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The Park Rapids wrestling team used a victory over Deer River to finish fourth at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational. Park Rapids opened with a 51-18 win over Deer River before dropping matches to Lisbon (51-24) and Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena (44-30) at the Century School gym. Lisbon won the team title in this six-team tournament with wins over Deer River (67-6) and Park Rapids in pool play and a 49-27 win over Hibbing in the title match.
Max Pajari and Dylan Huttunen won individual titles in leading United North Central to the team title at Saturday's Rodd Olson Invitational at Crookston. Tristan Palmer and Tanner Bacon also advanced to title matches as the Warriors topped the 10-team field with 185.50 points.
A runner-up showing in the 200-yard freestyle relay led the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to a third-place finish at Saturday's season-opening Fergus Falls Invitational. Connor Smythe, Kurt Fritze, Ben Kading and Jake Waggoner clocked a 1:39.68 in the 200 freestyle relay in leading the Panthers, who compiled 354.50 points in this six-team meet.
Kelly Pearson scored 21 points and Jasmine McGillivray hit four 3-pointers and added 16 points in leading Staples-Motley to an 88-36 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Friday night at Staples. Kaitlin Spar (11) and Grace Wolhowe (10) also hit double figures for the Cardinals, who led 52-18 at the half in improving to 3-0 in the conference and 4-2 overall. Katie Klein (8), Gabie Johnson (7), Megan Grimes (6), Charity Ridlon (5), Bria Wolff (4), Katelyn Hilmanowski (4) and Hope Johnson (2) provided the scoring for the Panthers.
Stetson Burkman's 16 points, 12 rebounds and four steals led the Menahga boys basketball team to a 65-60 Park Region Conference win at Sebeka Friday night. Tanner Schwartz added 21 points and seven rebounds, Austen Schwartz scored 12 points and had three assists, and Austin Rudquist (9) and Levi Schwartz (8) combined for 17 rebounds for the Braves, who improved to 2-0 on the season despite making only 1 of 19 3-pointers. Sebeka fell to 0-3. MENAHGA: T. Schwartz 6 8-12 21, Burkman 8 0-0 16, A. Schwartz 6 0-0 12, Rudquist 4 0-0 8, Junes 2 1-4 5, L.
Tarah Cleveland's 35 points weren't enough as the Menahga girls basketball team dropped a 66-60 Park Region Conference decision at Sebeka Friday night. Cleveland went 8 for 19 on 3-pointers while adding five steals and four assists. Shelby Pihlaja scored 16 points and dished out three assists while Jenny Skoog (7) and Hannah Allebach (6) combined for 13 rebounds. The loss dropped Menahga to 1-1 in conference play and 2-2 overall while Sebeka improved to 2-0 in the conference and 2-1 overall. MENAHGA: Cleveland 13 1-2 35, Pihlaja 6 3-3 16, S.
Crosby-Ironton used runs of 9-2, 11-0 and 10-0 to build a 42-13 halftime lead en route to a 66-28 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Chelsey Bonsante opened the game by hitting a 3-pointer and Meredith Silgen scored twice inside as the Rangers jumped out to a 9-2 lead.
Depth was a main reason for the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team's success last season. With even more numbers this season, Todd Fritze is hoping more depth will produce more success this year and in the future. Last season, a roster of 35 helped the Panthers go 4-2 in dual meets, finish fifth at the Section 5A True Team meet, earn runner-up honors at the Mid-State Conference meet, place eighth at the Section 3A meet and qualify five swimmers in four events for the state Class A meet. Of those 35 swimmers and divers, 28 scored points in a varsity meet last season.
Forfeits proved costly as the Park Rapids wrestling team opened the season with a pair of losses at Cass Lake Tuesday. United North Central took advantage of five forfeits to defeat the Panthers 58-10 in the first match while three forfeits helped Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena hold on for a 43-33 win over the Panthers in the final match. Forfeits lead Warriors to win Tanner Eischens' 12-1 major decision at 106 pounds and Nolan Booge's pin at 120 gave the Panthers an early 10-4 advantage before the Warriors won the final 11 matches. Eischens used takedowns and nearfalls in the first and third
Third-period goals by Jaimie Nielson and Kendra Johnson rallied Fargo North to a 2-1 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Ashley Thelen tipped in a rebound at the 5:20 mark of the first period to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Alex Pederson assisted on that goal. After a scoreless second period, the Spartans tied the game on Nielson's goal at the 12:57 mark before Johnson scored the game-winner at the 10:42 mark.