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An upper respiratory infection prevented Park Rapids' Summer Ellefson from competing in the state Nordic girls ski meet Thursday at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. Ellefson, who qualified for her fifth consecutive state meet by winning the Section 8 title at Camp Ripley on Feb. 9, attempted to compete Thursday morning, but withdrew from the 5K freestyle race. Burnsville senior Sharmila Ahmed won the state title with a pursuit time of 32 minutes, 1 second. Wayzata freshman Alayna Sonnesyn was second in 32:30.8 while Hopkins sophomore Sarah Benton finished third in 32:32.2.
Christian Ridlon and Scott Wolff helped the Park Rapids boys basketball team battle Wadena-Deer Creek to a 26-26 tie at the half Friday night. An 11-2 run to open the second half gave W-DC the lead for good as the Wolverines went on for a 61-45 Mid-State Conference victory at the Area High School gym. A layup by Chris Goplerud, a jumper and layup off a steal by Kyle Goplerud, and a layup by Ridlon gave the Panthers an 8-1 lead with 14:22 to play in the first half. Another layup by Ridlon kept Park Rapids in front 10-4 at the 12:52 mark before the Panthers went scoreless for the next 6:21
Perham won its ninth straight title, Detroit Lakes finished second for the ninth year in a row and Park Rapids placed sixth at Saturday's Section 8A gymnastics meet at Detroit Lakes. Perham, the top-ranked Class A team in the state and the state champion the last seven years, compiled 148.688 points to defeat Detroit Lakes' 144.50 for the section title. Park Rapids finished with a 109.125 to place sixth in this seven-team meet. Emily Klingenberg had the Panthers' top finish by placing 13th in vault with an 8.30.
A three-goal first period led Detroit Lakes to a 4-2 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Nate Baker and Ryan Lindquist scored goals in a span of 1:04 midway through the first period to give the Lakers a 2-0 lead. Sam Coborn and Levi Erickson set up a goal by Frank Moren at the 10:57 mark before Alex Mason gave Detroit Lakes a 3-1 lead.
Perham captured its ninth consecutive title with its best score of the season while Park Rapids also hit a season high at last Saturday's Mid-State Conference gymnastics meet at Perham. Perham, which is rated No. 1 in the latest Class A poll and is seeking its ninth consecutive Section 8A title and eighth straight state Class A title, won the conference championship with a 149.60. Detroit Lakes was second with a 137.975 while the Panthers were third with a 112.90.
Park Rapids' Nick Belfiori and Zach Lohmeier capped off their senior seasons by winning titles at last Friday's Mid-State Conference boys swimming and diving meet at Detroit Lakes. Belfiori won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.26 while Lohmeier took first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:02.77 to earn all-conference honors. Also earning all-conference honors for the Panthers was the 200 freestyle relay team of Sam Goebel, Belfiori, Josh Johnson and Zach Eystad with a winning time of 1:36.86. Those three efforts helped the Panthers claim runner-up honors with 426 points.
Thief River Falls opened the game with a 21-0 run and coasted to a 77-27 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Phillip Onkka hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 13 points as the Prowlers jumped out to the early lead.
Park Rapids' Summer Ellefson qualified for her fifth consecutive state Nordic girls ski meet by repeating as the Section 8 champion last Wednesday at Camp Ripley. Ellefson, who competes for the Northwest Independent School, led the 55-skier field with a pursuit time of 36 minutes, 17 seconds.
A 46-27 win over Fosston/Bagley in the regular-season finale Thursday night locked up the Section 8A's No. 5 seed for the Park Rapids wrestling team. The Panthers won nine matches, including three forfeits and three pins, to close out the regular season with a 10-11 record in dual meets. After forfeiting at 103 pounds, the Panthers used pins by Ben Baumgartner and Laine Jensen to claim a 12-6 lead.
Nine different players scored goals as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team defeated a pair of Section 8A teams on the road. Six different players had goals in leading the Panthers to a 7-4 win over Bagley/Fosston at Bagley Thursday night. On Saturday afternoon, the Panthers again received goals from six different players in a 9-2 win against Kittson Central at Hallock. The two wins lifted the Panthers to 5-7 in the section and 12-10-1 overall. Panthers win at Bagley A four-goal first period sparked the Panthers in the win over Bagley. Goals by Noah MacP