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United North Central's girls and Park Rapids' Lydia Kantonen were rated among the top runners in the state in the latest state Class A poll. UNC remained in the No. 11 position in the state Class A girls poll while Perham retained its spot as the No. 1 team in the state. Kantonen was rated as the No. 12 individual runner in that poll while Perham's Brynnan Covington was rated No. 3 and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's Maria Pake was rated No. 13.
Isabel Bagstad served five aces and the Park Rapids volleyball team pounded down 47 kills to open the Mid-State Conference schedule with a 3-1 win at Detroit Lakes Thursday night.
Melrose broke one of two meet and pool records in winning the team title at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational girls swimming and diving meet. The 400 freestyle relay team of Stefanie Rasmussen, Taylor Poepping, Mikayla Von Wahlde and Savana Bitz clocked a 3:47.95 to break Melrose's meet and pool record of 3:49.04 set last season. That was one of six winning efforts for the Dutchmen, who topped the seven-team field with 595 points. Brainerd took second with 490 points while Park Rapids finished sixth with 153 points.
It took another solid defensive effort to give the undefeated Park Rapids football team a 7-0 win over East Grand Forks Friday night at Vern Weekley Field. After EGF reached the Park Rapids 9 on its first drive, the Panthers' defense took control by forcing seven punts the rest of the game in recording their first shutout of the season.
It took another solid defensive effort to give the Park Rapids football team a 7-0 win over East Grand Forks Friday night at Vern Weekley Field. After a scoreless first half, Tristin Persons' 3-yard TD run and Jarrett Johnson's kick gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 3:05 to play in the third quarter. Quarterback Jake Dickinson rushed for 15 and 28 yards during that four-play, 49-yard scoring drive. The Panthers' defense made that lead hold up.
Pequot Lakes edged Staples-Motley to sweep team titles at Tuesday's Jim Mahachek Invitational cross-country meet at Pine River's Black Bear Golf Course. Tony Fitzer and Reid Pierzinski finished 1-2 with respective times of 16:22 and 16:37 to lead Pequot Lakes to the boys title with 23 points while four runners finished in the top-10 spots in leading Pequot Lakes to the girls title with 45 points.
Six winning times and a 1-2-3 sweep in diving powered the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a 113-69 win over Fosston/Bagley Tuesday night at the Area High School pool. It was a total team effort in the home opener that kept the Panthers undefeated in dual meets this season. Ellie Ulvin, Maija Hovelsrud, Liesel Smee and Trinah Szafranski opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:10.65.
Perham won three close matches to defeat the Park Rapids girls tennis team for the first time in school history. The Yellowjackets, who entered the match with an 0-20 record in dual meets against Park Rapids, prevailed in three sets at both No. 3 singles and No. 4 singles and won a pair of tiebreakers at No. 2 doubles for a 4-3 Mid-State Conference win Tuesday afternoon at Perham.
Pelican Rapids and Laporte handed the Menahga volleyball team a pair of setbacks. Jesse Weinrich and Adriana Torres combined for 16 kills in leading Pelican Rapids to a 25-22, 20-25, 26-24, 25-15 win over Menahga Monday night. Weinrich had nine kills and Torres had seven kills as the Vikings improved to 5-2-2 on the season.
Casey Volkmann and Ellie Miron combined for 33 kills as the Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team defeated Nevis Tuesday night at Wadena. Volkmann's 19 kills, Miron's 14 kills, Ashley Adams' 32 set assists and Lila Lohmiller's 22 digs led the Wolverines to a 25-23, 25-22, 25-20 victory.