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Goals by Lexi Hinkley-Smith and Alexa Kennedy in the third period gave the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team a 4-2 win at Bemidji Thursday night. Kennedy scored off a rebound for a power-play goal at the 16:44 mark of the first period to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Taylor Sagen assisted on that goal. Bemidji tied it on Olivia Johnson's goal at the 5:32 mark of the second period before Paige Myhre slapped in a rebound at the 10:54 mark to give Park Rapids a 2-1 lead. Sagen and Kennedy assisted on that goal.
Despite being shorthanded, the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team turned in another solid performance during Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational. The Panthers, who were competing without Shelby Leckner and Jasmine Cease and lost Olivia Fischer with a foot injury during the meet, finished fourth with a 113.85. That was the Panthers' best team score of the season, surpassing the previous high of 112.20. Alexandria won the team title with a 133.75 while Bemidji followed with a 133.60. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle took third with a 127.50.
All 15 players contributed in the scoring column as the Park Rapids girls basketball team coasted to a 79-24 win over Warroad Friday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers took control early by jumping out to a 26-8 lead and leading 51-14 at the half. Jaiden McCollum's scored off a rebound and followed with a layup before a jumper by Megan Jewison and a 3-pointer by Kaisa Coborn led to a 12-4 lead with 14:28 to play in the first half.
Five forfeits and four pins propelled the Park Rapids wrestling team to a 57-21 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis Friday night at Walker. Ashton Clark's forfeit win at 113 pounds provided the only win for Park Rapids in the early going as the Wolves built an 18-6 lead behind a forfeit win at 106, Dillon McGee's pin at 120 and Carter Rettke's pin at 126.
Griffin Chase hit six 3 pointers and scored 28 points in leading the Nevis boys basketball team to a 74-47 Northland Conference victory over Pine River Friday night at Nevis. The Tigers made 12 3-point shots in the game in improving to 3-0 in the conference.
Ashtyn Kaehler scored 17 points and Sophie Aigner added 13 points in leading Breckenridge to a 58-48 victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team in the championship game of the Valkyrie Division of the Minnesota National Bank Classic at Pelican Rapids on Dec. 28. Park Rapids opened the tournament with a 71-49 victory over Battle Lake while Breckenridge defeated Warroad 73-25 in the first round. Battle Lake defeated Warroad 56-25 in the third-place game on Dec. 29.
Cierra Ahlf opened the game with a 3-pointer and the Menahga girls basketball team held the lead the rest of the way in a 78-64 win over Swanville Tuesday night at Menahga. Aimee Lake and Alyssa Peterson followed with 3-pointers, Peterson added a pair of layups, and Lake and Ahlf hit jumpers as the Braves jumped out to a 17-6 lead with 14:21 to play in the first half. Two more layups and a three-point play by Peterson pushed the advantage to 28-12 at the 9:31 mark.
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team managed only three goals while being outshot 135-53 in going 0-3 at the Roseau tournament. Irondale used a 43-21 advantage in shots for a 2-1 win on Dec. 29, Minot used a 36-12 advantage in shots for a 7-1 win on Dec. 30 and Henry Sibley outshot the Panthers 56-20 in a 4-1 victory on Dec. 31.
Poor shooting and turnovers resulted in a pair of losses for the Nevis girls basketball team during the Nevis tournament. The Tigers made only 13 of 56 shots and turned the ball over 30 times in a 73-41 loss to Sebeka in the tournament opener on Dec. 28. The Tigers followed by making only 5 of 30 shots and committing 27 turnovers in a 61-17 loss to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley in the third-place game on Dec. 29.
Cass Lake made 13 3-pointers, including three during a 13-2 run early in the second half, to spark an 83-46 victory over the Menahga boys basketball team in the championship game of the Park Rapids Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28.