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If the first two weeks of practice are any indication, the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team should have another successful season. “We’re changing the culture of our program and it seems to be working well. I’m extremely proud of what the boys are doing,” said Park Rapids head coach Todd Fritze. “I’m excited about where we’re at, but I’m even more excited about where we’re going to end up if the boys continue to work hard.”
Winning times by Zach Fritze and Spencer Fritze and six runner-up finishes helped the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team open the season with a runner-up finish at last Saturday’s Fergus Falls Invitational. Zach Fritze won the 50-yard backstroke in 34.32 and Spencer Fritze won the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.01 as the Panthers compiled 467 points in this six-team meet. Fergus Falls led the pack with 579 points.
After surrendering a goal late in the second period to fall behind 3-0, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team needed a break to get back into Tuesday night’s game at Crookston. That break came early in the third period when Crookston’s Cody Wardner was called for a five-minute boarding penalty. That gave the Panthers five minutes to score as many goals as possible with a man advantage.
Three players scored in double figures and eight players scored overall as the Nevis girls basketball team remained undefeated in Northwoods Conference play with a 69-54 win over Cass Lake last Thursday night.
Nine pins led the Park Rapids wrestling team to a pair of victories at Saturday’s Park Rapids Invitational at the Century School gym. Five pins sparked the Panthers’ 49-12 win over Deer River in the first match while four pins led the Panthers to a 45-30 win over Wadena-Deer Creek in the second dual. The Panthers followed with six pins, but forfeited two matches in a 41-36 loss to Bemidji in the final match.
Rebecca Penning wanted the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team to improve throughout the season. The Panthers showed improvement in their second dual meet of the season. Detroit Lakes, the defending state Class A champs, claimed the top-five spots in all four events in a 149.60-102.375 win over the Panthers Friday night at Detroit Lakes. However, the Panthers surpassed 100 points after scoring 97.10 in their season debut against Bemidji.
Two of the state’s top-rated Class AA teams defeated the Park Rapids girls basketball team in back-to-back games. Three players scored in double figures in leading Pequot Lakes to a 67-54 win over the Panthers Friday night at the Area High School gym while Roseau had three players hit double digits in an 82-44 win at Roseau Saturday afternoon.
Despite holding a 99-28 advantage in shots on goal, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team only held a 5-3 advantage in goals in a pair of one-goal victories at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The Panthers outshot Wadena-Deer Creek 37-17 in a 4-3 Mid-State Conference victory Thursday night and held a dominating 62-11 advantage in shots in escaping with a 1-0 overtime victory over Lake of the Woods in a Northwest Conference battle Saturday afternoon.
Tiffany Hanson scored a pair of power-play goals and recorded a hat trick as East Grand Forks skated to a 7-0 Section 8A win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Saturday afternoon at East Grand Forks. Goals by Ashley Ayotte and Livia Pesch and a power-play goal by Hanson gave the Green Wave a 3-0 lead after the first period.
Gavin Smith scored 20 points and Andrew Israelson added 13 points in leading Staples-Motley to a 65-49 win over the Menahga boys basketball team Friday night at Staples. Aaron Hrdlicka had 13 points and six rebounds, Damon Howard scored 12 points, and Aaron Rudquist had 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Braves, who trailed 32-19 at the half. Kirby Hrdlicka added six rebounds and Luke Wurdock had three steals as Menahga fell to 2-3 on the season. The Cardinals improved to 4-3.