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Even though Detroit Lakes had defeated the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team twice during the regular season, head coach Erik Myhre was confident his team could avenge those losses in the opening round of the Section 8A playoffs. Led by three power-play goals, the Panthers defeated Detroit Lakes when it counted by overcoming a 3-0 deficit for a 5-4 quarterfinal victory Thursday night at the Kent Freeman Arena.
James Sanchez was pleasantly surprised following the regular-season finale of the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team. The Panthers' head coach was hoping his team could fulfill its season goal of surpassing 120 points in the final dual meet. Led by season highs in three events, Park Rapids accomplished that goal in a 142.35-121.85 loss to Bemidji Thursday night at the Area High School gym.
Megan Hendrickson's 23 points, 12 rebounds and six steals helped the Menahga girls basketball team lock up the Park Region Conference title with a 67-33 win over Pillager Monday night at Menahga.
Marcus Benson, Spencer Fritze, Zach Behrens and Matthew Benson broke the pool and meet record in the 200-yard medley relay as the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team won the title at the Last Chance Invitational Feb. 3 at the Area High School pool. That foursome clocked a 1:44.25 to break the pool and meet record of 1:45.12 set by Melrose/Sauk Centre last season. That was one of seven winning efforts by the Panthers, who compiled 743 points in this three-team meet.
Paige Ziegler hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half in leading Frazee to a 61-58 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Feb. 1 at Frazee.
Brendan Kruchowski stopped all 16 shots he faced and Wyatt Halvorson recorded a hat trick as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team skated to a 7-0 Section 8A win over Red Lake Falls Monday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The Panthers finished with a 29-16 advantage in shots in recording their second shutout of the season in their regular-season home finale.
A 12-5 run to open the second half gave the Park Rapids boys basketball team the lead for good in a 61-51 Section 8AA victory over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Monday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers jumped out to an early 18-11 lead behind a pair of 3-pointers by Gabe Bagstad, three baskets by Jason Haas and a pair of jumpers by Jake Reish.
As expected, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team received the No. 5 seed and will open the Section 8A playoffs at No. 4 Detroit Lakes Thursday night (Feb. 8) at 7 p.m.
Three players scored in double figures in leading the Nevis girls basketball team to a 67-23 Northwoods Conference victory over Laporte at the Tiger Arena on Jan. 30. Kali Oelschlager led the Tigers with 15 points and seven rebounds while Katie Kamphaus had 14 points and six rebounds. Madison Neyens also hit double figures with 10 points for Nevis, which led 36-14 at the half.
A 22-4 run late in the first half and a 25-5 run to end the game powered the undefeated Menahga girls basketball team to a 70-33 Park Region Conference victory over Verndale Friday night at Menahga. A pair of jumpers and a 3-pointer Cierra Ahlf and a layup by Alyssa Peterson were offset by two inside baskets by Verndale's Melissa Hammer and a pair of baskets by Morgan Glenz as the game was tied at 10-10 with 11:15 to play in the first half.