Central Minnesota Conference Class-A Cross Country Champion Emily Donnay raced Saturday, Nov. 2, in the MSHSL State Cross Country Meet at Northfield’s
St. Olaf College facility. Snapping the 4-kilometer run finish line with a time of 15:14.1, Emily finished in a most impressive 10th place, shattering the school record by more than one minute. Emi Trost, a Cannon Falls senior, captured first place, with a 14:40.3;
St. Paul Academy & Summit’s Mary Naas was second with a time of 14:50.5; and Becca Wilkin of Trinity took third place with a time of 14:52.3.
The Eden Valley-Watkins football team was eliminated from playoff competition in Onamia Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the hands of a powerful BOLD High School ground game, as they fell, 68-14. BOLD’s Ben Steffel blazed the victory path with 21 carries for 221 yards rushing and four touchdowns, in the opening round of Section 5AA action. Overwhelmed by the number three-seeded Warriors offensive attack, 6th-seeded EV-W was never really in it, taking the halftime break with a 41-8 deficit.
EV-W 0 8 6 0–14
The Johnson-Peterson Gymnasium in Eden Valley was the site of the girls’ volleyball Section 5A-South playoffs, Thursday,
Oct. 24. Number 4-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins prevailed over a tough St. Cloud Christian team, seeded at number 5. Brittany Hesse and Brook Stang had three aces each, as the Eagles took the opener, 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-11).
Serving: Brittany Hesse 15-15 (3 aces); Brook Stang 11-13 (3 aces); Christina Salzl 5-5 (2 aces); Hitting: Tiffany Donnay 18-22 (10 kills); Brook Stang 6-6 (5 kills); Raevon Willner 10-14 (5 kills); Digs: Brittany Hesse 6-6; Raevon Willner 3-3; Sets: Faith Forcier 35-35 (10 assists); Jordyn Geislinger 18-18 (7 assists).
The Section 6A Cross Country Tournament was held at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School, Thursday, Oct. 24. Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball team fought a fairly substantial chilly and wet milieu, but emerged in a respectable ninth place, in the middle of the pack. “It was cold and sleeting – but a good race nonetheless. Emily is advancing to the State meet on Saturday, Nov. 2, as an individual,” said Coach Holly Hansen.
The Eden Valley-Watkins’ volleyball regular season came to a close at home Tuesday, Oct. 15, as the Eagles fell to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, 17-25, 8-25, and 15-25. The Jaguars’ Becca Gruber and Kinlee Swanson’s 13 and 12 kills respectively, were too much for the Eagles to overcome. EV-W was led by Raevon Willner, with five kills on 14-21 hitting, and Tiffany Donnay, who nailed four aces on a sparkling 13-14 serving performance.
Match stats: Hitting: Raevon Willner 14-21 (5 kills); Tiffany Donnay 13-14 (4 kills); Serving: Brook Stang 12-12 (ace); Faith Forcier 6-6; Jamie Scherer 6-6 (ace); Sets: Faith Forcier 49-51 (9 assists); Jordyn Geislinger 19-19 (3 assists); Digs: Christina
Salzl 10-15; Raevon Willner 6-8.