The Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball cross-country teams participated in the New London-Spicer Invitational (Little Crow GC) on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 12. In the girls 4K run, the EV-W-K squad finished right in the middle of the pack, taking fourth place with a time of 1:28:14.02. Lac qui Parle took first place, finishing with a time of 1:21:00.95.
Results: Varsity girls 4K run: (second) Emily Donnay, 15:31.91; (19th) Denzel Atherton, 17:20.15; (25th) Grace Kopitzke, 17:55.23; (30th) Brooke Winter, 18:18.82; (37th) Taylor Schreiner, 19:07.91; (38th) Stephanea Roeser, 19:10.29; (39th) Maria Roeser, 19:13.14; Varsity boys 5K run: (32nd) Bret Mattice, 20:01.72; Junior Varsity girls 4K run: (third) Hannah Holmberg, 19:01.00; (fifth) Emily Utecht, 19:35.00; (eighth) Madison Libbesmeier, 19:41.00; (10th) Sonora Mattice, 19:46.00; (13th) Hannah Ehlinger, 20:18.00; (14th) Libby Yozamp, 20:20.00; (15th) Victoria Denn, 20:21.00; (18th) Ashley DeJuliannie, 20:41.00; (20th) Lexie Pauls, 20:43.00; (21st) Seahara Mancini, 20:44.00; (25th) Lindsey Kavanagh, 20:59.00; (29th) Kristen Howe, 21:38.00; (30th) Lauren Libbesmeier, 21:42.00; (31st) Erika Johnson, 23:00.00; (32nd) Cheyenne Sogge, 23:36.00; (34th) Ashley Schindele, 24:22.00; Junior Varsity boys 5K run: (eighth) Matthew Notch, 21:03.58; (11th) Tyler Neu, 21:41.74; (19th) Cameron Flaschenriem, 23:21.70; (20th) Joey Kuechle, 23:22.97.
The Eden Valley-Watkins volleyball team hosted a tough Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop bunch Tuesday, Sept. 10, and lost a hard-fought match, 3-2 (25-17, 10-25, 20-25, 25-22, 10-15). The locals were on the edge of their seats as the Eagles stormed to a 9-9 tie in the deciding set. But the Thunderbirds stepped it up and snatched the win with a 6-1 flurry at the end. “It was a very up and down-played game by both teams. There were many momentum swings throughout the entire evening. The girls played hard and picked it up after game two,” Coach Andrea Huschle said. The coach knows the recipe for getting back on the winning track. “We need to focus on not worrying so much about making errors, but instead what can we do to score points. We need to believe in ourselves. We are gaining strides each and every day.”
The Eden Valley-Watkins volleyballers journeyed to Becker at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, but the girls weren’t serving up breakfast. The lady Eagles were impressive and sharp, winning 3 of 4 matches, losing only to the host team Becker in the championship match. First up was Simley, and EV-W won by a tally of 22-25, 25-23, 15-10.
Stats: Hitting: Raevon Willner
13-17 (7 kills); Tiffany Donnay 17-20 (6 kills); Brittany Hesse 10-14 (6 kills); Serving: Brittany Hesse 14-14 (1 ace); Faith Forcier 10-11; Digs: Raevon Willner 11-12; Jamie Scherer 11-11; Setting: Faith Forcier 32-34 (8 assists); Jordyn Geislinger 24-25 (8 assists).
It was the Irish who had all the luck on Friday the 13th, as they handed the visiting Eagles a 31-21 loss in a Central Minnesota Conference battle. Eagles senior quarterback Nick Pauly tossed for 189 yards and a couple of scores, and sophomore running-back DeShaun James carried the pigskin 16 times, and racked up an impressive 85 yards. But the Irish came out strong, posting 14 unanswered first-quarter points. The 17-7 halftime advantage by Maple Lake would be enough, as they withstood a 14-point third-quarter blitz by the Eagles, to claim the victory. Maple Lake’s junior running back Cal Redemske led the fierce Irish 323-yard ground attack with 124 yards rushing and three touchdowns of his own. The Irish completed just one pass in the contest, but it was good for an 80-yard touchdown scamper, and it broke a lot of Eagles fans’ hearts.
Opening the Central Minnesota Conference football season on the right foot, Eden Valley-Watkins snatched a closely battled decision at Rockford Friday, Sept. 6, with a 26-21 victory. The Eagles owned the first half, putting up 20 in the second quarter alone, on the strength of senior quarterback Nick Pauly’s arm. Pauly threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore running back DeShaun James seemed to be everywhere, grabbing 86 receiving yards, rushing for 50 yards, and scoring two touchdowns, one receiving and one on a 40-yard interception return. The Eagles defense stiffened in the second half and held off a Rockford late game comeback effort.