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Free-throw shooting proved to be the difference as the Menahga boys basketball team defeated Park Rapids 48-44 last Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Menahga made 17 of 31 free throws, including hitting four down the stretch to cap off the scoring, while the Panthers went 5 for 17 at the line in their season opener. The Panthers led for most of the first half as a pair of inside baskets by Hunter Jewison and a jumper by Jason Haas produced a quick 6-1 lead.
With a veteran cast returning, the Park Rapids wrestling team is hoping to follow a record-setting season with another historic season. A year ago, the Panthers won the Mid-State Conference title with a 5-0 record, went 18-3 in dual meets, sent five individuals to the state Class A tournament and had two wrestlers bring home state medals. The 18 wins broke the school record of 17-11 set during the 2005-06 season and having five wrestlers qualify for state was the most since the Panthers sent five wrestlers to state in 1970.
After producing a winning season for the first time in almost a decade, Tina Ridlon is looking for the Park Rapids girls basketball team to make than an annual accomplishment. A year ago, the Panthers went 17-10 for their best record since going 20-5 during the 2005-06 campaign. Although Park Rapids graduated four key players off that team, Ridlon is hoping the returning players can build off that success.
With the return of his top eight players, Mike Lien is counting on an improved season from the Nevis girls basketball team. A year ago, the Tigers finished fifth in the Northwoods Conference standings with a 6-8 record and received the No. 8 seed in the north half for the Section 5A tournament. The Tigers defeated No. 9 Northland Remer 73-71 before being eliminated with an 84-59 loss to No. 1 Browerville to cap off an 11-17 season.
Steve Schreiber is hoping an up-tempo style will lead to more wins for the Menahga girls basketball team this season. The Braves return eight of the 15 players from last year’s team that finished fifth in the Park Region Conference with a 3-9 record while going 10-16 overall. Menahga received the No. 7 seed in the north half for the Section 5A tournament and opened with a 58-52 win over No. 10 Bertha-Hewitt before being eliminated with a 52-38 loss to No. 2 Sebeka.
For head coach Steph Hanson, being competitive with the top teams in the area and improving each match led to a successful season for the Park Rapids volleyball team. The Panthers went 3-1 to finish second in the Mid-State Conference, earned the No. 4 seed in the south half of Section 8AA and won a first-round tournament match at home to end with an 11-13-1 overall record.
East Grand Forks used a 44-8 advantage in shots to spark a 5-1 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in the season opener Tuesday night at East Grand Forks. After a scoreless first period in which the host Green Wave held a 14-1 edge in shots, Park Rapids took a 1-0 lead on a slapshot by Kiefer Miller at the 6:31 mark. Matt DeLaHunt assisted on that goal.
A 3-pointer by Michael Landquist and three-point plays and Landquist and Griffin Chase sparked a 13-0 run midway through the first half that broke open a close game as the Nevis boys basketball team opened the season with a 74-34 win over Northland Remer Monday night at the Tiger Arena. Chase scored 11 points as the Tigers led 17-12 before taking control with their 13-0 run. Chase and Landquist ended the half with 3-pointers as the Tigers carried a 39-20 lead into the break.
Aaron Rudquist led a balanced offensive attack with 13 points as the Menahga boys basketball team opened the season with a 52-33 win at Frazee Friday night. Rudquist also had nine rebounds and four assists while Luke Wurdock chipped in 12 points and five rebounds.
Jeremy Nordick says teamwork will be the key to success for the Menahga boys basketball team this season. The Braves graduated their top scorers in Austin Rudquist (20.2 points, 7.7 rebounds per game), Austen Schwartz (13.8 points, 3.5 assists per game) and Kyle Skoog (8.5 points, 4.3 rebounds per game).