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Nevis played two strong first halves in its second appearance at the state Class A boys basketball tournament. The second halves didn't go as well. Springfield overcame a 31-22 halftime deficit to defeat Nevis 73-65 in Thursday afternoon's quarterfinal game at Williams Arena while Red Lake rallied from a 25-20 halftime deficit to defeat the Tigers 52-43 in Friday morning's consolation semifinals at Concordia-St. Paul.
Getting off to slow starts hurt the Park Rapids boys basketball team all season. Poor shooting was the main reason the Panthers trailed at halftime in 19 games while facing at least a 20-point deficit at the break 12 times and at least a double-digit lead in four other games. Those early deficits resulted in an 0-8 record in Mid-State Conference games, a 3-10 record against Section 8AA opponents and a 4-23 overall record.
Park Rapids' Sam Coborn concluded his collegiate career for the Concordia College men's hockey team by scoring four goals on 19 shots in 26 games. Coborn, a senior forward, scored a goal in Concordia's 3-2 win over Wisconsin-Superior on Jan. 6, a goal in a 4-0 win over Gustavus Adolphus on Jan. 27, a goal in a 5-3 loss to St. Olaf on Feb. 11 and a goal in a 6-2 victory over Bethel on Feb. 17.
Park Rapids' Ben Baumgartner compiled a 10-10 record at 149 pounds in five tournaments for the Concordia College wrestling team this season. Baumgartner, a sophomore, finished fifth by going 4-2 at the Pointer Open at Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Nov. 5 with a 15-6 major decision over Nathan Arquinego of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, a loss by fall in 2:44 to Zander Wick of Wisconsin-Madison, a 3-2 minor decision over Joey Seitz of Stevens Point, a 5-4 minor decision over Adam Becker of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a 4-2 loss to teammate Ty Johnson and an 11-9 minor decision over Arquinego.
Park Rapids' Megan Olson competed in five indoor meets for the University of North Dakota women's track team. Olson, a freshman, made her NCAA Division I indoor debut at the Bison Classic at North Dakota State University on Jan. 14 by placing 12th in the 600-meter run with a 1:48.81 and running on a 4 x 400 relay team that finished 10th in 4:19.77. At the Jim Emmerich Invitational at Brookings, South Dakota, on Jan. 21, Olson clocked a 2:36.18 to finish 28th in the 800 run.
Despite finishing the season with a 6-18-2 overall record, Pete Naugle was pleased with the effort of the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in his first season as head coach. Adjusting to a new coach's system, losing four games by one goal (including two in overtime) and settling for two ties prevented the Panthers from producing their desired goal of a .500 record.
For the second game in a row, the Nevis boys basketball team entered halftime at the state Class A tournament with the lead. But once again the Tigers couldn't maintain the advantage as Red Lake used an 8-0 run to start the second half to spark a 52-43 victory in the consolation semifinals at Concordia-St. Paul. Nevis opened the tournament by building a 31-22 halftime lead in Thursday's quarterfinals before Springfield started the second half with a 10-0 run to spark a 73-65 victory.
Nevis was in position to win its first game in its second trip to the state Class A boys basketball tournament Thursday afternoon at Williams Arena. A 34-11 run to start the second half by Springfield prevented that from happening as the Tigers fell short in their bid to reach the state semifinals with a 73-65 loss. Springfield jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Michael Landquist scored 13 points in the first half as Nevis carried a 31-22 lead into the break.
Zach Henry took only two shots during Friday night's Section 5A boys basketball championship game at Wadena. The junior guard's second shot sent Nevis to the state Class A tournament for the second time in school history. Henry hit a 3-pointer with :04 remaining in the fourth overtime to give the Tigers a 55-52 win over Browerville-Eagle Valley in a marathon battle of the section's No. 1 seeds.
With a veteran lineup returning, Matt Clark expected a successful season from the Park Rapids wrestling team. The Panthers didn't disappoint by going 14-4 in dual meets, advancing to the Section 8A championship match, being rated No. 9 in the final state Class A poll, qualifying six wrestlers for the state Class A meet and earning three individual medals at the state Class A meet. "We went 14-4 in duals and all four losses were to ranked teams and we had some kids do some pretty amazing things," said Clark. "We had a lot of good things happen this year."