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The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team couldn't stop Brianna Breiland in the first round of the Section 8A playoffs Thursday night at Crookston. Breiland scored four goals to raise her season total to 53 in leading the Pirates to a 4-0 victory in the section quarterfinals. Crookston, the No. 4 seed, defeated the Panthers for the third time this season and eliminated No.
Megan Norby and Riley Hanson had double-doubles as the Nevis girls basketball team defeated Northland and Cass Lake. Norby's 26 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals led the Tigers to a 61-46 win over Northland last Monday night while Hanson's 21 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists and six steals led the Tigers to a 66-35 win over Cass Lake last Tuesday night.
Detroit Lakes' defense forced 21 turnovers and used a 13-0 run in the first half to break open a tie game en route to an 85-66 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. After Detroit Lakes' Jackson Lyngaas opened the game by hitting a pair of 3-pointers, the Panthers used a basket off a rebound by Tyler McCollum, two inside baskets by Chris Goplerud, a 3-pointer by Jordan McCollum and a layup by Rilee Johnson to claim a 12-11 lead with 12:39 to play in the first half. The Lakers responded to claim a 17-12 lead at the 1
Jared Sunram and Justin Dravis won both their matches as the Park Rapids wrestling team split dual meets against two Section 8AA opponents Tuesday at Thief River Falls. Sunram (at 113 pounds), Nolan Booge (at 120), Dravis (at 145) and John Kyllonen (at 182) had pins in leading the Panthers to a 57-18 win over East Grand Forks.
Warroad used a 44-9 advantage in shots on goal to shut out the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team 4-0 Tuesday night. Kobe Roth and Casey Anderson scored in the first period, Jared Bethune scored in the second period and Roth scored again in the third period as Warroad improved to 6-2-1 against Section 8A teams and 16-6-2 overall. The Warriors are rated No. 10 in this week's state Class A poll. Goalie Cody Brumbaugh made 40 saves as the Panthers fell to 5-6-1 against section teams and 12-7-3 overall.
Kari Skersick scored 25 points to lead a balanced attack and offset a career-high 26-point effort from Park Rapids' Charity Ridlon as Bagley defeated the Panthers 70-54 in a battle of Section 8AA girls basketball teams Tuesday night at Bagley. Jaysha Pemberton added 16 points for the Flyers, who had nine different players score. Bagley, which overcame a 16-point deficit to claim a 33-29 halftime lead, improved to 11-9 on the season. Ridlon was the only Park Rapids player to hit double figures.
Taylor Chase's triple-double led the way as the Nevis boys basketball team picked up a pair of Northland Conference victories. Chase scored 29 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had six assists in leading the Tigers to a 77-54 win over Laporte last Friday night. Gavin Becker, Griffin Chase and Jake Keranen scored 10 points each while Keranen and Becker had six rebounds apiece.
Arielle Pihlaja's 3-pointer forced a second overtime and Tarah Cleveland scored 8 points in the second overtime to lead the Menahga girls basketball team to a 71-64 Park Region Conference win over Sebeka last Friday night. A free throw by Shannon Skoog with 33 seconds to play tied the game at 53-53 after regulation play and Pihlaja hit two 3-pointers as the game was tied at 60-60 after the first overtime. A 3-pointer and five free throws by Cleveland in the second overtime led the Braves to the win. Cleveland finished with 25 points while Pihlaja added 21 points.
Home wins over Pine River-Backus, Sebeka and Wadena-Deer Creek moved the Menahga boys basketball team four games over the .500 mark. The Braves extended their winning streak to four games in a row and improved to 10-6 on the season with a 65-49 win over PR-B on Jan.
Amy Klein finished fourth in all-around as the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team dropped a dual meet to Bemidji Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Bemidji claimed the top four spots in all four events en route to a 128.60 to 94.70 victory. Bemidji also defeated the Panthers 132.25 to 92.475 earlier in the season. Klein and Taylor Drury had 7.90s in vault to lead the Panthers to a 30.85 team score in that event. Nikki Eischens added a 7.60 while Kayla Johnk and Lindsey Girtz had 7.45s.