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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.
A third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle led the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to fifth place in the team standings at Saturday's Section 5A True Team meet at Alexandria. Sam Goebel, Connor Smythe, Jake Waggoner and Zach Eystad clocked a 1:37.98 in that relay to lead the Panthers, who tallied 803 points in this seven-team meet. Alexandria claimed the section title with 1,155 points while Detroit Lakes was second with 1,029 points. Goebel finished fourth in the 100 freestyle in 52.25 and finished fifth in the 50 freestyle in 23.85.
Ian Johnson's hat trick sparked the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hacken-sack-Akeley boys hockey team to an 8-1 Mid-State Conference victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night at Wadena. Cory Odland added two goals and two assists, Frank Moren had two goals and an assist, and Benson Ringle and Bailey Mueller had two assists each as the Panthers improved to 3-1 in Mid-State Conference play. A power-play goal by Jake Krause gave W-DC a 1-0 lead after the first period.
Pins by Cole Tretbar and Brandon Ritter in the final two matches rallied the Park Rapids wrestling team to a 41-38 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis in the final match of a triangular meet at the Century School gym Thursday night. Frazee used five forfeits in the first six matches to open the triangular with a 51-18 victory over Park Rapids.
A pair of long losing streaks ended when the Park Rapids boys basketball team defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 62-57 Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. The win snapped a 34-game losing streak in Mid-State Conference games and a 29-game losing streak. The last time the Panthers defeated a conference rival was with a 64-45 win over W-DC back in March of 2008. "This win feels great," said Park Rapids head coach Matt Brandt. "The kids executed our game plan. They played hard and played with intensity.
Early in the first period Tuesday night, it appeared like Thief River Falls was going to skate to an easy win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hacken-sack-Akeley boys hockey team. Logan Engelstad scored just 59 seconds into the game and Park Rapids' leading scorer Sam Coborn had to leave the game after slamming into the boards. The Panthers weren't fazed by that injury as Frank Moren scored at the 8:35 mark to tie the game.