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Chase Brand’s power-play goal in overtime gave the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team a 6-5 Mid-State Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek Friday night at Wadena. A power-play goal by Max Phillips and a goal by Jake Dykhoff gave W-DC a 2-0 lead in the first period before goals by Cole Coborn and Brand tied the game. Brand and Matt Bade assisted on Coborn’s goal at the 12:02 mark while Isaac Johnson and Micah Barrett had assists on Brand’s goal at the 14:53 mark.
Winning four of the final five matches gave the Park Rapids wrestling team a split of Mid-State Conference dual meets at Staples Thursday night. The Panthers trailed 28-13 before rallying for a 34-31 win over Staples-Motley before Pequot Lakes-Pine River-Backus locked up the conference dual-meet title with a 39-28 win over the Panthers. PLPRB defeated Staples-Motley 41-28 in the other match to improve to 4-0 in Mid-State duals and 11-0 overall. PLPRB is rated No. 17 in the latest state Class AA poll.
On a night where Frazee hit eight 3-pointers, it was Paige Oswald’s conventional three-point play with :08 remaining that was the game-winner in a 56-55 victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Friday night at the Area High School gym.
Amber Tilander’s hat track and Grace Wegner’s 24 saves led International Falls to a 6-0 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Tilander scored twice in the first period, Lexi Erickson and Lexi Edwards scored 25 seconds apart in the second period, and Tilander and Edwards scored in the third period to lead the Broncos, who were outshot 24-20. The win lifted International Falls to 10-9 on the season.
Zach Struss scored 17 points and Hank Raph added 14 points as Pine River-Backus handed the Nevis boys basketball team its first loss in Northland Conference play with a 63-46 victory Friday night at Pine River.
Alyssa Semmler’s jumper with 1.3 seconds to play gave Pine River-Backus a 38-37 Northwoods Conference win over the Nevis girls basketball team Thursday night at Pine River. Semmler finished with 13 points as PR-B rallied from an 8-point deficit with three minutes to go to improve to 3-0 in the conference and 4-6 overall.
Matthew Benson played a role in four of five winning efforts for the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team at Saturday’s Detroit Lakes Invitational. Spencer Fritze had the other winning performance for the Panthers, who compiled 391 points. Bemidji claimed the team title with 454 points while Detroit Lakes followed with 397 points. Casmir Simonson, Fritze, Benson and Hunter Utke opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:49.56.
Head coach Rebecca Penning continues to see improvement from the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team. The Panthers compiled a season-high 110.55 points to place eighth at Saturday’s Moorhead Invitational. Rogers captured the team title with 137.95 points while Bemidji and Elk River tied for second place with 132.05 points. Fargo Davies (130.90), MACA (125.15), Moorhead (124.90) and Fargo (116.05) followed.
Wyatt Fitzsimmons led three players in double figures with 14 points in leading Wadena-Deer Creek to a 52-50 Park Region Conference win over the Menahga boys basketball team Friday night at Wadena. Tanner Horn (11) and Noah Ross (10) also scored in double figures for the Wolverines, who improved to 3-2 in conference play and 7-4 overall.
Detroit Lakes used six pins and three other victories for a 50-28 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids wrestling team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Ashton Clark’s 8-0 major decision at 113 pounds and Joey Klein’s forfeit win at 120 gave Park Rapids a 10-6 lead before the Lakers won the next six matches to take a 41-10 advantage. Clark used takedowns in each period and a pair of escapes for his win.