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Almost three months after leaving the pool, the members of the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team had a chance to relive a record-setting season Sunday night. At their annual banquet, the Panthers celebrated a near-perfect season, which featured going 8-0 in dual meets, repeating as Section 8A True Team and Mid-State Conference champions, breaking four school records and tying the school record by qualifying for the state Class A meet in 10 events. Highlighting the season was having seniors Mandy Schirmers and Allycia Zinke, juniors Emily Creager and Katherine Erickson, and sophomo
An impressive run to open the second half Thursday night sparked the Park Rapids boys basketball team to its second win of the season. The Panthers trailed 27-26 at the half, but opened the second half with a 23-2 run en route to a 62-38 victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at the Area High School gym. A jumper by Kyle Goplerud and a free throw and layup off a steal by Chris Goplerud at the start of the second half gave the Panthers a 31-27 lead with 15:55 to play.
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hacken- sack-Akeley boys hockey team continues to peak for the playoffs with two more wins over Section 8A opponents. Cory Odland and Sam Coborn combined for 10 points in leading the Panthers to a 7-1 win over Bag- ley/Fosston Thursday night at Walker. Goalie Scott Smith saved 22 shots in a 4-0 win over Kittson Central Saturday afternoon at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The two wins extended the Panthers' winning streak to five games in a row.
Scoring three goals in the first eight minutes of the game proved to be the difference as Crookston opened the Section 8A girls hockey tournament with a 3-1 win over Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Thurs- day night at Crookston. Marietta Geist scored off a rebound at the 2:48 mark, Sabrina Delorme scored at the 6:19 mark and Hayley Epema redirected a shot for a power-play goal at the 7:42 mark to give the Pirates a quick 3-0 lead. Goalie Shania Johnson kept the Panthers in the game by stopping all 20 shots she faced in the second and third periods. Alex Pederson and La
Five wins in the final five matches rallied the Park Rapids wrestling team to a dramatic 36-34 win over Fosston/Bagley Thursday night at Fosston. The Panthers trailed 34-15 before wins by Forrest Drury, John Kyllonen, Cole Tretbar, Kyle Ritter and Brandon Ritter down the stretch led to a win in the regular-season finale. Nolan Booge's first-period pin at 106 pounds and Ben Baumgartner's forfeit win at 126 offset a pair of Park Rapids forfeits as the match was tied 12-12 after the first four matches. Fosston/Bagley won the next three matches to take a 30-12 lead before Zachary Steffen use
Kalvin Hagan and the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Sam Goebel, Connor Smythe, Jake Waggoner and Zach Eystad earned all-conference honors with winning performances at Friday night's Mid-State Conference boys swimming and diving meet at the Area High School pool. Hagan led the way in diving with 323.85 points while Goebel, Smythe, Waggoner and Eystad clocked a winning time of 1:37.04 in the 200 freestyle relay to lead Park Rapids to runner-up honors with 419 points.
Katie Klein scored 16 points to lead the Park Rapids girls basketball team in a 67-47 loss at Nevis last Thursday night. Klein also led the way with four steals while Megan Grimes had eight rebounds and three assists as the Panthers fell to 1-17 on the season. PARK RAPIDS: Rittgers 3 0-0 6, Johnson 1 1-2 3, Grimes 2 0-2 4, Isaacson 0 2-2 2, Klein 4 8-10 16, Bateman 2 0-1 4, Booge 0 0-0 0, Lauderbaugh 1 0-0 2, Ridlon 0 3-4 3, Hanson 0 0-0 0, Price 2 1-1 5, Hilmanowski 1 0-0 2.
Kayla Andersen tied for fifth place in vault to lead an injury-riddled Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team in the regular-season finale at Bemidji last Thursday night. Bemidji swept the top four spots in each event en route to a 130.65 to 90.35 victory. Andersen's 7.90, Kayla Johnk's 7.80, Amy Klein's 7.65 and Taylor Drury's 7.60 led the Panthers to a 30.95 in vault. On uneven parallel bars, the Panthers received a 21.10 behind Andersen's 6.85, Drury's 5.90, Johnk's 4.55 and Kylee Roy's 3.80. Klein's 5.35, Andersen's 5.30, Drury's 4.90 and Johnk's 3.95 gave the Panthers a 19.50 on balanc
Levi Erickson's hat trick powered the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 6-2 win at Greenway last Saturday night. Erickson scored all three goals on the power play and Sam Coborn added two goals and four assists as the Panthers finished with a 39-28 advantage in shots on goal. Coborn and Noah MacPherson set up Erickson's first power-play goal at the 14:42 mark of the first period as the Panthers tied the game at 1-1.
Ian Johnson received the rare opportunity to play varsity hockey as an eighth grader. Four years later, Johnson joined a rare list of members of the Park Rapids boys hockey team who tallied more than 100 career points. Johnson surpassed the scoring milestone with a goal in a 3-2 win over Red Lake Falls on Feb. 2. With that goal, the junior forward became the 11th player in school history to reach that scoring mark. "You always want to get to benchmarks," said Johnson.