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Nine players scored goals and 11 players tallied assists in Thief River Falls' 14-1 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Thursday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Grace Bergland and Shelby Breiland scored two goals each as the Prowlers used a 24-4 advantage in shots to claim a 5-0 lead after the first period. Kora Torkelson and Erin Kraemer scored two goals apiece during an eight-goal second period as TRF claimed a 13-0 lead. The Prowlers held a 13-0 advantage in shots in that period.
A 16-4 run to close out the first half sparked the Menahga boys basketball team to a 61-52 win over Grygla-Gatzke in the season opener Thursday night at Menahga. The Charges led 19-14 with 5:30 to play in the first half before Damon Howard hit three 3-pointers to give Menahga a 30-23 lead at the break. Howard hit another 3-pointer and combined with Luke Wurdock to score 14 points in the second half to help the Braves prevail.
Adam Herberg hit a key 3-pointer and Hunter Jewison hit the clinching two free throws as the Park Rapids boys basketball team opened the season with a 53-52 win over Pillager Friday night at the Area High School gym.
Despite going on a 21-0 run in the first half, Perham had to hit eight free throws in the final minute to hold off a late charge and preserve a 68-55 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Saturday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers were held scoreless for almost eight minutes in the first half, but were able to slice a 35-13 deficit to 60-55 with 1:01 to play before Perham sealed the win at the free throw line in this game between Section 8AA rivals.
A year ago, the Nevis boys basketball team surprised opponents by going 10-4 in the Northland Conference and 22-6 overall. The Tigers won't be surprising anyone this season. Head coach Scott Kramer returns his entire starting lineup from a team that earned the No. 2 seed in the North for the Section 5A tournament. The Tigers opened the playoffs with an 80-55 win over No. 7 Sebeka before being upset by No. 3 Verndale 46-40 in the second round. Browerville/Eagle Valley defeated Verndale in the section championship game.
Tuesday's weather postponed a pair of Park Rapids basketball games and the Menahga girls basketball game. The girls basketball game between Frazee and Park Rapids has been postponed and rescheduled for Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School gym. The Mid-State Conference boys basketball game between Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes at Detroit Lakes has also been postponed. That game will be rescheduled for a later date.
Jeff Overmyer said defense would be the main focus for the Park Rapids girls basketball team this season. Two key defensive stretches sparked the Panthers to a 64-58 Mid-State Conference win over Crosby-Ironton Tuesday night at the Area High School gym as Overmyer made a successful debut as Park Rapids' head coach. Park Rapids trailed 22-20 before a 12-0 run led to a 35-26 halftime lead. The Panthers then opened the second half with a 10-0 run for a 45-28 advantage before holding on for the win in the season opener for both teams.
Head coach Matt Brandt is expecting an up-tempo style of play will transition into a more efficient offense and translate into more success for the Park Rapids boys basketball team this season.
Alexa Kennedy's goal at the 4:36 mark in overtime gave the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team a 2-1 win at Detroit Lakes Tuesday night. Taylor Sagen set up the game-winning goal in this battle of Mid-State Conference and Section 8A rivals. Hannah Rhodes scored on the power play at the 13:56 mark to give Detroit Lakes a 1-0 lead after the first period. Tara Johanning tied the game at the 10:02 mark of the second period on assists from Serena Aletto and Taylor Pingrey.
A poor shooting night proved costly as the Nevis girls basketball team opened the season with a 46-44 overtime loss to Blackduck Tuesday night. The Tigers shot only 25 percent from the field (17 for 69) and 40 percent at the free throw line (8 for 20) while committing 26 turnovers. Despite that, Nevis led 20-14 at the half before Blackduck tied the game at 43-43 to force overtime.