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Park Rapids received the No. 8 seed and will open Saturday's Section 8AA wrestling tournament by facing No. 9 Fergus Falls at 11 a.m. at Thief River Falls. The Panthers enter this first-round match with a 9-13 record while Fergus Falls is 3-16. The winner of that match wrestles No. 1 Perham (24-1) at 12:30 p.m. in a quarterfinal match.
Wadena-Deer Creek hit 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute to seal a 63-55 Park Region Conference win over the Menahga boys basketball team Friday night at Wadena. W-DC led 34-23 at the half before the Braves used a 12-0 run to take a 35-34 lead. The game remained close until the Wolverines sealed the win at the line down the stretch. Bereket Loer scored 21 points and Noah Ross scored 15 points to lead the Wolverines, who improved to 9-2 in the conference and 11-9 overall. W-DC, Pillager (9-3) and Henning (8-3) lead the conference standings.
Tori Carrier hit two free throws with :01 remaining to give the Nevis girls basketball team a 42-40 Northwoods Conference win over Blackduck Friday night at the Tiger Arena. Carrier hit a 3-pointer and Madison Neyens hit a baseline jumper to give the Tigers a 40-38 lead before Blackduck tied the game. After the Tigers forced a 5-second call on Blackduck, Carrier was fouled and hit both free throws to give Nevis the win.
Four players scored in double figures as Aitkin posted a 66-55 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Friday night at Aitkin. Kaija Davies scored 16 points while Jillian MacDonald, Maggi Fellerman and Ramsey Moe scored 12 points each for the Gobblers, who took advantage of 25 Park Rapids fouls to make 20 of 28 free throws to improve to 3-3 in the conference and 15-7 overall. Aitkin avenged a 61-49 loss at Park Rapids on Dec. 1.
Lucas Kritzeck, Ashton Clark, Landen Burlingame, Cody Dravis and Dwayne Johnson won both their matches as the Park Rapids wrestling team closed out the regular season by splitting matches at Fosston Thursday night. The Panthers used three pins and three forfeits to defeat Mahnomen/Waubun 42-24 in the first dual. Park Rapids matched Fosston/Bagley's four pins in the second dual, but the Greyhounds used three forfeits for a 45-30 win. Fosston/Bagley defeated Mahnomen/Waubun 54-21 in the other dual at this triangular meet.
Goalie Ben Sugden stopped all 28 shots he faced in leading Kittson Central to a 5-0 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Saturday afternoon at the Walker Area Community Center. That win should give Kittson Central the No. 7 seed for the Section 8A playoffs while Park Rapids will receive the No. 8 seed. Kittson Central and the Panthers skated to a 2-2 tie on Jan. 6 at Hallock in their previous meeting this season.
Believing in the process helped the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team repeat as Mid-State Conference champions Friday night at the Area High School pool. The Panthers set meet records in the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay while winning nine of the other 10 events in compiling 713 points. Detroit Lakes was second with 591 points while Perham/New York Mills took third with 307 points.
Even though Detroit Lakes had defeated the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team twice during the regular season, head coach Erik Myhre was confident his team could avenge those losses in the opening round of the Section 8A playoffs. Led by three power-play goals, the Panthers defeated Detroit Lakes when it counted by overcoming a 3-0 deficit for a 5-4 quarterfinal victory Thursday night at the Kent Freeman Arena.
James Sanchez was pleasantly surprised following the regular-season finale of the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team. The Panthers' head coach was hoping his team could fulfill its season goal of surpassing 120 points in the final dual meet. Led by season highs in three events, Park Rapids accomplished that goal in a 142.35-121.85 loss to Bemidji Thursday night at the Area High School gym.
Megan Hendrickson's 23 points, 12 rebounds and six steals helped the Menahga girls basketball team lock up the Park Region Conference title with a 67-33 win over Pillager Monday night at Menahga.