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Lexi Hinkley-Smith, Taylor Pingrey and Taylor Sagen scored two goals apiece as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team skated to a 7-1 win over Morris/Benson Thursday night at Benson.
Emma Bliss' double-double sparked the Nevis girls basketball team to a 61-55 Northwoods Conference win over Cass Lake Thursday night at the Tiger Arena. Bliss had 14 points and 11 rebounds to go along with eight steals while Montana Baker added 21 points, seven rebounds and six steals for the Tigers, who led 32-26 at the half. Madisyn Lucas also hit double figures with 12 points while Kia Heide hauled down 10 rebounds. The Tigers used 26 steals to offset 34 turnovers and a 15-for-34 showing at the free throw line to spoil Cass Lake's season opener.
Kiel Struss and Nick Ackerman scored 18 points apiece as Pine River-Backus opened the season with a 59-53 win over the Menahga boys basketball team Thursday night at Menahga. Kirby Hrdlicka's 23 points, eight rebounds and seven steals led Menahga, which led 27-23 at the half. Damon Howard added 14 points and eight rebounds while Luke Wurdock had six assists and five steals. The Braves were coming off a 63-37 loss to Waubun on Dec. 3 at Bemidji's Sanford Center as Howard (13), Wurdock (7) and Hrdlicka (6) combined for 26 points.
The Nevis boys basketball team backed up being rated No. 9 in the first state Class A poll by opening the season with two impressive wins. Five players scored in double figures with Griffin Chase and Jack Landquist tallying double-doubles as the Tigers opened the season Dec. 2 with a 79-36 Northland Conference win over Laporte at the Tiger Arena.
Shea Alto's third-period goal gave the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team a 1-1 tie with Prairie Centre in a Mid-State Conference game Tuesday night at Long Prairie. After a scoreless first period, Petr Erhart's goal 41 seconds into the second period gave Prairie Centre a 1-0 lead. Park Rapids tied the game on Alto's goal at the 4:05 mark of the third period. Goalie Austin Jerger made 23 saves as the Panthers finished with a 26-24 edge in shots on goal in their conference debut.
Madisyn Lucas had nine steals and six assists as the Nevis girls basketball team used 32 steals to spark a 59-35 victory over Laporte Dec. 2 at the Tiger Arena. Laporte jumped out to an 8-0 lead with 13:34 to play in the first half when Montana Baker hit three baskets during a 16-0 run that gave the Tigers a 16-8 lead at the 6:15 mark. Nevis carried a 24-17 lead into the break before outscoring the Wildcats 35-18 in the second half.
Avoiding injuries will be the key to a successful season for the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team. Injuries prevented the Panthers from having their best lineup together all season in going 0-8 in dual meets and placing eighth at the Section 8A meet with 108.00 points. Park Rapids' season high was a 114.60.
A veteran group returns to lead the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team this season. With 21 swimmers and divers returning from a team that went 3-3-1 in dual meets, won the Mid-State Conference title and qualified four individuals in five events for the state Class A meet, head coach Todd Fritze is counting on another successful season. "This group is pretty hungry," said Fritze. "Hopefully we can start off the season where we left off last year."
Bjorn Jorgenson's two goals and three assists sparked the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 7-1 win over Bagley/Fosston at Bagley Thursday night. Shea Alto opened the scoring at the 6:10 mark before Bagley/Fosston tied it at 1-1 after the first period. A three-goal second period put the Panthers in control as Jorgenson assisted on goals by Caleb Strandlie at the 1:39 mark and Jarrett Johnson at the 4:50 mark and scored at the 7:13 mark. Alto and Strandlie tallied assists on Jorgenson's goal.
Head coach Matt Clark believes the Park Rapids wrestling team can turn in one of the most successful seasons in school history. In the last two seasons, the Panthers have gone 35-9 in dual meets, sent 10 wrestlers to the state Class A tournament and brought home four state medals. With almost the entire lineup returning from last year's team that went 17-6 in dual meets, Clark has plenty of reasons to expect a stellar season.