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Menahga maintained the No. 5 ranking in this week's state Class A girls high school basketball poll. The Braves, who remained the only undefeated team among Class A schools, trailed Lyle-Pacelli, Mountain Iron-Buhl, Hayfield and Goodhue as the top five spots stayed the same. Ada-Borup/Norman County West, Minneota, Lac qui Parle Valley, Grand Meadow and Bigfork rounded out the top 10.
The Menahga boys basketball team gave the top team in the Park Region Conference a battle before Henning hung on for a 64-61 victory Tuesday night at Menahga. Charlie Hodge (15), Tristan Aho (13), Zach Floyd (9), Jonah Howard (8), Owen Anderson (8) and Gavin Hillukka (6) led a balanced scoring attack for the Braves. Aho and Howard hauled down six rebounds each while Floyd had four assists. Menahga made 21 of 52 shots, including hitting 6 of 16 3-point attempts.
Tanner Doppler, Logan Pratt and Jake Bettcher combined for 53 points in leading Detroit Lakes to a 75-41 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team at Detroit Lakes on Feb. 15. Pratt's 6 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots sparked the Lakers to an early 11-1 lead before Doppler hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 points to give Detroit Lakes a 35-13 lead at the half. Bettcher took over in the second half, hitting three 3-pointers and scoring 13 points as the Lakers pulled away.
An 11-2 run to open the second half was followed with a 10-0 run, igniting the Park Rapids girls basketball team to an 80-54 Section 8AA victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. A 3-pointer by Kennedy Gravelle and a three-point play by Ashley Adams gave W-DC a 10-6 lead with 12:04 to play in the first half before a 10-3 run gave the Panthers the lead for good. Paige Johnson converted a three-point play off a rebound, Rilee Michaelson hit a 3-pointer and Johnson hit consecutive jumpers as Park Rapids led 16-13 at the 9:46 mark.
A more aggressive approach on the offensive end in the second period powered the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to an 8-0 victory over Red Lake Falls in a Section 8A play-in game Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The Panthers led 1-0 after the first period before a 22-3 advantage in shots on goal pushed the lead to 6-0 after the second period. Bjorn Jorgenson recorded a hat trick in that middle period as Park Rapids advanced to the section quarterfinals.
Fosston/Bagley won five straight matches, including three via forfeits, in the late going for a 46-29 win over the United North Central wrestling team in the quarterfinals of the Section 8A tournament Saturday at Thief River Falls. UNC, the No. 6 seed, built a 23-16 lead before No. 3 Fosston/Bagley rallied for the win. Hank Tellers opened the meet with a 15-0 technical fall win at 106 pounds before Ethan Trout's pin in 1:00 at 126, Eion Ness' 4-2 decision at 132, Torrey Carlson's 2-0 overtime decision at 138 and Toby Hintzman's pin in 2:31 at 152 gave the Warriors the lead.
Caden Kramer, Tom Wormley and Jack Landquist combined to score 52 points in leading the Nevis boys basketball team to a 71-44 Northland Conference victory over Kelliher-Northome Friday night at the Tiger Arena. The Tigers broke open a 6-6 tie with an 18-6 run as three layups by Wormley, a jumper by Michael Landquist, a 3-pointer by Kramer, two inside baskets by Zach Henry and a basket off a rebound by Michael Landquist provided a 24-12 lead with 7:28 to play in the first half. Two layups by Jack Landquist and layups by Wormley and Kramer gave the Tigers a 33-27 lead at the half.
Five players hit double figures as the Menahga boys basketball team surpassed a season high in points in a 98-84 win at Frazee on Feb. 13. Tristan Aho hit 12 of 16 free throws and finished with 25 points while Charlie Hodge hit all six 3-pointers he attempted and added 23 points for the Braves. Jonah Howard and Gavin Hillukka scored 14 points apiece and Owen Anderson also hit double figures with 10 points as Menahga made 15 of 22 3-pointers in the game..
Four starters scored in double figures as the Menahga girls basketball team remained undefeated on the season with a 71-26 win at Nevis Thursday night. Alyssa Peterson led the Braves with 19 points, eight steals and six assists while Cierra Ahlf added 14 points and Tara Hendrickson had 13 points and three steals. Megan Hendrickson tallied another double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Braves jumped out to a 47-14 halftime lead in improving to 12-0 against Section 5A teams and 23-0 overall.
Kelliher-Northome built a 23-point lead early in the second half then held off a late rally by Nevis for a 63-53 Northwoods Conference girls basketball victory Friday night at the Tiger Arena. Three-pointers by Destiny Heck and Shanelle Head and four more baskets by Heck gave Kelliher-Northome an early 21-4 lead with 10:27 to play in the first half. Nevis used two jumpers by Kali Oelschlager, a jumper by Annalise Ahrendt, a basket off a rebound by Katie Kamphaus, and 3-pointers by Ava Isaacson and Oelschlager to cut the gap to 28-18 at the half.