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Kari Skersick scored 25 points to lead a balanced attack and offset a career-high 26-point effort from Park Rapids' Charity Ridlon as Bagley defeated the Panthers 70-54 in a battle of Section 8AA girls basketball teams Tuesday night at Bagley. Jaysha Pemberton added 16 points for the Flyers, who had nine different players score. Bagley, which overcame a 16-point deficit to claim a 33-29 halftime lead, improved to 11-9 on the season. Ridlon was the only Park Rapids player to hit double figures.
Taylor Chase's triple-double led the way as the Nevis boys basketball team picked up a pair of Northland Conference victories. Chase scored 29 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had six assists in leading the Tigers to a 77-54 win over Laporte last Friday night. Gavin Becker, Griffin Chase and Jake Keranen scored 10 points each while Keranen and Becker had six rebounds apiece.
Arielle Pihlaja's 3-pointer forced a second overtime and Tarah Cleveland scored 8 points in the second overtime to lead the Menahga girls basketball team to a 71-64 Park Region Conference win over Sebeka last Friday night. A free throw by Shannon Skoog with 33 seconds to play tied the game at 53-53 after regulation play and Pihlaja hit two 3-pointers as the game was tied at 60-60 after the first overtime. A 3-pointer and five free throws by Cleveland in the second overtime led the Braves to the win. Cleveland finished with 25 points while Pihlaja added 21 points.
Home wins over Pine River-Backus, Sebeka and Wadena-Deer Creek moved the Menahga boys basketball team four games over the .500 mark. The Braves extended their winning streak to four games in a row and improved to 10-6 on the season with a 65-49 win over PR-B on Jan.
Amy Klein finished fourth in all-around as the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team dropped a dual meet to Bemidji Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Bemidji claimed the top four spots in all four events en route to a 128.60 to 94.70 victory. Bemidji also defeated the Panthers 132.25 to 92.475 earlier in the season. Klein and Taylor Drury had 7.90s in vault to lead the Panthers to a 30.85 team score in that event. Nikki Eischens added a 7.60 while Kayla Johnk and Lindsey Girtz had 7.45s.
Charity Ridlon hit four free throws down the stretch to put the finishing touches on Park Rapids' 51-45 victory over the Nevis girls basketball team Thursday night at the Century School gym. "The win over Nevis was a great success for my team. This season the one word I keep repeating to the girls is to 'believe.' They need to believe in their abilities, believe that their hard work will pay off, and believe and trust in each other," said Park Rapids head coach Tina Ridlon.
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team closed out the regular season with four losses and will open the Section 8A playoffs as the No. 5 seed. The Panthers, who ended the regular season with a 6-0 loss at Thief River Falls Thursday night and a 4-0 loss at International Falls Saturday night, will open tournament play at No. 4 Crookston Thursday night at 7. Park Rapids has a 13-12 record while Crookston, which is rated No. 13 in the state Class A poll, is 12-11. The Pirates defeated Park Rapids by scores of 4-2 and 2-0 during the regular season.
Connor Smythe broke a meet record in the 100-yard backstroke and Jake Waggoner led the field in the 200-yard freestyle as the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team claimed the title at Saturday's Park Rapids Last Chance Invitational. Smythe clocked a time of 58.87 to win the 100 backstroke and Waggoner clocked a 1:57.91 to win the 200 freestyle to account for the Panthers' two winning performances. However, Park Rapids relied on depth as the top-16 finishers scored points.
It took Connor Kennedy's goal with 2:09 to play to give the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team a 1-0 win over Red Lake Falls Thursday at the Ted O.
Jordan Redmond scored 20 points and Brett Peterson hit six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points to lead Pequot Lakes to a 69-59 Mid-State Conference boys basketball victory over Park Rapids Friday night at Pequot Lakes. Tyler Tappe added 11 points for the Patriots, who led 40-23 at the half. Pequot Lakes improved to 5-3 in the conference and 7-9 overall. Tyler McCollum scored a game-high 22 points and Jordan McCollum added 12 points to lead the Panthers. Kyle Goplerud had seven rebounds as Park Rapids fell to 1-7 in the conference and 6-12 overall. PARK RAPIDS: Long 1 0-0 3, T.