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Grappling with success (cont.)

Posted: Wednesday March 14, 2007 2:56PM; Updated: Thursday March 15, 2007 2:53PM
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• 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.

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• 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.

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