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Winning times by Sam Goebel, Ryan McBrady, the 200-yard medley and the 200 freestyle relay teams led the Park Rapids boys swimming team in a dual meet at Bemidji Thursday night. Goebel played a role in three of the Panthers' winning times by taking first in the 200 individual medley in 2:33.11 and swimming on both winning relay teams. Connor Smythe, Ryan McBrady and Jared Storseth joined Goebel with a 1:55.88 in the 200 medley relay while Storseth, Ben Kading and Kevin Merfeld joined Goebel for a 1:45.35 in the 200 freestyle relay.
Rachel Bell and Katie Jensen went 1-2 in all-around in leading Bemidji to a 131.50 to 118.10 victory over the Park Rapids gymnastics team Thursday night at Bemidji. Bell took first on uneven parallel bars and floor exercise for a 33.70 all-around score while Jensen led the way in vault en route to a 32.75 all-around score to lead Bemidji. Kyja Penning was second on bars with an 8.00 and floor with a 7.85 and tied for runner-up honors on balance beam with an 8.50 to finish third in all-around with a 32.30. Emily Klingenberg used an 8.25 in vault, an 8.05 on beam and a 7.10 on bars to plac
Park Rapids' Summer Ellefson qualified for her fourth straight state Nordic ski meet by winning the Section 8 title last Wednesday at Camp Ripley. Ellefson led the 46-skier field with a pursuit time of 35 minutes, 37 seconds. The Park Rapids sophomore won the classic race with a time of 19:08 and followed with a winning time of 16:29 in the freestyle portion. The state meet will be held Thursday at Giants Ridge. In other Park Rapids varsity sports action over the weekend: The Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team received the No.
When opponents play the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team, their main focus is to contain senior center Tucker Coborn, senior defenseman Kevin McMorrow and sophomore center Sam Coborn. Keeping that trio from putting the puck in the net has proven to be nearly impossible. The Coborns and McMorrow joined an elite group of Park Rapids hockey players this season by surpassing 100 career points. Tucker Coborn became the eighth player in the history of the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey program to reach 100 points with a goal against Detroit Lakes back on Dec.
Abby Fischer hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points in leading Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton to a 73-47 victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Monday night at the Area High School gym. Fischer and Kim Brinkman hit 3-pointers as the Rebels jumped out to a 17-6 lead. The Panthers responded with a 9-3 run as a 3-pointer by Hannah Wolff, two free throws by Sophie Shogren, a layup by Anna Grimes and two free throws by Alyssa Carlson closed the deficit to 20-15 with 6:25 to play in the first half. Three-pointers by Brinkman and Morgan Mathison pushed D-G-F's lead to 33-18 at the 3:03 m
Kyja Penning won the all-around title for the second meet in a row, but it wasn't enough to lead the Park Rapids gymnastics team past Long Prairie-Grey Eagle last Friday night. Penning took first in all four events en route to a 32.55 all-around score in leading the Panthers in a 118.625 to 116.70 loss. Penning's 8.50, Jessi Andersen's 8.25, Emily Klingenberg's 8.15 and Cassie Baxter's 7.975 led to a 32.875 team score in vault. The Panthers received a 28.425 in floor exercise behind Penning's 7.90, Klingenberg's 7.325, Andersen's 7.00 and Kirsten Erickson's 6.20. On balance beam, Penni
McKenna Brand scored four goals as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team had its best scoring night of the season in a 10-1 win over Pequot Lakes Monday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Brand opened the game with a hat trick by scoring at the 15:23 mark and 1:35 mark of the first period and the 15:33 mark of the second period. Danika Aletto had an assist on Brand's second goal. The Panthers dominated the second period by scoring five times and holding a 30-4 edge in shots on goal.
Alex Lyon's 44 saves led Lake of the Woods to a 2-1 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Wade Holen's power-play goal in the first period and goal in the second period gave LOW a 2-0 lead. Dan Ricke and Jared Naeve assisted on a goal by Levi Erickson early in the third period as the Panthers closed the gap to 2-1.
Park Rapids stayed with Staples-Motley for the first half of the first half before the Cardinals closed the half with a 32-12 run to spark an 87-50 Mid-State Conference boys basketball victory Friday night at the Area High School gym. A jumper by Max Brown and a three-point play by Tyler Ridlon gave the Panthers a 5-4 lead with 14:32 to play in the first half. Baskets by Dillon Theis and Christian Ridlon kept the Panthers within 11-9 at the 11:33 mark before a jumper by Paul Dirks and a free throw by Roth Mattson cut Staples-Motley's lead to 17-12 with 9:41 to play in the first half.
A late rally fell short as West Central Area hung on for a 38-35 victory over the Park Rapids wrestling team Tuesday night at Barrett. Ben Baumgartner opened the meet with a pin in 2:51 at 103 pounds and Dylan Holmer followed with a pin in 1:34 at 125 to give the Panthers a 12-9 lead. The Knights then won the next six matches to build an insurmountable 38-12 advantage. Park Rapids ended the match with four victories. Jared Nash dominated in a 16-1 technical fall win at 171 and Brandon Ritter recorded a pin in 1:21 at 215.