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United North Central used wins over Fertile-Beltrami and Badger/Greenbush-Middle River to reach the championship match at Saturday's Section 8A wrestling tournament at Thief River Falls. The No. 3-seeded Warriors eliminated No. 6 Fertile-Beltrami 55-15 in the quarterfinals and No. 2 BGMR 36-30 in the semifinals before falling to No. 1 Frazee 47-9 in the title match. BGMR was rated No. 11 in the latest state Class A poll while Frazee entered as the No. 3-rated team in the state.
East Grand Forks won the final two matches to upset Park Rapids 47-36 in the first round of the Section 8AA wrestling tournament Saturday at Thief River Falls. Park Rapids, the No. 7 seed, held a 36-35 lead before the No. 10-seeded Green Wave used two pins in the final two matches to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Menahga boys basketball team dropped into a tie for third place in the Park Region Conference standings with a pair of losses to Henning. Tanner Schwartz tallied a double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds in leading the Braves to a 63-61 win at Pillager on Feb. 8. Henning kept the top spot in the conference with a 65-57 win over Menahga last Tuesday night and a 74-58 victory over the Braves Thursday night. The two losses to Henning left the Braves with a 6-4 record in the conference and an 11-8 overall record.
While Perham captured the Section 8A title for the 11th year in a row, the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team was able to end the season on a positive note Saturday. Perham compiled 145.05 points to edge Detroit Lakes' 144.175 team score for the section title while the Panthers finished seventh in the eight-team meet at the Park Rapids Area High School gym with a season high of 98.10 points. The Panthers' best event was vault where Taylor Drury's 8.10, Amy Klein's 8.05, Kayla Johnk's 7.90 and Nikki Eischens' 7.80 led to a 31.85.
Pete Stahnke says he uses the regular season for the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to build momentum entering the playoffs. The Panthers didn't have that late-season momentum until Tuesday night's regular-season finale at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. In the prior four games against Section 8A opponents, the Panthers struggled. Park Rapids needed a late goal to edge Red Lake Falls 1-0. Warroad held Park Rapids to only nine shots on goal in a 4-0 victory.
Despite winning only three events, the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team won the Mid-State Conference title last Friday night at Detroit Lakes. The Panthers used a strong finish to finish with 456 points to edge Detroit Lakes' team total of 439. Perham was third with 328 points. All first-place finishers received all-conference honors while those placing second and third received all-conference honorable mention honors. Detroit Lakes won the first two events to build an 80-78 lead.
Chris Duff scored 33 points to lead three players in double figures as Walker-Hackensack-Akeley defeated the Park Rapids boys basketball team 67-58 Tuesday night at Walker. Duff scored 11 points as the Wolves jumped out to a 17-5 lead before a basket by Cory Gartner, a three-point play by Zach Jewison and two baskets by Tyler McCollum sparked a 12-4 run as Park Rapids cut the gap to 27-17 with 6:46 to play in the first half. A three-point play by Chris Goplerud and baskets by Jewison and Rilee Johnson gave the Panthers a 26-22 lead before W-H-A ended the half with a 9-4 run to claim a 31-3
The Nevis boys basketball team rebounded from a loss to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley by defeating Sebeka. Chris Duff scored 31 points and had 12 rebounds in leading W-H-A to a 59-54 Northland Conference win at the Tiger Arena last Friday night. Taylor Chase scored 21 points and had four rebounds and four assists while Gavin Becker added 14 points and four rebounds for the Tigers, who fell to 8-4 in conference play. W-H-A improved to 9-1 in the conference and 17-2 overall. "This was a very well-played game by both teams," said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer.
Molly Lyngaas took first in all four events in leading Detroit Lakes to a 145.225 to 96.60 victory over the Park Rapids gymnastics team in the regular-season finale last Friday night. Lyngaas received high marks of 9.65 in floor exercise, 9.60 in vault, 9.55 on balance beam and 9.475 on uneven parallel bars for a 38.275 all-around score. Amy Klein's 7.85, Olivia Fischer's 7.65, and a pair of 7.60s by Nikki Eischens and Lindsey Girtz led the Panthers to a 30.70 team score in vault. In floor, the Panthers received a 28.35 behind Klein's 7.60, Eischens' 7.10, Girtz's 6.90 and Kayla Johnk's
The Menahga girls basketball team split Park Region Conference games with a win over Henning and a loss to Bertha-Hewitt. Shelby Pihlaja's double-double led the Braves to a 51-36 win over Henning last Thursday night.