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Tuesday night's 5-2 win at Crookston should have locked up a Section 8A playoff game at home for the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team. The line of Alexa Kennedy, Paige Myhre and Taylor Sagen combined for three goals and eight assists in helping the Panthers avenge a 4-2 loss to Crookston on Nov. 25.
Crosby-Ironton jumped out to a 54-14 lead at the half in coasting to a 78-33 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Gabe Bagstad's 3-pointer kept Park Rapids within 9-4 at the 13:59 mark of the first half before the Rangers put together a 22-3 run. Trey Jacobs hit a 3-pointer and scored on three consecutive layups, Noah Gindorff scored twice inside and Jack Silgen hit a 3-pointer and drove in for a slam dunk on a breakaway as C-I built a 31-7 lead with 7:11 to go in the first half.
After a scoreless first period, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team took control in coasting to a 7-1 win over Eveleth-Gilbert Saturday afternoon at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Taylor Sagen recorded a hat trick as the Panthers finished with a 40-29 advantage in shots on goal.
Isaac Johnson recorded a hat trick in leading the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 6-4 Section 8A win over Red Lake Falls Saturday afternoon at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Hunter Schmitz gave Red Lake Falls a 1-0 lead just 46 seconds into the game before the Panthers took a 2-1 lead on Johnson's goal at the 5:15 mark and Carter Opheim's goal at the 7:28 mark. Bjorn Jorgenson and Jarrett Johnson assisted on Isaac Johnson's goal while Cameron Hoyt and Mitch Peterson set up Opheim's goal.
Making 3-pointers early and down the stretch sparked Staples-Motley to a 73-57 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Friday night at the Area High School gym. A trio of 3-pointers gave the Cardinals an early 27-6 lead before Park Rapids rallied to cut the gap to 38-35. Staples-Motley then hit six more 3-pointers in the final 12:31 to seal the win.
Seven wrestlers reached championship matches as Park Rapids captured the team title at Saturday's Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie Invitational at Parkers Prairie.
Setting season highs in three events helped the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team snap a 25-meet losing streak with a win over Fargo Saturday at the Moorhead Invitational. The Panthers used season highs of 32.60 in vault, 30.70 in floor exercise and 28.20 on balance beam for a 116.75 to 111.20 victory. The 116.75 is the Panthers' highest team score since a 117.475 against Detroit Lakes in January of 2014. It also marked the Panthers' first win in a dual meet since defeating Frazee in February of 2013.
Staples-Motley's defense forced 26 turnovers and held the Park Rapids boys basketball team to 20-percent shooting from the field in a 79-29 Mid-State Conference victory Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Gavin Smith's 24 points, Derek Kennedy's 12 points and Trey Skeesick's 10 points paced the Cardinals, who led 53-20 at the half before outscoring Park Rapids 26-9 in the second half. The win lifted Staples-Motley to 1-1 in the conference and 5-5 overall.
Nevis jumped out to a quick double-digit lead and held off a late rally to defeat Cass Lake 73-64 in a Northland Conference boys basketball game Thursday night at Cass Lake. The Tigers, who led 37-24 at the half, avenged their only loss of the season. Cass Lake, which entered the game rated No. 5 in the state Class A poll, defeated Nevis 73-70 on Dec. 27.
Kirby Hrdlicka and Damon Howard combined for 35 points as the Menahga boys basketball team defeated Pillager 65-59 in a Park Region Conference game Friday night. Hrdlicka finished with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds while Howard hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points. Luke Wurdock also scored in double figures with 12 points while leading the team with four assists and three steals as the Braves improved to 2-3 in the conference and 6-7 overall. Canton Matson and Al Pietila had three assists each while Pietila also had three steals.