CLAIRE O'GORMAN

Forest Lake • gymnastics

The hardest part was the waiting.

After the first session of the Class 2A gymnastics state meet, O'Gorman was leading the all-around competition with a score of 37.85 and had helped the Rangers to the top of the team standings.

Now they had to wait — for six hours —until the results of the second session came through.

Would those leads stand?

"I was so anxious," said O'Gorman, a senior. "Waiting to see if things would stay the same or if I'd drop at all."

Unfortunately for O'Gorman and her teammates, Sartell was a bit better, taking home both the all-around and team title.

O'Gorman was second in the all-around as were the Rangers in the team competition.

"I was a little disappointed, but I was happy with my meet," she said.

She did win the floor exercise with a 9.65

"That was exciting," she said. "If you would have told me what was going to happen before the meet, I wouldn't have believed it."

ELLY BAHR

Elk River • basketball

The senior guard is known for airtight defense and long-range shooting. Both were on display as the Elks beat Rogers and St.Michael-Albertville to win the Class 4A, Section 8 title. Bahr led the team in scoring with 43 points combined in the two games.

DERRICK CARDINAL

Forest Lake • wrestling

The senior 132-pounder capped his career with a 3-2 overtime victory over previously-undefeated Zach Hanson of Lakeville North for his fourth state championship. He's one of just 30 wrestlers in state history to win four or more.

KAYLEY CRAWFORD

Minnetonka • hockey

The Harvard-bound senior forward provided the necessary offense for the Skippers in a 2-1 victory over Alexandria in the Class 2A state quarterfinals. She scored both of her team's goals, including one in overtime to them advance to the semifinals.

LAMAR GRAYSON

Richfield • basketball

The senior guard exploded in the second half, scoring 29 of his 37 points, to help the Spartans rally from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat previously unbeaten South St. Paul 93-90 in the Class 3A, Section 3 final.

MAX McENELLY

Waconia • wrestling

The sophomore 182-pounder completed an undefeated season with a technical fall, a pin and a 3-2 overtime victory over Gabe Nagel of Little Falls for his second consecutive state championship. He finished 37-0 and is 91-1 in the past two years.

GARRETT SCHIFSKY

Andover • hockey

The flashy 5-9 senior forward had a pure hat trick — three consecutive goals, two coming on the power play — to stake the Huskies to a 3-0 lead en route to a 3-2 victory over Grand Rapids is the Class 2A, Section 7 final.

JIM PAULSEN

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