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Despite having its most productive offensive showing of the season, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team couldn't return to the win column. Park Rapids opened the Crookston Holiday Classic with a 3-0 loss to Grand Forks on Dec. 27 and followed with a 7-4 loss to Jamestown on Dec. 28.
Cass Lake-Bena made seven 3-pointers in the first half to take control in an 88-59 victory over the Menahga boys basketball team in a semifinal game of the Park Rapids Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27.
Gabe Bagstad hit three 3-pointers to spark a 15-4 run to start the game and hit another 3-pointer to cap a 22-8 run to open the second half in leading the Park Rapids boys basketball team to a 62-37 win over Menahga in Thursday afternoon's third-place game of the Park Rapids Holiday Tournament.
Cass Lake-Bena and Mahnomen-Waubun prevailed in Wednesday's semifinals and will play for the title of the Park Rapids Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament. Cass Lake led 49-25 at the half in an 88-59 victory over Menahga while Cass Lake-Bena followed a 24-8 run with a game-ending 10-1 run for a 57-42 victory over Park Rapids.
Park Rapids' Megan Olson and Lydia Kantonen competed in the two biggest meets of the season for the University of North Dakota women's cross-country team this fall. Kantonen capped off her freshman season as UND's No. 2 runner at the Big Sky Conference Championship and the No. 3 runner at the NCAA Division I West Regional Championship while Olson concluded her sophomore season as the Fighting Hawks' No. 7 runner at both meets.
Park Rapids' Isaac Overmyer helped the University of Minnesota Duluth men's cross-country team qualify for the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championship for the first time in 13 years. UMD received one of eight at-large bids after placing fourth at the 27-team Central Regional at Kearney, Nebraska on Nov. 4. The top three teams automatically qualified for nationals.
Nevis' Riley Hanson will be among 10 exceptional former student-athletes honored with a 2018 NCAA Today's Top 10 Award during the National Collegiate Athletic Association Convention at Indianapolis, Indiana on Jan. 17.
Jeremy Nordick thought the United North Central football team had enough talent to contend for the Midwest Blue District and Section 8AA titles this season. The Warriors were living up to that potential before a couple key injuries sidetracked the season.
Having a starting lineup full of veteran seniors and playing a tougher schedule during the regular season were the key ingredients in cooking up a historic season for the Nevis 9-man football team.
For only the second time this season, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team had more shots on goal than the opposition during a Mid-State Conference game at Breezy Point Tuesday night. That discrepancy in shots sparked the Panthers to a 5-3 win over Northern Lakes that snapped a five-game losing streak.