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Todd Fritze continues to see the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team making progress. In the two years prior to last season, the Panthers went 0-12 in duals meets, finished third at the Mid-State Conference meet twice, finished last at the Section 3A meet twice and qualified one swimmer for the state Class A meet. Last year, the Panthers improved to 2-4 in dual meets, claimed runner-up honors at the conference meet, moved up to eighth place at the section meet and qualified five swimmers for the state meet. Entering this season, the Panthers look to continue making progress with th
Four players scored in double figures in leading the Bagley boys basketball team to a 78-28 victory over Park Rapids Tuesday night. Tyler George's 16 points and Riley Knutson's 15 points led a balanced attack for the host Flyers. Chris Goplerud (9), Kyle Goplerud (6) and Andy Waller (6) combined for 21 points to lead the Panthers. Chris Goplerud also led the team with six rebounds and two steals while Tanner Otterness had three assists as Park Rapids fell to 0-2. PARK RAPIDS: Otterness 1 0-4 2, Long 0 0-0 0, Bergquist 0 0-2 0, Ridlon 0 1-2 1, Crist 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, K.
Lauren Naeve's power-play goal with 2:28 to play lifted the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 3-2 win over Detroit Lakes on Nov. 29 at the Ted O.
Zack Lawdermilt's hat trick led East Grand Forks to a 9-2 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in the season opener Saturday afternoon at East Grand Forks. Lawdermilt scored a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal in the first period as the Green Wave jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
Staples-Motley's defense sparked two impressive runs as the Cardinals opened the Mid-State Conference girls basketball season with an 83-20 win at Park Rapids Friday night. The Cardinals, who forced 41 turnovers in the game, used a 38-9 run to build a 46-13 halftime lead before opening the second half with a 39-0 spurt. Nicole Price's layup at the 17:36 mark gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead before 3-pointers by Jasmine McGillvray and Kelli Pearson sparked Staples-Motley to an 8-2 advantage with 113:16 to play in the first half. A jumper by Katie Klein made it 8-4 at the 12:48 mark before the
Crookston opened up the game with a 23-0 run en route to a 61-39 win over Park Rapids in the season-opening boys basketball game at the Area High School gym Saturday afternoon. Brett Delage hit a 3-pointer, a long jumper and two free throws and scored on a pair of layups as the Pirates built a 23-0 lead with 13:30 to play in the first half.
Even though the Park Rapids boys basketball team graduated its two leading scorers, Matt Brandt is confident a more balanced scoring attack will lead to more success this season. The Panthers will be counting on the returning varsity players to take over the scoring production lost to the graduation of Christian Ridlon and Taylor Kimball. Ridlon earned Mid-State Conference honors and was named the team's Most Valuable Player after leading the Panthers with 301 points and 167 rebounds last season.
Experience paid off for the Menahga girls basketball team in the season opener at Park Rapids Tuesday night. The Braves had an advantage with the return of three starters and four other varsity letterwinners while Park Rapids featured a roster full of players filling key varsity spots for the first time.
Matt Clark isn't concerned about a new weight system and a new section for the Park Rapids wrestling team. Minnesota high school teams will now wrestle at 14 different weight classes: 106 pounds, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285. Last year, the weights were 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215 and 285. That change could benefit the Panthers, who have enough wrestlers to fill the upper weights. "They took out a middle weight and added an upper weight," said Clark.
Even with a tougher schedule, Pete Stahnke is counting on the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to compile a winning record and challenge for a top-four seed for the Section 8A playoffs. The main reason for Stahnke's optimism is the return of a veteran team that went 12-13-1 last season. Leading the Panthers this season are seniors Sam Coborn, Levi Erickson, Cory Odland, Scott Smith, Lucas Maves, Benson Ringle and Cole Garoutte; juniors Ian Johnson and Frank Moren; and sophomores Noah MacPherson, Bailey Mueller, Jamie Stewart, Drew Bade, Cody Brumbaugh, Luke Jae