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Brady Miller's empty-net goal completed a hat trick and sealed Prairie Centre's 5-1 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Tuesday night (Dec. 4). The North Stars used a 31-14 advantage in shots on goal to spoil Park Rapids' home opener at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. After a scoreless first period, Prairie Centre used a 13-3 advantage in shots and a pair of goals by Miller to claim a 3-0 lead after the second period. Eli Fletcher also scored for the North Stars in that period.
Spencer Shaefer's three-point play to open the game set the tone as Pillager led from start to finish in a 61-44 victory to spoil the home opener for the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night (Dec. 4) at the Area High School gym. Schaefer scored three more times inside, Ty Swenson turned a steal into a layup and AJ Gratke hit a 3-pointer as the Huskies jumped out to a 20-10 lead with 7:18 to play in the first half. Layups by Gabe Bagstad and Tristin Persons and a basket off a rebound by Preston Renneberg led Park Rapids in the early going.
Three impressive runs helped the Park Rapids girls basketball team defeat Perham Monday night (Dec. 3) in the home opener at the Area High School gym. The Panthers used spurts of 13-3, 16-0 and 16-3 to spark a 75-52 victory in this game between Section 8AA South opponents. Perham used 3-pointers by Lacy Richter, Lisa Meader and Katie Johnson to jump out to an 18-12 lead with 11:08 to play in the first half. Kaisa Coborn hit a jump shot, Paige Johnson scored off a rebound and Rilee Michaelson scored three baskets inside for the Panthers in the early going.
Head coach Scott Kramer is counting on talent to offset a lack of experience and lead the Nevis boys basketball team to another successful season. The Tigers graduated five seniors from a team that was rated as high as No. 4 in the state Class A poll while finishing second in the Northland Conference standings with an 11-3 record in compiling a 23-6 overall mark. With only two letterwinners from that group returning, Kramer is counting on a talented group of underclassmen to help the Tigers make another run at contending for the conference and Section 5A titles.
With seven letterwinners returning, new head coach Cyrus Gust is counting on the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis gymnastics team to continue a recent trend of seeing an increase in skills. Gust, who served as the Panthers' assistant coach for the last four years, has a veteran lineup back from a team that finished sixth at the Section 8A meet with a season-best 122.525 ponts.
Matt Clark and the members of the Park Rapids wrestling team face a major challenge this season. With only six wrestlers back who competed at last year's Section 8AA tournament, Clark knows the Panthers could struggle in dual meets this season. With half the starting lineup being comprised of first-year full-time varsity wrestlers, Clark is challenging his team to concentrate on improving and peaking for the section tournament.
With 14 letterwinners returning, including seven who placed at the section tournament, head coach Jacob Oyster is counting on the United North Central wrestling team to be a top contender in the Park Region Conference and Section 8A ranks. The Warriors return a veteran lineup, led by seniors Jared Seibert, Isaac Tellers, Brock Kako, Mason Bradley and Gator Bettin; junior Ethan Trout; sophomore Dakota Meech; and freshman Ethan Hendrickson.
Menahga's defense held Hayfield to 3-of-30 shooting in building a 37-9 halftime lead in a 53-23 girls basketball victory Saturday (Dec. 1) at Hopkins. Alyssa Peterson connected on six 3-pointers and scored 20 points while Tara Hendrickson added 10 points and six rebounds for the Braves, who hit 10 of 15 3-pointers in the first half. Cierra Ahlf added 9 points and six rebounds while Timbr Berttunen had four assists and joined Peterson and Ahlf with three steals. Peterson also had five rebounds and joined Great Hillukka with three assists as Menahga improved to 2-0 on the season.
Charlie Hodge, Gavin Hillukka and Tristan Aho scored in double figures in leading the Menahga boys basketball team to a 59-46 win over Goodridge-Grygla-Gatzke in the season opener Friday night (Nov. 30) at Menahga.
Eddie Kramer hit four 3-pointers in the first half as the Nevis boys basketball team jumped out to a 41-5 halftime lead in coasting to an 84-26 Northland Conference win over Laporte Friday night (Nov. 30) at the Tiger Arena.