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A 14-0 run at the start of the second half helped the Nevis boys basketball team grind out a 46-36 win at Menahga in the regular-season finale Thursday night. A layup by Aaron Hrdlicka, a jumper by Charles Haataja and a 3-pointer by Aaron Rudquist gave Menahga a 7-2 lead at the 13:57 mark of the first half before a jumper by Zach Henry, a 3-pointer by Grant Pappas and a layup by Griffin Chase gave the Tigers a 9-7 lead at the 11:06 mark.
Gabie Johnson tallied a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds as the Park Rapids girls basketball team coasted to a 72-47 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Johnson scored 12 points, Macky Warne hit three 3-pointers, Kaisa Coborn hit four jumpers and Jaiden McCollum hit three baskets as the Panthers led 43-19 at the half.
The Park Rapids boys basketball team ended one losing streak while keeping another going last Tuesday night. Led by Remington Hagan’s 17 points, the Panthers defeated East Grand Forks 55-52 in the regular-season finale to snap a 10-game losing streak. Hunter Jewison added 13 points and nine rebounds while Damion Hanke also pulled down nine rebounds for the Panthers, who led 29-25 at the half. The win lifted Park Rapids to 4-9 against Section 8AA teams and 4-21 overall.
Entering Saturday’s finals of the Section 8A wrestling tournament at Glyndon, Park Rapids had eight wrestlers in contention to earn trips to the state Class A tournament. Five of those secured state trips while two others were denied true-second matches as the Panthers qualified five for state for the second year in a row.
For the first time in Pete Stahnke’s 13 years as head coach, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team failed to advance to the Section 8A quarterfinals. Goaltender Jackson Soliah made 37 saves to record his first shutout of the season in leading Kittson Central to a 3-0 upset win over the Panthers in a section play-in game Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
Detroit Lakes is one step away from repeating as the state Class A gymnastics champions. The Lakers captured the Section 8A title last Saturday at Fergus Falls with a 149.625. Perham was second in this nine-team meet with a 147.425 while Park Rapids-Nevis took eighth with a 108.00.
Menahga and Nevis will open the Section 5A North boys basketball playoffs at home. Menahga (9-14) received the No. 8 seed and will host No. 9 Laporte (6-20) Monday night at 7 in a play-in game. The winner will travel to No. 1 Pine River-Backus (17-6) Thursday night at 7. The other North quarterfinal games Thursday night find No. 2 Nevis (20-5) hosting No. 7 Sebeka (10-13), No. 3 Verndale (16-8) hosting No. 6 Cromwell (13-10) and No. 4 McGregor (17-7) hosting No. 5 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (14-9).
The Park Rapids girls basketball team tied a school scoring record in a 98-21 win over Bagley Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Park Rapids also hit that mark in a 98-37 victory over Red Lake in 2005.
If the past two weeks were any indication, Todd Fritze thought the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team would capture the Mid-State Conference title Friday night at the Area High School pool. A week before, the Panthers won the Last Chance Invitational in the same pool with 878 points as Detroit Lakes took second with 800 points. Perham was a distant third with 271 points.
Matt Clark knew the Park Rapids wrestling team needed a perfect performance to reach the Section 8A finals Saturday at Thief River Falls. After defeating No. 6 United North Central 54-20 in the quarterfinals, the No. 3-seeded Panthers were denied a spot in the finals with a 52-18 loss to No. 2 Badger/Greenbush-Middle River in the semifinals. That loss ended the Panthers’ dual-meet season at 17-6. Park Rapids entered the section tournament rated No. 14 while BGMR was rated No. 12 in the state Class A poll.