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Taylor Chase's role on the Nevis boys basketball team has changed over the last four years. As an eighth grader and freshman, Chase was a role player. Last year, Chase became one of the Tigers' main scoring threats. This year, Chase is the go-to player on the offensive end. The 6-foot-3 junior guard reached a scoring milestone in Nevis' 80-65 win at Red Lake Tuesday night.
Kayla Andersen finished fifth in two events and in all-around in leading the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team in a dual meet with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle last Friday night. Andersen used a 7.25 in floor exercise and a 6.70 on uneven parallel bars for a 27.05 all-around score in the Panthers' 126.10 to 104.225 loss. The Panthers used Taylor Drury's 7.70, Amy Klein's 7.60, Savannah Gatewood's 7.45 and Andersen's 7.35 for a 30.10 team score in vault.
The 1-2 punch of Nathan Holm and Beau Howard offset a career-high 23 points by Tyler McCollum as Pine River-Backus defeated the Park Rapids boys basketball team 74-62 Tuesday night at Pine River. Holm scored 31 points and Howard added 28 points to spark the Tigers to the win. Both Holm and Howard hit two 3-pointers each and combined for 25 points as PR-B claimed a 33-28 lead at the half.
Entering Friday night's Mid-State Conference game against Crosby-Ironton, the Park Rapids girls basketball team had allowed an average of 70 points a game. The Panthers stepped it up on the defensive end by holding the Rangers to only 18 points in the first half.
Having a full lineup helped the Park Rapids wrestling team extend its winning streak Thursday night. The Panthers used seven forfeits and three pins to defeat Crosby-Ironton 60-22 and four forfeits and three pins to defeat Wadena-Deer Creek 51-21 in a pair of Mid-State Conference matches at Crosby. Against C-I, the Panthers used Nolan Booge's first-period pin at 106 pounds and Ben Baumgartner's second-period pin at 120 to claim a 12-6 lead. Baumgartner is rated No.
One of Pete Stahnke's main goals for the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team this season was to finish in the top-four spots in the Section 8A standings. The Panthers had the perfect opportunity to take a major step toward accomplishing that feat with home games against section rivals Crookston and Lake of the Woods. Instead of making a strong case to receive the No. 4 seed with a pair of wins, the Panthers dropped in the section standings with a pair of shutout losses at the Ted O.
After giving up two goals in the final two minutes in a 3-2 loss to East Grand Forks, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Ake-ley girls hockey team responded by not allowing a goal in skating to three straight shutouts. The Panthers shut out Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/ Wadena-Deer Creek for the second time this season with a 9-0 victory last Tuesday night at Wadena. Park Rapids then followed a 3-0 win at Lake of the Woods Thursday night with a 3-0 victory over Eveleth-Gilbert Saturday afternoon at the Ted O.
After a slow start, the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team took control to defeat Thief River Falls Tuesday night and end the dual-meet season with a winning record. The Panthers fell behind 10-4 after the 200-yard medley relay, but won the next four events to take the lead for good en route to a 101-79 victory at the Area High School pool. The win gave Todd Fritze's team a 4-2 record in dual meets this season. After Sam Goebel, Zach Eystad, Jake Waggoner and James Wells took second in the 200 medley relay in 1:58.51, Ryan McBrady's winning time of 2:07.51 in the 200 freestyle hel
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton followed a 17-0 run with a 17-1 run in building a 55-14 halftime lead en route to an 84-22 victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Monday night at the Area High School gym. Baskets by Amber Booge and Megan Grimes kept Park Rapids within 8-4 at the 14:57 mark of the first half before the Rebels used a 3-pointer by Kinzie Molstre and a pair of inside baskets by Kelly Bergee to claim a 25-4 lead. Back-to-back baskets by Charity Ridlon ended that run and Katie Klein followed with a jumper as the Panthers trailed 32-10 with 7:22 remaining in the first half.
Receiving season highs in three events led the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team to its season high team score in the final home meet of the season Tuesday night. The Panthers used scores of 32.70 in vault, 29.45 in floor exercise and 27.35 on balance beam to surpass their previous high of 112.05 points in a 137.95 to 113.65 loss to Detroit Lakes at the Area High School gym. Emily Klingenberg's 8.65, Savannah Gatewood's 8.15, and a pair of 7.95s by Kayla Johnk and Taylor Drury led the Panthers in vault.