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Strong second halves led the Nevis boys basketball team to a pair of Section 5A victories. The Tigers outscored Menahga 16-4 down the stretch in a 59-44 win last Thursday night and used a 40-20 run in the second half to spark a 63-47 win over Bertha-Hewitt last Friday night. Griffin Chase (13), Gavin Becker (12), Michael Landquist (10) and Courtland Chase (9) led a balanced scoring attack in the win over Menahga.
Jen Stifter and Shelby Pihlaja combined for 33 points in leading the Menahga girls basketball team to a 47-42 win over Pine River-Backus Thursday night at Pine River.
Three quick 3-pointers by Aaron Hollcraft produced a 9-0 lead and set the tone as Crookston used a 49-23 lead at the half to coast to an 84-56 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Thursday night at Crookston. Hollcraft finished with 18 points while Ryan Porter (15), Seth Desrosier (11) and Jonathan Miller (10) also hit double figures for the Pirates, who improved to 4-0 against Section 8AA opponents and 8-0 overall this season.
Clutch shooting at the start and down the stretch gave the Park Rapids girls basketball team a 53-50 Mid-State Conference win at Detroit Lakes Friday night. Katie Klein hit a pair of 3-pointers as the Panthers jumped out to a 21-6 lead.
Dylan Weaver scored twice and the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team used a 43-20 advantage in shots for a 5-2 Mid-State Conference win over Northern Lakes Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Weaver opened up the scoring at the 5:48 mark of the first period on an assist from Matt DeLaHunt before Chase Brand’s shorthanded goal at the 10:22 mark gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead. Connor Kennedy assisted on that goal.
Seven winning efforts and five runner-up finishes led the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to a 101-80 victory over Bemidji Friday night at the Area High School pool. Casmir Simonson, Spencer Fritze, Tyler Breitweser and Hunter Utke opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:55.16. Matthew Benson (in 2:04.03), Bradley Graham (in 2:21.34) and Sam Eystad (in 2:25.15) went 2-3-4 in the 200 freestyle before Simonson clocked a runner-up 2:33.14 in the 200 individual medley.
Double-doubles by Courtland Chase and Gavin Becker sparked the Nevis boys basketball team to a 75-66 win over Staples-Motley Tuesday night at the Tiger Arena. Chase had 20 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four steals while Becker added 16 points, 10 steals, seven rebounds and six assists for the Tigers, who trailed 13-1 early and 35-32 at the half.
Pequot Lakes forced 33 turnovers and had 12 different players contribute in the scoring column in a 77-39 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at the Century School gym. Hunter Larson led a balanced scoring attack for the Patriots with 21 points.
Doug Larson and Chandler St. Michel led an efficient offense as Crookston skated to an 8-1 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Larson scored four goals and St. Michel had four assists as the Pirates scored eight times on only 22 shots. The Panthers finished with a 25-22 edge in shots. St.
Nolan Booge, Ben Baumgartner and Justin Dravis picked up wins in the Park Rapids wrestling team’s 61-14 loss to Perham Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Perham, which is rated No. 6 in this week’s state Class AA poll, used seven pins and two forfeits to improve to 9-0 in dual meets this season. After Perham jumped out to a 25-0 lead, Booge recorded a pin at the 3:54 mark in the 138-pound match.