The EV-W Eagles hit the road Tuesday, Dec. 10, and beat the Huskers of Holdingford in a good contest, 53-49. Eden Valley-Watkins found themselves down a dozen at the half, but they turned up the defense and the sharpshooters came alive, outscoring the Huskers by 16 points in the second stanza. Eagles’ coach Adam Langer is happy to get that first conference win. “We really struggled with our shooting in the first half. In the second half, we made it a priority to get the ball inside and things started to turn around. Alex Nesenson had two big three-point field goals in the last two minutes of the game to give us the lead, and Jared Streit sealed the game with two free throws in the last five seconds. It wasn’t pretty, but we battled through shooting struggles to get our first conference win.” The Eagles were led by junior forward Jared Streit, with 17 points. Junior guard Bret Mattice poured in 13, and hit three-for-three from the charity stripe. Senior Alex Nesenson finished with 9, and junior Austin Schlangen posted a double-double, with 10 points and 17 boards. Senior Nick Pauly had 4.
The Eden Valley-Watkins girls’ basketball team smothered the visiting Benson Braves Tuesday, Dec. 10, by a commanding 48-14 final. Eagles’ senior forward Dani Nelson scored 17 points to lead the Eagles to the easy non-conference win over a struggling Braves club, who are still seeking their first win of the year. After an overwhelming 31-point halftime advantage, EV-W added just a dozen more in the second half and cruised to the finish line.
The Eden Valley-Watkins wrestlers accepted an invitation to the Willmar Cardinal Classic Friday, Dec. 6, and did a pretty good job, finishing in sixth place in the 10-team standings. Eagles’ coach Dan Berg thought this tournament was better than last Wednesday’s outing, but there were a lot of areas that they needed to work on if they expected to reach the individual and team goals they have set. EV-W finished with just nine guys wrestling as a team, but as individuals, they clearly need to start learning from mistakes and taking advantage of their opponents. “We had a couple individuals that wrestled well in Matt Schindler and Tyler Donnay, improving from last week, with being more aggressive, and they did that. Matt, even though sixth seems a little low, wrestled his opponents tough; and he was a couple seconds from beating the first seed in the second round, but came up short,” coach Berg said.
The Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles hosted Paynesville Tuesday, Dec. 3, and lost a close one, 58-51. The Eagles came out soaring and took a 5-point advantage into the halftime break. But the Bulldogs fought back in the second half, outscoring Eden Valley-Watkins, 26-14, and sealing the victory. “It was a very even back-and-forth game in the first half. We came out in the second half and really struggled with shooting the basketball. We were 4 for 29 in the second half, which is 14 percent. I give Paynesville credit, they really picked up their defensive intensity and shut us down in that half,” said coach Adam Langer. The Eagles were led by junior forward Jared Streit, who posted another double-double, with 23 points and 17 rebounds. Junior guard Bret Mattice poured in 18, nailing four from beyond the arc. Sophomore DeShaun James had 1; senior Nick Pauly, 2; freshman Jacob Streit, 5; and junior Austin Schlangen, 2.
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.
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