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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.
Tara Hendrickson's 21 points and Greta Hillukka's 10 rebounds led the Menahga girls basketball team to a 71-19 win over Bertha-Hewitt during the Park Region Conference Showcase at New York Mills on Saturday (Dec. 8). Alyssa Peterson, Janie Tormanen and Cierra Ahlf scored 10 points each while Peterson dished out five assists and Hendrickson had five steals as the Braves improved to 2-0 in the conference and 4-0 overall.
Three Park Rapids wrestlers and three United North Central wrestlers captured individual titles at the Crookston Rodd Olson Invitational on Saturday (Dec. 8). Lucas Kritzeck, Ashton Clark and Cody Dravis won individual titles for Park Rapids while Ethan Hendrickson, Brock Kako and Jared Seibert were crowned champions for UNC. Kritzeck defeated United North Central's TJ Jasicki by injury default, posted a 6-0 minor decision over Mahnomen-Waubun's Will Olson and pinned Crookston's Nolan Dans in 4:57 to go 3-0 in round-robin action and place first at 113 pounds.
Three players scored in double figures as Cass Lake defeated Nevis 68-39 in a Northwoods Conference girls basketball game Thursday night (Dec. 6) at the Tiger Arena. Taryn Frazer and Danae Wilson scored 13 points each while Kailee Fineday chipped in 11 points for the Panthers, who jumped out to a 42-18 halftime lead.
For the second time this season, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team lost a close game to Morris/Benson. The Panthers forced overtime by scoring twice in the final 3:05 in the third period before Hannah Zimmel's overtime goal gave Morris/Benson a 5-4 victory Thursday night (Dec. 6) at the Lee Community Center in Morris.
The Nevis boys basketball team was able to overcome a halftime deficit to defeat Blackduck, but couldn't hold a halftime lead in a loss to Win-E-Mac in splitting games at the Fosston tournament. Blackduck held a 32-25 halftime lead in a semifinal game Thursday night (Dec. 6) before the Tigers used a 39-17 run in the second half to rally for a 64-49 victory. In the championship game Friday night (Dec. 7), Nevis maintained that momentum in building a 30-19 lead at the break before Win-E-Mac rallied for a 53-50 victory.
Cole Myers scored 23 points and Gavin Reiland added 21 points in leading Richland to a 75-41 victory over the Menahga boys basketball team Saturday afternoon (Dec. 8) at Menahga. Richland jumped out to a 41-21 halftime lead en route to the win. The Colts made 10 of 33 3-pointers in the game while forcing 24 Menahga turnovers in improving to 2-0.
Gabe Bagstad's 28 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals led the way as the Park Rapids boys basketball team defeated Frazee 72-59 Friday night (Dec. 7) at Frazee. Tristin Persons added 18 points, nine assists and six steals while Jeff Haas (7), Shawn Ohm (7), Preston Renneberg (6) and Jake Reish (6) rounded out the scoring for the Panthers, who prevailed despite missing 15 of 30 free throws.
Kaisa Coborn scored a game-high 22 points in leading the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 65-52 win over Staples-Motley in the Mid-State Conference opener Thursday night (Dec. 6) at Staples.