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The NRHEG baseball team opened its season on an up note, defeating St. Clair 8-6 in a nonconference game at New Richland’s Legion Field last Thursday.

It was a typical opener for the Panthers, who fell behind 4-0 in the first inning, rallied and held on in the end.

Senior Carter Tollefson led the Panthers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a bases-loaded triple, a walk and the game-winning single in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jacob Staloch drove in two runs with a double.

Senior Mitch Akemann — working through a strained rotator cuff — started on the mound for the Panthers and struggled in the early going, giving up four first-inning runs after an error, three walks and three hits.

The NYWA State Wrestling Tournament will be attended by the NRHEG Middle School wrestling team this Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30.

Team members include Cordell Peterson, Matt Butler, Zeke Erickson, Chad Erickson, Cole Staloch, Wyatt Fitterer, Trey Hoppe, Palmer Peterson, Bryce Okland, Brett Kubiatowicz, Jonathan Weller, Gunther Olsen, Jack Skalicky and Joe Jensen. The team will weigh in on Thursday afternoon and wrestle Thursday evening and finish their brackets on Friday.

In addition, five individual wrestlers qualified for state at the regional wrestling tournament this past Friday in Byron.  These five wrestlers were in the top four of their brackets at the regional competition and will wrestle in Rochester in their individual weight classes on Friday morning.  The individual wrestlers include Trey Hoppe, Zeke Erickson, Wyatt Fitterer, Bryce Okland and Cole Staloch.

Other wrestlers who qualified for a spot at the regional tournament but did not place in the top four of their brackets are Matt Butler, Cordell Peterson and Chad Erickson. 

All wrestlers had an eventful night of at least three matches and had some very tough competition within their weight classes.

Congratulations go out to all the wrestlers for a great season and are wished the best of luck this weekend at the Northland Youth Wrestling Association State Tournament.

By JIM LUTGENS

Editor/Publisher

NRHEG 2011-12 winter sports award winners were announced during the annual awards ceremony last Tuesday in the NRHEG High School gymnasium in New Richland.

They were, by sport:

Boys’ Basketball

• Panther Award — Carter Tollefson

• Most Improved Player — Tyler Sorenson

• Practice Player Award — Spencer Hanna

• Defensive Player of the Year — Lucas Meyer

• All-conference — Matt Carlson; honorable mention — Sorenson, Sam Lundberg

 

Girls’ Basketball

• MVP — Carlie Wagner

• Most Improved Player — Hannah Lundberg