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Kayla Andersen tied for fifth place in vault to lead an injury-riddled Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team in the regular-season finale at Bemidji last Thursday night. Bemidji swept the top four spots in each event en route to a 130.65 to 90.35 victory. Andersen's 7.90, Kayla Johnk's 7.80, Amy Klein's 7.65 and Taylor Drury's 7.60 led the Panthers to a 30.95 in vault. On uneven parallel bars, the Panthers received a 21.10 behind Andersen's 6.85, Drury's 5.90, Johnk's 4.55 and Kylee Roy's 3.80. Klein's 5.35, Andersen's 5.30, Drury's 4.90 and Johnk's 3.95 gave the Panthers a 19.50 on balanc
Levi Erickson's hat trick powered the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 6-2 win at Greenway last Saturday night. Erickson scored all three goals on the power play and Sam Coborn added two goals and four assists as the Panthers finished with a 39-28 advantage in shots on goal. Coborn and Noah MacPherson set up Erickson's first power-play goal at the 14:42 mark of the first period as the Panthers tied the game at 1-1.
Ian Johnson received the rare opportunity to play varsity hockey as an eighth grader. Four years later, Johnson joined a rare list of members of the Park Rapids boys hockey team who tallied more than 100 career points. Johnson surpassed the scoring milestone with a goal in a 3-2 win over Red Lake Falls on Feb. 2. With that goal, the junior forward became the 11th player in school history to reach that scoring mark. "You always want to get to benchmarks," said Johnson.
Opponents of the Park Rapids boys hockey team have found it nearly impossible to shut down Sam Coborn. The only thing that prevented Coborn from scoring or setting up goals during his four-year varsity career was a concussion suffered while crashing head-first into the boards in the first period of a game against Thief River Falls on Jan. 10. The junior center missed the next six games before returning to action on Jan. 31 against Prairie Centre.
Sam Coborn became the all-time scoring leader in the history of the Park Rapids boys hockey program in style Thursday night. Coborn scored two goals and added an assist in leading the Panthers to a 3-2 win at Red Lake Falls in a Section 8A battle. Coborn now has 214 points, breaking Zach Lehrke's previous record of 212. Coborn opened the scoring with a goal at the 8:44 mark of the first period to tie Lehrke's record. Cory Odland and Ian Johnson assisted on that goal as the Panthers had a 10-8 edge in shots in the opening period.
Detroit Lakes won 10 events to win the team title at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational in a tune up for the Mid-State Conference meet. The Lakers claimed the title with 635 points while the host Panthers were second with 606 points. Perham finished third with 561 points. These three teams will return to the Area High School pool Friday for the conference meet with diving starting at 3:30 p.m. and the swimming events following at 6 p.m. Kalvin Hagan won the only event for the Panthers by tallying 301.45 points in diving.
Thief River Falls held a 54-7 advantage in shots on goal in closing the regular season with a 6-0 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Thursday night at the Ted O.
For the first 26 minutes of Friday night's Mid-State Conference boys basketball game, Park Rapids was able to counter every run Pequot Lakes made. Unfortunately, the Panthers couldn't match Pequot Lakes on the offensive end in the final 10 minutes. Pequot Lakes outscored the Panthers 17-6 and 11-2 during two key runs to build a 30-18 lead early in the second half. The Panthers rallied to close the gap to 37-33 with 10:32 remaining.
Carl Malm was rewarded for his 36 years of coaching track by being inducted into the Minnesota Track Coaches Hall of Fame last Friday night. Malm, a 1954 graduate of Park Rapids and a 1960 graduate of Bemidji College, started his career as a track coach in 1960 in California at Livingston before coaching track at Argyle for four years and coaching boys and girls track at Bagley for 30 years. Malm was instrumental in building the first track at Bagley and coached the Flyers to 11 boys and girls Pine to Prairie Conference titles.
After sitting out the last six games with a concussion, Sam Coborn returned to the ice to lead the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 6-2 Mid-State Conference win over Prairie Centre Tuesday night at Long Prairie. Coborn had a goal and an assist while Noah MacPherson scored twice as the Panthers improved to 5-2 in conference games. Prairie Centre fell to 2-3-1 in the conference. Despite being outshot 16-11 in the first period, the Panthers held a 1-0 lead behind MacPherson's goal at the 1:03 mark.