The EV-W wrestlers were well tested recently, as they traveled to Minnewaska Friday, Jan. 31, and then hosted Kimball on Saturday, Feb. 1, in a makeup match from a prior postponement. The Eagles lost a tough-fought affair at Minnewaska, 39-27, and dropped the contest to Kimball, 54-23. In the Minnewaska match, forfeits abound, as out of the 14 weight classes represented, nine of them were decided by way of forfeit. Results: 106 pounds: Brad Dockendorf (EVW) won by forfeit; 113 pounds: Joe Weaver (MNWS) pinned Matt Schindler; 120 pounds: Spencer Winter (MNWS) pinned Troy Kelley; 126 pounds: Hunter Mathies (EVW) won by forfeit; 132 pounds: double forfeit; 138 pounds: Tyler Dockendorf (EVW) won by forfeit; 145 pounds: Marcelo Arredondo (MNWS) won by forfeit; 152 pounds: Weston Lardy (MNWS) pinned John Salzl; 160 pounds: Carter Phillipp (EVW) won by dec. Caleb Blaisdell 10-6; 170 pounds: Ryan Stottler (MNWS) won by dec. Luke Kuechle 5-4; 182 pounds: Grant Winter (EVW) won by forfeit; 195 pounds: Brad Jacobs (MNWS) won by forfeit; 220 pounds: double forfeit; 285 pounds: Kashawn Brown (MNWS) won by forfeit.
Thursday, Jan. 30, the Eden Valley-Watkins’ wrestlers hosted a pair of matches. First, in a re-scheduled affair with Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, the Eagles held on for a 44-33 win. Then they lost to Litchfield in a non-conference battle, 48-9. Coach Dan Berg had mixed emotions. “Well I thought it was a tale of two matches, with us being the aggressor against Howard Lake; getting after them and not letting them do their stuff, while getting into positions we wanted.” Some of the better matches featured Brad Dockendorf, winning his first varsity match by pin, and Troy Kelley, nailing his first career fall, after trailing by 3 going into the third period.
The Eden Valley-Watkins basketball girls traveled to Howard Lake Thursday, Jan. 30, to take on the league-leading Lakers. A well-played game, Eagles’ senior Dani Nelson was sharp, leading all scorers with 18 points. But her potentially game-winning shot at the buzzer fell short, giving
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted the 56-55 victory. The Lakers (7-0 CMC, 14-1) were led by seniors Abby Miller and Gabby Gruenhagen, and sophomore Cozy Eastman, who all finished with 13 points. The Eagles move to 9-4 overall and they stand at 4-2 in the Central Minnesota Conference.
The EV-W seventh-grade girls basketball team played in the 32nd Annual Litchfield Snowball Tournament Saturday, Jan. 25, and took first place. They are from left to right, in front row, Kennedy Kleist, Olivia Schleper, Shaylei Brutger, and Kendra Kuechle. In back are coach Jeremy Monson, Emma Schultz, Rae Eckerly, Haylee Geislinger, and Breanna Walz. Submitted photo.
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,