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A 9-0 run midway through the second half sparked Crosby-Ironton to a 77-62 Mid-State Conference boys basketball victory over Park Rapids Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Two 3-pointers by Caleb Baker and another by Jasper Schmidt helped the Rangers jump out to a 22-13 lead. Christian Ridlon led the Panthers with 10 points in the first 7:44 of the game. Jumpers by Ridlon and Scott Wolff and layups by Josh Crist and Tyler Ridlon kept the Panthers within 30-21 at the 7:50 mark.
Going 1-2 in seven events led the Park Rapids boys swimming team to a 121-49 victory at Thief River Falls Tuesday night. Park Rapids opened the meet by going 1-2 in the 200-yard medley relay as Zach Lohmeier, Jake Waggoner, Ryan McBrady and Sam Goebel clocked a winning time of 2:00.83 and Connor Smythe, Spencer Adolphson, Nick Belfiori and James Wells followed in 2:02.14. After Waggoner clocked a runner-up 2:12.37 in the 200 freestyle, the Panthers swept the 200 individual medley behind McBrady's 2:20.58, Kevin Merfeld's 2:29.31 and Belfiori's 2:33.55 and the 50 freestyle behind Goebel's 2
Nevis took control from the start while Staples-Motley took control after halftime en route to wins over the Park Rapids boys basketball team at the Area High School gym. Nevis jumped out to a 21-6 lead en route to a 79-34 win Thursday night while Staples-Motley used runs of 9-0 and 13-0 in the second half to spark a 69-36 Mid-State Conference win Friday night. The two losses dropped the Panthers to 0-6 in conference play and 1-11 overall. Tigers take charge early Logan Gooch and Dylan Stenberg combined for 17 of Nevis' first 21 points to lead the Tigers Thursday night. Tyler Ridlon's
McKenna Brand's hat trick in the third period sealed the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley's 5-3 win over Pequot Lakes Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Brand, who has seven hat tricks this season, broke the Panthers' record for goals in a single season with 27.
Sam Coborn's fifth hat trick of the season wasn't enough to lead the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team past Prairie Centre Thursday night. Cody Bartkowicz and Nate Mettenburg scored two goals each in leading Prairie Centre to a 5-3 Mid-State Conference win at Long Prairie. Coborn scored at the 13:37 and 15:14 marks to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead after the first period.
The Park Rapids wrestling team used a combination of pins and forfeit wins to defeat Red Lake County Central and Parkers Prairie in a triangular meet at Oklee Friday. Against RLCC, four forfeits and five pins led the Panthers to a 54-30 victory. Zachary Steffen (at 140 pounds), Kevin Just (at 152), Forrest Drury (at 160), Danny Pike (at 171) and Cole Tretbar (at 189) had pins for the Panthers.
Jessica Irish claimed the all-around title in leading Frazee to a 101.975 to 100.045 win over the Park Rapids gymnastics team Thursday night. Irish used first-place scores of 8.65 in vault and 8.05 in floor exercise for a 28.975 all-around score. Emily Klingenberg led the Panthers with a first-place 6.40 on balance beam and a runner-up 6.60 on uneven parallel bars for a runner-up 28.75 all-around score. The Panthers received a 32.095 in vault with Klingenberg's 8.325, Cassie Baxter's 8.05, Sarena Kinkel's 7.95 and Sarah Harshman's 7.77 leading the way. In floor, Klingenberg's 7.425, a
Josh Johnson and Ryan McBrady clocked fourth-place finishes to lead the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team at Saturday's Section 5A True Team meet at Willmar. Johnson clocked a 5:33.96 in the 500-yard freestyle while McBrady clocked a 1:07.31 in the 100 breaststroke as the Panthers finished sixth in this eight-team meet with 892 points. Willmar tallied 1,249 points to edge Melrose/Sauk Centre's 1,243 points for the section title. Johnson also finished ninth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:01.05.
Jon Melgaard broke the pool diving record in leading the Detroit Lakes boys swimming and diving team to a 106-80 victory over Park Rapids Tuesday night at the Area High School pool. Melgaard's 309.60 points broke the pool record of 246.25 points set by Park Rapids' Cody Olander in 1996 and led the Lakers to a 1-2-3 sweep in that event.
Staples-Motley used runs of 11-0 and 16-0 in the second half to pull away for a 78-34 Mid-State Conference girls basketball victory at Park Rapids Tuesday night. The Cardinals jumped out to a 10-0 lead before a layup by Olivia Vaadeland and a pair of jump shots by CarsonLee Christenson closed the margin to 15-7 at the 11:29 mark. After Staples-Motley pushed its lead to 21-7, a 3-pointer by Alyssa Carlson, a jumper by Shelby Pierce, a basket off a rebound and a jumper by Christenson, two free throws by Lydia Lutz, and another jumper by Christenson closed the gap to 28-20 with 3:07 to play i