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Home losses to Staples-Motley and Detroit Lakes may have cost the Park Rapids girls basketball team a chance to win the Mid-State Conference title. Staples-Motley snapped the Panthers’ seven-game winning streak with a 55-52 win Monday night while Detroit Lakes avenged a loss earlier in the season with a 78-50 victory Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Pequot Lakes tops the conference standings with a 3-0 record while Staples-Motley and Detroit Lakes are tied for second at 2-1.
Ben Baumgartner became the all-time leader in wins for the Park Rapids wrestling team in style Tuesday night. Baumgartner’s first-period pin at 145 pounds helped the Panthers roll to a 66-15 win at Crookston and gave the Park Rapids senior an 18-0 record this season and a 147-26 career record to break a tie with Tyler Safratowich, who went 146-25 during his varsity career. That was also one of seven pins for the Panthers, who improved to 12-2 in dual meets this season and 4-0 against Section 8A teams. &n
The Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team continues to show improvement. Led by season highs in three events, the Panthers compiled a season high of 112.85 to place eighth at last Saturday’s Moorhead Invitational. The Panthers tallied a season high of 32.50 in vault behind Olivia Fischer’s 8.45, Brianna Nelson’s 8.20, Shelby Leckner’s 8.15 and Rachel Konshok’s 7.70. In floor exercise, Nelson’s 8.25, Katie Eischens’ 8.00, Fischer’s 7.60 and Nicole Eischens’ 6.90 led to a season best of 30.75.
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team was hoping to play well enough during the regular season to lock up a home Section 8A tournament game. Crookston ended that goal by locking up the No.
Austin Rudquist and Austen Schwartz had double-doubles in leading the Menahga boys basketball team to an 82-37 victory over Northland Monday night at Menahga. Rudquist led the Braves with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Schwartz had 11 points and 11 assists. Kyle Skoog added 18 points, six rebounds and five steals while Aaron Hrdlicka also hit double figures with 11 points.
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team followed a Mid-State Conference win with a disappointing Section 8A loss. The Panthers overcame a shorthanded goal to defeat Wadena-Deer Creek 4-1 in a conference game Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena before allowing an overtime goal in a 3-2 loss at Red Lake Falls Saturday afternoon. Park Rapids improved to 4-1 in the conference while falling to 2-6 against section opponents.
Ben Baumgartner won a pair of matches Thursday night at Walker to tie Tyler Safratowich’s career record for victories as the Park Rapids wrestling team coasted to a pair of dual wins. Baumgartner improved to 17-0 on the season to raise his career record to 146-26 in helping the Panthers defeat Virginia 53-21 and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis 45-21. In the win over Virginia, the Panthers trailed 15-0 before winning the next six matches.
Gabie Johnson, Hope Johnson and Megan Grimes all scored in double figures in the first half as the Park Rapids girls basketball team built a 46-14 advantage in coasting to a 66-24 Mid-State Conference victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Friday night at Wadena. Gabie Johnson scored 13 of her game-high 18 points, Hope Johnson scored 10 of her 13 points and Grimes scored all 10 of her points in the first half as the Panthers took control early. Katie Klein also finished in double figures with 12 points while Bria Wolff just mi
Detroit Lakes used six winning efforts while Park Rapids used four winning efforts and five runner-up performances to share the title at Saturday’s Detroit Lakes Invitational boys swimming and diving meet. Both teams compiled 425 points to share the title.
The Menahga girls basketball team overcame an 0 for 13 performance on 3-pointers by making 25 of 32 free throws in a 55-47 Park Region Conference win at Pillager Thursday night. Shelby Pihlaja led the Braves with 16 points while Cierra Ahlf had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.