Tricounty News

EV-W baseball team loses ground at Howard Lake

The Eden Valley-Watkins baseball team dropped a double-dipper Friday, May 17, at Howard Lake, 5-4 and 9-0. Eagles’ coach Mike Tomsche is well aware of the problem areas. “We committed three errors in game one, that played a big role in our 5-4 loss. If we make those plays we win; plain and simple.” The Eagles’ problems seem to be mostly centered on the basics and they are costly. “In game two, errors and walks were our downfall. We need to make the plays behind our pitchers and get our bats going. We are not doing the little things to win close ball games.” Tomsche said.


EV-W baseball team splits a pair with the Huskers

The Eden Valley-Watkins baseball team lost one and won one last Monday, May 13, at home, in a conference battle twin bill with Holdingford, 7-0 and 3-0. Eagles’ coach Mike Tomsche is pleased with the performance. “Game one, we committed a couple of errors that hurt us. The game was closer than reflected by the score. Austin Berg threw a great second game, allowing only a single and earned the shut out. We are playing better baseball and the return of senior Alex Geislinger to our line-up will help.”


EV-W-K track teams gain more respect at Pierz meet

The Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball boys’ and girls’ track teams flexed their muscles Tuesday, at the Central Minnesota Conference Track and Field Championships in Pierz. The contest consisted of 7 women’s teams and 7 men’s teams, each vying for top positions in 18 events. EV-W-K ladies’ coach Gordy Schlangen is satisfied with the girls’ efforts. “The girls fought very hard and finished third behind two very strong teams in Maple Lake and Holdingford. We continue to improve as we get ready for subsections next week. I am very proud of how they performed individually, and as a team.”

Kimball Highlights:


Emily Donnay; CMC champion in 300 hurdles

Malina Röttgermann; 800-meter and triple jump

Abbey Straley; 300 hurdles

Holly Loch; long jump

Allie Seth; discus


Connor Wittenberg; 110 hurdles and high jump conference champ; all-conference honors in 300 hurdles and triple jump

Austyn Schlueter; all-conference in shot put

EV-W Highlights:


Austin Pelkey; conference champ in 200 and 400-meter dashes and long jump (new school record)

Kirby Knutson; conference champ in the triple jump and all-conference in the 800-meter run

DeShaun James; all-conference in the 100-meter dash


Raevon Wilner; conference champ in both the shot put and discus

Following are the results:

Girls’ 100-meter dash: First Place, McKenzie Schulte, Holdingford, 13.19; EV-W-K: Fifth Place, Holly Loch, 13.53

Boys’ 100-meter dash: First Place, Tyler Millner, Pierz, 11.31; EV-W-K: Third Place, DeShaun James, 11.62

Girls’ 200-meter dash: First Place, Marisa Fiecke, HL-W-W, 27.42; EV-W-K: Seventh Place, Holly Loch, 29.58; 15th Place, Miranda Albert, 30.49; 17th Place, Julia Stotz, 31.15

Boys’ 200-meter dash: First Place, Austin Pelkey, EV-W-K, 23.07; Fifth Place, DeShaun James, 24.19; 10th Place, Tommy Lochen, 26.13

Girls’ 400-meter dash: First Place, Marisa Fiecke, HL-W-W, 61.93; EV-W-K: Fourth Place, Madison Hurrle, 66.54; Seventh Place, Macey Hurrle, 69.46

Boys’ 400-meter dash: First Place, Austin Pelkey, EV-W-K, 52.70; Eighth Place, Austin Marx, 56.86; 13th Place, Sawyer Mies, 61.54

Girls’ 800-meter run: First Place, Kaitlin Preusser, Holdingford, 2:34.34; EV-W-K: Third Place, Malina Röttgermann, 2:39.77; Fourth Place, Courtney Geislinger, 2:44.51; Eighth Place, Chelsey Barthel, 2:55.19

