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Park Rapids received the No. 2 seed for Saturday's Section 8A team wrestling tournament at Thief River Falls' Ralph Engelstad Arena. The tournament begins Saturday morning at 11 with No. 7 Crookston (6-12 in dual meets) wrestling No. 10 Fertile-Beltrami (1-17) and No. 8 Red Lake County Central (2-11) wrestling No. 9 Mahnomen/Waubun (1-13).
Kittson Central scored twice in the third period to salvage a 2-2 tie with the Park Rapids-Menahga--Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in a Section 8A game Saturday afternoon at Hallock. Bjorn Jorgenson opened the scoring at the 11:28 mark of the first period on an assist from Isaac Johnson and Mitch Peterson gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead with a goal at the 8:35 mark of the second period. Jimmy Hillukka and Nolan Pederson had assists on that goal.
Head coach Gary Vaudrin was expecting another close game against Detroit Lakes in the first round of the Section 8A playoffs Thursday night. Instead, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team controlled play and used a five-goal second period to skate to a decisive 6-0 win at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
Blackduck built a 20-13 halftime lead and held on for a 43-39 Northwoods Conference victory over the Nevis girls basketball team Friday night at Blackduck. Montana Baker scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds while Annalise Ahrendt and Emma Bliss combined for 16 points. Bliss also had eight rebounds, Madisyn Lucas had four steals and Ashley Pyburn had three assists for the Tigers, who shot 21 percent (11 for 53) from the field and had 30 turnovers.
Eleven pins and eight forfeits helped the Park Rapids wrestling team end the regular season with a pair of easy wins Thursday night at the Century School gym. The Panthers used six pins to defeat Fosston/Bagley 52-24 in the first match and used five pins and seven forfeits to defeat Mahnomen-Waubun 72-10 in the final match. Fosston/Bagley defeated Mahnomen-Waubun 47-21 in the other match. In the win over Fosston/Bagley, the Panthers trailed 18-13 before rallying for the win.
The United North Central wrestling team built a 38-12 lead and held on for a 38-33 win over Staples-Motley Thursday night at Staples. Tucker Holmer's 6-1 minor decision at 106 pounds, Isaac Tellers' pin at 113 and Eion Ness' pin at 120 gave the Warriors a 15-0 lead. Bridger Bettin's 12-10 minor decision at 138, Austin Bacon's pin at 145, Cade LaCoe's 5-1 minor decision at 152, Dakota Meech's pin at 160 and Toby Hintzman's 17-2 technical fall win at 170 pushed the lead to 38-12 before the Cardinals won the final four matches.
Sebeka saw a 14-point lead dwindle before recovering for a 58-51 Park Region Conference boys basketball victory at Menahga Tuesday night. The Trojans led 39-25 with 12:40 to play before Menahga responded with a 17-4 run to cut the lead to 43-42 with 7:11 to go. Sebeka responded by closing out the game with a 9-2 run to pull off the win. A 3-pointer by Tristan Aho, a pair of inside baskets by Jonah Howard, and a layup by Kirby Hrdlicka gave Menahga a quick 11-5 lead with 14:17 remaining in the first half.
The Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team closed out the regular season with a 136.40-115.60 loss at Bemidji Tuesday night. Bemidji took first in all four events with scores of 34.45 in vault, 34.40 in floor exercise, 33.90 on uneven parallel bars and 32.65 on balance beam. The Panthers' best event was vault where Olivia Fischer's 8.45, Randi Nielsen's 8.35 and a pair of 7.95s by Erin Tooker and Abby Kirlin led to a 32.70. Lauren Berg took first with a 9.05.
Jarrett Johnson's pair of unassisted goals early in the third period helped the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team snap a five-game losing streak with a 5-1 Section 8A win at Red Lake Falls Tuesday night. Goals by Cole Hoscheid and Caleb Strandlie gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the first period. Bjorn Jorgenson assisted on Hoscheid's goal at the 8:38 mark while Brett Pinoniemi and Jimmy Hillukka set up Strandlie's goal at the 13:42 mark.
Griffin Chase scored 35 points to surpass 2,000 points in his career during Nevis' 66-45 Northland Conference boys basketball victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Feb. 4 at the Tiger Arena. Nevis held a 40-36 lead before a 3-pointer by Andrew Dudley and a 3-pointer and dunk off a steal by Chase ignited a 20-7 run that gave the Tigers a 60-43 advantage.