Park boys knock off Cretin-Derham Hall
Park senior forward Evan Bearth went for 27 points as Park won a huge road game at always- strong Cretin-Derham Hall Thursday. It was the first Park win over Cretin in boys’ basketball since at least the 2009-2010 season, a streak of at least 29 straight losses.
“To my knowledge, looking back at the conference record books since 2006, Park has never beaten Cretin,” noted Park head coach Mike Weah.
The win was even more remarkable considering star forward Pharrel Payne has yet to play this season for the Wolfpack as he’s been out with a hip issue.
“He’s been a leader off the court,” Weah said of Payne. “He’s been like another coach on the bench.”
Defense and unselfish play on offense have keyed Park’s success early this winter.
“We’re locked on defense,” said Weah. “We’re winning the 50/50 balls. And we’re moving together on offense.”
Park came into the game as the ninth-ranked team in the Class 4A standings and is likely to move up after the win over the No. 4 Raiders.
Josh Hatano added 14 points for the Wolfpack, who are still playing without star senior forward Pharrel Payne.
Park trailed 29-21 at the half, but doubled the host Raiders after the break, outscoring Cretin 34-17 in the second half.
Cretin had been ranked No. 3 in the pre-season poll and is traditionally a tough out for the Wolfpack.
Park improved to a league-leading 2-0 in the Suburban East Conference and are 4-1 overall on the season.
Earlier in the week, Park won at Roseville 56-44 on Tuesday. Bearth was again the top scorer with 16 points while teammate Ot Omot scored 15.
The Wolfpack hosts undefeated South St. Paul (5-0) in a non-conference contest Tuesday.
Wolfpack swims past Woodbury
Mitchell LeMay and Matt Glenna each won two events and swam legs on Park’s winning 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays as the Wolfpack swimmers and divers got off to a fast start in the dual-meet season with a team triumph at Woodbury Thursday.
Park won the meet 111-75. LeMay won the 200-yard IM in 2:10.97 and the 100-yard butterfly in 55.63.
Glenna finished first in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.66 and the 100-yard freestyle in 50.29.
Park won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:34.73 with the team of Ethan Anderson, Mitchell LeMay, Nathan Johnson and Glenna. The Park team of Anderson, LeMay, Carter Sommerness and Glenna swam to a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:32.56.
Park’s Parker Jeseritz took first in the 100yard backstroke in 1:02.14. Nathan Johnson won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.08.
Park swimmers earning seconds were Jackson Harre in the 200 freestyle (2:02.97), Mason Darling in the 200-yaerd IM (2:13.18) and 100-yard backstroke (1:08.84), Anderson in the 50-yard freestyle (24.20) and the 100-yard freestyle (53.82), Nathan Johnson in the 100yard butterfly (59.15), Jeseritz in the 500-yard freestyle (5:32.64).
Park was second in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:50.22.
Dance team places in two meets
Park finished sixth in high klick and seventh in jazz at the Suburban East Conference meet at Forest Lake Wednesday.
The Wolfpack had a score of 18.5 to finish sixth in the high kick category. Mounds View won the team scoring with three points.
Park scored 21 points in the jazz competition. Forest Lake won the jazz event with 3 points.
Park was sixth both in jazz (18 points) and high kick (18 points) at the Rochester Century Invitational Saturday.