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Panthers upset St. Peter in tournament
John Hubly (19) prepares to greet NRHEG pitcher Dempsey Tucker (22) while Eli Lutgens (31) sprints to join the celebration after the final out of the 13th-seeded Panthers' 5-4 upset victory at No. 4 St. Peter in the opening round of the Section 2AA Baseball Tournament Friday, May 27. Tucker pitched a complete game as the Panthers advanced to the double-elimination portion of the tournament Tuesday at 5 p.m. against No. 5 seed Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at Fairfax. (Star Eagle photo by Jim Lutgens)
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NRHEG prom 2016
NRHEG students ham it up during the fun walk following the traditional grand march for prom Saturday, May 7. From left: Elizabeth Nelson, Jennifer McKay, Jorey Fischer, Jillian Jongbloedt, SaraJo Stewart, Will Rudau, Maurya Johnson, Nicole Wallin and Kallie Spooner. See the May 12 edition of the Star Eagle for color photos of all 68 couples to attend NRHEG's 2016 prom. (Star Eagle photo by Nikki Erickson)
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Panthers third in state tourney
WELCOME HOME, HEROES — The NRHEG girls’ basketball team poses for a photo during the welcome home ceremony at NRHEG High School Saturday evening. The Panthers finished third in the state tournament and finished with a record of 32-1. Front from left: Maddie Wagner, Marnie Wagner. Back: Jade Schultz, Hannah Lundberg, Abby Crabtree, Raelin Schue, Tori Raimann, Anna Schlaak, Danielle Krueger, Katie Cole, Paige Overgaard and Carlie Wagner. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER — NRHEG cheerleaders enthusiastically congratulate Carlie Wagner after the Panthers’ 75-45 victory over defending Class AA state champion Braham in the quarterfinals of the state girls’ basketball tournament at Target Center in Minneapolis. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
By JIM LUTGENS
The 2011-12 New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva girls’ basketball team accomplished a feat few teams experience.
They won their final game.
It happened to be the third-place game of the state touurment, where they handled Pequot Lakes 73-59 Saturday afternoon at Concordia College in St. Paul.
Behind a record-setting performance by sophomore Carlie Wagner, the Panthers played as they have most of the season, trailing only once at 2-0 and leading the rest of the way.
Wagner, who along with NRHEG senior Anna Schlaak was named to the all-tournament team — said it was wonderful for the Panthers to finish on a positive note.
“We really wanted to come back strong after last night,” said Wagner. “We knew we could mope about the loss or come back. We really wanted to end the season with a win.”
NRHEG fans — arguably the largest group backing their team at state — were a big factor, according to Wagner.
“It’s incredible,” she said. “The fans were amazing.”
To make it even more special for the Panthers, their former coach and athletic director, Mindy Sparby, presented their medals and trophy.
The Panthers were greeted like conquering heroes upon their return to New Richland Saturday evening, with a police escort leading area fire trucks with players riding atop. The caravan cruised main street before arriving at NRHEG High School, where they were greeted by jubilant fans.
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NRHEG Prom 2012
NRHEG High School prom goers went through an informal “grand march” in the theme of the evening, “Moonlight on the Pier,” following the traditional grand march Saturday, May 5. Above from left: Michaela Hansen, Paige Bolduan, Jenika Jongbloedt, Dana Jensen, Brenna Hagen, Brina Bergland and Jadyn Nelson-Spies. Below from left: Colton Ryg, Pete Blowers, Jared Reyant, Casey Rosacker and Ashton Hareid. Anne and Rick Feist chaired the prom committee. Michaela Hansen and McKenna Thiele served as emcees and sophomore waiters/waitresses were Jade Schultz, Carlie Wagner, Caitlin Hinz, Jarek Schendel, Alec Holland and Noah Krell. See Pages 2, 15 and 16 of this week's Star Eagle for more color photos. (Star Eagle photos by Jim Lutgens)
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NRHEG graduating class of 2012
The NRHEG class of 2012 held commencement Sunday, May 27 in the high school gym in New Richland. Above, Brandon LeBlanc receives his diploma from school board chairman Rick Schultz. Below, Tyler Sorenson and Jacob Staloch reflect on the day. The class of 2012 had 69 graduates. (Star Eagle photos by Chris Schlaak)