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Lauren Naeve's power-play goal with 2:28 to play lifted the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 3-2 win over Detroit Lakes on Nov. 29 at the Ted O.
Zack Lawdermilt's hat trick led East Grand Forks to a 9-2 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in the season opener Saturday afternoon at East Grand Forks. Lawdermilt scored a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal in the first period as the Green Wave jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
Staples-Motley's defense sparked two impressive runs as the Cardinals opened the Mid-State Conference girls basketball season with an 83-20 win at Park Rapids Friday night. The Cardinals, who forced 41 turnovers in the game, used a 38-9 run to build a 46-13 halftime lead before opening the second half with a 39-0 spurt. Nicole Price's layup at the 17:36 mark gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead before 3-pointers by Jasmine McGillvray and Kelli Pearson sparked Staples-Motley to an 8-2 advantage with 113:16 to play in the first half. A jumper by Katie Klein made it 8-4 at the 12:48 mark before the
Crookston opened up the game with a 23-0 run en route to a 61-39 win over Park Rapids in the season-opening boys basketball game at the Area High School gym Saturday afternoon. Brett Delage hit a 3-pointer, a long jumper and two free throws and scored on a pair of layups as the Pirates built a 23-0 lead with 13:30 to play in the first half.
Even though the Park Rapids boys basketball team graduated its two leading scorers, Matt Brandt is confident a more balanced scoring attack will lead to more success this season. The Panthers will be counting on the returning varsity players to take over the scoring production lost to the graduation of Christian Ridlon and Taylor Kimball. Ridlon earned Mid-State Conference honors and was named the team's Most Valuable Player after leading the Panthers with 301 points and 167 rebounds last season.
Experience paid off for the Menahga girls basketball team in the season opener at Park Rapids Tuesday night. The Braves had an advantage with the return of three starters and four other varsity letterwinners while Park Rapids featured a roster full of players filling key varsity spots for the first time.
Matt Clark isn't concerned about a new weight system and a new section for the Park Rapids wrestling team. Minnesota high school teams will now wrestle at 14 different weight classes: 106 pounds, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285. Last year, the weights were 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215 and 285. That change could benefit the Panthers, who have enough wrestlers to fill the upper weights. "They took out a middle weight and added an upper weight," said Clark.
Even with a tougher schedule, Pete Stahnke is counting on the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to compile a winning record and challenge for a top-four seed for the Section 8A playoffs. The main reason for Stahnke's optimism is the return of a veteran team that went 12-13-1 last season. Leading the Panthers this season are seniors Sam Coborn, Levi Erickson, Cory Odland, Scott Smith, Lucas Maves, Benson Ringle and Cole Garoutte; juniors Ian Johnson and Frank Moren; and sophomores Noah MacPherson, Bailey Mueller, Jamie Stewart, Drew Bade, Cody Brumbaugh, Luke Jae
It's understandable why Nic Lembcke isn't sure what to expect from the Park Rapids girls basketball team this season. Only six players return from last year's team that went 0-25. Those six players were reserves that combined to score 37 points and grab 51 rebounds last season. The Panthers' top eight scorers either graduated or elected not to play basketball this season.
Lauren Naeve's goal with 37 seconds to play and Shania Johnson's 22 saves led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to its first win ever over Crookston Friday afternoon. Alex Pederson added an empty-net goal with 10 seconds left to seal the Panthers' 2-0 victory over Crookston at Thief River Falls. Crookston had won the previous 14 meetings dating back to 2003. In those 14 games, the Pirates posted six shutouts and outscored Park Rapids 84-13.