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Scoring two empty-net goals in the final minute sealed a Mid-State Conference win Thursday night while allowing two goals in the final two minutes cost the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team a key Section 8A victory Saturday afternoon. Goals by Allie Bade and Jessica Gapinski in the final 46 seconds sealed the Panthers' 4-1 win at Pequot Lakes Thursday night. The Panthers followed by playing near-perfect hockey for 49 minutes Saturday afternoon. However, East Grand Forks scored twice in the final 1:59 to rally for a 3-2 victory at the Ted O.
Eleven pins and eight forfeits led the Park Rapids wrestling team to a pair of dual-meet victories Friday night at Oklee. The Panthers used six pins and three forfeits for a 58-21 win over Parkers Prairie before five pins and five forfeits led to a 60-21 victory over Red Lake County Central. Jared Sunram (at 106 pounds), Nolan Booge (at 113), Ben Baumgartner (at 120), Justin Dravis (at 138), Forrest Drury (at 170) and John Kyllonen (at 182) recorded pins for the Panthers against Parkers Prairie.
Poor offensive showings in the first half led to a pair of losses for the Park Rapids boys basketball team. The Panthers were held to 14 points in the first half in a 45-40 loss at Nevis Thursday night and scored only 18 points in the first half in a 63-51 Mid-State Conference loss to Staples-Motley at Staples Friday night. Park Rapids fell to 1-13 on the season. Free throws seal Nevis' win Taylor Chase and Gerald Beckerleg combined to hit 10 free throws down the stretch to preserve Nevis' win over the Panthers Thursday night. Two baskets by Chase gave Nevis a quick 9-2 lead before tw
Frank Moren's pair of goals and Levi Erickson's goal and two assists sparked the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 6-5 Mid-State Conference win over Prairie Centre Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The Panthers used a 24-16 edge in shots to build a 5-1 lead late in the second period before holding on for the win. Erickson assisted on Moren's first goal of the game at the 10:05 mark of the first period before Erickson's goal at the 15:59 mark gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
Jasmine McGillvray's 20 points led a balanced scoring attack as Staples-Motley posted a 100-31 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Thursday night at Staples. The win lifted the Cardinals, who are rated No. 2 in the latest state Class AA poll, to 6-0 in the conference and 12-2 overall. Katie Klein scored 10 points for the Panthers, who fell to 0-6 in the conference and 1-12 overall. PARK RAPIDS: Rittgers 2 0-0 4, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Grimes 2 0-0 4, Klein 4 2-4 10, Bateman 2 1-2 6, Booge 1 0-0 3, Ridlon 1 0-0 2, Hilmanowski 0 0-2 0.
Joey Bergquist's 56 saves helped Northern Lakes defeat the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team and gain a share of first place in the Mid-State Conference standings. The win lifted the Lightning to 3-1 in the conference standings to tie Detroit Lakes for the top spot. Northern Lakes edged the Panthers 3-2 earlier in the season.
Four forfeits in the final five matches rallied the Park Rapids wrestling team to a 45-35 Section 8AA victory over Crookston Tuesday night at the Century School gym. Jared Sunram and Nolan Booge opened the match with first-period pins as the Panthers claimed a quick 12-0 advantage. Ben Baumgartner's 10-8 minor decision over Cody Weiland at 126 pounds gave Park Rapids a 15-6 lead. Baumgartner used a first-period takedown and three takedowns in the second period to build an 8-4 advantage. After a nearfall by Weiland - who entered the match rated No.
Kalvin Hagan and Ryan McBrady accounted for Park Rapids' only wins in a 124-62 Mid-State Conference loss to the Detroit Lakes boys swimming and diving team Tuesday night. Hagan took first in diving with 174.15 points while McBrady clocked a 1:06.78 to lead the way in the 100-yard breaststroke. The Panthers finished second in all three relays. Connor Smythe, McBrady, Fred Stinar and Kurt Fritze clocked a 1:53.87 in the 200 medley relay. Sam Goebel, McBrady, Ben Kading and Zach Eystad clocked a 1:44.41 in the 200 freestyle relay.
Emily Klingenberg claimed the all-around title in leading the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team to the Bronze Division title at last Saturday's Moorhead Invitational. The Panthers took first in three of the four events en route to a 104.575 team score.
A 36-6 run to end the first half and a 32-6 run to open the second half sparked Perham to an 81-23 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Twelve different players scored for the Yellowjackets, the defending state Class AA champions who are rated No. 4 in this week's state poll.