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While Perham captured the Section 8A title for the 11th year in a row, the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team was able to end the season on a positive note Saturday. Perham compiled 145.05 points to edge Detroit Lakes' 144.175 team score for the section title while the Panthers finished seventh in the eight-team meet at the Park Rapids Area High School gym with a season high of 98.10 points. The Panthers' best event was vault where Taylor Drury's 8.10, Amy Klein's 8.05, Kayla Johnk's 7.90 and Nikki Eischens' 7.80 led to a 31.85.
Pete Stahnke says he uses the regular season for the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to build momentum entering the playoffs. The Panthers didn't have that late-season momentum until Tuesday night's regular-season finale at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. In the prior four games against Section 8A opponents, the Panthers struggled. Park Rapids needed a late goal to edge Red Lake Falls 1-0. Warroad held Park Rapids to only nine shots on goal in a 4-0 victory.
Despite winning only three events, the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team won the Mid-State Conference title last Friday night at Detroit Lakes. The Panthers used a strong finish to finish with 456 points to edge Detroit Lakes' team total of 439. Perham was third with 328 points. All first-place finishers received all-conference honors while those placing second and third received all-conference honorable mention honors. Detroit Lakes won the first two events to build an 80-78 lead.
Chris Duff scored 33 points to lead three players in double figures as Walker-Hackensack-Akeley defeated the Park Rapids boys basketball team 67-58 Tuesday night at Walker. Duff scored 11 points as the Wolves jumped out to a 17-5 lead before a basket by Cory Gartner, a three-point play by Zach Jewison and two baskets by Tyler McCollum sparked a 12-4 run as Park Rapids cut the gap to 27-17 with 6:46 to play in the first half. A three-point play by Chris Goplerud and baskets by Jewison and Rilee Johnson gave the Panthers a 26-22 lead before W-H-A ended the half with a 9-4 run to claim a 31-3
The Nevis boys basketball team rebounded from a loss to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley by defeating Sebeka. Chris Duff scored 31 points and had 12 rebounds in leading W-H-A to a 59-54 Northland Conference win at the Tiger Arena last Friday night. Taylor Chase scored 21 points and had four rebounds and four assists while Gavin Becker added 14 points and four rebounds for the Tigers, who fell to 8-4 in conference play. W-H-A improved to 9-1 in the conference and 17-2 overall. "This was a very well-played game by both teams," said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer.
Molly Lyngaas took first in all four events in leading Detroit Lakes to a 145.225 to 96.60 victory over the Park Rapids gymnastics team in the regular-season finale last Friday night. Lyngaas received high marks of 9.65 in floor exercise, 9.60 in vault, 9.55 on balance beam and 9.475 on uneven parallel bars for a 38.275 all-around score. Amy Klein's 7.85, Olivia Fischer's 7.65, and a pair of 7.60s by Nikki Eischens and Lindsey Girtz led the Panthers to a 30.70 team score in vault. In floor, the Panthers received a 28.35 behind Klein's 7.60, Eischens' 7.10, Girtz's 6.90 and Kayla Johnk's
The Menahga girls basketball team split Park Region Conference games with a win over Henning and a loss to Bertha-Hewitt. Shelby Pihlaja's double-double led the Braves to a 51-36 win over Henning last Thursday night.
The Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team used a season-high team score to defeat Frazee in a dual meet Thursday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers picked up their first dual win of the season with a 96.85 to 73.35 victory. Taylor Drury's 8.00, Amy Klein's 7.80 and a pair of 7.60s by Lindsey Girtz and Nikki Eischens gave the Panthers a 31.00 team score in vault. On balance beam, Eischens led the way with a 7.15 while Klein's 6.40, Girtz's 5.15 and Kayla Johnk's 4.90 led to a 23.60 team score. The Panthers received a 23.30 in floor exercise as Klein's 6.25, Johnk's 6.20, Eische
A 14-2 run in the first half and an 18-5 run in the second half sparked Detroit Lakes to a 57-33 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Friday night at the Area High School gym. Three inside baskets by Brooke Olson, two layups by Shay Nielsen and two jumpers by Trisa Hutchinson gave Detroit Lakes a 15-6 advantage with 11:02 to play in the first half. Baskets by Charity Ridlon and Katelyn Hilman-owski cut the gap to 17-11 at the 7:15 mark before the Lakers went on a 14-2 run behind four baskets by Nielsen and a 3-pointer by Karli Kerzman.
Noah MacPherson scored twice in the final three minutes of regulation and scored his fifth goal of the game in overtime to give the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team a 6-5 win over Bagley/Fosston at Bagley Thursday night. The Panthers weren't able to put together a late rally Saturday afternoon at Hallock as Kittson Central scored four times in the third period to seal an 8-2 win over the Panthers. The split against the two Section 8A opponents left the Panthers with a 6-7-1 record against section teams and a 13-8-3 overall record. Panthers escape with wi