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Lydia Lutz and Isaac Overmyer won the 3,200-meter races in leading the Park Rapids track teams at Tuesday's Paul Bunyan Classic at Bemidji State University. Lutz won the 3,200 race in 11:38.51 to break the meet record as the Panthers finished fourth in the girls meet with 41.50 points while Overmyer won the 3,200 race in 10:39.38 as the Panthers placed 11th in the boys meet with 23 points. A total of 22 teams competed. The Panthers ended up placing in nine events in the girls meet, which was won by Grand Rapids with 134 points.
When Bill Dent took over as head coach of the Nevis girls basketball team, he expected the Tigers would have a winning record. The Tigers lived up to those expectations by going 9-5 in Northwoods Conference play and 18-10 overall. "I thought it was a really rewarding season," said Dent. "We were very competitive and made a lot of improvement. It was a really fun year." Nevis opened the season with conference wins over Cass Lake (85-66), Kelliher-Northome (65-53) and Blackduck (56-26).
Park Rapids' McKenna Brand helped the North American Hockey Academy Red Team win the Junior Women's Hockey League's Challenge Cup U17 Division title last month at Rockville, MD. Brand scored three goals and had an assist as NAHA went 6-0-1 to win the Challenge Cup title. Brand had a goal in a 5-1 win over Belle Tire, a goal in a 5-3 win over Rochester, a goal in a 2-2 tie with New Jersey and an assist in a 5-1 win over Orangeville. NAHA defeated Honeybaked 3-1 and St.
Confidence was the main reason Park Rapids' Zach Lehrke had a solid season as a member of the Minnesota State University, Mankato men's hockey team. The 5-foot-8 sophomore forward played in 35 games and tallied 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points to rank fourth on the team in scoring. Lehrke's 13 goals shared the team lead as the Mavericks went 8-18-2 in WCHA play and 12-24-2 overall.
Scott Kramer thought the Nevis boys basketball team had the potential to win 20 games for the third year in a row. Losing some close games prevented the Tigers from fulfilling that goal. The Tigers, who followed a 22-7 record two years ago with a 20-6 season last year, were competitive in almost every game, but had to settle for a 12-15 record this season. "Our season was a disappointment for us considering that we had come off of back-to-back 20-win seasons and we were returning a good nucleus," said Kramer. "On the flip side, we were very competitive.
Matt Clark was pleasantly surprised with how the Park Rapids wrestling team performed this season. The Panthers went 16-8 in dual meets and had three wrestlers bring home medals from the state Class AA tournament.
Nic Lembcke knew the Park Rapids girls basketball team would be the underdog all season. Not only did the Panthers return a roster full of players who saw little or no varsity time last season, the competition featured players who were returning as varsity veterans from successful teams. That combination resulted in an 0-10 record in Mid-State Conference play and a 1-25 overall record for the Panthers. Of Park Rapids' 21 opponents, six finished with at least 20 wins, 13 had winning records, 15 finished at .500 or better and 20 compiled at least 10 victories. "Our biggest challenge goin
Even though the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team battled through another year of injuries, the Panthers did show improvement over last season. The Panthers had their best lineup for only the first two meets of the season.
Pete Stahnke entered the season confident the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team could compete for the Section 8A title. Even though the Panthers were eliminated in the section semifinals, Stahnke was pleased with the way his team ended the season. A tougher schedule and a lack of offense in key games resulted in a 4-9 start to the season. The Panthers had a 7-12 record before getting on a roll at the right time.
Crookston followed a 10-2 run to start the game with an 11-0 run to build a 24-7 advantage en route to a 71-33 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team in the first round of the Section 8AA tournament last Thursday night. The host Pirates put the game away by extending a 33-16 halftime lead to 53-26 by opening the second half with a 20-10 run. Crookston led 58-28 before closing out the game with an 11-0 run to advance. Sydney Boike scored 18 points and Taylor Demarais added 11 points to lead the No.