The Eden Valley-Watkins volleyball team played at the Howard Lake Waverly-Winsted invitational tournament Saturday,
Sept. 7, and came away with a victory and two losses. Hoping to get in a little more playing time, the Eagles entered the challenge and took on some pretty stiff competition. Coach Andrea Huschle summed it up. “We played in a tough pool and have not seen the speed a few of the teams had today. NYA and Maple Grove ran a very quick offense that threw us for a loop. Throughout the day we started to catch on and tried to modify as needed.” EV-W lost to the Raiders of Norwood-Young America, 15-25 and 10-25. They dropped a 2-0 decision to Maple Grove, 17-25, 14-25. But all was not lost as the Lady Eagles beat St. Cloud Christian School in straight sets, 25-10 and 25-14. The “varsity only” invitation gave the Eagles a great opportunity to see some different competition, and it should prove to be an invaluable experience as they move through the long season.
It was a pretty warm day for a run on Friday, Aug. 30, but that’s just what the Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball cross country girls’ and boys’ teams did. Arriving at Maple Lake’s Nye Park early enough for a 9 a.m. start, the EV-W/K girls’ squad finished eighth in the 10-team invitational, and the boys’ team was deemed incomplete. Individual results: Bret Mattice, 20.09; Tyler Neu, 21.40. Coach Holly Hansen is pleased with the start. “Almost all my athletes who ran this course last year improved their meet time this year. They are off to a great start. I knew Emily Donnay would be a great addition to our team, but it was really fun to see her get in there and do a fantastic first Varsity race! Kudos to all!” Hosts Maple Lake Irish captured first place. The lady EV-W/K were led by junior Emily Donnay, finishing second overall with a blistering time of 17:00. Teammates results: Grace Kopitzke, junior, 28th place, 19:19; Brooke Winter, junior, 46th place, 20:19; Stephanea Roeser, junior, 50th place, 21:22; Maria Roeser, junior, 52nd place, 21:24; Madison Libbesmeier, sophomore, 60th place, 22:53.
The Eden Valley-Watkins volleyball team had plenty of hope Tuesday, Aug. 27, as they handed the visiting Paynesville Bulldogs a season-opener loss. Breaking in their new digs, the Eagles 3-1 sets victory was the result of four closely contested games; 25-20, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22. “It was a great atmosphere in our new gym, with a lot of support from the community,” said Coach Andrea Huschle. The girls played good, competitive volleyball and were rewarded. “We played well with good court awareness and a lot of effort and hustle on both offense and defense. It is nice to have our first game under our belts and to see the areas we need to improve on,” Coach Huschle said.
The Mayer Lutheran Crusaders football team was on a mission Thursday, August 29, and the Eden Valley-Watkins squad was first on their list. Mayer Lutheran, from the Minnesota River Conference, actually saw Eden Valley-Watkins hit the scoreboard first, taking an early first quarter touchdown lead. However, the Crusaders awakened in quarter two and exploded for 27 points, holding the Eagles to just six. EV-W coach Jon Thielen sums it up. “We made way too many mistakes against a very solid team. Mayer was very solid up front and their size gave us a lot of problems. We had some bright spots with big runs by Deshaun James, but other than that we were way too inconsistent.” The Crusaders came out of the halftime break and put up another 21, sealing the never-in-doubt victory, 48-19.
Hoping to get on the right track, the Eagles hit the road to play the Rockford Rockets in a Central Minnesota Conference battle, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.
The Eden Valley-Watkins Babe Ruth baseball team has qualified for the state tournament in East Grand Forks from Thursday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 4.
The team qualified this past weekend in the District #1 tournament, which was played in Avon, Richmond, and Cold Spring. They went 3-2 in the tournament. They won against Albany Purple Friday,
July 26, then lost to Albany Black later in the day. Saturday, they beat Luxemberg to clinch a state tournament berth. Then they won against Cold Spring Red later that day for tournament-seeding purposes. Sunday, they beat Cold Spring Black, then played another game immediately and lost to Albany Black.
They had only one loss in the regular season, and that was to Cold Spring Black whom they defeated in the district tournament.
The Eden Valley-Watkins Babe Ruth team ended up the #2 seed in District 1. Their first game will be Thursday, Aug. 1, against Wadena-Deer Creek at noon in East Grand Forks.