Following a weather-postponed Tuesday night game with Holdingford, the Eden Valley-Watkins basketball boys last saw action thursday, Jan. 23, when they bumped off Rockford in a conference battle. On Friday, Jan. 31, the Eagles traveled to Pierz and emerged victorious, edging the Pioneers, 61-57. The Eagles secured a 24-19 advantage at the half and were able to maintain the momentum and finish on a winning note. Eden Valley-Watkins now stands at 5-4 in the Central Minnesota Conference, with an 11-6 overall mark. Team scoring: Bret Mattice, 14; Jared Streit, 24; Alex Nesenson, 6; Austin Schlangen, 4; Reese Jansen, 7; Nick Pauly, 6. EV-W controlled the boards on both sides of the ball, pulling down 35 total rebounds. Rebound totals: Jacob Streit, 2; Reese Jansen, 2; Nick Pauly, 4; Bret Mattice, 3; Alex Nesenson, 2; Austin Schlangen, 12; Jared Streit, 7.
The EV-W wrestlers were well tested recently, as they traveled to Minnewaska Friday, Jan. 31, and then hosted Kimball on Saturday, Feb. 1, in a makeup match from a prior postponement. The Eagles lost a tough-fought affair at Minnewaska, 39-27, and dropped the contest to Kimball, 54-23. In the Minnewaska match, forfeits abound, as out of the 14 weight classes represented, nine of them were decided by way of forfeit. Results: 106 pounds: Brad Dockendorf (EVW) won by forfeit; 113 pounds: Joe Weaver (MNWS) pinned Matt Schindler; 120 pounds: Spencer Winter (MNWS) pinned Troy Kelley; 126 pounds: Hunter Mathies (EVW) won by forfeit; 132 pounds: double forfeit; 138 pounds: Tyler Dockendorf (EVW) won by forfeit; 145 pounds: Marcelo Arredondo (MNWS) won by forfeit; 152 pounds: Weston Lardy (MNWS) pinned John Salzl; 160 pounds: Carter Phillipp (EVW) won by dec. Caleb Blaisdell 10-6; 170 pounds: Ryan Stottler (MNWS) won by dec. Luke Kuechle 5-4; 182 pounds: Grant Winter (EVW) won by forfeit; 195 pounds: Brad Jacobs (MNWS) won by forfeit; 220 pounds: double forfeit; 285 pounds: Kashawn Brown (MNWS) won by forfeit.
Thursday, Jan. 30, the Eden Valley-Watkins’ wrestlers hosted a pair of matches. First, in a re-scheduled affair with Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, the Eagles held on for a 44-33 win. Then they lost to Litchfield in a non-conference battle, 48-9. Coach Dan Berg had mixed emotions. “Well I thought it was a tale of two matches, with us being the aggressor against Howard Lake; getting after them and not letting them do their stuff, while getting into positions we wanted.” Some of the better matches featured Brad Dockendorf, winning his first varsity match by pin, and Troy Kelley, nailing his first career fall, after trailing by 3 going into the third period.
The Eden Valley-Watkins basketball girls traveled to Howard Lake Thursday, Jan. 30, to take on the league-leading Lakers. A well-played game, Eagles’ senior Dani Nelson was sharp, leading all scorers with 18 points. But her potentially game-winning shot at the buzzer fell short, giving
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted the 56-55 victory. The Lakers (7-0 CMC, 14-1) were led by seniors Abby Miller and Gabby Gruenhagen, and sophomore Cozy Eastman, who all finished with 13 points. The Eagles move to 9-4 overall and they stand at 4-2 in the Central Minnesota Conference.
The EV-W seventh-grade girls basketball team played in the 32nd Annual Litchfield Snowball Tournament Saturday, Jan. 25, and took first place. They are from left to right, in front row, Kennedy Kleist, Olivia Schleper, Shaylei Brutger, and Kendra Kuechle. In back are coach Jeremy Monson, Emma Schultz, Rae Eckerly, Haylee Geislinger, and Breanna Walz. Submitted photo.