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Detroit Lakes used four forfeits to build a 33-3 lead en route to a 46-27 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids wrestling team Monday night at Detroit Lakes. Ben Baumgartner's first-period takedown and third-period reversal led to a 4-0 decision at 119 pounds to account for the Panthers' only win in the first seven matches. Adam Branstrom built an 8-0 lead before recording a pin at the 3:53 mark of the 145-pound match, Kevin Just held a 6-1 lead before recording a pin at the 3:32 mark at 160 and Danny Pike led 5-0 before pinning his opponent in 5:43 at 189.
Placing first in the first 10 events led the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to its first dual-meet victory since the final meet of the 2008 season. Having almost everyone clock a season-best or lifetime-best time helped the Panthers snap a 12-meet losing streak with a 98-82 win over Perham Thursday night at the Area High School pool.
Park Rapids won the final three matches to rally for a 37-26 win over Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus to split a pair of Mid-State Conference wrestling matches Thursday night at the Century School gym. Staples-Motley won seven of the first nine matches to spark a 46-19 victory over the Panthers in the final match. S-M defeated PLPRB 51-21 in the second match. In the win over the Road Crew, Ben Baumgartner's first-period pin at 112 pounds and Luke Hartig's 9-5 minor decision at 125 tied the match at 9-9.
Rachelle LeBlanc took first in all four events to lead Little Falls to the team title while the host Panthers compiled a season-high team score at Saturday's Park Rapids New Year Invitational gymnastics meet. LeBlanc won the all-around title with a 36.00 in leading Little Falls to a season-best 132.70 points. Bemidji finished second with 125.65 points while Long Prairie-Grey Eagle was third with a 120.75.
Hat tricks by Sam Coborn, Ian Johnson and Levi Erickson led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a pair of Section 8A victories. Coborn and Johnson combined for seven goals in leading the Panthers to an 8-2 win over Bagley/Fosston at the Walker Area Community Center Thursday night while Erickson tallied a hat trick in Park Rapids' 5-1 victory over Kittson Central Saturday afternoon at the Ted O.
Crookston scored three goals in the first 3:19 of the game to spark a 5-1 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Friday night at Crookston. Goals by Shannon Kaiser, Natahsa Skala and Brianna Breiland gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead before Park Rapids' Danika Aletto set up McKenna Brand at the 7:35 mark. Lizzy Awender's goal pushed the Pirates' lead to 4-1. Riley Erickson opened the second period with a goal to give Crookston a 5-1 lead. Goalie Shania Johnson finished with 34 saves for the Panthers, who were outshot 39-17 by the state's No.
Failing to take advantage of scoring opportunities resulted in the first tie of the season for the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night. The Panthers held a 51-21 advantage in shots on goal, but went 0-for-6 on the power play in settling for a 2-2 Mid-State Conference tie with Northern Lakes at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Andy Sorben gave Northern Lakes a 1-0 lead after the first period before goals by Sam Coborn and Levi Erickson gave the Panthers a 2-1 advantage in the second period.
Tyler George and Lorenzo Pemberton sparked pivotal runs in the first half that broke open a tie game and led Bagley to a 91-57 victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. With the game tied at 12-12, George hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 23-11 run and Pemberton followed with a pair of layups during a 12-0 run as Bagley claimed a 47-25 lead at the half. Three more baskets by George and a layup and 3-pointer by Kris Skersick to open the second half pushed the lead to 67-36 as the Flyers coasted to the win. Bagley never trailed in the game
Three forfeit wins and two victories in the final five matches rallied the Park Rapids wrestling team to a 34-24 win over East Grand Forks in the first match of a triangular meet at East Grand Forks Tuesday night. Thief River Falls used five pins and a pair of forfeits to defeat the Panthers 42-21 in the second match.
Taylor Tschider and Kayli Muckenhirn combined for 19 points as Detroit Lakes built a 38-8 halftime lead en route to a 62-18 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Tuesday night at Detroit Lakes. Carson Lee Christenson's basket and two free throws, a basket by Marisa Rittgers and two free throws by Alyssa Carlson accounted for the Panthers' points in the first half. Ashley Domino had two field goals, Grace Bateman and Olivia Vaadeland had a basket each, and Shelby Pierce made two free throws as the Panthers were outscored 24-10 in the second half. Domino h