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Nevis dropped five spots in this week's state 9-man football poll following its first loss of the season. Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal used a 20-14 victory over Nevis in Week 6 to move up to the No. 9 spot while dropping the Tigers to the No. 10 spot in this week's state poll. NCE/UH received 8 points while Nevis received 5 points to share the No. 10 spot with North Woods. Nevis received 37 points and was rated No. 5 last week.
United North Central relied on its defense to snap a two-game losing streak with a 14-0 Midwest Blue District football victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at Long Prairie on Oct. 6. The Warriors also relied on two big offensive plays for the win as quarterback James Clark broke free for an 82-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and found Mason Dailey on a 29-yard scoring route in the third quarter. Clark ran in the conversion on the second score, which was set up by a bad snap on a LP-GE punt attempt.
Annika Aho finished seventh overall in leading the United North Central girls cross-country team to fourth place in the Class A Division of the 67th annual Swain Invitational at Duluth's Enger Park Golf Course on Oct. 7.
Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal scored on a 6-yard pass play with 2:51 to play to hand the Nevis football team its first loss of the season Friday night at Nevis. That game-winning play gave the Titans a 20-14 victory in this battle of Section 6 9-man and West North District 9 rivals. Nevis, which entered this game rated No. 5 in the state 9-man poll, took an 8-0 lead at the 5:56 mark of the first quarter when Kyle Schmidt scored on a 10-yard run and ran in the conversion.
Britt Kratochvil's 18 kills and 24 digs helped Pequot Lakes rally for a 15-25, 16-25, 25-17, 25-21, 15-11 win over the Nevis volleyball team Thursday night at Pequot Lakes. Clare Gainey's 10 kills and 25 digs, Karli Skog's nine kills and 17 digs, Mariah Rickard's 35 digs, Sannah Lohmiller's 20 digs, and Addie Hubbard's seven blocks helped the Patriots improve to 12-5 on the season.
Kerry Johnson continues to see improvement from the Park Rapids boys and girls cross-country teams as most of the runners clocked their season-best times at Thursday's Perham Harrier Classic. Park Rapids finished 18th out of 29 teams in both races as the girls compiled 486 points while the boys compiled 529 points.
Detroit Lakes made another strong case for being the favorite to win the Section 8A title with a 115-68 victory over the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team Thursday night at the Area High School pool. The Lakers won 10 of the 12 events to remain undefeated in dual meets this season. Detroit Lakes entered this dual meet rated No. 10 in the state Class A poll. "DL is the real deal. This is one of the best DL teams I've seen," said Park Rapids head coach Todd Fritze. "They should have no problem coasting through the section. They're built for state this year."
An undesirable pattern has developed for the Park Rapids football team. The combination of untimely turnovers and the inability to sustain drives on offense was evident again Friday night as Pequot Lakes forced four turnovers and piled up 441 yards in offense in a 55-8 Midwest Red District and Section 8AAA victory.
Three players hit double figures in kills to offset 22 kills and 34 digs by Menahga's Leah Schwartz as Sebeka prevailed in a marathon Park Region Conference volleyball match Thursday night at Sebeka. Morgan Palmer's 15 kills and 17 digs, Maya Lake's 10 kills and 18 digs, and Ava Rathcke's 10 kills and six ace serves led Sebeka in a 25-19, 17-25, 27-25, 18-25, 15-6 win. Megan Heino (23), Jolee Lillquist (20) and Kenzie Nelson (17) combined for 60 digs as the Trojans improved to 4-1 in the conference and 8-7 overall.
Seven straight-set victories helped the Park Rapids girls tennis team close out the regular season on a positive note with a 7-0 victory over Parkers Prairie in a match of Section 8A teams Thursday afternoon at the Depot Courts. That win gave the Panthers a 10-10 overall record in dual meets and the No. 4 seed for the Section 8A tournament. Park Rapids opens section play Thursday morning by playing No. 5 Staples-Motley at 8 a.m. at Courts Plus in Fargo. Park Rapids edged Staples-Motley 4-3 in their only meeting during the regular season.