Opening the season at home, Thursday, April 10, the Eagles topped Lester Prairie/Holy
Trinity by a touchdown, 14-7. Eden Valley-Watkins got off to a slow start, but they eventually knocked off the rust, tallying eight runs in the third inning and adding six more in the fifth. Coach Mike Tomsche is happy to get that first win under his belt. “We started out a bit shaky but came up with some timely hitting when we needed it. Austin Schlangen and Logan Linn, who got the win, both threw pretty well.” Senior catcher Matt Unterberger had a good day, going 2 for 4 with a double and
2 RBI. Teammate Austin Schlangen helped the cause with a single and a double.
The weather woes were well worth the wait for the lady Eagles, as they hammered out 13 hits en route to a 16-10 victory in Upsala Thursday, April 10. EV-W had the bats working overtime, scoring runs in six of the seven innings. Coach Dave Dziengel was pleased to get back at it. “It was nice to finally get a game in, and we are actually playing 19 days earlier than last season.” Senior Jamie Scherer was credited with the win. “Jamie did an OK job pitching. She got a little tired in the sixth and the Cardinals did a nice job rallying, to make the score 14-10. We added two runs in the seventh and held on for our first win of the season,” Dziengel said. The Eagles are a talented, enthusiastic bunch with plenty of new faces. “With five new starters, I was happy how we swung the bats and how well we did running the bases. We will need to continue to improve with games next week against a good Browerville team and our first game against a very athletic Pierz team,” added coach Dziengel.
EV-W box score: Jamie Scherer, 2 for 6, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI; Brook Stang, 2 for 4, run scored, 2 RBI; Faith Forcier, 0 for 4, 2 runs scored; Mindy Forcier, 2 for 2, 4 runs scored, RBI; Kali Covert, 3 for 5, run scored, 3 RBI; Breanna Stang, 2 for 5, run scored, RBI; Sarah Pauly, 0 for 2, 3 runs scored; Bobbi Jo Block, 1 for 2, run scored, RBI; Ashley Anderson, 1 for 4, run scored, RBI.
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.”