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Walker-Hackensack-Akeley jumped out to a 21-0 lead and led 41-7 at halftime in a 61-30 Northwoods Conference win over the Nevis girls basketball team Feb. 4 at the Tiger Arena. Montana Baker's seven rebounds, Kia Heide's four blocked shots and three steals, and Madisyn Lucas' three assists led the Tigers, who shot only 20 percent (12 for 59) from the field in falling to 3-7 in conference play and 4-13 overall.
Menahga relied on defense in a 56-37 win over the Nevis girls basketball team Feb. 2 at Menahga. Alyssa Peterson and Megan Hendrickson had six steals apiece as the Braves had 23 steals and forced 34 turnovers. Peterson scored 21 points while Hendrickson had 12 points and five assists. Cierra Ahlf added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley closed the game with a 13-5 run to defeat the Park Rapids boys basketball team 53-45 Tuesday night at Walker. Tristin Persons and Hunter Jewison scored 12 points apiece for the Panthers, who suffered their 13th loss in a row. Jewison also had seven rebounds and three blocked shots while Jason Haas had three assists and three steals as Park Rapids fell to 3-18 on the season. The Wolves improved to 11-6.
Three inside baskets by Rilee Michaelson and a pair of 3-pointers by Macky Warne sparked a 14-3 run as the Park Rapids girls basketball team broke open a 50-50 tie in a 70-57 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Tuesday night at Walker.
Jarrett Johnson's pair of unassisted goals early in the third period helped the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team snap a five-game losing streak with a 5-1 Section 8A win at Red Lake Falls Tuesday night. Goals by Cole Hoscheid and Caleb Strandlie gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the first period. Bjorn Jorgenson assisted on Hoscheid's goal at the 8:38 mark while Brett Pinoniemi and Jimmy Hillukka set up Strandlie's goal at the 13:42 mark.
A five-goal second period powered the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 6-0 win over Detroit Lakes in a Section 8A quarterfinal game Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Alexa Kennedy scored 44 seconds into the game to give the No. 4-seeded Panthers a 1-0 lead. Park Rapids put the game away in the second period behind goals by Taylor Sagen at the 5:31 mark, Tara Johanning at the 8:25 mark, Lexi Hinkley-Smith at the 12:07 mark, Taylor Pingrey at the 12:55 mark and Sagen at the 15:44 mark.
A 28-8 run in the second half sparked the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 52-49 win over Frazee Thursday night at the Century School gym. Frazee led 36-24 with 12:16 to play before the Panthers took control. A jumper by Kendra Coborn, a layup by Rilee Michaelson, a layup off a steal by Kaisa Coborn, a 3-pointer by Macky Warne, two inside baskets by Michaelson, and a jumper by Jaiden McCollum sparked a 16-2 run as the Panthers claimed a 40-38 lead with 6:18 to play.
Todd Fritze can add an undefeated season to his list of accomplishments as head coach of the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team. The Panthers capped off their dual-meet season with a 101.50-82.50 win at Bemidji Thursday night. That gave Park Rapids a 7-0 record in dual meets and the first undefeated season in the history of the boys swimming program.
Austin Bacon claimed runner-up honors at 138 pounds as United North Central placed seventh at Saturday's Park Region Conference tournament at Bertha. Placing third for the Warriors were Ben Johnson at 126, Cade LaCoe at 152, Toby Hintzman at 160 and Brock Kako at 220. Also placing for UNC were Eion Ness (fifth at 120) and Jared Siebert (fifth at 285).
Bemidji scored goals in the closing seconds of the first and second periods to end the regular season with a 4-3 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.