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Ten players contributed in the scoring column as the Park Rapids boys basketball team overcame 30 fouls to enter the victory column for the first time this season with a 57-53 win at Roseau last Saturday afternoon. Hunter Jewison led the Panthers with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Remington Hagan scored 11 points and Damion Hanke had five rebounds as the Panthers improved to 1-2 against Section 8AA teams and 1-6 overall.
Cierra Ahlf hit two 3-pointers, converted a three-point play and scored on a layup to spark a 20-6 run to end the first half in leading the Menahga girls basketball team to a 73-63 Park Region Conference win over Pillager Tuesday night at Menahga. Pillager jumped out to a 7-3 lead before jumpers by Aimee Lake and Danielle Novak, a 3-pointer by Jen Stifter, and layups by Ahlf and Lake sparked a 12-0 run as the Braves claimed a 15-7 advantage.
If the first two weeks of practice are any indication, the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team should have another successful season. “We’re changing the culture of our program and it seems to be working well. I’m extremely proud of what the boys are doing,” said Park Rapids head coach Todd Fritze. “I’m excited about where we’re at, but I’m even more excited about where we’re going to end up if the boys continue to work hard.”
Winning times by Zach Fritze and Spencer Fritze and six runner-up finishes helped the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team open the season with a runner-up finish at last Saturday’s Fergus Falls Invitational. Zach Fritze won the 50-yard backstroke in 34.32 and Spencer Fritze won the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.01 as the Panthers compiled 467 points in this six-team meet. Fergus Falls led the pack with 579 points.
After surrendering a goal late in the second period to fall behind 3-0, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team needed a break to get back into Tuesday night’s game at Crookston. That break came early in the third period when Crookston’s Cody Wardner was called for a five-minute boarding penalty. That gave the Panthers five minutes to score as many goals as possible with a man advantage.
Three players scored in double figures and eight players scored overall as the Nevis girls basketball team remained undefeated in Northwoods Conference play with a 69-54 win over Cass Lake last Thursday night.
Nine pins led the Park Rapids wrestling team to a pair of victories at Saturday’s Park Rapids Invitational at the Century School gym. Five pins sparked the Panthers’ 49-12 win over Deer River in the first match while four pins led the Panthers to a 45-30 win over Wadena-Deer Creek in the second dual. The Panthers followed with six pins, but forfeited two matches in a 41-36 loss to Bemidji in the final match.
Rebecca Penning wanted the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team to improve throughout the season. The Panthers showed improvement in their second dual meet of the season. Detroit Lakes, the defending state Class A champs, claimed the top-five spots in all four events in a 149.60-102.375 win over the Panthers Friday night at Detroit Lakes. However, the Panthers surpassed 100 points after scoring 97.10 in their season debut against Bemidji.
Two of the state’s top-rated Class AA teams defeated the Park Rapids girls basketball team in back-to-back games. Three players scored in double figures in leading Pequot Lakes to a 67-54 win over the Panthers Friday night at the Area High School gym while Roseau had three players hit double digits in an 82-44 win at Roseau Saturday afternoon.
Despite holding a 99-28 advantage in shots on goal, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team only held a 5-3 advantage in goals in a pair of one-goal victories at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The Panthers outshot Wadena-Deer Creek 37-17 in a 4-3 Mid-State Conference victory Thursday night and held a dominating 62-11 advantage in shots in escaping with a 1-0 overtime victory over Lake of the Woods in a Northwest Conference battle Saturday afternoon.