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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.
Head coach Matt Clark wasn't surprised when the Park Rapids wrestling team set a school record by qualifying six individuals for the state Class A tournament. Seniors Nolan Booge, Jared Sunram, Justin Dravis and Jacob Bittmann and sophomores Ashton Clark and Cody Dravis entered the Section 8A tournament as either the No. 1 or No. 2 seeds. All six lived up to their billing by advancing to state.
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.
Gavin Smith scored 20 points in leading Staples-Motley to a 64-30 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team at Staples on Feb. 23. Trevor Skeesick added 11 points as the Cardinals improved to 2-5 in the conference and 12-10 overall. Jason Haas scored 10 points to lead Park Rapids, which fell to 0-8 in Mid-State games and 4-21 overall. PARK RAPIDS: Novak 3, Reish 4, Ballard 2, Herberg 3, Haas 10, Johnson 3, Persons 1, Jewison 4.
An 18-game winning streak and 23-1 overall record kept the Nevis boys basketball team in the No. 2 spot in this week's state Class A poll. Minneapolis North (24-2) returned to the No. 1 spot while Heritage Christian (21-5) at No. 3, Central Minnesota Christian (22-3) at No. 4, Goodhue (24-3) at No. 5, Springfield (23-2) at No. 6, Red Lake (21-4) at No. 7, Spring Grove (22-3) at No. 8, Ada-Borup (22-3) at No. 9 and Red Rock Central (22-2) at No. 10 rounded out the top 10.