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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.
Strong finishes sparked the Park Rapids wrestling team to a pair of victories over the weekend. The Panthers won six of the final seven matches to rally for a 40-24 victory over Lisbon Friday night at the Century School gym. During Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational, the Panthers opened with a 40-30 loss to Hibbing before winning the final seven matches in a 61-15 win over Deer River. Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena defeated the Panthers 43-31 in the third-place match. In Saturday's other tournament matches, Hibbing defeated Deer River 55-18 to go 2-0 in Pool 2.
Katie Klein hit five 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 17 points in Park Rapids' 78-34 Mid-State Conference girls basketball loss to Crosby-Ironton last Tuesday night at Crosby. Three players had double-doubles for C-I.
Lauren Naeve's power-play goal with 2:28 to play lifted the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 3-2 win over Detroit Lakes on Nov. 29 at the Ted O.
Four players scored in double figures in leading the Bagley boys basketball team to a 78-28 victory over Park Rapids Tuesday night. Tyler George's 16 points and Riley Knutson's 15 points led a balanced attack for the host Flyers. Chris Goplerud (9), Kyle Goplerud (6) and Andy Waller (6) combined for 21 points to lead the Panthers. Chris Goplerud also led the team with six rebounds and two steals while Tanner Otterness had three assists as Park Rapids fell to 0-2. PARK RAPIDS: Otterness 1 0-4 2, Long 0 0-0 0, Bergquist 0 0-2 0, Ridlon 0 1-2 1, Crist 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, K.
Todd Fritze continues to see the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team making progress. In the two years prior to last season, the Panthers went 0-12 in duals meets, finished third at the Mid-State Conference meet twice, finished last at the Section 3A meet twice and qualified one swimmer for the state Class A meet. Last year, the Panthers improved to 2-4 in dual meets, claimed runner-up honors at the conference meet, moved up to eighth place at the section meet and qualified five swimmers for the state meet. Entering this season, the Panthers look to continue making progress with th
Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena used 14 pins to defeat Park Rapids and United North Central in a triangular wrestling meet at the Century School gym Tuesday night. Eight pins led the Bears to a 59-12 win over Park Rapids in the first match while six pins and two forfeits led BCLB to a 51-30 victory over United North Central. Park Rapids defeated UNC 45-36 in the final dual in the season opener for both teams. Bears pin loss on Panthers BCLB won 11 of the 14 matches to defeat the Panthers. Jared Sunram posted a 14-10 minor decision at 113 pounds in his varsity debut and Ben Baumgartner follow
Even though the Park Rapids boys basketball team graduated its two leading scorers, Matt Brandt is confident a more balanced scoring attack will lead to more success this season. The Panthers will be counting on the returning varsity players to take over the scoring production lost to the graduation of Christian Ridlon and Taylor Kimball. Ridlon earned Mid-State Conference honors and was named the team's Most Valuable Player after leading the Panthers with 301 points and 167 rebounds last season.
Crookston opened up the game with a 23-0 run en route to a 61-39 win over Park Rapids in the season-opening boys basketball game at the Area High School gym Saturday afternoon. Brett Delage hit a 3-pointer, a long jumper and two free throws and scored on a pair of layups as the Pirates built a 23-0 lead with 13:30 to play in the first half.
Staples-Motley's defense sparked two impressive runs as the Cardinals opened the Mid-State Conference girls basketball season with an 83-20 win at Park Rapids Friday night. The Cardinals, who forced 41 turnovers in the game, used a 38-9 run to build a 46-13 halftime lead before opening the second half with a 39-0 spurt. Nicole Price's layup at the 17:36 mark gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead before 3-pointers by Jasmine McGillvray and Kelli Pearson sparked Staples-Motley to an 8-2 advantage with 113:16 to play in the first half. A jumper by Katie Klein made it 8-4 at the 12:48 mark before the