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For the second year in a row, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team was upset at home to open the Section 8A playoffs. Bagley/Fosston, the No. 9 seed, scored four power-play goals during regulation play and used Joshua Dukek's breakaway goal in overtime for a 5-4 win in a section play-in game Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
Jaiden McCollum flirted with a quadruple-double in leading the Park Rapids girls basketball team to an 80-43 win over Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday night at Wadena. McCollum had team highs of 27 points, 12 rebounds, nine steals and eight assists for the Panthers, who jumped out to a 52-22 halftime lead in coasting to the win. McCollum scored 21 of her points in the first half.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton used five pins to defeat United North Central 49-21 in the quarterfinals of the Section 8A wrestling tournament Feb. 18 at Thief River Falls. The win sent the No. 5-seeded Rebels to the section semifinals with a 10-12 record. Austin Bacon's pin in 3:36 at 138 pounds, Toby Hintzman's pin in 1:56 at 160, Brock Kako's pin in 3:37 at 220 and Jared Seibert's 5-3 minor decision at 285 led the No. 4-seeded Warriors, who end the season with a 7-9 record in dual meets. D-G-F 49, UNC 21
Tori Carrier's career-high 15 points led the way as the Nevis girls basketball team closed out the Northwoods Conference schedule with a 59-45 loss to Northome-Kelliher on Feb. 17. Madisyn Lucas added 10 points and four assists while Emma Bliss had 10 points and nine rebounds. Ashley Pyburn chipped in nine rebounds while Carrier and Annalise Ahrendt had three steals each for the Tigers, who shot 29 percent from the field (17 for 58, including 6 for 19 on 3-pointers) and turned the ball over 32 times.
After graduating nine seniors, Todd Fritze wasn't sure what to expect from a young Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team this season. That group delivered with another successful season.
Kirby Hrdlicka struggled in the first half of overtime during Menahga's game against the Park Rapids boys basketball team Friday night at Menahga. The Menahga senior forward made up for it during the second half of extra time. Hrdlicka opened the four-minute overtime session by missing two layups and making a bad pass for a turnover, but made up for those errors by scoring on two layups and hitting a jumper in the final two minutes in leading the Braves to a 56-52 victory.
Despite facing a 19-6 deficit after the first five matches of Saturday night's Section 8A championship battle against Frazee at Thief River Falls, head coach Matt Clark liked the position of the Park Rapids wrestling team. That positive position changed as Frazee won some key matches down the stretch to escape with a 43-24 victory to repeat as section champs and deny the Panthers a trip to state.
Four players scored in double figures in the first half as the Park Rapids girls basketball team dominated in building a 61-16 advantage in a 74-27 win Thursday night at Bagley. Macky Warne hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points, Kendra Coborn hit seven field goals for 14 points, and Jaiden McCollum and Rilee Michaelson scored 10 points apiece as the Panthers took control in the first half.
Alyssa Semmler's 26 points and Rylie Hirschey's 15 points sparked Pine River-Backus to a 63-41 Northwoods Conference victory over the Nevis girls basketball team Tuesday night at Pine River. PR-B improved to 12-1 in the conference and 18-5 overall. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Clearbrook-Gonvick are tied for second place in the conference standings with 9-2 records.
Detroit Lakes broke a school record in repeating as champions while the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team placed seventh at Saturday's Section 8A meet at Perham. Detroit Lakes, the top-ranked team in the state and winner of the last two state Class A titles, captured the section title for the fourth year in a row with 151.95 points. Perham was second with a 143.65, followed by Alexandria (138.575), Fergus Falls (138.325), Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (129.15), Morris Area (125.925), Park Rapids (117.00), Little Falls (112.35) and Big Stone (109.65).