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A five-goal second period powered the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 6-0 win over Detroit Lakes in a Section 8A quarterfinal game Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Alexa Kennedy scored 44 seconds into the game to give the No. 4-seeded Panthers a 1-0 lead. Park Rapids put the game away in the second period behind goals by Taylor Sagen at the 5:31 mark, Tara Johanning at the 8:25 mark, Lexi Hinkley-Smith at the 12:07 mark, Taylor Pingrey at the 12:55 mark and Sagen at the 15:44 mark.
A fast start and a balanced scoring attack sparked the Nevis boys basketball team to a 78-48 victory at Laporte in a Northland Conference game on Jan. 31. Griffin Chase's 23 points and four steals led the Tigers, who jumped out to a 46-13 halftime lead. Michael Landquist, Jack Landquist, Tom Wormley and Caden Kramer scored 10 points each while Andrew Dudley had six rebounds and four steals. Michael Landquist chipped in five assists and three steals, Jack Landquist had six rebounds, Kramer hauled down five rebounds and Zach Henry had two assists.
A 28-8 run in the second half sparked the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 52-49 win over Frazee Thursday night at the Century School gym. Frazee led 36-24 with 12:16 to play before the Panthers took control. A jumper by Kendra Coborn, a layup by Rilee Michaelson, a layup off a steal by Kaisa Coborn, a 3-pointer by Macky Warne, two inside baskets by Michaelson, and a jumper by Jaiden McCollum sparked a 16-2 run as the Panthers claimed a 40-38 lead with 6:18 to play.
Todd Fritze can add an undefeated season to his list of accomplishments as head coach of the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team. The Panthers capped off their dual-meet season with a 101.50-82.50 win at Bemidji Thursday night. That gave Park Rapids a 7-0 record in dual meets and the first undefeated season in the history of the boys swimming program.
Austin Bacon claimed runner-up honors at 138 pounds as United North Central placed seventh at Saturday's Park Region Conference tournament at Bertha. Placing third for the Warriors were Ben Johnson at 126, Cade LaCoe at 152, Toby Hintzman at 160 and Brock Kako at 220. Also placing for UNC were Eion Ness (fifth at 120) and Jared Siebert (fifth at 285).
Bemidji scored goals in the closing seconds of the first and second periods to end the regular season with a 4-3 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
Megan Hendrickson led five players in double figures as the Menahga girls basketball team took over sole possession of first place in the Park Region Conference standings with a 75-66 win over New York Mills Tuesday night at Menahga. Hendrickson had a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds while adding four steals while Alyssa Peterson scored 15 points. Aimee Lake finished with 14 points and five assists, Lindsay Hendrickson had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Cierra Ahlf scored 12 points as the Braves improved to 8-2 in the conference and 15-4 overall.
Crookston received goals from all four lines and used a 51-8 advantage in shots on goal in coasting to a 6-0 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in a Section 8A game Friday night at Crookston. The Pirates dominated the first period by holding a 19-1 advantage in shots. Andrew Dragseth's goal at the 14:37 mark gave Crookston a 1-0 lead. Lauro Gutierrez scored a power-play goal at the 6:34 mark of the second period as the Pirates claimed a 2-0 lead. Crookston finished with a 14-3 advantage in shots in that period.
Nathan Sabinash's 20 points and 14 rebounds and Mac Schluttner's 10 points and 11 rebounds led Verndale to a 65-40 Park Region Conference win over the Menahga boys basketball team Friday night at Menahga. Kyle Schmitz added 11 points as Verndale extended its conference-leading record to 8-1. The Pirates are 12-5 overall. Kirby Hrdlicka scored 16 points for the Braves, who fell to 5-4 in conference games and 9-9 overall.
Five forfeits were the difference as the Park Rapids wrestling team improved to 10-3 in dual meets with a 49-18 win over New York Mills Thursday night at the Area High School gym. The two teams split the eight matches that were wrestled, but the Panthers used five forfeits in coasting to their third win in a row. Ashton Clark opened the match with a second-period pin at 106 pounds before New York Mills tied it at 6-6 with a pair of minor decisions in the next two matches.