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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)


By JIM LUTGENS

Editor/Publisher

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


By JIM LUTGENS

Editor/Publisher

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.”

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BIG WIN — NRHEG sophomore Jarek Schendel goes up for a shot during the Panthers’ 62-29 victory over St. Clair last week. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)


By JIM LUTGENS

Editor/Publisher

The NRHEG boys’ basketball team experienced both ends of the scoreboard spectrum last week.

On Monday, they faced a shorthanded St. Clair squad and rolled to a 62-29 triumph.

Three nights later they traveled to Waterville and were brought to earth by the powerful Buccaneers, 78-48.

The Panthers’ record stands at 7-16 overall and 4-10 in the Gopher Conference. Several of the losses have been very close.

That wasn’t the case against St. Clair as the Panthers bolted to a 34-12 halftime lead and never looked back. The Cyclones were without three starters.