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A veteran group returns to lead the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team this season. With 21 swimmers and divers returning from a team that went 3-3-1 in dual meets, won the Mid-State Conference title and qualified four individuals in five events for the state Class A meet, head coach Todd Fritze is counting on another successful season. "This group is pretty hungry," said Fritze. "Hopefully we can start off the season where we left off last year."
Bjorn Jorgenson's two goals and three assists sparked the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 7-1 win over Bagley/Fosston at Bagley Thursday night. Shea Alto opened the scoring at the 6:10 mark before Bagley/Fosston tied it at 1-1 after the first period. A three-goal second period put the Panthers in control as Jorgenson assisted on goals by Caleb Strandlie at the 1:39 mark and Jarrett Johnson at the 4:50 mark and scored at the 7:13 mark. Alto and Strandlie tallied assists on Jorgenson's goal.
A year ago, the Nevis boys basketball team surprised opponents by going 10-4 in the Northland Conference and 22-6 overall. The Tigers won't be surprising anyone this season. Head coach Scott Kramer returns his entire starting lineup from a team that earned the No. 2 seed in the North for the Section 5A tournament. The Tigers opened the playoffs with an 80-55 win over No. 7 Sebeka before being upset by No. 3 Verndale 46-40 in the second round. Browerville/Eagle Valley defeated Verndale in the section championship game.
Despite going on a 21-0 run in the first half, Perham had to hit eight free throws in the final minute to hold off a late charge and preserve a 68-55 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Saturday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers were held scoreless for almost eight minutes in the first half, but were able to slice a 35-13 deficit to 60-55 with 1:01 to play before Perham sealed the win at the free throw line in this game between Section 8AA rivals.
Adam Herberg hit a key 3-pointer and Hunter Jewison hit the clinching two free throws as the Park Rapids boys basketball team opened the season with a 53-52 win over Pillager Friday night at the Area High School gym.
A 16-4 run to close out the first half sparked the Menahga boys basketball team to a 61-52 win over Grygla-Gatzke in the season opener Thursday night at Menahga. The Charges led 19-14 with 5:30 to play in the first half before Damon Howard hit three 3-pointers to give Menahga a 30-23 lead at the break. Howard hit another 3-pointer and combined with Luke Wurdock to score 14 points in the second half to help the Braves prevail.
Nine players scored goals and 11 players tallied assists in Thief River Falls' 14-1 victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team Thursday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Grace Bergland and Shelby Breiland scored two goals each as the Prowlers used a 24-4 advantage in shots to claim a 5-0 lead after the first period. Kora Torkelson and Erin Kraemer scored two goals apiece during an eight-goal second period as TRF claimed a 13-0 lead. The Prowlers held a 13-0 advantage in shots in that period.
Head coach Matt Clark believes the Park Rapids wrestling team can turn in one of the most successful seasons in school history. In the last two seasons, the Panthers have gone 35-9 in dual meets, sent 10 wrestlers to the state Class A tournament and brought home four state medals. With almost the entire lineup returning from last year's team that went 17-6 in dual meets, Clark has plenty of reasons to expect a stellar season.
Tuesday's weather postponed a pair of Park Rapids basketball games and the Menahga girls basketball game. The girls basketball game between Frazee and Park Rapids has been postponed and rescheduled for Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School gym. The Mid-State Conference boys basketball game between Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes at Detroit Lakes has also been postponed. That game will be rescheduled for a later date.
Nick Lund's hat trick and a 26-2 advantage in shots in the first period set the tone in East Grand Forks' 8-0 Section 8A victory over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night. The Green Wave finished with a 56-4 advantage in shots in the season opener for both teams at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.