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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.
Perham jumped out to a 41-5 lead at the half and coated to a 76-23 victory against the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at Perham. Jordan Bruhn (17), Zach Gabbard (14) and Nick Tobkin (10) hit double figures for the Yellowjackets, who are 11-0 and ranked No. 5 in the latest state Class AA poll. Chris Goplerud (7), Mason Long (5) and Kyle Goplerud (4) combined for 16 points to lead the Panthers, who fell to 1-9 on the season. PARK RAPIDS: C. Goplerud 3 1-1 7, Long 2 0-0 5, K. Goplerud 2 0-0 4, T. Ridlon 1 0-0 2, Massie 1 0-0 2, C.
Frank Moren's three assists and Cody Brumbaugh's 37 saves led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 6-3 Mid-State Conference victory over Northern Lakes at Breezy Point Tuesday night. The Panthers jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first period behind Brumbaugh's 18 saves. Noah MacPherson opened the scoring 1:09 into the game on an assist from Sam Coborn. Ian Johnson and Moren set up Coborn for a power-play goal at the 8:41 mark before Moren assisted on a goal by Zach Strandlie at the 10:28 mark.
Two of the state's top-ranked Class A wrestlers remained undefeated on the season in leading Crookston to a 54-21 Section 8A victory over Park Rapids Tuesday night at Crookston. Anthony Caputo, who is rated No. 1 at 152 pounds, and Brody Davidson, who is ranked No. 1 at 215, both recorded pins to lead the Pirates.
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
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.
Perham backed up the state's No. 1 ranking with a 147.20 to 101.30 victory over the Park Rapids gymnastics team Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Perham, which has won the last seven state Class A championships, entered this Mid-State Conference dual meet with the top average in the state of 146.125.
Eleven pins and four forfeits led the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis wrestling team to a pair of wins Thursday night at Walker. Seven pins and three forfeits led WHAN to a 63-17 victory over Crosby-Ironton and four pins and a forfeit sparked a 45-30 win over Park Rapids. Park Rapids used five forfeits and four pins to defeat Crosby-Ironton 57-18 in the other match. Pins by Charles Oothoudt, Daniel Stacey, Blake Wiemann, AJ Pappas, Joe Anderson, Christopher Zimmer and Garrett Edelman and a minor decision win by Paul Langton led the Wolves past C-I.
Frazee took control in the second half and Wadena-Deer Creek took control in the first half to hand the Park Rapids girls basketball team a pair of losses. The Panthers held a 26-24 lead at the half before Frazee rallied for a 53-44 win Thursday night at Frazee. At Wadena Friday night, the host Wolverines jumped out to a 42-20 lead at the half en route to a 67-33 Mid-State Conference victory. Park Rapids fell to 0-5 in conference play and 0-12 overall. Frazee rallies for win Ashley Bachmann's five 3-pointers in the first half and Alexis Tappe's three 3-pointers and 16 points in the se