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Kirby Hrdlicka struggled in the first half of overtime during Menahga's game against the Park Rapids boys basketball team Friday night at Menahga. The Menahga senior forward made up for it during the second half of extra time. Hrdlicka opened the four-minute overtime session by missing two layups and making a bad pass for a turnover, but made up for those errors by scoring on two layups and hitting a jumper in the final two minutes in leading the Braves to a 56-52 victory.
Despite facing a 19-6 deficit after the first five matches of Saturday night's Section 8A championship battle against Frazee at Thief River Falls, head coach Matt Clark liked the position of the Park Rapids wrestling team. That positive position changed as Frazee won some key matches down the stretch to escape with a 43-24 victory to repeat as section champs and deny the Panthers a trip to state.
Four players scored in double figures in the first half as the Park Rapids girls basketball team dominated in building a 61-16 advantage in a 74-27 win Thursday night at Bagley. Macky Warne hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points, Kendra Coborn hit seven field goals for 14 points, and Jaiden McCollum and Rilee Michaelson scored 10 points apiece as the Panthers took control in the first half.
Alyssa Semmler's 26 points and Rylie Hirschey's 15 points sparked Pine River-Backus to a 63-41 Northwoods Conference victory over the Nevis girls basketball team Tuesday night at Pine River. PR-B improved to 12-1 in the conference and 18-5 overall. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Clearbrook-Gonvick are tied for second place in the conference standings with 9-2 records.
Detroit Lakes broke a school record in repeating as champions while the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team placed seventh at Saturday's Section 8A meet at Perham. Detroit Lakes, the top-ranked team in the state and winner of the last two state Class A titles, captured the section title for the fourth year in a row with 151.95 points. Perham was second with a 143.65, followed by Alexandria (138.575), Fergus Falls (138.325), Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (129.15), Morris Area (125.925), Park Rapids (117.00), Little Falls (112.35) and Big Stone (109.65).
Perham hit five 3-pointers in the first half to spark a 51-45 victory over the Menahga girls basketball team Monday night at Perham. Jadyn Benedict hit three of those 3-pointers and scored 11 points while Janie Wunderlich finished with 19 points inside as the Yellowjackets used a 35-24 halftime lead to improve to 16-5.
Frazee lived up to its No. 1 seed and No. 2 ranking in the state Class A wrestling poll with a 43-24 win over Park Rapids in the Section 8A championship match Saturday night at Thief River Falls. Park Rapids, the No. 2 seed and the No. 9-rated Class A team, advanced to the championship match with a 54-18 win over No. 7 Crookston in the quarterfinals and a 50-30 win over No. 3 Badger-Greenbush-Middle River in the semifinals. BGMR eliminated the Panthers with a 52-18 victory in last year's section semifinals before falling to Frazee 48-15 in the title match.
Failing to close out close games resulted in a 14-game losing streak for the Park Rapids boys basketball team. The Panthers snapped that streak Tuesday night by holding off a late charge by East Grand Forks at the Area High School gym. A 9-2 run in the final 2:25 rallied East Grand Forks to a 58-58 tie before Payton Hill's free throw with :04 remaining gave the Panthers a 59-58 victory.
Two goals in the final 2:26 enabled Detroit Lakes to avenge a loss to the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team earlier in the season as the Lakers closed out Mid-State Conference play with a 4-2 win Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
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.