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NRHEG musical ‘dynamic, energetic, and a bit zany’
THE PLAYERS — Among the cast members for the upcoming NRHEG production of “Annie Get Your Gun” are, on floor, Justin Mortenson and Will Rudau. Row two: Emma Tollefson, Aubrey Johnson and Leah Morstad. Back: Emily Crabtree, Ben Lewer, Maurya Johnson, Solveig Stafford and Lexi Combs. (Star Eagle photo by Deb Bently)
By DEB BENTLY
It’s just before 6 p.m. on a Monday evening. Although play practice technically doesn’t begin for another 10 minutes or so, it’s hard to tell by looking around the room. At one side of the space, music director Jen Fredrickson and accompanist Jacob Bender are running through parts of the score. In another spot, a few cast members are running a spontaneous practice of some choreography. Costumes are being tried on, analyzed for their fit and appearance.
In short, the room is dynamic, energetic, and just a bit zany.
“Just like the play itself,” jokes one cast member.
The play is Annie Get Your Gun, the well-known musical by Rogers and Hammerstein which shares the story of Annie Oakley, a real-life sharpshooter who performed with Buffalo Bill’s Traveling Show in the 1880s. NRHEG’s production of the play will show at 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Tickets will be for sale at the door: $4 for students, $6 for adults.
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SURPRISED — Carey Prigge, left, speaks while his wife Terri watches during a banquet that honored them as Waseca County Farm Family of the Year. Terri said she was surprised to win the award. (Star Eagle photo by Melanie Piltingsrud)
By MELANIE PILTINGSRUD
The Carey and Terri Prigge family was named the Waseca County Farm Family of the Year on Thursday, March 23, 2017 by the Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce AgriBusiness Committee. The Prigges have a goat dairy farm, where they also raise their own hay, chickens, guineas, pea fowl, horses, cats, and dogs.
Terry Hansen called to ask if they would accept the award. Terri says, “We were a little shocked. We still kind of see ourseves as hobby farmers, which we were for so many years.” According to Terri, the family started out with two goats, and now they have around 200 on their 10-acre property.
“We just have a passion for farming,” says Carey, stating that he is honored to be named among those who have previously won the award. “We have always enjoyed being a part of agriculture.”
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Panthers nip Jordan for section title
Members of the NRHEG boys’ basketball team celebrate winning the Section 2AA championship for the first time in school history Friday night at Minnesota State-Mankato with a 65-64 victory over Jordan. The Panthers, unseeded at state, play Wednesday at 6 p.m. against No. 2 seed St. Cloud Cathedral in the opening round at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. If they win, they play Friday at 8 p.m. at Target Center. If they lose, they play Thursday at 8 p.m. at Concordia University of St. Paul. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
After coming so close so many times, the hopes, dreams and aspirations of NRHEG boys’ basketball have been fulfilled.
The Panthers advanced to state, defeating Jordan 65-64 in an exhilarating Section 2AA final Friday night at Minnesota State-Mankato.
“This was a great high school basketball game between two evenly matched teams,” said Panthers coach Pat Churchill.
That was apparent from the outset. NRHEG led most of the way, but every time they tried to break it open, the Hubmen were there to answer.
Sam Prigge was hot early for the Panthers, hitting a pair of baskets and providing a spark plug as NRHEG opened a 9-5 lead at about the 13-minute mark.
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Lundberg's game-tying three not enough
Benji Lundberg of NRHEG (4) hit this game-tying shot at the end of regulation during Wednesday night's boys' basketball Class AA state quarterfinals at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The basket sent the game to overtime, where NRHEG lost 70-59 to St. Cloud Cathedral. NRHEG defeated Breckenridge 65-47 in Thursday's consolation semifinals. They topped Lake City 77-66 Friday to win the consolation crown. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
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Girls upset Norwood-Young America
Members of the NRHEG girls' basketball team celebrate their 53-45 victory over Norwood-Young America Friday, March 10 at Minnesota Stat-Mankato, winning their first Section 2AA championship in three years and advancing to the state tournament for the fifth time in school history. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
By JIM LUTGENS
The Panthers are back.
After a three-year hiatus from the state girls’ basketball tournament, the Panthers earned a return trip with a 53-48 upset of No. 2 rated Norwood-Young America in the Section 2AA finals at Minnesota-State Mankato Friday, March 10.
It’s the Panthers’ first trip to state since 2014, when Carlie Wagner graduated and took her talents to the University of Minnesota. Overall, the Panthers have been to state five times, placing first twice, third and winning the consolation championship in 2004.
NRHEG improved its overall record to 25-5 while handing the Raiders only their second loss of the season.
The Panthers will take an 18-game winning streak to state, their last loss coming on Jan. 7 at Hayfield.