The Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles lost at Minnewaska Area Friday night, March 1, 72-65, to close out the regular season. Taking a 5-point halftime advantage into the locker room, the Lakers never really lost control. They cruised to the victory, thanks to double-figures scoring by five players. The Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles’ scoring attack included senior guard Brent Stenger, 25; senior guard Alex Geislinger, 6; senior forward Kirby Knutson, 2; sophomore guard Bret Mattice, 15; sophomore forward Jared Streit, 15; senior forward Mitchell Lease, 2. Eden Valley-Watkins finishes the season at 4-10 in the Central Minnesota Conference, and 11-13 overall.
Eden Valley-Watkins Player of the Week has chosen Brent Stenger. Brent is a senior basketball playing
the position of guard. Brent scored 59 points while shooting 69 percent from the field in three games for the Eagles. He also chipped in with 14 rebounds and 9 assists.
EV-W Lady Eagles’ Danni Nelson puts it up for 2 in the playoff win over Benson. The Eagles would lose their next playoff game, Saturday, March 2,
against Litchfield, 61-49. Staff photos by Marguerite Laabs.
The Eden Valley-Watkins fourth-grade boys’ basketball team placed second at the Kimball Basketball Tournament Saturday, March 2.
In front row, left to right are Hunter Weiss, Randy Meyer, Blake Marquedant, and Ben Ruhland. In back row are AJ Rasmussen, Luke Christians, Joshua Streit, Nathan Becker, and Jared Geislinger. Coaches are Rich Streit and Jacob Streit. Submitted photo.
The Eden Valley-Watkins wrestlers matched up in the Section 5A individuals Friday and Saturday at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School. Faring quite well, the Eagles send Zach Blonigen, first place; Cain Renner, second place; Austin Peterson, second place; and Luke Kuechle, second place, on to the state tournament, Feb. 28-March 2, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
“As a team, we finished the year strong, but I thought we could have placed a couple of more kids and maybe gone higher with those who did place, but that is the nature of the beast. When you have a great section like ours, it’s tough to place or to make it to state,” said Eagles Coach Dan Berg. “I was happy for Grant Winter, Tyler Donnay, and Hunter Mathies, for placing in the top six, because they worked hard all year and deserved those medals around their necks at the end of the year.”
Coaches Forcier and Berg showing their excitment over senior EV-W Zach Blonigan’s win in the championship 120-pound weight class that gives him the chance to go to state. Photos courtesy of Vanessa Schlueter.