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Tanner Schwartz scored 63 points as the Menahga boys basketball team posted Park Region Conference victories over Bertha-Hewitt and New York Mills. Schwartz had 35 points and 12 rebounds in leading the Braves to a 53-51 win over Bertha-Hewitt on Jan. 17 and followed with 28 points and 12 rebounds as Menahga defeated New York Mills 66-55 Tuesday night. The two wins lifted Menahga to 3-2 in the conference and 6-5 overall. Braves edge Bertha-Hewitt Austen Schwartz added 9 points and seven assists in the Braves' win over B-H. MENAHGA: T. Schwartz 12 8-10 35, A. Schwartz 3 3-5 9, L.
Four players scored in double figures as Crosby-Ironton took over first place in the Mid-State Conference boys basketball standings with a 67-46 win over Park Rapids Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Riley Jacobs (19), Will Goodwin (15), Daniel Hudrlik (15) and Caleb Baker (12) hit double digits to lead the Rangers, who led 33-19 at the half. C-I improved to 5-1 in the conference and 11-4 overall. Kyle Goplerud led the Panthers with 16 points while Rilee Johnson had 10 points.
Julia Renner, Abby Fischer and Hannah Williams scored goals as the Park Rapids-Men-ahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team defeated Northern Lakes 3-1 Thursday night at the Ted O.
A 21-4 run midway through the first half sparked the Park Rapids boys basketball team to a 71-57 victory over Warroad Saturday afternoon at the Area High School gym. Kruzer Lunos hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored Warroad's first 10 points as the Warriors claimed a 10-8 lead.
Hitting clutch free throws down the stretch led the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 53-51 win over Warroad Saturday afternoon at the Area High School gym. Warroad led 38-30 with 9:14 to play when the Panthers used 10 trips to the free throw line to rally for the win. A 3-pointer by Katie Klein started the comeback.
Four individual runner-up finishes and several season-best times led the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to runner-up honors at Saturday's Section 5A True Team meet at Bemidji. Alexandria captured the True Team title with 1,026 points while the Panthers followed with 823 points in this six-team meet. Zach Eystad clocked a runner-up 23.77 in the 50-yard freestyle, Jake Waggoner clocked a runner-up 5:17.59 in the 500 freestyle and Connor Smythe clocked a runner-up 59.59 in the 100 backstroke to pace the Panthers.
Frank Moren, Ian Johnson and Drew Bade scored two goals each as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team won back-to-back Mid-State Conference road games. Moren and Johnson scored twice in leading the Panthers to a 6-1 win over Northern Lakes Thursday night at Breezy Point while Bade scored twice to spark the Panthers to a 4-1 victory over Prairie Centre Friday night at Long Prairie. Park Rapids, which held a 79-42 advantage in shots on goal in the two games, improved to 5-1 in the conference and 8-5-2 overall.
Amy Klein took first in floor exercise to lead the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team in an 85.85 to 81.90 loss to Frazee Thursday night. This dual meet featured only three events as neither team competed on uneven parallel bars.
The combination of 11 pins and 12 forfeits helped the Park Rapids wrestling team win three dual meets Friday at Oklee. Park Rapids defeated Prairie Valley 48-30, Red Lake County Central 45-30 and Deer River 48-27 to improve to 7-9 in dual meets. Pins by Jared Sunram at 113 pounds, Nolan Booge at 126, Ben Baumgartner at 132, Justin Dravis at 138, Luke Weaver at 152 and John Kyllonen at 182 led the Panthers past Prairie Valley.
Winning four of the final five events sparked the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to a Mid-State Conference win over Detroit Lakes Tuesday night at the Area High School pool. A strong finish helped the Panthers break open a 55-55 tie en route to a 104-82 victory. Connor Smythe, Kalvin Hagan, Fred Stinar and Zach Eystad opened the meet with a runner-up time of 1:50.93 in the 200-yard medley relay as the Panthers faced an early 8-6 deficit. Jake Waggoner won the 200 freestyle in 1:57.54 while Ben Kading (in 2:07.44) and Bobby Bruce (in 2:12.20) went 3-4 as the Panthers claimed a