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Ian Johnson's hat trick sparked the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hacken-sack-Akeley boys hockey team to an 8-1 Mid-State Conference victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night at Wadena. Cory Odland added two goals and two assists, Frank Moren had two goals and an assist, and Benson Ringle and Bailey Mueller had two assists each as the Panthers improved to 3-1 in Mid-State Conference play. A power-play goal by Jake Krause gave W-DC a 1-0 lead after the first period.
A third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle led the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to fifth place in the team standings at Saturday's Section 5A True Team meet at Alexandria. Sam Goebel, Connor Smythe, Jake Waggoner and Zach Eystad clocked a 1:37.98 in that relay to lead the Panthers, who tallied 803 points in this seven-team meet. Alexandria claimed the section title with 1,155 points while Detroit Lakes was second with 1,029 points. Goebel finished fourth in the 100 freestyle in 52.25 and finished fifth in the 50 freestyle in 23.85.
Melrose/Sauk Centre won only four events, but used six 2-3 finishes to hand the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team its first loss of the season. MSC went 1-2 in the 500-yard freestyle and won both freestyle relays to spark a 99-87 victory Tuesday night at Sauk Centre. Connor Smythe, Ryan McBrady, Fred Stinar and Zach Eystad opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:53.64 to give the Panthers the early lead. Sam Goebel won the 200 freestyle in 1:58.73, McBrady won the 200 individual medley in 2:19.65, Eystad won the 50 freestyle in 24.05 and Kalvin Hagan took first in di
Jessica Gapinski's second hat trick of the season against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hacken-sack-Akeley girls hockey team back to the .500 mark. Gapinski, who tallied a hat trick in the Panthers' 10-0 win over LPGE/WDC earlier this season, had three goals and an assist in sparking Park Rapids to an 8-1 victory Tuesday night at Wadena. The Panthers held a 12-4 advantage in shots in taking a 2-0 lead in the first period. Gapinski opened the scoring at the 9:32 mark and Danika Aletto followed with a power-play goal at the 12:37 mark.
Four pins and a forfeit win in the final six matches led the Park Rapids wrestling team to a 47-27 Mid-State Conference dual-meet victory over Detroit Lakes Tuesday night at the Century School gym. The Panthers faced an 18-9 deficit after the first five matches before rallying for the win. Nolan Booge faced a 10-3 deficit in the 106-pound match before rallying for a 13-10 decision.
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