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Nick Lund's hat trick and a 26-2 advantage in shots in the first period set the tone in East Grand Forks' 8-0 Section 8A victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night. The Green Wave finished with a 56-4 advantage in shots in the season opener for both teams at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
Head coach Matt Brandt is expecting an up-tempo style of play will transition into a more efficient offense and translate into more success for the Park Rapids boys basketball team this season.
Alexa Kennedy's goal at the 4:36 mark in overtime gave the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team a 2-1 win at Detroit Lakes Tuesday night. Taylor Sagen set up the game-winning goal in this battle of Mid-State Conference and Section 8A rivals. Hannah Rhodes scored on the power play at the 13:56 mark to give Detroit Lakes a 1-0 lead after the first period. Tara Johanning tied the game at the 10:02 mark of the second period on assists from Serena Aletto and Taylor Pingrey.
A poor shooting night proved costly as the Nevis girls basketball team opened the season with a 46-44 overtime loss to Blackduck Tuesday night. The Tigers shot only 25 percent from the field (17 for 69) and 40 percent at the free throw line (8 for 20) while committing 26 turnovers. Despite that, Nevis led 20-14 at the half before Blackduck tied the game at 43-43 to force overtime.
Alyssa Peterson scored 30 points and had eight steals in leading the Menahga girls basketball team to a 57-50 win over Pine River-Backus in the season opener Tuesday night at Pine River. Megan Hendrickson grabbed eight rebounds, Cierra Ahlf had six rebounds and three assists, and Tara Hendrickson had five steals for the Braves, who led 29-27 at the half. Alyssa Semmler's 15 points and 10 rebounds and Shelby Adkins' 13 points led PR-B.
Jeff Overmyer said defense would be the main focus for the Park Rapids girls basketball team this season. Two key defensive stretches sparked the Panthers to a 64-58 Mid-State Conference win over Crosby-Ironton Tuesday night at the Area High School gym as Overmyer made a successful debut as Park Rapids' head coach. Park Rapids trailed 22-20 before a 12-0 run led to a 35-26 halftime lead. The Panthers then opened the second half with a 10-0 run for a 45-28 advantage before holding on for the win in the season opener for both teams.
Maddie Nicholls, Erin Retka and Tessa Jorde tallied hat tricks against the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team at the Holiday Classic at Thief River Falls. Nicholls scored three times in the third period to lift Crookston to a 4-2 win over the Panthers Friday afternoon while Retka's four goals and Jorde's three goals and two assists powered Thief River Falls to a 15-0 win over the Panthers Saturday afternoon.
At the beginning of the season, head coach Stephanie Hanson was confident the Park Rapids volleyball team could develop into a Section 8AA contender. It took the Panthers only one match to live up to that prediction. Despite opening the season with a 3-2 loss to Roseau, that match set the stage for a successful season. Roseau entered the season rated No. 9 in the state Class AA poll.
Brad Neyens is looking to build a successful program as he takes over as head coach of the Nevis girls basketball team. "Coaching varsity basketball and building a successful program has always been a goal of mine. Nevis gave me a chance. Now it's time to build a successful program," said Neyens. "We have a great youth program in place, which is the first step to maintaining consistency and keeping kids on the basketball court. I really believe we have the players and the coaches in place to make this happen."
Head coach Jeremy Nordick is counting on the six seniors to lead the way as the Menahga boys basketball team hopes to compete for the Park Region Conference title and finish above the .500 mark this season.