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Ben Baumgartner and Danny Pike claimed individual titles to lead the Park Rapids wrestling team at last Saturday's Mid-State Conference tournament at Detroit Lakes. Baumgartner defeated Nate Francis of Detroit Lakes 12-5, pinned Devin Barthel of Wadena-Deer Creek in 2:11 and edged Blake Miller of Staples-Motley 7-5 to claim the title at 112 pounds. A takedown in the third period gave Baumgartner the win over Miller in the finals. Miller is ranked No.
Emily Klingenberg finished first in vault with an 8.45 in leading the Park Rapids gymnastics team in a 117.825 to 98.55 loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Friday night at the Area High School gym. Sarena Kinkel's 7.90, Sarah Harshman's 7.85, and 7.60s by Amy Klein and Tiffeny Hansen gave the Panthers a 31.80 team score in vault. Savannah Gatewood's 6.50, Kayla Andersen's 6.40, Klein's 6.05 and Hansen's 6.00 led to a 24.95 in floor exercise. The Panthers received a 21.30 on uneven parallel bars behind Klingenberg's 6.90, Kinkel's 5.20, Taylor Drury's 5.15 and Hansen's 4.05. On balance bea
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team closed out its home schedule in style with a 9-0 win over Lake of the Woods Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. McKenna Brand tallied her eighth hat trick of the season while Hannah Williams had a goal and three assists as the Panthers defeated LOW for the second time this season. The win gives Park Rapids the No. 5 seed for the Section 8A playoffs. Brand opened the scoring just 30 seconds into the game and followed with another goal at the 5:55 mark. Williams assisted on that goal.
Three teams looking to move up in the south half of the Section 8AA standings defeated the Park Rapids girls basketball team last week. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton outscored the Panthers 33-17 in the second half for a 61-39 victory last Monday night at Glyndon. The Rebels stayed in the No. 7 spot in the section standings with an 8-6 record. Perham closed out the first half with a 19-4 run to spark a 63-38 win over the Panthers Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Perham holds the No.
Going 1-2 in seven events led the Park Rapids boys swimming team to a 121-49 victory at Thief River Falls Tuesday night. Park Rapids opened the meet by going 1-2 in the 200-yard medley relay as Zach Lohmeier, Jake Waggoner, Ryan McBrady and Sam Goebel clocked a winning time of 2:00.83 and Connor Smythe, Spencer Adolphson, Nick Belfiori and James Wells followed in 2:02.14. After Waggoner clocked a runner-up 2:12.37 in the 200 freestyle, the Panthers swept the 200 individual medley behind McBrady's 2:20.58, Kevin Merfeld's 2:29.31 and Belfiori's 2:33.55 and the 50 freestyle behind Goebel's 2
A 9-0 run midway through the second half sparked Crosby-Ironton to a 77-62 Mid-State Conference boys basketball victory over Park Rapids Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Two 3-pointers by Caleb Baker and another by Jasper Schmidt helped the Rangers jump out to a 22-13 lead. Christian Ridlon led the Panthers with 10 points in the first 7:44 of the game. Jumpers by Ridlon and Scott Wolff and layups by Josh Crist and Tyler Ridlon kept the Panthers within 30-21 at the 7:50 mark.
Twelve different players contributed a point as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team set a school record with a 12-0 win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The 12 goals broke the old school record set in an 11-5 win over Morris in 2001. Park Rapids finished with a 48-6 edge in shots in defeating the Blue Devils for the third time this season.
Three pins down the stretch enabled the Park Rapids wrestling team to rally for a 45-34 win over West Central Area Tuesday night at the Century School gym. West Central Area held a 34-21 lead with four matches to go before pins by Forrest Drury at 171 pounds, Danny Pike at 189 and Brandon Ritter at 215 gave the Panthers a 39-34 edge.
Nevis took control from the start while Staples-Motley took control after halftime en route to wins over the Park Rapids boys basketball team at the Area High School gym. Nevis jumped out to a 21-6 lead en route to a 79-34 win Thursday night while Staples-Motley used runs of 9-0 and 13-0 in the second half to spark a 69-36 Mid-State Conference win Friday night. The two losses dropped the Panthers to 0-6 in conference play and 1-11 overall. Tigers take charge early Logan Gooch and Dylan Stenberg combined for 17 of Nevis' first 21 points to lead the Tigers Thursday night. Tyler Ridlon's
McKenna Brand's hat trick in the third period sealed the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley's 5-3 win over Pequot Lakes Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Brand, who has seven hat tricks this season, broke the Panthers' record for goals in a single season with 27.