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Rilee Michaelson scored 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds in leading the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 73-39 win at Waubun Thursday night. Jaiden McCollum added 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while Kaisa Coborn chipped in 12 points and six assists as the Panthers improved to 6-6. Veronica Spry scored 11 points as Waubun fell to 5-6.
Five forfeits and five pins gave the United North Central wrestling team a 60-21 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis Thursday night at Menahga. Isaac Tellers (at 106 pounds), Ben Johnson (at 126), Austin Bacon (at 138), Bridger Bettin (at 145) and Toby Hintzman (at 160) received forfeits while Tyler Thomas (at 132), Cade LaCoe (at 152), Mason Bradley (at 170), Brock Kako (at 220) and Jared Seibert (at 285) recorded pins for the Warriors.
Ashton Clark, Nolan Booge and Justin Dravis captured individual titles as the Park Rapids wrestling team captured runner-up honors at Saturday's Thief River Falls Invitational. Clark, who opened with an 11-2 major decision and a 7-0 minor decision, defeated Quinn Kern of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie 6-1 in the championship match at 106 pounds. In the 132-pound bracket, Booge reached the finals with a pin and an 8-2 minor decision before pinning Cole Johnson of Thief River Falls in 2:29 for the title.
It was another season high for the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team Thursday night at Detroit Lakes. The Panthers used season highs in vault and balance beam to surpass their previous season high of 116.75 points in a 151.75 to 117.95 loss to the state's No. 1-rated Class A team. Olivia Fischer's 8.50, Randi Nielsen's 8.45, Abby Kirlin's 8.25 and Erin Tooker's 8.10 gave the Panthers a 33.30 in vault. Peyton Jernberg topped the field with a 9.60.
A 22-0 run in the first half sparked the Nevis boys basketball team to a 70-30 victory over Park Rapids at the Area High School gym Thursday night. A layup by Michael Landquist, a three-point play by Griffin Chase and a basket off a rebound by Jack Landquist gave Nevis an early 9-1 lead.
Spencer Fritze took first in diving as the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team placed fifth at Saturday's Section 5A True Team meet at Bemidji. Fritze compiled 427.05 points to earn 32 points as the Panthers finished with 942 points in this meet where every finisher scores points. Casimir Simonson, Fritze, Zach Behrens and Sam Eystad opened the meet by placing fifth in the 200-yard medley relay with a 1:49.37. Park Rapids scored 148 points in that event.
Fargo North/South scored five power-play goals and handed the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team its first shutout of the season in an 8-0 victory Saturday afternoon at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Avery Myers recorded a hat trick as Fargo outshot the Panthers 54-16. Park Rapids was whistled for 11 penalties and Fargo capitalized by going 5 for 11 on the power play.
Rilee Michaelson scored a career-high 25 points and Jaiden McCollum had a double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds in leading the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 94-70 win at Sebeka Tuesday night. Macky Warne hit four 3-pointers and added 12 points as 10 players scored for the Panthers, who led 47-37 at the half. McCollum also had six steals and six assists while Michaelson had nine rebounds and six steals. Kendra Coborn dished out nine assists and pulled down six rebounds as Park Rapids improved to 5-6 on the season.
Five different players scored goals as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team dominated play in a 5-1 Section 8A victory over Bagley/Fosston Tuesday night at Walker. Park Rapids finished with a 57-18 advantage in shots on goal to reach the .500 mark in section play with a 5-5 record.
Five pins and three forfeits led the Park Rapids wrestling team to a 51-27 win at Crookston Tuesday night. Crookston built an early 12-6 lead as Ashton Clark's pin in 39 seconds at 113 pounds provided the Panthers' lone win in the early going. Clark is rated No. 1 at 106 pounds in this week's state Class A poll.