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Panthers upend Maple River, win tourney
NRHEG senior Tyler Raimann (43) goes above the rim against Ethan Sindelir of Maple River during the finals of the Bethany Holiday Tournament at Mankato. The Panthers defeated Maple River 55-50 in the championship game, their first win over the Eagles in two years and first title at Bethany since 2009. (Star Eagle photo by Pam Agrimson)
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NRHEG grad a key member of college volleyball squad
KEY PLAYER — NRHEG High School graduate Anna Schlaak has been a key member of the national powerhouse Concordia-St. Paul volleyball team, with more than 1,000 career kills and 1,000 digs. Her squad is in won its eighth national championship this past weekend as Schlaak was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
By JIM LUTGENS
The only NRHEG graduate to make her hometown proud at the collegiate level does not play her home games at Williams Arena, and her sport is not basketball. She plays volleyball across the river, at Gangelhoff Arena, on the campus of Concordia-St. Paul, and her squad is on the brink of its eighth NCAA Division II national championship in the past 10 years.
Her name is Anna Schlaak.
Schlaak was a senior at NRHEG when she and Carlie Wagner played together at Gangelhoff Arena, where Wagner set a state tournament scoring record as the Panthers placed third in the girls’ basketball state tournament. The Panthers, of course, went on to win two straight state championships and Wagner has been a standout with the Minnesota Gophers.
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Prigge earns honor in girls’ soccer
The 2016 Waseca/NRHEG/JWP girls’ soccer team had its best season ever, finishing with a record of 12-5-1 and winning the Big South Conference for the first time in school history.
The team made it to the section semifinal game for only the second time in school history, falling to Northfield 1-0. Only graduating two seniors means that the 2017 season should be just as exciting.