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Carl Malm was rewarded for his 36 years of coaching track by being inducted into the Minnesota Track Coaches Hall of Fame last Friday night. Malm, a 1954 graduate of Park Rapids and a 1960 graduate of Bemidji College, started his career as a track coach in 1960 in California at Livingston before coaching track at Argyle for four years and coaching boys and girls track at Bagley for 30 years. Malm was instrumental in building the first track at Bagley and coached the Flyers to 11 boys and girls Pine to Prairie Conference titles.
After sitting out the last six games with a concussion, Sam Coborn returned to the ice to lead the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 6-2 Mid-State Conference win over Prairie Centre Tuesday night at Long Prairie. Coborn had a goal and an assist while Noah MacPherson scored twice as the Panthers improved to 5-2 in conference games. Prairie Centre fell to 2-3-1 in the conference. Despite being outshot 16-11 in the first period, the Panthers held a 1-0 lead behind MacPherson's goal at the 1:03 mark.
Mattie Lueck and Vanessa Lane combined for five layups to spark an 18-3 run to open the game and Kayla Miller and Abby Palmer had two layups apiece during a 16-3 run late in the first half to spark Pequot Lakes to an 85-32 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. After Pequot Lakes took a 12-1 lead, the Panthers used a jumper by Justine Rittgers, a three-point play by Katelyn Hilmanowski, two free throws by Charity Ridlon and a basket off a rebound by Tori Lauderbaugh to stay within 26-10 with 9:27 to play in the first hal
Taylor Chase's role on the Nevis boys basketball team has changed over the last four years. As an eighth grader and freshman, Chase was a role player. Last year, Chase became one of the Tigers' main scoring threats. This year, Chase is the go-to player on the offensive end. The 6-foot-3 junior guard reached a scoring milestone in Nevis' 80-65 win at Red Lake Tuesday night.
Kayla Andersen finished fifth in two events and in all-around in leading the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team in a dual meet with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle last Friday night. Andersen used a 7.25 in floor exercise and a 6.70 on uneven parallel bars for a 27.05 all-around score in the Panthers' 126.10 to 104.225 loss. The Panthers used Taylor Drury's 7.70, Amy Klein's 7.60, Savannah Gatewood's 7.45 and Andersen's 7.35 for a 30.10 team score in vault.
The 1-2 punch of Nathan Holm and Beau Howard offset a career-high 23 points by Tyler McCollum as Pine River-Backus defeated the Park Rapids boys basketball team 74-62 Tuesday night at Pine River. Holm scored 31 points and Howard added 28 points to spark the Tigers to the win. Both Holm and Howard hit two 3-pointers each and combined for 25 points as PR-B claimed a 33-28 lead at the half.
Entering Friday night's Mid-State Conference game against Crosby-Ironton, the Park Rapids girls basketball team had allowed an average of 70 points a game. The Panthers stepped it up on the defensive end by holding the Rangers to only 18 points in the first half.
Having a full lineup helped the Park Rapids wrestling team extend its winning streak Thursday night. The Panthers used seven forfeits and three pins to defeat Crosby-Ironton 60-22 and four forfeits and three pins to defeat Wadena-Deer Creek 51-21 in a pair of Mid-State Conference matches at Crosby. Against C-I, the Panthers used Nolan Booge's first-period pin at 106 pounds and Ben Baumgartner's second-period pin at 120 to claim a 12-6 lead. Baumgartner is rated No.
One of Pete Stahnke's main goals for the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team this season was to finish in the top-four spots in the Section 8A standings. The Panthers had the perfect opportunity to take a major step toward accomplishing that feat with home games against section rivals Crookston and Lake of the Woods. Instead of making a strong case to receive the No. 4 seed with a pair of wins, the Panthers dropped in the section standings with a pair of shutout losses at the Ted O.
After giving up two goals in the final two minutes in a 3-2 loss to East Grand Forks, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Ake-ley girls hockey team responded by not allowing a goal in skating to three straight shutouts. The Panthers shut out Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/ Wadena-Deer Creek for the second time this season with a 9-0 victory last Tuesday night at Wadena. Park Rapids then followed a 3-0 win at Lake of the Woods Thursday night with a 3-0 victory over Eveleth-Gilbert Saturday afternoon at the Ted O.