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Led by a season-high 62 shots on goal, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team snapped a six-game winless streak with a decisive 9-1 Section 8A victory at Red Lake Falls Saturday afternoon. The Panthers set the tone for the game in the first period by firing 31 shots on net while holding Red Lake Falls to only three shots.
Megan Hendrickson's double-double helped the Menahga girls basketball team expand its lead in the Park Region Conference standings with a 67-27 win over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night at Wadena. Hendrickson had 23 points and 14 rebounds to go along with five steals while Alyssa Peterson added 22 points for the Braves, who coasted to the win despite making only 4 of 26 3-point attempts. Cierra Ahlf chipped in 13 points and four assists while Martha Peterson had three assists for Menahga.
Rilee Michaelson's 22 points, 13 rebounds and four steals led the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 72-52 Mid-State Conference win over Staples-Motley Friday night at Staples. Michaelson scored 16 points in the first half as the Panthers claimed a 41-27 lead. That offset 14 points by Staples-Motley's Claire Wolhowe. Kaisa Coborn hit three 3-pointers and Paige Johnson contributed three baskets for Park Rapids in the first half.
Only four players entered the scoring column, but that's all the Park Rapids boys basketball team needed in a 59-55 Mid-State Conference win over Staples-Motley at Staples Thursday night. The Panthers trailed 32-28 at the half before outscoring Staples-Motley 31-23 in the second half to pull off the win.
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team was in both games in the first meetings against International Falls and Eveleth-Gilbert. The rematches didn't go as well. International Falls defeated the Panthers 6-2 on Nov. 21 while Eveleth-Gilbert posted a 4-1 victory over the Panthers on Dec. 9. In the rematches, International Falls skated to a 10-0 victory Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena while Eveleth-Gilbert jumped out to a 3-0 lead in a 6-2 victory Saturday afternoon at Hoyt Lakes.
Todd Fritze had the opportunity to put some swimmers in different events for Thursday night's dual meet against Perham/New York Mills. The head coach of the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team discovered some important things during the Panthers' 105-57 Mid-State Conference win.
Katie Kamphaus' double-double provided the main highlight for the Nevis girls basketball team in a 70-26 Northwoods Conference loss to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at Walker Tuesday night. Kamphaus scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who trailed 48-16 at the half. Ava Isaacson had six rebounds, Kali Oelschlager had four steals and Kia Heide dished out three assists for Nevis, which turned the ball over 39 times. Kamphaus made 8 of 11 field goals while the rest of team went 2 for 31, including missing all eight 3-point attempts.
Dylen Spain-Brist and Jack Landquist hit key 3-pointers in the second half that helped the Nevis boys basketball team rally for a 58-54 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley in a Northland Conference game Tuesday night at Walker. Michael Landquist recorded a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four assists while Tom Wormley chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds. Luke DeWulf scored 8 points and had two assists and two steals while Zach Henry also had two assists and two steals.
The boys hockey game between Park Rapids and Crookston scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 11 at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena has been postponed because of the weather. That game between Section 8A rivals will be rescheduled for a later date.
Shooting was the difference as Perham took control in the second half in a 64-24 Section 8AA win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at Perham. Josh Jeziorski's 12 points and 10 rebounds, Carter Cresap's 12 points and Jenson Beachy's 11 points led Perham, which made 24 of 44 field goals (including 10 of 23 3-pointers). The Yellowjackets led 24-14 at the half before outscoring Park Rapids 40-10 in the second half.