Grappling with success (cont.)
Posted: Wednesday March 14, 2007 2:56PM; Updated: Thursday March 15, 2007 2:53PM
Senior power forward Noah Dahlman grabbed 18 rebounds to set a Minnesota state record last Saturday as three-time defending Class 2A champion Braham routed Hinckley-Finlayson, 77-41, in the Section 6 quarterfinals. The 6-foot-7, 190-pound Wofford signee has 525 rebounds this season, breaking Norm Grow's record of 513 set 50 years ago at Foley.
Irving (Texas) senior Blake Beavan pitched a perfect seven-inning game and struck out 18 batters in a 6-0 victory over city foe MacArthur. The 6-7, 215-pound right-hander needed only 81 pitches -- some reaching 95 miles per hour -- and had 14 consecutive strikeouts at one point. The Oklahoma signee, who is expected to be a high major league draft pick, allowed only three balls to be hit, all infield outs.
Sophomore goalie Mike Lee made 28 saves last Saturday to lead Roseau (29-2) to a 5-1 victory over Grand Rapids before a crowd of 17,567 to win Minnesota's Class 2A hockey state championship. It marked the Rams' seventh state title.
Senior defenseman Ryan McDonagh of St. Paul Cretin-Derham Hall has been named Minnesota's Mr. Hockey. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Wisconsin signee had 14 goals and 26 assists this year and will be playing for the USA next month during the World Junior Championships in Finland.
Jackson Lanier boys basketball coach Thomas Billups earned his 500th victory as his Bulldogs defeated New Hope, 74-69, to win Mississippi's Class 4A state championship. The Bulldogs also set state records by winning their third consecutive and eighth overall title.
One of Indiana's pioneer girls basketball coaches, Tom May of Crown Point, retired with a 27-year record of 442-173. May, who also was a standout boys basketball referee, won girls state titles in 1984 and 1985 and had runnerup finishes in 1983 and 1997.
Rotnei Clarke, a 6-foot junior guard, set an Oklahoma state tournament record when he exploded for 60 points as Claremore Verdigris routed Vian, 90-68. The previous week he scored 57 points during an 82-74 victory over Adair.
Oakland (Calif.) girls had a huge weekend in the National Scholastic Indoor Championships at the Armory in Manhattan, N.Y. Holy Names senior Ke'Nyia Richardson smashed the national indoor triple jump record with a leap of 44 feet, 6.75 inches. Ashton Purvis of St. Elizabeth set national freshman records of 7.49 seconds in the 60-meter dash and 23.55 seconds in the 200-meter dash. St. Anthony's (South Huntington, N.Y.) senior Walter Henning also broke his own national hammer throw record with a toss of 86 feet, 5.5 inches.