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Park Rapids' Megan Olson competed in four indoor meets for the University of North Dakota women's track and field team this winter. Olson finished sixth in the 800-meter run in 2:25.02 and ran on UND's 12th-place 4 x 400 relay team that clocked a 4:16.51 at the Thundering Herd Classic at North Dakota State University on Jan. 13. The UND sophomore clocked a 2:22.23 to place fourth in the 800 at the University of North Dakota Open on Jan. 27 and clocked a 2:30.41 to place 58th at the South Dakota State University Indoor Classic on Feb. 10.
Park Rapids' Mady Vaudrin completed her final indoor season while Osage's Jake Clements completed his first indoor season as members of the Minnesota State University Moorhead track and field teams. Vaudrin, a senior sprinter, competed in seven meets while Clements, a freshman who graduated from Menahga High School, competed in three meets in the pole vault for the Dragons.
Park Rapids' Austin Carlson placed in two events in helping the University of Minnesota Duluth men's track and field team tie for third place at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Championships at Mankato on Feb. 24.
This time, the Menahga girls basketball team couldn’t overcome a halftime deficit. Menahga, which trailed by 11 points at the half and by 18 points with 12:49 to play, rallied to within 67-65 with 1:53 remaining before Minneota held on for a 74-69 win in a state Class A quarterfinal game at Williams Arena on March 15.
After surviving in double overtime to open the Section 8AA playoffs, the Park Rapids boys basketball team wasn't able to survive the performance of Hawley's Noah Glad in the quarterfinals. Glad scored 19 of his game-high 30 points in the second half in leading Hawley to a 58-45 victory March 10 at Concordia College in Moorhead. Hawley, the No. 1 seed in the North, opened the second half with an 11-1 run to expand a 27-24 halftime lead to 38-25 to advance to the semifinals.
McKenna Brand set some lofty goals for her and the Northeastern University women's hockey team this season. The senior forward thought the Huskies had the talent to win the Hockey East title for the first time in school history, qualify for the NCAA Division I Tournament for the second time in school history and make a run at advancing to the Frozen 4 for the first time in school history.
Nevis' bid to return to the Section 5A boys basketball championship game was denied Monday night as Cromwell-Wright held on for a 55-50 victory at Pequot Lakes in the Section 5A North final.
The Nevis boys basketball team connected on nine 3-pointers in the first half to take control and eliminate Menahga from the Section 5A playoffs with an 81-56 victory Thursday night at the Tiger Arena. Nevis, the No. 2 seed in the North, made 14 3-pointers in the game to advance. "I was really happy with the way we moved the ball offensively and took quality shots," said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. "We hit 14 of 20 3s, which is an improvement as of late and also what you need at tourney time."
Head coach Cody Pulju knew the Menahga girls basketball team would face a battle from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in Friday night’s Section 5A championship game at Fergus Falls. Even though the Braves defeated B-B-E 65-39 in the second game of the season, Pulju expected a much closer game in the rematch with a trip to the state Class A tournament at stake.
Park Rapids and Nevis prevailed in constasting styles Thursday night to open the section boys basketball tournaments. Park Rapids, the No. 4 seed in the South, opened the Section 8AA playoffs with a 65-64 win over No. 5 Wadena-Deer Creek in double overtime at the Area High School gym. The Panthers will play Hawley, the No. 1 seed in the North, in a Section 8AA quarterfinal game at Concordia College in Moorhead Saturday (March 10) at 6 p.m. Hawley defeated Thief River Falls 70-51 Thursday night.