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The NRHEG volleyball team knew defending state champion Waterville-Elysian-Morristown would be a tough test, and it was.

The Panthers battled hard, according to coach Onika Peterson, but lost 3-0 at Waterville Thursday, Sept. 29, falling by scores of 25-13, 25-20, 25-20.

“We knew that they have had a lot of success this season,” said Coach Peterson. “Our goal was to make them earn every single point to make sure we competed the whole time. I was very happy with how the girls played. They never gave up, never backed down.”

Individually for NRHEG: Maddie Wagner 3 kills, 2 digs, 1 ace block; Marnie Wagner 6 kills, 1 assist, 6 digs, 1 ace block; Natalie Aaseth 1 kill; Gretchen Ramaker 2 kills, 2 ace blocks; Rachel Collins 1 kill, 14 assists, 5 digs; Erin VanWilgen 1 dig, 1 ace serve; Olivia Christopherson 3 kills, 1 dig; Betsy Schoenrock 4 kills, 1 assist; Grace Johns 14 digs.

The NRHEG cross country teams traveled to Janesville for a 4800-meter trial Thursday, Sept. 29.

Blue Earth Area’s boys topped the field with 34 points. WEM/JWP scored 35, NRHEG 60.

For the Panthers: Ben Lewer, fourth, 18:42; Josh Fleming, fifth, 18:48; Kollin Reese, 15th, Jager Beck, 17th, 22:35; Orin Mely, 18th, 25:32.

“Ben had a great race,” said coach Mike Weber. “Ben and Josh have been putting in solid practices and you can see their efforts paying off on the course. It was nice seeing both in the top five. Kollin continues to run well and keeps lowering his times. Jager and Orin also made the top 20. The team score doesn’t necessarily reflect the nice job they did tonight. The boys ran well overall.”

NRHEG wins third straight at GFW


NRHEG football coach Dan Stork was concerned heading into last Friday’s game at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop. The Panthers did not practice Thursday, instead spending the day sandbagging and helping New Richland recover from the flood.

It didn’t take them long to ease Stork’s mind.

Sam Prigge hit Cole Staloch with a 65-yard touchdown pass on their first play from scrimmage and the Panthers steamrolled to a 58-8 conquest at Winthrop.

“I was concerned how we would perform,” said Stork, whose squad improved to 3-1 with its third straight victory.

“It was a very quiet bus ride,” said Stork. “The guys were tired, but they came out strong and dominated all aspects of the game.”