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Todd Fritze couldn't have asked for a better Section 5A meet from the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team. In addition to having every swimmer clock a lifetime best during Friday's preliminaries or Saturday's finals at Bemidji, the Panthers set three school record and qualified four individuals in five events for the state Class A meet. Park Rapids also finished third in the team standings with 313 points to trail only Alexandria's 450.50 and Fergus Falls' 360 in this seven-team meet. "You can't ask for anything more than lifetime bests across the board," said Fritze.
John Kyllonen's success during the regular season set him up to qualify for his first state Class AA wrestling tournament. Kyllonen, who went 21-16 and finished fifth at last year's Section 8AA meet, entered this year's section meet in a perfect position to advance to state as the No.
Warroad continued its dominance over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Thursday night. The Warriors held a 44-7 advantage in shots on goal en route to an 11-0 win in a Section 8A quarterfinal game at Warroad. Park Rapids hasn't scored a goal in five career games against the Warriors.
The Park Rapids girls basketball team received the No. 6 seed in the North and will open the Section 8AA playoffs at No. 3 Crosby-Ironton Thursday night at 6. Crosby-Ironton defeated the Panthers 66-28 and 69-51 during the regular season. C-I has a 19-5 record while the Panthers a 6-18. In Thursday night's other North quarterfinal games, No. 2 Pequot Lakes (17-9) hosts No. 7 Roseau (5-19) and No. 4 Warroad (13-11) hosts No. 5 Bagley (13-13). The North semifinals will be held at Bemidji State University Saturday night with the Warroad vs. Bagley winner playing No.
Menahga received the No. 4 seed in the West and will host No. 5 Browerville in a Section 5A girls basketball tournament game Thursday night at 7. The Braves defeated Browerville 60-49 on Feb. 14. The winner of that game will most likely play Upsala, the No. 1 seed in the West, Saturday night at 6 at Wadena. Menahga ended the regular season with an 11-13 record. In the other half of the bracket, No. 3 Sebeka hosts No. 6 Nevis and No. 2 Verndale hosts No. 7 Bertha-Hewitt Thursday night at 7. The winners of those games meet Saturday night at 7:45 at Wadena.
Tanner Schwartz led the Menahga boys basketball team in scoring as the Braves split games with Parkers Prairie and Bertha-Hewitt. Schwartz scored 31 points in the Braves' 85-73 loss at Parkers Prairie last Friday night and scored 28 points in leading the Braves to a 64-48 Park Region Conference win over Bertha-Hewitt Tuesday night. Menahga improved to 7-4 in the conference and 12-9 overall with the split. Parkers Prairie defeats Braves In addition to leading the team in scoring, Tanner Schwartz had nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in the loss to Parkers Prairie. Austen S
Gavin Becker led the Nevis boys basketball team in scoring as the Tigers avenged two Northland Conference losses. Becker had 27 points, nine rebounds and four assists in leading Nevis to a 69-62 win at Blackduck last Friday night. Blackduck defeated the Tigers 61-58 earlier in the season. At Nevis Tuesday night, Becker's 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals led the Tigers to a 68-52 win over Kelliher-Northome. K-N defeated Nevis 85-68 earlier in the season. The two wins give Nevis sole possession of second place in the conference standings with a 10-4 record.
The Nevis girls basketball team rebounded from a close loss to Clearbrook-Gonvick to post a close win over Bertha-Hewitt and roll to an easy victory over Blackduck last week. Clearbrook-Gonvick prevailed 44-42 in a Northwoods Conference game last Tuesday night at Nevis before the Tigers rebounded to edge Bertha-Hewitt 43-42 in a non-conference game last Thursday night at Bertha.
Despite a cold shooting night, the Park Rapids girls basketball team relied on defense to defeat Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 43-31 last Tuesday night at Walker. The Panthers made only 16 of 63 field goals and 9 of 27 free throws, but used 15 steals and 45 rebounds to pull off the win. Megan Grimes, Charity Ridlon and Bria Wolff had three field goals apiece as the Panthers built a 24-12 halftime lead. Ridlon scored 15 points in the second half to preserve the double-digit lead. Ridlon led the Panthers with 22 points and six steals while Grimes had 9 points, 18 rebounds (including 10 on the
Jim Warmack took over in overtime as East Grand Forks escaped the Area High School gym with a 90-88 double-overtime victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night. The 6-foot-7 junior center scored three baskets inside, including the game-winner with :09 remaining, in the second overtime to give the Green Wave the win. This game was close throughout as both teams battled through 14 lead changes and 11 ties. Warmack's three inside baskets gave the Green Wave a quick 6-0 lead before a pair of 3-pointers by Grant Frydenlund and two baskets off rebounds by Austin Holy extend