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As expected, the winning tradition continued for the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team this season. It was another successful season as the Panthers went 7-1 in dual meets,...
Park Rapids is looking to avenge a pair of regular-season losses to Pequot Lakes when the Section 8AA boys basketball tournament begins Thursday night. The Panthers, who ended the regular season with an 8-17 record and received the No. 5 seed in the North for the section tournament, will open the playoffs at No. 4 Pequot Lakes Thursday night at 7. Pequot Lakes enters the playoffs with an 11-15 record, including wins of 59-51 and 69-59 over the Panthers during the regular season. The winner of that game will play No.
It was a quick exit from the section playoffs for the Park Rapids, Menahga and Nevis girls basketball teams. Park Rapids, the No. 6 seed in the North half, was eliminated from the Section 8AA playoffs with a 62-47 loss to No. 3 Crosby-Ironton Thursday night at Crosby. Browerville, the No. 5 seed in the West half of Section 5A, upset No. 4 Menahga 45-34 in the first round of the playoffs Thursday night at Menahga. Nevis, the No. 6 seed in the West half of Section 5A, was eliminated with a 70-42 loss to No.
Nevis' Collin Huckbody and United North Central's Taylor Carlson brought home medals from the state Class A wrestling tournament. Huckbody, who was rated No. 1 at 182 pounds entering the state tournament, finished sixth while Carlson, who was rated No. 2 at 220 pounds, finished fifth during Saturday's finals at the Xcel Energy Center in St.
Park Rapids' Connor Smythe and Jake Waggoner completed their quest by placing at Saturday's state Class A boys swimming meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Smythe capped off his junior season by finishing eighth in the 100-yard backstroke in 57.26 to earn all-state honors while Waggoner capped off his senior season by placing 14th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.26 and 13th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:05.54.
Clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch sparked a 26-12 run as the Park Rapids boys basketball team rallied for a 70-61 win at Menahga Tuesday night. The Panthers trailed 49-44 with 7:47 to play before a 9-2 run provided a 53-51 lead with 2:55 to play.
Katie Klein and Charity Ridlon hit two free throws apiece in the final 18 seconds as the Park Rapids girls basketball team held off a late rally by Northland for a 68-64 victory Monday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers led 64-52 with 3:51 to play before Northland went on a 10-0 run to slice the gap to 64-62 with 34 seconds left.
United North Central's Jake Malone, Max Pajari and Taylor Carlson and Nevis' Collin Huckbody qualified for the state Class A wrestling tournament at last Saturday's Section 8A meet at Glyndon. Malone won the section title at 126 pounds, Pajari was the runner-up at 138 pounds, Huckbody won the title at 182 pounds and Carlson claimed the title at 220 pounds. Malone, the No.
Park Rapids' Jake Waggoner, Zach Eystad, Connor Smythe and Ben Kading entered last Saturday's finals of the Section 5A boys swimming meet at Bemidji confident of securing trips to the state Class A meet. All four were in perfect position to earn state berths after solid performances during last Friday's preliminaries. All four delivered in the finals by breaking three school records and qualifying for state in five events. Waggoner qualified in two individual events by placing fourth in the 200-yard freestyle and second in the 500-yard freestyle.
The Menahga boys basketball team locked up third place in the Park Region Conference standings with a 75-68 win over New York Mills last Friday night. Tanner Schwartz's 31 points, five assists and four steals led the Braves. Levi Schwartz posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Austin Rudquist had 10 points and seven rebounds. Stetson Burkman hauled down nine rebounds and Austen Schwartz had five assists as Menahga ended conference play with an 8-4 record. New York Mills fell to 1-10 in the conference and 4-17 overall. MENAHGA: T. Schwartz 11 7-10 31, L.