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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.
Park Rapids’ McKenna Brand helped the Northeastern University women’s hockey team qualify for the NCAA Division I Tournament for the first time in school history. Brand, a sophomore forward, was...
Several area athletes recently completed the collegiate indoor season at the NCAA Division II and Division III level in track and field. Park Rapids’ Austin Carlson and Isaac Overmyer competed...
A year ago, the Park Rapids wrestling team had one of the most successful seasons in school history. This season was almost a carbon copy. “Last year, everything went our way,” said Park Rapids head coach Matt Clark. “This year I thought we could be right there again.”
Three one-goal losses, including two in overtime, and a late-season loss to Crookston prevented the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team from finishing with a .500 record and hosting a Section 8A playoff game. The Panthers improved on both ends of the ice by scoring 14 more goals and allowing 10 fewer goals than a year ago. However, scoring only two goals a game, being shut out eight times and losing some close games resulted in an 8-17 overall record.
Park Rapids’ Hannah Williams and Alex Pederson competed at the NCAA Division III level for two Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s hockey teams this winter. Williams concluded her junior season...
At the beginning of the season, the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team had a goal of scoring 120 points in a meet. Injuries prevented the Panthers from hitting that mark. The Panthers didn’t have their best lineup together all season in going 0-8 in dual meets and ending the season by placing eighth at the Section 8A meet. However, first-year head coach Rebecca Penning was pleased with the progress the Panthers made throughout the season.
Park Rapids’ Ben Baumgartner had an impressive freshman season as a member of the Concordia College wrestling team. Baumgartner compiled a 21-13 overall record at 149 pounds and contended for...