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Todd Fritze couldn't have asked for a better Section 5A meet from the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team. In addition to having every swimmer clock a lifetime best during Friday's preliminaries or Saturday's finals at Bemidji, the Panthers set three school record and qualified four individuals in five events for the state Class A meet. Park Rapids also finished third in the team standings with 313 points to trail only Alexandria's 450.50 and Fergus Falls' 360 in this seven-team meet. "You can't ask for anything more than lifetime bests across the board," said Fritze.
Jim Warmack took over in overtime as East Grand Forks escaped the Area High School gym with a 90-88 double-overtime victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night. The 6-foot-7 junior center scored three baskets inside, including the game-winner with :09 remaining, in the second overtime to give the Green Wave the win. This game was close throughout as both teams battled through 14 lead changes and 11 ties. Warmack's three inside baskets gave the Green Wave a quick 6-0 lead before a pair of 3-pointers by Grant Frydenlund and two baskets off rebounds by Austin Holy extend
Despite a cold shooting night, the Park Rapids girls basketball team relied on defense to defeat Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 43-31 last Tuesday night at Walker. The Panthers made only 16 of 63 field goals and 9 of 27 free throws, but used 15 steals and 45 rebounds to pull off the win. Megan Grimes, Charity Ridlon and Bria Wolff had three field goals apiece as the Panthers built a 24-12 halftime lead. Ridlon scored 15 points in the second half to preserve the double-digit lead. Ridlon led the Panthers with 22 points and six steals while Grimes had 9 points, 18 rebounds (including 10 on the
The Nevis girls basketball team rebounded from a close loss to Clearbrook-Gonvick to post a close win over Bertha-Hewitt and roll to an easy victory over Blackduck last week. Clearbrook-Gonvick prevailed 44-42 in a Northwoods Conference game last Tuesday night at Nevis before the Tigers rebounded to edge Bertha-Hewitt 43-42 in a non-conference game last Thursday night at Bertha.
Gavin Becker led the Nevis boys basketball team in scoring as the Tigers avenged two Northland Conference losses. Becker had 27 points, nine rebounds and four assists in leading Nevis to a 69-62 win at Blackduck last Friday night. Blackduck defeated the Tigers 61-58 earlier in the season. At Nevis Tuesday night, Becker's 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals led the Tigers to a 68-52 win over Kelliher-Northome. K-N defeated Nevis 85-68 earlier in the season. The two wins give Nevis sole possession of second place in the conference standings with a 10-4 record.
Tanner Schwartz led the Menahga boys basketball team in scoring as the Braves split games with Parkers Prairie and Bertha-Hewitt. Schwartz scored 31 points in the Braves' 85-73 loss at Parkers Prairie last Friday night and scored 28 points in leading the Braves to a 64-48 Park Region Conference win over Bertha-Hewitt Tuesday night. Menahga improved to 7-4 in the conference and 12-9 overall with the split. Parkers Prairie defeats Braves In addition to leading the team in scoring, Tanner Schwartz had nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in the loss to Parkers Prairie. Austen S
Six different players scored as the Park Rapids boys basketball team jumped out to a 13-2 lead en route to a 55-34 Mid-State Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek Friday night at the Century School gym. Layups by Rilee Johnson, Cory Gartner and Kyle Goplerud gave the Panthers a 6-0 lead with 11:29 to play in the first half before a free throw by Mason Long, two free throws by Chris Goplerud and a 3-pointer by Wyatt Derman pushed the lead to 13-2 with 6:50 to go in the first half. A 3-pointer and two jumpers by Tyler McCollum, two free throws by Gartner and a jumper by Kyle Goplerud gave Pa
United North Central used wins over Fertile-Beltrami and Badger/Greenbush-Middle River to reach the championship match at Saturday's Section 8A wrestling tournament at Thief River Falls. The No. 3-seeded Warriors eliminated No. 6 Fertile-Beltrami 55-15 in the quarterfinals and No. 2 BGMR 36-30 in the semifinals before falling to No. 1 Frazee 47-9 in the title match. BGMR was rated No. 11 in the latest state Class A poll while Frazee entered as the No. 3-rated team in the state.
East Grand Forks won the final two matches to upset Park Rapids 47-36 in the first round of the Section 8AA wrestling tournament Saturday at Thief River Falls. Park Rapids, the No. 7 seed, held a 36-35 lead before the No. 10-seeded Green Wave used two pins in the final two matches to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Menahga boys basketball team dropped into a tie for third place in the Park Region Conference standings with a pair of losses to Henning. Tanner Schwartz tallied a double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds in leading the Braves to a 63-61 win at Pillager on Feb. 8. Henning kept the top spot in the conference with a 65-57 win over Menahga last Tuesday night and a 74-58 victory over the Braves Thursday night. The two losses to Henning left the Braves with a 6-4 record in the conference and an 11-8 overall record.