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Pete Stahnke entered the season confident the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team could compete for the Section 8A title. Even though the Panthers were eliminated in the section semifinals, Stahnke was pleased with the way his team ended the season. A tougher schedule and a lack of offense in key games resulted in a 4-9 start to the season. The Panthers had a 7-12 record before getting on a roll at the right time.
Crookston followed a 10-2 run to start the game with an 11-0 run to build a 24-7 advantage en route to a 71-33 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team in the first round of the Section 8AA tournament last Thursday night. The host Pirates put the game away by extending a 33-16 halftime lead to 53-26 by opening the second half with a 20-10 run. Crookston led 58-28 before closing out the game with an 11-0 run to advance. Sydney Boike scored 18 points and Taylor Demarais added 11 points to lead the No.
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis' Collin Huckbody and Christopher Zimmer brought home medals from last weekend's state Class A wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Huckbody capped off his junior season by placing fourth at 170 pounds while Zimmer capped off his junior season by placing third at 195 pounds. Huckbody, who entered the state tournament ranked No. 5 at 170 pounds, pinned Breckenridge senior Cole Praus in 1:01 and defeated Kenyon-Wanamingo junior Alex Jackson 7-2 last Friday to reach the semifinals. Praus was rated No.
When Gary Vaudrin took over as head coach of the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team, his long-range goal was to make the Panthers a contender to challenge for the Section 8A title and advance to state. The Panthers took a step toward reaching that goal this season. Last season, the Panthers went 0-9 against the elite teams in the section (Warroad, Thief River Falls, Crookston and East Grand Forks) and were outscored 51-13. This year, the Panthers went 1-7 against those four teams, closing the scoring gap to 36-7.
Park Rapids' Ben Baumgartner, Forrest Drury and Brandon Ritter were looking to bring home medals from the state Class AA wrestling tournament. All three accomplished that goal with three sixth-place finishes at the Xcel Energy Center Saturday. Baumgartner survived through the wrestlebacks to finish sixth at 120 pounds while Drury and Ritter won their first two matches en route to placing sixth at 170 and 220, respectively. Those three Park Rapids wrestlers combined for a 6-1 record on Friday, but went 1-8 during Saturday's finals. "If you told me before state that we'd bring home three
Park Rapids' Connor Smythe, Jake Waggoner, Ryan McBrady, Sam Goebel and Zach Eystad entered the state Class A boys swimming meet hoping to break school records and advance to the finals. Smythe did fulfill those goals by breaking his own school record and advancing to the finals in the 100-yard breaststroke at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Smythe, a sophomore, ended up placing 16th during Saturday's finals with a time of 57.47. The top-16 finishers from Friday's preliminaries earned spots in the finals.
Taking advantage of 26 fouls helped the Nevis girls basketball team open the Section 5A tournament with a 60-47 win over Menahga Thursday night at the Tiger Arena. The Tigers made 19 of 24 free throws in the second half to break open a close game and advance to the next round. Nevis, the No. 3 seed in the West half of the section, used a 14-0 run starting late in the first half to build a 32-20 lead with 13:13 to play. After the No.
Jacob Crompton led a balanced attack with 21 points as Hawley closed out the regular season with an 83-48 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Friday night. Devon Pekas (17), Gavin Moe (13), Ben Ellefson (10) and Logan Stoa (10) also hit double figures for the Nuggets, who led 53-24 at the half in improving to 16-8 on the season. Tyler McCollum's 10 points, five rebounds and two assists led the Panthers. Chris Goplerud chipped in three steals and two assists as the Panthers closed the regular season with a 3-21 record. Park Rapids received the No.
Putting on a full-court press provided a spark in the second half that propelled the Park Rapids boys basketball team to its third win of the season Tuesday night. The Panthers forced 18 Menahga turnovers, most of those during a 42-point second half, that led to a 66-48 win at the Area High School gym. The 66 points in a game and 42 points in the second half were season highs for the Panthers. A 19-11 run to open the second half gave the Panthers a 43-32 lead with 9:12 to play.
The first half of last Saturday's Section 3A boys swimming meet at Willmar wasn't what seniors Sam Goebel and Ryan McBrady, juniors Zach Eystad and Jake Waggoner, and sophomore Connor Smythe had planned. The second half of the meet went the way those five Park Rapids swimmers expected. After missing out on state berths in the early going, those five swimmers delivered during the second half of the meet to qualify for state in four events. Jake Waggoner claimed the first state berth with a runner-up finish in the 500-yard freestyle.