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The Park Rapids volleyball team is heading to state for the first time in program history. The Panthers closed out a close first set before taking control at the start of the next two sets in coasting to a 25-16, 25-13, 25-13 victory over Roseau in the Section 8AA championship match Saturday night at Fosston. The win avenged a loss to Roseau in last year's section championship match.
For the second year in a row, Rush City eliminated the Nevis volleyball team from the Section 5A tournament.
Nathan Fortmann rushed 41 times for 241 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score in leading Win-E-Mac to a 38-6 Section 6 9-man football victory over Nevis on Oct. 27 at Erskine.
Head coach Stephanie Hanson has been preaching to her Park Rapids volleyball team the importance of focusing after losing a point. The Panthers quickly regrouped after suffering a sideout to earn a trip back to the Section 8AA championship match with a 25-16, 25-18, 25-17 victory over Pequot Lakes Tuesday night at Wadena. Pequot Lakes was able to string together only two runs of more than two points all night in falling to the Panthers in the South championship game for the second year in a row.
Despite running in soggy conditions, the Park Rapids, Nevis and United North Central cross-country teams competed well at the Section 8A meet at Bagley’s Twin Pines Golf Course on Oct. 26.
Cole Girtz finished with the highest average in the state and the Park Rapids Clay Dusters claimed the 1A Conference 8 title as the Minnesota State High School Fall Clay Target League season concluded last week.
Ashley Pyburn and Kia Heide combined for 35 kills and 11 ace serves as the Nevis volleyball team opened the Section 5A North tournament with wins over Pillager and Verndale. Heide’s six service aces and seven kills and Pyburn’s three service aces and five kills led Nevis to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-15) victory over Pillager Thursday night at the Tiger Arena. Nevis entered as the No. 3 seed in the North B bracket while Pillager was the No. 6 seed.
Brianne Morris wasn’t sure how seniors Natalie Kinkel and Kendra Coborn and freshman Abby Morris would handle the nerves of playing at the state Class A girls tennis tournament. All three players handled the pressure well by winning their first matches Thursday morning at the Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Despite not winning a game and being eliminated in Thursday afternoon’s quarterfinals by the eventual finalists, Morris couldn’t have been happier with the effort of her players.
Three weeks of training produced 26 season-best performances and a runner-up finish for the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team at Friday's Mid-State Conference meet at the Area High School pool.
It wasn’t a surprise when Nevis eighth grader Jade Rypkema and United North Central senior Annika Aho earned return trips to the state Class A cross-country meet. It was a surprise when Nevis sophomore Jack McNamee earned his first state berth. All three runners finished among the top 8 individual qualifiers during Friday’s rain-soaked Section 8A meet at Bagley’s Twin Pines Golf Course to advance to state.