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Gabie Johnson and Macky Warne led four players in double figures as the Park Rapids girls basketball team set a season high for points in an 86-64 Mid-State Conference win over Crosby-Ironton Friday night at the Area High School gym. Johnson scored 17 points and Warne hit four 3-pointers and added 16 points as the Panthers claimed a 49-30 lead at the half. Johnson and Jaiden McCollum scored 10 points apiece in the second half as the Panthers avenged a 68-58 loss at Crosby-Ironton in the season opener.
Spencer Fritze’s runner-up finish in diving led the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to fifth place at Saturday’s Section 5A True Team meet at Morris. Fritze compiled 378.55 points in diving for the Panthers’ top effort in this nine-team meet. The Panthers finished with 1,156 points in this meet that allows each team four entries in each event and all finishers receive points. Sartell-St. Stephen claimed the section title with 1,779.50 points.
Crookston scored three goals in the first 3:34 of the second period to spark a 5-3 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Thursday night at Walker. In the first meeting between these two Section 8A rivals, Crookston scored three shorthanded goal in a span of 2:42 at the start of the third period and held a 37-15 advantage in shots on goal in an 8-0 victory.
A 1-2 showing by Reanne Warwick and Tristen Marcyes in all-around led Long Prairie-Grey Eagle to a 122.125-114.60 victory over the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team Friday night at Long Prairie. Olivia Fischer took first in vault with an 8.70 while a pair of 8.40s by Brianna Nelson and Shelby Leckner and an 8.25 by Erin Tooker led to a 33.75 team score for the Panthers in that event.
Turnovers proved costly as the Nevis girls basketball team dropped three games last week. The Tigers turned the ball over 23 times in a 58-54 loss to Kelliher-Northome last Tuesday night, committed 38 turnovers in a 53-25 loss to Pillager Thursday night and had 34 turnovers in a 71-42 loss to Red Lake Friday night. Those three losses dropped the Tigers to 7-9 on the season. Mustangs edge Tigers
A seven-goal first period put Warroad in control in an 11-0 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Thursday night at Warroad. Madison Oelkers scored twice while Mariah Gardner, Hannah Christian, Trechelle Bunn, Katie Johnston and Demi Gardner scored a goal apiece as the Warriors led 7-0 after the first period.
Nolan Booge recorded two pins to become the 15th Park Rapids wrestler to reach 100 career wins as the Panthers won a pair of dual meets at Thief River Falls Tuesday night. The Panthers won the final two matches to defeat Thief River Falls 37-31 and used eight pins and four forfeits for a 75-6 win over East Grand Forks.
Aaron Hrdlicka hit 17 of 21 free throws and finished with a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds in leading the Menahga boys basketball team to a 64-53 Park Region Conference win over Bertha-Hewitt last Friday night at Menahga. Darien Mickelson added 10 points and three assists, Kirby Hrdlicka had four rebounds and three steals, Aaron Rudquist had three assists, and Charles Haataja had four rebounds for the Braves. The loss dropped B-H to 3-6 in the conference and 4-10 overall.
Lexi Hinkley-Smith scored two goals and Julia Smith made 17 saves in leading the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 3-1 Mid-State Conference victory over Prairie Centre Monday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Sarena Aletto assisted on Hinkley-Smith’s first goal at the 12:42 mark of the first period. Brooke Jerger scored at the 1:32 mark of the second period to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead before Gabby Olson’s goal at the 10:21 mark cut it to 2-1.
Warroad scored three times in the second period and held a 29-11 advantage in shots on goal in a 3-0 shutout of the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Max Oelkers scored the first two goals, including one on the power play, Sam Moorhead capped the scoring and goalie Parker Orchards stopped all 11 shots he faced for his second shutout as the Warriors improved to 3-4 against Section 8A teams and 7-12 overall.