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For the second week in a row, the United North Central football team saw a halftime lead disappear. Three rushing touchdowns by James Clark gave UNC an 18-7 lead at the break before Staples-Motley rallied with a pair of second-half scores for a 21-18 Midwest Blue District victory at Sebeka on Sept. 29. The Warriors, who led 8-0 at the half and 14-8 in the third quarter before Pillager rallied for a 22-14 victory in Week 4, expanded a 12-7 lead after the first quarter to 18-7 at the half against Staples-Motley.
Efficiency at the net helped the Park Rapids volleyball team repeat as Mid-State Conference champions. The Panthers pounded down 54 kills while having only six hitting errors in a 25-8, 25-16, 25-12 victory over Staples-Motley Thursday night at Staples. That win in the conference finale gave Park Rapids a 4-0 record against Mid-State opponents. The Panthers also won the conference title last season with a 4-0 record. This marked the first back-to-back Mid-State titles for Park Rapids since winning four straight conference titles from 1979-1982.
Leah Schwartz had 15 kills and 21 digs in leading the Menahga volleyball team past Verndale in a Park Region Conference match Thursday night. Cierra Ahlf added 10 kills and 12 digs while Madi Marjamaa had 39 set assists, four service aces and 11 digs in Menahga's 25-10, 22-25, 25-21, 25-23 victory. Defensively, Aimee Lake had 24 digs, Tara Hendrickson had four ace blocks, and Annie Lake had three ace blocks and 13 digs. Olivia Yliniemi chipped in seven kills as Menahga improved to 2-2 in the conference and 9-8 overall.
Closing out two close sets kept the Nevis volleyball team undefeated in Northland Conference play Thursday night at the Tiger Arena. The Tigers won clutch points down the stretch in Set 1 and Set 4 for a 25-23, 24-26, 25-13, 27-25 victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.
Winning seven of the first eight swimming events led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to an easy 113-55 Mid-State Conference victory over Staples-Motley Thursday night at Staples.
Jack DeWulf threw for four touchdown passes in the second half to break open a 14-14 tie and lead Nevis to a 40-14 9-man football victory over Clearbrook-Gonvick Friday night. DeWulf completed 12 of 20 passes for 261 yards in the game as the Tigers improved to 5-0 against West North District 9 opponents.
Two early fumbles provided a bad omen for the Park Rapids football team Friday night. Even though Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton didn't immediately turn those turnovers into points, it set the tone for the night as the Rebels went on to compile 519 yards in offense while forcing four turnovers in a 49-6 Section 8AAA and Midwest Red District victory in Park Rapids' homecoming game at Vern Weekley Field.
Nevis remained undefeated on the season to remain in the No. 5 spot in this week's Minnesota state 9-man football poll while the first losses of the season dropped the United North Central football team and the Park Rapids volleyball team out of the state rankings.
Bemidji won seven events and added six runner-up showings to hand the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team its first loss of the season with a 104-79 victory Tuesday night at the Area High School pool. The Panthers opened this dual meet on a positive note as Analise Smee, Maija Hovelsrud, Ellie Ulvin and Jordan Klemmer won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:02.19. Jess Kaseman, Mary Rose Nichols, Savana Damar and Aleah Voigt took third in 2:15.34 as Park Rapids jumped out to a 10-4 lead.
Stephanie Hanson was a little worried about how the starters of the Park Rapids volleyball team would respond a night after suffering their first loss of the season. The Park Rapids head coach had nothing to worry about as the Panthers rebounded to keep their undefeated record in Mid-State Conference play intact with a decisive 25-12, 25-23, 25-14 victory over Pequot Lakes Tuesday night at the Area High School gym.