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Winning 11 of the 12 events helped the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team snap an eight-meet losing streak to Sauk Centre/Melrose Tuesday night at the Area High School pool. The Panthers won all three relays and added eight other winning performances to defeat SC/M 98-88 for their first win against the Fusion since January of 2007. Connor Smythe, Ryan McBrady, Fred Stinar and Zach Eystad opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:52.84. Josh Johnson followed with a winning time of 2:04.29 in the 200 freestyle and McBrady clocked a 2:23.55 to lead the pack in the 200
Rachelle LeBlanc took first in all four events and won the all-around title in leading Little Falls to a 127.75 to 110.40 victory over the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. LeBlanc received marks of 9.45 in floor exercise, 9.15 in vault and 9.00 on balance beam and uneven parallel bars for a 36.60 all-around score to lead the Flyers. Emily Klingenberg tied for second in vault with an 8.45 and Jessi Andersen tied for fourth with an 8.30 as the Panthers received a 32.35 in that event.
Sam Coborn and Levi Erickson combined for 10 points in leading the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 6-3 Mid-State Conference win over Detroit Lakes Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Coborn tallied a hat trick and three assists while Erickson had two goals and two assists as the Panthers posted their first win of the season. Coborn's shorthanded goal opened the scoring before Benson Ringle and Erickson assisted on another goal by Coborn as the Panthers led 2-1 after the first period.
Forfeits in the first and final matches helped the Park Rapids wrestling team defeat New York Mills 42-36 Tuesday night at New York Mills. Nolan Booge opened the match with a forfeit win at 106 pounds and Jared Sunram used a third-period takedown for a 3-2 minor decision at 113 as the Panthers jumped out to a 9-0 lead. After Ben Baumgartner's pin at 126 gave Park Rapids a 15-6 advantage, New York Mills posted back-to-back-to-back pins to claim a 24-15 lead. Four straight wins put the Panthers back in the lead. Zachary Steffen's pin at 152, Garrick Scudder's 19-7 major decision at 160,
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton jumped out to a 17-0 lead and held off a late rally in defeating the Park Rapids boys basketball team 53-43 Tuesday night at the Century School gym. Kyle Goplerud's basket with 7:04 to play in the first half ended D-G-F's game-opening run. A three-point play by Tyler McCollum, two inside baskets by Andy Waller, a jumper by Josh Crist and a 3-pointer by McCollum pulled the Panthers to within 25-14 at the half. The Panthers faced a 30-14 deficit before going on a 19-7 run to get back in the game. A layup and 3-pointer by McCollum started the comeback.
Kayla Miller's 27 points led Pequot Lakes to a 93-30 Mid-State Conference girls basketball victory over Park Rapids Tuesday night at Pequot Lakes. The Patriots built a 58-19 lead at the half en route to improving to 1-1 in the conference and 2-3 overall. Megan Grimes had 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the Panthers, who fell to 0-3 in the conference and 0-5 overall. PARK RAPIDS: Rittgers 1 1-4 3, Olson 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-2 0, Grimes 5 3-5 13, Isaacson 0 0-0 0, Klein 1 1-4 3, Booge 0 0-0 0, Lauderbaugh 1 1-2 3, Ridlon 2 2-4 6, Hanson 0 0-0 0, Price 0 1-4 1, Hilmanowski 0 1-3 1.
The return of the two leading all-around performers and six other performers from the Section 8A meet should make the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team even more competitive this season. Senior Emily Klingenberg and junior Jessi Andersen give the Panthers two solid all-around gymnasts and leaders.
Even though the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team opened the season with a loss to Bemidji, head coach Wendi Hartig's team started off way ahead of last year's pace. In last year's season opener, the Panthers scored 97.85 points against Bemidji.
Kyle Sylvester's two goals and Casey Anderson's goal and two assists led Warroad to a 5-0 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. After a scoreless first period in which the Panthers held a 9-8 advantage in shots on goal, Warroad held a 17-4 edge in shots in the second period in building a 3-0 lead.
In the end, fouls caught up with the Park Rapids boys basketball team Thursday night. The Panthers led for most of the game, but having five players foul out helped Staples-Motley prevail 57-50 in overtime in a Mid-State Conference battle at the Area High School gym. After Zach Borders opened the game with a layup to give Staples-Motley a 2-0 lead, jumpers by Kyle Goplerud and Tyler Ridlon, a layup by Tanner Otterness and another jumper by Goplerud gave the Panthers a 10-3 advantage with 11:52 to play in the first half. Park Rapids would maintain the lead until late in the second half.