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A convincing 79-39 Park Region Conference win at Pillager Tuesday night helped the Menahga girls basketball team move up in this week's state Class A poll. Alyssa Peterson scored 25 points, Megan Hendrickson had a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Cierra Ahlf chipped in 17 points as the Braves improved to 7-0 in the conference and 12-0 overall. Ahlf hauled down eight rebounds and joined Martha Peterson with four assists while Peterson led the Braves with six steals. Ahlf had four steals and Tara Hendrickson blocked two shots for Menahga, which led 50-24 at the half.
Led by season highs in three events, the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team surpassed a season-high team score with a runner-up showing in the White Division at the Moorhead Invitational on Jan. 13. The Panthers used season bests on uneven parallel bars, balance beam and floor exercise for a 117.40 team score. Fargo took first with a 122.90 while Morris Area (116.50) and Moorhead Black (87.80) followed. Park Rapids easily surpassed its previous best of 111.85.
Crookston used four pins and three forfeits in the first 10 matches to build a 48-5 lead and held on for a 48-26 victory over the Park Rapids wrestling Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Ashton Clark had the Panthers' lone win in the early going, using a takedown and three nearfalls in the first period and an escape, takedown and nearfall in the second period for a 17-0 victory by technical fall at the 3:20 mark at 120 pounds. Clark was rated No. 3 at 113 in the latest state Class AA poll.
After trailing 2-1 midway through the second period, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team took control for a key 4-2 Section 8A victory over Crookston Tuesday night at the Ted O. Johnson Ice Arena. Crookston held a 14-12 advantage in shots in the first period before the Panthers used 19-8 advantages in the final two periods to sweep the season series and snap a 14-game losing streak.
Winning 10 events enabled the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team to defeat Detroit Lakes in a Mid-State Conference dual meet Tuesday night at Detroit Lakes. The Panthers won all three relays while Zach Behrens, Spencer Fritze and Marcus Benson won two individual events each in sparking the 102-84 victory. That win lifted Park Rapids to 5-0 in dual meets this season.
North Woods handed the Nevis boys basketball team its first loss of the season in a battle of two of the top Class A teams in the state Saturday at Duluth East.
Brady Raph's 21 points sparked Pine River-Backus to a 61-53 win over the Menahga boys basketball team Thursday night at Pine River. Torry Hirschey (15), Nick Ackerman (10) and Nathaniel Wosmek (10) also scored in double figures for the Tigers, who trailed 27-26 at the half. The win lifted PR-B to 6-5 on the season.
Ava Isaacson's 14 points and 11 rebounds helped the Nevis girls basketball team snap a nine-game losing streak with a 52-50 Northwoods Conference win against Cass Lake-Bena Thursday night at the Tiger Arena. Kia Heide added 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists while Katie Kamphaus had 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots for the Tigers, who led 32-26 at the half. Ashley Pyburn chipped in 12 rebounds and eight steals as Nevis improved to 3-5 in the conference. The Tigers prevailed despite missing 19 of 30 free throws and turning the ball over 31 times.
Led by a season-high 62 shots on goal, the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys hockey team snapped a six-game winless streak with a decisive 9-1 Section 8A victory at Red Lake Falls Saturday afternoon. The Panthers set the tone for the game in the first period by firing 31 shots on net while holding Red Lake Falls to only three shots.
Megan Hendrickson's double-double helped the Menahga girls basketball team expand its lead in the Park Region Conference standings with a 67-27 win over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night at Wadena. Hendrickson had 23 points and 14 rebounds to go along with five steals while Alyssa Peterson added 22 points for the Braves, who coasted to the win despite making only 4 of 26 3-point attempts. Cierra Ahlf chipped in 13 points and four assists while Martha Peterson had three assists for Menahga.