National Karate students from our area competed at the Diamond Nationals Tournament this October. The National Karate schools’ St. Cloud and Sartell students took 12 first-place trophies, 17 second-place trophies and 26 third-place trophies Oct. 4-5.
Under black belts: Dolan Binder, Christina Binder, Gabi Lietz, Quinn Skoog, Adam Pocklington, Abby Silman, Chris Silman, Wyatt Kern, Mitch Shimak, Nicole Shimak, Joshua Hoekstra, Broden Lemke, Harry Mitchell, Nolan Houghton, Travis Biery, Allie Chapman, RJ Carstensen-Boe, Allyson Carstensen-Boe, Summer Burton,
Katie Chapman, Bailey Guggisberg, Brooke Jacobsen, Sharon Botz, Tabby Botz, Sara Jansky, Roman Pugachenko, Taylor Evans, Brooklyn Norton, Justin Robertson, Devin Corrigan, Shauna Corrigan, Colin Heydman, Ryan Heydman, Claudia Warzecka, Shannon Vadnie, Caleb Kudrna, Heidi Austin, and Miah Sack.
Black belts: Anne Nelson, Rosanna Lee, Brandon Robertson, Cassie King, Samantha King, Julie Gadient, Jessica Fasen, Christa Halonen, Evan Bell, and Taylor Mastey.
The students are from Annandale, Albany, Becker, Clearwater, Cold Spring, Kimball, Little Falls, St. Cloud, St. Joseph, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, and Watkins, and all attend National Karate
St. Cloud or National Karate Sartell school.
Friday, Oct. 4, eight Special Olympians traveled to River City Extreme in Monticello to compete in the Area 7 Bowling Competition. Eden Valley-Watkins Athletes showcased their skills. Placing first in their division, Christopher
Branch, Tristan Stenger, and Billy Femrite. Placing second in their division Amy Zimmerman, Aaliya Kilanowski, Faith Schultz, and Jordan Jansen. Placing fourth in her division was Sidney Kuechle.
Thanks to all the families who cheered us on at the tournament and to the Eden Valley-Watkins Community for your support throughout the year.
Chain of Lakes boys’ soccer rematch against Melrose
The Chain of Lakes boys’ varsity team had a rematch against Melrose Monday, Sept. 23, in Paynesville, looking for revenge from an earlier 0-2 loss at Melrose. This time the Roosters did score twice, but unfortunately came away with the same two-goal loss, 2-4. Jordan Roos (Paynesville) scored both goals, the first on a header off of a corner, coming all the way down the field from his goalkeeper position. The second goal came late in the game once he was on the field as an attacking forward.
The Roosters then got back on the winning track as they traveled to Glenwood for a game Tuesday, Sept. 24, against Minnewaska. The boys got on the scoreboard quickly as Ben Scheierl (Paynesville) scored off of a throw-in from Roos at the 10-minute mark. Near the end of the first half, Trevor Meed (Paynesville) scored from Ben Friederichs (Paynesville) to send the team into halftime with a 2-0 lead. The second half was dominated by COL, but they could not score a third goal, leaving the field with a 2-0 win.
Chain of Lakes boys’ varsity soccer
The Chain of Lakes high school boys’ soccer team upped their record to 5-2 with a 5-1 win over the Glencoe/Silver Lake Panthers at Ampe Field in Paynesville Thursday, Sept. 19. The Roosters got off to a fast start with goals from Ben Friederichs (Paynesville) assisted by Jose ‘Chilo’ Viera (ROCORI) at the three-minute mark, followed a minute later on an unassisted goal by Uriel Rodriguez (ROCORI). Later in the first half, Trevon Mattson (ROCORI) scored with an assist to Trevor Meed (Paynesville) at the 15-minutes mark, and again, less than a minute later Friederichs scored his second goal to make the score 4-0 at the half. The second half, Jordan Roos (Paynesville) came out of the goal to score unassisted eight minutes into the half. The 5-0 score allowed the team to try several different line-ups the rest of the game. G/SL scored late in the game to make the final 5-1. Roos, Johnathan Ward (ROCORI) and Rodriguez all saw action in the goal.
Chain of Lakes boys’ soccer team
The Chain of Lakes boys’ soccer team started the past week with a 4-0 victory over the Sartell JV-1 team at Ampe Field in Paynesville Monday, Sept. 9. Scoring for the Roosters were Jordan Roos (Paynesville), Ben Friederichs (Paynesville) and two goals from Jose ‘Chilo’ Viera (ROCORI). Roos and Johnathan Ward (ROCORI) shared the goalkeeper duties for the shutout.
The team then turned around and traveled to Melrose Thursday, Sept. 12, to face a tough Dutchmen team that had handled the Roosters easily the year before. The Roosters put out a defense-minded 5-4-1 formation and played the Dutchmen even for the first half and halfway through the second half. The Roosters had several chances to score, but just could not finish. On the other side, Roos made several major saves to keep the game tied. Then with 20 minutes left in the game the referee called COL for a foul in the penalty area, giving Melrose a penalty kick, which put them ahead 1-0. This changed the Roosters’ tactics who started to send more players forward in an attempt to tie the game. But near the end of the game, Melrose scored a twilight goal in the dusk to seal a 2-0 victory.