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Halle Landstrom used a winning score of 8.80 in vault to capture the all-around title with a 32.15 as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis gymnastics team was edged by Detroit Lakes' junior varsity team 122.15-120.85 Thursday night (Dec. 13) at the Area High School gym. Erin Tooker also took first on balance beam with an 8.10 as the Panthers posted their season-high team score, topping their previous best of 120.525.
With the 71 Cup at stake, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team picked the perfect time to enter the win column for the first time this season. The Panthers used a 33-23 advantage in shots to spark a 3-1 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek at Wadena Thursday night (Dec. 13) to snap a four-game losing streak to the Wolverines and bring home the traveling trophy.
Jackie Lynn Taflin's 17 points, eight rebounds and seven steals sparked Clearbrook-Gonvick's 42-27 Northwoods Conference victory over the Nevis girls basketball team at Clearbrook on Dec. 7. C-G held the Tigers to only 11 points in the second half to improve to 3-0 in the conference and 4-2 overall. The Bears prevailed despite making only 3 of 27 3-point attempts and 7 of 19 free throws.
Jonas Baune, Brady Bauck and Derin Gaudette scored in double figures in leading New York Mills to a 56-37 Park Region Conference victory over the Menahga boys basketball team Tuesday night (Dec. 11) at New York Mills. Baune scored 19 points, Bauck had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Gaudette hit three 3-pointers in scoring 11 points for the Eagles, who outscored Menahga 29-13 in the second half to break open a 27-24 halftime lead in the conference opener for both teams.
Cierra Ahlf scored 27 points in helping the Menahga girls basketball team edge Pine River-Backus 62-57 Tuesday night (Dec. 11) at Pine River. Tara Hendrickson chipped in 16 points and seven rebounds while Alyssa Peterson had 12 points and six assists. Ahlf also had four steals while Hendrickson and Peterson had three steals each as the Braves improved to 5-0. Menahga remained in the No. 4 spot in this week's state Class A poll.
Pins by Harley Wellman, Joe Klein, Kaden Safratowich and Kian Scott in the upper weights rallied the Park Rapids wrestling team to a 48-27 victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis Tuesday night (Dec. 11) at Walker. After WHAN took a 6-0 lead behind minor decisions by Dawson McGee at 106 pounds and Eli Johnson at 113, the Panthers used first-period pins by Lucas Kritzeck at 120 and Ashton Clark at 126 to claim a 12-6 advantage. The Wolves responded as pins by Zack Stevenson at 132 and Carter Rettke at 138 and a minor decision by Alex Hein at 145 provided a 21-12 lead.
Jack Hines earned a shutout in his first varsity start as Detroit Lakes limited the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to only 14 shots on goal in a 10-0 Mid-State Conference win Tuesday night (Dec. 11) at Kent Freeman Arena. Seven different players scored goals and 10 players registered assists as the Lakers improved to 3-0 in conference games and 5-0 overall. Detroit Lakes has outscored its opponents 27-5 this season.
Aitkin used a strong start and a strong finish to defeat the Park Rapids girls basketball team Tuesday night (Dec. 11) at the Area High School gym. The Gobblers, who never trailed in the contest, started the game by jumping out to a 25-8 lead and needed a 14-5 run at the end of the game to seal a 73-63 Mid-State Conference victory.
Despite opening the season with an 0-10 record, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team continues to compete. A late goal prevented the Panthers from picking up their first win of the season on Dec. 8 as Eveleth-Gilbert escaped with a 3-2 victory at the Eveleth Hippodrome. On Tuesday night (Dec. 11) at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena, Detroit Lakes scored nine consecutive goals to break open a 3-2 game in a 12-3 Mid-State Conference win. Golden Bears prevail
Spencer Fritze, Zach Fritze and Marcus Benson won two individual events each in leading the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to a runner-up finish at the Fergus Falls Invitational on Dec. 8. The Panthers won eight events in compiling 414 points. Fergus Falls topped the six-team field with 484 points.