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For the second year in a row, the Park Rapids girls basketball team ended a long losing streak by defeating Rothsay at the Pelican Rapids tournament. In last year's third-place game of the Valkyrie Division, the Panthers defeated Rothsay 47-37 to snap a 32-game losing streak. In the opening round of this year's Valkyrie Division on Dec. 27, the Panthers defeated Rothsay 63-48 to end a 24-game losing streak. "The win over Rothsay was huge.
Solid defense and an improved offense have the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team riding a seven-game winning streak. The Panthers extended their winning streak by defeating a pair of North Dakota teams at the Crookston Invitational. Park Rapids opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over Jamestown on Dec. 27 and followed with a 6-0 win over Mandan on Dec. 28. Those two wins followed a 6-0 victory at Lake of the Woods on Dec. 21.
Heritage Christian Academy used a 20-4 run in the first half while Frazee relied on a 12-3 run in the second half to defeat the Nevis boys basketball team at the Park Rapids Holiday Tournament. In the opening game, Heritage Christian used a 20-4 run to break open a 15-15 tie en route to an 85-52 victory on Dec. 27 while Frazee went on a 12-3 run to take the lead for good in a 67-60 win on Dec. 28 in the third-place game. Heritage runs past Tigers Heritage, which is rated No.
The Nevis girls basketball team dropped a pair of games at the Norwood-Young America tournament. Norwood-Young America jumped out to a 42-27 halftime lead in a 67-43 win over the Tigers in the tournament opener on Dec. 28. Belle Plaine jumped out to a 40-27 lead at the half in a 68-58 victory over Nevis in the third-place game on Dec.
Frank Moren scored a goal in all three games as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team went 0-1-2 at the Fergus Falls tournament. Moren had the Panthers' lone goal in a 6-1 loss to West Fargo on Thursday, scored the game-tying goal in a 3-3 tie with Fergus Falls on Friday, and scored the lone goal in a 1-1 tie with Monticello on Saturday. The Panthers are now 2-4-2 on the season. West Fargo wins tourney opener Six different players scored in leading West Fargo past the Panthers. Lucas Miller, Blake Nelson, Derrick LaCoe and Grant Ellenson scored as Wes
Kevin Vaadeland fulfilled two dreams as a member of the North Dakota State University football team last season. Now Vaadeland has a chance to cap off another dream season when the Bison play Sam Houston State in a rematch of last year's NCAA Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) title game. After recovering from a knee injury his freshman season, Vaadeland made his dream of playing Division I football come true last year by catching five passes for 51 yards in 13 games. Vaadeland capped off his first collegiate season with a national championship ring as the No.
For the second time this season, Noah MacPherson and Connor Kennedy scored two goals apiece as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team picked up its second victory of the season. Kennedy scored twice in the second period and MacPherson sealed the win with two goals in the third period as the Panthers defeated Northern Lakes 5-1 Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena in a Mid-State Conference clash. Jamie Stewart set up Luke Jaeger at the 13:55 mark of the first period to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
Tenacious defense created easy fastbreak baskets as the Park Rapids boys basketball team coasted to an 88-58 win at Sebeka Thursday night. Five baskets by Rilee Johnson, a three-point play by Chris Goplerud and a 3-pointer by Tyler McCollum gave the Panthers a quick 18-8 lead before 3-pointers by Jordan McCollum and Tyler McCollum, two more baskets by Johnson and a pair of baskets by Kyle Goplerud sparked an 18-6 run as the Panthers led 36-14 with 6:01 to play in the first half.
Jake Malone and Dylan Huttunen defeated both of their opponents as the United North Central wrestling team split matches at Friday's Osakis triangular. Pierz used four pins to defeat the Warriors 38-28 in the first match while UNC rebounded with four pins and four forfeits for a 51-30 victory over Osakis in the second match. Austin Bacon's 7-5 decision at 113 pounds, Malone's 11-0 major decision at 126 and Sam Tellers' pin at 138 kept UNC within 14-13 before Pierz won the next three matches to build a 29-13 advantage.
Winning nine events, including all three relays, helped the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team defeat Bemidji for the second year in a row. The Panthers led from start to finish in a 103-83 victory at the Area High School pool. Connor Smythe, Kalvin Hagan, Fred Stinar and Zach Eystad opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:52.07. After Ben Kading clocked a runner-up 2:09.23 in the 200 freestyle, Jake Waggoner and Dillon Schroeder went 1-2 in the 200 individual medley with times of 2:21.26 an 2:38.28.