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United North Central's Toby Hintzman brought home a medal in his first trip while Ben Johnson just missed earning a medal in his second state trip to the state Class A wrestling tournament. Hintzman placed fifth at 160 pounds during Saturday's finals at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul while Johnson was defeated in Saturday's consolation quarterfinals to miss placing in the 126-pound bracket.
Park Rapids' Ashton Clark, Justin Dravis and Cody Dravis were expected to contend for individual state titles at this year's state Class A wrestling tournament. All three competed at state the last two seasons and all three were rated in the state Class A polls the entire season. Clark and Justin Dravis were also looking to repeat as state medalists.
Menahga stayed alive while Park Rapids was eliminated in section girls basketball play Saturday. Menahga, the No. 2 seed in the North half of Section 5A, opened the tournament with a 61-22 win over No. 7 McGregor Thursday night at Menahga and a 58-43 win over No. 3 Pine River-Backus Saturday night at Crosby. The Braves played No. 1 Cromwell Tuesday night at Crosby in the North championship game.
Park Rapids' Ashton Clark, Justin Dravis and Cody Dravis won medals during Saturday's finals of the Minnesota state Class A wrestling tournament. Clark was denied a state title with a 3-0 loss to United South Central's Blake Legred in the 106-pound championship match. Legred's nearfall in the third period was the only scoring as Clark ended his sophomore season with a 39-3 record.
Park Rapids sophomore Spencer Fritze earned all-state honors by placing seventh in diving during Saturday's finals of the state Class A boys swimming and diving meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Fritze, who was in fifth place after Thursday's semifinal round, finished with 340.25 points to earn 12 points. Simley's Ebenezer Obo won the state title with 436.45 points.
Menahga received the No. 8 seed and will host No. 9 Laporte as the Section 5A North boys basketball playoffs begin. The Braves (11-14 on the season) host Laporte (4-21) Monday night at 7 in a play-in game. The winner advances to play at No. 1 Nevis (24-1) Thursday night at 7. In the Section 8AA tournament, Park Rapids (4-22) received the No. 14 seed and will travel to No. 3 Crookston (16-10) in the opener Thursday night at 7. The winner advances to play either No. 6 Hawley (9-15) or No. 11 Bagley (10-16) at Concordia College Saturday night at 7:30.
Park Rapids sophomore Ashton Clark won his semifinal match Saturday morning and will wrestle for the state Class A title at 106 pounds at 6:30 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center. Clark used a first-period takedown and nearfall and a pair of escapes in the third period for a 7-4 minor decision over Grand Meadow's Jackson Hale in the semifinals. Clark will wrestle United South Central's Blake Legred in the championship match. Two other Park Rapids wrestlers were defeated in semifinal matches.
Juniors Matt Benson and Casimir Simonson and sophomore Spencer Fritze were determined to return to the state Class A boys swimming and diving meet. Senior Sam Eystad, junior Zach Behrens and freshman Marcus Benson were motivated to qualify for the state meet for the first time. All six Park Rapids swimmers fulfilled their quests during the Section 5A meet by combining to qualify in six events.
Allysa Kimber took control down the stretch as Bertha-Hewitt defeated Nevis 65-56 in the first round of the Section 5A North girls basketball tournament Monday night at the Tiger Arena. Nevis, the No. 8 seed, led 53-49 with 1:57 to play before Kimber sparked a 16-0 run by converting a 4-point play, hitting a jumper and making seven straight free throws to give the No. 9-seeded Bears the win.
After missing several easy shots in the first half, the Nevis boys basketball team converted several easy shots in the second half to spark a 56-34 win over Menahga Tuesday night at the Tiger Arena. Both offenses struggled in the first half as Nevis carried a 23-11 advantage into the break. The Tigers opened the second half with a 31-16 run to take control and extend their winning streak to 18 games in a row.