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It was supposed to be a defensive battle when Park Rapids traveled to Detroit Lakes for a Midwest Red District football game Friday night. Only one defense lived up to the hype as Detroit Lakes dominated on both sides of the ball in a decisive 46-0 victory at Mollberg Field. The Lakers entered this game rated No. 2 among Class AAAA teams in defense after allowing only 15 points during a 2-1 start to the season. On the other side of the ball, Park Rapids was the top-rated defense among Class AAA schools after giving up only 13 points during a 3-0 start.
The Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team followed a 1-2 showing in the 100-yard freestyle with a 1-2-3 finish in the 500 freestyle to pull away for a 110-75 victory over Perham Thursday night at the Area High School pool. Perham never led in this meet, but stayed close until the Panthers pulled away after diving to improve to 5-0 in dual meets this season. Ellie Ulvin, Maija Hovelsrud, Liesel Smee and Jordan Klemmer opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 2:07.71.
Kennedy Carlson broke her school record for set assists, but it wasn't enough as the Park Rapids volleyball team dropped a marathon 3-2 decision at Pelican Rapids Thursday night. Carlson had 63 set assists, breaking her school record of 55 set last season. However, the Vikings were able to rally for a 12-25, 26-28, 25-23, 27-25, 16-14 victory. Grace Johnson's 12 kills and Jessica Weinrich's 11 kills led the way for Pelican Rapids, which improved to 9-5.
Jack DeWulf accounted for five touchdowns and the defense didn't allow a score until the final play of the game as Nevis remained undefeated with a 42-6 9-man football victory at Silver Bay Friday night. DeWulf completed 7 of 11 passes for 238 yards and three TDs and rushed nine times for 80 yards and two TDs as the Tigers improved to 4-0 this season. DeWulf hit Zach Henry on a 40-yard TD pass and ran in the conversion as Nevis led 8-0 at the 2:24 mark of the first quarter.
Hunter Berggren rushed 14 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns in sparking Staples-Motley to a 30-14 win over United North Central in a Midwest Blue District football game Friday night at Menahga. Eric Lisson's 10-yard TD run gave the Cardinals a 6-0 lead in the first quarter before a 66-yard TD run by Berggren, a 17-yard TD pass from Mason Rychner to Matt Miller and a 27-yard TD run by Lisson pushed the lead to 24-0 at the half.
Shania Glenz pounded down 12 kills and served nine aces in leading Verndale to a 25-22, 25-18, 25-7 Park Region Conference win over the Menahga volleyball team Thursday night at Menahga. Morgan Glenz added nine kills as the Pirates improved to 2-1 in conference play and 10-1 overall. Leah Schwartz had eight kills and Lindsay Hendrickson had four kills for Menahga. Madi Marjamaa tallied 14 set assists while Schwartz (14) and Alayna Lake (12) combined for 26 digs. The Braves, who had 12 service errors and 12 attack errors, fell to 2-1 in the conference and 5-7 overall.
The Nevis volleyball team controlled the net with 40 kills and 12 blocks in a 3-0 Northland Conference win over Blackduck Thursday night at Nevis. Hannah Anderson's 15 kills and three blocks and Vanessa Byer's three ace serves and 16 service points led the Tigers to a 25-13, 25-15, 25-19 victory.
Crookston won 10 events during Tuesday night's meet, but the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team relied on depth to remain undefeated in duals this season. Park Rapids used a 1-2-3 sweep in diving and a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay to spark a 102-80 victory over the Pirates at the Area High School pool. The win lifted the Panthers to 4-0 in dual meets this season.
Injuries and illnesses kept the Park Rapids boys and girls cross-country teams from fielding their best lineups at Tuesday's Bagley/Fosston Invitational. Lydia Kantonen captured the individual girls title with a winning time of 19:23 over the 5K course, but the Panthers had to field an incomplete team with only three runners available. In the boys race, Park Rapids finished 12th out of 22 teams with 263 points as only six runners competed on varsity. Following Kantonen's winning time for the Panthers were Macky Warne (30th in 22:23) and Haley Pickar (38th in 22:54).
Claire Vekish pounded down 16 kills and Hannah Goggleye had 14 kills in helping Greenway rally for a 3-1 win over Nevis Tuesday night at Greenway. Mikhara Anderson added 10 kills for the Raiders, who dropped Set 1 before rallying for a 25-27, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16 victory. Vanessa Byer led Nevis by serving three aces and 16 points while tallying 32 digs. Hannah Anderson had 13 kills and 18 digs while Ashley Pyburn had four solo blocks. Andrea Dudley finished with 27 set assists and 18 digs as the Tigers fell to 2-7 on the season. Greenway improved to 9-1.