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Cody Dravis and Justin Dravis reached championship matches while three other individuals placed as the Park Rapids wrestling team finished seventh at the 39-team Big Bear Tournament at Cass Lake Saturday. Cody Dravis and Justin Dravis finished second, Nolan Booge finished third, Ashton Clark took fourth and Jack Hensel placed eighth as the Panthers compiled 125 points in the two-day tournament. Hutchinson won the team title with 209.50 points.
A 1-2 finish in the 200-yard medley relay set the tone as the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team used nine winning performances to defeat Bemidji 113-72 Friday night at the Area High School pool. Casimir Simonson, Kaleb Carlson, Zach Fritze and Marcus Benson opened the meet with a winning time of 1:53.56 while Tim Walsh, Seth Breitweser, Sam Huot and Jack Bateman followed in 2:03.05 as the Panthers went 1-2 in the 200 medley relay as the Panthers jumped out to a 12-2 lead.
Abby Schramel hit two 3-pointers and scored 16 points in the second half and Mikayla Markuson hit a 3-pointer and three free throws in overtime as Detroit Lakes rallied for a 68-59 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Friday night at Detroit Lakes. Kaisa Coborn's four field goals, Kendra Coborn's three baskets, Macky Warne's pair of 3-pointers, a 3-pointer and two free throws by Jaiden McCollum, and two inside baskets by Rilee Michaelson gave the Panthers a 31-19 lead at the half.
The Nevis boys basketball team remained undefeated on the season with a pair of impressive wins at the Tiger Arena. Griffin Chase's 21 points led the Tigers to an 86-33 Northland Conference win over Blackduck Thursday night while Jack Landquist's career-high 21 points sparked the Tigers to a 61-54 win over Browerville in a battle of two of the top teams in Class A Saturday afternoon at the Tiger Arena.
The scores keep soaring for the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team. Despite falling to 0-3 in dual meets, the Panthers set a new season-high team score in a 119.05 to 112.20 loss to Detroit Lakes' JV team Friday night at the Area High School gym. Park Rapids set a season high on balance beam and tied a season high in vault in seeing its team score improve from 106.225 in the season opener against Bemidji and a 109.85 against Perham in the second meet.
Crookston followed an 18-2 run with a 16-0 run to break open a close game in a 74-41 victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Thursday night at Crookston. Park Rapids led 7-5 before two 3-pointers apiece by Todd Boerger and Chris Wavra gave the Pirates a 23-9 lead. The Panthers cut the gap to 26-17 before 3-pointers by Matt Garmen, Nick Garmen and Boerger ignited a 16-0 run as Crookston carried a 45-18 lead into the break. The Pirates, who hit 10 3-pointers in the first half, outscored Park Rapids 29-23 in the second half.
Wadena-Deer Creek scored four goals in the second period to spark a 5-3 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Thursday night at Wadena. The win snapped an 18-game losing streak to Park Rapids. W-DC's last win over the Panthers was a 5-2 victory on Jan. 11, 2007. The Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period on goals by Shea Alto at the 7:29 mark and Jarrett Johnson at the 8:35 mark. Caleb Strandlie assisted on the first goal while Zach Severtson set up the second goal.
After going into overtime in the first meeting, it was only fitting that the Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey teams would go into extra time in the rematch Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. While Park Rapids prevailed 2-1 in overtime at Detroit Lakes on Nov. 29, nothing was settled after an extra period this time as both teams skated to a 4-4 tie in this battle between Mid-State Conference and Section 8A rivals.
Head coach Jacob Oyster is counting on the United North Central wrestling team to put a solid lineup on the mats by the end of the season. The Warriors return six wrestlers who placed and two others who competed at last year's Section 8A tournament. Being counted on to lead UNC this winter are seniors Austin Bacon, Ben Johnson and George Lausten; junior Toby Hintzman; sophomores Jared Seibert, Isaac Tellers and Brock Kako; and freshman Garett Butler.
Jarrett Johnson scored on a slap shot 2:40 into overtime to give the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team a 2-1 Mid-State Conference win at Detroit Lakes Tuesday night. Goalie Austin Jerger made 46 saves, including 13 in overtime, to set up Johnson's game-winner. After a scoreless first period, Trey Seebold's goal at the 3:27 mark gave Detroit Lakes a 1-0 lead in the second period.