The Central Minnesota Conference boys’ golf meet at Prairie View last Friday, April 4, resulted in a good team showing for the Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins bunch. They finished with an aggregate score of 186, smack dab in the middle of the pack. Second-year head coach Jason Huschle is pleased with the early-season effort. “Overall I was happy with our performance, especially since we have only been outside on the course for a week. We have put ourselves in a good position to finish in the top half of the conference this year which was one our goals coming into the season. Now we just have to focus on getting better and improving on our scores every time we are on the course.”
Competing in the conference battle were Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins, Maple Lake, Pierz, Rockford and Osakis. Meet Scoring Summary: K-EV-W’s Tommy Wurtz, 44; Tony DeJuliannie, 59; Nathan Vassen, 48; Reese Jansen, 43; Skyler Schiefelbein, 51; Brandon Schiefelbein, 57. B-B-E’s Jackson Gregory shot 45, HL-W-W’s Collin Benson shot 46, Maple Lake’s Brandon Borell shot 45, Pierz’s Ethan Lochner shot 50, and Rockford’s Ty Griffin (meet medalist) shot 38. Osakis’s Joe Garcia shot 42. Rockford took first place with a net 170; second place, Osakis, 183 net; third place, K-EV-W, 186 net; fourth place, B-B-E, 190 net; fifth place, Maple Lake, 191 net; sixth place, HL-W-W, 203 net; seventh place, Pierz, 258 net.
When Mikayla Kummet hit a layup with just over eight minutes to go, who would ever guess that that would be the final points the Eagles would score? Tuesday, March 11, No. 2 seed Eden Valley-Watkins fell to No. 1 seed New London-Spicer, 35-32, in the South Sub-Section 6-2A championship game at Sexton Arena. The Eagles (19-8 overall) held a 21-15 halftime advantage, but their second-half 11-point effort would not be enough to hold off the Wildcats. Following an incredible five-plus minutes scoring drought by both teams, NL-S’s Ashlyn Geister dropped in a chippie to put the Wildcats ahead for good. As is the case more often than not, the game was decided at the charity stripe. New London-Spicer went 13 of 19 from the line, while the Eagles hit just 2 of 4. Game scoring summary: Mikayla Kummet, 14; Elaina Stommes, 3; Brook Stang, 2; Bella Perlberg-Cromwell, 6; Dani Nelson, 7.
Things looked promising early for the Eagles in their Section 6-2A semifinal game Tuesday night, March 4, in Collegeville. EV-W shot out to a 9-0 lead, but New London-Spicer cranked-up the full court pressure and turned things around, emerging with a 65-43 victory. Eagles’ Coach Adam Langer said his club really struggled with the intense pressure they were getting. He said that even when they broke the press, the boys couldn’t hit a shot. The Wildcats (18-10) went on an 11-0 run from the 7:54 to 4:08 marks of the first half to tie the game at 22. Jared Streit led EV-W with 16 points, and the Eagles finished their season with a 16-10 record. Eagles’ scoring summary: Reese Jansen, 3; Nick Pauly, 9; Bret Mattice, 13; Austin Schlangen, 2; Jared Streit, 16. “This was only the fourth time our school has ever been to this game and we’ve still never won it,” Langer said. “We have a lot to be proud of. I’m happy with what we accomplished this season.”
EV-W junior Jared Streit was named Central Minnesota Conference male athlete of the week. Streit scored 33 points and hauled in 45 rebounds. Streit set a school record for rebounds in a game with 29 Saturday, Feb. 22, against Maple Lake and set the school record for career rebounds with 705.
Cruising through the early rounds of the playoffs, the Eden Valley-Watkins hoopsters played their way to a semifinal contest against No. 1 seeded New London-Spicer. That game was played on Tuesday night in Collegeville and the Eagles’ loss knocks them out of the running now.
The road to that matchup included a 59-35 victory over St. John’s Prep Thursday, March 6; followed by a Saturday 52-34 decision over the Litchfield Dragons. In the St. John’s Prep game, Dani Nelson’s double-double (21 points, 10 rebounds) led No. 2 seed Eden Valley-Watkins past SJP. Eagles’ teammate Maria Holdvogt finished with 15 points. Jamie Scherer 2, Mikayla Kummet 5 (9 assists), Maria Holdvogt 15, Elaina Stommes 2, Bella Perlberg-Cromwell 6, Greta Stommes 8, Dani Nelson 21 (10 rebounds).