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Walker-Hackensack-Akeley forced 32 turnovers to eliminate the Nevis girls basketball team from the Section 5A North playoffs with an 80-35 win at Walker on March 1. Ashley Pyburn led the No. 7-seeded Tigers with 12 points, eight steals and seven rebounds. Ava Isaacson (7) and Katie Kamphaus (6) combined for 13 points with Isaacson leading the way with nine rebounds while adding four steals. Madison Neyens and Kia Heide dished out two assists each as the Tigers end the season with a 10-18 record.
Kacie Borowicz and Katie Borowicz combined to score 53 points, including 30 in the second half, to lead Roseau to an 81-46 Section 8AA playoff victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team March 3 at Concordia College in Moorhead. The Borowicz sisters combined for 23 points as the Rams, the No. 2 seed in the North, led 41-30 at the half. Rilee Michaelson hit three 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Park Rapids, the No. 3 seed in the South.
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley had the Menahga girls basketball team in an unusual situation midway through Tuesday night's Section 5A championship game at Wadena. At the end, the Braves were back in familiar territory. Menahga, which trailed at halftime for the first time this season, outscored the Wolves 42-24 in the second half for a 70-55 victory to improve to 29-0 and earn a trip to the Section 5A title game.
Caden Kramer and Jack Landquist scored 10 points apiece in the first half to spark the Nevis boys basketball team to a 58-44 Northland Conference victory at Red Lake in the regular-season finale March 2.
The Section 5A North boys basketball playoff game between Menahga and Verndale scheduled for Monday night (March 5) has been postponed because of the weather. That game will be played Tuesday night (March 6) at Verndale starting at 5:30. The winner of that game advances to play at Nevis Thursday night (March 8) at 7 p.m. The early start is to accommodate Menahga fans who want to watch the Menahga girls play Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at Wadena at 7:45 Tuesday night in the Section 5A North championship game.
Aitkin took advantage of 21 fouls to close the Mid-State Conference schedule and regular season with a 66-59 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Friday night at the Area High School gym. The Gobblers, who snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 72-35 win over Park Rapids at Aitkin on Feb. 2, made 12 of 14 free throws down the stretch and 21 of 29 free throws in the game to sweep the season series.
Park Rapids and Nevis earned home-court advantage to open the section boys basketball tournament. Park Rapids received the No. 4 seed in the South for the Section 8AA playoffs with a 12-12 record and will host No. 5 Wadena-Deer Creek (13-13) Thursday night (March 8) at 7 p.m. The Panthers defeated W-DC 60-49 Dec. 21 at Wadena. The winner of that game plays the winner between Hawley (the No. 1 seed in the North with a 13-11 record) and Thief River Falls (the No. 8 seed in the North with a 2-24 record) at Concordia College in Moorhead on March 10 at 6 p.m.
The Menahga girls basketball team moved one step closer to advancing to the Section 5A championship game with a 68-55 win over Sebeka Saturday night at Pequot Lakes. Menahga, the No. 1 seed in the North, improved to 28-0 by defeating No. 4 Sebeka for the third time this season and will play No. 2 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Tuesday night at 7 at Wadena for the North championship. W-H-A eliminated No. 3 Pine River-Backus 63-51 in Saturday night's other game at Pequot Lakes.
Deciding to focus on the three relays paid off for the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team during Saturday's finals of the state Class A meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The Panthers advanced to the finals in three events and in the consolation finals in three events during the state preliminaries Thursday and Friday. Scoring points in five events led Park Rapids to 10th place in the team standings with 83 points.
Park Rapids' Ashton Clark and Nevis' Kyle Schmidt earned medals from the Minnesota state high school wrestling tournament. Both wrestlers were guaranteed medals after winning both their matches during Friday's opening rounds at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.