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Pine River-Backus hit 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch to seal a 69-56 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team at Pine River Tuesday night (Dec. 18). Bailey Wynn's 22 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists led the Tigers. Alyssa Semmler added 13 points, six rebounds and four steals while Gabby Rainwater had 11 points and six rebounds. PR-B made 8 of 25 3-pointers and 15 of 21 free throws in the game to improve to 5-1.
While both teams exchanged 3-pointers during the game, it was a conventional three-point play down the stretch that helped the Nevis boys basketball team seal a 60-51 win over Menahga Tuesday night (Dec. 18) at the Tiger Arena. Two 3-pointers by Zach Floyd and 3-pointers by Charlie Hodge and Gavin Hillukka gave Menahga an 18-15 lead. Eddie Kramer and Ty Warrington hit 3-pointers and Luke DeWulf converted a three-point play for the Tigers at the start.
Midway through the second period of Tuesday night's game against Crookston, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team appeared to be in control of posting a win for the third game in a row. That all changed in less than three minutes as the Pirates used a pair of power-play goals to rally from a 3-1 deficit for a 5-3 victory in a battle of Section 8A rivals at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena on Dec. 18.
Grand Rapids went 1-2-3 in three events and added a pair of 1-2 showings in posting a 123-62 win over the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team in a dual meet at the Area High School pool on Tuesday (Dec. 18). Park Rapids opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay as Marcus Benson, Spencer Fritze, Elliott Nichols and Seth Breitweser teamed up for a 1:49.91.
Getting contributions from the perimeter and the interior sparked the Park Rapids boys basketball team to a 66-48 Mid-State Conference win over Aitkin Tuesday night (Dec. 18) at the Century School gym.
Ashton Clark and Cody Dravis reached milestones for the Park Rapids wrestling team in reaching the finals of the Big Bear Tournament at Cass Lake on Dec. 15. Clark recorded his 150th career win in winning the title at 120 pounds while Dravis notched his 100th career pin in reaching the championship match at 182 pounds. Jack Hensel added an eighth-place finish at 195 as the Panthers finished 18th in this 39-team tournament with 73 points. Hutchinson won the team title with 177 points.
A pair of fast starts lifted the Nevis boys basketball team to a pair of impressive wins. The Tigers jumped out to a 38-12 halftime lead in a 76-28 win at Bertha-Hewitt on Dec. 13 while a 21-9 start sparked the Tigers to a 53-46 victory over Browerville/Eagle Valley in a key Section 5A battle Dec. 15 at Nevis.
Frazee held a 54-42 lead with 5:27 to play before the Menahga boys basketball team closed with a 20-5 run to rally for a 62-59 victory on Dec. 13 at Menahga. The Hornets held a 50-37 lead with 7:35 to play before a 3-pointer by Gavin Hillukka and a layup by Jonah Howard cut the gap to 52-42.
Tyra Myers hit a pair of 3-pointers to spark a 17-2 run to open the game and lead Browerville/Eagle Valley to a 60-31 victory over the Nevis girls basketball team Saturday (Dec. 15) at the Tiger Arena. Megan Benning hit a jumper, scored on three layups and connected on a 3-pointer as B/EV closed the half with a 17-1 run. Katie Kamphaus hit a pair of jumpers and Sadie Thurner hit a 3-pointer for the host Tigers, who trailed 34-9 at the half.
Gabe Bagstad scored a career-high 39 points as the Park Rapids boys basketball team opened Mid-State Conference play with a 67-51 win over Staples-Motley at Staples on Dec. 14. Bagstad made 15 of 27 field goals, including 6 of 11 3-pointers, and 3 of 5 free throws to just miss tying the school record for points in a game. Bryce Fazekas scored 40 points in 2007 to set the scoring record. Keith Jump also scored 39 points in 1960.