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Defense will be the key to success for the Nevis girls basketball team this season. Mike Lien begins his second season as the Tigers’ head coach with only four letterwinners returning from last year’s team that finished 7-7 in the Northwoods Conference and 11-14 overall.
With 12 players returning with varsity experience, Steve Schreiber is counting on a successful season from the Menahga girls basketball team. A year ago, the Braves tied for sixth place in the Park Region Conference with a 3-9 record and received the No. 6 seed in the north for the Section 5A playoffs. Menahga opened section play with a 37-33 loss to No. 3 Pine River-Backus to cap off a 9-16 season. The Braves graduated only two players off that team.
Crookston and Thief River Falls combined to outshoot the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team 88-24 in a pair of shutouts at the Thief River Falls Holiday Classic Friday and Saturday. Crookston used a 43-18 advantage in shots for a 2-0 win Friday while Thief River Falls held a 45-6 advantage in shots in a 13-0 victory Saturday at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. The two losses dropped the Panthers to 0-4 against Section 8A teams and 2-6-1 overall. Pirates shu
Pete Stahnke wasn’t sure what to expect when the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team opened the season Tuesday night against East Grand Forks. All the Panthers did was give the defending state Class A champions a battle. Thanks to a stellar defensive effort, led by goalie Ben Naugle’s 38 saves, the Panthers opened the season with a respectable 4-1 loss to the Green Wave at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. EGF, which held a 42-11 advantage in shots, is rated No.
A year ago, the Park Rapids wrestling team had eight wrestlers post at least 12 wins and just missed going .500 in dual meets by going 11-13. With 21 wrestlers (including two state qualifiers) returning who have won varsity matches, head coach Matt Clark is optimistic the Panthers can challenge for a winning record and be represented at state by multiple wrestlers this season. Leading the Panthers this season are the two state qualifiers: senior Ben Baumgartner and sophomore Justin Dravis.
Jordan McCollum recorded a triple-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in leading the Park Rapids boys basketball team to an 81-69 win in the season opener at Menahga Tuesday night. Derek Porozinski had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds and Hunter Jewison tallied a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Lopez just missed a double-double with 16 points and nine steals while Remington Hagan added nine assists for the Panthers, who led 38-36 at the half.
Randa Larsen’s four goals and two assists led Detroit Lakes to a 6-1 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Tuesday night at Kent Freeman Arena. The Lakers used a 13-3 edge in shots and two goals by Larsen at the 5:16 and 12:42 marks to take a 2-0 lead after the first period. Lexi Hinkley-Smith assisted on a power-play goal by Josie Umthun 56 seconds into the second period as the Panthers cut the gap to 2-1.
Double-doubles by Kevin Hale and Gavin Becker helped the Nevis boys basketball team open the season with a pair of victories. Hale’s 13 points and 13 rebounds and Griffin Chase’s 26 points led the Tigers to a 70-60 win over Fond du Lac last Friday night. Becker added 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists while Michael Landquist had 10 points and nine rebounds in his varsity debut. Chase and Landquist also had three assists each while Brett Byer had eight rebounds and three steals.
Thief River Falls used a 55-3 advantage in shots for a 10-0 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Thursday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Goals by Kaylee Eskell and Briana Jorde, a shorthanded goal by Kora Tokelson and a goal by Morgan Martell gave TRF a 4-0 lead after the first period.
Brady Bellefeuille’s game-high 27 points and 15 rebounds led Frazee to a 62-41 win at Menahga Friday night in the boys basketball opener for both teams. Austin Rudquist’s 12 points and five rebounds led the Braves, who trailed 27-24 at the half.