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Pequot Lakes relied on full-court pressure and half-court traps the entire game to force 35 Park Rapids turnovers in a 94-28 Mid-State Conference girls basketball victory at the Area High School gym Tuesday night. The full-court pressure resulted in eight consecutive layups, including five by Kylie Beltz, as the Patriots jumped out to a 19-0 lead with 13:22 to play in the first half. A layup by Grace Bateman and a jumper by Lydia Lutz ended that run as the Panthers trailed 19-4 with 11:59 remaining in the first half. Eight more layups followed as Pequot Lakes went on a 20-0 run to expand
Kayla Johnk led the Park Rapids gymnastics team with a first-place 7.70 on uneven parallel bars as the Panthers opened the season with a 126.00 to 97.85 loss at Bemidji last Friday night. Emily Klingenberg took third on bars with a 7.50 while Jessi Andersen placed fifth in three events with an 8.05 in vault, a 7.15 on balance beam and a 7.05 in floor exercise. Klingenberg used a 7.65 in vault, a 6.50 on beam and a 6.25 in floor to finish fifth in all-around with a 27.90. Andersen also had a 4.50 on bars to finish sixth in all-around with a 26.75.
New York Mills jumped out to a 33-0 lead en route to a 49-22 victory over the Park Rapids wrestling team Tuesday night at the Century School gym. The Eagles won the first six matches, three via forfeits, to take control. Zachary Steffen ended that run with a 13-0 major decision at 140 pounds.
Nate Baker's goal at the 4:17 mark in overtime gave Detroit Lakes a 6-5 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at Detroit Lakes. Goals by Levi Erickson and Sam Coborn gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead after the first period. Cory Odland, Noah MacPherson and Ian Johnson had assists on those two goals. The Lakers held a 16-7 edge in shots on goal in the second period, but a goal by Kody Walsh and a power-play goal by Coborn kept the Panthers in front 4-3. Zach Strandlie and Erickson had assists for Park Rapids.
Four runner-up finishes led the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to a third-place finish at last Saturday's season-opening Fergus Falls Invitational. Nick Belfiori clocked a runner-up 24.44 in the 50-yard freestyle, Sam Goebel clocked a runner-up 5:42.85 in the 500 freestyle and Connor Smythe clocked a runner-up 1:05.53 in the 100 backstroke to lead the Panthers.
Last season, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis gymnastics team went 2-8 in dual meets, finished third at the Mid-State Conference meet and placed fifth at the Section 8A meet. Duplicating those results would be considered a successful season for the Panthers this winter. The Panthers surpassed 120 points only once last season and ended with an average team score of 116.19.
After being outplayed in the first period, Eveleth-Gilbert took control the rest of the game in a 5-3 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Saturday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The host Panthers held an 11-5 advantage in shots on goal in taking a 1-0 lead after the first period. McKenna Brand set up Jessica Gapinski at the 9:48 mark for the game's first goal. Eveleth-Gilbert controlled the second period, firing 20 shots at Park Rapids goalie Shania Johnson while holding the Panthers to only five shots on goal.
Wadena-Deer Creek captured the team title while the host Panthers finished fifth at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational wrestling tournament. Park Rapids opened with a 38-37 loss to Deer River and followed with a 50-28 loss to Hibbing in pool matches. The Panthers defeated Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena 45-30 in the fifth-place match. The Panthers are now 3-2 in dual meets. W-DC defeated BCLB 76-0 and Lisbon 45-33 in pool matches before defeating Hibbing 52-15 in the championship match.
Poor shooting cost the Park Rapids boys basketball team in its season opener at Staples Friday night. The Panthers shot just 20 percent (10 for 49) from the field and 40 percent (10 for 25) at the free-throw line in a 68-33 Mid-State Conference loss. Taylor Kimball and Christian Ridlon led the Panthers by scoring 14 points apiece.
After qualifying for the state Class A tournament for the first time in school history last season, the Nevis volleyball team was looking to return to state this fall. A close loss to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the Section 5A championship match prevented the Tigers from accomplishing that goal. That was about the only goal the Tigers didn't achieve this season. Nevis posted its best winning percentage in school history by going 29-3-2.