Panther Boys pick up first win of the season

The New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva boys varsity baseball team picked up its first win of the season Tuesday night.

The team traveled to United South Central where it defeated the Rebels 5-2. Jake Tasker provided the main highlights for the Panthers, as he recorded eight strikeouts through six innings. The offense did it’s job late in the game after a crucial RBI from Kordell Schlaak.

“We scored three in the fifth inning led by an RBI single from Schlaak,” said head coach Drew Paukert.

The Rebels rallied late by stringing together two runs in the sixth inning, but the Panthers closed the door in the seventh by not allowing any runs.

“Overall, we have taken strides this week since the first game of the year,” Paukert said.

The Panthers return home to play Maple River 5 p.m. Thursday.

Panthers boys golf off to rocky start

The Panther boys varsity golf team got off to a rough start on Tuesday at the Oak View Golf Course and were never able to recover. The Panthers finished fifth out of six teams at the invitational with a total score of 225.

Nash Howe was the team’s best golfer on the day, shooting a 52 through nine holes. Josh Martin and Trevor Lenort followed Howe by each putting up a score of 56.

“We have a lot of work to do,” said head coach Brad Root.

USC took first place by narrowly beating Maple River with a score of 178 over 182. Four out of USC’s five players shot under a fifty on their way to a victory.

In terms of individual success, that award goes to Khrystjan Peterson from Bethlehem Academy, who shot a 39 on the day while his team took third place at the event.

The Panthers next match is on Thursday, April 16th at the Blooming Prairie Country Club where they will face off against Bethlehem Academy, Hayfield, Maple River and United South Central.

NRHEG boys runner sets new school record

Brady Agrimson was the story line for the Panthers boys track and field this week as he finished with three first-place finishes at the Hayfield Invite. Agrimson set a new school record in the boys 110 meter hurdles event with a time of 15.22. He also finished in first place in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 41.44.

Mason Ferber was also a bright spot for the Panthers in each of those races, as he finished behind Agrimson in both events with a time of 16.56 and 43.41, respectively.

Agrimson finished the day by capturing a first place finish in the high jump with a score of 5’10.

“Brady has been waiting for two years to set this record in the highs,” head coach Duey Ferber said.

Pine Island won the invite with a score of 198.5 and NRHEG finished in second with 123 points. Medford rounded out the top 3, finishing with 92.5 points.

NRHEG also had second place finishes in the 1600 meter, 800 meter, shot put and discus events by Daniel Nydegger and Alex Buckmeier.

The Panthers next meet takes place on Thursday, April 16th at the United South Central Invite at 4:30 p.m.

Panther girls varsity track showing a combination of experience and youth

The girls squad showed multiple spots of individual success with a second-place finish in the 3200 meter by Tori Vaale, as she posted a time of 14.25. They also captured two third-place finishes in the 800 meter and 200 meter. Journey Utpadel finished with a time of 2:43.08 and Raquel Fisher finished with a time of 30.26.

The team ended the invite with several fourth-place finishes across the board which is setting learning experiences for them.

“We are finally outside and figuring out how our events are going to fit together,” head coach Duey Ferber said. “Our younger girls are showing some real potential as our older girls are doing a nice job scoring.”

The Panthers next meet will take place in Mankato at Minnesota State University at 9 a.m. on March 23rd. Bethlehem Academy, Blooming Prairie, Hayfield, Maple River, United South Central and Waterville-Elysian-Morristown will all be in attendance.

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