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Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton jumped out to a 17-0 lead and held off a late rally in defeating the Park Rapids boys basketball team 53-43 Tuesday night at the Century School gym. Kyle Goplerud's basket with 7:04 to play in the first half ended D-G-F's game-opening run. A three-point play by Tyler McCollum, two inside baskets by Andy Waller, a jumper by Josh Crist and a 3-pointer by McCollum pulled the Panthers to within 25-14 at the half. The Panthers faced a 30-14 deficit before going on a 19-7 run to get back in the game. A layup and 3-pointer by McCollum started the comeback.
Kayla Miller's 27 points led Pequot Lakes to a 93-30 Mid-State Conference girls basketball victory over Park Rapids Tuesday night at Pequot Lakes. The Patriots built a 58-19 lead at the half en route to improving to 1-1 in the conference and 2-3 overall. Megan Grimes had 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the Panthers, who fell to 0-3 in the conference and 0-5 overall. PARK RAPIDS: Rittgers 1 1-4 3, Olson 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-2 0, Grimes 5 3-5 13, Isaacson 0 0-0 0, Klein 1 1-4 3, Booge 0 0-0 0, Lauderbaugh 1 1-2 3, Ridlon 2 2-4 6, Hanson 0 0-0 0, Price 0 1-4 1, Hilmanowski 0 1-3 1.
The return of the two leading all-around performers and six other performers from the Section 8A meet should make the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team even more competitive this season. Senior Emily Klingenberg and junior Jessi Andersen give the Panthers two solid all-around gymnasts and leaders.
Even though the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team opened the season with a loss to Bemidji, head coach Wendi Hartig's team started off way ahead of last year's pace. In last year's season opener, the Panthers scored 97.85 points against Bemidji.
Kyle Sylvester's two goals and Casey Anderson's goal and two assists led Warroad to a 5-0 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. After a scoreless first period in which the Panthers held a 9-8 advantage in shots on goal, Warroad held a 17-4 edge in shots in the second period in building a 3-0 lead.
In the end, fouls caught up with the Park Rapids boys basketball team Thursday night. The Panthers led for most of the game, but having five players foul out helped Staples-Motley prevail 57-50 in overtime in a Mid-State Conference battle at the Area High School gym. After Zach Borders opened the game with a layup to give Staples-Motley a 2-0 lead, jumpers by Kyle Goplerud and Tyler Ridlon, a layup by Tanner Otterness and another jumper by Goplerud gave the Panthers a 10-3 advantage with 11:52 to play in the first half. Park Rapids would maintain the lead until late in the second half.
Strong finishes sparked the Park Rapids wrestling team to a pair of victories over the weekend. The Panthers won six of the final seven matches to rally for a 40-24 victory over Lisbon Friday night at the Century School gym. During Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational, the Panthers opened with a 40-30 loss to Hibbing before winning the final seven matches in a 61-15 win over Deer River. Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena defeated the Panthers 43-31 in the third-place match. In Saturday's other tournament matches, Hibbing defeated Deer River 55-18 to go 2-0 in Pool 2.
Katie Klein hit five 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 17 points in Park Rapids' 78-34 Mid-State Conference girls basketball loss to Crosby-Ironton last Tuesday night at Crosby. Three players had double-doubles for C-I.
Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena used 14 pins to defeat Park Rapids and United North Central in a triangular wrestling meet at the Century School gym Tuesday night. Eight pins led the Bears to a 59-12 win over Park Rapids in the first match while six pins and two forfeits led BCLB to a 51-30 victory over United North Central. Park Rapids defeated UNC 45-36 in the final dual in the season opener for both teams. Bears pin loss on Panthers BCLB won 11 of the 14 matches to defeat the Panthers. Jared Sunram posted a 14-10 minor decision at 113 pounds in his varsity debut and Ben Baumgartner follow
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