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Amber Tilander’s hat track and Grace Wegner’s 24 saves led International Falls to a 6-0 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Tilander scored twice in the first period, Lexi Erickson and Lexi Edwards scored 25 seconds apart in the second period, and Tilander and Edwards scored in the third period to lead the Broncos, who were outshot 24-20. The win lifted International Falls to 10-9 on the season.
Zach Struss scored 17 points and Hank Raph added 14 points as Pine River-Backus handed the Nevis boys basketball team its first loss in Northland Conference play with a 63-46 victory Friday night at Pine River.
Alyssa Semmler’s jumper with 1.3 seconds to play gave Pine River-Backus a 38-37 Northwoods Conference win over the Nevis girls basketball team Thursday night at Pine River. Semmler finished with 13 points as PR-B rallied from an 8-point deficit with three minutes to go to improve to 3-0 in the conference and 4-6 overall.
Matthew Benson played a role in four of five winning efforts for the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team at Saturday’s Detroit Lakes Invitational. Spencer Fritze had the other winning performance for the Panthers, who compiled 391 points. Bemidji claimed the team title with 454 points while Detroit Lakes followed with 397 points. Casmir Simonson, Fritze, Benson and Hunter Utke opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:49.56.
Head coach Rebecca Penning continues to see improvement from the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team. The Panthers compiled a season-high 110.55 points to place eighth at Saturday’s Moorhead Invitational. Rogers captured the team title with 137.95 points while Bemidji and Elk River tied for second place with 132.05 points. Fargo Davies (130.90), MACA (125.15), Moorhead (124.90) and Fargo (116.05) followed.
Wyatt Fitzsimmons led three players in double figures with 14 points in leading Wadena-Deer Creek to a 52-50 Park Region Conference win over the Menahga boys basketball team Friday night at Wadena. Tanner Horn (11) and Noah Ross (10) also scored in double figures for the Wolverines, who improved to 3-2 in conference play and 7-4 overall.
Detroit Lakes used six pins and three other victories for a 50-28 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids wrestling team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Ashton Clark’s 8-0 major decision at 113 pounds and Joey Klein’s forfeit win at 120 gave Park Rapids a 10-6 lead before the Lakers won the next six matches to take a 41-10 advantage. Clark used takedowns in each period and a pair of escapes for his win.
Six players, led by Ethan Johnson’s four goals, scored and nine players tallied assists as Thief River Falls skated to a 10-0 Section 8A victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The Prowlers, who are rated No. 8 in the latest state Class A poll, held a 43-12 advantage in shots on goal as Park Rapids was shut out for the third time this season.
Remington Hagan scored 31 points for the second game in a row as the Park Rapids boys basketball team won back-to-back games with a 60-56 victory over Pelican Rapids Tuesday night at the Century School gym. Hagan also had six steals and four rebounds while Jason Haas (10) and Tristan Breitweser (9) combined for 19 points. Hunter Jewison led the way with five rebounds as the Panthers rallied from a 24-21 halftime deficit to improve to 3-5 against Section 8AA teams and 3-11 overall.
Perham hit 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch to seal a 59-50 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team in a battle of Section 8AA rivals Tuesday night at Perham. Baskets by Gabie Johnson and Macky Warne gave Park Rapids a 41-40 lead before Perham closed with a 19-9 run for the win.