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For head coach Steph Hanson, being competitive with the top teams in the area and improving each match led to a successful season for the Park Rapids volleyball team. The Panthers went 3-1 to finish second in the Mid-State Conference, earned the No. 4 seed in the south half of Section 8AA and won a first-round tournament match at home to end with an 11-13-1 overall record.
A 3-pointer by Michael Landquist and three-point plays and Landquist and Griffin Chase sparked a 13-0 run midway through the first half that broke open a close game as the Nevis boys basketball team opened the season with a 74-34 win over Northland Remer Monday night at the Tiger Arena. Chase scored 11 points as the Tigers led 17-12 before taking control with their 13-0 run. Chase and Landquist ended the half with 3-pointers as the Tigers carried a 39-20 lead into the break.
East Grand Forks used a 44-8 advantage in shots to spark a 5-1 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in the season opener Tuesday night at East Grand Forks. After a scoreless first period in which the host Green Wave held a 14-1 edge in shots, Park Rapids took a 1-0 lead on a slapshot by Kiefer Miller at the 6:31 mark. Matt DeLaHunt assisted on that goal.
Even though Park Rapids’ Kayla Andersen, Alyza Edevold, Paige Fritze and Tea Nyland didn’t break any school records, all four ended their high school careers by fulfilling their main goal of reaching the finals at the state Class A girls swimming meet. Those four qualified for the state meet in five events and were able to advance to the finals in four of them after Thursday’s preliminaries at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. During Friday’s finals, the Panthers tied Bemidji for 20th place with 30
International Falls and Thief River Falls combined to outscore the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team 12-1 in back-to-back games. Amber Tilander’s hat trick in the second period sparked International Falls to a 5-0 win at International Falls last Tuesday night.
After graduating three top scorers, the Park Rapids boys basketball team will be relying on defense to produce victories this season. Last season, the Panthers averaged 61.9 points a game behind the scoring of seniors Jordan McCollum (who averaged 18.6 points and 7.3 rebounds a game), Derek Porozinski (who averaged 13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds a game), Nick Lopez (who averaged 7.3 points a game) and Riley Massie (who averaged 3.0 points a game).
Even though four key players from last year’s historic season graduated, Scott Kramer is counting on the Nevis boys basketball team to make a run at repeating as Section 5A champions. A year ago, the senior crew of Gavin Becker, Courtland Chase, Kevin Hale and Brett Byer led the Tigers to their first section title and first appearance in the state Class A tournament. Becker averaged 17.3 points and 6.0 rebounds a game, Chase averaged 8.4 points and 5.8 rebounds a game and Hale averaged 7.3 points and 5.1 rebounds a game as starters.
Jeremy Nordick says teamwork will be the key to success for the Menahga boys basketball team this season. The Braves graduated their top scorers in Austin Rudquist (20.2 points, 7.7 rebounds per game), Austen Schwartz (13.8 points, 3.5 assists per game) and Kyle Skoog (8.5 points, 4.3 rebounds per game).
Aaron Rudquist led a balanced offensive attack with 13 points as the Menahga boys basketball team opened the season with a 52-33 win at Frazee Friday night. Rudquist also had nine rebounds and four assists while Luke Wurdock chipped in 12 points and five rebounds.
Qualifying for the state Class A girls swimming meet was the main goal for Park Rapids seniors Kayla Andersen, Alyza Edevold, Paige Fritze and Tea Nyland. Bringing home medals from the state meet would be the perfect ending to their high school swimming careers. Those four qualified for state in five events at last Saturday’s Section 8A meet at Warroad.