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PARKERS PRAIRIE — In its season opener, the Hillcrest girls’ basketball team traveled to take on Little Eight Conference rival Parkers Prairie Thursday. The Panthers, defending co-conference champion, would top the Comets for a 64-44 win.

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Micah Foss, a senior student-athlete at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, knows that being involved in athletics requires dedication on the court and in the classroom. The Daily Journal spoke with Foss about his favorite high school sports memory and what it means to be a student-athlete.

The Little Eight Conference recently announced its conference volleyball awards. Brandon-Evansville went undefeated (6-0) in conference play and won the LEC title. The Chargers’ Bailey Schaefer was named conference MVP and head coach Kelly Olson received Coach of the Year honors.

Audra Ewan is a senior student-athlete at HIllcrest Lutheran Academy. Ewan has been active in volleyball, basketball and golf in her time at Hillcrest. The Daily Journal spoke with Ewan about her favorite sports memory, how important sports is to her and what it means to be a student-athlete.

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Adding another varsity game to its schedule, the Hillcrest football team welcomed in the Onamia Panthers Thursday. The Comets showed their grit, but the Panthers pulled the game out late to win 38-28.

TWIN VALLEY — The Hillcrest volleyball team came out ready to play Thursday, but the hosting Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Titans would rally to pick up a four-set victory (19-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-16).

In an back and forth game, the visiting West Central Area volleyball team picked up a four-set (25-12, 23-25, 25-21, 25-18) win over the Hillcrest Comets Tuesday.

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UNDERWOOD — In an entertaining battle between two Little Eight Conference foes, the Underwood volleyball team overcame a first set loss to upend the Hillcrest Comets 22-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-17 Thursday.

The Hillcrest volleyball team welcomed in Little Eight Conference opponent Parkers Prairie Monday. The visiting Panthers would prove to be a tough challenge as they swept the Comets 25-18, 25-19, 25-22.

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In its lone varsity game of 2020, the Hillcrest football team welcomed in the Blackduck Drakes Friday. A big night on the ground from the Drakes led to a 48-14 victory over the Comets.

ROTHSAY — The Hillcrest volleyball team used consistency to upend Little Eight Conference foe Rothsay as the Comets captured a three-set (25-19, 25-16, 25-21) victory Thursday.

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The visiting Battle Lake volleyball team took advantage of the Hillcrest Comets lineup change Tuesday as the Battlers claimed a 25-20, 25-16, 25-21 victory.

HANCOCK — The Hillcrest volleyball team started slow against the hosting Hancock Owls and the Comets could not get up to speed fast enough as they fell 25-8, 25-15, 25-22 Monday.

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The Hillcrest volleyball team kicked off their 2020 season at home Thursday against the Ortonville Trojans. While both teams were excited to get back on the court, the Comets were ready to play as they defeated the Trojans 25-16, 19-25, 25-21, 25-13.

PELICAN RAPIDS — Things didn’t get easier for the Hillcrest boys’ soccer team Saturday as they traveled to take on the top-ranked Section 8A North Pelican Rapids Vikings. The Vikings proved why they deserve the designation as they handed the Comets a 9-1 loss.

The Hillcrest boys’ soccer team continues to improve in the 2020 season, but the visiting East Grand Forks Green Wave came away with the victory as they defeated the Comets 4-0 Friday.

EAST GRAND FORKS — The Hillcrest boys’ soccer team could not hold off a late scoring surge Saturday as the hosting Central Minnesota Christian (CMC) Blue Jays picked up a 4-2 victory.

CROOKSTON — The Hillcrest boys’ soccer team went on the road Thursday against the Crookston Pirates. The Pirates took advantage of a young Comets team as they claimed a 3-0 victory.

MAHNOMEN —The Hillcrest boys’ basketball team had its season come to an end Thursday as the Mahnomen-Waubun Thunderbirds won 54-47 in the Section 6A playoffs.

MAHNOMEN — The Hillcrest girls’ basketball team saw its season come to an end Friday as hosting Mahnomen-Waubun won a Section 6A playoff game 79-45.

The Hillcrest girls’ basketball team fell behind in the first half and could not recover Monday against a strong Brandon-Evansville team as the Chargers claimed a 56-31 victory.

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The Hillcrest girls’ basketball team could not overcome an early first-half deficit as the visiting Rothsay Tigers took home a 53-40 Little Eight Conference victory Thursday.

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BATTLE LAKE — In a thrilling Little Eight Conference matchup Thursday, the hosting Battle Lake boys’ basketball team pulled away in overtime to defeat the Hillcrest Comets 59-53.

PELICAN RAPIDS — The Hillcrest boys’ basketball team traveled to take on the Pelican Rapids Vikings Monday. The Vikings held off a Comets second-half surge to claim a 80-70 victory.

WHEATON — The Hillcrest girls’ basketball team could not dig itself out of an early hole as the hosting Wheaton Warriors claimed a 47-32 victory Friday.

An early hole made the battle back into the game hard for the Hillcrest girls’ basketball team as Oak Grove took home a 42-36 win Saturday.

The Hillcrest girls’ basketball team struggled on the defensive end Tuesday as the visiting West Central Area Knights took home a 61-29 win.

BARRETT — The West Central Area boys’ basketball team pushed their record to 12-2 Monday as the Knights downed the visiting Hillcrest Comets 73-50.

ROTHSAY — In a Little Eight Conference showdown, the Hillcrest boys’ basketball team would lay claim to a 63-50 victory over the Rothsay Tigers Tuesday.