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Park Rapids' Jared Storseth and Kevin Merfeld earned all-conference honors with winning performances at Friday night's Mid-State Conference boys swimming and diving meet at the Area High School pool. Storseth won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.48 seconds while Merfeld followed with a winning time of 5:36.19 in the 500 freestyle as the Panthers finished third with 379 points.
Alyssa Carlson's 3-pointer with 14 seconds to play in the second overtime lifted the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 74-70 victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Thursday night at the Area High School gym. The win snapped a 16-game losing streak for the Panthers in a game that saw eight ties and 19 lead changes. "The girls could have given up, but they haven't. They've been coming to practice and they've been working hard," said Park Rapids head coach John Schumacher, whose team improved to 2-16 on the season.
A three-goal third period lifted the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team to a 5-3 win at Detroit Lakes Thursday night and to the Mid-State Conference title. Both teams entered this game with 6-1 records in conference play. The Panthers were able to avenge a 5-4 overtime loss to Detroit Lakes on Dec. 15 by scoring three times in the final 4:14 of the game to win the conference title outright. Dan Ricke tied the game at 3-3 at the 12:46 mark before Sam Coborn scored the game-winner off the ensuing faceoff.
Runner-up efforts by Jared Storseth, Sam Goebel and Ryan McBrady led the Park Rapids boys swimming team to third place at last Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational. The 400-yard freestyle relay team also took second as the Panthers compiled 503.50 points to trail Perham's 577 and Detroit Lakes' 572.50 in this four-team meet. Storseth clocked a 2:25.88 to finish second in the 200 individual medley, Goebel clocked a 5:44.22 to finish second in the 500 freestyle and McBrady clocked a 1:11.14 to finish second in the 100 breaststroke to lead the Panthers.
Seth Heppner's goal with 1:49 to play in regulation gave Crookston a 2-2 tie with the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team in a Section 8A battle Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Tucker Coborn scored the game's first two goals to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead early in the second period.
Four Park Rapids gymnasts received all-conference honors as Park Rapids placed third at last Saturday's Mid-State Conference meet at the Area High School gym. Kyja Penning and Emily Klingenberg received all-conference honors while Kirsten Erickson and Jessi Andersen earned all-conference honorable mention honors for their performances during Mid-State meets this season. During Saturday's meet, the Panthers compiled 117.95 points to trail Perham's 152.175 points and Detroit Lakes' school record of 149.325 points. It was Perham's eighth conference title in a row.
Jared Nash captured the title at 171 pounds in leading the Park Rapids wrestling team to sixth place at last Saturday's Northwest Invitational at Fertile. Nash pinned Mahnomen-Waubun's Keith Warren and Thief River Falls' Craig Williams to reach the finals before defeating Roseau's Travis Pederson 14-5 in the championship match. Two other Park Rapids wrestlers advanced to the finals at their weight classes. Zach Steffen defeated Mahnomen-Waubun's August Short 16-7 and Roseau's Braden Stroot 7-6 to reach the title match at 140.
Park Rapids' Summer Ellefson qualified for her fourth straight state Nordic ski meet by winning the Section 8 title Wednesday at Camp Ripley. Ellefson led the 46-skier field with a pursuit time of 35 minutes, 37 seconds. The Park Rapids sophomore won the classic race with a time of 19:08 and followed with a winning time of 16:29 in the freestyle portion. Little Falls' Manon Gammon-Deering was second in 36:53 and Bemidji's Molly Manske was third in 36:59.
Paige Walters and Mandy Allman sparked a 14-0 run in the first half that sparked the Nevis girls basketball team to a 61-38 victory over Park Rapids Thursday night at the Tiger Arena. Both teams struggled offensively at the start as a 3-pointer by Park Rapids' Hannah Wolff and a jumper by Walters led to a 3-3 tie after the first five minutes. After a layup by Allman gave the Tigers a 5-3 lead with 12:07 remaining in the first half, a 3-pointer by Carson Lee Christenson and a jumper by Sophie Shogren gave the Panthers an 8-5 edge with 11:28 remaining. Nevis then went on a 14-0 run to clai
Wadena-Deer Creek was able to hold off a second-half comeback to defeat the Park Rapids boys basketball team 55-39 in a Mid-State Conference game Friday night at the Area High School gym. W-DC built a 28-14 at the half before the Panthers opened the second half with a 15-6 run to get back in the game. Paul Dirks hit a jumper, converted a three-point play on a layup and made two free throws a the Panthers trailed 30-21 with 12:00 to play.