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Because of road construction on Highway 71 between Itasca State Park and Lake George, the Itascatur Outdoor Activities Club was forced to change the route for Saturday's 37th annual Headwaters 100 bike ride.
Solid performances by the entire lineup kept the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team undefeated on the season. The Panthers won nine events, including six 1-2 showings, in posting a 110-70 victory over Perham/New York Mills Thursday night at the Area High School pool. Madi Robbins, Maija Hovelsrud, Analise Smee and Jordan Klemmer opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:09.25.
For the first time since 1983, the Detroit Lakes football team opened the season with an 0-3 record. Thanks to several big plays, an offense that racked up 581 yards and a defense that forced two turnovers to stop scoring drives, the Lakers entered the win column for the first time this season with a 48-6 victory over Park Rapids Friday night at Vern Weekley Field. Detroit Lakes scored on a 97-yard run, returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and used a 63-yard run to set up another score to spark the victory in this Midwest Red District game.
Jaiden McCollum pounded down 21 kills in 26 attempts while Kaisa Coborn, Katelyn Weaver and Rilee Michaelson combined to serve 10 aces and 41 points as the Park Rapids volleyball team rolled to an easy win over Crookston Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Kamree Carlson added 10 kills and Kennedy Carlson had 37 set assists in the Panthers' 25-12, 25-12, 25-8 victory in this match between Section 8AA teams.
Dean Christofferson and Jon Gravdahl used a record-setting catch to win the title at the 22nd annual Fall Classic fishing tournament Sept. 9 on Long Lake. Christofferson and Gravdahl finished with 52.28 points after catching three northern pike weighing 27.8 pounds, six bass weighing 11.43 pounds and six walleyes weighing 10.55 pounds. The duo, which received 2.50 bonus points for catching all three species, hauled in a 14.94-pound northern to help top the 30-boat field.
Whitney Steffel and Keegan Moses led the Park Rapids cross-country teams to a pair of 11th-place finishes at Tuesday's Bagley Invitational at Twin Pines Golf Course. Steffel covered the 5K course in 22:15 to finish 23rd overall as the Park Rapids girls compiled 230 points in this 26-team meet. Rounding out the Panthers' team score were Holly Johnson (26th in 22:25), Haley Pickar (30th in 22:33), Julia Harmon (87th in 26:12) and Karen Valencia (106th in 33:51).
Nevis and United North Central moved up in this week's Minnesota state high school football polls while Park Rapids remained in the same spot in this week's state volleyball poll.
The father-son duo of Brett Kent and Ryan Kent teamed up to capture the title at the 12th annual Fall Slam fishing tournament on Fish Hook Lake on Sept. 16. The Kents caught limits of six bass weighing 15.01 pounds and three northern pike weighing 11.02 points while catching five walleyes weighing 8.80 pounds to earn the 2.50 bonus points for catching all three species to top the 28-boat field with 37.33 points.
Crookston won six events, but the Park Rapids girls swimming team relied on depth in coasting to a 102-68 victory Tuesday night in Crookston's meter pool. Analise Smee, Maija Hovelsrud, Ellie Ulvin and Jordan Klemmer opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 2:16.70 before runner-up showings by Olivia Ulvin in the 200 freestyle (2:35.22), Hovelsrud in the 200 individual medley (2:54.62) and Klemmer in the 50 freestyle (29.93) provided a 36-26 lead.
Natalie Kinkel lived up to her No. 1 seed and captured the No. 1 singles title at the Mid-State Conference girls tennis tournament at Wadena and Perham on Sept. 16. Kinkel rallied to defeat Perham/New York Mills' Makayla Melvin 3-6, 6-2, 10-4 in the championship match to account for Park Rapids' only championship.