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EXCUSE PLEASE — NRHEG’s Nic Mangskau grabs a rebound between Randolph defenders during the Panthers’ 64-20 victory last Friday. (Star Eagle photos by Chris Schlaak)



The NRHEG boys’ basketball team could be getting hot at the right time.

The Panthers, who have lost numerous closes contests this season, made it three of four wins by sinking Medford 60-52 last Tuesday and rocking Randolph 64-20 on Friday.

The Panthers improved to 9-16 overall and finished 6-10 in the Gopher Conference.

Coach Pat Churchill called the game at Medford hard fought.

“We did some very nice things,” he said. “We moved the ball well against their zone and got some great looks. Against their man we ran our motion and got some very good shots.”


PIN TO WIN — The Panthers’ Nathan Krohn tries to put WEM/JWP’s Mitch Wolter on his back during the 152-pound match at New Richland last Thursday. Krohn won by fall and the Panthers won the dual meet 42-27 to tie for the conference title. (Star Eagle photos by Chris Schlaak)



Conference champions.

Back in December, it was one of the goals for the NRHEG wrestling team.

As the season unfolded, however, it looked like a big hill to climb.

The Panthers reached the top of it last Thursday, defeating WEM/JWP 42-27 to capture a tie for the Gopher Conference crown.

“I was very happy with our guys,” said NRHEG coach Paul Cyr. “We have struggled with injuries all season long. The guys had a chance to tie for the conference title and they wrestled very well.”

A key, according to Cyr, was getting through the Grizzlies’ tough wrestlers in the lower weights. But, after falling behind 15-0, the Panthers reeled off six straight wins: Dustin Esplan, fall, 126 pounds; Tyler Logan, 10-5, 132; Jacob Staloch, 9-4, 138; David Lassahn, fall, 145; Nathan Krohn, fall, 152; and Dillon Parpart, 6-3, 160.

Sophomore guard suffers sprained ankle in 59-43 victory at Blue Earth Area



The NRHEG girls’ basketball team won a key game, but suffered a big loss.

During the second half of the Panthers’ 59-43 nonconference victory at Blue Earth Area Monday night, starting guard Jade Schultz went down with a severe ankle injury.

The good news is that Schultz has some time to heal before tournament play begins and the Panthers, rated No. 2 in the state in Class AA, won handily to improve to 24-0 overall.

“We were cold beyond the arc, shooting 1-17, but made up with it on the boards outrebounding BEA 40-19,” said NRHEG coach John Schultz. “We had troubles with Hassing roaming through our defense but kept their perimeter shooters in check. This was a great test for us playing a very athletic good defensive team like BEA. Anna Schlaak also had a good scoring night for us. She really helped carry us the first half with 11 of her points.”