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Melrose/Sauk Centre's depth took over down the stretch Tuesday night as the Fusion defeated the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team for the second time this season. Park Rapids held a 24-22 lead before the Fusion won the next four events to spark a 110-76 victory at the Area High School pool.
Wadena-Deer Creek stayed in the hunt to win the Mid-State Conference boys basketball title with a 59-40 victory over Park Rapids Tuesday night at Wadena. Jordan Reed scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack for W-DC. The win lifted the Wolverines to 3-1 in conference play and 4-3 overall. Andy Waller scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds and Kyle Goplerud scored 10 points to lead the Panthers, who trailed 33-24 at the half.
Evan Ose and Tanner Nessen tallied hat tricks and goalie Josh Koop made 30 saves in leading Thief River Falls to a 10-1 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Ose and Nessen each scored twice in the first period as the Prowlers jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Ose completed his hat trick in the second period to give Thief River Falls an 8-0 advantage. Luke Jaeger set up Kyle Kanten with 1:43 to play to account for the Panthers' lone goal.
Detroit Lakes used four forfeits to build a 33-3 lead en route to a 46-27 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids wrestling team Monday night at Detroit Lakes. Ben Baumgartner's first-period takedown and third-period reversal led to a 4-0 decision at 119 pounds to account for the Panthers' only win in the first seven matches. Adam Branstrom built an 8-0 lead before recording a pin at the 3:53 mark of the 145-pound match, Kevin Just held a 6-1 lead before recording a pin at the 3:32 mark at 160 and Danny Pike led 5-0 before pinning his opponent in 5:43 at 189.
Placing first in the first 10 events led the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to its first dual-meet victory since the final meet of the 2008 season. Having almost everyone clock a season-best or lifetime-best time helped the Panthers snap a 12-meet losing streak with a 98-82 win over Perham Thursday night at the Area High School pool.
Park Rapids won the final three matches to rally for a 37-26 win over Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus to split a pair of Mid-State Conference wrestling matches Thursday night at the Century School gym. Staples-Motley won seven of the first nine matches to spark a 46-19 victory over the Panthers in the final match. S-M defeated PLPRB 51-21 in the second match. In the win over the Road Crew, Ben Baumgartner's first-period pin at 112 pounds and Luke Hartig's 9-5 minor decision at 125 tied the match at 9-9.
Rachelle LeBlanc took first in all four events to lead Little Falls to the team title while the host Panthers compiled a season-high team score at Saturday's Park Rapids New Year Invitational gymnastics meet. LeBlanc won the all-around title with a 36.00 in leading Little Falls to a season-best 132.70 points. Bemidji finished second with 125.65 points while Long Prairie-Grey Eagle was third with a 120.75.
Hat tricks by Sam Coborn, Ian Johnson and Levi Erickson led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a pair of Section 8A victories. Coborn and Johnson combined for seven goals in leading the Panthers to an 8-2 win over Bagley/Fosston at the Walker Area Community Center Thursday night while Erickson tallied a hat trick in Park Rapids' 5-1 victory over Kittson Central Saturday afternoon at the Ted O.
Crookston scored three goals in the first 3:19 of the game to spark a 5-1 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Friday night at Crookston. Goals by Shannon Kaiser, Natahsa Skala and Brianna Breiland gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead before Park Rapids' Danika Aletto set up McKenna Brand at the 7:35 mark. Lizzy Awender's goal pushed the Pirates' lead to 4-1. Riley Erickson opened the second period with a goal to give Crookston a 5-1 lead. Goalie Shania Johnson finished with 34 saves for the Panthers, who were outshot 39-17 by the state's No.
Dani Schultz and Sara Rajewsky combined for four goals and six assists in leading Morris/Benson to a 5-1 win over Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Tuesday night at Morris. Schultz had a hat trick and two assists while Rajewsky had a goal and four assists to lead the Storm, who held a slim 17-16 edge in shots on goal. Hannah Williams and Jessie O'Hern set up Jessica Gapinski at the 4:10 mark of the third period to account for the Panthers' lone goal. Goalie Bailey Moore made 12 saves for the Panthers, who fell to 5-9 on the season after having their fou