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Detroit Lakes used a 15-3 run midway through the second half to spark a 61-41 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Friday night at Detroit Lakes. The Lakers jumped out to a 10-4 lead before jumpers by Ashley Domino, Carson Lee Christenson, Sophie Shogren and Hannah Wolff tied the game at 12-12 with 7:05 to play in the first half. After two free throws by Wolff and a layup by Domino tied the game at 16-16 with 5:16 remaining, Detroit Lakes went on an 11-4 run to take a 27-20 lead into the break.
Ryan O'Mara recorded back-to-back shutouts as the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 6-0 Thursday night at Wadena and Red Lake Falls 4-0 Saturday afternoon at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. O'Mara needed to make only seven saves as the Panthers held a 51-7 edge in shots in the win over W-DC.
Ben Baumgartner, Laine Jensen and Kenny Weaver had two pins each as the Park Rapids wrestling team defeated Crosby-Ironton and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis in a triangular meet Thursday night at the Century School gym. The Panthers used five pins and three forfeits to defeat Crosby-Ironton 51-23 in the first match and used six pins and two forfeits to defeat WHAN 55-19 in the second match. C-I defeated WHAN 42-33 in the other match. The Panthers carried a 7-8 record in dual meets into Tuesday night's Section 8A match against Crookston.
Scott Kramer credits Nolan Toft for helping to rebuild the Nevis boys basketball program. Over the last three years, the Tigers have shown steady improvement, going from a 7-20 record in 2006-07 to a 13-15 record in 2007-09 to a 14-12 record last season. So far this season, the Tigers are 9-2 with losses to Red Lake and Sebeka. Red Lake is 8-3 while Sebeka has a 10-1 record following Saturday night's 62-48 win over the Tigers. Not only has Toft helped turn the Tigers' fortunes around, he became Nevis' all-time leading scorer at Sebeka Saturday night.
Jessica Gapinski scored five goals in leading the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 6-3 win over Babbitt-Embarrass Tuesday night. Tucker Coborn's hat trick and Jared Naeve's four assists led the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team to a 6-4 win over Northern Lakes Tuesday night at the Ted O.
The Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team recorded back-to-back shutouts to improve to 12-5-1 on the season. The Panthers held a 51-7 advantage in shots on goal in a 6-0 win at Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night. Tucker Coborn had two goals and two assists to lead the way.
Nolan Toft reached a major scoring milestone and approached another one as the Nevis boys basketball team defeated Royalton and lost to Red Lake. Toft scored 8 points as the Tigers defeated Royalton 57-36 last Friday night. That gave the Nevis senior 2,002 career points. During Tuesday night's game against Red Lake, Toft scored 21 points to push his career total to 2,023. That is 10 points away from tying Gretta Hjelseth's school record of 2,033 points. Despite Toft's 21 points, 11 rebounds and five steals, the Tigers fell short as Red Lake prevailed 88-72 at the Tiger Arena.
Twelve different players contributed in the scoring column as Pequot Lakes posted a 72-35 Mid-State Conference boys basketball victory over Park Rapids Tuesday night at Pequot Lakes. Kurtis Moody, Thomas Parker and Michael Ward hit three baskets each as the Patriots led 32-14 at the half. Paul Dirks, Dillon Theis, Christian Ridlon and Kyle Goplerud had a field goal each for the Panthers in the first half. Four inside baskets by Ward and a pair of 3-pointers by Michael Goerges led Pequot Lakes in the second half.
A three-goal third period led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 6-3 win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday night at Wadena. The Blue Devils held a 3-2 lead in the second period before Park Rapids scored the game's final four goals. Goals by Hannah Williams and Leeza Tostenson gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead after the first period. Heather Brostrom assisted on Williams' game-tying goal at the 9:13 mark before Danika Aletto set up Tostenson for the go-ahead goal with 1:04 remaining in the period.
One of the strengths of the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team this season has been the ability to score on the power play. The Panthers, who have scored 27 goals on 81 power-play opportunities, didn't produce with a man advantage Tuesday night. Thief River Falls, which is rated No. 7 in the latest state Class A poll, allowed only one power-play goal in six situations to spark a 5-1 win over the Panthers at the Ted O.