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The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team climbed above the .500 mark as Chase Brand’s hat trick and Austin Jerger’s 20 saves sparked a 6-0 win over Bagley/Fosston Tuesday night at Bagley. Brand’s goal at the 6:42 mark and Bjorn Jorgenson’s goal at the 15:05 mark gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead after the first period. Caleb Strandlie and Kiefer Miller assisted on Jorgenson’s goal.
Luke Weniger scored a game-high 22 points in leading Verndale to a 50-41 Park Region Conference victory over the Menahga boys basketball team Tuesday night at Menahga. Charles Haataja scored 14 points and had seven rebounds and three blocked shots while Aaron Hrdlicka (9), Aaron Rudquist (8) and Luke Wurdock (7) combined for 24 points. Hrdlicka led Menahga with 11 rebounds while Wurdock had five steals and joined Darien Mickelson with three assists.
Alyssa Peterson’s 25 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists led the way as the Menahga girls basketball team posted a 62-44 Park Region Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek last Friday night at Menahga. Jen Stifter added 14 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists while Dani Novak and Megan Hendrickson led the Braves with seven rebounds apiece. Aimee Lake also had three assists while Hendrickson and Leah Schwartz had four steals each for Menahga.
Spencer Fritze took first in diving with 233.85 points to account for the only winning performance in the first 10 events as the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team dropped a 102-81 dual meet against Melrose/Sauk Centre Tuesday night at Sauk Centre.
Chase Brand’s power-play goal in overtime gave the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team a 6-5 Mid-State Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek Friday night at Wadena. A power-play goal by Max Phillips and a goal by Jake Dykhoff gave W-DC a 2-0 lead in the first period before goals by Cole Coborn and Brand tied the game. Brand and Matt Bade assisted on Coborn’s goal at the 12:02 mark while Isaac Johnson and Micah Barrett had assists on Brand’s goal at the 14:53 mark.
Winning four of the final five matches gave the Park Rapids wrestling team a split of Mid-State Conference dual meets at Staples Thursday night. The Panthers trailed 28-13 before rallying for a 34-31 win over Staples-Motley before Pequot Lakes-Pine River-Backus locked up the conference dual-meet title with a 39-28 win over the Panthers. PLPRB defeated Staples-Motley 41-28 in the other match to improve to 4-0 in Mid-State duals and 11-0 overall. PLPRB is rated No. 17 in the latest state Class AA poll.
On a night where Frazee hit eight 3-pointers, it was Paige Oswald’s conventional three-point play with :08 remaining that was the game-winner in a 56-55 victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Friday night at the Area High School gym.
Amber Tilander’s hat track and Grace Wegner’s 24 saves led International Falls to a 6-0 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Tilander scored twice in the first period, Lexi Erickson and Lexi Edwards scored 25 seconds apart in the second period, and Tilander and Edwards scored in the third period to lead the Broncos, who were outshot 24-20. The win lifted International Falls to 10-9 on the season.
Zach Struss scored 17 points and Hank Raph added 14 points as Pine River-Backus handed the Nevis boys basketball team its first loss in Northland Conference play with a 63-46 victory Friday night at Pine River.
Alyssa Semmler’s jumper with 1.3 seconds to play gave Pine River-Backus a 38-37 Northwoods Conference win over the Nevis girls basketball team Thursday night at Pine River. Semmler finished with 13 points as PR-B rallied from an 8-point deficit with three minutes to go to improve to 3-0 in the conference and 4-6 overall.