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The Park Rapids boys basketball team outscored Sebeka 44-26 in the second half to rally for a 65-52 victory Thursday night at Sebeka. Jordan McCollum had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds and joined Riley Massie with five assists. Derek Porozinski added 16 points and eight rebounds while Adam Herberg (14) and Damion Hanke (11) also hit double figures to lead a balanced scoring attack.
Cole Coborn’s power-play goal at the 4:09 mark of the second overtime gave the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team a 3-2 win over Red Lake Falls in a Section 8A play-in game Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Red Lake Falls, the No. 9 seed in the section, built a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by Alex Erickson late in the first period and early in the second period. Kiefer Miller’s power-play goal at the 5:00 mark of the second period cut the gap to 2-1.
A late comeback fell short as the Park Rapids boys basketball team dropped a 64-56 decision to East Grand Forks Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. East Grand Forks held a 50-33 lead with 8:12 to play before the Panthers rallied in this battle of Section 8AA teams. Baskets by Damion Hanke, Nick Lopez, Jordan McCollum and Derek Porozinski gave the Panthers a 9-8 lead before a jumper by Hunter Jewison and a 3-pointer by McCollum produced a 15-12 lead with 7:17 to play in the first half.
Twelve players entered the scoring column as the Park Rapids girls basketball team coasted to an 82-39 win at Bagley Tuesday night. Katie Klein led the balanced scoring attack with 24 points while Gabie Johnson (13), Bria Wolff (12) and Jaiden McCollum (10) also hit double figures. The win lifted the Panthers to 6-5 against Section 8AA opponents and 14-8 overall. Bagley fell to 0-7 against section teams and 4-20 overall.
Griffin Chase scored 27 points and had five assists, five steals and four rebounds to lead the Nevis boys basketball team to a 77-62 win at Blackduck last Friday night and a share of the Northland Conference title.
Shelby Pihlaja led the Menahga girls basketball team with 17 points in a 55-42 Park Region Conference loss to Henning last Friday night. Jen Stifter added seven rebounds and six assists while Alyssa Peterson had three steals as the Braves fell to 3-8 in the conference and 9-12 overall. Henning improved to 6-5 in the conference and 12-11 overall.
Jordan McCollum joined an elite group when the Park Rapids boys basketball team defeated Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 71-70 last Tuesday at Walker. McCollum scored 15 points to become the sixth player in the history of the Park Rapids boys basketball program to surpass 1,000 career points.
After defeating United North Central to break the school record for wins in a season, the Park Rapids wrestling team was denied a trip to the Section 8A championship match with a semifinal loss to Badger/Greenbush-Middle River Saturday at Thief River Falls. Park Rapids, the No. 3 seed, defeated No. 6 United North Central 63-15 in the quarterfinals before being eliminated with a 48-25 loss to BGMR in the semifinals. No.
For the second year in a row, Detroit Lakes won the 400-yard freestyle relay to win the Mid-State Conference boys swimming and diving title. Last year, the Lakers led the field in the final event to edge Park Rapids 484-478. On Saturday at Detroit Lakes, the Lakers again took first in the 400 freestyle relay to repeat as conference champs with 507 points.
Derek Porozinski’s layup with :01 showing gave the Park Rapids boys basketball team a 58-56 Mid-State Conference victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Friday night at the Area High School gym. That victory prevented the Wolverines from picking up their first win of the season. Three-pointers by Remington Hagan and Jordan McCollum, layups by Nick Lopez and McCollum, and baskets off rebounds by Porozinski and Hunter Jewison gave the Panthers a 21-13 lead with 9:21 to play in the first half. Tanner Ho