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To say the Maple River Eagles have been a thorn in the side of the NRHEG boys’ basketball team in recent years is a bit of an understatement.

Last week, the Panthers exacted some revenge on the Eagles’ court, pulling away for a 77-63 triumph at Mapleton Tuesday, Dec. 5.

“Both teams are replacing a lot of players from last year, and I feel both teams are going to keep getting better as the year goes on,” said Churchill.

Lundberg had a big night with 35 points.

“He played huge again for us with 18 in the first half and 17 in the second half,” said Churchill. “He and Brady Agrimson are our two most experienced players and we are going to lean on them to start the year.”

Agrimson was next for NRHEG with 13 points, followed by Jerret Utpadel six, Devin Buendorf six, Peyton Castle six, Jacob Schuller five, Nathaniel Techau four and Perry Peterson two.

Maple River led much of the first half but NRHEG kept it close. The Eagles were up seven with about four minutes left when the Panthers went on an 11-2 run and took a 29-27 halftime lead.

The problem for the NRHEG girls’ basketball team was obvious.

They fell too far behind too early.

The Panthers gave it a valiant effort in the second half but fell short 53-48 in a Gopher Conference game in New Richland Friday, Dec. 8.

“We put ourselves in a big hole and it was hard for us to climb out of it,” said coach Onika Peterson. “In the second half the girls really rallied back, but we ended up falling short.”

The loss was the first in three outings for the Panthers, who fell to 1-1 in conference play.

Betsy Schoenrock led NRHEG with 10 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot. Also reaching double figures in scoring was Hannah Budach, who totaled 10 points and two rebounds. Kelly Harden finished with five points, 11 rebounds, one steal and one block.

Others: Caitlin Goette 3 points, 4 rebounds, Olivia Christopherson 5 points, 3 rebounds; Sophie Stork 5 points, 6 rebounds; Jayna Finseth 1 rebound; Alexis Anderson 5 points, 2 steals; Gabby Muri 3 points.


Panthers 12th in Jackson tourney

There was a large crowd for the NRHEG wrestling team’s Gopher Conference opener against United South Central at Wells Thursday, Dec. 7.

It was too much for the young Panthers to overcome.

NRHEG fell to 0-2 overall in dual meets, falling 47-27.

“We are a young inexperienced team and it showed tonight,” said NRHEG coach Shawn Larson. “USC did a great job of promoting this match and had great fan support. It was a fun atmosphere and unfortunately we were unable to rise to the occasion.”

Clay Stenzel got the Panthers’ first win with a 7-2 decision at 113 pounds, but it was sandwiched by falls. USC won by forfeit at 126, by fall at 132, 145 and 152 and by tech fall at 138 while taking a 41-3 advantage.

NRHEG’s Brendon Strand won by forfeit at 160.

Cole Staloch won by fall in 29 seconds at 170, Tyler Jacobson scored a 6-1 decision at 182, Chad Erickson won 8-3 at 195 and Quinten Arndt won by fall at 285.

The bottom line, according to Larson, was falls.