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Detroit Lakes went undefeated in five dual matches to capture the Mid-State Conference wrestling title Jan. 25 at the Park Rapids Century School gym. The Lakers, who were rated No. 8 in the latest in the state Class AA poll, defeated Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus (56-16), Aitkin (56-9), Crosby-Ironton (62-5), Staples-Motley (66-12) and Park Rapids (69-10) to improve to 19-2 in dual meets. Park Rapids only entered six wrestlers in going 0-5 in the tournament. The Panthers were also defeated by Crosby-Ironton (48-24), Staples-Motley (45-21), Aitkin (48-30) and PLPRB (57-18).
Kaisa Coborn and Rilee Michaelson have been the leading scorers for the Park Rapids girls basketball team all season. During an 83-54 Mid-State Conference win over Staples-Motley Jan. 25 at the Area High School gym, that duo became two of the top scorers in the history of the Park Rapids girls basketball program.
Head coach Derek Ricke and the members of the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team don't mind putting in overtime. The Panthers improved to 3-1 in overtime games on Jan. 24 by rallying for a 4-3 victory over Breckenridge/Wahpeton at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
Maya Lake scored 24 points and Jayde Peterson added 14 points and 17 rebounds in leading Sebeka to a 71-29 victory over the Nevis girls basketball team Jan. 22 at the Tiger Arena. Kenzie Nelson added 10 points as Sebeka improved to 6-2 against Section 5A teams and 11-5 overall. Makenna Frazier (8) and Ashley Pyburn (7) combined for 15 points while Frazier had 15 rebounds and Katie Kamphaus grabbed 14 rebounds for the Tigers, who trailed 41-21 at the half. Emily Funk had three assists and Kamphaus had two steals as Nevis fell to 1-5 in section games and 1-14 overall.
Jonah Howard tallied a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Menahga boys basketball team defeated Bertha-Hewitt 62-42 in a Park Region Conference game Jan. 22 at Menahga.
A 16-6 run to end the game propelled the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 64-56 win over Crookston in a battle of Section 8AA teams at the Area High School gym on Jan. 22.
Eddie Kramer and Ben Soldwisch combined for 46 points in leading the Nevis boys basketball team to a 70-65 Northland Conference victory at Red Lake on Jan. 22.
Eight different players scored goals and eight different players tallied assists as Warroad used a 48-9 advantage in shots on goal to spark a 10-0 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Jan. 22 at Warroad. The Warriors outshot Park Rapids 20-3 in taking a 5-0 lead after the first period. Grant Slukynsky, Sky Solig, Anthony Foster and Saizha Norwegian scored in a span of 5:03 before Slukynsky capped off the period with a shorthanded goal.
Kayla Sayvoitz and Kylee Hopp scored two goals apiece as Prairie Centre gained a share of the Mid-State Conference title with a 7-1 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team at Wadena on Jan. 22. The win gave the Blue Devils a 5-1 record to tie Northern Lakes atop the conference standings. Detroit Lakes finished at 2-4 while the Panthers ended at 0-6 in Mid-State action.
Eight winning performances, including three 1-2 showings, led the Park Rapids boys swimming team to a 95-67 victory at Thief River Falls on Jan. 22. Zach Fritze and Marcus Benson won two individual events each and swam on two winning relays while Spencer Fritze won two individual events and swam on a winning relay as the Panthers improved to 3-3 in dual meets.