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Mason Johnson sparked a 13-2 run to start the second half and Adnew Stueven sparked a 12-0 run to end the game that lifted Northome-Kelliher to a 78-62 Northland Conference win over the Nevis boys basketball team at the Tiger Arena on Jan. 18.
Shane Donovan's four goals and Jeremiah Smythe's 45 saves sparked Northern Lakes to a 7-3 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team Jan. 17 at the Breezy Point Hockey Arena. The Panthers rallied to within 4-3 before Donovan completed his hat trick with a pair of goals in the third period to seal the win.
Goalie Kylee Pachel kept the games close as the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team suffered back-to-back shutouts at home. Pachel made 69 saves in a 3-0 Mid-State Conference loss to Northern Lakes at the Walker Area Community Center on Jan. 17 and followed with 72 saves in a 6-0 Section 8A loss to East Grand Forks Jan. 19 at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena.
Experience topped exuberance when Park Rapids and Nevis met in a girls basketball game Jan. 17 at the Area High School gym. Park Rapids featured a veteran lineup with five seniors and two juniors playing the majority of the minutes while the Tigers countered with a young squad of one senior, one junior, one sophomore, two freshmen and two eighth graders. Experience prevailed as the Panthers used a 28-4 run starting early in the first half to break open a close game in a 74-45 victory.
Kylie Owen's 24 points and 12 rebounds sparked Kelliher-Northome to a 61-50 Northwoods Conference win over the Nevis girls basketball team Jan. 15 at the Tiger Arena. Owen's performance offset double-doubles by Nevis' Makenna Frazier and Emily Funk. Frazier had 20 points and 11 rebounds while Funk had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Ashley Pyburn led the Tigers with 14 points and five steals while Addison Lindow had six assists. Nevis fell to 1-7 in conference games and 1-12 overall.
Luke DeWulf's double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds led the Nevis boys basketball team to a 57-32 win at Verndale on Jan. 15.
Cody Dravis recorded his 150th career win and joined Jack Hensel and Kian Scott with runner-up finishes for the Park Rapids wrestling team at the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie Invitational at Parkers Prairie on Jan. 12. Dravis pinned Benson's Dylan Stewart in 1:42 in the semifinals before being pinned by BHVPP's Zavier Grefe in 3:22 in the championship match at 182 pounds. Dravis was rated No. 3 at 170 pounds in the latest state Class AA poll while Grefe was rated No. 9 at 182 in the latest state Class A poll.
Back on Nov. 23, Crookston coasted to an 8-1 win over the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team at the Thief River Falls tournament. The rematch Tuesday night at Crookston was a lot tougher as Catherine Tiedemann's overtime goal gave the Pirates a 3-2 win in this battle of Section 8A rivals. Alexa Kennedy gave Park Rapids a 1-0 lead by scoring on the Panthers' first shot of the game with 5:21 to play in the first period. However, Tiedemann tied the game by scoring with 5:13 left.
Alec Nordin gave the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team its second consecutive overtime victory against a Section 8A opponent Tuesday night. After Bagley/Fosston scored twice in the final 3:52 to tie the game at 2-2 and force overtime, Nordin scored the game-winner at the 3:37 mark in the extra session as the Panthers prevailed with a 3-2 win at the Walker Area Community Center on Jan. 15. That win avenged a 3-2 overtime loss to Bagley/Fosston on Nov. 29.
Posting nine first-place finishes and adding six runner-up showings powered the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to a 116-64 Mid-State Conference victory over Detroit Lakes at the Area High School pool on Jan. 15. Jordan Odor, Seth Breitweser, Spencer Fritze and Marcus Benson opened this dual meet with a winning time of 1:52.86 in the 200-yard medley relay.