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Jessi Andersen's third-place 8.45 in vault led the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team in a 137.95 to 111.40 loss at Detroit Lakes Tuesday night. Vault was the Panthers' best event as Andersen, Emily Klingenberg's 8.10, Sarena Kinkel's 8.05 and Savannah Gatewood's 7.85 led to a 32.45 team score. In floor exercise, the Panthers received a 28.30 behind 7.55s by Klingenberg and Andersen, a 7.00 by Gatewood and a 6.20 by Kendra Anderson. Klingenberg's 7.85 and Andersen's 7.25 led the Panthers to a 26.05 on balance beam.
Four forfeits and five pins led Perham to a 58-19 victory over the Park Rapids wrestling team Tuesday night at Perham. Nolan Booge received a forfeit win at 106 pounds, Ben Baumgartner recorded a third-period pin at 126, Zachary Steffen posted a 12-4 major decision at 152 and Forrest Drury posted a 3-0 minor decision at 170 to account for the Panthers' four wins. Baumgartner used a pair of takedowns and a nearfall in the first period and an escape and takedown in the second period to build a 10-1 lead before a reversal set up his pin. Steffen jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the first period
Logan Lange, Jordan Redmond and Nevin Greer combined for 29 points in the first half as Pequot Lakes built a 43-12 lead en route to a 74-31 Mid-State Conference boys basketball victory over Park Rapids Tuesday night at Pequot Lakes. The Patriots expanded a 10-0 lead to a 22-5 advantage before a 14-3 run to end the half pushed the lead to 31 points. Chris Goplerud hit a pair of field goals while Tyler Ridlon and Tyler McCollum hit jumpers for the Panthers. Greer's 13 points led the Patriots' 31-19 run in the second half.
Another slow start cost the Park Rapids boys basketball team as Crosby-Ironton jumped out to a 26-6 lead en route to an 83-39 Mid-State Conference win at the Area High School gym Friday night. Six layups by Daniel Hudrlik, three layups by Caleb Baker and a 3-poiter by Jacob Goodwin staked the Rangers to a quick 26-6 lead with 10:19 to play in the first half.
Hat tricks by Cory Odland and Sam Coborn led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 10-2 Mid-State Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night at Walker. Coborn had two goals and two assists as the Panthers jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first period. Frank Moren set up Coborn at the 4:06 mark before Coborn and Levi Erickson assisted on a goal by Benson Ringle at the 13:02 mark. The Panthers then scored three times in less than two minutes to build a 5-0 lead.
When she first entered a varsity game as a seventh grader, it was easy to see that Tarah Cleveland had the potential to become the all-time leading scorer for the Menahga girls basketball team. That potential was reached before a hometown crowd on Dec. 9 when Cleveland, who entered the season with 1,662 points, scored 18 points in a 55-47 loss to Sebeka to break the school record of 1,749 set by Tarah's older sister Erica. "Tarah is such a hard worker and she has such a great basketball mind.
Ben Baumgarnter's runner-up finish led the Park Rapids wrestling team at the Big Bear Tournament at Cass Lake Friday and Saturday. Baumgartner used a pair of pins and a pair of minor decisions to reach the championship match at 120 pounds before losing to Badger-Greenbush-Middle River's Isaac Novacek 5-3. Forrest Drury finished fifth at 170 pounds and Zach Steffen placed eighth at 152 pounds in helping the Panthers compile 61.50 points for 23rd place in this 32-team tournament. BGMR captured the team title with 204.50 points while Thief River Falls (152) and Staples-Motley (138.50) follo
Winning 11 of the 12 events helped the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team snap an eight-meet losing streak to Sauk Centre/Melrose Tuesday night at the Area High School pool. The Panthers won all three relays and added eight other winning performances to defeat SC/M 98-88 for their first win against the Fusion since January of 2007. Connor Smythe, Ryan McBrady, Fred Stinar and Zach Eystad opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:52.84. Josh Johnson followed with a winning time of 2:04.29 in the 200 freestyle and McBrady clocked a 2:23.55 to lead the pack in the 200
Rachelle LeBlanc took first in all four events and won the all-around title in leading Little Falls to a 127.75 to 110.40 victory over the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. LeBlanc received marks of 9.45 in floor exercise, 9.15 in vault and 9.00 on balance beam and uneven parallel bars for a 36.60 all-around score to lead the Flyers. Emily Klingenberg tied for second in vault with an 8.45 and Jessi Andersen tied for fourth with an 8.30 as the Panthers received a 32.35 in that event.
Sam Coborn and Levi Erickson combined for 10 points in leading the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 6-3 Mid-State Conference win over Detroit Lakes Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Coborn tallied a hat trick and three assists while Erickson had two goals and two assists as the Panthers posted their first win of the season. Coborn's shorthanded goal opened the scoring before Benson Ringle and Erickson assisted on another goal by Coborn as the Panthers led 2-1 after the first period.