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Taylor Chase just missed matching his career high in leading the Nevis boys basketball team to the championship game of the 11th annual Park Rapids Holiday Tournament last Tuesday night. Chase, who broke the Tigers' single-game scoring record with 42 points against Pillager on Dec.
Hannah Williams' two goals and Shania Johnson's 27 saves led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 4-1 win over Lake of the Woods Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Lake of the Woods controlled the first period by outshooting the Panthers 14-4, but Williams' goal at the 12:04 mark gave Park Rapids a 1-0 lead. Jessica Gapinski assisted on that goal. Mady Vaudrin tipped in a rebound on a shot by Gapinski as the Panthers led 2-0 at the 10:51 mark of the second period.
Dylan Klatt scored the game-tying goal with 3:17 to play in regulation and scored the game-winning goal 2:48 into overtime in lifting Crookston to a 5-4 Section 8A victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at Crookston. Paul Bittner's power-play goal gave Crookston a 1-0 lead after the first period before the Panthers scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead. Sam Coborn fed Ian Johnson for a goal at the 7:47 mark and Levi Erickson followed with a goal at the 14:47 mark to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead after the second period.
Sam Goebel and Zach Eystad won two events each in leading the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to a rare win over Bemidji Tuesday night at Bemidji. The Panthers won eight of the first 11 events before swimming exhibition in a 105-79 victory. Connor Smythe, Ryan McBrady, Goebel and Kurt Fritze opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:54.43. After a runner-up time of 2:01.36 by Josh Johnson in the 200 freestyle, the Panthers won the next two events to build a 36-26 advantage.
Jessi Andersen's third-place 8.45 in vault led the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team in a 137.95 to 111.40 loss at Detroit Lakes Tuesday night. Vault was the Panthers' best event as Andersen, Emily Klingenberg's 8.10, Sarena Kinkel's 8.05 and Savannah Gatewood's 7.85 led to a 32.45 team score. In floor exercise, the Panthers received a 28.30 behind 7.55s by Klingenberg and Andersen, a 7.00 by Gatewood and a 6.20 by Kendra Anderson. Klingenberg's 7.85 and Andersen's 7.25 led the Panthers to a 26.05 on balance beam.
Four forfeits and five pins led Perham to a 58-19 victory over the Park Rapids wrestling team Tuesday night at Perham. Nolan Booge received a forfeit win at 106 pounds, Ben Baumgartner recorded a third-period pin at 126, Zachary Steffen posted a 12-4 major decision at 152 and Forrest Drury posted a 3-0 minor decision at 170 to account for the Panthers' four wins. Baumgartner used a pair of takedowns and a nearfall in the first period and an escape and takedown in the second period to build a 10-1 lead before a reversal set up his pin. Steffen jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the first period
Logan Lange, Jordan Redmond and Nevin Greer combined for 29 points in the first half as Pequot Lakes built a 43-12 lead en route to a 74-31 Mid-State Conference boys basketball victory over Park Rapids Tuesday night at Pequot Lakes. The Patriots expanded a 10-0 lead to a 22-5 advantage before a 14-3 run to end the half pushed the lead to 31 points. Chris Goplerud hit a pair of field goals while Tyler Ridlon and Tyler McCollum hit jumpers for the Panthers. Greer's 13 points led the Patriots' 31-19 run in the second half.
Another slow start cost the Park Rapids boys basketball team as Crosby-Ironton jumped out to a 26-6 lead en route to an 83-39 Mid-State Conference win at the Area High School gym Friday night. Six layups by Daniel Hudrlik, three layups by Caleb Baker and a 3-poiter by Jacob Goodwin staked the Rangers to a quick 26-6 lead with 10:19 to play in the first half.
Hat tricks by Cory Odland and Sam Coborn led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 10-2 Mid-State Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night at Walker. Coborn had two goals and two assists as the Panthers jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first period. Frank Moren set up Coborn at the 4:06 mark before Coborn and Levi Erickson assisted on a goal by Benson Ringle at the 13:02 mark. The Panthers then scored three times in less than two minutes to build a 5-0 lead.
When she first entered a varsity game as a seventh grader, it was easy to see that Tarah Cleveland had the potential to become the all-time leading scorer for the Menahga girls basketball team. That potential was reached before a hometown crowd on Dec. 9 when Cleveland, who entered the season with 1,662 points, scored 18 points in a 55-47 loss to Sebeka to break the school record of 1,749 set by Tarah's older sister Erica. "Tarah is such a hard worker and she has such a great basketball mind.