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Fosston/Bagley won five straight matches, including three via forfeits, in the late going for a 46-29 win over the United North Central wrestling team in the quarterfinals of the Section 8A tournament Saturday at Thief River Falls. UNC, the No. 6 seed, built a 23-16 lead before No. 3 Fosston/Bagley rallied for the win. Hank Tellers opened the meet with a 15-0 technical fall win at 106 pounds before Ethan Trout's pin in 1:00 at 126, Eion Ness' 4-2 decision at 132, Torrey Carlson's 2-0 overtime decision at 138 and Toby Hintzman's pin in 2:31 at 152 gave the Warriors the lead.
Caden Kramer, Tom Wormley and Jack Landquist combined to score 52 points in leading the Nevis boys basketball team to a 71-44 Northland Conference victory over Kelliher-Northome Friday night at the Tiger Arena. The Tigers broke open a 6-6 tie with an 18-6 run as three layups by Wormley, a jumper by Michael Landquist, a 3-pointer by Kramer, two inside baskets by Zach Henry and a basket off a rebound by Michael Landquist provided a 24-12 lead with 7:28 to play in the first half. Two layups by Jack Landquist and layups by Wormley and Kramer gave the Tigers a 33-27 lead at the half.
Five players hit double figures as the Menahga boys basketball team surpassed a season high in points in a 98-84 win at Frazee on Feb. 13. Tristan Aho hit 12 of 16 free throws and finished with 25 points while Charlie Hodge hit all six 3-pointers he attempted and added 23 points for the Braves. Jonah Howard and Gavin Hillukka scored 14 points apiece and Owen Anderson also hit double figures with 10 points as Menahga made 15 of 22 3-pointers in the game..
Four starters scored in double figures as the Menahga girls basketball team remained undefeated on the season with a 71-26 win at Nevis Thursday night. Alyssa Peterson led the Braves with 19 points, eight steals and six assists while Cierra Ahlf added 14 points and Tara Hendrickson had 13 points and three steals. Megan Hendrickson tallied another double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Braves jumped out to a 47-14 halftime lead in improving to 12-0 against Section 5A teams and 23-0 overall.
Kelliher-Northome built a 23-point lead early in the second half then held off a late rally by Nevis for a 63-53 Northwoods Conference girls basketball victory Friday night at the Tiger Arena. Three-pointers by Destiny Heck and Shanelle Head and four more baskets by Heck gave Kelliher-Northome an early 21-4 lead with 10:27 to play in the first half. Nevis used two jumpers by Kali Oelschlager, a jumper by Annalise Ahrendt, a basket off a rebound by Katie Kamphaus, and 3-pointers by Ava Isaacson and Oelschlager to cut the gap to 28-18 at the half.
Fergus Falls took advantage of six forfeits to defeat the Park Rapids wrestling team 36-31 in the first round of Saturday's Section 8AA tournament at Thief River Falls. The No. 8-seeded Panthers jumped out to a 9-0 lead behind Lucas Kritzeck's 9-2 minor decision at 106 pounds and Ashton Clark's pin in 1:32 at 113. Two forfeits and two pins gave Fergus Falls a 24-9 lead before Landen Burlingame's pin in 1:44 at 145 and Eli Bessman's 13-0 major decision at 152 cut the deficit to 24-19.
James Sanchez was a little concerned about how the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team would perform during Saturday's Section 8A meet at Perham. In addition to having several first-time section competitors, some of the gymnasts were feeling under the weather during practice in preparation for the season-ending meet. The Park Rapids-Nevis head coach had no reason to worry as all the Panthers performed well at the Prairie Wind Middle School.
The Park Rapids girls basketball team jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back in coasting to a 69-29 Section 8AA victory over Bagley Thursday night at the Area High School gym. A layup by Jaiden McCollum, a 3-pointer by Jordan Klemmer and two inside baskets by Rilee Michaelson gave the Panthers a 9-0 lead with 13:34 to play in the first half. A jumper by Whitney Steffel, a layup by Paige Johnson, a 3-pointer by McCollum, a layup off a steal by Michaelson and a jumper by Klemmer pushed the lead to 20-4 with 7:13 left before halftime.
The Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team will get one more home game this season at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Park Rapids, which ended the regular season with a 7-16-2 record, received the No. 8 seed for the Section 8A tournament and will host No. 9 Red Lake Falls (3-20-1) Tuesday night (Feb. 20) at 7 p.m. in a play-in game. The Panthers defeated Red Lake Falls 9-1 and 7-0 during the regular season. The winner of that game plays at No. 1 Warroad (13-11-1) in a quarterfinal game Thursday night (Feb. 22) at 7 p.m.
Five area wrestlers were rated in the latest Minnesota high school polls. Park Rapids' Ashton Clark was rated No. 3 at 113 pounds and Cody Dravis was rated No. 3 at 170 pounds in the state Class AA poll. In the state Class A poll, Nevis' Dillon McGee was rated No. 6 at 126 and Kyle Schmidt was rated No. 10 at 220 for Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis. United North Central's Toby Hintzman was rated No. 3 at 152.