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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pete Stahnke is hoping the pairing of the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey teams will continue the Panthers' streak of winning seasons. Last year, the Panthers received the No. 6 seed for the Section 8A playoffs and lost to No. 3 East Grand Forks 5-1 in the quarterfinals to end a 16-8-2 season. Winning 16 games gave the Panthers a winning record for the fifth year in a row. W-H-A received the No. 10 seed for the section playoffs and was eliminated by No. 7 Crookston 16-1 in the first round to end a 0-24 season.
At last year's Section 8A tournament, the Park Rapids wrestling team qualified four wrestlers for state and had nine other wrestlers place. Head coach Matt Clark is looking for the Panthers to once again peak at the end of the season. Duplicating last year's 10-13 record in dual meets could be tough since seven seniors graduated. That senior crew combined for 64 pins and 108 victories last season. Jared Nash advanced to state as the section runner-up at 171 pounds and capped a 34-7 season with 12 pins by placing fourth at the state tournament.