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The Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team won four events in Tuesday night's 110-76 loss to Sauk Centre/Melrose at the Area High School pool. Jake Waggoner clocked a 2:01.46 to win the 200-yard freestyle, Zach Eystad led the field in the 50 freestyle with a winning time of 23.00, Kalvin Hagan led a 1-2-3 sweep in diving with 220.60 points and Connor Smythe took first in the 100 backstroke with a 1:00.22. Adding runner-up finishes for the Panthers were Fred Stinar in diving (146.20 points) and the 100 butterfly (1:09.07), Eystad in the 100 freestyle (53.51), and Waggoner in the 500 free
Ben Baumgartner recorded his 100th career victory as the Park Rapids wrestling team dropped a dual meet to New York Mills Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Baumgartner's 13-6 minor decision at 138 pounds was one of the Panthers' four victories in a 54-15 loss. Baumgartner used a first-period takedown to claim a 2-0 lead before an escape and five takedowns in the third period sealed the win. Baumgartner is rated No.
Alex Pederson's hat trick and assist led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 5-1 win over Detroit Lakes Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Pederson's power-play goal at the 5:54 mark of the first period gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
Vanessa Lane handled the scoring load in the first half and Kayla Miller took over offensively in the second half as Pequot Lakes posted an 82-34 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Tuesday night at the Century School gym. Lane scored 19 of her 23 points in the first half while Miller scored 20 of her game-high 26 points in the second half as the Patriots improved to 2-0 in the conference and 5-1 overall.
Zack Nelson just missed a triple-double in leading Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton to a 69-54 victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at Glyndon. Nelson had 15 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Rebels, who led 35-23 at the half. Thirteen different players scored as D-G-F improved to 1-1 on the season. Tyler McCollum led the Panthers with 13 points while Kyle Goplerud and Andy Waller chipped in 11 points each. Goplerud, Waller and Rilee Johnson led the way with seven rebounds apiece.
Taylor Chase's 27 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals sparked the Nevis boys basketball team to a 71-61 Northland Conference win at Cass Lake last Thursday night. Jake Keranen added 14 points, 10 rebounds and four steals while Gavin Becker had 11 points, nine rebounds and three steals. "This was a good win for us on the road," said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer, whose team improved to 3-0. "Cass Lake lost a number of players from last year's team, but I thought we did a nice job of controlling the game.
A balanced scoring attack led the Nevis girls basketball team to a 69-38 Northwoods Conference victory over Blackduck Tuesday night at the Tiger Arena. Megan Norby scored 19 points and had seven rebounds, five steals and four assists while Mattie Hjelseth added 12 points and six rebounds for the Tigers, who led 39-18 at the half.
Amy Klein finished sixth in all-around in leading the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team in last Friday's dual meet at Bemidji. Bemidji won the dual by a 132.25 to 92.475 margin. The Panthers received a 30.50 in vault behind Kayla Johnk's 7.90, Taylor Drury's 7.70, Klein's 7.65 and Lindsey Girtz's 7.25. Klein's 7.10, Drury's 6.80, Johnk's 6.60 and Girtz's 4.325 led to a 24.825 team score in floor exercise. On balance beam, Klein's 5.80, Girtz's 5.05, Nikki Eischens' 4.30 and Talya Smith's 3.90 led to a 19.05. Drury's 6.05, Klein's 4.60, Kylee Roy's 3.80 and Johnk's 3.65 led to an 18.1
Luke Jaeger scored the only goal for the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in a 5-1 loss at Detroit Lakes Tuesday night. A power-play goal by Kyle Hermann and a goal by Ryan Deconcini gave the Lakers a 2-0 lead after the first period. Connor Kennedy and Drew Bade assisted on Jaeger's goal at the 9:11 mark of the second period as the Panthers cut the deficit to 2-1. Park Rapids held a 15-7 advantage in shots in that period. Deconcini completed his hat trick with a pair of goals in the third period to seal the win in this battle of Section 8A rivals.
Matt Brandt said the Park Rapids boys basketball team would rely on quickness to dominate games this season. Bagley became the first victim on that list. The Panthers used a 14-2 run to start the second half to expand a 43-34 lead to 57-36 en route to an 86-51 victory Saturday at the Area High School gym. The 86 points were the most for the Panthers since an 88-63 win over Wadena-Deer Creek in February of 2007 and the 35-point win was the biggest margin of victory since a 100-41 win over Pine River-Backus in January of 2007. "The kids executed tremendously," said Brandt.