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The Nevis girls basketball team closed out the regular season with a 44-31 Northwoods Conference win over Blackduck last Friday night at the Tiger Arena. Riley Hanson (12), Becca Gunkel (9), Paige Walters (9), Bettsy Hjelseth (7) and Mandy Allman (7) led a balanced attack for the Tigers. Nevis improved to 11-3 in the conference and 18-8 overall while Blackduck fell to 2-12 in conference play and 3-19 overall. The Tigers received the No. 5 seed in the West and will open the Section 5A playoffs at No. 4 Pine River-Backus Thursday night at 7.
Two late-season wins against Section 5A opponents weren't enough to earn the Menahga girls basketball team a home playoff game. Menahga - which ended the season with a 54-45 win over Verndale last Friday night, a 69-54 win over Browerville Monday night and a 69-52 loss to Eagle Valley Tuesday night - received the No. 9 seed in the West half of the Section 5A tournament and will open at No. 8 Browerville Tuesday night at 7. The winner of that game plays at No. 1 Bertha-Hewitt Thursday night at 7. The Braves enter the playoffs with a 7-17 overall record.
Elisa Moenkedick led the way in the first half and Becky Stoll took over the scoring duties in the second half in leading Perham to a 75-45 victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Monday night at Perham. Moenkedick scored 12 points in the first half as Perham carried a 33-24 lead into the break and Stoll scored 11 points in the second as the Yellowjackets sealed the win with a 42-21 run. Moenkedick finished with 21 points and 18 rebounds while Stoll scored 15 points as Perham improved to 19-5. Hannah Wolff led the Panthers with 15 points and eight rebounds.
While both were satisfying, the last two wins for the Park Rapids girls basketball team couldn't have been more different. The Panthers relied on offense to prevail in a thrilling 74-70 double-overtime victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Feb. 11. The 74 points were the most scored by a Park Rapids girls basketball team since a 98-37 win over Red Lake in a Section 8AA playoff game in February of 2005. Thursday night at the Area High School gym, the Panthers relied on defense and led from start to finish in a 46-33 victory over Frazee.
Park Rapids' Kyja Penning and Kirsten Erickson capped off their senior season with solid performances at Saturday's Section 8A gymnastics meet at Perham. Penning was the Panthers' top performer in three individual events and finished 14th in all-around as Park Rapids finished fifth in the team standings with 119.30 points. That team score was the second highest for the Panthers this season. Perham led the seven-team field with 151.65 points to win its eighth consecutive section title while Detroit Lakes was second with 148.575 points.
The Nevis boys basketball team kept its hopes of sharing the Northland Conference title alive with a 67-49 win over Blackduck Friday night at the Tiger Arena. Taylor Chase (18), Taylor Schroeder (14), Nolan Toft (13) and Dylan Stenberg (9) led the Tigers in scoring. Shawn Anglin led the way with eight rebounds while Chase had five rebounds. Stenberg and Toft had five assists each with Stenberg leading the team with two steals. "We were able to come out and take care of business," said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer, whose team led 35-18 at the half.
Crookston and Frazee jumped out to early leads to eliminate Park Rapids and United North Central in the quarterfinals of the Section 8A wrestling tournament Saturday at Thief River Falls. No. 3-seeded Crookston jumped out to a 30-0 lead en route to a 42-28 win over No. 6 Park Rapids while No. 1 Frazee jumped out to a 33-0 lead en route to a 68-12 win over No. 9 United North Central. UNC opened the tournament with a 60-21 victory over No. 8 Red Lake County Central. In the other first-round match, No. 7 Fertile-Beltrami defeated No. 10 West Marshall 55-6. The other quarterfinals saw No.
Nine different players hit a 3-pointer and 13 different players scored in leading Staples-Motley to a 76-45 Mid-State Conference boys basketball victory over Park Rapids Friday night at Staples. Derek Wolhowe scored 14 points to lead a balanced scoring attack for the Cardinals, who improved to 7-1 in the conference and 17-3 overall. Staples-Motley, which pushed its winning streak to nine games in a row, is ranked No.
Kittson Central's 6-5 win last Saturday afternoon cost the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team a chance to claim one of the top four seeds for the Section 8A tournament. Craig Lindegard scored four goals as Kittson Central closed out the regular season with a key win at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. That loss, coupled with a 2-1 loss to Lake of the Woods late in the season, dropped the Panthers to the No. 6 spot for the section tournament. Park Rapids (16-7-2) will play No.
Slow starts led to a pair of Mid-State Conference losses for the Park Rapids girls basketball team. The Panthers fell behind early at Crosby Tuesday night as the host Rangers jumped out to a 35-7 halftime lead en route to a 57-24 victory. Last Friday night at the Area High School gym, Staples-Motley jumped out to a 47-19 lead at the half en route to a 75-38 victory. The two losses dropped the Panthers to 0-9 in conference play and 2-18 overall.