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Kia Heide and Jessica Swanda pounded down 11 kills apiece as the Nevis volleyball team used 46 kills to spark a 3-0 win over Cass Lake Thursday night at the Tiger Arena. Makenna Frazier added seven kills while Andrea Dudley tallied 29 set assists in leading the Tigers to a 25-10, 25-16, 25-6 Northland Conference win. Frazier, Cora Umthun and Ashley Pyburn served two aces apiece as Nevis put 69 of 75 serves in play with eight aces while committing 12 hitting errors. Defensively, the Tigers had 45 digs with Sadie Thurner (14) and Dudley (10) leading the way.
Head coach Stephanie Hanson says the Park Rapids volleyball team is still learning how to close out the close matches. The Panthers earned a passing grade on the latest test against Bemidji Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Led by season highs of 14 ace serves, 56 set assists and 131 digs, the Panthers fought through adversity after winning the first two sets for a marathon 25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 18-25, 15-10 victory.
Scoring on big plays, especially on the defensive side of the ball, has been a trademark of the Pequot Lakes football team this season. The Patriots used that formula Friday night at Vern Weekley Field to spark a 32-20 win to spoil Park Rapids’ homecoming game.
Annika Aho just missed a top-10 finish as United North Central placed 14th with 353 points at the 27-team Perham Invitational cross-country meet Thursday at Arvig Park. Aho placed 11th overall with a 5K time of 19:25 to lead UNC. Rounding out the Warriors' team score were Kaarin Lehto (68th in 21:16), Gabby Hrdlicka (88th in 21:57), Alessandra Matson (97th in 22:09) and Lora Isaacson (126th in 23:39).
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.