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Senior nabs 797th career board as NRHEG basketball girls stay unbeaten

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GAME BALL — Anna Schlaak was presented a trophy ball and received some words of wisdom from coach John Schultz after garnering her 797th career rebound last Tuesday, becoming the school’s all-time rebounding leader. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)

By JIM LUTGENS

Editor/Publisher

Mark another milestone for the 2011-12 NRHEG girls’ basketball team.

Anna Schlaak, a senior, set the all-time school record for rebounds last Tuesday, just two weeks after sophomore Carlie Wagner topped the 1,000-point mark for her career.

The game? Oh yeah, the undefeated and No. 3 rated Panthers rolled 90-22 at Medford.

As when Wagner hit her milestone, the game was stopped and Schlaak was presented a trophy ball by coach John Schultz after pulling down her 797th career rebound. Schlaak is slated to play college volleyball in the fall.

The Panthers totally dominated the game, taking a 53-11 halftime advantage.

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LIFE IN THE PAINT — Spencer Hanna of the Panthers hangs onto a rebound despite being harassed by WEM defenders at New Richland last Friday. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)

By JIM LUTGENS

Editor/Publisher

The NRHEG boys’ basketball team put together a winning streak for the first time this season last week.

Waterville-Elysian-Morristown put an end to it.

After defeating Medford 63-58 on Tuesday and topping Randolph 57-41 Thursday, the Panthers fell 68-55 at home Friday night to Gopher Conference-leading WEM.

The Panthers, who started the season 0-5, improved their record to 5-10 overall and 3-5 in the Gopher Conference.

At home against Medford, the survived a back-and-forth contest, going on a 6-0 run to take a 26-18 halftime lead and starting the second half on a 7-0 run. Medford battled back but couldn’t get any closer than four after that.

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PIN TO WIN — The Panthers’ Dustin Esplan, top, pins Blue Earth Area’s Mike Ankeny during the 126-pound match in New Richland last Friday. The Panthers were 3-0 on the night, including a 36-30 win over BEA. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)

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SIX POINTS — Seth Petranek of NRHEG scores a fall against his BEA opponent Friday night. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)

By JIM LUTGENS

Editor/Publisher

The NRHEG wrestling team improved its dual-meet record to 7-0 while throttling three opponents in last Friday’s Panther Quad in New Richland.

The Panthers slammed St. Clair 54-15, trampled Triton 48-22 and got by Blue Earth Area 36-30.

“Despite getting three wins, as a group this was not a great effort by the Panthers,” said NRHEG coach Paul Cyr. “We never had everyone on the same level of intensity for a whole dual meet. When one guy would wrestle well, someone else would come up with a poor effort. I certainly hope we can get everyone pointed in the right direction by Saturday.”

Winning for NRHEG against St. Clair were Dillan Kubiatowicz, 106 pounds; Jade Waltz, 120; Dustin Esplan, 126; David Lassahn, 145; Nathan Krohn, 160; Dillon Parpart, 170; Keith Maxon, 182; Geoff Ramaker, 195; Seth Petranek, 220; and Zeke Erickson, 285.

Winners in the Triton meet were Kubiatowicz, 106; Brandon LeBlanc, 138; Lassahn, 145; Jake Staloch, 152; Nathan Krohn, 160; Parpart, 170; Maxon, 195; Petranek, 220; and Erickson, 285.

Posting wins against BEA: Esplan, 126; Tyler Logan, 132; LeBlanc, 138; Lassahn 145; Parpart, 170; Ramaker, 182; and Petranek, 195.

“David Lassahn had an excellent night for us, scoring three falls,” said Cyr. “It was great to see Dillon Kubiatowicz get in the win column twice after having a rough start to the season.”

The Panthers dropped from the Guilltine’s Class A top 12 but remain in the magazine’s “Lean and Mean” category.

The Panthers wrestle at Stewartville Saturday.