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The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has announced that Nate Hendrickson, who starred for the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling program in the 1990s, has been selected for a spot on the NSIC's Top 25 Team. The team is part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the conference.
Park Rapids' Austin Carlson won two medals while Park Rapids' Isaac Overmyer just missed earning a medal as the University of Minnesota Duluth men's track and field team finished sixth at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Championships at Mankato on Feb. 25.
In the first three games of the Section 5A tournament, opponents of the Nevis boys basketball team slowed down the tempo. That strategy led to three low-scoring games, but in the end the Tigers prevailed all three times to earn a trip to the Section 5A championship game. The Tigers, the No. 1 seed in the North half of the section and the No. 2-rated team among Class A teams, advanced to the Section 5A final for the second time in the last three years with a hard-fought 41-37 win over No. 3 Verndale Tuesday night at Pequot Lakes.
Zach Henry's 3-pointer with :04 remaining in the fourth overtime gave the Nevis boys basketball team a 55-52 win over Browerville/Eagle Valley in the Section 5A championship game Friday night at Wadena. The Tigers will make their second trip to the state Class A tournament in the last three years with a quarterfinal game Thursday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
The main strategy for the Park Rapids boys basketball team entering Thursday night's Section 8AA playoff opener at Crookston was to defend the 3-point line. Park Rapids executed that game plan pretty well, but the Pirates still prevailed with a 46-34 victory. Crookston made 11 3-pointers in a 74-41 win over the Panthers on Dec. 15. During the rematch in the playoffs, Park Rapids held the Pirates to only four 3-pointers and were in the game the whole way until Crookston sealed the victory by making free throws down the stretch.
For the third time this season, the Nevis boys basketball team defeated conference rival Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. The Tigers won the first two games by scores of 67-44 and 66-45 during the regular season en route to winning the Northland Conference title with a perfect 14-0 record.
Head coach Rebecca Penning and assistant coach Cyrus Gust could see the progress the members of the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team made all season. Other coaches noticed it as well. Despite battling injuries and illnesses, the Panthers improved their team score in each of the first eight meets and ended the season by placing seventh out of nine teams at the Section 8A meet. All those improvements didn't go unnoticed as Penning was named the Section 8A Coach of the Year.
Michael Landquist's steal and two free throws with :08 remaining sealed Nevis' 41-37 victory over Verndale in the Section 5A North boys basketball title game Tuesday night at Pequot Lakes. Landquist finished with 15 points and Griffin Chase added 13 points for the Tigers, who improved to 27-1 with their 22nd win in a row. Nathan Sabinash scored 13 points as Verndale, the No. 3 seed, ended the season with a 21-7 record.
Griffin Chase scored 21 points and Michael Landquist added 15 points in leading the Nevis boys basketball team to a 52-35 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley in a Section 5A North playoff game Saturday night at Pequot Lakes. Nevis, the No. 1 seed, will play No. 3 Verndale in the North title game Tuesday night at 8 at Pequot Lakes. Verndale defeated No. 2 McGregor 61-41 in Saturday night's other game at Pequot Lakes. Nevis improved to 26-1 while W-H-A, the No. 5 seed, ended the season with a 16-12 record.
Menahga opened the game with a 15-0 run and followed with a 21-5 spurt to take control in an 88-46 win over Laporte in the first round of the Section 5A North boys basketball tournament Monday night at Menahga. Damon Howard scored on a layup and hit two 3-pointers and Kirby Hrdlicka converted a three-point play off a rebound and scored off a steal to give the No. 8-seeded Braves a 15-0 lead with 13:03 to play in the first half.