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Nevis' Collin Huckbody and United North Central's Taylor Carlson brought home medals from the state Class A wrestling tournament. Huckbody, who was rated No. 1 at 182 pounds entering the state tournament, finished sixth while Carlson, who was rated No. 2 at 220 pounds, finished fifth during Saturday's finals at the Xcel Energy Center in St.
Park Rapids' Connor Smythe and Jake Waggoner completed their quest by placing at Saturday's state Class A boys swimming meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Smythe capped off his junior season by finishing eighth in the 100-yard backstroke in 57.26 to earn all-state honors while Waggoner capped off his senior season by placing 14th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.26 and 13th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:05.54.
Clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch sparked a 26-12 run as the Park Rapids boys basketball team rallied for a 70-61 win at Menahga Tuesday night. The Panthers trailed 49-44 with 7:47 to play before a 9-2 run provided a 53-51 lead with 2:55 to play.
Katie Klein and Charity Ridlon hit two free throws apiece in the final 18 seconds as the Park Rapids girls basketball team held off a late rally by Northland for a 68-64 victory Monday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers led 64-52 with 3:51 to play before Northland went on a 10-0 run to slice the gap to 64-62 with 34 seconds left.
United North Central's Jake Malone, Max Pajari and Taylor Carlson and Nevis' Collin Huckbody qualified for the state Class A wrestling tournament at last Saturday's Section 8A meet at Glyndon. Malone won the section title at 126 pounds, Pajari was the runner-up at 138 pounds, Huckbody won the title at 182 pounds and Carlson claimed the title at 220 pounds. Malone, the No.
Park Rapids' Jake Waggoner, Zach Eystad, Connor Smythe and Ben Kading entered last Saturday's finals of the Section 5A boys swimming meet at Bemidji confident of securing trips to the state Class A meet. All four were in perfect position to earn state berths after solid performances during last Friday's preliminaries. All four delivered in the finals by breaking three school records and qualifying for state in five events. Waggoner qualified in two individual events by placing fourth in the 200-yard freestyle and second in the 500-yard freestyle.
The Menahga boys basketball team locked up third place in the Park Region Conference standings with a 75-68 win over New York Mills last Friday night. Tanner Schwartz's 31 points, five assists and four steals led the Braves. Levi Schwartz posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Austin Rudquist had 10 points and seven rebounds. Stetson Burkman hauled down nine rebounds and Austen Schwartz had five assists as Menahga ended conference play with an 8-4 record. New York Mills fell to 1-10 in the conference and 4-17 overall. MENAHGA: T. Schwartz 11 7-10 31, L.
Todd Fritze couldn't have asked for a better Section 5A meet from the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team. In addition to having every swimmer clock a lifetime best during Friday's preliminaries or Saturday's finals at Bemidji, the Panthers set three school record and qualified four individuals in five events for the state Class A meet. Park Rapids also finished third in the team standings with 313 points to trail only Alexandria's 450.50 and Fergus Falls' 360 in this seven-team meet. "You can't ask for anything more than lifetime bests across the board," said Fritze.
John Kyllonen's success during the regular season set him up to qualify for his first state Class AA wrestling tournament. Kyllonen, who went 21-16 and finished fifth at last year's Section 8AA meet, entered this year's section meet in a perfect position to advance to state as the No.
Warroad continued its dominance over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Thursday night. The Warriors held a 44-7 advantage in shots on goal en route to an 11-0 win in a Section 8A quarterfinal game at Warroad. Park Rapids hasn't scored a goal in five career games against the Warriors.