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Jack Hensel, Zach Hocking and Dwayne Johnson recorded key wins down the stretch in helping the Park Rapids wrestling team defeat Crosby-Ironton and Wadena-Deer Creek in a triangular meet at Wadena Tuesday night. Hocking received a forfeit at 220 pounds and Johnson followed with a pin in 1:46 at 285 in rallying the Panthers to a 39-36 Mid-State Conference win over Crosby-Ironton in the first dual. Park Rapids completed the sweep as pins by Hensel and Hocking and a forfeit win by Johnson in the final three matches sealed a 51-24 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek.
Early in the third period and late in overtime, it looked like the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team was going to defeat Prairie Centre in a Mid-State Conference game Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Instead, the Panthers had to settle for a 3-3 tie.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton connected on 10 3-pointers in building a 23-point lead before going on a 17-4 run to seal an 81-55 victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Monday night at the Area High School gym. The Rebels made 13 3-pointers in the game to improve to 10-0 against Section 8AA opponents and 17-1 overall. D-G-F is rated No. 2 in the latest state Class AA poll.
Head coach James Sanchez has been satisfied with the progress of the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team. The Panthers turned in another consistent effort in a 131.20-117.40 loss to Detroit Lakes’ JV team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym.
Tom Stambaugh has been an avid Minnesota Vikings fan his whole life. The retired Nevis teacher was a season-ticket holder for 20 years when the Vikings played at the Metrodome. In addition to making trips to Minneapolis, he has traveled to other cities, including Green Bay and Chicago, to watch his beloved Vikings. Stambaugh was looking forward to his trip to Philadelphia to watch the Vikings play for the NFC Championship on Jan. 21.
A 16-5 run to start the game and a 19-2 run to open the second half sparked the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 60-23 win over Nevis Thursday night at the Tiger Arena. A layup by Jaiden McCollum, a layup off a steal by Kaisa Coborn, a layup by Paige Johnson, two jumpers by McCollum, jumpers by Coborn and Rilee Michaelson, and a layup by Julia Johnson gave the Panthers a 16-5 lead with 11:01 to play in the first half. Tori Carrier hit a 3-pointer and Annalise Ahrendt hit a jumper for Nevis in the early going.
The Menahga girls basketball team outscored Bertha-Hewitt and Hill City by a combined total of 144-24 in adding two more wins to an undefeated season. Megan Hendrickson's double-double led the Braves to a 62-10 Park Region Conference win over Bertha-Hewitt Thursday night at Menahga while all five starters scored in double figures in the Braves' 82-14 win at Hill City Saturday afternoon.
Back-to-back balanced scoring attacks helped the Menahga boys basketball snap a five-game losing streak. Three players scored in double figures in leading the Braves to a 60-54 Park Region Conference win over New York Mills Friday night at Menahga while four players hit double figures in Menahga's 59-43 win at Hill City Saturday afternoon. The two wins lifted Menahga's record to 7-11. Braves edge Eagles Tristan Aho (19), Charlie Hodge (17) and Wade Berttunen (11) hit double figures in leading the Braves past New York Mills.
It didn't take long for Pequot Lakes to wipe out a 15-point halftime deficit during Friday night's Mid-State Conference game against the Park Rapids boys basketball team. It also didn't take the host Panthers long to regroup in a 67-56 victory at the Area High School gym. Pequot Lakes jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Park Rapids used a 19-3 run to claim a 19-8 advantage en route to a carrying a 32-17 lead into the break.
Five Park Rapids wrestlers received all-conference honors as the Panthers went 2-3 at Friday's Mid-State Conference dual-meet tournament at Staples. Ashton Clark went 5-0 at 113 pounds, Zach Hocking went 4-1 at 220 and Dwayne Johnson went 4-1 at 285 to earn all-conference honors while Cody Dravis (at 170) and Jack Hensel (at 182) both posted 4-1 records to earn all-conference honorable mention honors.