The Mayer Lutheran Crusaders football team was on a mission Thursday, August 29, and the Eden Valley-Watkins squad was first on their list. Mayer Lutheran, from the Minnesota River Conference, actually saw Eden Valley-Watkins hit the scoreboard first, taking an early first quarter touchdown lead. However, the Crusaders awakened in quarter two and exploded for 27 points, holding the Eagles to just six. EV-W coach Jon Thielen sums it up. “We made way too many mistakes against a very solid team. Mayer was very solid up front and their size gave us a lot of problems. We had some bright spots with big runs by Deshaun James, but other than that we were way too inconsistent.” The Crusaders came out of the halftime break and put up another 21, sealing the never-in-doubt victory, 48-19.
Hoping to get on the right track, the Eagles hit the road to play the Rockford Rockets in a Central Minnesota Conference battle, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.
The Eden Valley-Watkins Babe Ruth baseball team has qualified for the state tournament in East Grand Forks from Thursday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 4.
The team qualified this past weekend in the District #1 tournament, which was played in Avon, Richmond, and Cold Spring. They went 3-2 in the tournament. They won against Albany Purple Friday,
July 26, then lost to Albany Black later in the day. Saturday, they beat Luxemberg to clinch a state tournament berth. Then they won against Cold Spring Red later that day for tournament-seeding purposes. Sunday, they beat Cold Spring Black, then played another game immediately and lost to Albany Black.
They had only one loss in the regular season, and that was to Cold Spring Black whom they defeated in the district tournament.
The Eden Valley-Watkins Babe Ruth team ended up the #2 seed in District 1. Their first game will be Thursday, Aug. 1, against Wadena-Deer Creek at noon in East Grand Forks.
Quin Amundson (center) competed in State Special Olympics Thursday and Friday, June 21 and 22, at Stillwater High School. She captured a gold medal for both the 200-meter walk and 200-meter run. In field events, Quin threw the shot put for a third-place bronze medal. Congratulations to Quin for a stellar state performance! Submitted photos.
Following a most successful and rewarding season, the 2013 Eden Valley-Watkins softball team, fresh off their impressive Third-Place state tournament finish, can lay claim to owning the best record in the history of the program, at 16-5. Though there were many valuable contributions by numerous talented players, coach Dave Dziengel remains a substantial part of the team’s accomplishments. His “just do it” attitude and “stay with it” practice methods are the perfect ingredients for a top-notch recipe. Dziengel said that the key to their team’s success is team work. Further, he noted that the overwhelming support the girls have received this year has not only been most appreciated, but it has been an integral part of the team’s fulfillments.
Eagles abound at the 2013 MSHSL State Softball Tournament in Mankato Thursday and Friday, June 6 and 7, as the Eagles of Eden Valley-Watkins battled the New York Mills Eagles and the New Life Academy Woodbury Eagles, in their quest for the number one title. Falling just short of the state championship game, the Eden Valley-Watkins softball team put on a great show for the fans at Caswell Park in Mankato last week. The girls took the opening game on Thursday, June 6, against a formidable New York Mills team, 4-2. Losing a tough battle to New Life Academy of Woodbury in the afternoon game, 6-4, the Eagles fought back on Friday morning, June 7, to defeat the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Fighting Saints, 7-2, and take the Third-Place trophy. The 2013 Eagles saw the best year in the history of the program, posting an overall record of 16-5 and placing third in the state tournament. EV-W coach Dave Dziengel is proud of his team and very appreciative of the overwhelming support. “On behalf of me and my coaching staff, we would like to thank all of the parents, fans, EV-W Lions, the booster club, the administration, media, and everyone that took time out of their schedules to come and watch us play for two days in Mankato. We really appreciate it and we feel fortunate to have such loyal fans.”
The girls received a Fire Department escort in both Eden Valley and in Watkins (above) on their way to North Mankato last Wednesday, June 5. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.