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The cool temperatures and light snowfall on the ground provided ideal conditions for local deer hunters during the Minnesota firearms season. According to preliminary statistics released by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, a total of 23,608 deer were harvested in the Park Rapids area after the second weekend of the firearms deer season. That's compared to 20,545 deer harvested last season.
The 2017 season turned out to be a mirror image of the 2016 season for the Park Rapids girls tennis team. A year ago, the Panthers went 11-11 in dual meets, lost to Roseau in the Section 8A semifinals and qualified a singles player for the state Class A tournament.
The Nevis Tigers will be playing for a state championship. Nevis dominated the first half in building a 32-0 lead before two more touchdowns in the second half sealed a 44-16 victory over Russell-Tyler-Ruthton in a state 9-man semifinal football game Friday morning at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Nevis will play Spring Grove for the state title Friday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Madison Oelkers scored five goals and Genevieve Henrickson tallied six assists in leading Warroad to a 13-0 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Tuesday night at Warroad. Oelkers scored twice in the first period as Warroad used a 26-4 advantage in shots on goal to take a 5-0 lead. Marlie Johnston, Abbey Hardwick and Kaitlyn Kotlowski also had goals for the Warriors.
Recently a subscriber to the Enterprise asked me, "Why do you cover Nevis and Menahga sports? They have their own papers. This is the Park Rapids Enterprise. It's not the Park Rapids, Menahga and Nevis Enterprise." Fair question. The answer is that the Enterprise has always covered more than just Park Rapids sports. I've been the sports editor at the Enterprise for the past 30 years. During that time, I've always covered Park Rapids, Menahga and Nevis sports. It was the same when Mike Gravdahl was the sports editor for the 17 years prior to 1987.
Bob Hansen walked into his house the last Sunday in August and his wife Sharon told him a lady from AARP had called and left a message to call her back. "I thought they wanted me to do a survey," said Bob Hansen. "I didn't call back." A couple days later, there was another phone call that Bob didn't want to answer. "I think it's the same lady from AARP," Bob's wife told him. This time, Bob reluctantly picked up the phone. It turned out to be an award-winning decision.
Maija Hovelsrud felt the pressure entering her final race in her final Section 8A girls swimming meet. Hovelsrud was the section runner-up in the 100-yard breaststroke last season to earn her first trip to the state Class A meet. The Park Rapids senior was one of the favorites to contend for the title in that event again this year and claim one of the two state berths. In addition, Hovelsrud had the added pressure of being the Panthers' last chance to keep alive a streak that had spanned 23 years.
Lexi Hinkley-Smith and Alexa Kennedy scored goals while goalie Kylee Pachel made 18 saves as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team opened the season with a 2-1 win over Morris/Benson Saturday afternoon at the Morris Civic Center. After a scoreless first period, Morris/Benson opened the scoring on Kortney Sanasack's goal at the 2:12 mark of the second period. Hinkley-Smith countered on an assist by Abigale Strandlie at the 16:21 mark to tie the game. Park Rapids held a 22-11 advantage in shots in the first two periods.
Erik Myhre is looking for the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to surprise the opposition this season. Myhre, who takes over as head coach of the Panthers after serving as Gary Vaudrin's assistant for the last four seasons, will rely on 10 players who return with varsity experience to duplicate last year's feat of hosting a Section 8A playoff game.
Head coach Todd Fritze was impressed with the fourth-place finish by the Park Rapids girls swimming team at Saturday's Section 8A meet at Grand Rapids. Senior Maija Hovelsrud provided the main highlight for the Panthers with a runner-up finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. Hovelsrud clocked a 1:10.54 to return to the Class A meet and give Park Rapids a state competitor for the 24th consecutive season.