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New York Mills used five pins and a pair of forfeits in posting a 42-30 win over the Park Rapids wrestling team Thursday night at New York Mills. Pins were the difference as the Panthers matched New York Mills' seven wins with four minor decisions, one pin and two forfeits. New York Mills jumped out to a 30-3 lead, capped off by Matt Frost's pin at 138 pounds. Frost was rated No. 9 at that weight in the latest state Class A poll. A takedown and a reversal gave Ashton Clark a 4-0 minor decision at 113 for the Panthers' only win in the early going.
A year ago, the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team went undefeated in dual meets for the first time in school history. On Thursday night at the Area High School pool, the Panthers used a record-setting performance in the 400-yard freestyle relay to put the finishing touches on their second consecutive perfect season in head-to-head contests with a 108-78 victory over Bemidji.
A recent study by the National Alliance of Youth Sports showed that 70 percent of kids who went out for a sport quit that sport by the age of 13. The reason? Their parents. The study revealed that kids play sports because it's fun. Socializing with friends and learning new skills were also at the top of that list. Winning was rated No. 8.
Despite struggling on the offensive end, the Menahga girls basketball team remained undefeated on the season with a 50-41 Park Region Conference victory over New York Mills Tuesday night at New York Mills. The Braves prevailed despite shooting only 30 percent from the field (17 for 56, including 2 for 19 on 3-pointers) and missing 14 of 28 free throws while turning the ball over 19 times.
Five area wrestlers as well as the Menahga girls and Nevis boys basketball teams were rated in the latest state polls. Park Rapids' Ashton Clark was rated No. 3 at 113 pounds and Cody Dravis was rated No. 5 at 170 pounds in this week's state Class AA wrestling poll. Perham was rated No. 4, Pierz was rated No. 15, Thief River Falls was rated 18 and Detroit Lakes was rated No. 20 to represent Section 8AA among state Class AA teams.
Jack Hensel, Zach Hocking and Dwayne Johnson recorded key wins down the stretch in helping the Park Rapids wrestling team defeat Crosby-Ironton and Wadena-Deer Creek in a triangular meet at Wadena Tuesday night. Hocking received a forfeit at 220 pounds and Johnson followed with a pin in 1:46 at 285 in rallying the Panthers to a 39-36 Mid-State Conference win over Crosby-Ironton in the first dual. Park Rapids completed the sweep as pins by Hensel and Hocking and a forfeit win by Johnson in the final three matches sealed a 51-24 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek.
Early in the third period and late in overtime, it looked like the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team was going to defeat Prairie Centre in a Mid-State Conference game Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Instead, the Panthers had to settle for a 3-3 tie.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton connected on 10 3-pointers in building a 23-point lead before going on a 17-4 run to seal an 81-55 victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Monday night at the Area High School gym. The Rebels made 13 3-pointers in the game to improve to 10-0 against Section 8AA opponents and 17-1 overall. D-G-F is rated No. 2 in the latest state Class AA poll.
Head coach James Sanchez has been satisfied with the progress of the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team. The Panthers turned in another consistent effort in a 131.20-117.40 loss to Detroit Lakes’ JV team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym.
Tom Stambaugh has been an avid Minnesota Vikings fan his whole life. The retired Nevis teacher was a season-ticket holder for 20 years when the Vikings played at the Metrodome. In addition to making trips to Minneapolis, he has traveled to other cities, including Green Bay and Chicago, to watch his beloved Vikings. Stambaugh was looking forward to his trip to Philadelphia to watch the Vikings play for the NFC Championship on Jan. 21.