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Lake of the Woods used a 46-10 advantage in shots on goal to hand the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team a 5-0 Section 8A loss Friday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Nathan Poolman's power-play goal at the 6;04 mark of the first period gave LOW a 1-0 lead. LOW dominated the second period, extending the lead to 3-0 with a 20-3 advantage in shots. Ryan Torgeson scored at the 10:30 mark and Luke Krause followed with a power-play goal at the 13:47 mark.
With some of her varsity squad battling injuries and illnesses, head coach Rebecca Penning was hoping the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team could score a 115 in the home finale Friday night. Not only did the Panthers reach that mark, they exceeded expectations with their highest team score of the season. Led by season highs in floor exercise and balance beam, the Panthers surpassed their previous season high of 117.95 in a 126.575 to 120.20 loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. The 120.20 was the Panthers' highest team score since receiving a 122.85 against Frazee in 2010.
Griffin Chase's 31 points, nine rebounds and two assists helped the Nevis boys basketball team remain undefeated in Northland Conference play with a 59-46 win over Cass Lake Thursday night at the Tiger Arena. Michael Landquist added 10 points and eight rebounds while Jack Landquist had 9 points and seven rebounds as the Tigers improved to 8-0 in the conference and 15-1 overall. Tom Wormley blocked four shots and Andrew Dudley had two assists for Nevis, which moved up to the No. 6 spot in this week's state Class A poll.
Four of Park Rapids' six rated wrestlers won titles as the Panthers finished third at Saturday's Heart O'Lakes/Mid-State Conference Tournament at Pelican Rapids. Ashton Clark won the title at 106 pounds, Jared Sunram took first at 152, Justin Dravis claimed the title at 160 and Jacob Bittmann captured the title at 220 as the Panthers compiled 190 points in this 12-team tournament. Perham won the conference title with 268 points while Frazee was second with 211 points. Staples-Motley was fourth with 125 points.
At the beginning of the season, head coach Todd Fritze thought the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team had a chance to go undefeated in dual meets. The main obstacle to fulfilling that quest was defeating Melrose/Sauk Centre. Led by a strong start, the Panthers cleared their main hurdle with a dramatic 94-92 victory over MSC Thursday night at the Area High School pool. "I knew coming in that we would have to work for it," said Fritze. "I told the guys that every race was going to count. We didn't have a bad swim all night."
Head coach Jeff Overmyer urged the Park Rapids girls basketball team to focus on the defensive end of the court during Thursday night's game against Nevis at the Area High School gym. The Panthers listened and dominated defensively in the early going by building a 33-4 lead in a 54-29 victory. A layup by Jaiden McCollum and a jumper by Kaisa Coborn gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead before a layup by Nevis' Madisyn Lucas made it 7-2 with 12:02 to play in the first half.
Two goals in the first 1:03 of the third period broke a tie game and led Prairie Centre to a 4-1 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Park Rapids took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Taylor Pingrey assisted on a power-play goal by Alexa Kennedy at the 13:11 mark. The Blue Devils tied the game at 1-1 on Gabby Olson's goal at the 1:12 mark of the second period.
The Nevis girls basketball team rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to snap a nine-game losing streak with a 52-45 win at Bertha-Hewitt Tuesday night. Montana Baker's 13 points and eight rebounds and Madisyn Lucas' 12 points and four steals led the Tigers, who trailed 26-16 at the half before outscoring B-H 36-19 in the second half. Emma Bliss (8), Katie Kamphaus (8) and Kia Heide (7) combined for 23 points. Bliss hauled down 17 rebounds and had three assists, Heide had six rebounds and Tori Carrier had three assists as the Tigers improved to 3-10 on the season.
Thief River Falls used five pins and two major decisions to defeat Park Rapids 41-33 in a battle of the state's No. 11-ranked wrestling teams Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Three pins and a major decision gave Thief River Falls an early 22-6 lead. Ashton Clark's first-period pin at 113 pounds provided the Panthers' lone win at the start. Nolan Booge's first-period pin at 138 pounds cut the gap to 22-12 before two more pins and a minor decision gave the Prowlers a 37-12 advantage.
Shyanne Loiland's 14 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists, seven steals and five blocked shots led Crosby-Ironton to a 55-53 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Jan. 20 at Crosby. Loiland's four field goals helped the Rangers to a 21-21 halftime tie. Jaiden McCollum's four field goals and 3-pointers by Macky Warne and Rilee Michaelson led the Panthers in the first half.