Eagles to face Henning in finals

By Chad Koenen


New York Mills is just two wins away from the state basketball tournament as the Eagles have advanced to the sub section championship game. The Eagles, who are ranked second in the state, defeated Park Christian and Battle Lake by a combined score of 146-80 last week.

On Tuesday night will take on a familiar NY Mills opponent in Henning in the sub section championship game. NY Mills comes into the game with a record of 27-1, while the Hornets are 23-5 after defeating Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal and Hillcrest last week. 

The teams have played twice already this season with the Eagles defeating the Hornets 58-56 in overtime on Jan. 11 and 77-66 on Feb. 8.

The game will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Perham. The winner of the game will take on either fourth ranked Hancock or fifth ranked Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the Section 6A championship game on Friday night. The championship game is set for 7 p.m. at Fergus Falls High School.

BBE advanced to the south sub section finals after defeating Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg by a score of 71-67 on Saturday, while Hancock defeated Ashby by a score of 53-50.


In their final home game of their career, the NY Mills Eagles gave their senior class a resounding win over Park Christian by a score of 77-34 on Thursday night. 

“Our opening game against Park Christian was very special for the seniors, as it was their last home game ever and they wanted to go out the right way,” said head coach Mike Baune. “It was important to them that they played up to my, and their own standards, and they certainly did.”

The Eagles put pressure on the Falcons throughout the game and were able to come away with a big 77-34 win. 

Tate Olson led a balanced scoring attack on Thursday night as the senior scored 29 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Jonah Johnson joined him in double figures with 13 points.

Jack Peeters had a solid game in the post as he scored 7 points to go along with 9 assists, while Bryan Bohn also scored 7 points to go along with 4 rebounds. Breck Hensch added 6 points and 4 rebounds and Noah Noffsinger rounded out the Eagles attack with 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. 


On Saturday the Eagles traveled to Perham to take on fifth seeded Battle Lake in the sub section semi-finals. NY Mills surprised the Battlers early in the game with a 1-3-1 zone that helped the Eagles force 31 turnovers in the game and as a result NY Mills jumped out to a 32-4 lead. 

“Overall on the night we forced 31 turnovers, which really gave us confidence and some easy looks,” said head coach Mike Baune. 

NY Mills backed off of its press a bit in the second half, but went on to a commanding 69-44 win. 

Tate Olson filled the stat sheet in the win as the senior registered a double-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds, 7 steals and 4 assists. Jonah Johnson scored 21 points, 9 steals and 5 rebounds, while Noah Noffsinger scored 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Breck Hensch scored 5 points and pulled down 4 rebounds while Jack Peeters rounded out the scoring with 2 points and 7 rebounds.