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Taryn Frazer and Michelle Jourdain combined to hit eight of the team's 15 3-pointers in Cass Lake-Bena's 88-48 Northwoods Conference win over the Nevis girls basketball team Jan. 10 at Cass Lake. Frazer finished with 18 points and Jourdain scored 15 points for the Panthers, who led 50-21 at the half. Danae Wilson (12), Kailee Fineday (11) and Serayah Drouillard (9) combined to make six 3-pointers and score 32 points as Cass Lake-Bena improved to 4-4 in the conference and 6-7 overall. The Panthers went 15 for 49 on 3-point tries and forced 29 turnovers.
Spencer Schaefer scored 26 points and Ty Swenson added 18 points in leading Pillager to a 72-52 Park Region Conference win over the Menahga boys basketball team Jan. 11 at Pillager. Charlie Hodge made five 3-pointers and led the Braves with 16 points while Gavin Hillukka added 10 points. Jonah Howard had eight rebounds, Zach Floyd had seven rebounds and three steals, and Tristan Aho had four assists for Menahga, which fell to 1-4 in the conference and 5-9 overall. The Huskies, who led 39-21 at the half, improved to 4-1 in conference games and 7-4 overall.
A second-half comeback kept the Menahga girls basketball team undefeated on the season following a 58-51 victory over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade on Jan. 12. B-B-E carried a 28-25 lead into the intermission before the Braves rallied to prevail in this battle of the top teams in Section 5A.
Led by career bests by Erin Tooker, Morgan Koppelman and Olivia Ulvin, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis gymnastics team recorded its best team score in floor exercise in two decades at Saturday's Moorhead Invitational. The Panthers received a 33.95 in that event in finishing second in the team standings of the Black Division with 123.00 points. Fargo Davies took first with a 129.80 while Fargo was third with a 122.30 on Jan. 12. The 33.95 in floor was the Panthers' best score since recording a 34.45 in 1998.
A 3-point shooting barrage sparked Hawley to a 72-43 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Friday night at the Area High School gym. The Nuggets made 14 3-pointers, including six during a pivotal run, that proved to be the difference in this battle of Section 8AA opponents on Jan. 11.
A 26-4 run starting midway through the first half sparked the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 62-39 Mid-State Conference win over Detroit Lakes Thursday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers used a 15-2 run late in the first half and an 11-2 run to open the second half to take control in this game on Jan. 10.
A dominating performance in the pool Thursday night propelled the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to its first dual-meet victory of the season. The Panthers won the first 11 events, including a 1-2-3 sweep in three of them, in coasting to a 119-51 victory over Perham/New York Mills at the Area High School pool on Jan. 10.
Despite being outscored 54-11 during an eight-game losing streak, head coach Derek Ricke saw the members of the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team continue to stay positive. That attitude paid off against Red Lake Falls in a key Section 8A game Saturday afternoon at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Red Lake Falls led 3-1 after the first period before the Panthers rallied to tie the game at 4-4 after regulation play to force overtime. Carter Opheim's game-winning goal capped off the comeback as the Panthers prevailed 5-4 on Jan. 12.
Joseph Stokman led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points in leading Crosby-Ironton to a 49-38 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Jan. 8 at Crosby. Johnathan Jacobson (12) and Kyle Skeim (11) also hit double figures for the Rangers, who jumped out to a 26-9 halftime lead.
Cooper Folkestad's 25 points and 10 rebounds sparked Wadena-Deer Creek's 67-60 Park Region Conference win over the Menahga boys basketball team at Menahga on Jan. 8. Dawson Lupkes added 11 points as the Wolverines improved to 2-2 in the conference and 3-7 overall.