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Despite finishing the season with a 6-18-2 overall record, Pete Naugle was pleased with the effort of the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in his first season as head coach. Adjusting to a new coach's system, losing four games by one goal (including two in overtime) and settling for two ties prevented the Panthers from producing their desired goal of a .500 record.
For the second game in a row, the Nevis boys basketball team entered halftime at the state Class A tournament with the lead. But once again the Tigers couldn't maintain the advantage as Red Lake used an 8-0 run to start the second half to spark a 52-43 victory in the consolation semifinals at Concordia-St. Paul. Nevis opened the tournament by building a 31-22 halftime lead in Thursday's quarterfinals before Springfield started the second half with a 10-0 run to spark a 73-65 victory.
Nevis was in position to win its first game in its second trip to the state Class A boys basketball tournament Thursday afternoon at Williams Arena. A 34-11 run to start the second half by Springfield prevented that from happening as the Tigers fell short in their bid to reach the state semifinals with a 73-65 loss. Springfield jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Michael Landquist scored 13 points in the first half as Nevis carried a 31-22 lead into the break.
With a veteran lineup returning, Matt Clark expected a successful season from the Park Rapids wrestling team. The Panthers didn't disappoint by going 14-4 in dual meets, advancing to the Section 8A championship match, being rated No. 9 in the final state Class A poll, qualifying six wrestlers for the state Class A meet and earning three individual medals at the state Class A meet. "We went 14-4 in duals and all four losses were to ranked teams and we had some kids do some pretty amazing things," said Clark. "We had a lot of good things happen this year."
Zach Henry took only two shots during Friday night's Section 5A boys basketball championship game at Wadena. The junior guard's second shot sent Nevis to the state Class A tournament for the second time in school history. Henry hit a 3-pointer with :04 remaining in the fourth overtime to give the Tigers a 55-52 win over Browerville-Eagle Valley in a marathon battle of the section's No. 1 seeds.
Being on the same team as the top goal scorer against NCAA Division I women's hockey competition last season helped McKenna Brand develop into one of the top NCAA Division I goal scorers in the nation this season.
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has announced that Nate Hendrickson, who starred for the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling program in the 1990s, has been selected for a spot on the NSIC's Top 25 Team. The team is part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the conference.
Park Rapids' Austin Carlson won two medals while Park Rapids' Isaac Overmyer just missed earning a medal as the University of Minnesota Duluth men's track and field team finished sixth at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Championships at Mankato on Feb. 25.
In the first three games of the Section 5A tournament, opponents of the Nevis boys basketball team slowed down the tempo. That strategy led to three low-scoring games, but in the end the Tigers prevailed all three times to earn a trip to the Section 5A championship game. The Tigers, the No. 1 seed in the North half of the section and the No. 2-rated team among Class A teams, advanced to the Section 5A final for the second time in the last three years with a hard-fought 41-37 win over No. 3 Verndale Tuesday night at Pequot Lakes.
Zach Henry's 3-pointer with :04 remaining in the fourth overtime gave the Nevis boys basketball team a 55-52 win over Browerville/Eagle Valley in the Section 5A championship game Friday night at Wadena. The Tigers will make their second trip to the state Class A tournament in the last three years with a quarterfinal game Thursday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.