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An 18-0 run early in the first half sparked Pequot Lakes' 65-50 victory at Park Rapids Tuesday night as the Patriots locked up at least a share of the Mid-State Conference girls basketball title. A jumper by Kaisa Coborn, a basket off a rebound by Rilee Michaelson and a layup by Kendra Coborn gave Park Rapids a 6-4 lead 3:13 into the game before the Patriots scored 18 unanswered points to claim the lead for good.
Hitting 10 of 11 free throws down the stretch against Perham and jumping out to a 52-16 halftime lead against Wadena-Deer Creek helped the Menahga girls basketball team keep its undefeated season intact. The Braves closed Monday night's game against Perham with a 16-6 run to seal a 59-46 victory at Menahga before taking charge early in a 71-29 Park Region Conference victory over Wadena-Deer Creek at Wadena Tuesday night. Those two wins gave Menahga a 22-0 record as the Braves continue to be the only undefeated team among Class A schools.
Gabe Bagstad and Tristan Persons scored 21 points apiece in leading the Park Rapids boys basketball team to a 64-61 win over East Grand Forks in a battle of Section 8AA opponents Tuesday night at East Grand Forks. Preston Renneberg had 10 rebounds and four blocked shots while Jason Haas dished out nine assists and joined Persons with three steals as Park Rapids turned the ball over only 10 times in the game. The Panthers improved to 7-3 against section opponents and 12-9 overall.
Caden Kramer's jumper with :20 remaining and Michael Landquist's steal and layup before the buzzer gave the Nevis boys basketball team a 68-65 overtime victory at Sebeka Tuesday night. Sebeka led 38-35 at the half and had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but a missed layup and tip resulted in a 62-62 tie.
Monday night's performance in a Section 8A semifinal game against the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team showcased why Warroad is the top-rated team in the state.
Park Rapids received the No. 8 seed and will open Saturday's Section 8AA wrestling tournament by facing No. 9 Fergus Falls at 11 a.m. at Thief River Falls. The Panthers enter this first-round match with a 9-13 record while Fergus Falls is 3-16. The winner of that match wrestles No. 1 Perham (24-1) at 12:30 p.m. in a quarterfinal match.
Wadena-Deer Creek hit 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute to seal a 63-55 Park Region Conference win over the Menahga boys basketball team Friday night at Wadena. W-DC led 34-23 at the half before the Braves used a 12-0 run to take a 35-34 lead. The game remained close until the Wolverines sealed the win at the line down the stretch. Bereket Loer scored 21 points and Noah Ross scored 15 points to lead the Wolverines, who improved to 9-2 in the conference and 11-9 overall. W-DC, Pillager (9-3) and Henning (8-3) lead the conference standings.
Tori Carrier hit two free throws with :01 remaining to give the Nevis girls basketball team a 42-40 Northwoods Conference win over Blackduck Friday night at the Tiger Arena. Carrier hit a 3-pointer and Madison Neyens hit a baseline jumper to give the Tigers a 40-38 lead before Blackduck tied the game. After the Tigers forced a 5-second call on Blackduck, Carrier was fouled and hit both free throws to give Nevis the win.
Four players scored in double figures as Aitkin posted a 66-55 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Friday night at Aitkin. Kaija Davies scored 16 points while Jillian MacDonald, Maggi Fellerman and Ramsey Moe scored 12 points each for the Gobblers, who took advantage of 25 Park Rapids fouls to make 20 of 28 free throws to improve to 3-3 in the conference and 15-7 overall. Aitkin avenged a 61-49 loss at Park Rapids on Dec. 1.
Lucas Kritzeck, Ashton Clark, Landen Burlingame, Cody Dravis and Dwayne Johnson won both their matches as the Park Rapids wrestling team closed out the regular season by splitting matches at Fosston Thursday night. The Panthers used three pins and three forfeits to defeat Mahnomen/Waubun 42-24 in the first dual. Park Rapids matched Fosston/Bagley's four pins in the second dual, but the Greyhounds used three forfeits for a 45-30 win. Fosston/Bagley defeated Mahnomen/Waubun 54-21 in the other dual at this triangular meet.