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Nevis received the No. 8 seed in the North half and will host No. 9 Bertha-Hewitt Monday night at 7 as the Section 5A girls basketball playoffs begin. Both teams enter the playoffs with 4-20 records. The winner travels to No. 1 Cromwell (21-4) Thursday night for a 7 p.m. tip-off in the next round. Menahga (21-5) received the No. 2 seed and will host the winner between No. 7 McGregor (13-13) and No. 10 Laporte (2-23) Thursday night at 7 in another Section 5A North playoff game.
The Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team will be represented by six individuals in six events at the state Class A meet. Juniors Casimir Simonson, Zach Behrens and Matthew Benson and sophomore Spencer Fritze began Saturday's Section 5A finals at Bemidji by placing fourth in the 200-yard medley relay with a state-cut time of 1:42.10. The state-qualifying time is a 1:44.20. Benson followed by placing third in the 200 freestyle in 1:52.48 and Fritze advanced by placing third in the 50 freestyle in 22.86 and as the runner-up in diving with 436.05 points.
Six Park Rapids wrestlers qualified for the state Class A tournament by placing first or second at Saturday's Section 8A meet at Glyndon. Seniors Jared Sunram and Justin Dravis and sophomores Ashton Clark and Cody Dravis captured section titles while seniors Nolan Booge and Jacob Bittmann advanced by winning true-second matches. Clark, Booge, Sunram and the Dravis brothers will return to state while Bittmann earned his first state trip.
A solid first half and solid free-throw shooting led the Nevis boys basketball team to a 67-60 win over Red Lake in a battle for first place in the Northland Conference standings Feb. 17 at the Tiger Arena. Nevis jumped out to a 37-24 lead at the half and held on in this game between two of the top Class A teams in the state. The win locked up the conference title for the Tigers.
Lindsay Hendrickson's career-high 28 points powered the Menahga girls basketball team to a 69-44 Park Region Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek on Feb. 14 at Menahga. Alyssa Peterson added 15 points, Megan Hendrickson scored 11 points and Cierra Ahlf chipped in 10 points as the Braves locked up the conference title with the win. This is Menahga's first conference title since going 12-0 during the 2005-06 season. Kennedy Gravelle's 21 points led the Wolverines, who fell to 3-10 in the conference and 6-18 overall.
For the second year in a row, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team was upset at home to open the Section 8A playoffs. Bagley/Fosston, the No. 9 seed, scored four power-play goals during regulation play and used Joshua Dukek's breakaway goal in overtime for a 5-4 win in a section play-in game Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
Jaiden McCollum flirted with a quadruple-double in leading the Park Rapids girls basketball team to an 80-43 win over Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday night at Wadena. McCollum had team highs of 27 points, 12 rebounds, nine steals and eight assists for the Panthers, who jumped out to a 52-22 halftime lead in coasting to the win. McCollum scored 21 of her points in the first half.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton used five pins to defeat United North Central 49-21 in the quarterfinals of the Section 8A wrestling tournament Feb. 18 at Thief River Falls. The win sent the No. 5-seeded Rebels to the section semifinals with a 10-12 record. Austin Bacon's pin in 3:36 at 138 pounds, Toby Hintzman's pin in 1:56 at 160, Brock Kako's pin in 3:37 at 220 and Jared Seibert's 5-3 minor decision at 285 led the No. 4-seeded Warriors, who end the season with a 7-9 record in dual meets. D-G-F 49, UNC 21
Tori Carrier's career-high 15 points led the way as the Nevis girls basketball team closed out the Northwoods Conference schedule with a 59-45 loss to Northome-Kelliher on Feb. 17. Madisyn Lucas added 10 points and four assists while Emma Bliss had 10 points and nine rebounds. Ashley Pyburn chipped in nine rebounds while Carrier and Annalise Ahrendt had three steals each for the Tigers, who shot 29 percent from the field (17 for 58, including 6 for 19 on 3-pointers) and turned the ball over 32 times.
After graduating nine seniors, Todd Fritze wasn't sure what to expect from a young Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team this season. That group delivered with another successful season.