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Depth was a main reason for the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team's success last season. With even more numbers this season, Todd Fritze is hoping more depth will produce more success this year and in the future. Last season, a roster of 35 helped the Panthers go 4-2 in dual meets, finish fifth at the Section 5A True Team meet, earn runner-up honors at the Mid-State Conference meet, place eighth at the Section 3A meet and qualify five swimmers in four events for the state Class A meet. Of those 35 swimmers and divers, 28 scored points in a varsity meet last season.
Forfeits proved costly as the Park Rapids wrestling team opened the season with a pair of losses at Cass Lake Tuesday. United North Central took advantage of five forfeits to defeat the Panthers 58-10 in the first match while three forfeits helped Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena hold on for a 43-33 win over the Panthers in the final match. Forfeits lead Warriors to win Tanner Eischens' 12-1 major decision at 106 pounds and Nolan Booge's pin at 120 gave the Panthers an early 10-4 advantage before the Warriors won the final 11 matches. Eischens used takedowns and nearfalls in the first and third
Third-period goals by Jaimie Nielson and Kendra Johnson rallied Fargo North to a 2-1 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Ashley Thelen tipped in a rebound at the 5:20 mark of the first period to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Alex Pederson assisted on that goal. After a scoreless second period, the Spartans tied the game on Nielson's goal at the 12:57 mark before Johnson scored the game-winner at the 10:42 mark.
Tarah Cleveland's 32 points and Jenny Skoog's 19 rebounds led the Menahga girls basketball team to a 68-65 Park Region Conference victory over Verndale Tuesday night at Menahga. Shelby Pihlaja added 22 points and three assists, Cleveland had eight rebounds and three steals, and Shannon Skoog had three assists as the Braves improved to 2-1 on the season. Teresa Moenkedick scored 25 points for Verndale, which fell to 1-1. MENAHGA: Cleveland 11 7-11 32, Pihlaja 7 7-9 22, J. Skoog 2 1-2 5, Stifter 2 1-4 5, Carlson 1 0-0 2, Allebach 1 0-1 2, S. Skoog 0 0-0 0.
Tanner Schwartz had 29 points, eight rebounds and seven steals to lead the Menahga boys basketball team to a 67-57 double-overtime victory over Frazee in the season opener last Friday night. MENAHGA: T. Schwartz 9 9-19 29, A. Schwartz 4 4-4 13, Burkman 3 3-4 9, Johnson 2 0-0 6, L. Schwartz 0 4-4 4, Junes 1 1-2 3, Lusti 1 0-0 3. Totals: 20 for 53 (FG), 21 for 33 (FT). Three-point field goals: T. Schwartz 2, Johnson 2, A. Schwartz 1, Lusti 1. Rebounds: Menahga 33 (Burkman 12, T. Schwartz 8, L. Schwartz 7, Johnson 2, Rudquist 2, A. Schwartz 1, Junes 1). Assists: Menahga 10 (A. Schwartz 4, T.
Megan Norby's 29 points, five steals and three assists led the Nevis girls basketball team to a 67-54 win at Cass Lake Monday night. Riley Hanson added 13 points and 10 rebounds while Mattie Hjelseth had 11 points, 11 rebounds and five steals for the Tigers, who led 38-32 at the half and improved to 2-0 on the season. NEVIS: Dierkhising 2 0-0 4, Hanson 4 5-9 13, Bliss 1 4-6 6, Schuldt 0 0-0 0, Drury 0 0-0 0, Hjelseth 5 1-8 11, Brown 0 1-2 1, Lucas 1 0-0 2, Norby 11 6-14 29, Ahrendt 0 1-2 1. Totals: 24 for 76 (FG), 18 for 41 (FT). Halftime: Nevis 38, Cass Lake 32.
With only four high school wrestlers who saw extensive varsity time last season returning, winning dual meets could be a problem for the Park Rapids wrestling team this season. On the positive side, the Panthers have some talented individuals and solid numbers at the junior high level, which bodes well for the future. The graduation of eight seniors who combined for 125 victories last season leaves the Panthers will several key spots to fill.
Coco Piche scored two goals within 24 seconds late in the third period to spark East Grand Forks to a 5-1 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Ake-ley girls hockey team in a battle of Section 8A rivals Saturday afternoon at the Ted O.
Jeremy Nordick is counting on experience and athleticism to lead the Menahga boys basketball team to a successful season. The Braves return seven key players from a team that went 6-6 for fourth place in the Park Region Conference and 12-14 overall. Menahga was the No. 8 seed for the Section 5A West playoffs, losing to No.
Losing six close games resulted in a 12-15 overall record for the Nevis boys basketball team last season. Scott Kramer is counting on the Tigers to finish strong and win those close games this season. Returning from last year's team that tied for fourth place in the Northland Conference standings with a 4-8 record and received the No.