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In the first five games of the season, the Park Rapids boys basketball team struggled at the free-throw line. Even though the Panthers missed nine free throws early, making six clutch free throws down the stretch was the key in posting their first win of the season last Wednesday night. Christian Ridlon, Taylor Kimball and Chris Goplerud each made two free throws in the final five minutes to break open a 53-53 tie and give the Panthers a 63-59 victory over Frazee in the third-place game of the 10th annual Park Rapids Holiday Tournament at the Area High School gym. Kimball finished with 2
Kurtis Moody's dunk helped spark a 19-0 run to open the game as the Pequot Lakes boys basketball team posted a 70-37 Mid-State Conference win over Park Rapids at the Area High School gym Tuesday night. Taylor Kimball's 3-pointer at the 11:16 mark ended that run while a basket off a rebound by Chris Goplerud and jumpers by Josh Crist and Scott Wolff made it 24-9 with 9:08 to play in the first half. Wolff's layup, Christian Ridlon's basket off a rebound, two free throws Kimball, and a jumper by Kyle Goplerud accounted for the rest of the scoring in the first half as the Panthers trailed 41-1
Jessica Lillquist scored 22 points and Alicia Boe added 17 points in leading Sebeka to a 71-30 victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Tuesday night at Sebeka. Lillquist scored 17 points as the Trojans built a 37-13 lead at the half. Alyssa Carlson hit two 3-pointers to lead the Panthers. Three baskets apiece by Carlson and Ashley Domino led Park Rapids in the second half. Carlson finished with 12 points while Domino (10) and Lydia Lutz (9) combined for 19 rebounds. Anna Grimes blocked three shots. The Panthers turned the ball over 40 times in falling to 0-6 on the season.
Bemidji won the final event to hold off a late rally and defeat the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team Tuesday night at the Area High School pool. The host Panthers faced a 75-65 deficit with three events to go before Bemidji held on for a 95-91 victory. Park Rapids jumped out to a 10-4 lead by going 1-3 in the 200-yard medley relay.
McKenna Brand's fifth hat trick of the season led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensck-Akeley girls hockey team to its fourth consecutive win. Brand scored the game-winning goal 22 seconds into the third period to complete her hat trick and give the Panthers a 4-3 win at Lake of the Woods Tuesday night. In the last four games, Brand has 13 goals and two assists. Bailee Jerger scored 4:22 into the game to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
Four Park Rapids wrestlers placed at last Saturday's Big Bear Tournament at Cass Lake. Danny Pike finished third at 171 pounds, Brandon Ritter finished third at 215, Ben Baumgartner finished fourth at 112 and Luke Hartig finished sixth at 125 as the Panthers finished 18th out of 36 teams with 77 points. Also competing for the Panthers were Laine Jensen at 119, Zach Tretbar at 135, Zach Steffen at 140, Adam Branstron at 145, Zac Haugland at 152, Forrest Drury at 160, Cole Tretbar at 189 and Trai Schmidt at heavyweight. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis finished 17th with 80.50 points as Garr
Despite firing twice as many shots on goal over the first two periods, it took a three-goal third period to help Crookston seal a 7-2 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The Pirates used a 20-8 advantage in shots to claim a 2-1 lead after the first period before a 14-9 edge in shots led to a 4-2 lead after the second period.
Wendi Hartig was looking for the Park Rapids gymnastics team to show improvement throughout the season. The Panthers are fulfilling their coach's wishes. Park Rapids followed a 128.225 to 94.45 loss at Little Falls last Tuesday with a 139.05 to 102.90 loss to Detroit Lakes Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Against Detroit Lakes, the Panthers hit season highs of 26.55 on balance beam, 24.55 on uneven parallel bars and 19.85 in floor exercise en route to posting their highest team score of the season. Jessi Andersen led the Panthers with an 8.40 in vault while Emily Klingenberg
Chris Albee said one of the advantages of having a complete 20-player roster would be the ability of the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to focus on special team's play. The Panthers relied on their special teams to defeat Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek 10-0 Thursday night and Princeton 6-1 Friday night. In the win over LPGE/WDC at Long Prairie Thursday night, the Panthers scored two power-play goals and scored three shorthanded goals en route to recording their first shutout of the season. Special teams played a key role in Friday night's
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team picked up its first Mid-State Conference win of the season, but couldn't pick up its first Section 8A victory after splitting games last week. Sam Coborn's three goals and three assists led the Panthers to a 7-1 conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek at Long Prairie Thursday night. On Saturday, the Panthers gave up four second-period goals in a 5-1 section loss to Lake of the Woods at Walker. The split left the Panthers with a 1-1 record in the conference, an 0-2 record against section teams and a 2-3 overall record. Cobor