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Tenacious defense created easy fastbreak baskets as the Park Rapids boys basketball team coasted to an 88-58 win at Sebeka Thursday night. Five baskets by Rilee Johnson, a three-point play by Chris Goplerud and a 3-pointer by Tyler McCollum gave the Panthers a quick 18-8 lead before 3-pointers by Jordan McCollum and Tyler McCollum, two more baskets by Johnson and a pair of baskets by Kyle Goplerud sparked an 18-6 run as the Panthers led 36-14 with 6:01 to play in the first half.
Jake Malone and Dylan Huttunen defeated both of their opponents as the United North Central wrestling team split matches at Friday's Osakis triangular. Pierz used four pins to defeat the Warriors 38-28 in the first match while UNC rebounded with four pins and four forfeits for a 51-30 victory over Osakis in the second match. Austin Bacon's 7-5 decision at 113 pounds, Malone's 11-0 major decision at 126 and Sam Tellers' pin at 138 kept UNC within 14-13 before Pierz won the next three matches to build a 29-13 advantage.
Winning nine events, including all three relays, helped the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team defeat Bemidji for the second year in a row. The Panthers led from start to finish in a 103-83 victory at the Area High School pool. Connor Smythe, Kalvin Hagan, Fred Stinar and Zach Eystad opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:52.07. After Ben Kading clocked a runner-up 2:09.23 in the 200 freestyle, Jake Waggoner and Dillon Schroeder went 1-2 in the 200 individual medley with times of 2:21.26 an 2:38.28.
Perham used six pins and three forfeits to hand the Park Rapids wrestling team a 60-13 setback Tuesday night at the Century School gym. Tanner Eischens gave the Panthers a 4-0 lead with a 17-5 major decision at 106 pounds. Eischens used three takedowns and a nearfall to build a 9-3 lead after the first period before a pair of takedowns in both the second and third periods sealed the win. Perham won the next four matches to build a 21-4 lead before Ben Baumgartner posted a 12-6 minor decision at 138. Baumgartner, who is rated No.
Brady Heppner scored twice in the final six minutes to break a 3-3 tie and give Crookston a 6-3 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena Tuesday night. Crookston jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind first-period goals by Heppner and Chandler St.
Wes Mumm's 3-pointer started a 21-8 run as Pequot Lakes broke open a tie game en route to a 59-51 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers, who trailed 21-15 at the half, used a 3-pointer by Tyler McCollum to tie the game at 31-31 with 12:20 to play and used back-to-back baskets by Chris Goplerud to stay within 36-35 with 9:35 left before Pequot Lakes went on a 16-4 run to claim a 52-39 advantage with 2:22 remaining. Park Rapids' comeback fell short as Jordan McCollum hit a 3-pointer and layup, Tyler McCo
Taylor Chase scored 19 of his game-high 26 points in the second half to lead a balance attack as the Nevis boys basketball team defeated Pine River-Backus 74-56 in a Northland Conference game Tuesday night at Pine River. Chase also had seven steals, four rebounds and four assists. Jake Keranen scored 14 points and had nine rebounds and six assists, Gavin Becker had 12 points and three steals, and Courtland Chase chipped in 11 points and four rebounds for the Tigers, who led 33-27 at the half. Jordan Dudley had six steals ad three assists and Becker had three steals.
Connor Kennedy and Noah MacPherson scored two goals apiece in leading the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to an 8-3 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night at Wadena. Kennedy's goal just 1:22 into the game gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Park Rapids held a 16-7 advantage in shots in the opening period. MacPherson scored twice during a four-goal second period to put the Panthers in control.
Bailey Moore stopped 24 shots for her second shutout of the season as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team defeated Wadena-Deer Creek/Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at Wadena Thursday night. Ashley Thelen scored two goals, Alex Pederson tallied a goal and an assist, and Mady Vaudrin had two assists to lead the offense as the Panthers extended their winning streak to four games in a row. After a scoreless first period, Thelen and Hannah Williams scored in the second period to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
Molly Lyngaas took first in all four events and the all-around in leading Detroit Lakes to a 138.975 to 96.60 victory over the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team Friday night at the Area High School gym. Lyngaas received marks of 9.30 in vault, 9.25 in floor exercise, 9.225 on balance beam and 8.80 on uneven parallel bars for a 36.575 all-around score. Taylor Drury led the Panthers with a fifth-place score of 8.05 in vault.