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When preparing for his annual season-ending banquet, Todd Fritze realized just how good a season the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team had. At the beginning of the season, the Panthers set goals of going undefeated in dual meets, winning the Section 8A True Team title, reclaiming the Mid-State Conference title, repeating as Section 8A champs and qualifying for the state Class A meet in multiple events. The Panthers fell one win short of accomplishing all those goals. Park Rapids went 7-1 in dual meets, won the Section 8A True Team title for the first time, claimed the Mid-State
A balanced scoring attack led Detroit Lakes to an 81-35 Mid-State Conference boys basketball victory at Park Rapids Tuesday night. Josh Stalberger (13) and Rick Hutchinson (10) hit double figures as the Lakers built a 51-22 lead at the half. Chris Goplerud and Christian Ridlon combined for 12 points for the Panthers. Nine different players scored for Detroit Lakes in the second half.
Seth Heppner's goal midway through the third period gave Crookston a 3-2 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in a Section 8A battle Tuesday night at Crookston. Ian Johnson gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead with a goal at the 9:21 mark of the first period. Crookston tied the game when Connor Morgan scored off a rebound at the 14:33 mark. The Pirates dominated the second period, holding a 14-3 edge in shots on goal. Dylan Klatt's goal off a rebound at the 13:36 mark gave Crookston a 2-1 lead. Sam Coborn tied the game at the 5:13 mark of the third period.
Frazee received forfeits in the first six matches to build a 36-0 lead en route to a 67-6 win over the Park Rapids wrestling team Tuesday night at Frazee. The Hornets, who are ranked No. 5 in this week's state Class A poll, added three pins and another forfeit for the win. Danny Pike's 3-1 minor decision at 171 pounds and Brandon Ritter's 7-2 decision in the heavyweight match accounted for the Panthers' points. Park Rapids fell 9-11 in dual meets. Frazee 67, Park Rapids 6 103: Isaac Schermerhorn, F, won by forfeit. 112: Trevor Stilke, F, won by forfeit.
Tatum Sheley scored all of her game-high 18 points in the first half as Pine River-Backus built a 50-20 lead en route to an 80-45 victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Tuesday night at Pine River. Hannah Lemberg scored 10 of her 13 points in the first half while Megan Felthaus scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half as the Tigers improved to 18-2 on the season. Anna Grimes (11), Alyssa Carlson (8), Olivia Vaadeland (7) and Amber Booge (6) combined for 32 points for the Panthers, who fell to 0-19 on the season. PARK RAPIDS: Christenson 1 1-2 3, Lutz 0 0-3 0, Domino 2 0-0
The first victory of the season eluded the Park Rapids girls basketball team Thursday night when Nevis prevailed 56-52 in overtime at the Century School gym. The second half saw four ties and seven lead changes before Anna Grimes' layup at the buzzer tied the game at 49-49 at the end of regulation. A jumper by Megan Norby gave Nevis a 51-49 lead with 3:42 to play in overtime before Ashley Domino's basket off a rebound tied it with 3:22 remaining.
Kyle Kanten's hat trick led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a penalty-marred 6-1 victory over Greenway Saturday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Sam Coborn opened the scoring 1:51 into the game and Kanten followed with a pair of goals to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead after the first period. Ian Johnson and Coborn assisted on Kanten's power-play goal at the 11:38 mark and Kanten followed with another goal at the 14:52 mark.
Tallying season highs on balance beam and in vault led the Park Rapids gymnastics team to its highest team score of the season Thursday night. The Panthers used a 33.65 in vault and a 28.70 on beam to close out their home schedule with their best score of the season in a 128.50 to 111.80 loss to Bemidji at the Area High School gym. Emily Klingenberg's 8.50, Jessi Andersen's 8.40, Cassie Baxter's 8.25 and Sarena Kinkel's 8.20 led the Panthers in vault. Park Rapids' previous best was a 33.05.
Josh Johnson won the 500-yard freestyle and joined Sam Goebel, Nick Belfiori and Zach Eystad on the winning 200-yard freestyle relay in leading the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to runner-up honors at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational. Johnson won the 500 freestyle in 5:27.96 and joined Goebel, Belfiori and Eystad with a winning time of 1:37.78 in the 200 freestyle relay as the Panthers tallied 585 points to trail Detroit Lakes' 647 points in this four-team invitational.
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team closed out the regular season with a pair of losses on the road. Thief River Falls edged the Panthers 3-2 Thursday night at Thief River Falls in a Section 8A battle. The Panthers closed out the regular season with a 6-2 loss at International Falls in a make-up game Saturday afternoon. Park Rapids will carry a 10-14 overall record into the Section 8A tournament, which begins Thursday night. Prowlers edge Panthers Jordan Solheim's goal 5:21 into the third period proved to be the game-winner for Thief River Falls.