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Park Rapids’ Ashton Clark, Jared Sunram and Justin Dravis placed during the finals of the Big Bear Tournament at Cass Lake Saturday. Clark was the runner-up at 106 pounds, Sunram finished fifth at 145 and Dravis placed fourth at 160 as the Panthers finished 13th in this 37-team wrestling tournament with 88 points.
Jarrett Johnson’s goal with 29 seconds to play in regulation helped the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team escape with a 4-4 tie against Northern Lakes Thursday night at Breezy Point.
The Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team won six events, but better depth led Bemidji to a 170-144 victory in a dual meet Friday night at Bemidji. Matthew Benson and Spencer Fritze won two events each in leading the Panthers in their dual debut. Casmir Simonson, Hunter Utke, Fritze and Zach Behrens clocked a runner-up 1:54.24 in the 200-yard medley relay before Benson clocked a winning time of 1:59.23 in the 200 freestyle.
Nick Garmen hit two 3-pointers to start a 10-1 run to start the game and Chris Wavra hit a pair of 3-pointers to spark a 13-0 run in the second half in leading Crookston to a 60-42 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Thursday night at the Area High School gym.
Gage Kuehl’s 21 points and 14 rebounds and Ridge Hunstad’s 17 points led Pillager to a 70-67 Park Region Conference victory over the Menahga boys basketball team last Tuesday night at Pillager. Ryan Quick (12), Chris Ramsey (10) and Ryan Foehrenbacher (10) also scored in double figures for the Huskies, who improved to 3-0 in the conference and 5-2 overall.
The Nevis girls basketball team shot only 21 percent from the field, including making only 2 of 22 3-pointers, in a 44-36 loss to Bertha-Hewitt Thursday night. Emma Bliss led the Tigers with 11 points and 12 rebounds while Eleannor Roehl also hauled down 12 rebounds and combined with Becca Nelson for 15 points. Jordyn Lucas led the way with five assists and five steals as Nevis turned the ball over 34 times in falling to 4-3 on the season. Bertha-Hewitt improved to 2-5 on the season.
Ten players contributed in the scoring column as the Park Rapids boys basketball team overcame 30 fouls to enter the victory column for the first time this season with a 57-53 win at Roseau last Saturday afternoon. Hunter Jewison led the Panthers with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Remington Hagan scored 11 points and Damion Hanke had five rebounds as the Panthers improved to 1-2 against Section 8AA teams and 1-6 overall.
Cierra Ahlf hit two 3-pointers, converted a three-point play and scored on a layup to spark a 20-6 run to end the first half in leading the Menahga girls basketball team to a 73-63 Park Region Conference win over Pillager Tuesday night at Menahga. Pillager jumped out to a 7-3 lead before jumpers by Aimee Lake and Danielle Novak, a 3-pointer by Jen Stifter, and layups by Ahlf and Lake sparked a 12-0 run as the Braves claimed a 15-7 advantage.
If the first two weeks of practice are any indication, the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team should have another successful season. “We’re changing the culture of our program and it seems to be working well. I’m extremely proud of what the boys are doing,” said Park Rapids head coach Todd Fritze. “I’m excited about where we’re at, but I’m even more excited about where we’re going to end up if the boys continue to work hard.”
Winning times by Zach Fritze and Spencer Fritze and six runner-up finishes helped the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team open the season with a runner-up finish at last Saturday’s Fergus Falls Invitational. Zach Fritze won the 50-yard backstroke in 34.32 and Spencer Fritze won the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.01 as the Panthers compiled 467 points in this six-team meet. Fergus Falls led the pack with 579 points.