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Spencer Fritze broke his own school record in diving and the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team used eight winning performances to claim the title at last Saturday’s Park Rapids Invitational. Fritze compiled 429.30 points for 11 dives for a runner-up finish to break his previous school record of 411.95 points. The Panthers followed by winning all three relays and had three 1-2 showings in tallying 878 points. Detroit Lakes was second with 800 points while Perham took third with 271 points.
Detroit Lakes locked up an undefeated season in Mid-State Conference play and secured the No. 4 seed for the Section 8A playoffs with a 4-2 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at Kent Freeman Arena. The win lifted Detroit Lakes to 7-3 against section teams and 13-9-2 overall while the Panthers fell to 7-8-1 in section games and 13-11-1 overall.
Nevis hit seven free throws in overtime to seal a 46-42 Northland Conference win over Pine River-Backus last Thursday night at the Tiger Arena.
A balanced attack led the Menahga boys basketball team to a 53-47 Park Region Conference win over Henning Tuesday night at Menahga. Aaron Rudquist was the only player to hit double figures with 10 points. Aaron Hrdlicka led Menahga with seven rebounds and five steals while Luke Wurdock dished out three assists as the Braves improved to 5-7 in the conference and 8-13 overall. Henning fell to 5-8 in conference games and 10-11 overall.
Entering Thursday night’s dual meet with Bemidji, the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team could either finish with a winning record or a losing record. As it turned out, the Panthers finished with neither as Bemidji rallied for a 93-93 tie at the Area High School pool. The tie in the final dual meet of the season gave the Panthers a .500 record at 3-3-1.
After battling Detroit Lakes in a 4-3 overtime loss in their last meeting, Gary Vaudrin liked the chances of the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to prevail in a rematch to open the Section 8A playoffs Thursday night at Detroit Lakes. The Lakers made sure of avoiding an upset by scoring the game’s first five goals in a 6-3 victory.
Macky Warne helped the Park Rapids girls basketball overcome a slow start to take control in a 63-26 win over Pine River-Backus Thursday night at the Area High School gym. A 3-pointer by Shelby Adkins gave PR-B a 9-7 lead before Warne hit a 3-pointer to give the Panthers a 10-9 advantage with 8:26 to play in the first half. A layup off a rebound by Gabby Rainwater put the Tigers in front 11-10 at the 7:21 mark before another 3-pointer by Warne gave Park Rapids a 13-11 edge at the 7:09 mark.
Five consecutive pins rallied the Park Rapids wrestling team to a 48-33 win over Fosston/Bagley in the final regular-season dual meet Thursday night at Fosston. Ashton Clark opened the meet with a first-period pin at 106 pounds before Fosston/Bagley followed with three straight pins to take an 18-6 lead. Pins by Nolan Booge at 132, Jared Sunram at 138, Logan Johnson at 145, Cody Dravis at 152 and Justin Dravis at 160 gave the Panthers a 36-18 advantage.
Jumping out to a 21-7 advantage in shots on goal in the first period set the tone as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team defeated Kittson Central 5-1 Saturday afternoon at Walker. The win locked up the Northwest Conference title for the Panthers, who went 6-1 in conference games. Lake of the Woods finished second at 5-2-1 while Red Lake Falls went 3-3-2. Kittson Central fell to 1-5-1 and Bagley/Fosston is 1-5.
Thane Dailey hit five 3-pointers and scored 26 points as Sebeka rallied for a 65-58 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team last Monday night at Sebeka. James Clark added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Trojans, who trailed 34-24 at the half. The win lifted Sebeka to 8-10 on the season.