falls to only 90 total offensive yards in a 27-7 victory Friday night at Vern Weekley Field.
Aaron Morris wasn't surprised that Park Rapids' offense struggled in the season-opening football game against United North Central Thursday night at Menahga. The Park Rapids head coach knew it would take some time for the Panthers to click with their new offensive scheme. Morris also expected UNC to put a solid defensive team on the field. Both offenses struggled in this defensive battle as the Panthers used a pair of touchdowns in the second half to pull off a 13-6 victory in this game between Midwest District teams.
Sweeping four individual events and all three relays sparked the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a 123-62 win at Warroad Thursday night. Liesel Smee, Chloe Voigt, Ellie Ulvin and Jordan Klemmer won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:15.88 before Olivia Ulvin (2:19.06), Trinah Szafranski (2:20.25) and Jessica Kaseman (2:30.59) went 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle. Smee (2:42.11), Voigt (2:54.12) and Madi Robbins (2:58.01) followed with a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 individual medley.
Nevis scored touchdowns on the first six possessions of the first half in building a 46-0 lead in coasting to a 66-16 9-man football win over Bigfork in the season opener Friday night at Nevis. The Tigers finished with 530 yards in offense in a dominating win.
The Park Rapids girls tennis team used a sweep in singles to defeat Detroit Lakes 6-1 in a Mid-State Conference match Thursday at the Depot Courts. Julia Smith, Natalie Kinkel, Abby Morris and Jada Renneberg all won their singles matches in straight sets. In doubles, Drew Hilmanowski and Tori Hilmanowski prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at the No. 1 spot while Chloe Johnson and Gracie Eischens won in straight sets at the No. 2 position.
Jaiden McCollum pounded down 22 kills and Kaisa Coborn served 13 points and had 23 digs in leading the Park Rapids volleyball team to a 19-25, 25-20, 25-11, 25-19 win over Nevis Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Kamree Carlson added 16 kills while Rilee Michaelson and Taylor Hilmanowski had nine kills apiece for the Panthers. Kamree Carlson also served three aces and 11 points while tallying 13 digs, Kennedy Carlson had three ace serves and 49 set assists, and McCollum added 19 digs.