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Matt Brandt is counting on an up-tempo style of play to up the win total for the Park Rapids boys basketball team this season. Last year, the Panthers averaged 46.4 points a game while allowing an average of 66.1 points a night. Park Rapids scored more than 50 points only nine times with a high of 66 while allowing the opposition to score more than 70 points 12 times. Park Rapids, which averaged 20 turnovers a game, was held to 40 points or less eight times and scored less than 30 points twice. The Panthers shot 36.5 percent from the field and 49.3 percent at the line.
Ashley Thelen, Alex Pederson and Hannah Williams had a goal and an assist each in leading the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 4-2 Mid-State Conference win at Detroit Lakes Tuesday night. After Hailey Sonstegard's power-play goal gave the Lakers a 1-0 lead, Thelen's unassisted goal with 52 seconds remaining in the first period tied the game at 1-1. Sonstegard opened the second period with another power-play goal to give Detroit Lakes a 2-1 lead. The Panthers responded by scoring three times in the third period to snap a five-game losing streak.
East Grand Forks controlled the puck in the offensive zone all night in defeating the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team 5-0 Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The Green Wave, which is rated No.
The return of four starters has Bill Dent expecting another successful season from the Nevis girls basketball team. Seniors Riley Hanson (center) and Mattie Hjelseth (guard) and junior guards Megan Norby and Jordan Walters return to the starting lineup to lead the Tigers this season.
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team was outscored 15-3 in losses to International Falls, Crookston and Thief River Falls. International Falls handed the Panthers their second shutout of the season with a 2-0 win last Tuesday night at the Ted O.
Even though the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team has to replace the all-time leading scorer in school history, head coach Pete Stahnke is expecting another winning season and a return trip to the Section 8A semifinals. In order to improve on last year's 14-13 record, the Panthers have to find players to pick up the offensive production of last year's senior crew of Sam Coborn, Levi Erickson, Benson Ringle and Cory Odland.
Tina Ridlon has some lofty long-range goals as she takes over as head coach of the Park Rapids girls basketball team. "Stepping in I have placed high expectations for the girls program. These girls need to start winning and playing for the playoffs. My long-term goal is to make it as far as we can get in the playoffs," said Ridlon, who coached youth basketball for six years and served as the girls assistant coach in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. "We have state on the brain.
Molly Aukes saw stretches of solid play from the Park Rapids volleyball team in every match this season. The inability to consistently maintain that solid play throughout entire matches led to a 5-18-1 record. The Panthers started off the season strong by going 3-5 in the first eight matches.
Having the most balanced offensive attack in school history gave the Park Rapids football team a chance to advance to the state playoffs for the first time in almost three decades. The Panthers set a school record by passing for 1,551 yards and added 2,505 yards rushing in going 5-6 and advancing to the Section 8AAA championship game at the Fargodome. That marked the first appearance in a section title game for the Panthers since 1985. "From Day 1, our goal was to get to the Dome," said Park Rapids head coach Aaron Morris. "I knew we'd be competitive.
Kaylyn Eggena's two goals and an assist led Northern Lakes to a 4-1 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Thursday night at Breezy Point. Bailee Jerger gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the first period before Northern Lakes scored three times in the second period to take 3-1 lead. Eggena's goal in the third period sealed the win for the Lightning, which improved to 1-1 on the season. Northern Lakes held a 32-12 advantage in shots.