The Kimball/Eden-Valley-Watkins’ boys’ golf team dusted off the clubs Monday, April 21, at Blackberry Ridge in Sartell. Preparing for the end-of-year section meet, the Section 6AA Pre-Section Meet is a chance for the kids to “hone-up” their skills. It provides an opportunity for the guys to play the course with other teams and competitors within the section. “It was a tough day, with the wind blowing like it was. We didn’t play our best golf, but it is early in the year, and we’ll continue to try to improve every meet,” coach Jason Huschle said.
Meet Results/Team: first, St. Cloud Cathedral, 324; second, Staples/Motley, 335; third, Becker, 349. The gathering featured 16 teams and K-EV-W finished tied for 13th place, with a net 423.
Meet Results/Individual: Tied first, 77 net, Kyle Haag/SCC; Andrew Israelson/SM; Tied third, 80, Jackson Fluck/Becker; David Molinari/Zimmerman. Kimball/EV-W: Tied 31st, Tommy Wuertz, 95; Tied 41st, Reese Jansen, 100; Tied 60th, Tony DeJuliannie, 108; 80th, Cameron Flaschenriem, 123; 81st, Nathan Vossen, 124.
Head girls’ track and field coach Gordy Schlangen is pleased with the kids’ efforts, despite the tough competition at the Tuesday, April 22, five-team ROCORI Invitational. “We had a meet last night at ROCORI against some really good teams. Many of our girls had very good individual times and distances, but the competition was as good as anything that we will see this year.” Some highlights were the 4x800 relay of Courtney Geislinger, Chelsey Barthel, Amaya Lyrek, and Emily Donnay, finishing third. EV-W-K’s top two throwers Raevon Willner and Ariel Laabs finished first and third in shot, and fourth and fifth in the discus. The women’s team competition was won by ROCORI, and the men’s team competition was won by Willmar.
Working around thechameleon-like weather, the Eden Valley-Watkins baseball bunch managed to slip in a doubleheader at Rockford on Friday, April 25. However, the double defeats, 4-0 and 17-5, could not be blamed on the conditions, as coach Mike Tomsche knows. “We had a tough couple of games with Rockford. Bottom line is that we didn’t play well and know we’re a better team than the one that showed up Friday. We have a lot of work to do and will keep competing and improving.” The Eagles were a bit meager at the plate, collecting just nine hits in the twin bill, while the Rockets popped for 23 safeties.
The Eden Valley-Watkins’ softball team split a double-header with Rockford Thursday, April 24, dropping game one, 6-0 and taking the nightcap, 12-11. Rockets’ sophomore pitcher Bria Majeski was the juggernaut in the Eagles’ efforts, striking out the first
17 batters she faced. Ashley Anderson broke the fanning machine, putting a ball into play and reaching base in the bottom of the sixth. “We finally showed some signs of life, collecting a couple of hits in the seventh, but it was too little, too late. I was happy the way Kali Covert pitched tonight in her first varsity start, despite taking the loss,” said coach Dave Dziengel.
EV-W box score/game one: Jamie Scherer, 1 for 3; Brook Stang, 0 for 3; Faith Forcier, 0 for 3; Mindy Forcier, 0 for 3; Kali Covert, 1 for 3; Breanna Stang, 0 for 2; Ashley Anderson, 0 for 2; Sarah Pauly, 0 for 2; Bobbi Jo Block, 0 for 2.
Eden Valley-Watkins sophomore Logan Linn led the Eagles’ 14-hit assault with an impressive five of his own, as EV-W thumped the Royals, 13-5, in an April 21 makeup game. Posting eight runs through the first six innings, the Eagles put the hammer down in the top of the seventh, pounding out five additional runs and closing the deal. Linn got the starting nod on the mound and hurled six brilliant innings, scattering just four hits while fanning eight, allowing two earned runs and picking up the win. Travis Thielen closed out the victory, going one inning and surrendering just one earned run. Eagles head coach Mike Tomsche likes the kids’ efforts. “Logan Linn threw six strong innings striking out eight. His control was pretty good and he mixed up his pitches well. Senior centerfielder Cain Renner was 3 for 4 with two doubles. We have some things we need to work on but I’m always happy to get the win. We will keep stressing the fundamentals and show improvement each game.”