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The upper weights overturned early deficits in leading the Park Rapids wrestling team to a pair of Mid-State Conference dual wins Thursday night at the Century School gym. Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus used three pins to jump out to an 18-4 lead before the Panthers rallied for a 55-18 victory. Staples-Motley jumped out to a 16-4 advantage before Park Rapids rallied for a 39-31 victory.
Damon Howard, Al Pietila and Kirby Hrdlicka scored in double figures as the Menahga boys basketball team defeated Sebeka 72-63 in a Park Region Conference game Thursday night at Sebeka.
The Menahga girls basketball team overcame a poor shooting night from 3-point range to defeat Sebeka 57-48 in a Park Region Conference game Friday night at Menahga.
Scoring by the special teams units was the key as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over Kittson Central Saturday afternoon at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The Panthers scored three power-play goals and added a shorthanded goal to improve to 3-4 against Section 8A opponents.
Goals by Lexi Hinkley-Smith and Alexa Kennedy in the third period gave the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team a 4-2 win at Bemidji Thursday night. Kennedy scored off a rebound for a power-play goal at the 16:44 mark of the first period to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Taylor Sagen assisted on that goal. Bemidji tied it on Olivia Johnson's goal at the 5:32 mark of the second period before Paige Myhre slapped in a rebound at the 10:54 mark to give Park Rapids a 2-1 lead. Sagen and Kennedy assisted on that goal.
Despite being shorthanded, the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team turned in another solid performance during Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational. The Panthers, who were competing without Shelby Leckner and Jasmine Cease and lost Olivia Fischer with a foot injury during the meet, finished fourth with a 113.85. That was the Panthers' best team score of the season, surpassing the previous high of 112.20. Alexandria won the team title with a 133.75 while Bemidji followed with a 133.60. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle took third with a 127.50.
Warroad held the Park Rapids boys basketball team to one field goal during a 17-minute span in expanding an 11-10 lead to 34-17 in a 54-31 victory Friday night at the Area High School gym. A layup by Adam Herberg, a pair of jumpers by Will Pickar, and jumpers by Tristin Persons and Hunter Jewison kept the Panthers within 11-10 with 8:31 to play in the first half before Warroad took control by going on a 23-7 run. Marque Cook's 3-pointer at the 1:49 mark was the only field goal for the Panthers the rest of the half as Warroad carried a 19-14 lead into the break.
All 15 players contributed in the scoring column as the Park Rapids girls basketball team coasted to a 79-24 win over Warroad Friday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers took control early by jumping out to a 26-8 lead and leading 51-14 at the half. Jaiden McCollum's scored off a rebound and followed with a layup before a jumper by Megan Jewison and a 3-pointer by Kaisa Coborn led to a 12-4 lead with 14:28 to play in the first half.
Five forfeits and four pins propelled the Park Rapids wrestling team to a 57-21 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis Friday night at Walker. Ashton Clark's forfeit win at 113 pounds provided the only win for Park Rapids in the early going as the Wolves built an 18-6 lead behind a forfeit win at 106, Dillon McGee's pin at 120 and Carter Rettke's pin at 126.
Griffin Chase hit six 3 pointers and scored 28 points in leading the Nevis boys basketball team to a 74-47 Northland Conference victory over Pine River Friday night at Nevis. The Tigers made 12 3-point shots in the game in improving to 3-0 in the conference.