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Entering Friday night's Mid-State Conference game against Crosby-Ironton, the Park Rapids girls basketball team had allowed an average of 70 points a game. The Panthers stepped it up on the defensive end by holding the Rangers to only 18 points in the first half.
After a slow start, the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team took control to defeat Thief River Falls Tuesday night and end the dual-meet season with a winning record. The Panthers fell behind 10-4 after the 200-yard medley relay, but won the next four events to take the lead for good en route to a 101-79 victory at the Area High School pool. The win gave Todd Fritze's team a 4-2 record in dual meets this season. After Sam Goebel, Zach Eystad, Jake Waggoner and James Wells took second in the 200 medley relay in 1:58.51, Ryan McBrady's winning time of 2:07.51 in the 200 freestyle hel
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton followed a 17-0 run with a 17-1 run in building a 55-14 halftime lead en route to an 84-22 victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Monday night at the Area High School gym. Baskets by Amber Booge and Megan Grimes kept Park Rapids within 8-4 at the 14:57 mark of the first half before the Rebels used a 3-pointer by Kinzie Molstre and a pair of inside baskets by Kelly Bergee to claim a 25-4 lead. Back-to-back baskets by Charity Ridlon ended that run and Katie Klein followed with a jumper as the Panthers trailed 32-10 with 7:22 remaining in the first half.
Receiving season highs in three events led the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team to its season high team score in the final home meet of the season Tuesday night. The Panthers used scores of 32.70 in vault, 29.45 in floor exercise and 27.35 on balance beam to surpass their previous high of 112.05 points in a 137.95 to 113.65 loss to Detroit Lakes at the Area High School gym. Emily Klingenberg's 8.65, Savannah Gatewood's 8.15, and a pair of 7.95s by Kayla Johnk and Taylor Drury led the Panthers in vault.
Caleb Baker's third 3-pointer of the first half capped a 38-10 run that led Crosby-Ironton to a 72-46 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at Crosby. Baker scored 13 points while Jacob Goodwin and Daniel Hudrlik added 11 points apiece as the Rangers built a 45-18 lead at the break.
Five pins down the stretch sparked the Park Rapids wrestling team to a 46-29 win over West Central Area Tuesday night at Barrett. The Panthers trailed 29-13 before rallying for the win behind five straight pins and a minor decision in the final six matches. WCA used four pins and a technical fall win to build the early lead.
Emily Klingenberg won all four events and the all-around title in leading the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team to a 109.10 to 102.10 victory over Frazee Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Klingenberg received scores of 8.60 in vault, 8.30 in floor exercise, 7.45 on balance beam and 7.30 on uneven parallel bars for a 31.65 all-around score in leading the Panthers to their first dual-meet victory of the season. The Panthers used a 7.95 by Savannah Gatewood, a 7.90 by Taylor Drury and a 7.60 by Kayla Johnk for a 32.05 team score in vault. Gatewood's 7.50, Drury's 7.10 and Amy Klei
Scoring two empty-net goals in the final minute sealed a Mid-State Conference win Thursday night while allowing two goals in the final two minutes cost the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team a key Section 8A victory Saturday afternoon. Goals by Allie Bade and Jessica Gapinski in the final 46 seconds sealed the Panthers' 4-1 win at Pequot Lakes Thursday night. The Panthers followed by playing near-perfect hockey for 49 minutes Saturday afternoon. However, East Grand Forks scored twice in the final 1:59 to rally for a 3-2 victory at the Ted O.
Eleven pins and eight forfeits led the Park Rapids wrestling team to a pair of dual-meet victories Friday night at Oklee. The Panthers used six pins and three forfeits for a 58-21 win over Parkers Prairie before five pins and five forfeits led to a 60-21 victory over Red Lake County Central. Jared Sunram (at 106 pounds), Nolan Booge (at 113), Ben Baumgartner (at 120), Justin Dravis (at 138), Forrest Drury (at 170) and John Kyllonen (at 182) recorded pins for the Panthers against Parkers Prairie.
Poor offensive showings in the first half led to a pair of losses for the Park Rapids boys basketball team. The Panthers were held to 14 points in the first half in a 45-40 loss at Nevis Thursday night and scored only 18 points in the first half in a 63-51 Mid-State Conference loss to Staples-Motley at Staples Friday night. Park Rapids fell to 1-13 on the season. Free throws seal Nevis' win Taylor Chase and Gerald Beckerleg combined to hit 10 free throws down the stretch to preserve Nevis' win over the Panthers Thursday night. Two baskets by Chase gave Nevis a quick 9-2 lead before tw