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Perham's defense forced 30 turnovers and held Park Rapids to only nine field goals in a 74-24 boys basketball victory at the Area High School gym Monday night. The Yellowjackets jumped out to an 11-0 lead en route to a 32-9 lead at the half. Taylor Kimball hit a 3-pointer with 14:45 to play in the first half to end Perham's game-opening run. Perham followed with a 9-0 run before Paul Dirks' layup made it 21-5 with 7:21 to go in the first half.
Ryan O'Mara recorded back-to-back shutouts as the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 6-0 Thursday night at Wadena and Red Lake Falls 4-0 Saturday afternoon at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. O'Mara needed to make only seven saves as the Panthers held a 51-7 edge in shots in the win over W-DC.
Detroit Lakes used a 15-3 run midway through the second half to spark a 61-41 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Friday night at Detroit Lakes. The Lakers jumped out to a 10-4 lead before jumpers by Ashley Domino, Carson Lee Christenson, Sophie Shogren and Hannah Wolff tied the game at 12-12 with 7:05 to play in the first half. After two free throws by Wolff and a layup by Domino tied the game at 16-16 with 5:16 remaining, Detroit Lakes went on an 11-4 run to take a 27-20 lead into the break.
Mandy Allman scored 19 points and Riley Hanson added 15 points in leading the Nevis girls basketball team to a 48-38 win over Verndale Friday night at the Tiger Arena. Betsy Hjelseth scored 9 points for the Tigers, who led 26-13 at the half. The win lifted Nevis' record to 9-3 on the season. Lizzy Yungbauer scored 10 points to lead Verndale, which fell to 2-10 on the season. Nevis had its five-game winning streak snapped Saturday night with a 60-34 loss at Sebeka.
Ben Baumgartner, Laine Jensen and Kenny Weaver had two pins each as the Park Rapids wrestling team defeated Crosby-Ironton and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis in a triangular meet Thursday night at the Century School gym. The Panthers used five pins and three forfeits to defeat Crosby-Ironton 51-23 in the first match and used six pins and two forfeits to defeat WHAN 55-19 in the second match. C-I defeated WHAN 42-33 in the other match. The Panthers carried a 7-8 record in dual meets into Tuesday night's Section 8A match against Crookston.
Scott Kramer credits Nolan Toft for helping to rebuild the Nevis boys basketball program. Over the last three years, the Tigers have shown steady improvement, going from a 7-20 record in 2006-07 to a 13-15 record in 2007-09 to a 14-12 record last season. So far this season, the Tigers are 9-2 with losses to Red Lake and Sebeka. Red Lake is 8-3 while Sebeka has a 10-1 record following Saturday night's 62-48 win over the Tigers. Not only has Toft helped turn the Tigers' fortunes around, he became Nevis' all-time leading scorer at Sebeka Saturday night.
Jessica Gapinski scored five goals in leading the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 6-3 win over Babbitt-Embarrass Tuesday night. Tucker Coborn's hat trick and Jared Naeve's four assists led the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team to a 6-4 win over Northern Lakes Tuesday night at the Ted O.
The Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team recorded back-to-back shutouts to improve to 12-5-1 on the season. The Panthers held a 51-7 advantage in shots on goal in a 6-0 win at Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night. Tucker Coborn had two goals and two assists to lead the way.
A three-goal third period led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to a 6-3 win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday night at Wadena. The Blue Devils held a 3-2 lead in the second period before Park Rapids scored the game's final four goals. Goals by Hannah Williams and Leeza Tostenson gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead after the first period. Heather Brostrom assisted on Williams' game-tying goal at the 9:13 mark before Danika Aletto set up Tostenson for the go-ahead goal with 1:04 remaining in the period.
Twelve different players contributed in the scoring column as Pequot Lakes posted a 72-35 Mid-State Conference boys basketball victory over Park Rapids Tuesday night at Pequot Lakes. Kurtis Moody, Thomas Parker and Michael Ward hit three baskets each as the Patriots led 32-14 at the half. Paul Dirks, Dillon Theis, Christian Ridlon and Kyle Goplerud had a field goal each for the Panthers in the first half. Four inside baskets by Ward and a pair of 3-pointers by Michael Goerges led Pequot Lakes in the second half.