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Zach Behrens and Spencer Fritze won two individual events each as the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team defeated Bemidji 98-87 in a dual meet Friday night at Bemidji. Behrens won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:23.03 and the 100 butterfly in 1:02.02 while Fritze took first in the 50 freestyle in 24.01 and in diving with 239.40 points.
Ashton Clark and Cody Dravis captured titles in leading the Park Rapids wrestling team to sixth place at the 40-team Big Bear Tournament at Cass Lake. Clark won the title at 113 pounds and Dravis captured the title at 170 while Dwayne Johnson finished sixth at 285 in leading the Panthers to 117 points. Clark is rated No. 3 at 113 and Dravis is rated No. 3 at 170 in the latest state Class AA poll.
Kaisa Coborn and Kendra Coborn combined to hit five 3-pointers to open the second half in helping the Park Rapids girls basketball team break open a close game in a 70-56 Mid-State Conference victory over Detroit Lakes Friday night at the Area High School gym. The first half featured four ties and eight lead changes as the Panthers settled for a 25-24 lead at the break before taking control in the second half.
A 14-0 run midway through the first half sparked a 33-13 run as the Park Rapids boys basketball team built a 55-33 halftime lead in running away with a 91-73 victory over Frazee Saturday afternoon at the Area High School gym. Park Rapids, which had averaged 45 points a game entering this contest, used a layup and 3-pointer by Tristin Persons, a layup off a steal and 3-pointer by Gabe Bagstad, a basket off a rebound by Preston Renneberg, a three-point play by Jake Reish, and jumpers by Jason Haas and Reish for a 22-20 lead with 8:42 to play in the first half.
Four different players scored at least two goals as East Grand Forks skated to a 10-0 Section 8A win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Saturday afternoon at the East Grand Forks Civic Arena. Cynthia Loven, Livia Pesch, Cassidy Mack, Madison McDonald and Kendra Emery all scored in the first period to give the Green Wave a 5-0 lead. EGF held a 28-4 advantage in shots in the opening period. EGF outshot the Panthers 28-5 in the second period as a power-play goal by Loven and a goal by McDonald extended the lead to 7-0.
Neither home rink proved to be an advantage for the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team. Wadena-Deer Creek scored three goals in the third period to rally for a 5-3 win over the Panthers Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena while Lake of the Woods scored three goals in the second period to spark a 5-1 win over the Panthers Saturday afternoon at the Walker Area Community Center. The Panthers dropped to 2-4 on the season with their fourth loss in a row. W-DC rallies for win
After exchanging layups in the opening minute, the Park Rapids girls basketball team held the lead the rest of the way to remain undefeated in Mid-State Conference play with a 65-53 victory over Staples-Motley Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Kaisa Coborn opened the game with a layup before a layup and 3-pointer by Rilee Michaelson gave the Panthers a 7-2 lead with 16:09 to go in the first half. A 3-pointer by Kendra Coborn, a basket off a rebound by Olivia McDonald, a jumper and layup by Michaelson, and a jumper off a steal by Kaisa Coborn made it 18-8 at the 9:34 mark.
Nine wrestlers recorded pins as the Park Rapids wrestling team celebrated Senior Night with a 54-26 victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis Tuesday night at the Area High School gym.
With 12 letterwinners returning, head coach Jeremy Nordick sees the potential for a successful season from the Menahga boys basketball team. How successful that season will be depends on how those returning players adjust to their new roles. The Braves graduated six seniors, including all five starters, from a team that went 6-8 in Park Region Conference play and 12-15 overall last season.
Ashton Clark, Cody Dravis and Dwayne Johnson captured individual titles as the Park Rapids wrestling team placed third at Saturday's Crookston Rodd Olson Invitational. Clark defeated Grafton's Austin Thompson 6-3 in the title match at 120 pounds, Dravis pinned Austin Smith of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis in the title match at 182 and Johnson pinned Hillsboro-Central Valley's Seth Owens in the title match at 285 to lead the Panthers.