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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.
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.
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.
Nolan Toft reached a major scoring milestone and approached another one as the Nevis boys basketball team defeated Royalton and lost to Red Lake. Toft scored 8 points as the Tigers defeated Royalton 57-36 last Friday night. That gave the Nevis senior 2,002 career points. During Tuesday night's game against Red Lake, Toft scored 21 points to push his career total to 2,023. That is 10 points away from tying Gretta Hjelseth's school record of 2,033 points. Despite Toft's 21 points, 11 rebounds and five steals, the Tigers fell short as Red Lake prevailed 88-72 at the Tiger Arena.
One of the strengths of the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team this season has been the ability to score on the power play. The Panthers, who have scored 27 goals on 81 power-play opportunities, didn't produce with a man advantage Tuesday night. Thief River Falls, which is rated No. 7 in the latest state Class A poll, allowed only one power-play goal in six situations to spark a 5-1 win over the Panthers at the Ted O.
Detroit Lakes won seven matches in a row to rally from an early deficit and defeat the Park Rapids wrestling team 38-27 in a Mid-State Conference match Tuesday night at the Century School gym. Ben Baumgartner and Laine Jensen opened the meet by winning matches to give the Panthers a 6-0 advantage before two pins, a forfeit and four decisions gave Detroit Lakes a 32-6 cushion. Baumgartner used a reversal in the third period for a 2-1 win at 103 pounds while Jensen used an escape and two nearfalls in the third period to spark a 6-2 minor decision at 112 to give the Panthers the early lead.
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 at Wadena Tuesday night. Hannah Williams scored the game-winning goal at the start of the third period before McKenna Brand sealed the win with two goals. Williams and Leeza Tostenson scored in the first period and Jessica Gapinski had a goal in the second period.
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Walker-Hacken-sack-Akeley girls hockey team gave the state's No. 5-ranked Class A team a battle before Crookston scored twice in the third period to escape the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena with a 3-1 win Thursday night. Lexy Wangen scored 1:58 into the game to give Crookston a 1-0 lead before Heather Brostrom scored at the 8:58 mark to tie the game.
Ryan O'Mara and Mark Bravo combined to allow only one goal as the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team coasted to three wins last week. O'Mara made 15 saves as the Panthers posted their first shutout of the season with a 5-0 win against Northern Lakes at Breezy Point last Tuesday night. A seven-goal first period and Bravo's nine saves led the Panthers to an 8-1 win over Bagley/Fosston at Bagley Thursday night. O'Mara recorded his second straight shutout as Park Rapids skated to a 5-0 victory against Kittson Central at Hallock Saturday afternoon. Pete Stahnke's team carried a 10-4-1 rec
Jessica Andersen and Kyja Penning won medals in leading the Park Rapids gymnastics team to its best showing of the season at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational at the Area High School gym. Andersen placed on uneven parallel bars and all-around while Penning placed on bars as the Panthers placed fourth with a season-best 117.75. Bemidji led the five-team field with 133.70 points to edge Little Falls' 133.65 total. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle was third with 118.85 points.