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A 3-pointer by Derek Kennedy midway through the first half gave Staples-Motley the lead for good as the Cardinals opened Mid-State Conference play with a 61-49 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Two baskets by Remington Hagan and layups by Tristan Breitweser, Connor Byer, Hunter Jewison, Jake Dickinson and Ben Garcelon gave the Panthers a 16-14 lead with 9:41 to play in the first half. Kennedy hit his only field goal of the game at the 9:07 mark to give the Cardinals a 17-16 lead.
Landen Burlingame, Justin Dravis, Jacob Bittmann and Chris Baxter had two pins apiece as the Park Rapids wrestling team defeated United North Central and Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena Thursday night at Blackduck. The Panthers had seven pins in a 57-21 win over UNC and had six pins in a 49-22 victory over BCLB to improve to 3-0 on the season. Ashton Clark’s pin at 106 pounds, Drake Best’s pin at 113, Burlingame’s pin at 126, Dravis’ pin at 170, Zach Hocking’s pin at 195, Bittmann’s pin at 220 and Baxter’s pin at 285 led the Panthers against UNC.
Chase Brand played a role in all six goals as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team split games at St. Paul over the weekend. Brand’s two goals and two assists sparked the Panthers to a 4-1 win over St. Paul Como Park Friday afternoon while Brand’s goal and assist led the Panthers in a 4-2 loss to St.
The Nevis boys basketball team dominated at the end of the first half in back-to-back games to pick up a pair of Northland Conference victories. After a slow start, the Tigers took control before the break in a 69-37 victory at Laporte Thursday night and followed by closing out the first half with a 19-2 run to spark a 78-43 win over Northome-Kelliher Friday night at the Tiger Arena. Michael Landquist’s 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists led the Tigers against Laporte.
Balanced scoring sparked the Nevis girls basketball team to a pair of Northwoods Conference victories. Jordyn Lucas’ 11 points and 10 steals led the Tigers to a 61-34 win at Laporte Thursday night while Hannah Bliss’ 22 points and 15 rebounds led the way in a 47-42 win over Northome-Kelliher Friday night at the Tiger Arena. Nevis improved to 2-0 in the conference and 2-1 overall. Balanced Tigers defeat Wildcats Madisyn Lucas also scored in double figures with 10 points in the Tigers’ win over Laporte. Becca Nelson, Hannah Bliss and Emma Bliss combined for 27 points with Hannah Blis
Aaron Hrdlicka’s 23 points, 17 rebounds and four steals led the Menahga boys basketball team in a 67-65 Park Region Conference loss to New York Mills Friday night. Charles Haataja added 14 points, Aaron Rudquist had 11 points and five assists, and Kirby Hrdlicka grabbed nine rebounds for the Braves, who fell to 0-2 in the conference and 2-2 overall. New York Mills improved to 1-0 in the conference and 1-1 overall. MENAHGA: A. Hrdlicka 8 6-10 23, Haataja 5 2-4 14, Rudquist 3 3-7 11, Wurdock 4 0-1 8, K.
Chase Brand’s five goals and two assists led a dominating performance by the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in a 9-1 Mid-State Conference win over Prairie Centre Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The Panthers finished with a 50-10 advantage in shots on goal in coasting in their conference and home debut.
Pete Stahnke is looking for the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to have more success against Section 8A opponents during the regular season to prepare for more success in the post-season.
Rebecca Penning will be focusing on the basic fundamentals as she takes over as head coach of the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team. Penning, who served as the Panthers’ assistant coach the last three seasons, and assistant coach Cyrus Gust return a veteran group in hopes of improving on individual and team scores.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton uses spurts of 16-2 early in the first half and 24-6 in the second half to spark a 67-29 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. A jumper by Jason Haas and a layup by Connor Byer kept the Panthers within 7-4 with 14:05 to play in the first half when Ethan Edeen’s three inside baskets and a 3-pointer by Kyle Rothschadl sparked a 16-2 run as D-G-F claimed a 23-6 lead with 4:12 to play in the first half.