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Two goals in the final 2:26 enabled Detroit Lakes to avenge a loss to the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team earlier in the season as the Lakers closed out Mid-State Conference play with a 4-2 win Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
Failing to close out close games resulted in a 14-game losing streak for the Park Rapids boys basketball team. The Panthers snapped that streak Tuesday night by holding off a late charge by East Grand Forks at the Area High School gym. A 9-2 run in the final 2:25 rallied East Grand Forks to a 58-58 tie before Payton Hill's free throw with :04 remaining gave the Panthers a 59-58 victory.
Olivia Lane and Corina Ruud notched double-doubles as Pequot Lakes defeated the Park Rapids girls basketball team 78-58 in a Mid-State Conference game Tuesday night at Pequot Lakes. Lane's 23 points and 10 rebounds and Ruud's 15 points and 10 rebounds led the Patriots, who improved to 5-2 in the conference and 16-6 overall. Karli Skog also hit double figures with 11 points as Pequot Lakes built a 40-29 halftime lead. Macky Warne's 16 points and Rilee Michaelson's 13 points led the Panthers, who fell to 1-7 in conference games and 9-12 overall.
Having three players score at least 16 points was the key as the Nevis boys basketball team snapped a couple of streaks with a 74-47 win at Verndale Tuesday night. Verndale entered this game between Section 5A teams with a six-game winning streak and an undefeated record at home this season. The Tigers ended both streaks by jumping out to a 37-23 halftime lead.
A 30-5 advantage in shots on goal in the first period set the tone as Warroad advanced to the Section 8A championship game with a 12-0 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Monday night at East Grand Forks. Warroad, the No. 1 seed in the section and the No. 5-rated team in Class A, used goals by Danika Huerd at the 4:40 mark, Madison Oelkers at the 5:38 and 7:01 marks, Grace Pederson at the 9:04 mark and McKenzie Oelkers at the 12:48 mark to claim a 5-0 lead after the first period.
Nevis outscored Blackduck 37-8 in the second half in running away with an 85-33 Northland Conference boys basketball victory Friday night.
Breaking the conference record in the 200-yard medley relay set the tone as the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team repeated as Mid-State Conference champions Friday night at Detroit Lakes. Park Rapids clocked nine winning times and added six runner-up showings in compiling 507 points. Detroit Lakes was second with 464 points while Perham took third with 185 points. "Detroit Lakes swam well, but we swam better," said Park Rapids head coach Todd Fritze. "I'm proud of the guys. They raced really well."
Noah Ross and Dacotah Mittag had double-doubles in leading Wadena-Deer Creek to a 65-50 Park Region Conference win over the Menahga boys basketball team Friday night at Wadena. Ross had 25 points and 11 rebounds while Mittag chipped in 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Wolverines improved to 6-5 in the conference and 10-9 overall. Jonathan Pantages also hit double figures with 11 points for W-DC, which led 29-28 at break before outscoring the Braves 36-22 in the second half.
Park Rapids received the No. 2 seed for Saturday's Section 8A team wrestling tournament at Thief River Falls' Ralph Engelstad Arena. The tournament begins Saturday morning at 11 with No. 7 Crookston (6-12 in dual meets) wrestling No. 10 Fertile-Beltrami (1-17) and No. 8 Red Lake County Central (2-11) wrestling No. 9 Mahnomen/Waubun (1-13).
Kittson Central scored twice in the third period to salvage a 2-2 tie with the Park Rapids-Menahga--Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team in a Section 8A game Saturday afternoon at Hallock. Bjorn Jorgenson opened the scoring at the 11:28 mark of the first period on an assist from Isaac Johnson and Mitch Peterson gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead with a goal at the 8:35 mark of the second period. Jimmy Hillukka and Nolan Pederson had assists on that goal.