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Park Rapids' Forrest Drury, Brandon Ritter and Ben Baumgartner took different paths to reach the state Class AA wrestling tournament. Drury entered the Section 8AA tournament at Fergus Falls as the No. 1 seed at 170 pounds, Ritter was the No. 2 seed at 220 and Baumgartner was the No.
Going into Saturday's finals of the Section 3A boys swimming and diving meet at Willmar, Park Rapids head coach Todd Fritze told his swimmers to go after cut times in order to qualify for the state Class A meet. As it turned out, the Panthers qualified for state in four events, but only needed to reach cut times in two of them. Junior Jake Waggoner earned the Panthers' first state berth with a runner-up 5:11.72 in the 500-yard freestyle. Senior Sam Goebel, sophomore Connor Smythe, Waggoner and junior Zach Eystad followed by qualifying for state with a fourth-place 1:32.80 in the 200 free
Park Rapids entered the Section 8AA wrestling tournament at Fergus Falls Friday with no one ranked in the state poll. The Panthers left the Section 8AA tournament Saturday with three wrestlers advancing to the state Class AA tournament. Freshman Ben Baumgartner and senior Forrest Drury qualified for state as section champs while senior Brandon Ritter advanced to state as a section runner-up. Senior Zachary Steffen just missed a state berth after losing in a true-second match. Baumgartner entered as the No.
The Park Rapids girls basketball team faced early halftime deficits in losses to Wadena-Deer Creek and Pelican Rapids. W-DC jumped out to a 38-13 lead at the break en route to a 57-19 Mid-State Conference win at Wadena Thursday night while Pelican Rapids used a 47-3 cushion at the half to spark a 78-24 win over the Panthers Saturday at the Area High School gym. Park Rapids closed the regular season with a 1-24 record and received the No. 7 seed for the Section 8AA tournament. The Panthers will travel to No. 2 Crookston Thursday night for a 7 p.m. tip-off in the tournament opener.
The third line and the third time was the charm for the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in the Section 8A quarterfinals Thursday night at Warroad. Crookston, the No. 4 seed in the tournament, had defeated the No. 5-seeded Panthers 5-4 in overtime and 6-0 during the regular season. That changed in the section quarterfinals as goals by Raul Garcia and Noah MacPherson in the third period sparked the Panthers to a 3-1 victory. Benson Ringle gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead with a goal at the 12:04 mark of the first period.
Ryan Bruggeman hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points during a 38-4 run in the first half that sparked Pelican Rapids to an 87-48 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Saturday night at the Area High School gym. A layup by Ryan Peterson and a basket off a rebound by Tyler McCollum kept the Panthers within 6-4 with 15:46 to play in the first half. That's when the Vikings followed a 20-0 run with an 18-2 run to claim a 44-8 advantage with 6:28 to go in the first half. Bruggeman hit three 3-pointers during the first run and followed with two more during the second run.
United North Central and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis combined to send eight wrestlers to the state Class A tournament. Jacob Malone won the title at 126 pounds to lead UNC at Saturday's Section 8A meet at Glyndon. Max Pajari won a true-second match at 160 while Taylor Carlson prevailed in a true-second match at 220 as the Warriors qualified three for state. WHAN qualified five wrestlers, led by Joe Anderson's championship at 160, Collin Huckbody's championship at 170 and Christopher Zimmer's championship at 195.
Tatum Sheley's 20 points and Autumn Ackerman's 12 points and 15 rebounds led Pine River-Backus to a 71-21 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team last Friday night at the Area High School gym. Megan Felthous also hit double figures for the Tigers with 10 points. Charity Ridlon (8) and Katie Klein (6) combined for 14 points for the Panthers, who trailed 52-14 at the half.
A 29-5 run to open the game sparked the Nevis girls basketball team to a 63-27 Northwoods Conference win over Blackduck last Friday night at the Tiger Arena. Two inside baskets apiece by Bettsy Hjelseth, Megan Norby and Riley Hanson led the Tigers to a 13-2 lead before a layup by Norby, a basket off a rebound by Jordan Walters, two layups by Hjelseth and two inside baskets by Hanson pushed the lead to 25-5 with 4:08 to play in the first half. A jumper by Hanson, a layup by Walters, a jumper by Norby and a jumper by Karly Drury gave Nevis a 33-12 advantage at the half. Blackduck cut the g
Wadena-Deer Creek hit four 3-pointers on five trips down the court to break open a tie game and spark a 67-51 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team last Friday night at Wadena. After Chris Goplerud hit a free throw to tie the game at 34-34 with 9:43 to play, Andrew VanErp hit three 3-pointers to ignite a 15-0 run. VanErp followed a 3-pointer with a 4-point play as the Wolverines claimed the lead for good.