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For the second year in a row, the seniors on the Park Rapids boys basketball team were victorious in their final home game. The Panthers, the No. 4 seed in the north half of the section, opened the Section 8AA playoffs Thursday night with a 62-58 win over No. 5 Roseau at the Area High School gym.
The Park Rapids girls basketball team will attempt to make it three wins against Crosby-Ironton this season when the Section 8AA playoffs begin Thursday night. The Panthers received the No. 4 seed in the north and will host No. 5 Crosby-Ironton Thursday night at 7 at the Area High School gym. Park Rapids defeated the Rangers 42-41 in overtime in the season opener and 58-49 during the regular season. In Thursday night’s other quarterfinal games in the north half of the section, No. 1 Crookston (19-7) hosts either No.
Austin Rudquist and Aaron Hrdlicka had double-doubles as the Menahga boys basketball team opened the Section 5A playoffs with a 67-47 win over Northland last Monday night at Menahga. Rudquist had 20 points and 13 rebounds while Hrdlicka had 14 points and 20 rebounds to lead the No. 7-seeded Braves. Kyle Skoog also hit double figures with 17 points while Austen Schwartz had six assists. Menahga snapped a five-game losing streak while Northland, the No. 10 seed in the north, ended the season with a 5-18 record.
A 23-4 run in the first half sparked the Park Rapids girls basketball team to an 85-54 win at Menahga in the regular-season finale Tuesday night. Gabie Johnson’s pair of baskets and a layup by Bria Wolff were offset by three layups by Menahga’s Lakyn Anderson as the game was tied 6-6 with 13:46 to play in the first half. That’s when the Panthers followed a 10-0 run with a 13-2 run to take control. Wolff’s pair of layups and a layup off a steal by Katie Klein gave the Panthers a 16-6 lead bef
Avoiding and pulling off upsets proved to be the key as the Park Rapids wrestling team qualified five for the state Class A tournament. Senior Ben Baumgartner, sophomore Justin Dravis and eighth grader Cody Dravis avoided upsets while sophomore Jared Sunram and eighth grader Ashton Clark pulled off upsets at last weekend’s Section 8A tournament at Glyndon to earn trips to state. Baumgartner lived up to his No. 1 seed by winning the Section 8A title at 138 pounds, Justin Dravis lived up to his No.
Jordan McCollum scored 19 points in leading the Park Rapids boys basketball team to a 57-55 win at Pelican Rapids last Saturday night. Hunter Jewison added 12 points and seven rebounds while Derek Porozinski had 10 points.
Shelby Pihlaja scored 20 points to surpass 1,000 in her career as the Menahga girls basketball team dropped a 63-58 Park Region Conference game to Bertha-Hewitt last Friday night. Pihlaja scored 1 point as a seventh grader, 36 points as an eighth grader, 142 points as a freshman and 386 points as a sophomore at Menahga before playing her junior year at Staples-Motley.
Hannah Bliss’s 18 points and eight rebounds led the Nevis girls basketball team to a 45-44 win over Parkers Prairie last Thursday night. Megan Felthous scored 19 points in leading Pine River-Backus to a 64-34 win over the Tigers on Feb. 17 while Sebeka defeated Nevis 58-44 last Friday night. The Tigers ended the regular season with a 10-16 record. PR-B goes undefeated in league
Noah Gindorff scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack as Crosby-Ironton defeated the Nevis boys basketball team 58-56 in the regular-season finale last Friday night. Jack Silgen added 16 points while Daniel Hudrlik had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Rangers, who improved to 19-7.
After going 18-3 in dual meets to break the school record for victories in a season, the Park Rapids wrestling team followed with one of its best individual showings at the Section 8A tournament. The Panthers qualified five wrestlers during Saturday’s finals at Glyndon as senior Ben Baumgartner won the section title at 138 pounds, sophomore Justin Dravis won the section title at 152, eighth grader Ashton Clark finished second at 106, sophomore Jared Sunram finished second at 126 and eighth grader Cody Dravis finished second at 145.