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Peterson runs for 262 yards as NRHEG improves to 2-1



It was a sad, somber week in New Richland. The field at the high school — like much of the town — was decorated in blue ribbons in honor of fallen Police Chief Scott Eads, and a moment of silence was observed before Friday night’s football game.

None of it bothered the NRHEG Panthers.

Led by Perry Peterson’s 262 yards rushing and three touchdowns, they went out and played a near-flawless game while throttling visiting Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 30-22.

It was the second straight win for the Panthers after a week-one loss to Mayer Lutheran. An injury-plagued WEM squad fell to 1-2, a rare losing record for a Jon Bakken-coached crew.

It was another challenging week for the NRHEG volleyball team as the Panthers lost to LeSueur-Henderson Tuesday and Medford Thursday. Both were in New Richland.

NRHEG fell to 3-6 overall and 0-2 in the Gopher Conference.

The Panthers won game one against LS-H 25-23 but dropped the next three 25-22, 25-17, 25-13.

“We started out strong tonight, but slowly started to unravel,” said Panthers coach Onika Peterson. “By game four, we weren't getting touches on their hitters and weren't able to dig up their hits. We need to keep the ball playable, have a stronger serve receive, and cut down on mental errors.”

The NRHEG cross country teams competed at Blooming Prairie Tuesday, Sept. 13, with the boys placing third among four squads with 69 points. The host team won with 20.

It was a great night for the Panthers, with two top-10 finishers and four personal bests.

Places and times: Josh Fleming, sixth, 18:55; Ben Lewer, eighth, 19:14; Kollin Reese, 18th, 21:23; Jagger Beck, 19th, 22:25; Orin Mely, 22nd, 23:32.

“Josh had a really nice race tonight,” said NRHEG coach Mike Weber. “His times are low for this point in the season. Close behind came Ben, who also made the award stand. Ben ran a personal best. Kollin continues to improve. Kollin ran a PR. Jagger followed with his PR. Orin also turned in a PR. Overall, the boys had a great effort. With four PRs in the meet, we were ecstatic. They pushed one another through the entire course.”