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At last year's Park Rapids Holiday Tournament, the Park Rapids boys basketball team edged Frazee 63-59 in the third-place game. That would prove to be the Panthers' only win of the season. Last Wednesday night, Park Rapids and Frazee met again for third place in this holiday tournament.
One losing streak had to end when Park Rapids and Rothsay met in the third-place game in the Valkyrie Division of the Pelican Rapids girls basketball tournament last Wednesday. Led by a balanced scoring attack, Park Rapids was able to snap a 32-game losing streak with a 47-37 victory. The loss extended Rothsay's regular-season losing streak to 19 games. The Tigers, whose previous season high this season was 26 points, entered this game averaging 20.5 points a game. Rothsay is now 2-54 in its last 56 games. Katie Klein led the Panthers with 11 points and nine rebounds.
West Fargo and Fergus Falls posted 4-1 wins over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team at the Fergus Falls tournament last week. The two losses dropped the Panthers to 3-5 on the season. Nelson keys Packers' win Blake Nelson's pair of power-play goals powered the Packers to a 4-1 win last Tuesday. Sage Raghib added a goal and an assist for West Fargo. Benson Ringle and Levi Erickson assisted on a power-play goal by Sam Coborn in the third period for the Panthers, who held a 27-26 edge in shots on goal. Scott Smith made 22 saves for the Panthers. Park Rap
Mara Teschendorf's hat trick, Star Garrett's four assists and Olivia Pladson's 20 saves led Fargo North to a 5-0 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Thursday afternoon at Fargo. Teschendorf had two goals and an assist while Betsy Pladson scored a power-play goal as Fargo North claimed a 4-0 lead after the first period. Teschendorf completed her hat trick with a power-play goal in the second period to conclude the scoring. Goalie Bailey Moore made 35 saves for the Panthers, who were outshot 40-20 and shut out for the fifth time this season.
Hannah Williams' two goals and Shania Johnson's 27 saves led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 4-1 win over Lake of the Woods Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Lake of the Woods controlled the first period by outshooting the Panthers 14-4, but Williams' goal at the 12:04 mark gave Park Rapids a 1-0 lead. Jessica Gapinski assisted on that goal. Mady Vaudrin tipped in a rebound on a shot by Gapinski as the Panthers led 2-0 at the 10:51 mark of the second period.
Dylan Klatt scored the game-tying goal with 3:17 to play in regulation and scored the game-winning goal 2:48 into overtime in lifting Crookston to a 5-4 Section 8A victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at Crookston. Paul Bittner's power-play goal gave Crookston a 1-0 lead after the first period before the Panthers scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead. Sam Coborn fed Ian Johnson for a goal at the 7:47 mark and Levi Erickson followed with a goal at the 14:47 mark to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead after the second period.
Sam Goebel and Zach Eystad won two events each in leading the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to a rare win over Bemidji Tuesday night at Bemidji. The Panthers won eight of the first 11 events before swimming exhibition in a 105-79 victory. Connor Smythe, Ryan McBrady, Goebel and Kurt Fritze opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:54.43. After a runner-up time of 2:01.36 by Josh Johnson in the 200 freestyle, the Panthers won the next two events to build a 36-26 advantage.
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.