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Entering the state Class A meet, Todd Fritze said the only way for the five members of the Park Rapids boys swimming team to advance to the finals was to improve on their seed times. Even though they lowered their times in two of the four events, the Panthers fell short of reaching their goal of scoring points at the state meet. Entering Friday's preliminaries at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center, the Panthers had work to do in order to finish in the top 16 spots and advance to Saturday's finals. The 200-yard medley relay team of freshman Connor Smythe, junior Ryan McBrady, jun
Park Rapids' Danny Pike and Brandon Ritter, United North Central's Jake Malone and Nevis' Garrett Edelman found out how important it is to win the first match at the state wrestling tournament. All four area wrestlers were defeated in Friday's first-round matches at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. However, everyone except Ritter was given a second opportunity in the wrestlebacks. Unfortunately, only Pike ended up winning a match. Pike, the Section 8A runner-up at 171 pounds, entered his second state Class A tournament rated No. 10 in the state poll.
During the regular season, Frazee relied on outside shooting by hitting 10 of 27 3-pointers to spark a 53-44 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team. In the rematch Monday night, the Hornets relied on defensive pressure to produce easy baskets in building a 35-11 lead at the break en route to a 53-28 South Section 8AA playoff victory at Frazee. Alexis Tappe's layup off the opening tip and 3-pointer set the tone as Frazee jumped out to a 12-2 lead with 13:46 to play in the first half.
Qualifying for the state Class A boys swimming meet in four events was a bit surprising for Park Rapids' Sam Goebel, Kevin Merfeld, Ryan McBrady, Zach Eystad and Connor Smythe. Entering the finals of the Section 3A meet at Morris last Saturday, Goebel thought he had a shot of advancing to state in the 100-meter freestyle.
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.