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Park Rapids' Danny Pike and Brandon Ritter entered the wrestling season with different expectations. Pike wanted to cap off his senior season by earning another trip to the state Class A tournament while Ritter entered his junior season not thinking about earning a state berth. Both Park Rapids wrestlers ended the season the same way by qualifying for state with runner-up finishes at last Saturday's Section 8A tournament at Glyndon. Pike qualified for his second state meet by placing second at 171 pounds while Ritter earned his first state berth by winning a true-second match at heavywei
Park Rapids and Nevis will travel while Menahga will play at home as the section boys basketball playoffs begin Monday night. Park Rapids received the No. 9 seed and will play at No. 8 Frazee Tuesday night at 7 in the first round of the South Section 8AA tournament. The Panthers, who carried a 1-22 record into Friday night's regular-season finale against Hawley, defeated Frazee 63-59 earlier in the year for their only win of the season.
Pelican Rapids broke open a close game with a 38-9 run in the second half to defeat the Park Rapids boys basketball team 91-48 Saturday night at Pelican Rapids. Luke Halbakken led the Vikings with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Taylor Budke added 21 points as Pelican Rapids improved to 21-4 on the season with its 15th win in a row. Christian's 22 points and seven rebounds led the Panthers, who fell to 1-21 on the season. Chris Goplerud added 12 points, six rebounds and three steals while Mason Long had 8 points and five assists and Kyle Goplerud grabbed six rebounds. PARK RAPIDS: C.
Wadena-Deer Creek and Pelican Rapids relied on fast starts to spark wins over the Park Rapids girls basketball team last week. W-DC jumped out to a 28-0 lead en route to a 60-18 Mid-State Conference victory Thursday night at the Area High School gym. On Saturday night, Pelican Rapids jumped out to a 25-6 lead en route to a 72-25 victory at Pelican Rapids in the regular-season finale for both teams. Quick start lifts Wolverines Eight different players scored as W-DC scored the game's first 28 points. Courtney Volkmann hit two 3-pointers while Hope Theisen, Caitlin Volkmann and Sydney S
Thief River Falls outshot the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team 43-9 and skated to a 10-1 win in a Section 8A quarterfinal playoff game Friday night at Thief River Falls. Brendan Skime's five goals and two assists sparked the win for the No.
Todd Fritze and the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team were determined to improve on last year's Section 3A meet. Last year, the Panthers finished last in the 13-team meet with 67 points and didn't qualify a swimmer for the state Class A meet for the first time since 1997. On Saturday at the University of Minnesota-Morris, the Panthers moved up to eighth place with 161 points and qualified five swimmers in four events for the state meet.
Park Rapids' Danny Pike and Brandon Ritter were counting on runner-up finishes at the Section 8A wrestling tournament at Glyndon to earn trips to state. Pike, who qualified for state as the section runner-up at 160 pounds last season, returned to state as a senior with a runner-up showing at 171 pounds Saturday while Ritter won a true-second match in the heavyweight bracket to earn his first state trip. As the No.
Jim Warmack and Nathan Carlson combined for 32 points in the paint in leading East Grand Forks to a 71-45 victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Warmack, a 6-foot-6 freshman center, and Carlson, a 6-5 senior forward, combined for 22 points as the Green Wave jumped out to a 35-21 lead at the half. Four inside baskets by Warmack and a pair of baskets by Carlson gave EGF a 24-10 lead with 7:40 to play in the first half.
Park Rapids and United North Central were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Section 8A wrestling tournament at Thief River Falls last Saturday. Park Rapids, the No. 5 seed, forfeited at three weights in a 43-36 loss to No. 4 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton while UNC, the No. 6 seed, lost to No. 3 Crookston 52-16. No. 1 Frazee defeated DGF 69-6 while No. 2 Badger/Greenbush-Middle River eliminated Crookston 45-22 in the semifinals.
Park Rapids travels to Frazee while Menahga and Nevis will host first-round games as the section girls basketball tournaments begin Monday night. Park Rapids received the No. 9 seed in the south half of Section 8AA and will play at No. 8 Frazee Monday night at 7. Frazee defeated the Panthers 53-44 in their regular-season meeting. The winner of that game plays at No. 1 Pequot Lakes Thursday night at 7. In the Section 5A West tournament, No. 8 Menahga will host No. 9 Verndale and No. 7 Nevis will host No.