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Luke Jaeger scored the only goal for the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in a 5-1 loss at Detroit Lakes Tuesday night. A power-play goal by Kyle Hermann and a goal by Ryan Deconcini gave the Lakers a 2-0 lead after the first period. Connor Kennedy and Drew Bade assisted on Jaeger's goal at the 9:11 mark of the second period as the Panthers cut the deficit to 2-1. Park Rapids held a 15-7 advantage in shots in that period. Deconcini completed his hat trick with a pair of goals in the third period to seal the win in this battle of Section 8A rivals.
Matt Brandt said the Park Rapids boys basketball team would rely on quickness to dominate games this season. Bagley became the first victim on that list. The Panthers used a 14-2 run to start the second half to expand a 43-34 lead to 57-36 en route to an 86-51 victory Saturday at the Area High School gym. The 86 points were the most for the Panthers since an 88-63 win over Wadena-Deer Creek in February of 2007 and the 35-point win was the biggest margin of victory since a 100-41 win over Pine River-Backus in January of 2007. "The kids executed tremendously," said Brandt.
The Park Rapids wrestling team used a victory over Deer River to finish fourth at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational. Park Rapids opened with a 51-18 win over Deer River before dropping matches to Lisbon (51-24) and Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena (44-30) at the Century School gym. Lisbon won the team title in this six-team tournament with wins over Deer River (67-6) and Park Rapids in pool play and a 49-27 win over Hibbing in the title match.
Max Pajari and Dylan Huttunen won individual titles in leading United North Central to the team title at Saturday's Rodd Olson Invitational at Crookston. Tristan Palmer and Tanner Bacon also advanced to title matches as the Warriors topped the 10-team field with 185.50 points.
A runner-up showing in the 200-yard freestyle relay led the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to a third-place finish at Saturday's season-opening Fergus Falls Invitational. Connor Smythe, Kurt Fritze, Ben Kading and Jake Waggoner clocked a 1:39.68 in the 200 freestyle relay in leading the Panthers, who compiled 354.50 points in this six-team meet.
Kelly Pearson scored 21 points and Jasmine McGillivray hit four 3-pointers and added 16 points in leading Staples-Motley to an 88-36 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Friday night at Staples. Kaitlin Spar (11) and Grace Wolhowe (10) also hit double figures for the Cardinals, who led 52-18 at the half in improving to 3-0 in the conference and 4-2 overall. Katie Klein (8), Gabie Johnson (7), Megan Grimes (6), Charity Ridlon (5), Bria Wolff (4), Katelyn Hilmanowski (4) and Hope Johnson (2) provided the scoring for the Panthers.
Stetson Burkman's 16 points, 12 rebounds and four steals led the Menahga boys basketball team to a 65-60 Park Region Conference win at Sebeka Friday night. Tanner Schwartz added 21 points and seven rebounds, Austen Schwartz scored 12 points and had three assists, and Austin Rudquist (9) and Levi Schwartz (8) combined for 17 rebounds for the Braves, who improved to 2-0 on the season despite making only 1 of 19 3-pointers. Sebeka fell to 0-3. MENAHGA: T. Schwartz 6 8-12 21, Burkman 8 0-0 16, A. Schwartz 6 0-0 12, Rudquist 4 0-0 8, Junes 2 1-4 5, L.
Tarah Cleveland's 35 points weren't enough as the Menahga girls basketball team dropped a 66-60 Park Region Conference decision at Sebeka Friday night. Cleveland went 8 for 19 on 3-pointers while adding five steals and four assists. Shelby Pihlaja scored 16 points and dished out three assists while Jenny Skoog (7) and Hannah Allebach (6) combined for 13 rebounds. The loss dropped Menahga to 1-1 in conference play and 2-2 overall while Sebeka improved to 2-0 in the conference and 2-1 overall. MENAHGA: Cleveland 13 1-2 35, Pihlaja 6 3-3 16, S.
Crosby-Ironton used runs of 9-2, 11-0 and 10-0 to build a 42-13 halftime lead en route to a 66-28 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Chelsey Bonsante opened the game by hitting a 3-pointer and Meredith Silgen scored twice inside as the Rangers jumped out to a 9-2 lead.
Depth was a main reason for the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team's success last season. With even more numbers this season, Todd Fritze is hoping more depth will produce more success this year and in the future. Last season, a roster of 35 helped the Panthers go 4-2 in dual meets, finish fifth at the Section 5A True Team meet, earn runner-up honors at the Mid-State Conference meet, place eighth at the Section 3A meet and qualify five swimmers in four events for the state Class A meet. Of those 35 swimmers and divers, 28 scored points in a varsity meet last season.