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Having three divers proved to be the difference as the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team held off Perham Thursday night at the Area High School pool. Park Rapids and Perham both won six events, but the Panthers used a 13-0 edge in diving to spark a 93-90 victory. Despite a runner-up time of 1:56.58 by Connor Smythe, Kalvin Hagan, Spencer Adolphson and Ben Kading in the 200-yard medley relay; a 1-2 showing by Jake Waggoner (2:04.09) and Bobby Bruce (2:10.19) in the 200 freestyle; and a winning time of 25.00 by Kading in the 50 freestyle, the Panthers faced a 34-28 deficit. Hagan (
Despite overcoming two double-digit halftime deficits, the Park Rapids girls basketball team had to settle for only one win. The Panthers overcame a 43-33 deficit at the half Thursday night for a 66-62 win at Sebeka and took a 45-43 lead after trailing 37-19 at the half against Roseau Saturday afternoon at the Century School gym.
Three pins down the stretch helped the Park Rapids wrestling team rally for a 48-34 win over Staples-Motley in a triangular meet at Staples Thursday night. Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus used five pins and four forfeits to defeat the Panthers 61-9 in the other match. Pins by Jared Sunram at 113 pounds, Nolan Booge at 120, Ben Baumgartner at 138 and Justin Dravis at 145 gave the Panthers a 24-18 advantage.
Brianna Breiland's 34th goal of the season and a 58-15 advantage in shots led Crookston to a 2-0 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Friday night at Crookston. After a scoreless first period in which Crookston held an 18-3 advantage in shots, Breiland scored on a breakaway to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead midway through the second period. Crookston held a 21-6 edge in shots in that period. Amber Trostad's goal 49 seconds in into the third period concluded the scoring.
Losses to Henning and Wadena-Deer Creek gave the Menahga girls basketball team a 2-3 record in the last five games and a 5-5 overall mark. Henning tops Braves Tarah Cleveland scored 18 points and Shelby Pihlaja added 16 points to lead the Braves in a 55-48 Park Region Conference loss at Henning Friday night. MENAHGA: Cleveland 6 4-9 18, Pihlaja 6 2-4 16, J. Skoog 3 0-0 8, S. Skoog 3 0-0 6, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Allebach 0 0-0 0, Stifter 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 for 42 (FG), 6 for 13 (FT). Three-point field goals: Cleveland 2, Pihlaja 2, J.
Tanner Schwartz and Austen Schwartz had double-doubles in leading the Menahga boys basketball team to a 66-63 win over Eagle Valley Thursday night. Tanner Schwartz scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds while Austen Schwartz had 14 points and 10 assists for Menahga. Stetson Burkman also reached double figures with 12 points while Tanner Schwartz had five blocks and Austin Rudquist had seven rebounds. The win lifted Menahga to 4-3 on the season. MENAHGA: T. Schwartz 9 3-5 21, A. Schwartz 6 0-1 14, Burkman 6 0-0 12, Junes 4 1-2 9, L.
Theresa Moenkedick's 23 points and nine assists sparked Verndale to a 63-55 win over the Nevis girls basketball team Friday night at the Tiger Arena. Jordyn Glenz added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Pirates, who improved to 7-2 on the season. Riley Hanson had 20 points, 12 rebounds and five steals while Megan Norby had 16 points for Nevis. Mattie Hjelseth also hit double figures with 10 points and added seven rebounds as the Tigers fell to 3-6 on the season. VERNDALE: T. Moenkedick 23, J. Glenz 15, Kern 9, S. Glenz 8, Dailey 6, S.
Fastbreak layups and 3-point shooting led the Park Rapids boys basketball team past Frazee and a spot in the championship game of the Park Rapids Holiday Tournament. The Panthers led almost the entire game in a 65-50 victory over Frazee on Dec. 27, but had to settle for runner-up honors as Heritage Christian Academy overcame an early 8-0 deficit en route to a 66-57 victory in the championship game on Dec.
For the second year in a row, the Park Rapids girls basketball team ended a long losing streak by defeating Rothsay at the Pelican Rapids tournament. In last year's third-place game of the Valkyrie Division, the Panthers defeated Rothsay 47-37 to snap a 32-game losing streak. In the opening round of this year's Valkyrie Division on Dec. 27, the Panthers defeated Rothsay 63-48 to end a 24-game losing streak. "The win over Rothsay was huge.
Solid defense and an improved offense have the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team riding a seven-game winning streak. The Panthers extended their winning streak by defeating a pair of North Dakota teams at the Crookston Invitational. Park Rapids opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over Jamestown on Dec. 27 and followed with a 6-0 win over Mandan on Dec. 28. Those two wins followed a 6-0 victory at Lake of the Woods on Dec. 21.