Boys’ 800-meter run: First Place, Ryan Kalinowski, Maple Lake, 2:06.23; EV-W-K: Third Place, Kirby Knutson, 2:08.99; 13th Place, Brandon Faber, 2:33.45

Girls’ 1600-meter run: First Place, Abigail Botten, Rockford, 5:42.81; EV-W-K: Ninth Place, Kendra Atherton, 6:52.39; 15th Place, Maria Roeser, 7:36.91

Boys’ 1600-meter run: First Place, Abraham Skwira, Holdingford, 4:47.38; EV-W-K: 17th Place, DJ Stewart, 5:48.07; 18th Place, James Gathje, 5:48.77; 19th Place, John Zipoy, 5:53.44

Girls’ 3200-meter run: First Place, Alli Ruprecht, Holdingford, 13:00.47; EV-W-K: Eighth Place, Hannah Holmberg, 15:14.63; 11th Place, Steph Roeser, 15:38.00

Boys’ 3200-meter run: First Place, Abraham Skwira, Holdingford, 10:38.68

Girls’ 100-meter hurdles: First Place, Jordan Weeding, Rockford, 16.81; EV-W-K: Fifth Place, Tiffany Kuechle, 17.66; Seventh Place, Emily Donnay, 17.80; last, Abbey Straley, 17.86 

Boys’ 110-meter hurdles: First Place, Connor Wittenberg, EV-W-K, 15.58

Girls’ 300-meter hurdles: First Place, Emily Donnay, EV-W-K, 50.02; Second Place, Abbey Straley, 50.89; Ninth Place, Emma Kuechle, 58.10

Boys’ 300-meter hurdles: First Place, Jordan O’Reilly, Rockford, 42.05; EV-W-K: Second Place, Connor Wittenberg, 42.86; Sixth Place, Shadly Callahan, 45.46; 14th Place, Thomas Neuman, 52.47

Girls’ 4x100-meter relay: First Place, Holdingford, 54.20; EV-W-K: Fourth Place, 55.09

Boys’ 4x100-meter relay: First Place, Maple Lake, 46.78; EV-W-K: Fifth Place, 48.58

Girls’ 4x200-meter relay: First Place, Maple Lake, 1:55.62; EV-W-K: Fourth Place, 1:59.40

Boys’ 4x200-meter relay: First Place, Maple Lake, 1:36.78; EV-W-K: Third Place, 1:38.54

Girls’ 4x400-meter relay: First Place, Holdingford, 4:23.22; EV-W-K: Second Place, 4:27.27

Boys’ 4x400-meter relay: First Place, Rockford, 3:35.44; EV-W-K: Second Place, 3:38.96

Girls’ 4x800-meter relay: First Place, Maple Lake, 10:42.24; EV-W-K: Third Place, 11:23.60

Boys’ 4x800-meter relay: First Place, Maple Lake, 8:51.97; EV-W-K: Fourth Place, 9:03.55

Girls’ High Jump: First Place, Bridget Bednar, Pierz, 5-00.00; EV-W-K: tied Sixth Place, Malina Röttgermann, 4-08.00; tied 10th Place, Madison Hurrle, Tiffany Kuechle, 4-06.00

Boys’ High Jump: First Place, Connor Wittenberg, EV-W-K, 6-00.00; Ninth Place, Austin Marx, 5-06.00; 11th Place, Kirby Knutson, 5-04.00

Girls’ Long Jump: First Place, Kinlee Swanson, B-B-E, 16-03.25; EV-W-K: Second Place, Holly Loch, 15-08.50; Ninth Place, Brittany Hesse, 14-00.00

Boys’ Long Jump: First Place, Austin Pelkey, EV-W-K, 21-11.00; Fourth Place, DeShaun James, 20-00.50

Girls’ Triple Jump: First Place, Jordan Sifferle, Maple Lake, 33-04.00; EV-W-K: Second Place, Malina Röttgermann, 32-01.00

Boys’ Triple Jump: First Place, Kirby Knutson, EV-W-K, 42-00.00; Third Place, Connor Wittenberg, 41-01.50

