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Isaac Johnson recorded a hat trick in leading the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 6-4 Section 8A win over Red Lake Falls Saturday afternoon at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Hunter Schmitz gave Red Lake Falls a 1-0 lead just 46 seconds into the game before the Panthers took a 2-1 lead on Johnson's goal at the 5:15 mark and Carter Opheim's goal at the 7:28 mark. Bjorn Jorgenson and Jarrett Johnson assisted on Isaac Johnson's goal while Cameron Hoyt and Mitch Peterson set up Opheim's goal.
Emma Bliss recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Nevis girls basketball team in a 63-38 Northwoods Conference loss at Cass Lake Thursday night. Kia Heide added 10 points and nine rebounds while Madisyn Lucas had three assists and two steals. Ashley Pyburn and Montana Baker grabbed six rebounds each as the Tigers fell to 2-5 in the conference and 2-8 overall. Cass Lake, which forced 35 Nevis turnovers, improved to 2-4 in conference games and 3-9 overall.
After a scoreless first period, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team took control in coasting to a 7-1 win over Eveleth-Gilbert Saturday afternoon at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Taylor Sagen recorded a hat trick as the Panthers finished with a 40-29 advantage in shots on goal.
Making 3-pointers early and down the stretch sparked Staples-Motley to a 73-57 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Friday night at the Area High School gym. A trio of 3-pointers gave the Cardinals an early 27-6 lead before Park Rapids rallied to cut the gap to 38-35. Staples-Motley then hit six more 3-pointers in the final 12:31 to seal the win.
Seven wrestlers reached championship matches as Park Rapids captured the team title at Saturday's Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie Invitational at Parkers Prairie.
Setting season highs in three events helped the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team snap a 25-meet losing streak with a win over Fargo Saturday at the Moorhead Invitational. The Panthers used season highs of 32.60 in vault, 30.70 in floor exercise and 28.20 on balance beam for a 116.75 to 111.20 victory. The 116.75 is the Panthers' highest team score since a 117.475 against Detroit Lakes in January of 2014. It also marked the Panthers' first win in a dual meet since defeating Frazee in February of 2013.
Staples-Motley's defense forced 26 turnovers and held the Park Rapids boys basketball team to 20-percent shooting from the field in a 79-29 Mid-State Conference victory Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Gavin Smith's 24 points, Derek Kennedy's 12 points and Trey Skeesick's 10 points paced the Cardinals, who led 53-20 at the half before outscoring Park Rapids 26-9 in the second half. The win lifted Staples-Motley to 1-1 in the conference and 5-5 overall.
Kirby Hrdlicka and Damon Howard combined for 35 points as the Menahga boys basketball team defeated Pillager 65-59 in a Park Region Conference game Friday night. Hrdlicka finished with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds while Howard hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points. Luke Wurdock also scored in double figures with 12 points while leading the team with four assists and three steals as the Braves improved to 2-3 in the conference and 6-7 overall. Canton Matson and Al Pietila had three assists each while Pietila also had three steals.
Nevis jumped out to a quick double-digit lead and held off a late rally to defeat Cass Lake 73-64 in a Northland Conference boys basketball game Thursday night at Cass Lake. The Tigers, who led 37-24 at the half, avenged their only loss of the season. Cass Lake, which entered the game rated No. 5 in the state Class A poll, defeated Nevis 73-70 on Dec. 27.
Thief River Falls scored three times in the third period to escape with a 5-2 Section 8A victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Jarrett Johnson opened the scoring at the 11:35 mark of the first period to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Isaac Johnson assisted on that goal.