Tricounty News

EV-W girls take first in basketball championship

The Eden Valley-Watkins seventh-grade girls earned first place in the Pacesetter Youth Basketball State Championships at W-EVW-7th-Grade-IMG 4839the College of St. Benedict over the weekend. The Pacesetter state championship is the conclusion of an 8-region playoff system that began in March.

Teams competing included Eden Valley-Watkins, Ada-Borup, Austin, Red Lake, Grand Meadow, Willmar, Deer River and Detroit Lakes. Eden Valley-Watkins defeated Ada-Borup 33-14 in the opening game, then beat Austin in the semi-finals 28-24, before winning the Championship game 24-20 in double overtime over Willmar.

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EV-W fastpitch team year-end stats

Posting an impressive 16-5 mark at season’s end, there’s no reason to think that the Eagles won’t be just as competitive next year. Eden Valley-Watkins returns eight starters in 2015, losing just one to graduation. Coach Dave Dziengel did another superb job with the girls, capturing a 16-win mark for the third consecutive year.

Following are a few statistics from 2014: Batting Average: Mindy Forcier .471; Brook Stang .459; Jamie Scherer .446; Kali Covert .400; Faith Forcier .313; Breanna Stang .290; Miranda Scherer .200; Bobbi Jo Block .192; Monica Ruhland .191; Sarah Pauly .190; Ashley Anderson .182. On Base Percentage: Mindy Forcier .566; Brook Stang .500; Jamie Scherer .532; Kali Covert .475; Faith Forcier .378; Breanna Stang .389; Miranda Scherer .333; Bobbi Jo Block .364; Monica Ruhland .296; Sarah Pauly .404; Ashley Anderson .333. Slugging Percentage: Mindy Forcier .485; Brook Stang .784; Jamie Scherer .615; Kali Covert .586; Faith Forcier .403; Breanna Stang .371; Miranda Scherer .200; Bobbi Jo Block .192; Monica Ruhland .213; Sarah Pauly .310; Ashley Anderson .182. Pitching: Jamie Scherer, 14-4; 18 games; 115 innings pitched; ERA 4.70; Kali Covert, 2-1, 1 save; 8 games; 26 innings pitched; ERA 7.96.

Eagles’ softball team finishes season on high note

Tuesday, May 27, the girls finished their playoffs and season with a win over Isle, 6-3, and a loss to Browerville, 7-4. “We picked up a nice win against a very good Isle team in our first game of section play. Our top three batters—Jamie, Mindy, and Brook, were 7 for 10, to set the pace for us. They also scored 5 of the 6 runs in the game. Jamie Scherer was effective on the mound, scattering 5 hits in 7 innings of work. It was a great way to start the day,” said coach Dave Dziengel.

Ending a fine season at 16-5, this marks the Eagles’ third consecutive year recording 16 wins per season. Browerville took a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth, and EV-W answered with three manufactured runs in the bottom of the fourth, but that was as close as they would get. “We played much better this time against the Tigers, but we only got 7 hits (to their 14 hits) and Browerville made all of the plays. We gave ourselves a chance in the bottom of the seventh when Jamie Scherer and Brook Stang got on safely and we got the tying run to the plate, but we could not continue the rally. We return eight starters next year but we will really miss our lone senior, Jamie Scherer, who has been a tremendous asset to our program. She has been one of the backbones of Eden Valley Watkins’ Fastpitch and her effort and enthusiasm for the game is going to be missed,” coach Dziengel said. “I’m happy that we made it to the final 4 of the section, that we never gave up, and that we fought until the last out of the season,” added coach.

EV-W box score/Isle game: Jamie Scherer, 2 for 3, run scored; Brook Stang, 2 for 4, 2 runs scored; Faith Forcier, 0 for 4, run scored; Mindy Forcier, 3 for 4, 2 runs scored, RBI; Kali Covert, 1 for 3, RBI; Breanna Stang, 1 for 3; Ashley Anderson, 0 for 3; Monica Ruhland, 0 for 3; Bobbi Jo Block, 0 for 3; Miranda Scherer, 0 for 1.

EV-W box score/Browerville game: Jamie Scherer, 1 for 4; Brook Stang, 1 for 4, run scored; Faith Forcier, 0 for 3, 2 runs scored, RBI; Mindy Forcier, 0 for 0, run scored, RBI; Kali Covert, 1 for 4; Breanna Stang, 1 for 3; Ashley Anderson, 2 for 3; Monica Ruhland, 1 for 3; Sarah Pauly, 0 for 3.

EV-W-K track/field teams send 19 to Sections


The Central Minnesota Conference Track & Field Sub-Sections took place at Litchfield, Tuesday, May 20. Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball has 19 tracksters moving on to sections next week. Both the men’s and women’s teams finished second in the eight-team meet. Litchfield won the women’s division, and New London-Spicer took the men’s division.

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EV-W baseball team falls in sub-section vs. ACGC


The Eden Valley-Watkins’ baseball boys hosted Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Friday,
May 23, for a sub-section contest.  The Falcons came up with a big 6-run fifth inning, to prevail with a 10-3 victory.

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