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Coach Onika Peterson has announced all-conference and other significant highlights from the 2016-17 NRHEG girls’ basketball season.
Named All-Gopher Conference were Maddie Wagner, Marnie Wagner, Rachel Collins, Kayley Camerer and Betsy Schoenrock. Kelly Harden received honorable mention.
Maddie Wagner and Marnie Wagner were named all-state honorable mention. Maddie totaled 412 points, 222 rebounds, 100 assists, 60 steals and 15 blocks this past season. She finished as the Panthers’ No. 2 all-time scorer with 1,870 points and career totals of 841 rebounds, 320 steals and 417 assists. Marnie had 408 points, 196 rebounds, 118 assists, 106 steals and eight blocks this season and 1,566 points, 930 rebounds, 326 steals and 410 assists for her career.
Schoenrock broke Anna Schlaak’s school record of 71 blocked shots. She finished the season with 480 points, 250 rebounds and 76 blocks.
Grace Johns was named to the academic all-state team.
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Award winners were announced for 2016-17 NRHEG High School winter sports at the annual ceremony Sunday, April 9.
They were, by sport:
• Panther Award — Oakley Baker
• Best Defensive Player — Tyler Raimann
• Most Improved — Jason Jongbloedt
• Practice Player — Benji Lundberg
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The accolades keep coming for the NRHEG boys’ basketball team.
It has been announced that Panthers head coach Pat Churchill was voted Section 2AA Coach of the Year for the 2016-17 season.
It certainly is a deserving honor.
Churchill guided the Panthers to a 30-3 record — the most wins in a single season in school history — along with the Gopher Conference co-championship and of course Section 2AA title and state tournament berth, where the Panthers captured the consolation championship.
Churchill couldn’t be reached for comment, but if he was he’d probably tell you he could not have done it alone, and it took a special group of players to achieve their success.
Churchill, an assisant coach for boys’ golf, has been NRHEG’s head boys’ basketball coach for six seasons.