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Classroom of the Week: EV-W boys' basketball team stops Rockford By Pat Garry, Staff writer The Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles boys made it three straight Tuesday night, Feb. 19, beating the Rockford Rockets 54-49. Jumping out to a 10-point halftime advan- tage, the Eagles gave the friendly fanatics plenty to cheer about. "It was a great game. We were up 10 at half, got into some foul trou- ble, and Rockford cut it 'to one," said Coach Adam Langer. As has been the case lately, the Eagles persevered when the Rockets tightened up the deficit. "We fought back and made our free throws at the end to seal it," said Coach Langer. "Brent Stenger had 12 of his 18 points in the sec- ond half, including 4 for 4 from the free-throW line in the last two minutes. Bret Mattice went 3 for 4 from the line in the last two min- utes as well," added Langer. The Eagles' scoring attack came from senior forward Kirby Knutson, 8; sophomore guard Bret Mattice, 10; sophomore forward Jared Streit, Mrs. Kuechle's 5th Grade 13; senior guard Austin Pelkey, 2; senior guard Alex Geislinger, 2; and senior forward Mitchell Lease, 1. EV-W moves at 3-9 in-confer- ence play, and 10-11 overall. The Eagles have a big weekend, as the boys host Holdingford on Friday, Feb. 22; then hit the road for a bat- tle with Pierz on Saturday, Feb. 23. EV-W wrestlers attack sectionals, send four to state By Pat Garry, Staff writer The Eden Valley-Watkins wres- tlers matched up in the Section 5A individuals Friday and Satur- day at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School. Faring quite well, the Eagles send Zach Blonigen, first place; Cain Renner, second place; Austin Peterson, second place; and Luke Kuechle, second place, on to the state tournament, Feb. 28-March 2, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. "As a team, we finished the year strong, but I thought we could have placed a couple of more kids and maybe gone higher with those who did place, but that is the nature of the beast. When you have a great section like ours, it's tough to place or to make it to state," said Eagles Coach Dan Berg. "I was happy for Grant Winter, Tyler Donnay, and Hunter Mathies, for placing in the top six, because they worked hard all year and deserved those med- als around their necks at the end of the year." Coach Berg was pleased with the results. "Zach wrestled a great and smart tournament, and I was very happy he took first in the sec- tion. The guy is a goer; never stops until the 6 minutes are up. Cain had a great win in the semis, beat- ing Dylan Youngren, 11-3. That was great to see because he lost to him about a month ago, 10-2. Cain likes this time of year and it showed, beating Youngren the last two years to make it to state. He had a very tough match in the finals, losing to Larry Boms- tad, 15-0. Bomstad is very aggres- sive and it will take a great match to beat this kid in the state tour- nament. Austin had to wrestle a true second match for the second year in a row. I guess he likes those extra matches, but he pinned his opponent in the first period. He didn't wrestle a very good match in the finals against Lee Whitcomb, but he was ready to go for that true second match and it showed. Last, but not least, Luke had a good win in the semis, but didn't wres- tle well in the finals, losing to Matt Whitcomb. He didn't have a true second match, because the kid Luke beat in the semis took third." Berg said that overall, he was very pleased with the effort the kids gave in the sectionals, and hopes the kids that made it to state have a good showing. Mrs. Kuechle's fifth-grade class at EV-W. Front row, left to right: Alex Ertl, Gina Torres, Mackenzie Swant, Jesse Shepard, Jayce Stenger, and Connor Lincoln; middle row: Brandon Goecken, Ellie Schmaltz, Bridget Burger, Olivia Kuechle, Allie Dockendorf, Grant Oporto, Paige Aho, and Jake Blommer; back row (standing): Zach Nistler, Tristan Wilson, Jordan Stanwick, Kendra Renner, Kierra Elmore, Jayhla Ulmana, Adam Stommes, and Katie Madigan. There are 25 students in our class. One of the most exciting things we have done so far this year was to build an igloo out of milk car- tons. We collected 449 milk car- tons. The students use the igloo for quiet reading. This year we venture out to Prairie Woods Learning Center where the kids get to do archery, climb a rock wall, canoe, and do other outdoor activities. The stu- dents also get to visit the Meeker County Courthouse because of their participation in the D.A.R.E. program. What makes our class spe- cial is all the unique personalities offered by the students. Name on Arvig Account: Phone Number: Signature: iii!'!! I iii!i II! !!i !!iiii ii ')!'i!i : '): Participate andearnyourschoo, money each month! Fill out this form and return it to Arvig: I want to support: Forms can also be found at any Arvig Store, Enter the name of the school and the city it's located in online at arvig.com or just call us! If you already part,cip .... arv!g out this form again Date: 888.99.ARVIG J trvlg.com ' i Coaches Forcier and. Berg showing their excitment over senior EV-W Zach Blonigan's win in the championship 120-pound weight class that gives him the chance to go to state. Photos courtesy of Vanessa Schlueter. Junior EV-W Cain Renner earns another trip to the State Tournament this year with his second-place finish behind Larry Bomstad from ACGC. He is pictured here in his win over HL-W-W's Dylan Youngren. Eden Valley- Watkins junior Lyle Miller wrestling at 195 with a win over B-B-E Jaguar Relier.