Picking up their eighth victory of the year, the EV-W hoopsters won at Kimball on Thursday, Jan. 9, by a score of 64-51. The Eagles’ offensive attack featured Jared Streit with 16 points and Bret Mattice with 14. EV-W coach Adam Langer was happy to pick up the road win. “I thought we played pretty well. They went on a 7-0 stretch to end the half to take the lead by 4. We settled for too many jump shots in the first half, so we focused on getting the ball inside, getting to the basket, and getting to the free-throw line in the second half.” The Eagles hit 10 out of 12 from the charity stripe in the second half, after attempting just two free throws the entire first half. Summary: Jared Streit, 16; Bret Mattice, 14; Austin Schlangen, 13; Alex Nesenson, 11; Reese Jansen, 5; Nick Pauly, 5.
EV-W Eagles #21 drives to the hoop during the second half against Kimball Thursday, Jan. 9. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
The weather warmed up, the bus started up, and the Eden Valley-Watkins grapplers were fired up, as they traveled to Bulldog country for the Paynesville Invitational Friday, Jan. 10. In the eight-team tournament, the Eagles finished in sixth place. “Well it was not our best showing as a team, but we had some individuals that had a good tournament. Hunter Mathies lost a hard-fought match in the semi-finals and came back to take third. The kid works hard so he deserves what he gets,” said Coach Dan Berg. Luke Kuechle took second, losing to Daniel Vitals, who is rated 8th in AA. Cain Renner took home the championship, beating Nathan Brinker, 6-4. Brinker is rated 10th at 195. “Cain gave up the first takedown, but was patient and reversed him and rode him for a period-and-a-half. He did a great job wearing on his opponent and tiring him out,” Berg said. The Eagles have a busy week next week, with a tri in Long Prairie, then home Thursday vs. Howard lake, and on to a tournament in New London on Friday. “This will be a big week to see where our conditioning is really at, and where we need to improve on going forward,” Coach Berg said.
The Lady Eagles basketball team traveled to Belgrade Thursday, Jan. 9, and returned with a convincing 45-35 victory over the Jaguars. EV-W, led by junior forward Bella Perlberg-Cromwell’s 18 points, took a 32-18 halftime lead and never looked back. The victory moves the Eagles to 3-0 in the Central Minnesota Conference and 7-2 overall. Game summary: junior forward Greta Stommes, 8; senior forward Dani Nelson, 5; junior guard Brook Stang, 5; senior guard Jamie Scherer, 4; freshman forward Elaina Stommes, 4; junior guard Mikayla Kummet, 1.
Coming off the Thursday night victory at Kimball, Eden Valley-Watkins held a Saturday, Jan. 11 matinee at Johnson-Peterson gym. Their guests were the Minne-waska Lakers and the Eagles prevailed in the non-conference clash, 74-46. EV-W came out gunning, grabbing an early lead and never relinquishing it. The Eagles’ scoring attack featured junior guard Bret Mattice, who blistered the nets for 27 points. Teammate junior forward Jared Streit dialed up a double-double, popping on 17 points and gathering 10 rebounds, in the decisive win. The Eagles now stand at 10-4 on the year, and will take on conference-rival Maple Lake tomorrow night at their place. Game scoring summary: Bret Mattice, 27; Jared Streit, 17; Reese Jansen, 7; Alex Nesenson, 7; Jacob Streit, 5; Nick Pauly, 4; DJ Stewart, 3; DeShaun James, 2; and Austin Schlangen, 2.
EV-W freshman Reese Jansen shoots a 3-pointer vs. Minnewaska Saturday, Jan. 11. Photo by Nick Block.
The Annandale Invitational Tournament was held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28, and the Eden Valley-Watkins’ girls showed well, beating Crookston, 46-41, in the opening round, and losing to a formidable Chatfield Gopher group in the title game, 61-52. Despite a 23-18 Pirates halftime advantage, the Eagles came out strong in the second session, to outlast Crookston and earn their right to face Chatfield in the finals. Eagles’ junior guard Mikayla Kummet had 16 points and a dozen rebounds, and teammate freshman forward Elaina Stommes added 10 points in EV-W’s winning effort. Game scoring line: Mikayla Kummet, 16; Elaina Stommes, 10; Breanna Stang, 7; Dani Nelson, 6; Bella Cromwell, 5; Bobbi Block, 2.
Saturday’s championship showdown featured Chatfield and Eden Valley-Watkins, with the Gophers emerging victorious, 61-52. The game was well played by both teams, and despite the Gopher’s nine-point margin of victory, it was really much closer than that, as the 33-31 halftime score can attest. Chatfield’s Megan LaPlante had 12 points to help lead the Gophers to the tournament championship. Elaina Stommes had 20 points for the Eagles and Dani Nelson had 17. Scoring summary: Elaina Stommes, 20; Dani Nelson, 17; Mikayla Kummet, 7; Breanna Stang, 6; Bella Cromwell, 2. EV-W now stands at 5-2 overall for the season.