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The first victory of the season eluded the Park Rapids girls basketball team Thursday night when Nevis prevailed 56-52 in overtime at the Century School gym. The second half saw four ties and seven lead changes before Anna Grimes' layup at the buzzer tied the game at 49-49 at the end of regulation. A jumper by Megan Norby gave Nevis a 51-49 lead with 3:42 to play in overtime before Ashley Domino's basket off a rebound tied it with 3:22 remaining.
Kyle Kanten's hat trick led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a penalty-marred 6-1 victory over Greenway Saturday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Sam Coborn opened the scoring 1:51 into the game and Kanten followed with a pair of goals to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead after the first period. Ian Johnson and Coborn assisted on Kanten's power-play goal at the 11:38 mark and Kanten followed with another goal at the 14:52 mark.
Tallying season highs on balance beam and in vault led the Park Rapids gymnastics team to its highest team score of the season Thursday night. The Panthers used a 33.65 in vault and a 28.70 on beam to close out their home schedule with their best score of the season in a 128.50 to 111.80 loss to Bemidji at the Area High School gym. Emily Klingenberg's 8.50, Jessi Andersen's 8.40, Cassie Baxter's 8.25 and Sarena Kinkel's 8.20 led the Panthers in vault. Park Rapids' previous best was a 33.05.
Josh Johnson won the 500-yard freestyle and joined Sam Goebel, Nick Belfiori and Zach Eystad on the winning 200-yard freestyle relay in leading the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to runner-up honors at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational. Johnson won the 500 freestyle in 5:27.96 and joined Goebel, Belfiori and Eystad with a winning time of 1:37.78 in the 200 freestyle relay as the Panthers tallied 585 points to trail Detroit Lakes' 647 points in this four-team invitational.
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team closed out the regular season with a pair of losses on the road. Thief River Falls edged the Panthers 3-2 Thursday night at Thief River Falls in a Section 8A battle. The Panthers closed out the regular season with a 6-2 loss at International Falls in a make-up game Saturday afternoon. Park Rapids will carry a 10-14 overall record into the Section 8A tournament, which begins Thursday night. Prowlers edge Panthers Jordan Solheim's goal 5:21 into the third period proved to be the game-winner for Thief River Falls.
Emily Lueck scored 24 points and Kylie Beltz added 19 points in leading Pequot Lakes to an 81-35 Mid-State Conference girls basketball victory over Park Rapids Tuesday night at Pequot Lakes. Emily Lueck (16), Mattie Lueck (10) and Beltz (9) combined for 35 points as the Patriots led 47-16 at the half.
A 32-0 run early in the first half sparked Pine River-Backus to a 65-33 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. A basket off a rebound by Christian Ridlon and two jumpers by Chris Goplerud gave the Panthers a 6-4 lead with 14:10 to play in the first half. PR-B responded with a 32-0 run as the Panthers were held scoreless for a span of 10:19.
Ian Johnson's two goals and Sam Coborn's three assists sparked the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 5-3 Mid-State Conference win over Prairie Centre Tuesday night at the Walker Area Community Center. The Panthers scored four unanswered goals to avenge a 5-3 loss to Prairie Centre on Jan.
Hannah Williams' goal 2:17 into overtime gave the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team a 5-4 win at Detroit Lakes Tuesday night. Goals by Hayley Maloney and Brianna Seebold gave Detroit Lakes a 2-0 lead before Jessica Gapinski's power-play goal and McKenna Brand's goal tied the game after two periods.
Ben Baumgartner and Danny Pike claimed individual titles to lead the Park Rapids wrestling team at last Saturday's Mid-State Conference tournament at Detroit Lakes. Baumgartner defeated Nate Francis of Detroit Lakes 12-5, pinned Devin Barthel of Wadena-Deer Creek in 2:11 and edged Blake Miller of Staples-Motley 7-5 to claim the title at 112 pounds. A takedown in the third period gave Baumgartner the win over Miller in the finals. Miller is ranked No.