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Through the first half of the first half, Nevis and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley were locked in a 21-21 tie in a Northwoods Conference girls basketball game at Walker. The host Wolves took control by following a 19-3 run to close the half with a 13-0 run early in the second half in an 80-41 victory. Justine Day, Kali Oelschlager and Megan Benjamin had double-doubles as W-H-A swept the season series.
The weather forced three Park Rapids high school sporting events to be postponed on Thursday, Feb. 7. The Section 8A quarterfinal girls hockey game between Park Rapids and East Grand Forks was postponed and rescheduled for Friday (Feb. 8) at 7:30 p.m. at East Grand Forks. Park Rapids' gymnastics meet at Bemidji was also postponed. No make-up date has been scheduled. Park Rapids' triangular wrestling meet against Fosston/Bagley and Mahnomen/Waubun at Waubun was also postponed. No make-up date has been scheduled.
Back-to-back losses on the road dropped the Park Rapids girls basketball team out of first place in the Mid-State Conference standings. Aitkin hit clutch free throws down the stretch to seal a 59-49 win at Aitkin on Feb. 4 while Crosby-Ironton relied on balanced scoring to spark a 66-56 win at Crosby on Feb. 5. The two losses dropped the Panthers to 5-3 in conference games to trail Pequot Lakes' 6-2 record. Aitkin improved to 4-2 and C-I improved to 4-3. Detroit Lakes (3-4) and Staples-Motley (0-8) round out the conference standings. Gobblers sweep
Avenging two losses earlier in the season moved the Nevis boys basketball team up in the Northland Conference and Section 5A standings. The Tigers avenged a 54-52 overtime loss to Pine River-Backus on Dec. 20 with a 56-45 win at Nevis on Feb. 4 and avenged a 73-68 loss to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Jan. 8 with a 76-66 win at Walker on Feb. 5.
Despite being the focus of opposing defenses, Gabe Bagstad has been the leading scorer for the Park Rapids boys basketball team in every game this season. Bagstad continued that trend and joined an exclusive group during a 56-44 Mid-State Conference loss at Aitkin on Feb. 1. The Park Rapids senior guard finished with 15 points and reached 1,000 career points in the process by hitting a free throw with 4:53 to play in the first half. Bagstad entered the game with 998 career points.
Three unanswered goals to end the game rallied the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team to a 4-3 Section 8A victory at Red Lake Falls on Feb. 5.
Menahga's dominance against girls basketball teams in the Park Region Conference continued on Feb. 4 with a 75-39 win over New York Mills at Menahga. That victory gave the Braves an 11-0 record in conference play and a 19-0 overall record this season. Menahga has averaged 63.6 points while allowing 30.2 points against conference teams this season while running its Park Region winning streak to 31 games in a row. The Braves' last loss in conference play was 65-50 to Henning on Jan. 20, 2017. The win also extended Menahga's winning streak in regular-season games to 52 in a row.
A 19-4 run to start the game and a 19-1 run to end the first half propelled the Menahga girls basketball team to a 65-30 Park Region Conference victory at Verndale on Feb. 1. A 3-pointer by Cierra Ahlf, a layup by Megan Hendrickson, two layups by Tara Hendrickson, back-to-back 3-pointers by Megan Hendrickson and two layups by Ahlf gave Menahga a 19-4 lead with 11:04 to play in the first half.
Four players scored in double figures in leading the Nevis boys basketball team to an 89-51 Northland Conference victory at Laporte on Feb. 1.
United North Central's Ethan Hendrickson and TJ Jasicki advanced to championship matches at the Park Region Conference wrestling tournament at Wadena on Feb. 2.