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Wolverines rely on fast start to defeat Panthers

Parker Harmon's 10 points led the Park Rapids boys basketball team.

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Nick Michaelson looked to drive to the basket during the Panthers' game against Wadena-Deer Creek on Saturday, March 6. Vance Carlson / Enteprrise

A 12-0 run early in the first half put Wadena-Deer Creek in front for good as the Wolverines handed the Park Rapids boys basketball team a 62-41 setback at the Area High School gym on Saturday, March 6.

A 3-pointer by Isaiah Phillippi and a layup by Logan Jackson tied the game at 5-5 with 14:50 to play in the first half before W-DC used a three-point play and a 3-pointer by Payton Rondestvedt to spark a 12-0 spurt that provided a 17-5 advantage at the 11:35 mark.

Parker Harmon’s three-point play at the 9:27 mark ended that run. Noah Morris followed with a pair of 3-pointers while Jackson hit a 3-pointer and Nick Michaelson hit a jumper as the Panthers trailed 35-19 at the half. Zach Shaw hit a pair of 3-pointers for the Wolverines.

Harmon hit a 3-pointer and Michaelson connected on three jumpers, but the Panthers trailed 42-28 with 13:18 to play. Jackson scored off a rebound and Harmon hit another 3-pointer as Park Rapids sliced the margin to 42-35 with 9:40 remaining.

But a three-point play by Tony Kreklau and 3-pointers by Tesha Loer and Peyton Church pushed W-DC’s advantage to 51-35 with 7:12 left. Three-pointers by Mason Yliniemi and James Hartig made it 53-41 with 5:04 showing before three layups by Rondestvedt sealed the win as the Wolverines closed the game with a 9-0 run.

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Harmon scored 10 points and had three steals while Jackson (9) and Michaelson (8) combined for 17 rebounds and dished out five assists each to lead the Panthers, who fell to 3-3 against Section 8AA teams and 4-10 overall.

Rondestvedt (20), Shaw (14) and Aiden Larson (11) hit double figures for the Wolverines, who improved to 2-1 against section teams and 9-6 overall.

WADENA-DEER CREEK: Shaw 4 4-5 14, Kreklau 1 2-3 4, Larson 5 1-2 11, Rondestvedt 6 6-6 20, Loer 3 2-3 9, Church 1 1-2 3. Totals: 20 (FG), 16 for 21 (FT).
PARK RAPIDS: Hartig 1 0-0 3, Phillippi 1 0-0 3, Jackson 3 0-2 7, Michaelson 4 0-0 8, Walsh 0 0-0 0, Morris 2 1-2 7, Stearns 0 0-0 0, Van Batavia 0 0-0 0, Olson 0 0-0 0, Harmon 3 2-5 10, Yliniemi 1 0-0 3. Totals: 15 for 44 (FG), 3 for 9 (FT).
Halftime: W-DC 35, Park Rapids 19. Three-pointers: Shaw 2, Rondestvedt 2, Loer 1, Hartig 1, Phillippi 1, Jackson 1, Morris 2, Harmon 2, Yliniemi 1. Team fouls: W-DC 9, Park Rapids 12. Rebounds: Park Rapids 32 (Jackson 9, Michaelson 8, Harmon 6, Van Batavia 4, Morris 2, Hartig 1, Stearns 1, Walsh 1). Assists: Park Rapids 14 (Jackson 5, Michaelson 5, Hartig 1, Morris 1, Van Batavia 1, Harmon 1). Steals: Park Rapids 11 (Harmon 3, Morris 2, Van Batavia 2, Michaelson 2, Hartig 1, Jackson 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 5 (Michaelson 4, Jackson 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 26.

Morris leads Panthers past TRF

Morris’ career-high 25 points led the Park Rapids boys basketball team in a 65-62 win at Thief River Falls on March 4.

Michaelson added 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals while Harmon had eight rebounds, six steals and four assists. Hartig dished out seven assists while Jackson chipped in seven rebounds and four assists as the Panthers had 17 assists on their 24 field goals.

“We played with energy and effort all night and we played as a team,” said Park Rapids head coach Josh Meader, whose team improved to 3-3 against Section 8AA teams.

Thief River Falls fell to 6-4 in section games and 6-7 overall.

PARK RAPIDS: Hartig 2 3-4 7, Morris 8 4-5 25, Van Batavia 2 0-2 4, Olson 0 0-0 0, Harmon 2 0-0 4, Phillippi 0 0-0 0, Jackson 4 1-6 9, Michaelson 4 3-3 11, Walsh 2 1-1 5. Totals: 24 for 51 (FG), 12 for 21 (FT).
Three-pointers: Morris 5. Rebounds: Park Rapids 26 (Harmon 8, Jackson 7, Michaelson 7, Van Batavia 3, Hartig 1). Assists: Park Rapids 17 (Hartig 7, Harmon 4, Jackson 4, Morris 1, Michaelson 1). Steals: Park Rapids 14 (Harmon 6, Michaelson 4, Morris 2, Hartig 1, Jackson 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 2 (Michaelson 2). Team fouls: Park Rapids 15. Turnovers: Park Rapids 16.

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Park Rapids' James Hartig (left) and Zach Van Batavia battled Wadena-Deer Creek's Teshe Loer for a loose ball during a game at the Area High School gym on Saturday, March 6. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

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