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The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team closed out the regular season with four losses and will open the Section 8A playoffs as the No. 5 seed. The Panthers, who ended the regular season with a 6-0 loss at Thief River Falls Thursday night and a 4-0 loss at International Falls Saturday night, will open tournament play at No. 4 Crookston Thursday night at 7. Park Rapids has a 13-12 record while Crookston, which is rated No. 13 in the state Class A poll, is 12-11. The Pirates defeated Park Rapids by scores of 4-2 and 2-0 during the regular season.
Connor Smythe broke a meet record in the 100-yard backstroke and Jake Waggoner led the field in the 200-yard freestyle as the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team claimed the title at Saturday's Park Rapids Last Chance Invitational. Smythe clocked a time of 58.87 to win the 100 backstroke and Waggoner clocked a 1:57.91 to win the 200 freestyle to account for the Panthers' two winning performances. However, Park Rapids relied on depth as the top-16 finishers scored points.
It took Connor Kennedy's goal with 2:09 to play to give the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team a 1-0 win over Red Lake Falls Thursday at the Ted O.
Jordan Redmond scored 20 points and Brett Peterson hit six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points to lead Pequot Lakes to a 69-59 Mid-State Conference boys basketball victory over Park Rapids Friday night at Pequot Lakes. Tyler Tappe added 11 points for the Patriots, who led 40-23 at the half. Pequot Lakes improved to 5-3 in the conference and 7-9 overall. Tyler McCollum scored a game-high 22 points and Jordan McCollum added 12 points to lead the Panthers. Kyle Goplerud had seven rebounds as Park Rapids fell to 1-7 in the conference and 6-12 overall. PARK RAPIDS: Long 1 0-0 3, T.
The Nevis girls basketball team jumped out to a 33-6 halftime lead en route to a 57-14 Northwoods Conference victory over Laporte Friday night at the Tiger Arena. Riley Hanson had 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots while Megan Norby added 12 points to lead the Tigers. Mattie Hjelseth led Nevis with six steals and five assists.
Cody Brumbaugh recorded his second shutout in the last four games in leading the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 2-0 Mid-State Conference win over Prairie Centre Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Raul Garcia and Ryan DeLaHunt set up a goal by Cody Koebernick 2:26 into the game to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Frank Moren scored an insurance goal at the 7:26 mark of the third period.
Park Rapids took advantage of 12 forfeits and five pins to win a pair of Mid-State Conference wrestling matches Tuesday night at the Century School gym. Seven forfeits and two pins led the Panthers to a 54-28 victory over Crosby-Ironton in the first match while five forfeits and three pins sparked a 56-21 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek. In the win over C-I, Nolan Booge's first-period pin at 120 pounds and Chris Baxter's first-period pin at heavyweight accounted for the Panthers' two wins in matches that were wrestled.
Three players reached double figures in the first half as the Park Rapids boys basketball team coasted to a 78-26 win over Pine River-Backus Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Jordan McCollum's 13 points, Tyler McCollum's 11 points and Chris Goplerud's 11 points sparked the Panthers to a 48-14 lead at the half. For the game, the Panthers had 11 players score points, led by Kyle Goplerud's 16 points.
Allyssa Twardowski won the all-around title in leading Long Prairie-Grey Eagle to a 116.325 to 96.20 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga gymnastics team last Friday night at the Area High School gym. Twardowski took first in three events and led the way in all-around with a 31.25 as LP-GE improved to 2-5 in dual meets. Taylor Drury's runner-up 6.85 on uneven parallel bars led the Panthers.
Vanessa Lane's 25 points and 11 rebounds led Pequot Lakes to an 87-47 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Tuesday night at Pequot Lakes. Lane scored 21 points and Kayla Miller scored all 16 of her points in the first half as the Patriots jumped out to a 56-22 lead. Katie White finished with 21 points as Pequot Lakes improved to 4-2 in the conference and 12-7 overall. Katie Klein (15) and Charity Ridlon (12) scored in double figures to lead the Panthers, who fell to 0-8 in the conference and 4-13 overall. PARK RAPIDS: M. Olson 1 0-0 3, H.