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Three pins down the stretch helped the Park Rapids wrestling team rally for a 48-34 win over Staples-Motley in a triangular meet at Staples Thursday night. Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus used five pins and four forfeits to defeat the Panthers 61-9 in the other match. Pins by Jared Sunram at 113 pounds, Nolan Booge at 120, Ben Baumgartner at 138 and Justin Dravis at 145 gave the Panthers a 24-18 advantage.
Brianna Breiland's 34th goal of the season and a 58-15 advantage in shots led Crookston to a 2-0 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Friday night at Crookston. After a scoreless first period in which Crookston held an 18-3 advantage in shots, Breiland scored on a breakaway to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead midway through the second period. Crookston held a 21-6 edge in shots in that period. Amber Trostad's goal 49 seconds in into the third period concluded the scoring.
Losses to Henning and Wadena-Deer Creek gave the Menahga girls basketball team a 2-3 record in the last five games and a 5-5 overall mark. Henning tops Braves Tarah Cleveland scored 18 points and Shelby Pihlaja added 16 points to lead the Braves in a 55-48 Park Region Conference loss at Henning Friday night. MENAHGA: Cleveland 6 4-9 18, Pihlaja 6 2-4 16, J. Skoog 3 0-0 8, S. Skoog 3 0-0 6, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Allebach 0 0-0 0, Stifter 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 for 42 (FG), 6 for 13 (FT). Three-point field goals: Cleveland 2, Pihlaja 2, J.
Tanner Schwartz and Austen Schwartz had double-doubles in leading the Menahga boys basketball team to a 66-63 win over Eagle Valley Thursday night. Tanner Schwartz scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds while Austen Schwartz had 14 points and 10 assists for Menahga. Stetson Burkman also reached double figures with 12 points while Tanner Schwartz had five blocks and Austin Rudquist had seven rebounds. The win lifted Menahga to 4-3 on the season. MENAHGA: T. Schwartz 9 3-5 21, A. Schwartz 6 0-1 14, Burkman 6 0-0 12, Junes 4 1-2 9, L.
Theresa Moenkedick's 23 points and nine assists sparked Verndale to a 63-55 win over the Nevis girls basketball team Friday night at the Tiger Arena. Jordyn Glenz added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Pirates, who improved to 7-2 on the season. Riley Hanson had 20 points, 12 rebounds and five steals while Megan Norby had 16 points for Nevis. Mattie Hjelseth also hit double figures with 10 points and added seven rebounds as the Tigers fell to 3-6 on the season. VERNDALE: T. Moenkedick 23, J. Glenz 15, Kern 9, S. Glenz 8, Dailey 6, S.
Fastbreak layups and 3-point shooting led the Park Rapids boys basketball team past Frazee and a spot in the championship game of the Park Rapids Holiday Tournament. The Panthers led almost the entire game in a 65-50 victory over Frazee on Dec. 27, but had to settle for runner-up honors as Heritage Christian Academy overcame an early 8-0 deficit en route to a 66-57 victory in the championship game on Dec.
For the second year in a row, the Park Rapids girls basketball team ended a long losing streak by defeating Rothsay at the Pelican Rapids tournament. In last year's third-place game of the Valkyrie Division, the Panthers defeated Rothsay 47-37 to snap a 32-game losing streak. In the opening round of this year's Valkyrie Division on Dec. 27, the Panthers defeated Rothsay 63-48 to end a 24-game losing streak. "The win over Rothsay was huge.
Solid defense and an improved offense have the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team riding a seven-game winning streak. The Panthers extended their winning streak by defeating a pair of North Dakota teams at the Crookston Invitational. Park Rapids opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over Jamestown on Dec. 27 and followed with a 6-0 win over Mandan on Dec. 28. Those two wins followed a 6-0 victory at Lake of the Woods on Dec. 21.
Heritage Christian Academy used a 20-4 run in the first half while Frazee relied on a 12-3 run in the second half to defeat the Nevis boys basketball team at the Park Rapids Holiday Tournament. In the opening game, Heritage Christian used a 20-4 run to break open a 15-15 tie en route to an 85-52 victory on Dec. 27 while Frazee went on a 12-3 run to take the lead for good in a 67-60 win on Dec. 28 in the third-place game. Heritage runs past Tigers Heritage, which is rated No.
The Nevis girls basketball team dropped a pair of games at the Norwood-Young America tournament. Norwood-Young America jumped out to a 42-27 halftime lead in a 67-43 win over the Tigers in the tournament opener on Dec. 28. Belle Plaine jumped out to a 40-27 lead at the half in a 68-58 victory over Nevis in the third-place game on Dec.