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One of the best goalies in the state shut out the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team for the first time this season in the regular-season finale Friday night. Alex Lyon made 21 saves in leading Lake of the Woods to a 4-0 Section 8A victory. It was the sixth shutout of the season for Lyon, who has a 1.48 goals against average and leads the state with a .948 save percentage. Lyon received all the offensive support he needed when the Bears scored twice in the first period.
Katie Skersick and Kari Skersick combined for 36 points in leading Bagley to a 73-40 victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Thursday night at Bagley. The Skersicks scored 10 points each while Jasmin Nelson scored all of her 15 points in the first half as Bagley jumped out to a 35-20 lead.
Thief River Falls opened the game with a 21-0 run and coasted to a 77-27 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Phillip Onkka hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 13 points as the Prowlers jumped out to the early lead.
Park Rapids' Nick Belfiori and Zach Lohmeier capped off their senior seasons by winning titles at last Friday's Mid-State Conference boys swimming and diving meet at Detroit Lakes. Belfiori won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.26 while Lohmeier took first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:02.77 to earn all-conference honors. Also earning all-conference honors for the Panthers was the 200 freestyle relay team of Sam Goebel, Belfiori, Josh Johnson and Zach Eystad with a winning time of 1:36.86. Those three efforts helped the Panthers claim runner-up honors with 426 points.
Perham captured its ninth consecutive title with its best score of the season while Park Rapids also hit a season high at last Saturday's Mid-State Conference gymnastics meet at Perham. Perham, which is rated No. 1 in the latest Class A poll and is seeking its ninth consecutive Section 8A title and eighth straight state Class A title, won the conference championship with a 149.60. Detroit Lakes was second with a 137.975 while the Panthers were third with a 112.90.
A three-goal first period led Detroit Lakes to a 4-2 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Nate Baker and Ryan Lindquist scored goals in a span of 1:04 midway through the first period to give the Lakers a 2-0 lead. Sam Coborn and Levi Erickson set up a goal by Frank Moren at the 10:57 mark before Alex Mason gave Detroit Lakes a 3-1 lead.
Park Rapids' Summer Ellefson qualified for her fifth consecutive state Nordic girls ski meet by repeating as the Section 8 champion last Wednesday at Camp Ripley. Ellefson, who competes for the Northwest Independent School, led the 55-skier field with a pursuit time of 36 minutes, 17 seconds.
A 46-27 win over Fosston/Bagley in the regular-season finale Thursday night locked up the Section 8A's No. 5 seed for the Park Rapids wrestling team. The Panthers won nine matches, including three forfeits and three pins, to close out the regular season with a 10-11 record in dual meets. After forfeiting at 103 pounds, the Panthers used pins by Ben Baumgartner and Laine Jensen to claim a 12-6 lead.
Nine different players scored goals as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team defeated a pair of Section 8A teams on the road. Six different players had goals in leading the Panthers to a 7-4 win over Bagley/Fosston at Bagley Thursday night. On Saturday afternoon, the Panthers again received goals from six different players in a 9-2 win against Kittson Central at Hallock. The two wins lifted the Panthers to 5-7 in the section and 12-10-1 overall. Panthers win at Bagley A four-goal first period sparked the Panthers in the win over Bagley. Goals by Noah MacP
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team couldn't contain one of the state's top scorers in the Section 8A quarterfinals Thursday night. Leah Jensen, who will play hockey at the University of North Dakota next season, scored four goals in leading No. 4-seeded East Grand Forks to a 4-1 win over the No.