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Double-doubles by Kia Heide and Katie Kamphaus powered the Nevis girls basketball team to a 68-25 Northwoods Conference win over Laporte Tuesday night at Laporte. The Tigers held an 18-13 halftime lead before outscoring Laporte 50-12 in the second half in coasting to the win. Heide finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds while Kamphaus had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Montana Baker also hit double figures with 13 points while Emma Bliss chipped in 12 rebounds and four steals.
Mariah Gardner and Madison Oelkers scored five goals apiece as Warroad coasted to a 15-0 Section 8A victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The Warriors finished with a 75-12 advantage in shots on goal in handing Park Rapids its third shutout of the season and fourth loss in a row.
Damon Howard made six 3-pointers and scored 31 points and Kirby Hrdlicka had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Menahga boys basketball team prevailed 72-66 in overtime over New York Mills in a Park Region Conference battle Friday night at Menahga. Charlie Steidler-Thompson dished out five assists and Alan Pietila had five rebounds for the Braves, who improved to 5-3 in the conference with their fourth win in a row. Menahga, which is 8-2 in the last 10 games, is now 9-7 overall.
Tristin Persons erupted for 27 points as the Park Rapids boys basketball team hit its season high point total of the season in a 76-71 loss at Pelican Rapids on Jan. 24. Persons made four 3-pointers and hit 11 of 12 free throws to lead the Panthers, who led 39-34 at the half before being outscored 42-32 after the break. Will Pickar added 13 points and Jason Haas scored 11 points and dished out eight assists. Jake Dickinson chipped in six rebounds and five assists as the Panthers fell to 2-6 against Section 8AA teams.
Lake of the Woods used a 46-10 advantage in shots on goal to hand the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team a 5-0 Section 8A loss Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Nathan Poolman's power-play goal at the 6;04 mark of the first period gave LOW a 1-0 lead. LOW dominated the second period, extending the lead to 3-0 with a 20-3 advantage in shots. Ryan Torgeson scored at the 10:30 mark and Luke Krause followed with a power-play goal at the 13:47 mark.
With some of her varsity squad battling injuries and illnesses, head coach Rebecca Penning was hoping the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team could score a 115 in the home finale Friday night. Not only did the Panthers reach that mark, they exceeded expectations with their highest team score of the season. Led by season highs in floor exercise and balance beam, the Panthers surpassed their previous season high of 117.95 in a 126.575 to 120.20 loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. The 120.20 was the Panthers' highest team score since receiving a 122.85 against Frazee in 2010.
Griffin Chase's 31 points, nine rebounds and two assists helped the Nevis boys basketball team remain undefeated in Northland Conference play with a 59-46 win over Cass Lake Thursday night at the Tiger Arena. Michael Landquist added 10 points and eight rebounds while Jack Landquist had 9 points and seven rebounds as the Tigers improved to 8-0 in the conference and 15-1 overall. Tom Wormley blocked four shots and Andrew Dudley had two assists for Nevis, which moved up to the No. 6 spot in this week's state Class A poll.
Four of Park Rapids' six rated wrestlers won titles as the Panthers finished third at Saturday's Heart O'Lakes/Mid-State Conference Tournament at Pelican Rapids. Ashton Clark won the title at 106 pounds, Jared Sunram took first at 152, Justin Dravis claimed the title at 160 and Jacob Bittmann captured the title at 220 as the Panthers compiled 190 points in this 12-team tournament. Perham won the conference title with 268 points while Frazee was second with 211 points. Staples-Motley was fourth with 125 points.
At the beginning of the season, head coach Todd Fritze thought the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team had a chance to go undefeated in dual meets. The main obstacle to fulfilling that quest was defeating Melrose/Sauk Centre. Led by a strong start, the Panthers cleared their main hurdle with a dramatic 94-92 victory over MSC Thursday night at the Area High School pool. "I knew coming in that we would have to work for it," said Fritze. "I told the guys that every race was going to count. We didn't have a bad swim all night."
Head coach Jeff Overmyer urged the Park Rapids girls basketball team to focus on the defensive end of the court during Thursday night's game against Nevis at the Area High School gym. The Panthers listened and dominated defensively in the early going by building a 33-4 lead in a 54-29 victory. A layup by Jaiden McCollum and a jumper by Kaisa Coborn gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead before a layup by Nevis' Madisyn Lucas made it 7-2 with 12:02 to play in the first half.