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Eagles Improve to 9-2 with Two Road Wins

By Craig Olson, 02/21/21, 11:00AM CST


The New York Mills boys’ basketball team won two road games this past week, beating Park Rapids Area 69-40 on Tuesday night and then winning 72-45 over Browerville/Eagle Valley on Friday night.  The game with Park Rapids replaced the originally scheduled game against Bertha-Hewitt which was postponed due to COVID 19 restrictions.

Tate Olson (18 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals), Jonah Johnson (12 points, 5 steals, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) and Breck Hensch (12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals) were all in double figures against the Panthers.  Noah Noffsinger added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists, Derin Gaudette contributed 6 points, 3 assists and 3 steals, and Isaiah Laudenbach chipped in with 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

“We set the tone early with our defensive pressure which has been the norm of late,” reported New York Mills Head Coach Jason Boe.  “We are still looking at sustaining that throughout games.”

Against Browerville/Eagle Valley Olson led with a double-double (22 points, 16 rebounds, 9 assists, 5 steals), just missing a triple-double.  Johnson also registered a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards.  Noffsinger (7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals), Gaudette (6 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists), Laudenbach (6 points, 3 rebounds) and Chase Keskitalo (4 points, 4 rebounds) also contributed.

“We were very pleased and proud of how our boys are listening to instructions and buying into their roles, especially our seniors,” noted Coach Boe.  “We couldn’t ask for a better group of seniors.  They are exemplary young men and unselfish teammates.  We’re so thankful and appreciative of them.”

The Eagles (9-2) have won five straight games.  They have a pair of home games coming up this week with Verndale on Tuesday and Sebeka on Friday.