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Wadena-Deer Creek was able to hold off a second-half comeback to defeat the Park Rapids boys basketball team 55-39 in a Mid-State Conference game Friday night at the Area High School gym. W-DC built a 28-14 at the half before the Panthers opened the second half with a 15-6 run to get back in the game. Paul Dirks hit a jumper, converted a three-point play on a layup and made two free throws a the Panthers trailed 30-21 with 12:00 to play.
Park Rapids' Summer Ellefson qualified for her fourth straight state Nordic ski meet by winning the Section 8 title Wednesday at Camp Ripley. Ellefson led the 46-skier field with a pursuit time of 35 minutes, 37 seconds. The Park Rapids sophomore won the classic race with a time of 19:08 and followed with a winning time of 16:29 in the freestyle portion. Little Falls' Manon Gammon-Deering was second in 36:53 and Bemidji's Molly Manske was third in 36:59.
Paige Walters and Mandy Allman sparked a 14-0 run in the first half that sparked the Nevis girls basketball team to a 61-38 victory over Park Rapids Thursday night at the Tiger Arena. Both teams struggled offensively at the start as a 3-pointer by Park Rapids' Hannah Wolff and a jumper by Walters led to a 3-3 tie after the first five minutes. After a layup by Allman gave the Tigers a 5-3 lead with 12:07 remaining in the first half, a 3-pointer by Carson Lee Christenson and a jumper by Sophie Shogren gave the Panthers an 8-5 edge with 11:28 remaining. Nevis then went on a 14-0 run to clai
A pair of home losses to Section 8A rivals prevented the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team from earning a home game for the playoffs. The Panthers ended the regular season with a 3-1 loss to Thief River Falls Thursday night and a 5-1 loss to East Grand Forks Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Park Rapids, which ended the regular season with a 9-14-2 record, received the No. 5 seed for the Section 8A playoffs and will play at No. 4 Thief River Falls (10-13-1) Thursday night at 7. The winner of that game plays at No.
Sam Coborn's two goals, Tucker Coborn's goal and assist, and Kyle Kanten's two assists led the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team to a 4-2 win at Red Lake Falls in a Section 8A game Thursday night. Kanten set up Sam Coborn at the 9:02 mark of the first period to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. A power-play goal by David Johnston helped Red Lake Falls tie the game after the first period. Dan Ricke's power-play goal a minute into the second period put Park Rapids back in front. Tucker Coborn and Kevin McMorrow assisted on that goal. Sam Coborn scored the game winner with 4:24 to play.
Winning times by Sam Goebel, Ryan McBrady, the 200-yard medley and the 200 freestyle relay teams led the Park Rapids boys swimming team in a dual meet at Bemidji Thursday night. Goebel played a role in three of the Panthers' winning times by taking first in the 200 individual medley in 2:33.11 and swimming on both winning relay teams. Connor Smythe, Ryan McBrady and Jared Storseth joined Goebel with a 1:55.88 in the 200 medley relay while Storseth, Ben Kading and Kevin Merfeld joined Goebel for a 1:45.35 in the 200 freestyle relay.
Rachel Bell and Katie Jensen went 1-2 in all-around in leading Bemidji to a 131.50 to 118.10 victory over the Park Rapids gymnastics team Thursday night at Bemidji. Bell took first on uneven parallel bars and floor exercise for a 33.70 all-around score while Jensen led the way in vault en route to a 32.75 all-around score to lead Bemidji. Kyja Penning was second on bars with an 8.00 and floor with a 7.85 and tied for runner-up honors on balance beam with an 8.50 to finish third in all-around with a 32.30. Emily Klingenberg used an 8.25 in vault, an 8.05 on beam and a 7.10 on bars to plac
Park Rapids' Summer Ellefson qualified for her fourth straight state Nordic ski meet by winning the Section 8 title last Wednesday at Camp Ripley. Ellefson led the 46-skier field with a pursuit time of 35 minutes, 37 seconds. The Park Rapids sophomore won the classic race with a time of 19:08 and followed with a winning time of 16:29 in the freestyle portion. The state meet will be held Thursday at Giants Ridge. In other Park Rapids varsity sports action over the weekend: The Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team received the No.
When opponents play the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team, their main focus is to contain senior center Tucker Coborn, senior defenseman Kevin McMorrow and sophomore center Sam Coborn. Keeping that trio from putting the puck in the net has proven to be nearly impossible. The Coborns and McMorrow joined an elite group of Park Rapids hockey players this season by surpassing 100 career points. Tucker Coborn became the eighth player in the history of the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey program to reach 100 points with a goal against Detroit Lakes back on Dec.
Abby Fischer hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points in leading Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton to a 73-47 victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Monday night at the Area High School gym. Fischer and Kim Brinkman hit 3-pointers as the Rebels jumped out to a 17-6 lead. The Panthers responded with a 9-3 run as a 3-pointer by Hannah Wolff, two free throws by Sophie Shogren, a layup by Anna Grimes and two free throws by Alyssa Carlson closed the deficit to 20-15 with 6:25 to play in the first half. Three-pointers by Brinkman and Morgan Mathison pushed D-G-F's lead to 33-18 at the 3:03 m