Friday, Jan. 31, the Eden Valley-Watkins girls’ basketball team welcomed to town the girls from Pierz, and defeated them, 69-47. Junior Greta Stommes led Eden Valley-Watkins with 18 points. The Lady Eagles racked up a couple of double-doubles as well. Junior Mikayla Kummet had 14 points and 11 rebounds and senior Dani Nelson added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the victorious Eden Valley-Watkins squad. The Eagles now stand at 10-4 overall and a very respectable 5-2 in conference play.
Lady Eagles’ Brook Stang hangs onto the ball during game v Pierz Thursday,
Following a week with no action, the Eden Valley-Watkins wrestlers journeyed over to Royalton Friday, Jan. 24, and lost, 46-9. The match featured more opens than a revolving door, as the Eagles managed just two individual victories. In the 126-pound division, Hunter Mathies scored a PIN over the Royals’ Joe Jensen, and 160-pound Cain Renner captured an 8-1 decision over Brad Kroll.
Stars’ senior goalie Ellary Sweep, swept the crease clean all night, as the River Lakes’ girls claimed a 4-0 shutout over Brainerd/Little Falls. The Stars broke the hearts of the Flying Warriors’ faithful at the Brainerd Civic Center Tuesday, Jan. 21, out-peppering the home team in shots, 42-10. First period – Scoring: RVRLAK - Teal goal (even strength) (Ruter-Cogelow) 5:36; RVRLAK - Teal goal (even strength) 15:14. Penalties: None. Goalie changes: None. Second period – Scoring: RVRLAK - Ruter-Cogelow goal (even strength) (Anderson, Meed) 11:30. Penalties: Anderson, BRD LF (Roughing, minor, 2 min.) 4:26; Anderson, BRD LF (Interference/Protection of Goaltender, minor, 2 min.) 15:38. Goalie changes: None. Third period – Scoring: RVRLAK - Teal goal (power play) (Ruter-Cogelow, Stanger) 0:34. Penalties: Meed, RVRLAK (Checking, minor, 2 min.) 6:25; Anderson, BRD LF (Interference, minor, 2 min.) 6:46; Stanger, RVRLAK (Hooking, Minor, 2 min.) 13:53. Goalie changes: None.
After an eight-day weather-assisted respite, the Eden Valley-Watkins girls’ basketball team welcomed Holdingford to the friendly confines on Tuesday, Jan. 21, for a Central Minnesota Conference shootout. The Huskers handed the home-towners a 62-56 loss, which also included their first conference blemish. Rebounding from the Tuesday night disappointment, the Lady Eagles jumped back onto the winning track, beating Maple Lake, 71-50, Friday, Jan. 24, at Johnson-Peterson.
The Eden Valley-Watkins boys’ basketball team hosted Rockford Thursday, Jan. 23, and cruised to a 65-52 Central Minnesota Conference win. Junior guard Bret Mattice led the onslaught with 27 points and teammate Jared Streit posted 15 points and 19 rebounds for the Eagles, who now stand at 4-4 in the conference and 10-6 overall. EV-W built a 16-point halftime advantage and never looked back. “We came out with a lot of energy last night. We were led by Bret Mattice’s 27 points and Jared Steit’s 14 points, 19 rebounds. Our goal was to slow the pace of the game down to keep them from running, and we did just that to win the game,” said a pleased EV-W coach Adam Langer. Team scoring: Bret Mattice, 27; Jared Streit, 15; Alex Nesenson, 12; Austin Schlangen, 6; Jacob Streit, 3; Reese Jansen, 2.