Girls’ Shot Put: First Place, Raevon Willner, EV-W-K, 32-00.00; Eighth Place, Allie Seth, 28-06.00

Boys’ Shot Put: First Place, Isaac Kotila, Maple Lake, 49-09.00; EV-W-K: Second Place, Austyn Schlueter, 46-01.00; Seventh Place, Tyler Smith, 37-07.00; Eighth Place, Matt Benson, 36-08.00

Girls’ Discus Throw: First Place, Raevon Willner, EV-W-K, 101-09; Second Place, Allie Seth, 97-07

Boys’ Discus Throw: First Place, Isaac Kotila, Maple Lake, 138-10; EV-W-K: Sixth Place, Austyn Schlueter, 103-10; Ninth Place, Josh Miller, 94-00

Girls’ Pole Vault: First Place, Rachel Latour, Maple Lake, 9-00.00; EV-W-K: Sixth Place, Savanna Gohmann, 6-00.00

Boys’ Pole Vault: First Place, DJ Cranston, Maple Lake, 13-00.00; EV-W-K: tied Seventh Place, Tommy Lochen, John Zipoy, 8-00.00

In the women’s 18-event contest, EV-W-K placed third, with 123.5 points, and the men’s 18-event competition saw EV-W-K taking third place, with 134.5 points.

EV-W softball team cruises in first round of playoffs

The Eden Valley-Watkins softball team started the post-season right, taking a decisive victory Monday afternoon at home, 13-3, over the Swanville Bulldogs. Things got off to a pretty rocky start, as the Eagles surrendered 

3 unearned runs in the first inning, handing Swanville an early lead. Eagle coach Dave Dziengel is happy with the win, regardless of the early-inning jitters. “We came out a little flat and we gave the Bulldogs 3 unearned runs in the first inning. It took until the 3rd inning but we eventually scored 13 unanswered runs to win in 6 innings. In the 3rd inning we stayed patient at the plate, as we used 3 walks, 1 hit batter, and only 1 hit, to score 5 runs. Baylee Lahr did another good job as she limited Swanville to 6 hits over 6 innings, giving up no earned runs.” Though it is not yet set in stone, the Eagles will most likely not play Tuesday, but instead they will travel to Minnewaska on Wednesday, to take on the winner of the Browerville/Royalton game in Osakis. At press time, EV-W posted a 10-4 overall record.


EV-W box score: Baylee Lahr,
1 for 2, 2 runs scored; Jamie Scherer, 0 for 3; Kaylee Forcier,
2 for 3, 2 runs scored; Holly Schumacher, 0 for 3, 2 runs scored; Brook Stang, 2 for 4, 3 runs scored, 2 RBI; Mickael Lies-Thielen, 0 for 4; Briana Plantenberg, 0 for 3, RBI; Faith Forcier, 2 for 3, 3 runs scored, RBI; Mindy Forcier, 1 for 4, run scored, RBI.


Eden Valley-Watkins softball team splits double-header at Rockford

Holly Schumacher blasted a 3-run round-tripper last Tuesday, May 7, in Rockford, to help seal the EV-W Eagles’ first of two games victory, 6-3. Eagle coach Dave Dziengel was impressed with the team’s effort. “Jamie Scherer did a fabulous job, picking up her first varsity win tonight. She held Rockford scoreless, giving up just 6 hits over 4 innings of work. Equally as impressive was Baylee Lahr’s performance, as she worked a quick two innings to secure the win. The big blow for us offensively tonight was Holly Schumacher’s 3-run homerun in the third inning.”

The Rockets turned the tables on the Eagles in game two, taking the contest in a shutout win, 4-0. The Eagles managed just 3 hits, while Rockford pounded out 10. “Rockford scored 3 quick runs in the first inning and didn’t look back in this game. We could only muster three hits off their starting pitcher and we just couldn’t get anything going offensively,” said Dziengel.  EV-W’s overall record is 4-3 and 3-3 in conference play.