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Austin Rudquist recorded a double-double to lead the Menahga boys basketball team in a 68-51 loss at New York Mills Tuesday night in the Park Region Conference opener for both teams. Rudquist had 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Braves. Austen Schwartz scored a team-high 17 points and had three assists and three steals while Kyle Skoog added 12 points and five rebounds.
Tina Ridlon is looking for the Park Rapids girls basketball team to take another step forward. Last year, the Panthers went 1-9 in Mid-State Conference play and 11-14 overall. A victory over Wadena-Deer Creek snapped a 34-game conference losing streak while the 11 wins were the most for the Panthers since going 22-5 in 2005-06. In the Section 8AA tournament, the Panthers received the No. 6 seed and opened with a 70-59 loss to No.
With a veteran lineup returning, Scott Kramer is counting on the Nevis boys basketball team to contend for the Northland Conference and Section 5A titles. Last season, the Tigers finished fifth in the conference standings with a 6-8 record, earned the No. 3 seed in the north for the section tournament, defeated No. 6 Hill City 70-52 and No. 7 Bertha-Hewitt 65-55 in the section tournament before ending a 14-13 season with an 81-54 loss to No.
Defense will be the key to success for the Nevis girls basketball team this season. Mike Lien begins his second season as the Tigers’ head coach with only four letterwinners returning from last year’s team that finished 7-7 in the Northwoods Conference and 11-14 overall.
With 12 players returning with varsity experience, Steve Schreiber is counting on a successful season from the Menahga girls basketball team. A year ago, the Braves tied for sixth place in the Park Region Conference with a 3-9 record and received the No. 6 seed in the north for the Section 5A playoffs. Menahga opened section play with a 37-33 loss to No. 3 Pine River-Backus to cap off a 9-16 season. The Braves graduated only two players off that team.
Crookston and Thief River Falls combined to outshoot the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team 88-24 in a pair of shutouts at the Thief River Falls Holiday Classic Friday and Saturday. Crookston used a 43-18 advantage in shots for a 2-0 win Friday while Thief River Falls held a 45-6 advantage in shots in a 13-0 victory Saturday at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. The two losses dropped the Panthers to 0-4 against Section 8A teams and 2-6-1 overall. Pirates shu
Double-doubles by Kevin Hale and Gavin Becker helped the Nevis boys basketball team open the season with a pair of victories. Hale’s 13 points and 13 rebounds and Griffin Chase’s 26 points led the Tigers to a 70-60 win over Fond du Lac last Friday night. Becker added 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists while Michael Landquist had 10 points and nine rebounds in his varsity debut. Chase and Landquist also had three assists each while Brett Byer had eight rebounds and three steals.
Randa Larsen’s four goals and two assists led Detroit Lakes to a 6-1 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Tuesday night at Kent Freeman Arena. The Lakers used a 13-3 edge in shots and two goals by Larsen at the 5:16 and 12:42 marks to take a 2-0 lead after the first period. Lexi Hinkley-Smith assisted on a power-play goal by Josie Umthun 56 seconds into the second period as the Panthers cut the gap to 2-1.
Jordan McCollum recorded a triple-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in leading the Park Rapids boys basketball team to an 81-69 win in the season opener at Menahga Tuesday night. Derek Porozinski had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds and Hunter Jewison tallied a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Lopez just missed a double-double with 16 points and nine steals while Remington Hagan added nine assists for the Panthers, who led 38-36 at the half.
A year ago, the Park Rapids wrestling team had eight wrestlers post at least 12 wins and just missed going .500 in dual meets by going 11-13. With 21 wrestlers (including two state qualifiers) returning who have won varsity matches, head coach Matt Clark is optimistic the Panthers can challenge for a winning record and be represented at state by multiple wrestlers this season. Leading the Panthers this season are the two state qualifiers: senior Ben Baumgartner and sophomore Justin Dravis.