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Early in the first period Tuesday night, it appeared like Thief River Falls was going to skate to an easy win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hacken-sack-Akeley boys hockey team. Logan Engelstad scored just 59 seconds into the game and Park Rapids' leading scorer Sam Coborn had to leave the game after slamming into the boards. The Panthers weren't fazed by that injury as Frank Moren scored at the 8:35 mark to tie the game.
A pair of long losing streaks ended when the Park Rapids boys basketball team defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 62-57 Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. The win snapped a 34-game losing streak in Mid-State Conference games and a 29-game losing streak. The last time the Panthers defeated a conference rival was with a 64-45 win over W-DC back in March of 2008. "This win feels great," said Park Rapids head coach Matt Brandt. "The kids executed our game plan. They played hard and played with intensity.
Emily Klingenberg finished first on balance beam with a personal-best 8.95 and set a career high in all-around with a 33.05 in leading the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team to fourth place at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational. Bemidji won the team title with a 132.60. Little Falls was second with a 128.55 while Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (123.25), Park Rapids (111.35) and Frazee (99.20) followed. The Panthers opened the meet with a 26.20 on balance beam.
Sam Coborn's four goals and two assists helped the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team snap a five-game losing streak Thursday night. Jamie Stewart, Levi Erickson and Benson Ringle also scored goals as the Panthers defeated Fosston/Bagley 7-2 in a Section 8A game at Bagley. Ian Johnson and Cole Gourette assisted on Coborn's first goal at the 6:34 mark before Coborn gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead at the 14:23 mark. The Panthers scored four times on 12 shots in the second period to claim a 6-1 lead.
Zach Eystad won the two sprint freestyle races in helping the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team remain undefeated in dual meets with a 100-78 victory over Perham Thursday night at the Area High School pool. The Panthers won eight of the first 11 events en route to improving to 3-0 in dual meets this season. The 200-yard medley relay team of Connor Smythe, Ryan McBrady, Sam Goebel and Kurt Fritze opened the meet with a winning time of 1:53.17. Goebel's runner-up 1:59.36 in the 200 freestyle and McBrady's runner-up 2:21.63 in the 200 individual medley gave the Panthers a 26-20 adva
In the first meeting this season, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team held Crookston scoreless in a 2-0 victory. The Pirates had no problems scoring in the rematch Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena as Brianna Breiland, Amber Trostad and Natasha Skala scored two goals apiece in leading Crookston to a 9-2 victory. Caitlin Wahouske and Trostad gave Crookston a 2-0 lead before Jessica Gapinski's goal at the 10:34 mark pulled the Panthers to within 2-1. The Pirates then scored three times in a span of 2:04 to take control.
Detroit Lakes used impressive runs to open the game and open the second half in sparking a 78-42 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Friday night at the Area High School gym. The Lakers opened the game with a 16-0 run to help build a 42-25 advantage at the half.
Ben Baumgartner won both his matches as the Park Rapids wrestling remained at the .500 mark by splitting a pair of Mid-State Conference dual meets at Pine River Thursday night. Six forfeits helped Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus to a 51-16 win over Park Rapids while five forfeits helped the Panthers defeat Staples-Motley 49-28. PLPRB defeated the Cardinals 48-24 in the other match. PLPRB used three forfeits to build an 18-0 lead before Baumgartner posted a 15-6 major decision at 126 pounds.
A 30-2 run helped Sebeka break open a close game as the Trojans defeated the Park Rapids girls basketball team 62-26 Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Megan Grimes scored off a steal at the 11:03 mark of the first half to pull Park Rapids to within 8-6. Sebeka countered with nine layups to build a 38-8 advantage just before halftime. Jessica Lillquist scored four baskets inside and Alicia Boe chipped in four layups before Logan Redetzke hit a 3-pointer to cap that run. Morgan Olson's layup at the 6:47 mark provided Park Rapids' only points during that stretch.
Nine different players scored goals in leading the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 10-0 victory over Morris/ Benson Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The Panthers finished with a 43-3 advantage in shots on goal en route to their fourth shutout victory of the season. Allie Bade and Ashley Thelen had three assists each as seven players registered assists. Five different players tallied goals as the Panthers claimed a 6-0 lead after the first period. Jessica Gapinski opened the scoring at the 14:00 mark on an assist from Lauren Naeve.