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Having three players score at least 16 points was the key as the Nevis boys basketball team snapped a couple of streaks with a 74-47 win at Verndale Tuesday night. Verndale entered this game between Section 5A teams with a six-game winning streak and an undefeated record at home this season. The Tigers ended both streaks by jumping out to a 37-23 halftime lead.
A 30-5 advantage in shots on goal in the first period set the tone as Warroad advanced to the Section 8A championship game with a 12-0 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Monday night at East Grand Forks. Warroad, the No. 1 seed in the section and the No. 5-rated team in Class A, used goals by Danika Huerd at the 4:40 mark, Madison Oelkers at the 5:38 and 7:01 marks, Grace Pederson at the 9:04 mark and McKenzie Oelkers at the 12:48 mark to claim a 5-0 lead after the first period.
Nevis outscored Blackduck 37-8 in the second half in running away with an 85-33 Northland Conference boys basketball victory Friday night.
Breaking the conference record in the 200-yard medley relay set the tone as the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team repeated as Mid-State Conference champions Friday night at Detroit Lakes. Park Rapids clocked nine winning times and added six runner-up showings in compiling 507 points. Detroit Lakes was second with 464 points while Perham took third with 185 points. "Detroit Lakes swam well, but we swam better," said Park Rapids head coach Todd Fritze. "I'm proud of the guys. They raced really well."
Noah Ross and Dacotah Mittag had double-doubles in leading Wadena-Deer Creek to a 65-50 Park Region Conference win over the Menahga boys basketball team Friday night at Wadena. Ross had 25 points and 11 rebounds while Mittag chipped in 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Wolverines improved to 6-5 in the conference and 10-9 overall. Jonathan Pantages also hit double figures with 11 points for W-DC, which led 29-28 at break before outscoring the Braves 36-22 in the second half.
Park Rapids received the No. 2 seed for Saturday's Section 8A team wrestling tournament at Thief River Falls' Ralph Engelstad Arena. The tournament begins Saturday morning at 11 with No. 7 Crookston (6-12 in dual meets) wrestling No. 10 Fertile-Beltrami (1-17) and No. 8 Red Lake County Central (2-11) wrestling No. 9 Mahnomen/Waubun (1-13).
Kittson Central scored twice in the third period to salvage a 2-2 tie with the Park Rapids-Menahga--Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in a Section 8A game Saturday afternoon at Hallock. Bjorn Jorgenson opened the scoring at the 11:28 mark of the first period on an assist from Isaac Johnson and Mitch Peterson gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead with a goal at the 8:35 mark of the second period. Jimmy Hillukka and Nolan Pederson had assists on that goal.
Head coach Gary Vaudrin was expecting another close game against Detroit Lakes in the first round of the Section 8A playoffs Thursday night. Instead, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team controlled play and used a five-goal second period to skate to a decisive 6-0 win at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
Blackduck built a 20-13 halftime lead and held on for a 43-39 Northwoods Conference victory over the Nevis girls basketball team Friday night at Blackduck. Montana Baker scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds while Annalise Ahrendt and Emma Bliss combined for 16 points. Bliss also had eight rebounds, Madisyn Lucas had four steals and Ashley Pyburn had three assists for the Tigers, who shot 21 percent (11 for 53) from the field and had 30 turnovers.
Eleven pins and eight forfeits helped the Park Rapids wrestling team end the regular season with a pair of easy wins Thursday night at the Century School gym. The Panthers used six pins to defeat Fosston/Bagley 52-24 in the first match and used five pins and seven forfeits to defeat Mahnomen-Waubun 72-10 in the final match. Fosston/Bagley defeated Mahnomen-Waubun 47-21 in the other match. In the win over Fosston/Bagley, the Panthers trailed 18-13 before rallying for the win.