The Eden Valley-Watkins volleyballers journeyed to Becker at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, but the girls weren’t serving up breakfast. The lady Eagles were impressive and sharp, winning 3 of 4 matches, losing only to the host team Becker in the championship match. First up was Simley, and EV-W won by a tally of 22-25, 25-23, 15-10.
Stats: Hitting: Raevon Willner
13-17 (7 kills); Tiffany Donnay 17-20 (6 kills); Brittany Hesse 10-14 (6 kills); Serving: Brittany Hesse 14-14 (1 ace); Faith Forcier 10-11; Digs: Raevon Willner 11-12; Jamie Scherer 11-11; Setting: Faith Forcier 32-34 (8 assists); Jordyn Geislinger 24-25 (8 assists).
It was the Irish who had all the luck on Friday the 13th, as they handed the visiting Eagles a 31-21 loss in a Central Minnesota Conference battle. Eagles senior quarterback Nick Pauly tossed for 189 yards and a couple of scores, and sophomore running-back DeShaun James carried the pigskin 16 times, and racked up an impressive 85 yards. But the Irish came out strong, posting 14 unanswered first-quarter points. The 17-7 halftime advantage by Maple Lake would be enough, as they withstood a 14-point third-quarter blitz by the Eagles, to claim the victory. Maple Lake’s junior running back Cal Redemske led the fierce Irish 323-yard ground attack with 124 yards rushing and three touchdowns of his own. The Irish completed just one pass in the contest, but it was good for an 80-yard touchdown scamper, and it broke a lot of Eagles fans’ hearts.
Opening the Central Minnesota Conference football season on the right foot, Eden Valley-Watkins snatched a closely battled decision at Rockford Friday, Sept. 6, with a 26-21 victory. The Eagles owned the first half, putting up 20 in the second quarter alone, on the strength of senior quarterback Nick Pauly’s arm. Pauly threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore running back DeShaun James seemed to be everywhere, grabbing 86 receiving yards, rushing for 50 yards, and scoring two touchdowns, one receiving and one on a 40-yard interception return. The Eagles defense stiffened in the second half and held off a Rockford late game comeback effort.
Looking for back-to-back home victories, the Eden Valley-Watkins volleyball team shined in their 3-1 win over Upsala, Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Johnson-Peterson Gymnasium. The final tally was 21-25, 25-18, 25-18, and 25-12, sealing the first 2-0 early season record since 2010. Eagles coach Andrea Huschle was pleased with the result. “We did a very good job of reading Upsala’s defense and finding spots to place the ball. We were more relaxed and worked together on every single point.” Raevon Willner was swatting Mikasas like open season on house flies, pounding down nine kills on a 14-18 hitting performance. Senior Brittany Hesse had a couple of aces and eight kills of her own in the win.
At Sauk Rapids Invitational
The Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball cross country teams showed up at the Sauk Rapids-Rice Invitational Thursday, Sept. 5, and had a pretty good showing. The Junior High team took a very respectable second place, behind the winning Sartell-St. Stephen bunch.
Pictured are the junior high cross country members of EV-W-K team at the Sauk Rapids meet Sept. 5. From left to right, they are Mikayla Markwardt, Hannah Ehlinger, Libby Yozamp, Sonora Mattice, Hannah Holmbert, Lindsay Kavanagh, Ashley Schindele, and Matthew Notch. Submitted photos.