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Sam Coborn (right) led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team with 35 goals and 29 assists for 64 points this season. Coborn earned all-state honorable mention, Section 8A, Mid-State Conference and Northwest Conference honors.

Panthers set foundation for new era

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When the Park Rapids boys hockey team graduated 10 players off its 20-player varsity roster last season, head coach Pete Stahnke felt it was the perfect time to merge with the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley program.

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That merger gave the Panthers numbers with 20 varsity players and 19 junior varsity players. Although combining the two teams didn't result in immediate success, Stahnke believes the merger will make the program stronger down the road.

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