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Last season, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis gymnastics team went 2-8 in dual meets, finished third at the Mid-State Conference meet and placed fifth at the Section 8A meet. Duplicating those results would be considered a successful season for the Panthers this winter. The Panthers surpassed 120 points only once last season and ended with an average team score of 116.19.
After qualifying for the state Class A tournament for the first time in school history last season, the Nevis volleyball team was looking to return to state this fall. A close loss to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the Section 5A championship match prevented the Tigers from accomplishing that goal. That was about the only goal the Tigers didn't achieve this season. Nevis posted its best winning percentage in school history by going 29-3-2.
Chelsey Bonsante hit three straight baskets to spark an 18-0 run late in the first half that sparked Crosby-Ironton to a 64-30 Mid-State Conference girls basketball victory at Park Rapids Tuesday night. C-I jumped out to a 17-5 lead with 12:03 to play in the first half before a three-point play by Olivia Vaadeland, a layup off a steal by Grace Bateman, a jumper by Ashley Domino, and layups by Carson Lee Christenson and Lydia Lutz pulled the Panthers to within 23-16 at the 5:59 mark. Bonsante then hit a jumper, a 3-pointer and a layup to spark the game-opening 18-0 run.
Pins and forfeit wins in the upper weights enabled the Park Rapids wrestling team to open the season with a pair of dual victories at Menahga Tuesday night. In the first match, the Panthers trailed 27-24 before three pins and a forfeit win led to a 48-33 victory over Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena. Park Rapids faced a 36-18 deficit in the second match before a pin and three forfeit wins led to a 45-36 victory over United North Central. Against BCLB, Ben Baumgartner's first-period pin at 112 pounds, Laine Jensen's third-period pin at 119, Luke Hartig's first-period pin at 130 and Zachary Steffe
Sam Coborn and Kyle Kanten scored two goals each and combined for four assists to rally the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 6-4 win against Greenway at Coleraine Tuesday night. Greenway jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period before goals by Ian Johnson and Coborn made it 3-2 entering the final period. Johnson scored at the 8:06 mark while Coborn scored with 28 seconds remaining in the second period.
One thing Todd Fritze has been battling recently is a lack of depth on the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team. That shouldn't be a problem for the next few years. Last season, the Panthers had only 17 swimmers on the varsity rosters. Of those 17, seven competed on varsity for the first time. This year, the Panthers return 16 of those swimmers. Only Jared Storseth (who finished second on the team with 171.50 points) graduated.
Staples-Motley jumped out to a 13-0 lead and pushed the advantage to 44-14 at the half en route to a 69-26 Mid-State Conference girls basketball victory over Park Rapids Friday night at Staples. Two baskets by Carson Lee Christenson and inside baskets by Ashley Domino and Anna Grimes kept Park Rapids within 20-8 before the Cardinals went on a 24-3 run.
Matt Brandt is counting on the Park Rapids boys basketball team to rely on sound, fundamental basketball to produce more victories this season. Last season, the Panthers went 0-10 in Mid-State Conference play and 2-24 overall while averaging 42.2 points a night. Park Rapids gave up 69.4 points a game. The Panthers were the No. 8 seed in the south for the Section 8AA playoffs and opened with a 75-58 win over No. 9 Frazee before being eliminated with a 64-27 loss to No. 1 Crosby-Ironton.
Leah Jensen's hat trick led East Grand Forks to a 6-3 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Saturday afternoon in a battle of Section 8A rivals at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Jensen scored twice in the first period as the Green Wave jumped out to a 3-1 lead. Jessica Gapinski set up Heather Brostrom at the 4:48 mark to account for the Panthers' first-period goal.
East Grand Forks had nine different players score a goal in an 11-2 win to spoil the season opener for the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Saturday at the Ted O.