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Wendi Hartig was looking for the Park Rapids gymnastics team to show improvement throughout the season. The Panthers are fulfilling their coach's wishes. Park Rapids followed a 128.225 to 94.45 loss at Little Falls last Tuesday with a 139.05 to 102.90 loss to Detroit Lakes Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Against Detroit Lakes, the Panthers hit season highs of 26.55 on balance beam, 24.55 on uneven parallel bars and 19.85 in floor exercise en route to posting their highest team score of the season. Jessi Andersen led the Panthers with an 8.40 in vault while Emily Klingenberg
Chris Albee said one of the advantages of having a complete 20-player roster would be the ability of the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to focus on special team's play. The Panthers relied on their special teams to defeat Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek 10-0 Thursday night and Princeton 6-1 Friday night. In the win over LPGE/WDC at Long Prairie Thursday night, the Panthers scored two power-play goals and scored three shorthanded goals en route to recording their first shutout of the season. Special teams played a key role in Friday night's
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team picked up its first Mid-State Conference win of the season, but couldn't pick up its first Section 8A victory after splitting games last week. Sam Coborn's three goals and three assists led the Panthers to a 7-1 conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek at Long Prairie Thursday night. On Saturday, the Panthers gave up four second-period goals in a 5-1 section loss to Lake of the Woods at Walker. The split left the Panthers with a 1-1 record in the conference, an 0-2 record against section teams and a 2-3 overall record. Cobor
McKenna Brand's second hat trick of the season led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team to its second win of the season Tuesday night. Heather Brostrom assisted on two of Brand's goals in leading the Panthers to a 5-1 Mid-State Conference win over Detroit Lakes at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. The Panthers held a 36-16 edge in shots on goal in snapping a six-game losing streak. The Panthers took a 2-0 lead by scoring twice in the final two minutes of the first period.
Pequot Lakes relied on full-court pressure and half-court traps the entire game to force 35 Park Rapids turnovers in a 94-28 Mid-State Conference girls basketball victory at the Area High School gym Tuesday night. The full-court pressure resulted in eight consecutive layups, including five by Kylie Beltz, as the Patriots jumped out to a 19-0 lead with 13:22 to play in the first half. A layup by Grace Bateman and a jumper by Lydia Lutz ended that run as the Panthers trailed 19-4 with 11:59 remaining in the first half. Eight more layups followed as Pequot Lakes went on a 20-0 run to expand
Kayla Johnk led the Park Rapids gymnastics team with a first-place 7.70 on uneven parallel bars as the Panthers opened the season with a 126.00 to 97.85 loss at Bemidji last Friday night. Emily Klingenberg took third on bars with a 7.50 while Jessi Andersen placed fifth in three events with an 8.05 in vault, a 7.15 on balance beam and a 7.05 in floor exercise. Klingenberg used a 7.65 in vault, a 6.50 on beam and a 6.25 in floor to finish fifth in all-around with a 27.90. Andersen also had a 4.50 on bars to finish sixth in all-around with a 26.75.
New York Mills jumped out to a 33-0 lead en route to a 49-22 victory over the Park Rapids wrestling team Tuesday night at the Century School gym. The Eagles won the first six matches, three via forfeits, to take control. Zachary Steffen ended that run with a 13-0 major decision at 140 pounds.
Nate Baker's goal at the 4:17 mark in overtime gave Detroit Lakes a 6-5 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night at Detroit Lakes. Goals by Levi Erickson and Sam Coborn gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead after the first period. Cory Odland, Noah MacPherson and Ian Johnson had assists on those two goals. The Lakers held a 16-7 edge in shots on goal in the second period, but a goal by Kody Walsh and a power-play goal by Coborn kept the Panthers in front 4-3. Zach Strandlie and Erickson had assists for Park Rapids.
Four runner-up finishes led the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to a third-place finish at last Saturday's season-opening Fergus Falls Invitational. Nick Belfiori clocked a runner-up 24.44 in the 50-yard freestyle, Sam Goebel clocked a runner-up 5:42.85 in the 500 freestyle and Connor Smythe clocked a runner-up 1:05.53 in the 100 backstroke to lead the Panthers.
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.