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.
The Eden Valley-Watkins girls’ basketball team recently used up their frequent road miles as they traveled to Rockford Monday, Feb. 10, journeyed to Cold Spring on Tuesday, and just before running out of gas, pulled into the Belgrade parking lot on Valentine’s Day. Losing to the Rockets 47-41, the Eagles bounced back on Tuesday, stopping the Spartans, 56-46. Capping off the week with their second victory in three nights, Eden Valley-Watkins handled Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, 52-45, on Friday. Rockford game scoring summary: Mikayla Kummet, 10; Greta Stommes, 8; Dani Nelson, 7; Elaina Stommes, 6; Jamie Scherer, 4; Bella Perlberg-Cromwell, 4; Maria Holdvogt, 2.
Heading to individuals
The Eden Valley-Watkins wrestlers entered the Class A Section 5 Team Tournament Tuesday, Feb. 11, as the No. 5 seed. They lost to No. 4 seed Paynesville, 51-25, thus ending their season. “Well, the season is over for team competition, but individuals are next week, so we’re preparing the kids to compete next Friday and Saturday. Last night, I thought with having three opens, we wrestled well. A couple of matches went their way, and we had a few regulars out, and that’s tough. The 26-point deficit could have been much different, but that’s how it goes. Paynesville was just better than us,” Coach Dan Berg said.
Match Summary: 113 Matt Schindler (Eden Valley-Watkins) won by pin over Alex Mages (Paynesville) 1:29; 126 Hunter Mathies (Eden Valley-Watkins) won by pin over Connor Meagher (Paynesville) 0:32; 132 Tyler Dockendorf (Eden Valley-Watkins) won by major decision over Jonathan Schaeffer (Paynesville) 13-0; 160 Cain Renner (Eden Valley-Watkins) won by pin over Grant Ludwig (Paynesville) 1:08; 170 Luke Kuechle (Eden Valley-Watkins) won by decision over Jacob Mages (Paynesville) 4-0. The Eagles will have about 10 days off before individuals get underway. “The kids need to change their focus and prepare to do their best. This is the fun time of year because anything can happen,” said Coach Berg.
The Johnson-Peterson Gym was the site of the Tuesday, Feb. 11, Central Minnesota Conference clash between the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles and the Kimball Area Cubs. The Eagles, after posting a 28-25 halftime advantage, prevailed in a hard-fought battle, 63-55. Junior Bret Mattice had 24 points and led Eden Valley-Watkins to the victory. Junior Jared Streit added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles. Game summary: Bret Mattice, 24; Jared Streit, 18; Jacob Streit, 7; Alex Nesenson, 7; Nick Pauly, 4; Reese Jansen, 2; Austin Schlangen, 1.
The Eagles traveled to Howard Lake on Friday, Feb. 14, and dropped the Central Minnesota Conference battle to the Lakers, 80-63. Seniors Austin Smith and Tyler Sale led the way for Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in the convincing win. Eden Valley-Watkins was led in scoring by junior Brett Mattice with 20 points.
Hosting a pair of matches Thursday, Feb. 6, the Eagles dropped the first contest to Staples-Motley, 45-32, and then lost to Holdingford in the ensuing battle, 39-18. Eden Valley-Watkins got a pair of victories from Matt Schindler (113), Hunter Mathies (126) and Cain Renner (170). Eagles’ coach Dan Berg remains optimistic as the post-season looms. “I tell ya, the individuals on this team are heading in the right direction, moving toward section time, but it’s frustrating to be in duals and then lose at the end because we have three open weights on top. Kids are battling and getting better, which is what you want this time of year, but team-wise it’s been a struggle.”