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Park Rapids' Adam Jacobi was determined to end his senior season with another trip to the state Class A boys cross-country meet. Jacobi easily fulfilled that goal at Friday's Section 8A meet at Bagley. The Park Rapids senior easily qualified for state by placing eighth overall with a 5K time of 17:22. That gave Jacobi the No. 3 individual qualifying spot. The top-eight finishers not on the two qualifying teams earned state berths.
Nevis moved up to the No. 4 spot in the final Minnesota Associated Press state high school 9-man football poll. The Tigers, who ended the regular season with an 8-0 record, received 46 points to trail three other undefeated teams in the final poll. Grand Meadow received 70 points, Cleveland received 59 points and Waubun received 56 points to top the poll.
Corina Ruud proved to be a difference maker as Pequot Lakes upset Park Rapids in the quarterfinals of the Section 8AA volleyball tournament Friday night at the Area High School gym. Ruud (who didn't play because of an injury in the Patriots' 25-14, 25-21, 25-21 loss to Park Rapids during the regular season) had team highs of 12 kills and six blocks in leading Pequot Lakes to a 19-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-23 victory in the rematch Friday night.
Park Rapids' Julia Smith capped off her high school girls tennis career with a tiebreaker loss in the consolation bracket at Thursday's state Class A tournament at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Smith began her fourth state tournament with a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Trinity School at River Ridge sophomore Katie Mulvey, who entered as the No. 4 seed. The Park Rapids senior was then eliminated with a 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (losing 10-7 in a third-set tiebreaker) loss to United South Central junior Emma Barnd in the first round of consolation play.
Carley Fredrickson's nine kills and Claire Conzemius' seven kills powered Breckenridge to a 3-0 win over Menahga in a Section 6A volleyball match Thursday night at Breckenridge. Allison Lorenz served four aces as Breckenridge posted a 25-19, 25-21, 25-11 victory. Leah Schwartz had seven kills, Lindsay Hendrickson had five kills, Madi Marjamaa had 17 set assists and Alayna Lake had 20 digs for the No. 6-seeded Braves, who end the season with a 10-16 record. Breckenridge, the No. 3 seed in the North half of the bracket, improved to 16-10. Menahga statistics
Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen moved up to the No. 6 spot in this week's state Class A girls cross-country poll. Kantonen, who was rated No. 8 last week, was one of five runners from Section 8A listed in this week's poll. Perham's Brynnan Covington was rated No. 2 while Perham's Caitlin Covington (No. 10), Crookston's Katherine Geist (No. 14) and United North Central's Annika Aho (No. 15) were also listed.
United North Central gave the state's No. 2-rated Class AA football team a battle in a Section 8AA semifinal playoff game Saturday afternoon. Barnesville needed a turnover late in the first half to take a 6-0 lead before scoring four times in the second half in a 32-0 victory over the No. 5-seeded Warriors at Barnesville. The Warriors were held to only 65 offensive yards as five interceptions helped Barnesville avenge a 24-16 loss to UNC in last year's section title game. The No. 1-seeded Trojans will play No. 2 Hawley for the section title Friday night at the Fargodome.
Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal did something no other 9-man football team had been able to do against Nevis this season. The Titans were the first team to score against Nevis in the first half this season. By the end of Saturday afternoon's Section 6 playoff game, NCE/UH was in the same position as every other of the Tigers' opponents this season. Nevis responded after allowing a first-quarter touchdown by scoring three unanswered TDs for a 22-15 victory and a trip to the Fargodome to play for the section title.
Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen and Adam Jacobi capped off their senior seasons while United North Central's Annika Aho capped off her sophomore season by qualifying for the state Class A cross-country meet during Friday's Section 8A meet at Bagley. Kantonen finished third in 19:33 while Aho was sixth in 19:55 in the girls 5K race. Kantonen earned her fourth straight trip to state while Aho earned her second consecutive trip. Perham's Brynnan Covington led the field in 19:12 while Crookston's Katherine Geist was second in 19:26.
United North Central outscored Warroad 18-0 in the second half to open the Section 8AA football playoffs with a 30-14 victory Tuesday night at Warroad. "It was a great win. Any time you get a playoff win is special and to get a win after a long road trip to Warroad really says a lot about the guys we have on this football team," said UNC head coach Jeremy Nordick. "I really couldn't be prouder of the effort and leadership that was displayed on Tuesday night."