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Walker-Hackensack-Akeley closed the game with a 13-5 run to defeat the Park Rapids boys basketball team 53-45 Tuesday night at Walker. Tristin Persons and Hunter Jewison scored 12 points apiece for the Panthers, who suffered their 13th loss in a row. Jewison also had seven rebounds and three blocked shots while Jason Haas had three assists and three steals as Park Rapids fell to 3-18 on the season. The Wolves improved to 11-6.
Three inside baskets by Rilee Michaelson and a pair of 3-pointers by Macky Warne sparked a 14-3 run as the Park Rapids girls basketball team broke open a 50-50 tie in a 70-57 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Tuesday night at Walker.
Sebeka saw a 14-point lead dwindle before recovering for a 58-51 Park Region Conference boys basketball victory at Menahga Tuesday night. The Trojans led 39-25 with 12:40 to play before Menahga responded with a 17-4 run to cut the lead to 43-42 with 7:11 to go. Sebeka responded by closing out the game with a 9-2 run to pull off the win. A 3-pointer by Tristan Aho, a pair of inside baskets by Jonah Howard, and a layup by Kirby Hrdlicka gave Menahga a quick 11-5 lead with 14:17 remaining in the first half.
The Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team closed out the regular season with a 136.40-115.60 loss at Bemidji Tuesday night. Bemidji took first in all four events with scores of 34.45 in vault, 34.40 in floor exercise, 33.90 on uneven parallel bars and 32.65 on balance beam. The Panthers' best event was vault where Olivia Fischer's 8.45, Randi Nielsen's 8.35 and a pair of 7.95s by Erin Tooker and Abby Kirlin led to a 32.70. Lauren Berg took first with a 9.05.
A five-goal second period powered the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 6-0 win over Detroit Lakes in a Section 8A quarterfinal game Thursday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Alexa Kennedy scored 44 seconds into the game to give the No. 4-seeded Panthers a 1-0 lead. Park Rapids put the game away in the second period behind goals by Taylor Sagen at the 5:31 mark, Tara Johanning at the 8:25 mark, Lexi Hinkley-Smith at the 12:07 mark, Taylor Pingrey at the 12:55 mark and Sagen at the 15:44 mark.
A fast start and a balanced scoring attack sparked the Nevis boys basketball team to a 78-48 victory at Laporte in a Northland Conference game on Jan. 31. Griffin Chase's 23 points and four steals led the Tigers, who jumped out to a 46-13 halftime lead. Michael Landquist, Jack Landquist, Tom Wormley and Caden Kramer scored 10 points each while Andrew Dudley had six rebounds and four steals. Michael Landquist chipped in five assists and three steals, Jack Landquist had six rebounds, Kramer hauled down five rebounds and Zach Henry had two assists.
Todd Fritze can add an undefeated season to his list of accomplishments as head coach of the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team. The Panthers capped off their dual-meet season with a 101.50-82.50 win at Bemidji Thursday night. That gave Park Rapids a 7-0 record in dual meets and the first undefeated season in the history of the boys swimming program.
Austin Bacon claimed runner-up honors at 138 pounds as United North Central placed seventh at Saturday's Park Region Conference tournament at Bertha. Placing third for the Warriors were Ben Johnson at 126, Cade LaCoe at 152, Toby Hintzman at 160 and Brock Kako at 220. Also placing for UNC were Eion Ness (fifth at 120) and Jared Siebert (fifth at 285).
Bemidji scored goals in the closing seconds of the first and second periods to end the regular season with a 4-3 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
Megan Hendrickson led five players in double figures as the Menahga girls basketball team took over sole possession of first place in the Park Region Conference standings with a 75-66 win over New York Mills Tuesday night at Menahga. Hendrickson had a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds while adding four steals while Alyssa Peterson scored 15 points. Aimee Lake finished with 14 points and five assists, Lindsay Hendrickson had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Cierra Ahlf scored 12 points as the Braves improved to 8-2 in the conference and 15-4 overall.