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For the first time in Pete Stahnke’s 13 years as head coach, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team failed to advance to the Section 8A quarterfinals. Goaltender Jackson Soliah made 37 saves to record his first shutout of the season in leading Kittson Central to a 3-0 upset win over the Panthers in a section play-in game Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
If the past two weeks were any indication, Todd Fritze thought the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team would capture the Mid-State Conference title Friday night at the Area High School pool. A week before, the Panthers won the Last Chance Invitational in the same pool with 878 points as Detroit Lakes took second with 800 points. Perham was a distant third with 271 points.
Matt Clark knew the Park Rapids wrestling team needed a perfect performance to reach the Section 8A finals Saturday at Thief River Falls. After defeating No. 6 United North Central 54-20 in the quarterfinals, the No. 3-seeded Panthers were denied a spot in the finals with a 52-18 loss to No. 2 Badger/Greenbush-Middle River in the semifinals. That loss ended the Panthers’ dual-meet season at 17-6. Park Rapids entered the section tournament rated No. 14 while BGMR was rated No. 12 in the state Class A poll.
Mackenzie Korf scored 20 points to surpass 2,000 in her career as Pelican Rapids defeated the Park Rapids girls basketball team 78-67 Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Korf was held to a pair of jumpers before ending the half with a jumper and 3-pointer as Pelican Rapids carried a 37-29 lead into the break. Korf opened the second half with another jumper as the Vikings led by double digits for most of the second half to improve to 11-4 against Section 8AA teams and 15-7 overall.
Cierra Ahlf recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Menahga girls basketball team defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 59-40 in a Park Region Conference game Thursday night at Wadena. Aimee Lake added 16 points and Alyssa Peterson scored 14 points. Lindsay Hendrickson chipped in six rebounds and five steals while Jen Stifter had five assists as the Braves improved to 7-4 in the conference and 12-10 overall.
Splitting games with Red Lake and Blackduck left the Nevis boys basketball team in a tie for third place in the Northland Conference standings. Rob Beaulieu’s 22 points helped Red Lake avenge a 78-66 loss to the Tigers earlier in the season with a 62-53 win last Tuesday night at Red Lake. The win lifted Red Lake, which is rated No. 10 in the latest state Class A poll, to 10-3 in the conference with one game remaining and 20-4 overall.
Splitting games with Red Lake and Blackduck left the Nevis boys basketball team in a tie for third place in the Northland Conference standings. Rob Beaulieu’s 22 points helped Red...
A dominating defensive effort sparked the Nevis girls basketball team to a 52-11 Northwoods Conference win over Blackduck Friday night. Hannah Bliss (13), Jordyn Lucas (11) and Becca Nelson (10) scored in double figures to lead a balanced attack for the Tigers, who led 34-5 at the half. Emma Bliss grabbed six rebounds, Lucas had six assists and Nelson had four steals a Nevis improved to 9-4 in the conference and 11-11overall. Blackduck fell to 1-12 in conference play and 1-20 overall.
Bryan Sea and Kevin Smith made 10 of 10 free throws in the final 1:14 to seal Walker-Hackensack-Akeley’s 79-70 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. The Wolves took advantage of 27 Park Rapids fouls to make 30 of 36 free throws in the game to improve to 13-9 on the season. The first half was close as both teams battled through five ties and eight lead changes before W-H-A went on a 20-5 run to take the lead for good.
Gabie Johnson hit a jumper and four free throws down the stretch to help the Park Rapids girls basketball team defeat Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 64-55 Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Four inside baskets by Kayla Schneider offset a jumper and 3-pointer by Johnson and two inside baskets by Jaiden McCollum as W-H-A claimed a 21-13 lead with 6:35 to play in the first half.