The Eden Valley-Watkins basketball team traveled to Brooten Thursday, Feb. 6, to take on the leader of the pack, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. In the 79-42 thrashing, the Jaguars, behind Brian Goodwin’s 24 points and Billy Borgerding’s 18, racked up their 10th straight win in the Central Minnesota Conference. They are a perfect 10-0 in league play, and sit at 19-1 overall. The Eagles were led by Jared Streit, who managed 14 points on the evening. Game scoring summary: DeShaun James, 2; Reese Jansen, 10; Bret Mattice, 7; Alex Nesenson, 2; Austin Schlangen, 7; Jared Streit, 14.
Completing a very successful week’s venture in a most convincing manner, the Eden Valley-Watkins’ girls basketball team looked sharp in its three victories. At home on Monday, Feb. 3, junior Mikayla Kummet led the Eagles (7-2, 12-4) to a 51-31 victory over the Kimball (0-8, 3-13) with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 6 steals. Junior Greta Stommes contributed 14 points in the effort. Game scoring summary: Mikayla Kummet, 20; Maria Holdvogt, 1; Elaina Stommes, 6; Bella Perlberg-Cromwell, 2; Greta Stommes, 14; Jamie Scherer, 4; Dani Nelson, 4.
Pierz High School was the site of the Thursday, Feb. 6 matchup, featuring the Lady Eagles and the Pioneers. Eden Valley-Watkins prevailed easily, 60-41. Once again, Mikayla Kummet had the hot hand, leading the Eagles’ charge with 15 points. Always aggressive, she pulled down six boards, nabbed four steals, and dished out three assists for EV-W, who sits in the catbird seat, at 7-2 in the Central Minnesota Conference. The game was never really in doubt, as the Eagles built a 29-15 halftime advantage, which would prove to be insurmountable. Game scoring summary: Jamie Scherer, 2; Mikayla Kummet, 15; Mindy Forcier, 4; Breanna Stang, 1; Elaina Stommes, 7; Brook Stang, 2; Bella Perlberg-Cromwell, 13; Dani Nelson, 10; Greta Stommes, 6.
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.