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Finishing second in the Northwoods Conference standings and peaking at the end of the season highlighted a successful season for the Nevis girls basketball team. The Tigers went 10-4 in conference play to trail only Clearbrook-Gonvick’s 14-0 record. Nevis ended the regular season by going 5-2 in the final seven games to earn the No. 5 seed in the North for the Section 5A playoffs. A 71-63 loss to No. 4 Menahga in the first round ended a 13-13 season.
Kiefer Miller and Landon Godwin scored 26 points in the throwing events as the Nevis boys track and field team placed sixth at Tuesday’s Bemidji Lions Invitational at Bemidji State University. Miller took first in the discus with a distance of 128 feet, 3.50 inches while Godwin was the runner-up in the discus at 126-4 and took second in the shot put at 43-7.
Marion Goeden is excited about the new four-class system for fastpitch softball. Fastpitch softball was expanded from three classes to four classes this spring. Park Rapids will compete in the new 15-team Section 8AA, which also features Bagley, Barnesville, Breckenridge, Crookston, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, East Grand Forks, East Polk, Frazee, Hawley, Mahnomen/Waubun, Northern Freeze, Pelican Rapids, Roseau and Warroad.
Mark Waller is looking for an improved defense to lead the Park Rapids baseball team to an improved record this spring. Last season, the Panthers committed 69 errors and allowed another 103 runners to reach base via walks or hit batters that led to 55 unearned runs. Despite that, Park Rapids finished with a .500 record by going 11-11 overall.
Three Park Rapids drag racers brought home trophies from last month’s Brainerd International Raceway Banquet. Kerry Hemenway received a jacket after placing fourth overall in the Real Street Natural division...
Even though the Park Rapids girls basketball team had to replace four starters from a team that went 17-10 a year ago, Tina Ridlon expected another successful season this winter. The Panthers were competitive all season by relying on an offense that averaged 62.6 points a game. However, Park Rapids struggled on the defensive end at times by going 2-10 in games where the opponent scored at least 65 points. That resulted in a 2-6 record in Mid-State Conference play and a 12-14 overall record.
What started on a negative note ended on a positive note for Park Rapids’ Tucker Coborn. As one of five seniors, Coborn was being counted on to be a leader...
For the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team, success during the regular season didn’t translate into success during the postseason. The Panthers struggled through an up-and-down season by producing a winning record during the regular season by going 5-2-1 to finish second in the Mid-State Conference standings and going 13-11-1 to earn the No. 6 seed for the Section 8A playoffs.
Matt Brandt can point to one area which resulted in the Park Rapids boys basketball team going 0-8 in Mid-State Conference play and 4-22 overall this season. The Panthers shot only 36.2 percent from the field (445 for 1,229) and 49.4 percent from the free-throw line (159 for 322) during the 25 regular-season games. Park Rapids also shot only 26.4 percent on 3-pointers (76 for 288) while turning the ball over 18.5 times a game. That resulted in Park Rapids averaging only 45.0 points a game while allowing 64.1 points a night.
Losing some close games early in the season cost the Menahga boys basketball team late in the season. The Braves opened the season by going 4-8 in their first 12 games. Of those eight losses, four were by three points or less.