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A pair of home losses to Section 8A rivals prevented the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team from earning a home game for the playoffs. The Panthers ended the regular season with a 3-1 loss to Thief River Falls Thursday night and a 5-1 loss to East Grand Forks Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Park Rapids, which ended the regular season with a 9-14-2 record, received the No. 5 seed for the Section 8A playoffs and will play at No. 4 Thief River Falls (10-13-1) Thursday night at 7. The winner of that game plays at No.
Sam Coborn's two goals, Tucker Coborn's goal and assist, and Kyle Kanten's two assists led the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team to a 4-2 win at Red Lake Falls in a Section 8A game Thursday night. Kanten set up Sam Coborn at the 9:02 mark of the first period to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. A power-play goal by David Johnston helped Red Lake Falls tie the game after the first period. Dan Ricke's power-play goal a minute into the second period put Park Rapids back in front. Tucker Coborn and Kevin McMorrow assisted on that goal. Sam Coborn scored the game winner with 4:24 to play.
Winning times by Sam Goebel, Ryan McBrady, the 200-yard medley and the 200 freestyle relay teams led the Park Rapids boys swimming team in a dual meet at Bemidji Thursday night. Goebel played a role in three of the Panthers' winning times by taking first in the 200 individual medley in 2:33.11 and swimming on both winning relay teams. Connor Smythe, Ryan McBrady and Jared Storseth joined Goebel with a 1:55.88 in the 200 medley relay while Storseth, Ben Kading and Kevin Merfeld joined Goebel for a 1:45.35 in the 200 freestyle relay.
Rachel Bell and Katie Jensen went 1-2 in all-around in leading Bemidji to a 131.50 to 118.10 victory over the Park Rapids gymnastics team Thursday night at Bemidji. Bell took first on uneven parallel bars and floor exercise for a 33.70 all-around score while Jensen led the way in vault en route to a 32.75 all-around score to lead Bemidji. Kyja Penning was second on bars with an 8.00 and floor with a 7.85 and tied for runner-up honors on balance beam with an 8.50 to finish third in all-around with a 32.30. Emily Klingenberg used an 8.25 in vault, an 8.05 on beam and a 7.10 on bars to plac
Park Rapids' Summer Ellefson qualified for her fourth straight state Nordic ski meet by winning the Section 8 title last 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. The state meet will be held Thursday at Giants Ridge. In other Park Rapids varsity sports action over the weekend: The Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team received the No.
Kyja Penning won the all-around title for the second meet in a row, but it wasn't enough to lead the Park Rapids gymnastics team past Long Prairie-Grey Eagle last Friday night. Penning took first in all four events en route to a 32.55 all-around score in leading the Panthers in a 118.625 to 116.70 loss. Penning's 8.50, Jessi Andersen's 8.25, Emily Klingenberg's 8.15 and Cassie Baxter's 7.975 led to a 32.875 team score in vault. The Panthers received a 28.425 in floor exercise behind Penning's 7.90, Klingenberg's 7.325, Andersen's 7.00 and Kirsten Erickson's 6.20. On balance beam, Penni
Abby Fischer hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points in leading Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton to a 73-47 victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Monday night at the Area High School gym. Fischer and Kim Brinkman hit 3-pointers as the Rebels jumped out to a 17-6 lead. The Panthers responded with a 9-3 run as a 3-pointer by Hannah Wolff, two free throws by Sophie Shogren, a layup by Anna Grimes and two free throws by Alyssa Carlson closed the deficit to 20-15 with 6:25 to play in the first half. Three-pointers by Brinkman and Morgan Mathison pushed D-G-F's lead to 33-18 at the 3:03 m
When opponents play the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team, their main focus is to contain senior center Tucker Coborn, senior defenseman Kevin McMorrow and sophomore center Sam Coborn. Keeping that trio from putting the puck in the net has proven to be nearly impossible. The Coborns and McMorrow joined an elite group of Park Rapids hockey players this season by surpassing 100 career points. Tucker Coborn became the eighth player in the history of the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey program to reach 100 points with a goal against Detroit Lakes back on Dec.
Alex Lyon's 44 saves led Lake of the Woods to a 2-1 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Wade Holen's power-play goal in the first period and goal in the second period gave LOW a 2-0 lead. Dan Ricke and Jared Naeve assisted on a goal by Levi Erickson early in the third period as the Panthers closed the gap to 2-1.
A late rally fell short as West Central Area hung on for a 38-35 victory over the Park Rapids wrestling team Tuesday night at Barrett. Ben Baumgartner opened the meet with a pin in 2:51 at 103 pounds and Dylan Holmer followed with a pin in 1:34 at 125 to give the Panthers a 12-9 lead. The Knights then won the next six matches to build an insurmountable 38-12 advantage. Park Rapids ended the match with four victories. Jared Nash dominated in a 16-1 technical fall win at 171 and Brandon Ritter recorded a pin in 1:21 at 215.