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After going into overtime in the first meeting, it was only fitting that the Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey teams would go into extra time in the rematch Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. While Park Rapids prevailed 2-1 in overtime at Detroit Lakes on Nov. 29, nothing was settled after an extra period this time as both teams skated to a 4-4 tie in this battle between Mid-State Conference and Section 8A rivals.
Jarrett Johnson scored on a slap shot 2:40 into overtime to give the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team a 2-1 Mid-State Conference win at Detroit Lakes Tuesday night. Goalie Austin Jerger made 46 saves, including 13 in overtime, to set up Johnson's game-winner. After a scoreless first period, Trey Seebold's goal at the 3:27 mark gave Detroit Lakes a 1-0 lead in the second period.
After jumping out to a 20-6 lead, Pequot Lakes used a 17-0 run starting right before halftime to take control in an 81-33 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym.
Five individuals claimed titles in leading the Park Rapids wrestling team to the team title at the Crookston Invitational on Dec. 10. Ashton Clark at 113, Landen Burlingame at 132, Jared Sunram at 160, Cody Dravis at 170 and Justin Dravis at 182 claimed individual titles for the Panthers, who topped the 12-team field with 204 points. Hillsboro-Central Valley was second with 172 points.
Senior Olivia Fischer made her season debut and helped the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team improve in three events during Monday night's dual meet against Perham. Fischer competed on balance beam, uneven parallel bars and vault as the Panthers improved their score in all three events. However, Jada Olsen won all four events and the all-around title in leading Perham to a 135.00 to 109.85 victory at the Area High School gym.
Head coach Jacob Oyster is counting on the United North Central wrestling team to put a solid lineup on the mats by the end of the season. The Warriors return six wrestlers who placed and two others who competed at last year's Section 8A tournament. Being counted on to lead UNC this winter are seniors Austin Bacon, Ben Johnson and George Lausten; junior Toby Hintzman; sophomores Jared Seibert, Isaac Tellers and Brock Kako; and freshman Garett Butler.
Erin Tooker earned runner-up honors in all-around as the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team opened the season with a 134.60-106.225 loss to Bemidji Friday night at the Area High School gym. Park Rapids received a 31.75 in vault behind a pair of 8.00s by Abby Kirlin and Shelby Leckner, a 7.90 by Randi Nielson and a 7.85 by Tooker. Tatum Offerdahl led the field with a 9.05 as Bemidji received a 34.95 in vault.
An efficient offensive performance led the Menahga girls basketball team to a 100-17 Park Region Conference victory over Bertha-Hewitt Friday night at Menahga. The Braves made 40 of 72 shots (including 15 of 31 3-pointers), had 30 assists and forced 37 turnovers to improve to 2-0 in the conference and 4-1 overall.
After dropping a close match to Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena, the Park Rapids wrestling team rallied for a close win over United North Central in the season openers Thursday night at Sebeka. BCLB opened the triangular with a 49-23 win over UNC before winning the heavyweight match for a 42-36 win over Park Rapids. The Panthers rebounded from that loss to rally for a 39-33 victory over UNC in the final match.
Alyssa Semmler's jump shot at the buzzer gave Pine River-Backus a 54-52 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Friday night at Pine River. Semmler finished with 21 points to lead the Tigers, who prevailed after holding a 29-15 halftime lead. Kaisa Coborn's 16 points, seven rebounds, five steals and two assists led Park Rapids. Jaiden McCollum added 15 points and five rebounds while Rilee Michaelson had three steals as the Panthers fell to 1-2. PR-B improved to 1-2.