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Kittson Central scored twice in the third period to salvage a 2-2 tie with the Park Rapids-Menahga--Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in a Section 8A game Saturday afternoon at Hallock. Bjorn Jorgenson opened the scoring at the 11:28 mark of the first period on an assist from Isaac Johnson and Mitch Peterson gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead with a goal at the 8:35 mark of the second period. Jimmy Hillukka and Nolan Pederson had assists on that goal.
Head coach Gary Vaudrin was expecting another close game against Detroit Lakes in the first round of the Section 8A playoffs Thursday night. Instead, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team controlled play and used a five-goal second period to skate to a decisive 6-0 win at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
Blackduck built a 20-13 halftime lead and held on for a 43-39 Northwoods Conference victory over the Nevis girls basketball team Friday night at Blackduck. Montana Baker scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds while Annalise Ahrendt and Emma Bliss combined for 16 points. Bliss also had eight rebounds, Madisyn Lucas had four steals and Ashley Pyburn had three assists for the Tigers, who shot 21 percent (11 for 53) from the field and had 30 turnovers.
Eleven pins and eight forfeits helped the Park Rapids wrestling team end the regular season with a pair of easy wins Thursday night at the Century School gym. The Panthers used six pins to defeat Fosston/Bagley 52-24 in the first match and used five pins and seven forfeits to defeat Mahnomen-Waubun 72-10 in the final match. Fosston/Bagley defeated Mahnomen-Waubun 47-21 in the other match. In the win over Fosston/Bagley, the Panthers trailed 18-13 before rallying for the win.
The United North Central wrestling team built a 38-12 lead and held on for a 38-33 win over Staples-Motley Thursday night at Staples. Tucker Holmer's 6-1 minor decision at 106 pounds, Isaac Tellers' pin at 113 and Eion Ness' pin at 120 gave the Warriors a 15-0 lead. Bridger Bettin's 12-10 minor decision at 138, Austin Bacon's pin at 145, Cade LaCoe's 5-1 minor decision at 152, Dakota Meech's pin at 160 and Toby Hintzman's 17-2 technical fall win at 170 pushed the lead to 38-12 before the Cardinals won the final four matches.
Jarrett Johnson's pair of unassisted goals early in the third period helped the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team snap a five-game losing streak with a 5-1 Section 8A win at Red Lake Falls Tuesday night. Goals by Cole Hoscheid and Caleb Strandlie gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the first period. Bjorn Jorgenson assisted on Hoscheid's goal at the 8:38 mark while Brett Pinoniemi and Jimmy Hillukka set up Strandlie's goal at the 13:42 mark.
Griffin Chase scored 35 points to surpass 2,000 points in his career during Nevis' 66-45 Northland Conference boys basketball victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Feb. 4 at the Tiger Arena. Nevis held a 40-36 lead before a 3-pointer by Andrew Dudley and a 3-pointer and dunk off a steal by Chase ignited a 20-7 run that gave the Tigers a 60-43 advantage.
Spencer Fritze and Casimir Simonson broke meet records in leading the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to the title at the Last Chance Invitational at the Area High School pool on Feb. 4. Fritze broke the meet, school and pool record in diving while Simonson broke the meet record in the 100-yard backstroke as the Panthers compiled 879 points to top the three-team field. Detroit Lakes was second with 693 points while Perham took third with 337 points.
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley jumped out to a 21-0 lead and led 41-7 at halftime in a 61-30 Northwoods Conference win over the Nevis girls basketball team Feb. 4 at the Tiger Arena. Montana Baker's seven rebounds, Kia Heide's four blocked shots and three steals, and Madisyn Lucas' three assists led the Tigers, who shot only 20 percent (12 for 59) from the field in falling to 3-7 in conference play and 4-13 overall.
Menahga relied on defense in a 56-37 win over the Nevis girls basketball team Feb. 2 at Menahga. Alyssa Peterson and Megan Hendrickson had six steals apiece as the Braves had 23 steals and forced 34 turnovers. Peterson scored 21 points while Hendrickson had 12 points and five assists. Cierra Ahlf added 10 points and nine rebounds.