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During the regular season, the Park Rapids volleyball team controlled play in a 3-0 win over Detroit Lakes in a Mid-State Conference match. The rematch in a Section 8AA quarterfinal match was a lot tougher. The Panthers coasted to a 25-22, 25-16, 25-16 victory over Detroit Lakes on Sept. 13. During Friday night’s playoff match at the Area High School gym, Park Rapids had to battle before advancing with a 25-15, 23-25, 25-8, 25-22 victory.
Park Rapids' senior Natalie Kinkel won her first singles match while senior Kendra Coborn and freshman Abby Morris won their first doubles match at the state Class A girls tennis tournament Thursday morning at the Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
Five different players scored touchdowns in the first half as the Nevis football team opened the Section 6 9-man playoff with a 35-8 victory over Laporte Tuesday night at Nevis. Nevis, the No. 3 seed in the section, led 24-8 in a 32-8 victory over Laporte during the regular season. The Tigers also took control early in the rematch in the playoff opener.
Jeremy Nordick has seen this scenario too often this season. The head coach of the Park Rapids football team has seen his players compete for 48 minutes only to fall short in the end. The latest episode occurred Tuesday night as Pequot Lakes held off a late rally for a 19-14 victory in a Section 8AAA quarterfinal playoff game.
Trayton Cossette scored four touchdowns in the first half as Hawley built a 42-0 lead in handing the United North Central football team a 48-12 setback in a Section 8AA quarterfinal playoff game Tuesday night at Hawley.
The Nevis volleyball team concluded the regular season by going 1-3 at the Pumpkin Classic at Moorhead on Oct. 19-20.
Madi Marjamaa served six aces and Janie Tormanen smacked down 10 kills as the Menahga volleyball team opened the Section 6A tournament with a 3-0 win over Rothsay Monday night at Menahga. Menahga, the No. 6 seed in the North, put 72 of 74 serves in play with 10 aces and had 31 kills with 11 hitting errors in the 25-15, 25-19, 25-14 victory over the No. 11-seeded Tigers.
McKenna Brand made an impressive debut in her first two professional hockey games. The 2014 graduate of Park Rapids Area High School and 2018 graduate of Northeastern University scored her first professional goal as the Boston Pride opened the National Women’s Hockey League season with a 5-1 win over the Metropolitan Riveters on Oct. 13. Brand’s goal in the second period tied the game at 1-1. Brand finished with four shots on goal.
Park Rapids received the No. 1 seed in the South and a first-round bye for the Section 8AA volleyball tournament. The tournament begins Thursday (Oct. 25) with No. 4 Detroit Lakes (13-13) hosting No. 5 Staples-Motley (9-15) with the winner of that match playing at Park Rapids (21-6) Friday night (Oct. 26) at 7. In the other first-round matches on Oct. 25, No. 2 Pequot Lakes (17-9) hosts No. 7 Crosby-Ironton (12-14) and No. 3 Perham (17-10) hosts No. 6 Fergus Falls (7-20).
Rilee Michaelson's 42 kills and 25 digs and Kamree Carlson's 40 kills and 38 digs led the Park Rapids volleyball team to fifth place at the Fergus Falls Tournament on Oct. 18. Park Rapids opened Pool A play with a 2-0 (25-16, 25-19) win over Fergus Falls Hillcrest Lutheran Academy before dropping a 2-1 (18-25, 25-19, 16-14) decision to Fosston. In the bracket for fifth place, the Panthers defeated Pelican Rapids 2-0 (25-15, 25-8) and Pequot Lakes 2-1 (20-25, 25-19, 17-15).