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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
Despite being two of the youngest contenders to advance to state, Park Rapids freshman Matthew Benson and eighth grader Spencer Fritze competed like veterans at the Section 5A boys swimming and diving meet at Detroit Lakes. Fritze became the first member of the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to qualify for the state Class A meet in both diving and a swimming event in the same season after placing second in diving with 371.76 points and placing third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.64.
Ben Baumgartner and Justin Dravis capped off one of the most successful seasons in the history of the Park Rapids wrestling team by bringing home medals from Saturday’s state Class A tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St.
Putting in extra practice time made the difference as Park Rapids freshman Matthew Benson and eighth grader Spencer Fritze earned trips to the state Class A boys swimming and diving meet. Those two were regulars during morning practices and the extra work paid off as Benson placed third in the 500-yard freestyle (with a 5:09.45) while Fritze took second in diving (with 371.76 points) and third in the 100 breaststroke (in 1:05.64) during Saturday’s finals of the Section 5A meet at Detroit Lakes to advance to state. “Bot
For the second year in a row, the seniors on the Park Rapids boys basketball team were victorious in their final home game. The Panthers, the No. 4 seed in the north half of the section, opened the Section 8AA playoffs Thursday night with a 62-58 win over No. 5 Roseau at the Area High School gym.
The Park Rapids girls basketball team will attempt to make it three wins against Crosby-Ironton this season when the Section 8AA playoffs begin Thursday night. The Panthers received the No. 4 seed in the north and will host No. 5 Crosby-Ironton Thursday night at 7 at the Area High School gym. Park Rapids defeated the Rangers 42-41 in overtime in the season opener and 58-49 during the regular season. In Thursday night’s other quarterfinal games in the north half of the section, No. 1 Crookston (19-7) hosts either No.
Austin Rudquist and Aaron Hrdlicka had double-doubles as the Menahga boys basketball team opened the Section 5A playoffs with a 67-47 win over Northland last Monday night at Menahga. Rudquist had 20 points and 13 rebounds while Hrdlicka had 14 points and 20 rebounds to lead the No. 7-seeded Braves. Kyle Skoog also hit double figures with 17 points while Austen Schwartz had six assists. Menahga snapped a five-game losing streak while Northland, the No. 10 seed in the north, ended the season with a 5-18 record.
A 23-4 run in the first half sparked the Park Rapids girls basketball team to an 85-54 win at Menahga in the regular-season finale Tuesday night. Gabie Johnson’s pair of baskets and a layup by Bria Wolff were offset by three layups by Menahga’s Lakyn Anderson as the game was tied 6-6 with 13:46 to play in the first half. That’s when the Panthers followed a 10-0 run with a 13-2 run to take control. Wolff’s pair of layups and a layup off a steal by Katie Klein gave the Panthers a 16-6 lead bef