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Wes Mumm's 3-pointer started a 21-8 run as Pequot Lakes broke open a tie game en route to a 59-51 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers, who trailed 21-15 at the half, used a 3-pointer by Tyler McCollum to tie the game at 31-31 with 12:20 to play and used back-to-back baskets by Chris Goplerud to stay within 36-35 with 9:35 left before Pequot Lakes went on a 16-4 run to claim a 52-39 advantage with 2:22 remaining. Park Rapids' comeback fell short as Jordan McCollum hit a 3-pointer and layup, Tyler McCo
Taylor Chase scored 19 of his game-high 26 points in the second half to lead a balance attack as the Nevis boys basketball team defeated Pine River-Backus 74-56 in a Northland Conference game Tuesday night at Pine River. Chase also had seven steals, four rebounds and four assists. Jake Keranen scored 14 points and had nine rebounds and six assists, Gavin Becker had 12 points and three steals, and Courtland Chase chipped in 11 points and four rebounds for the Tigers, who led 33-27 at the half. Jordan Dudley had six steals ad three assists and Becker had three steals.
Connor Kennedy and Noah MacPherson scored two goals apiece in leading the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to an 8-3 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night at Wadena. Kennedy's goal just 1:22 into the game gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Park Rapids held a 16-7 advantage in shots in the opening period. MacPherson scored twice during a four-goal second period to put the Panthers in control.
Bailey Moore stopped 24 shots for her second shutout of the season as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team defeated Wadena-Deer Creek/Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at Wadena Thursday night. Ashley Thelen scored two goals, Alex Pederson tallied a goal and an assist, and Mady Vaudrin had two assists to lead the offense as the Panthers extended their winning streak to four games in a row. After a scoreless first period, Thelen and Hannah Williams scored in the second period to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
Molly Lyngaas took first in all four events and the all-around in leading Detroit Lakes to a 138.975 to 96.60 victory over the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team Friday night at the Area High School gym. Lyngaas received marks of 9.30 in vault, 9.25 in floor exercise, 9.225 on balance beam and 8.80 on uneven parallel bars for a 36.575 all-around score. Taylor Drury led the Panthers with a fifth-place score of 8.05 in vault.
Collin Huckbody, Robbie Hine and Jake Keranen were a big reason the Nevis football team won the Section 5 9-man title to qualify for the state playoffs for the first time since 1993. All three Nevis seniors were recognized for their efforts by being named to the all-state 9-man team. Huckbody was named an all-state quarterback after leading the Tigers by rushing 200 times for 1,616 yards and 22 touchdowns for 134 points.
Riley Hanson and Megan Norby received all-state and state tournament honors after leading the Nevis volleyball team to the consolation title at this year's state Class A tournament. Hanson and Norby were among 14 players named to the state Class A team and were among 10 players named to the state Class A all-tournament team.
Ben Baumgartner won the title at 132 pounds as the Park Rapids wrestling team tied for 20th place at the Big Bear Tournament Friday and Saturday at Cass Lake. Baumgartner used two major decisions and a pin to reach the championship match against Hibbing's Tone Fuenffinger. Baumgartner won the title with a 12-5 minor decision as the Panthers compiled 63.50 points to tie Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis in this 35-team tournament. The only other Park Rapids wrestler to place was Nolan Booge at 120.
United North Central's Brandon Junes and Keiler Skaro capped off their seasons by earning Section 8AA football honors. Junes, a senior quarterback, completed 71 of 166 passes for 1,184 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for four touchdowns for 24 points. Skaro, a junior receiver, caught 25 passes for 497 yards and three TDs for 18 points and had 24 solo tackles on defense. Junior Bob Lusti earned Prairie North Conference honors while Junes, Skaro, seniors Tanner Schwartz, Jeff Skoog, Aaron Paulson and Stetson Burkman; junior Dylan Huttunen; and freshman Jordan Yliniemi received all-conf
Shelby Pihlaja and Tarah Cleveland had 20 points and nine rebounds apiece in leading the Menahga girls basketball team to a 54-39 victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Friday night. Cleveland also had seven steals while Hannah Allebach and Bradi Carlson pulled down seven rebounds each. Shannon Skoog led the way with four assists as the Braves improved to 3-2 on the season. The loss dropped W-H-A's record to 2-5. MENAHGA: Cleveland 7 3-4 20, Pihlaja 6 6-13 20, Allebach 2 3-4 7, Carlson 1 1-4 3, S. Skoog 1 0-0 2, Kako 1 0-0 2, Stifter 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Cusey 0 0-0 0.