Here is a picture of The fifth-grade boys’ basketball team who placed third at the Foley Tournament Saturday, Jan. 18. The team is pictured from left to right, in front row Randy Meyer, Hunter Weiss, Ben Ruhland, Carter Mathies, and Blake Marquedant. In back row are Nathan Becker, AJ Rasmussen, Joshua Streit, Luke Christians, Jared Geislinger, and Coach Rich Streit. Submitted photo.
EV-W’s Jared Streit was named Central Minnesota Male Athlete of the week for the week of Jan. 5-11. The junior post had 33 points, 22 rebounds and 8 assists in two victories for the Eagles last week. Submitted photo.
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.