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Five former Park Rapids Area High School hockey players competed on NCAA Division III college hockey teams this winter. Tucker Coborn and Sam Coborn played for the Concordia College men’s...
After graduating nine skaters who accounted for 54 of the team’s 73 goals last season, Gary Vaudrin’s main concern for a young Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team was who would pick up the scoring load. The inability to put the puck in the net hindered the Panthers all season as Park Rapids scored only 37 goals in 24 games in posting a 6-17-1 record. Park Rapids was shut out 10 times and managed only one goal in five other games while allowing 114 goals.
Matt Brandt expected the Park Rapids boys basketball team to produce another winning record, host a Section 8AA playoff game and make a run in the Section 8AA tournament. For the second year in a row, the Panthers earned the No. 4 seed for the section tournament and used home-court advantage to reach the semifinals in the north half of the section at Bemidji State University.
Even though the Nevis boys basketball team wasn’t able to complete a comeback in the program’s first state Class A tournament game, head coach Scott Kramer couldn’t be prouder of the way his players performed Thursday afternoon at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The Tigers trailed Central Minnesota Christian the entire game and faced a 45-30 deficit with 9:53 to play before rallying.
Jen Stifter led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points as the Menahga girls basketball team defeated Bertha-Hewitt 58-52 in the Section 5A tournament opener March 2 at Menahga. Hannah Allebach added 11 points and Cierra Ahlf had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Braves, who split games with B-H during the regular season (winning 59-56 on Jan. 16 and losing 63-58 on Feb. 20). Menahga entered the tournament as the No. 7 seed in the north half of the bracket while B-H was the No. 10 seed.
A 19-6 run to start the game and a 22-8 run in the second half Thursday night gave the Park Rapids girls basketball team its first Section 8AA playoff victory since the 2005-06 season. The Panthers used those two spurts to defeat Crosby-Ironton 65-53 at the Area High School gym. Crosby-Ironton defeated the Panthers in the first round of the playoffs the last two seasons. Park Rapids, the No.
Park Rapids’ Spencer Fritze and Matthew Benson fulfilled goals at the state Class A boys swimming and diving meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Fritze was looking to reach the finals in diving and fulfilled that goal as the eighth grader finished 10th out of 20 divers with 345 points to score 7 points as the Panthers finished 27th in the team standings. Benson capped off his freshman season by placing 29th out of 36 qualifiers in the 500-yard freestyle with a lifetime b
At the beginning of the season, Scott Kramer thought the Nevis boys basketball team had the potential to play in the state Class A tournament for the first time in school history. The Tigers fulfilled that potential Friday night at Wadena by defeating Upsala 60-50 in the Section 5A championship game. “As the season started, I thought we looked good on paper. As the season went on, we just kept winning and of course the expectations went through the roof. Once we knew it was probable that we would be the No.
A pivotal 16-0 run in the second half Tuesday night sent the Nevis boys basketball team to the Section 5A championship game. Browerville held a 37-29 lead early in the second half when the Tigers took control in building a 45-37 lead with 10:12 to play. That spurt provided the spark as Nevis advanced with a 69-52 victory at Wadena in the north title game.
Crookston used a 19-4 run to close out the game to eliminate the Park Rapids boys basketball team from the Section 8AA playoffs last Saturday afternoon at Bemidji State University. The Panthers led 22-17 in the first half, but Crookston used a 28-14 advantage in the second half to spark a 62-43 victory. Seth Desrosier and Ryan Porter, who hit four 3-pointers, combined for 31 points to give the Pirates a 34-29 lead at the half. Baskets by Damion Hanke and Derek Porozinski pulled the Panthers