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Even though four key players from last year’s historic season graduated, Scott Kramer is counting on the Nevis boys basketball team to make a run at repeating as Section 5A champions. A year ago, the senior crew of Gavin Becker, Courtland Chase, Kevin Hale and Brett Byer led the Tigers to their first section title and first appearance in the state Class A tournament. Becker averaged 17.3 points and 6.0 rebounds a game, Chase averaged 8.4 points and 5.8 rebounds a game and Hale averaged 7.3 points and 5.1 rebounds a game as starters.
Jeremy Nordick says teamwork will be the key to success for the Menahga boys basketball team this season. The Braves graduated their top scorers in Austin Rudquist (20.2 points, 7.7 rebounds per game), Austen Schwartz (13.8 points, 3.5 assists per game) and Kyle Skoog (8.5 points, 4.3 rebounds per game).
Aaron Rudquist led a balanced offensive attack with 13 points as the Menahga boys basketball team opened the season with a 52-33 win at Frazee Friday night. Rudquist also had nine rebounds and four assists while Luke Wurdock chipped in 12 points and five rebounds.
Qualifying for the state Class A girls swimming meet was the main goal for Park Rapids seniors Kayla Andersen, Alyza Edevold, Paige Fritze and Tea Nyland. Bringing home medals from the state meet would be the perfect ending to their high school swimming careers. Those four qualified for state in five events at last Saturday’s Section 8A meet at Warroad.
Kerry Johnson entered the season with different expectations for the Park Rapids boys and girls cross-country teams. The girls returned a veteran lineup in search of qualifying for the state Class A meet for the third year in a row while the boys featured an inexperienced group with seven runners making their varsity debuts. “I thought both teams had great seasons,” said Johnson. “I am already fired up for next season.
Brooke Jerger’s goal with 16 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team defeated Northern Lakes 3-2 in a Mid-State Conference game Thursday night at Walker. Brittney Knox’s goal gave Northern Lakes a 1-0 lead in the first period before the Panthers responded with three unanswered goals. Lexi Hinkley-Smith tied the game 3:14 into the second period on assists from Serena Aletto and Kinley Nordin. Tara Johanning set
It was a memorable final Section 8A girls swimming and diving meet for Park Rapids seniors Kayla Andersen, Alyza Edevold, Paige Fritze and Tea Nyland. Those four qualified for the state Class A meet in five events during Saturday’s section finals at Warroad. Fritze, Andersen, Nyland and Edevold opened the section finals by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:53.51. Nyland followed with a runner-up 2:18.03 in the 200 individual medley while Andersen clocked a runner-up 25.41 in the 50 free
Having to replace four key starters proved to be a challenge for the Park Rapids girls tennis team this season. The Panthers returned six starters and had five other players fill key roles on varsity for the first time. Having players move to new positions and move up to varsity led to a 9-13 record in dual meets. Returning as starters for the Panthers were senior Mariena Dearstyne; juniors Julia Smith, Drew Hilmanowski and Haley MacPherson; sophomore Tori Hilmanowski; and freshman Natalie Kinkel.
Finding a way to produce goals will be the key to success for the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team this season. Last season, the Panthers managed only 37 goals in 24 games in going 6-17-1. Of those 37 goals, 11 were in two wins over Morris/Benson.
Shania Glenz and Jordyn Glenz combined for 39 kills in leading the Verndale volleyball team to a hard-fought 25-23, 25-22, 30-28 win over Nevis in the Section 5A championship match last Saturday night at Pierz. Nevis led 17-15 in Set 1 before the Pirates responded with a 10-6 run. Set 2 featured 10 ties before Verndale took a 21-19 lead before closing out the set.