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When Bill Dent took over as head coach of the Nevis girls basketball team, he expected the Tigers would have a winning record. The Tigers lived up to those expectations by going 9-5 in Northwoods Conference play and 18-10 overall. "I thought it was a really rewarding season," said Dent. "We were very competitive and made a lot of improvement. It was a really fun year." Nevis opened the season with conference wins over Cass Lake (85-66), Kelliher-Northome (65-53) and Blackduck (56-26).
Scott Kramer thought the Nevis boys basketball team had the potential to win 20 games for the third year in a row. Losing some close games prevented the Tigers from fulfilling that goal. The Tigers, who followed a 22-7 record two years ago with a 20-6 season last year, were competitive in almost every game, but had to settle for a 12-15 record this season. "Our season was a disappointment for us considering that we had come off of back-to-back 20-win seasons and we were returning a good nucleus," said Kramer. "On the flip side, we were very competitive.
Matt Clark was pleasantly surprised with how the Park Rapids wrestling team performed this season. The Panthers went 16-8 in dual meets and had three wrestlers bring home medals from the state Class AA tournament.
Nic Lembcke knew the Park Rapids girls basketball team would be the underdog all season. Not only did the Panthers return a roster full of players who saw little or no varsity time last season, the competition featured players who were returning as varsity veterans from successful teams. That combination resulted in an 0-10 record in Mid-State Conference play and a 1-25 overall record for the Panthers. Of Park Rapids' 21 opponents, six finished with at least 20 wins, 13 had winning records, 15 finished at .500 or better and 20 compiled at least 10 victories. "Our biggest challenge goin
Even though the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team battled through another year of injuries, the Panthers did show improvement over last season. The Panthers had their best lineup for only the first two meets of the season.
Pete Stahnke entered the season confident the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team could compete for the Section 8A title. Even though the Panthers were eliminated in the section semifinals, Stahnke was pleased with the way his team ended the season. A tougher schedule and a lack of offense in key games resulted in a 4-9 start to the season. The Panthers had a 7-12 record before getting on a roll at the right time.
When Gary Vaudrin took over as head coach of the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team, his long-range goal was to make the Panthers a contender to challenge for the Section 8A title and advance to state. The Panthers took a step toward reaching that goal this season. Last season, the Panthers went 0-9 against the elite teams in the section (Warroad, Thief River Falls, Crookston and East Grand Forks) and were outscored 51-13. This year, the Panthers went 1-7 against those four teams, closing the scoring gap to 36-7.
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis' Collin Huckbody and Christopher Zimmer brought home medals from last weekend's state Class A wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Huckbody capped off his junior season by placing fourth at 170 pounds while Zimmer capped off his junior season by placing third at 195 pounds. Huckbody, who entered the state tournament ranked No. 5 at 170 pounds, pinned Breckenridge senior Cole Praus in 1:01 and defeated Kenyon-Wanamingo junior Alex Jackson 7-2 last Friday to reach the semifinals. Praus was rated No.
Crookston followed a 10-2 run to start the game with an 11-0 run to build a 24-7 advantage en route to a 71-33 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team in the first round of the Section 8AA tournament last Thursday night. The host Pirates put the game away by extending a 33-16 halftime lead to 53-26 by opening the second half with a 20-10 run. Crookston led 58-28 before closing out the game with an 11-0 run to advance. Sydney Boike scored 18 points and Taylor Demarais added 11 points to lead the No.
Jacob Crompton led a balanced attack with 21 points as Hawley closed out the regular season with an 83-48 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Friday night. Devon Pekas (17), Gavin Moe (13), Ben Ellefson (10) and Logan Stoa (10) also hit double figures for the Nuggets, who led 53-24 at the half in improving to 16-8 on the season. Tyler McCollum's 10 points, five rebounds and two assists led the Panthers. Chris Goplerud chipped in three steals and two assists as the Panthers closed the regular season with a 3-21 record. Park Rapids received the No.