The Eden Valley-Watkins fourth-grade boys’ basketball team placed second at the Kimball Basketball Tournament Saturday, March 2.
In front row, left to right are Hunter Weiss, Randy Meyer, Blake Marquedant, and Ben Ruhland. In back row are AJ Rasmussen, Luke Christians, Joshua Streit, Nathan Becker, and Jared Geislinger. Coaches are Rich Streit and Jacob Streit. Submitted photo.
The Eden Valley-Watkins wrestlers matched up in the Section 5A individuals Friday and Saturday at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School. Faring quite well, the Eagles send Zach Blonigen, first place; Cain Renner, second place; Austin Peterson, second place; and Luke Kuechle, second place, on to the state tournament, Feb. 28-March 2, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
“As a team, we finished the year strong, but I thought we could have placed a couple of more kids and maybe gone higher with those who did place, but that is the nature of the beast. When you have a great section like ours, it’s tough to place or to make it to state,” said Eagles Coach Dan Berg. “I was happy for Grant Winter, Tyler Donnay, and Hunter Mathies, for placing in the top six, because they worked hard all year and deserved those medals around their necks at the end of the year.”
Coaches Forcier and Berg showing their excitment over senior EV-W Zach Blonigan’s win in the championship 120-pound weight class that gives him the chance to go to state. Photos courtesy of Vanessa Schlueter.
Despite the all-out team effort by the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles hoopsters Saturday night,
Feb. 23, the Pierz Pioneers ultimately emerged with a 63-59 win at home. A back and forth, exciting battle was the theme of the night, as the two clubs posted a 27-27 tie at the half. The second half action didn’t disappoint, and though the outcome could have gone either way, the Pioneers slowed down the soaring birds just long enough to run out the clock.
The Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles scoring attack included senior guard Brent Stenger, 20; senior forward Kirby Knutson, 4; sophomore guard Bret Mattice, 22; sophomore forward Jared Streit, 9; senior guard Austin Pelkey, 2; and senior forward Mitchell Lease, 2. Eden Valley-Watkins remains at 4-10 in the Central Minnesota Conference, and 11-12 overall. The Eagles close out the season on the road March 1st, as they pay a visit to Minnewaska Area High.
Local fans witnessed a pre-Valentine’s Day massacre on the
Feb. 12, as the Eden Valley-Watkins Lady Eagles captured another victory, beating the Rockford Rockets 42-26. The game was really never in doubt, as the Lady Eagles led by a dozen at the break, and glided to a 16-point final margin.
The Lady Eagles team box score: senior center Courtney Dilley 8; sophomore forward Greta Stommes 5; senior guard Holly Schumacher 4; junior forward Dani Nelson 10; senior guard Missy Kummet 6; sophomore guard Mikayla Kummet 2; junior guard Jamie Scherere 1; sophomore guard Brook Stang 3; sophomore forward Bella Cromwell 3.
The Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles boys made it three straight Tuesday night, Feb. 19, beating the Rockford Rockets 54-49. Jumping out to a 10-point halftime advantage, the Eagles gave the friendly fanatics plenty to cheer about. “It was a great game. We were up
10 at half, got into some foul trouble, and Rockford cut it to one,” said Coach Adam Langer. As has been the case lately, the Eagles persevered when the Rockets tightened up the deficit.