Tricounty News

EV-W girls take first in basketball championship

The Eden Valley-Watkins seventh-grade girls earned first place in the Pacesetter Youth Basketball State Championships at the College of St. Benedict over the weekend. The Pacesetter state championship is the conclusion of an 8-region playoff system that began in March.

Teams competing included Eden Valley-Watkins, Ada-Borup, Austin, Red Lake, Grand Meadow, Willmar, Deer River and Detroit Lakes. Eden Valley-Watkins defeated Ada-Borup 33-14 in the opening game, then beat Austin in the semi-finals 28-24, before winning the Championship game 24-20 in double overtime over Willmar.

The coaches of the Eden Valley-Watkins seventh-grade girls’ team are Cory Schultz, Dean Schleper and Mikayla Kummet.
W-EVW-7th-Grade-IMG 4839The girls currently have a record of 43-2.

The seventh-grade girls qualified for the Pacesetter Great Four-State Championships at the Target Center in Minneapolis, which will be held Saturday, June 28, involving top teams from Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota in an 8-team bracket.

The Eden Valley-Watkins seventh-grade girls earned first place in the Pacesetter Youth Basketball State Championships at the College of St. Benedict over the weekend. In back row, left to right, are coach Dean Schleper, Kendra Kuechle, Breanna Walz, Emma Schultz, Haylee Geislinger, and coach Cory Schultz. In front row are coach Missy Kummet, Kennedy Kleist, Olivia Schleper, Shaylei Brutger and coach Mikayla Kummet. Submitted photo.W-EVW-7th-Grade-IMG 4835