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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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Field name to forever remember two of the community’s finest
MEMORABLE DAY — Longtime NRHEG baseball coach Jeff Reese speaks Saturday, May 14 at the ceremony to rename the baseball field in New Richland after him and his late wife, Carol. (Star Eagle photo by Jim Lutgens)
By JIM LUTGENS
Jeff Reese was wearing a New Richland-Hartland Cardinal uniform the first time a certain Morristown cheerleader named Carol Allingsworth caught his eye.
He was immediately stricken.
“I thought she was pretty neat the first time I saw her,” said Reese.
He remembers talking to her for the first time after an afternoon football game at Morristown, and he remembers their first extended conversation when he ran into her — along with her then steady boyfriend — in the Waseca bowling alley lounge.
“She said I tripped her,” said Reese.
In a way, he did.
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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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2016 NRHEG Pops Concert
NRHEG High School senior Nicole Wallin performs a solo during the annual Pops Concert Monday, May 9 in the high school gymnasium. Wallin received a long standing ovation after her performance. Choral awards, presented by director Jennifer Fredrickson, went to Abby Christopherson, Outstanding Senior, and Nicole Edon, National School Choral Award. Band awards, presented by director Jacob Bender, went to Katharine Lewer, John Phillip Sousa Award, and Nicole Edon, Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. (Star Eagle photo by Nikki Erickson)
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Dinneen makes one final trip to nation’s capital
D.C. CREW — Front from left: Whittney McCamish, Natalie Aaseth, Emily Crabtree, Michelle Katzung, Aubrey Schlinger, Tali Wayne, Jennifer McKay, Gabby Muri, Gretchen Ramaker, Grace Johns, Rachel Collins, Maci Surat, Emily Prigge, Chris Stenzel. Row two: Nicole Frechette, Kylie Lembke, Wyatt Fitterer, Tyler Mithun, Justin Mortensen, Karter Sletten, Natalia Galindo, Lillian Bell, Lillie Nielsen, Braden Routh, Ben Lewer, Mercedes Dickerson, Madison Martin. Back: Payton Misgen, Randal Anhalt, Caleb Harpel, Kyra Possin, Pat Churchill, Georgia Dinneen, Taytum Ihrke, Sam Prigge. (Submitted photo)
By JIM LUTGENS
Officially, Georgia Dinneen is retired from her job as an instructor at NRHEG High School.
But early this month, she was coaxed out of retirement for a few days.
As she has done 10 times since 2004, Dinneen accompanied NRHEG students and other chaperones on what has become the school’s annual trip to Washington, D.C.