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Hawley used runs of 18-3 and 16-2 in the first half and an 18-2 run to open the second half to spark an 82-43 victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Friday night at the Area High School gym. Christian Ridlon scored Park Rapids' first 9 points and Taylor Kimball followed a layup with a 3-pointer as the Panthers tied the game at 14-14 with 10:01 to play in the first half. Two inside baskets apiece by Riley Burns and Kevin Olson and a 3-pointer and layup by Luke VanHavermaet sparked an 18-3 run as the Nuggets claimed a 32-17 advantage. Back-to-back layups by Ridlon and Chris Gopl
During the regular season, Frazee relied on outside shooting by hitting 10 of 27 3-pointers to spark a 53-44 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team. In the rematch Monday night, the Hornets relied on defensive pressure to produce easy baskets in building a 35-11 lead at the break en route to a 53-28 South Section 8AA playoff victory at Frazee. Alexis Tappe's layup off the opening tip and 3-pointer set the tone as Frazee jumped out to a 12-2 lead with 13:46 to play in the first half.
Qualifying for the state Class A boys swimming meet in four events was a bit surprising for Park Rapids' Sam Goebel, Kevin Merfeld, Ryan McBrady, Zach Eystad and Connor Smythe. Entering the finals of the Section 3A meet at Morris last Saturday, Goebel thought he had a shot of advancing to state in the 100-meter freestyle.
Park Rapids' Danny Pike and Brandon Ritter entered the wrestling season with different expectations. Pike wanted to cap off his senior season by earning another trip to the state Class A tournament while Ritter entered his junior season not thinking about earning a state berth. Both Park Rapids wrestlers ended the season the same way by qualifying for state with runner-up finishes at last Saturday's Section 8A tournament at Glyndon. Pike qualified for his second state meet by placing second at 171 pounds while Ritter earned his first state berth by winning a true-second match at heavywei
Park Rapids and Nevis will travel while Menahga will play at home as the section boys basketball playoffs begin Monday night. Park Rapids received the No. 9 seed and will play at No. 8 Frazee Tuesday night at 7 in the first round of the South Section 8AA tournament. The Panthers, who carried a 1-22 record into Friday night's regular-season finale against Hawley, defeated Frazee 63-59 earlier in the year for their only win of the season.
Pelican Rapids broke open a close game with a 38-9 run in the second half to defeat the Park Rapids boys basketball team 91-48 Saturday night at Pelican Rapids. Luke Halbakken led the Vikings with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Taylor Budke added 21 points as Pelican Rapids improved to 21-4 on the season with its 15th win in a row. Christian's 22 points and seven rebounds led the Panthers, who fell to 1-21 on the season. Chris Goplerud added 12 points, six rebounds and three steals while Mason Long had 8 points and five assists and Kyle Goplerud grabbed six rebounds. PARK RAPIDS: C.
Wadena-Deer Creek and Pelican Rapids relied on fast starts to spark wins over the Park Rapids girls basketball team last week. W-DC jumped out to a 28-0 lead en route to a 60-18 Mid-State Conference victory Thursday night at the Area High School gym. On Saturday night, Pelican Rapids jumped out to a 25-6 lead en route to a 72-25 victory at Pelican Rapids in the regular-season finale for both teams. Quick start lifts Wolverines Eight different players scored as W-DC scored the game's first 28 points. Courtney Volkmann hit two 3-pointers while Hope Theisen, Caitlin Volkmann and Sydney S
Thief River Falls outshot the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team 43-9 and skated to a 10-1 win in a Section 8A quarterfinal playoff game Friday night at Thief River Falls. Brendan Skime's five goals and two assists sparked the win for the No.
Todd Fritze and the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team were determined to improve on last year's Section 3A meet. Last year, the Panthers finished last in the 13-team meet with 67 points and didn't qualify a swimmer for the state Class A meet for the first time since 1997. On Saturday at the University of Minnesota-Morris, the Panthers moved up to eighth place with 161 points and qualified five swimmers in four events for the state meet.
Park Rapids' Danny Pike and Brandon Ritter were counting on runner-up finishes at the Section 8A wrestling tournament at Glyndon to earn trips to state. Pike, who qualified for state as the section runner-up at 160 pounds last season, returned to state as a senior with a runner-up showing at 171 pounds Saturday while Ritter won a true-second match in the heavyweight bracket to earn his first state trip. As the No.