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Hannah Williams' two goals and Shania Johnson's 27 saves led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 4-1 win over Lake of the Woods Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Lake of the Woods controlled the first period by outshooting the Panthers 14-4, but Williams' goal at the 12:04 mark gave Park Rapids a 1-0 lead. Jessica Gapinski assisted on that goal. Mady Vaudrin tipped in a rebound on a shot by Gapinski as the Panthers led 2-0 at the 10:51 mark of the second period.
Dylan Klatt scored the game-tying goal with 3:17 to play in regulation and scored the game-winning goal 2:48 into overtime in lifting Crookston to a 5-4 Section 8A victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at Crookston. Paul Bittner's power-play goal gave Crookston a 1-0 lead after the first period before the Panthers scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead. Sam Coborn fed Ian Johnson for a goal at the 7:47 mark and Levi Erickson followed with a goal at the 14:47 mark to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead after the second period.
Sam Goebel and Zach Eystad won two events each in leading the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to a rare win over Bemidji Tuesday night at Bemidji. The Panthers won eight of the first 11 events before swimming exhibition in a 105-79 victory. Connor Smythe, Ryan McBrady, Goebel and Kurt Fritze opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:54.43. After a runner-up time of 2:01.36 by Josh Johnson in the 200 freestyle, the Panthers won the next two events to build a 36-26 advantage.
Jessi Andersen's third-place 8.45 in vault led the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team in a 137.95 to 111.40 loss at Detroit Lakes Tuesday night. Vault was the Panthers' best event as Andersen, Emily Klingenberg's 8.10, Sarena Kinkel's 8.05 and Savannah Gatewood's 7.85 led to a 32.45 team score. In floor exercise, the Panthers received a 28.30 behind 7.55s by Klingenberg and Andersen, a 7.00 by Gatewood and a 6.20 by Kendra Anderson. Klingenberg's 7.85 and Andersen's 7.25 led the Panthers to a 26.05 on balance beam.
Four forfeits and five pins led Perham to a 58-19 victory over the Park Rapids wrestling team Tuesday night at Perham. Nolan Booge received a forfeit win at 106 pounds, Ben Baumgartner recorded a third-period pin at 126, Zachary Steffen posted a 12-4 major decision at 152 and Forrest Drury posted a 3-0 minor decision at 170 to account for the Panthers' four wins. Baumgartner used a pair of takedowns and a nearfall in the first period and an escape and takedown in the second period to build a 10-1 lead before a reversal set up his pin. Steffen jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the first period
Logan Lange, Jordan Redmond and Nevin Greer combined for 29 points in the first half as Pequot Lakes built a 43-12 lead en route to a 74-31 Mid-State Conference boys basketball victory over Park Rapids Tuesday night at Pequot Lakes. The Patriots expanded a 10-0 lead to a 22-5 advantage before a 14-3 run to end the half pushed the lead to 31 points. Chris Goplerud hit a pair of field goals while Tyler Ridlon and Tyler McCollum hit jumpers for the Panthers. Greer's 13 points led the Patriots' 31-19 run in the second half.
Another slow start cost the Park Rapids boys basketball team as Crosby-Ironton jumped out to a 26-6 lead en route to an 83-39 Mid-State Conference win at the Area High School gym Friday night. Six layups by Daniel Hudrlik, three layups by Caleb Baker and a 3-poiter by Jacob Goodwin staked the Rangers to a quick 26-6 lead with 10:19 to play in the first half.
Hat tricks by Cory Odland and Sam Coborn led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 10-2 Mid-State Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night at Walker. Coborn had two goals and two assists as the Panthers jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first period. Frank Moren set up Coborn at the 4:06 mark before Coborn and Levi Erickson assisted on a goal by Benson Ringle at the 13:02 mark. The Panthers then scored three times in less than two minutes to build a 5-0 lead.
When she first entered a varsity game as a seventh grader, it was easy to see that Tarah Cleveland had the potential to become the all-time leading scorer for the Menahga girls basketball team. That potential was reached before a hometown crowd on Dec. 9 when Cleveland, who entered the season with 1,662 points, scored 18 points in a 55-47 loss to Sebeka to break the school record of 1,749 set by Tarah's older sister Erica. "Tarah is such a hard worker and she has such a great basketball mind.
Ben Baumgarnter's runner-up finish led the Park Rapids wrestling team at the Big Bear Tournament at Cass Lake Friday and Saturday. Baumgartner used a pair of pins and a pair of minor decisions to reach the championship match at 120 pounds before losing to Badger-Greenbush-Middle River's Isaac Novacek 5-3. Forrest Drury finished fifth at 170 pounds and Zach Steffen placed eighth at 152 pounds in helping the Panthers compile 61.50 points for 23rd place in this 32-team tournament. BGMR captured the team title with 204.50 points while Thief River Falls (152) and Staples-Motley (138.50) follo