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Collin Huckbody, Robbie Hine and Jake Keranen were a big reason the Nevis football team won the Section 5 9-man title to qualify for the state playoffs for the first time since 1993. All three Nevis seniors were recognized for their efforts by being named to the all-state 9-man team. Huckbody was named an all-state quarterback after leading the Tigers by rushing 200 times for 1,616 yards and 22 touchdowns for 134 points.
Riley Hanson and Megan Norby received all-state and state tournament honors after leading the Nevis volleyball team to the consolation title at this year's state Class A tournament. Hanson and Norby were among 14 players named to the state Class A team and were among 10 players named to the state Class A all-tournament team.
Ben Baumgartner won the title at 132 pounds as the Park Rapids wrestling team tied for 20th place at the Big Bear Tournament Friday and Saturday at Cass Lake. Baumgartner used two major decisions and a pin to reach the championship match against Hibbing's Tone Fuenffinger. Baumgartner won the title with a 12-5 minor decision as the Panthers compiled 63.50 points to tie Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis in this 35-team tournament. The only other Park Rapids wrestler to place was Nolan Booge at 120.
United North Central's Brandon Junes and Keiler Skaro capped off their seasons by earning Section 8AA football honors. Junes, a senior quarterback, completed 71 of 166 passes for 1,184 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for four touchdowns for 24 points. Skaro, a junior receiver, caught 25 passes for 497 yards and three TDs for 18 points and had 24 solo tackles on defense. Junior Bob Lusti earned Prairie North Conference honors while Junes, Skaro, seniors Tanner Schwartz, Jeff Skoog, Aaron Paulson and Stetson Burkman; junior Dylan Huttunen; and freshman Jordan Yliniemi received all-conf
Shelby Pihlaja and Tarah Cleveland had 20 points and nine rebounds apiece in leading the Menahga girls basketball team to a 54-39 victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Friday night. Cleveland also had seven steals while Hannah Allebach and Bradi Carlson pulled down seven rebounds each. Shannon Skoog led the way with four assists as the Braves improved to 3-2 on the season. The loss dropped W-H-A's record to 2-5. MENAHGA: Cleveland 7 3-4 20, Pihlaja 6 6-13 20, Allebach 2 3-4 7, Carlson 1 1-4 3, S. Skoog 1 0-0 2, Kako 1 0-0 2, Stifter 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Cusey 0 0-0 0.
The Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team won four events in Tuesday night's 110-76 loss to Sauk Centre/Melrose at the Area High School pool. Jake Waggoner clocked a 2:01.46 to win the 200-yard freestyle, Zach Eystad led the field in the 50 freestyle with a winning time of 23.00, Kalvin Hagan led a 1-2-3 sweep in diving with 220.60 points and Connor Smythe took first in the 100 backstroke with a 1:00.22. Adding runner-up finishes for the Panthers were Fred Stinar in diving (146.20 points) and the 100 butterfly (1:09.07), Eystad in the 100 freestyle (53.51), and Waggoner in the 500 free
Ben Baumgartner recorded his 100th career victory as the Park Rapids wrestling team dropped a dual meet to New York Mills Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Baumgartner's 13-6 minor decision at 138 pounds was one of the Panthers' four victories in a 54-15 loss. Baumgartner used a first-period takedown to claim a 2-0 lead before an escape and five takedowns in the third period sealed the win. Baumgartner is rated No.
Alex Pederson's hat trick and assist led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 5-1 win over Detroit Lakes Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Pederson's power-play goal at the 5:54 mark of the first period gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
Vanessa Lane handled the scoring load in the first half and Kayla Miller took over offensively in the second half as Pequot Lakes posted an 82-34 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Tuesday night at the Century School gym. Lane scored 19 of her 23 points in the first half while Miller scored 20 of her game-high 26 points in the second half as the Patriots improved to 2-0 in the conference and 5-1 overall.
Zack Nelson just missed a triple-double in leading Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton to a 69-54 victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at Glyndon. Nelson had 15 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Rebels, who led 35-23 at the half. Thirteen different players scored as D-G-F improved to 1-1 on the season. Tyler McCollum led the Panthers with 13 points while Kyle Goplerud and Andy Waller chipped in 11 points each. Goplerud, Waller and Rilee Johnson led the way with seven rebounds apiece.