Thursday, Feb. 27, the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles outlasted the Morris Tigers, 68-60, in the opening round of post-season play. Junior Bret Mattice finished with 29 points and fellow junior Jared Streit tallied a double-double as No. 2 seed Eden Valley-Watkins eliminated No. 7 seed Morris in the first round of the South Sub-Section 6-2A playoffs. Streit finished with 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Eagles (15-9). Freshman Reese Jansen added 18 points in the win. Nick Pauly added 4 points and teammate Alex Nesenson finished with a bucket.
The Eagles squared off against Litchfield Saturday at St. John’s University and emerged victorious, 59-44. Bret Mattice had
19 points to lead the No. 2 seed Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles past the No. 3 seed Litchfield Dragons, in the South Sub-Section 6-2A semifinals at Sexton Arena. Eagles’ scoring summary: Jacob Streit, 8; Reese Jansen, 5; Nick Pauly, 9; Bret Mattice, 19; Alex Nesenson, 6; Jared Streit, 12.
BREAKING NEWS: EV-W lost to New London-Spicer Tuesday night, March 4, by a score of 43-65. Look for the story in next week’s Tri-County News.
EV-W Bret Mattice pulls up a shot Thursday, Feb. 27, against Morris for South 6AA Sub-section. Photo by Nick Block.
“Well the season is over for almost everyone. Cain Renner and Luke Kuechle will be competing at the state tournament this week. They were both returning state entrants, so it was expected that they would get back down there and they passed the test. This is Cain’s third time at state, placing sixth as a sophomore, so it would be nice to see him get back on the podium to finish out his senior year. Luke will have to battle to get onto the podium, and I think if he wrestles like he can, he has a shot,” coach Dan Berg said. The Eagles finished the season on a high note, placing 8 out of 10 wrestlers. “We had a couple people that I thought could have done better, and also some that made a statement at the end. I’m going to miss this senior class, with all the hard work and dedication they put in, not only to be better wrestlers, but to be more well-rounded people. Thank you seniors, it’s been a great ride!” said coach Berg.
The Eden Valley-Watkins seventh-grade basketball team placed third in the Dassel-Cokato Tournament Feb. 22, beating Dassel-Cokato 37-10 in the first round, losing in the semifinals to HL-W-W 20-30, and beating New Ulm 38-32 in the third place game. In front row, left to right are Alex Foehrenbacker, Damian Lincoln, Gavin Klocker, and Herbie Walker. In back are coach Susie Anderson, Mitchell Utecht, Justin Streit, Evan Thielen, Peyton Thul, Alex Marquedant, and coach Rich Streit. Submitted photo.
The host Eden Valley-Watkins’ girls outlasted Rockford Tuesday, Feb. 18, in a good Central Minnesota Conference game, 59-54. EV-W junior guard Mikayla Kummet led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds. Scoring summary: Jamie Scherer, 2; Mikayla Kummet, 20; Elaina Stommes, 7; Brook Stang, 6; Bella Perlberg-Cromwell, 6; Dani Nelson, 6; Greta Stommes, 12.
EV-W’s Greta Stommes gets a jump ball after she rips the ball out of Rockford’s hands. Photo by Nick Block.
The Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles beat St. John’s Prep Monday, Feb. 17, in Collegeville’s Guild Hall, 63-49. Junior Austin Schlangen had 18 points to lead the Eagles in the non-conference battle. EV-W had things well in hand, jumping out to a 35-25 halftime advantage. Jared Streit had 14 points for the Eagles (14-9). EV-W scoring: Jacob Streit 2, Reese Jansen 12, Nick Pauly 4, Bret Mattice 11, Alex Nesenson 2, Austin Schlangen 18, Jared Streit 14.
Saturday’s contest at Eden Valley featured Maple Lake sharp-shooter David Stokman, leading the Irish with 35 points en route to a 71-65 victory. Junior forward/center Jared Streit scored 19 points and pulled down 29 rebounds, but the Eagles fell in overtime to Maple Lake in the Central Minnesota Conference game. Bret Mattice added 17 points for Eden Valley-Watkins. EV-W scoring: Jacob Streit 6, Reese Jansen 7, Nick Pauly 10, Bret Mattice 17, Alex Nesenson 6, Jared Streit 19.