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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.
A dramatic overtime victory helped the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team go 1-2 against three Section 8A opponents. After dropping a 5-2 decision to Detroit Lakes on Nov. 24 at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena, the Panthers opened the Thief River Falls Holiday Classic with a 5-4 overtime win over Crookston last Friday. Park Rapids battled Thief River Falls in a 3-0 loss Saturday in the second day of the tournament before dropping a 5-2 decision against Fargo North/South Tuesday night.
Five pins and five forfeits enabled the Park Rapids wrestling team to open the season with a 67-12 victory at Mahnomen-Waubun Tuesday night. Ashton Clark’s forfeit win at 106 pounds, Drake Best’s 10-6 minor decision at 113 and Landen Burlingame’s pin at 120 gave the Panthers a quick 15-0 lead.
Katrina Blom and Jami Nelson scored 21 points apiece in leading Crosby-Ironton to a 68-58 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Tuesday night at Crosby in the season opener for both teams. Jaiden McCollum (12) and Gabie Johnson (9) combined for 21 points as the Panthers led 34-31 at the half. Blom and Nelson combined for 23 points in the second half as the Rangers rallied for the win.
Alyssa Peterson scored 22 points to lead a balanced offensive attack as the Menahga girls basketball team opened the season with a 78-42 win at Nevis Tuesday night. Cierra Ahlf had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds while Megan Hendrickson (11) and Aimee Lake (10) also scored in double figures. Leah Schwartz and Jen Stifter grabbed eight rebounds each, Peterson and Lake had five assists each, and Schwartz led the way with five steals as the Braves outscored Nevis 38-16 in the second half.
Griffin Chase scored 22 points as the Nevis boys basketball team defeated Sebeka 68-62 Tuesday night at Sebeka. Michael Landquist added 16 points and Jack Landquist had 14 points and six rebounds. Both also had three assists. Tom Wormley grabbed seven rebounds and had four assists, Jack DeWulff chipped in 9 points and seven rebounds, and Zach Henry had three steals for the Tigers, who trailed 32-31 at the half.
Tom Tellers and Craig Isaacson recorded pins for the United North Central wrestling team in a 45-22 loss to Staples-Motley Tuesday night. Toby Hintzman won by major decision while Ben Johnson and Austin Bacon added minor decisions for the Warriors. Staples-Motley 45, UNC 22
Aaron Hrdlicka’s 14 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and three assists led the Menahga boys basketball team in a 45-37 Park Region Conference loss to Bertha-Hewitt Tuesday night. Aaron Rudquist added 12 points, Kirby Hrdlicka grabbed eight rebounds, and Luke Wurdock had three assists and three steals as the Braves fell to 2-1 on the season. Bertha-Hewitt improved to 1-2 on the season as both teams made their conference debut.
Free-throw shooting proved to be the difference as the Menahga boys basketball team defeated Park Rapids 48-44 last Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Menahga made 17 of 31 free throws, including hitting four down the stretch to cap off the scoring, while the Panthers went 5 for 17 at the line in their season opener. The Panthers led for most of the first half as a pair of inside baskets by Hunter Jewison and a jumper by Jason Haas produced a quick 6-1 lead.