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Park Rapids' Sam Coborn concluded his collegiate career for the Concordia College men's hockey team by scoring four goals on 19 shots in 26 games. Coborn, a senior forward, scored a goal in Concordia's 3-2 win over Wisconsin-Superior on Jan. 6, a goal in a 4-0 win over Gustavus Adolphus on Jan. 27, a goal in a 5-3 loss to St. Olaf on Feb. 11 and a goal in a 6-2 victory over Bethel on Feb. 17.
Park Rapids' Ben Baumgartner compiled a 10-10 record at 149 pounds in five tournaments for the Concordia College wrestling team this season. Baumgartner, a sophomore, finished fifth by going 4-2 at the Pointer Open at Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Nov. 5 with a 15-6 major decision over Nathan Arquinego of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, a loss by fall in 2:44 to Zander Wick of Wisconsin-Madison, a 3-2 minor decision over Joey Seitz of Stevens Point, a 5-4 minor decision over Adam Becker of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a 4-2 loss to teammate Ty Johnson and an 11-9 minor decision over Arquinego.
Park Rapids' Megan Olson competed in five indoor meets for the University of North Dakota women's track team. Olson, a freshman, made her NCAA Division I indoor debut at the Bison Classic at North Dakota State University on Jan. 14 by placing 12th in the 600-meter run with a 1:48.81 and running on a 4 x 400 relay team that finished 10th in 4:19.77. At the Jim Emmerich Invitational at Brookings, South Dakota, on Jan. 21, Olson clocked a 2:36.18 to finish 28th in the 800 run.
Despite finishing the season with a 6-18-2 overall record, Pete Naugle was pleased with the effort of the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in his first season as head coach. Adjusting to a new coach's system, losing four games by one goal (including two in overtime) and settling for two ties prevented the Panthers from producing their desired goal of a .500 record.
For the second game in a row, the Nevis boys basketball team entered halftime at the state Class A tournament with the lead. But once again the Tigers couldn't maintain the advantage as Red Lake used an 8-0 run to start the second half to spark a 52-43 victory in the consolation semifinals at Concordia-St. Paul. Nevis opened the tournament by building a 31-22 halftime lead in Thursday's quarterfinals before Springfield started the second half with a 10-0 run to spark a 73-65 victory.
Nevis was in position to win its first game in its second trip to the state Class A boys basketball tournament Thursday afternoon at Williams Arena. A 34-11 run to start the second half by Springfield prevented that from happening as the Tigers fell short in their bid to reach the state semifinals with a 73-65 loss. Springfield jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Michael Landquist scored 13 points in the first half as Nevis carried a 31-22 lead into the break.
Zach Henry took only two shots during Friday night's Section 5A boys basketball championship game at Wadena. The junior guard's second shot sent Nevis to the state Class A tournament for the second time in school history. Henry hit a 3-pointer with :04 remaining in the fourth overtime to give the Tigers a 55-52 win over Browerville-Eagle Valley in a marathon battle of the section's No. 1 seeds.
With a veteran lineup returning, Matt Clark expected a successful season from the Park Rapids wrestling team. The Panthers didn't disappoint by going 14-4 in dual meets, advancing to the Section 8A championship match, being rated No. 9 in the final state Class A poll, qualifying six wrestlers for the state Class A meet and earning three individual medals at the state Class A meet. "We went 14-4 in duals and all four losses were to ranked teams and we had some kids do some pretty amazing things," said Clark. "We had a lot of good things happen this year."
Being on the same team as the top goal scorer against NCAA Division I women's hockey competition last season helped McKenna Brand develop into one of the top NCAA Division I goal scorers in the nation this season.
In the first three games of the Section 5A tournament, opponents of the Nevis boys basketball team slowed down the tempo. That strategy led to three low-scoring games, but in the end the Tigers prevailed all three times to earn a trip to the Section 5A championship game. The Tigers, the No. 1 seed in the North half of the section and the No. 2-rated team among Class A teams, advanced to the Section 5A final for the second time in the last three years with a hard-fought 41-37 win over No. 3 Verndale Tuesday night at Pequot Lakes.