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Perham won the battle of ranked wrestling teams Tuesday night. The Yellowjackets, who are ranked No. 6 in the latest state Class AA poll, used three pins and three forfeits to defeat Park Rapids 39-33 at the Area High School gym. The Panthers entered this dual meet rated No. 9 in the state Class A poll. Three forfeits gave Perham an early 18-3 advantage before the Panthers rallied for a 33-33 tie entering the final match.
Taylor Willis and Jordan Brownlow scored 16 points each in leading Verndale to a 62-37 Park Region Conference win over the Menahga boys basketball team on Dec. 16. Luke Weniger added 12 points as the Pirates improved to 2-0 in the conference and 3-1 overall. Kirby Hrdlicka's 18 points and seven rebounds led Menahga. Damon Howard added 11 points while Charlie Steidler-Thompson had two assists as the Braves fell to 0-2 in the conference and 1-5 overall. VERNDALE: Willis 16, Brownlow 16, Weniger 12, Schluttner 5, Sabinash 5, Barrett 4, Goddard 2, Deppa 2.
Hunter Jewison's layup and Adam Herberg's two free throws in the final :05 gave the Park Rapids boys basketball team a 40-38 win over Bagley Tuesday night at the Century School gym. Bagley led 38-36 when Jewison scored inside to tie the game with :05 remaining. Bagley called a timeout, but the Flyers were out of timeouts and were issued a technical foul. Herberg hit both free throws as the Panthers snapped a five-game losing streak.
A balanced scoring attack led the Menahga girls basketball team to a 69-42 win at Frazee Tuesday night. Alyssa Peterson hit six 3-pointers and scored 20 points while adding four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Cierra Ahlf added 15 points and seven rebounds while Aimee Lake also hit double figures with 12 points while contributing four assists and four steals. Megan Hendrickson also had four assists and four steals as the Braves improved to 6-2. Frazee fell to 2-6 on the season.
Taylor Sagen scored a pair of goals in the second period and Julia Smith made 36 saves as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team edged Eveleth-Gilbert 2-1 Thursday night at the Hoyt Lakes Ice Arena. After a scoreless first period, Alexa Kennedy and Lexi Hinkley-Smith assisted on Sagen's first goal at the 9:32 mark before Sagen scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 13:21 mark. Smith made that lead hold up by making 14 saves in the third period. Brenna Ceglar's goal with 1:03 to play prevented a shutout.
A 1-2 finish in the 200-yard medley relay set the tone as the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team used nine winning performances to defeat Bemidji 113-72 Friday night at the Area High School pool. Casimir Simonson, Kaleb Carlson, Zach Fritze and Marcus Benson opened the meet with a winning time of 1:53.56 while Tim Walsh, Seth Breitweser, Sam Huot and Jack Bateman followed in 2:03.05 as the Panthers went 1-2 in the 200 medley relay as the Panthers jumped out to a 12-2 lead.
Abby Schramel hit two 3-pointers and scored 16 points in the second half and Mikayla Markuson hit a 3-pointer and three free throws in overtime as Detroit Lakes rallied for a 68-59 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Friday night at Detroit Lakes. Kaisa Coborn's four field goals, Kendra Coborn's three baskets, Macky Warne's pair of 3-pointers, a 3-pointer and two free throws by Jaiden McCollum, and two inside baskets by Rilee Michaelson gave the Panthers a 31-19 lead at the half.
The Nevis boys basketball team remained undefeated on the season with a pair of impressive wins at the Tiger Arena. Griffin Chase's 21 points led the Tigers to an 86-33 Northland Conference win over Blackduck Thursday night while Jack Landquist's career-high 21 points sparked the Tigers to a 61-54 win over Browerville in a battle of two of the top teams in Class A Saturday afternoon at the Tiger Arena.
The scores keep soaring for the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team. Despite falling to 0-3 in dual meets, the Panthers set a new season-high team score in a 119.05 to 112.20 loss to Detroit Lakes' JV team Friday night at the Area High School gym. Park Rapids set a season high on balance beam and tied a season high in vault in seeing its team score improve from 106.225 in the season opener against Bemidji and a 109.85 against Perham in the second meet.
Crookston followed an 18-2 run with a 16-0 run to break open a close game in a 74-41 victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Thursday night at Crookston. Park Rapids led 7-5 before two 3-pointers apiece by Todd Boerger and Chris Wavra gave the Pirates a 23-9 lead. The Panthers cut the gap to 26-17 before 3-pointers by Matt Garmen, Nick Garmen and Boerger ignited a 16-0 run as Crookston carried a 45-18 lead into the break. The Pirates, who hit 10 3-pointers in the first half, outscored Park Rapids 29-23 in the second half.