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.
The Eden Valley-Watkins volleyball team played at the Howard Lake Waverly-Winsted invitational tournament Saturday,
Sept. 7, and came away with a victory and two losses. Hoping to get in a little more playing time, the Eagles entered the challenge and took on some pretty stiff competition. Coach Andrea Huschle summed it up. “We played in a tough pool and have not seen the speed a few of the teams had today. NYA and Maple Grove ran a very quick offense that threw us for a loop. Throughout the day we started to catch on and tried to modify as needed.” EV-W lost to the Raiders of Norwood-Young America, 15-25 and 10-25. They dropped a 2-0 decision to Maple Grove, 17-25, 14-25. But all was not lost as the Lady Eagles beat St. Cloud Christian School in straight sets, 25-10 and 25-14. The “varsity only” invitation gave the Eagles a great opportunity to see some different competition, and it should prove to be an invaluable experience as they move through the long season.
It was a pretty warm day for a run on Friday, Aug. 30, but that’s just what the Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball cross country girls’ and boys’ teams did. Arriving at Maple Lake’s Nye Park early enough for a 9 a.m. start, the EV-W/K girls’ squad finished eighth in the 10-team invitational, and the boys’ team was deemed incomplete. Individual results: Bret Mattice, 20.09; Tyler Neu, 21.40. Coach Holly Hansen is pleased with the start. “Almost all my athletes who ran this course last year improved their meet time this year. They are off to a great start. I knew Emily Donnay would be a great addition to our team, but it was really fun to see her get in there and do a fantastic first Varsity race! Kudos to all!” Hosts Maple Lake Irish captured first place. The lady EV-W/K were led by junior Emily Donnay, finishing second overall with a blistering time of 17:00. Teammates results: Grace Kopitzke, junior, 28th place, 19:19; Brooke Winter, junior, 46th place, 20:19; Stephanea Roeser, junior, 50th place, 21:22; Maria Roeser, junior, 52nd place, 21:24; Madison Libbesmeier, sophomore, 60th place, 22:53.