Coming off an amazing effort last year, finishing undefeated (14-0) in conference play, with an impressive 21-5 overall mark, the lady Eagles look to keep their winning ways. Traveling to Litchfield on Tuesday, Dec. 3, EV-W managed to edge out the Dragons, 37-31.
Eden Valley-Watkins then hosted the New London-Spicer Wildcats on Friday, Dec. 6, and dropped a tough one, 53-40. Junior guard Mikayla Kummet topped the Eagles’ scorers with 11 points and freshman Elaina Stommes poured in 10. Senior forward snatched nine boards in the loss. The Wildcats’ senior guard Taylor Thunstedt reached the 2,000-point mark for her career, after hitting a second-half bomb from beyond the arc. The Eagles will host Benson Tuesday, Dec. 10.
EV-W freshman Elaina Stommes guards her New London-Spicer opponents.
The Eagles dropped a tough one Dec. 6 against the Wildcats, 53-40.
Photo by Nick Block. (View lots more photos in our photo gallery online.)
It’s the holiday season and once again time to roll out the mats. The Eden Valley-Watkins wrestlers had a good workout on Wednesday, Nov. 27, as they participated in the Melrose Early Bird Invitational. Eagles’ coach Dan Berg is excited to get another season underway. “Well, we started pretty slow but we have some newcomers in the lineup, so we probably expected that going in, but some of our experienced guys seemed to be slow to start as well. We did finish well, but hoped to get more of a complete effort throughout the tourney.”
The first action of the year is typically a time to knock off the rust and learn from the experience. “Cain wrestled a great tournament, winning his bracket at 182 with three pins, but I thought Luke wrestled the best, beating Vitale from Sartell in the semi-finals,” Berg said. He was also a state entrant last year at 182 pounds, and wrestled a good match against Ryan Carlson in the finals who took second in state at 152 pounds. “We like what the kids are doing in the wrestling, with hard work and being aggressive, but we need to bring that aggression with us to tournaments and matches,” said Berg.
The Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles traveled to Grove City Monday, Nov. 25, for a season-opening, non-conference battle with the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons. The Eagles were down just four at the half, but the Falcons turned up the heat and never looked back, scorching the nets for 47 second-half points, en route to their 82-69 commanding victory.
“We are not going to win many games giving up 82 points. We need to be able to slow teams down, and that happens on both sides of the floor. We need to be more patient offensively and work much harder on the defensive side,” EV-W Coach Adam Langer said. The Eagles were sharp most of the night with junior guard Bret Mattice leading the way with 28 points. Junior forward Jared Streit registered a double-double, with 10 points and 16 boards. Sophomore DeShaun James had 12; senior Nick Pauly, 8; freshman Jacob Streit, 5; junior Austin Schlangen, 3; and sophomore Travis Thielen, 3. “It was a good first game. We did some very good things, but we also have a long list of what we need to work on,” said Langer.
The EV-W girls’ basketball team had a scrimmage with ROCORI Saturday, Nov. 30. Their first game is Friday, Dec. 6, against New London-Spicer. Above, junior Gretta Stommes gets fouled as she goes up for the shot.
Photo by Nick Block.
Community Education Tae Kwon Do at Eden Valley-Watkins Schools is organized and instructed by Master Ben Peterson. The tournament was in Marshall Saturday, Oct. 26. EV-W students earned the most points for their division, and brought home the Division 3 trophy for
most points earned through competition in Sparring and Forms. Submitted photo.