Eden Valley-Watkins girls’ basketball coach Tom Jansen did an outstanding job last year, finishing undefeated (14-0) in conference play, with an impressive 21-5 overall mark. Key players lost to graduation include conference player of the year, center Courtney Dilley, and guards Missy Kummet and Holly Schumacher. All three ladies received first team all-conference honors for their exceptional efforts. The lady Eagles have some big shoes to fill this year, but Coach Jansen and the entire roster, are confident of achieving a successful venture.
As the temperature outdoors begins to drop, the high school sports action moves indoors. With area athletes chomping at the bit to get the winter competition underway, coaches are optimistic and look forward to successful journeys as the new season rapidly approaches.
Returning two leading scorers and first-team all-conference members Bret Mattice (15 ppg.) and Jared Streit (13.2 ppg.), the Eden Valley-Watkins boys’ basketball team sports plenty of leadership. “With those two players returning, we should have two great leaders on and off the floor. Other than that, we don’t have a lot of varsity experience coming back, with losing five seniors who played a lot of minutes, so we will have to develop as a team and hopefully learn what it takes to win,” coach Adam Langer said. The Eagles ended last year on a high note, winning five of their last eight, including a home playoff victory, their first playoff win since the 2007-08 expedition. “Hopefully we can carry that momentum into this season. Our conference will be pretty balanced, and I think B-B-E is the favorite coming in, with the rest of the teams battling it out for second through eighth,” added Langer. This year’s athletes vying for playing time: Nick Pauly, senior; Alex Nesenson, senior; Dion Hirman, senior; Bret Mattice, junior; Jared Streit, junior; Austin Schlangen, junior; Tyler Neu, junior; DeShaun James, sophomore; Travis Thielen, sophomore; Reese Jansen, freshman; Jacob Streit, freshman.
Central Minnesota Conference Class-A Cross Country Champion Emily Donnay raced Saturday, Nov. 2, in the MSHSL State Cross Country Meet at Northfield’s
St. Olaf College facility. Snapping the 4-kilometer run finish line with a time of 15:14.1, Emily finished in a most impressive 10th place, shattering the school record by more than one minute. Emi Trost, a Cannon Falls senior, captured first place, with a 14:40.3;
St. Paul Academy & Summit’s Mary Naas was second with a time of 14:50.5; and Becca Wilkin of Trinity took third place with a time of 14:52.3.
The Eden Valley-Watkins football team was eliminated from playoff competition in Onamia Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the hands of a powerful BOLD High School ground game, as they fell, 68-14. BOLD’s Ben Steffel blazed the victory path with 21 carries for 221 yards rushing and four touchdowns, in the opening round of Section 5AA action. Overwhelmed by the number three-seeded Warriors offensive attack, 6th-seeded EV-W was never really in it, taking the halftime break with a 41-8 deficit.
EV-W 0 8 6 0–14
The Johnson-Peterson Gymnasium in Eden Valley was the site of the girls’ volleyball Section 5A-South playoffs, Thursday,
Oct. 24. Number 4-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins prevailed over a tough St. Cloud Christian team, seeded at number 5. Brittany Hesse and Brook Stang had three aces each, as the Eagles took the opener, 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-11).
Serving: Brittany Hesse 15-15 (3 aces); Brook Stang 11-13 (3 aces); Christina Salzl 5-5 (2 aces); Hitting: Tiffany Donnay 18-22 (10 kills); Brook Stang 6-6 (5 kills); Raevon Willner 10-14 (5 kills); Digs: Brittany Hesse 6-6; Raevon Willner 3-3; Sets: Faith Forcier 35-35 (10 assists); Jordyn Geislinger 18-18 (7 assists).