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Morris/Benson jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first period and held on for a 4-3 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The Storm used goals by Whitney Demarais and Megan Kirkeide to take a 2-0 lead before Paige Myhre scored a shorthanded goal at the 15:20 mark to make it 2-1. Kirkeide's power-play goal 50 seconds later gave Morris/Benson a 3-1 lead after the first period. The Storm held a 12-6 advantage in shots in that period.
Austin Jerger turned away 36 shots through two scoreless periods before East Grand Forks was able to score three times in the third period for a 3-1 Section 8A victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Thursday night at the East Grand Forks Civic Center. The Panthers, who were outshot 55-4 in the game, skated to a 0-0 tie as Jerger made 19 saves in the first period and 17 saves in the second period.
Michael Landquist scored 37 points in two games to lead the Nevis boys basketball team to the title at the Fosston Holiday Classic. Landquist's 24 points, three assists and two steals led the Tigers to a 66-49 win over Blackduck in Thursday night's semifinals while Landquist's 13 points, five assists and four steals led the way in a 47-39 victory over Fosston in Friday night's championship game.
Wins in the final four matches gave the Park Rapids wrestling team a split in a season-opening triangular meet at the Century School gym Thursday night. Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena opened the season with a 51-21 win over Park Rapids and a 43-34 win over United North Central before the Panthers rallied for a 37-30 victory over UNC in the final match. Four forfeits and three pins helped BCLB jump out to a 51-9 lead over the Panthers in the opening match.
Defense provided the spark as the Park Rapids boys basketball team opened the season with two wins. Defense almost sparked the Panthers to another win Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Park Rapids trailed 31-26 with 1:57 to play before the defense forced three turnovers to ignite an 8-3 run that knotted the game at 34-34 at the end of regulation play. Crosby-Ironton ended the extra session with a 9-0 run to prevail with a 43-36 Mid-State Conference overtime victory.
Lyle Slawson has always loved being outdoors. He has always looked forward to the firearms deer season. Hunting with a muzzleloader seemed like the perfect way to spend more time in the woods. Slawson started hunting deer with a muzzleloader with his grandson last season. His grandson harvested a deer, but Slawson wasn't as lucky. His luck changed this year. The 91-year-old Park Rapids resident harvested a buck while hunting in the Erskine area on Nov. 27. Slawson dropped the buck from 75 yards away, turning the tables on his grandson.
The Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team has a tough act to follow this season. Todd Fritze's team enjoyed a record-setting season a year ago, going undefeated in dual meets for the first time in school history, winning the Mid-State Conference title, breaking five school records, qualifying six individuals in six events for the state Class A meet and having an all-state diver. In addition to going 7-0 in dual meets and winning the conference tite, the Panthers placed fifth at the Section 5A True Team meet and fourth at the Section 5A meet.
Matt Brandt said one of the keys to success for the Park Rapids boys basketball team this season would be the ability to create offense from defense. That's what the Panthers did down the stretch Tuesday night in a 48-44 victory over Detroit Lakes in the Mid-State Conference opener for both teams at the Area High School gym.
Three pivotal spurts sparked the Menahga girls basketball team to a 65-39 win over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in a Section 5A clash at Menahga on Dec. 2. The Braves used a 12-3 run late in the first half, a 16-0 run early in the second half and a 12-0 run midway through the second half to spark the win.
Austin Jerger made 27 saves and Nolan Pederson scored a pair of goals in leading the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 6-0 Mid-State Conference win over Prairie Centre Tuesday night at Long Prairie. Josh Kuhlman assisted on a goal by Micah Link at the 10:12 mark of the first period to give Park Rapids a 1-0 lead. Jerger stopped all 12 shots he faced as the North Stars held a 12-5 advantage in shots in the opening period.