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United North Central's Ethan Hendrickson and Torrey Carlson captured titles at the Northland Youth Wrestling Association State Tournament. Hendrickson won the 90-pound title in the grade 7-8 division while Carlson claimed the 150-pound title in the grade 7-8 invitational division. The state tournament started Thursday and concluded Sunday at the Rochester Mayo Civic Center.
Andrew Lachowitzer is hoping increased numbers will lead to increased success for the Park Rapids boys track and field team. The Panthers' head coach saw 49 athletes report for the first week of practice. Of that total, 14 competed at the Section 8A meet last season while another 10 helped Park Rapids win the Subsection 8-29A title a year ago.
Senior forward Jaiden McCollum, junior guards Kaisa Coborn and Kendra Coborn, and sophomore center Rilee Michaelson were instrumental in leading the Park Rapids girls basketball team to its best Mid-State Conference finish in 12 seasons. Those four led the way as the Panthers went 7-3 in conference play to finish second behind Pequot Lakes' 8-2 record. That was Park Rapids' best showing in Mid-State action since finishing second with an 8-2 record in 2005-06.
Winning the first seven Mid-State Conference games set the tone for a winning season by the Park Rapids girls basketball team. The Panthers went 6-1 to open the season and rebounded from a five-game losing streak late in the season to earn a Section 8AA playoff game at home and end the season with a 14-12 overall record.
Several more area high school sporting events scheduled for this week have been postponed. The United North Central boys and girls track teams were scheduled to compete in the Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational on Monday, but that meet has been rescheduled to April 23. The Park Rapids softball team had Tuesday's game against Frazee postponed and rescheduled for April 27 at 4:30 p.m. at Park Rapids. The Park Rapids Invitational softball tournament scheduled for Saturday (April 14) has also been postponed and rescheduled to April 21 at Olson Fields.
Head coach Jeremy Nordick expected the Menahga boys basketball team would go through a roller-coaster season. The Braves featured a young team with four underclassmen taking over as starters. The inexperience of filling those key roles showed at times as Menahga finished with a 4-10 record in Park Region Conference games and a 9-18 overall record.
Three runner-up finishes in the relays helped the Park Rapids girls track and field team finish third while a winning effort in the 4 x 800-meter relay led the Park Rapids boys to third place at Tuesday's Little Amik Invitational at Bemidji State University's Gillett Wellness Center.
After posting a 4-21 record a year ago, head coach Bradley Neyens expected to see improvement from the Nevis girls basketball team this season. The Tigers lived up to those expectations by compiling a 10-18 record, capped off with a first-round victory in the Section 5A playoffs.
Posting a winning record against Section 8AA opponents helped the Park Rapids boys basketball team fulfill two main goals this season. The Panthers had a 7-4 record against section opponents during the regular season. That success helped Park Rapids host a playoff game and finish the season with a .500 record.
The delayed arrival of spring has forced the first of what could be many Park Rapids high school sporting events to be postponed. The annual Park Rapids Invitational Wood Bat Tournament scheduled for this Friday and Saturday (April 6-7) has been postponed and rescheduled for April 13-14. The tournament will begin at 2:30 p.m. on April 13 and at 9 a.m. on April 14, weather permitting. Joining Park Rapids in this eight-team tournament are Bagley, Cass Lake-Bena, Frazee, Hawley, Menahga, Nevis and Wheaton.