EV-W junior Jared Streit was named Central Minnesota Conference male athlete of the week. Streit scored 33 points and hauled in 45 rebounds. Streit set a school record for rebounds in a game with 29 Saturday, Feb. 22, against Maple Lake and set the school record for career rebounds with 705.
Cruising through the early rounds of the playoffs, the Eden Valley-Watkins hoopsters played their way to a semifinal contest against No. 1 seeded New London-Spicer. That game was played on Tuesday night in Collegeville and the Eagles’ loss knocks them out of the running now.
The road to that matchup included a 59-35 victory over St. John’s Prep Thursday, March 6; followed by a Saturday 52-34 decision over the Litchfield Dragons. In the St. John’s Prep game, Dani Nelson’s double-double (21 points, 10 rebounds) led No. 2 seed Eden Valley-Watkins past SJP. Eagles’ teammate Maria Holdvogt finished with 15 points. Jamie Scherer 2, Mikayla Kummet 5 (9 assists), Maria Holdvogt 15, Elaina Stommes 2, Bella Perlberg-Cromwell 6, Greta Stommes 8, Dani Nelson 21 (10 rebounds).
The Eden Valley-Watkins’ girls had a busy week, first traveling to Holdingford Monday, Feb. 24, then motoring over to Paynesville Tuesday, before finally returning Friday, with Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted as their guests. Losing to both Holdingford, 50-43, and HL-W-W, 48-43, the Eagles managed to handle Paynesville, 50-24, in the middle of it all. EV-W vs. Holdingford game scoring summary: Mikayla Kummet, 7; Greta Stommes, 8; Dani Nelson, 12; Elaina Stommes, 4; Jamie Scherer, 2;
Bella Perlberg-Cromwell, 4; Brook Stang, 6. Tuesday’s game with the Bulldogs was never in doubt, as the Lady Eagles took a 13-point halftime advantage and doubled it, winning by 26. EV-W vs. Paynesville scoring summary: Mikayla Kummet, 9; Greta Stommes, 2; Dani Nelson, 12; Elaina Stommes, 6; Jamie Scherer, 4; Bella Perlberg-Cromwell, 7; Brook Stang, 5; Maria Holdvogt, 4; Breanna Stang, 1. Officially closing out the regular season, the Eagles came up a little short Friday against an undefeated conference-bunch, the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers. EV-W junior guard Mikayla Kummet finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the Eagles (9-5 CMC, 17-7 overall). EV-W vs. HL-W-W scoring summary: Jamie Scherer, 2; Mikayla Kummet, 13; Maria Holdvogt, 2; Elaina Stommes, 2; Brook Stang, 3; Bella Perlberg-Cromwell, 8; Dani Nelson, 4; Greta Stommes, 9. Eden Valley-Watkins will face St. John’s Prep at 7 p.m. on Thursday at home in the opening round of the Section 6-2A playoffs.
Eagles’ Greta Stommes is pressuring her opponent on defense during home game v HL-W-W Lakers Friday, Feb. 28. Photo by Nick Block.
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.