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A strong night at the service line Thursday night kept the Park Rapids volleyball team's undefeated record in Mid-State Conference matches intact. Rilee Michaelson and Katelyn Weaver combined for nine ace serves and 21 service points in leading the Panthers to a 3-0 win over Aitkin at the Area High School gym. Michaelson served two aces during a 5-0 run in Set 1 while Weaver followed with three ace serves during a 5-0 run in Set 2 to spark the Panthers' 25-14, 25-19, 25-15 victory.
Park Rapids used a big pass play to take the early lead against Detroit Lakes Friday night at Mollberg Field. The host Lakers would control the rest of the game. Isaiah Thompson responded with two big plays of his own to change the momentum and spark the Lakers to a 42-14 victory in a Midwest Red District football game. Thompson's 82-yard kickoff return and 86-yard touchdown run on consecutive plays turned a 6-0 deficit into a 14-6 lead as the Lakers scored 42 unanswered points to remain undefeated on the season.
For the second meet in a row, the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team trailed after the first event. For the fifth time this season, the Panthers dominated the rest of the way to remain undefeated in dual meets. The Panthers used 1-2 showings in the next six swimming events to take control in a 125-58 victory over Perham/New York Mills Thursday night at the Area High School pool. That win gave the Panthers a 5-0 record in dual meets. Park Rapids has won those five duals by an average of 51 points.
Natalie Kinkel repeated as the champion at No. 1 singles as the Park Rapids girls tennis team placed third at the Mid-State Conference meet at Wadena and Staples on Sept. 15. Kinkel, the No. 2 seed, didn't drop a game in wins over Perham's Michelle Swyter and Detroit Lakes' Brina Smith before defeating Pequot Lakes' Megan Muller (the No. 1 seed) by injury default in the finals. Kendra Coborn, the No. 2 seed at No. 3 singles, claimed runner-up honors by following two straight-set wins with a straight-set loss to No. 1 Courtney Boller of Pequot Lakes in the finals.
East Grand Forks' 13-12 win over Park Rapids in Week 3 had an impact on this week's state Class AAA football poll. The win moved East Grand Forks (3-0) from the No. 13 spot to the No. 8 spot with 20 points while Park Rapids (2-1) fell from the No. 10 ranking with 8 points to the No. 17 spot with 1 point. Perham (2-1) used a 34-32 win over Pequot Lakes (2-1) to move up a spot to No. 7 with 27 points while Pequot Lakes fell from the No. 4 ranking to the No. 15 spot with 4 points.
Runners on the Park Rapids, Nevis and United North Central cross-country teams took advantage of an opportunity to take a trial run on the course of the upcoming Section 8A meet. A majority of the Section 8A schools were among the 25 teams competing at Tuesday's Bagley Invitational at the Twin Pines Golf Course. However, it was a Section 6A school that took top honors as Staples-Motley won both the girls and boys titles.
After facing a deficit after the first event, the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team took control in coasting to a 120-52 victory over Crookston Tuesday night at the Area High School pool. Ellie Ulvin, Chloe Voigt, Emma Vrieze and Olivia Ulvin clocked a runner-up 2:13.01 in the 200-yard medley relay as the Panthers faced an early 8-6 deficit. The Panthers followed with eight winning efforts, including four 1-2 showings and a 1-2-3 sweep, to improve to 4-0 in dual meets this season.
Keanu Yabandith rushed for 242 yards and scored four touchdowns in leading Nevis to a Section 6 9-man football win over Laporte Friday night at Nevis. Yabandith opened the scoring on a 37-yard TD run at the 11:30 mark and on a 17-yard TD run at the 3:13 mark as the Tigers led 12-0 after the first period.
Kali Sayovitz broke two individual records and swam on a record-setting relay in leading Sauk Centre to the team title at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational girls swimming and diving meet. Sayovitz won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.30 to break her record of 1:57.63 set last season and followed with a winning time of 53.86 in the 100 freestyle to break Stacy Busack's 2003 record of 55.14. Sayovitz joined Kayla Sayovitz, Jenna Rachey and Riley Engle on the 200 freestyle relay team that clocked a winning time of 1:42.71 to break the meet record of 1:44.93 set in 2007.
Entering Friday night's Section 8AAA battle against East Grand Forks at Vern Weekley Field, Park Rapids was the only Class AAA football team in the state that hadn't allowed a point after the first two games. It was East Grand Forks' defense that looked like one of the best in the state by delivering the key plays as the Green Wave prevailed with a 13-12 victory in this battle of undefeated teams.