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Ellefson qualifies for state ski meet

Park Rapids' Summer Ellefson qualified for her fourth straight state Nordic ski meet by winning the Section 8 title last Wednesday at Camp Ripley. Ellefson led the 46-skier field with a pursuit time of 35 minutes, 37 seconds. The Park Rapids sophomore won the classic race with a time of 19:08 and followed with a winning time of 16:29 in the freestyle portion. The state meet will be held Thursday at Giants Ridge.

In other Park Rapids varsity sports action over the weekend:

The Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team received the No. 5 seed for the Section 8A playoffs and will play at No. 4 Thief River Falls Thursday night at 7 in a first-round game. Park Rapids ended the regular season with a 3-1 loss to Thief River Falls Thursday night and a 5-1 loss to East Grand Forks Friday night.

Paige Walters scored 23 points in leading Nevis to a 61-38 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Thursday night at Nevis. Hannah Wolff led the Panthers with 17 points.

Sam Coborn, Tucker Coborn and Kyle Kanten had two points each in leading the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team to a 4-2 win at Red Lake Falls Thursday night.

Bemidji defeated the Park Rapids boys swimming team 105-71 and the Park Rapids gymnastics team 131.50 to 118.10 in dual meets at Bemidji Thursday night.

Wadena-Deer Creek jumped out to a 28-14 lead at the half and held off a second-half rally to defeat the Park Rapids boys basketball team 55-39 Friday night.

Perham won the Mid-State Conference gymnastics title with 152.175 points Saturday at Park Rapids. Detroit Lakes was second with 149.325 points while Park Rapids finished third with 117.95 points. Kyja Penning and Emily Klingenberg received all-conference honors while Jessi Andersen and Kirsten Erickson were all-conference honorable mention selections for the Panthers.

The Park Rapids wrestling team finished sixth at the Northwest Invitational at Fertile Saturday with 101 points. Badger/Greenbush/Middle River took first with 211 points in this 10-team tournament. Jared Nash won the title at 171 pounds while Zachary Steffen (at 140) and Danny Pike (at 160) finished second for the Panthers.

Perham compiled 577 points to defeat Detroit Lakes' 572.50 total for the title at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational boys swimming meet. Park Rapids finished third in this four-team meet with 503.50 points.