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Three players scored in double figures in leading the Nevis girls basketball team to a 67-23 Northwoods Conference victory over Laporte at the Tiger Arena on Jan. 30. Kali Oelschlager led the Tigers with 15 points and seven rebounds while Katie Kamphaus had 14 points and six rebounds. Madison Neyens also hit double figures with 10 points for Nevis, which led 36-14 at the half.
A 22-4 run late in the first half and a 25-5 run to end the game powered the undefeated Menahga girls basketball team to a 70-33 Park Region Conference victory over Verndale Friday night at Menahga. A pair of jumpers and a 3-pointer Cierra Ahlf and a layup by Alyssa Peterson were offset by two inside baskets by Verndale's Melissa Hammer and a pair of baskets by Morgan Glenz as the game was tied at 10-10 with 11:15 to play in the first half.
The Nevis boys basketball team used a strong start and a strong finish to post a pair of Northland Conference wins last week. Nevis jumped out to a 47-19 halftime lead in an 81-41 win over Laporte on Jan. 30 at the Tiger Arena. The Tigers followed that victory by hitting clutch free throws down the stretch in a 46-43 win over Pine River-Backus at Pine River Thursday night.
The Menahga boys basketball team shot 50 percent from the field and made 21 of 31 free throws, but that solid shooting night wasn't enough in a 68-64 loss to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Tuesday night at Menahga. Tristan Aho scored 19 points, Charlie Hodge scored 16 points and Wade Berttunen scored 10 points for the Braves, who made 18 of 36 shots, including 7 of 14 3-pointers. Jonah Howard grabbed 11 rebounds and Zach Floyd had three steals as Menahga fell to 7-12 on the season. The Wolves improved to 9-6.
Both the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Bemidji girls hockey teams were looking to get their offenses clicking in the regular-season finale Friday night at the Bemidji Community Arena. Bemidji was able to build some offensive momentum entering the postseason as a 45-12 advantage in shots on goal sparked a 7-0 win. That was the Lumberjacks' second-best offensive output of the season. Bemidji blanked Park Rapids 11-0 on Jan. 4. Both teams had struggled on the offensive end entering this game.
New York Mills used five pins and a pair of forfeits in posting a 42-30 win over the Park Rapids wrestling team Thursday night at New York Mills. Pins were the difference as the Panthers matched New York Mills' seven wins with four minor decisions, one pin and two forfeits. New York Mills jumped out to a 30-3 lead, capped off by Matt Frost's pin at 138 pounds. Frost was rated No. 9 at that weight in the latest state Class A poll. A takedown and a reversal gave Ashton Clark a 4-0 minor decision at 113 for the Panthers' only win in the early going.
A year ago, the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team went undefeated in dual meets for the first time in school history. On Thursday night at the Area High School pool, the Panthers used a record-setting performance in the 400-yard freestyle relay to put the finishing touches on their second consecutive perfect season in head-to-head contests with a 108-78 victory over Bemidji.
A recent study by the National Alliance of Youth Sports showed that 70 percent of kids who went out for a sport quit that sport by the age of 13. The reason? Their parents. The study revealed that kids play sports because it's fun. Socializing with friends and learning new skills were also at the top of that list. Winning was rated No. 8.
Despite struggling on the offensive end, the Menahga girls basketball team remained undefeated on the season with a 50-41 Park Region Conference victory over New York Mills Tuesday night at New York Mills. The Braves prevailed despite shooting only 30 percent from the field (17 for 56, including 2 for 19 on 3-pointers) and missing 14 of 28 free throws while turning the ball over 19 times.
Five area wrestlers as well as the Menahga girls and Nevis boys basketball teams were rated in the latest state polls. Park Rapids' Ashton Clark was rated No. 3 at 113 pounds and Cody Dravis was rated No. 5 at 170 pounds in this week's state Class AA wrestling poll. Perham was rated No. 4, Pierz was rated No. 15, Thief River Falls was rated 18 and Detroit Lakes was rated No. 20 to represent Section 8AA among state Class AA teams.