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EV-W dedicates new gym to Johnson, EV-W football team licking their wounds following opener By Pat Garry, staff writer mistakes against a very solid team. The Mayer Lutheran Crusad- Mayer was very solid up front and ers football team was on a mission their size gave us alot of problems. Thursday, August 29, and the Eden We had some bright spots with big Valley-Watkins squad was first on runs by Deshaun James, but other their list. Mayer Lutheran, from than that we were way too incon- the Minnesota River Conference, sistent." The Crusaders came out actually saw Eden Valley-Watkins of the halftime break and put up hit the scoreboard first, "taking an another 21, sealing the never-in- early first quarter touchdown lead. doubt victory, 48-19. However, the Crusaders awakened Hoping to get on the right track, in quarter two and exploded for 27 the Eagles hit the road to play the points, holding the Eagles to just Rockford Rockets in a Central six. EV-W coach Ion Thielen sums Minnesota Conference battle, at 7 it up. "We made way too manyp.m. Friday, Sept. 6. EV-W volleyball team wins opener ByIeanDoranMatua, Editor time. It was a question of things Principal Bruce Kiehn had overPaynesville In a very brief ceremony Tues- coming together when we could another take on it. "These guys are day evening, Aug. 27, between JV make it happen, being too humble," Kiehn said. By Pat Garry, Staff writer Eagles were impressive, taking the and varsity volleyball matches, "The credit has to be given "In terms of the gym being The Eden Valley-Watkins vol- first set by a 5-point margin. Drop- the new Eden Valley-Watkins high to the voters, the people of both named after them, and it's very leyball team had plenty of hope ping a veryclose second set by just school gym was officially dedi- communities that supported it fitting, for the impact that these Tuesday, Aug. 27, as they handed 4 points, the Eagles jumped back cated to two long-time fixtures in equally," said Peterson. two gentlemen have had, not only the visiting Paynesville Bulldogs with victorious ensuing sets, to the EV-W school district: Super- lay Johnson said, "We went to a on the school community but the a season-opener loss. Breaking take the match. The Lady Eagles intendent Larry Peterson (above, lot of community meetings, from community at large, in their new digs, the Eagles 3-1 showed sharp setting and serving, at left) and Activities Director and all the different organizations in "We don't have the school sys- sets victory was the result of four and proved too much for the Bull- Dean of Students Jay Johnson. both communities. Us three and tern that we have today without closely contested games; 25-20, dogs, despite their fierce effort. Both men retired a year ago a couple more. There were five of the leadership of these two guys. 21-25, 25-19, 25-22. "It was a great Match Stats: after nearly three decades each at us that went to a ton of meetings They've laid the groundwork for atmosphere in our new gym, with Serving: Brittany Hesse 10-13, EV-W. Both were essential to the to try to present our ideas and to others to come and continue on all a lot of support from the commu- 1 ace; Christina Salzl 15-16; Jamie planning and taxpayer approval get the votes. I think that's what the fine tradition that we have." nity," said Coach Andrea Huschle. Scherer 14-15, 1 ace. Kills: Brittany of the new gym and other much helped it happen. The Johnson-Peterson Gym at The girls played good, competitive Hesse 22-29 (8 kills); Tiffany Don- needed physical improvements to "After it got voted in, with this Eden Valley-Watkins High School volleyball and were rewarded. "We nay 14-20 (6 kills); Brook Stang school facilities in the district, a gymnasium, the end result is features bleacher seating on all playedwellwith good court aware- 14-17 (5 kills). Digs: Faith Forcier 8 total of $9.6 million, mainly a ton of people's ideas and four sides, more than a dozen ness and a lot of effort and hustle digs; Jamie Scherer 7 digs. Blocks: "It was a lot of hard work that thoughts and input. Both basketball moveable baksets, and an open On both offense and defense. It is Brittany Hesse 2 solo blocks. Sets: we wouldn't have accomplished coaches and the volleyball coach; wall at the entrance of the gym. nice to have our first game under Faith Forcier 13; Jordyn Geislinger without these two helping me," everybody had their 2 cents-w9rth It is new, it is beautiful, and it is our belts and to see the areas we 13. said Larry Peterson at the recep- and were asked their opinions on much appreciated and enjoyed by need to improve on," Coach Hus- The Eagles host the Upsala Car- tion later that evening. He was different things, and so there was a everyone both today and for many chle said. dinals out of the Prairie Confer- referring to Jay Johnson and to lot of input on the final product on years to come. Starting the season and the ence, onTuesday, Sept. 3, 5:45 p.m. highschoolprincipalBruceKiehn, what we should do. (See another photo on page20.) match on the right foot, the EV-W start. "It's something the commu- "A lot of input from a lot of nity has, I think, wanted for a long people," ]ohnson added. 000 By Iean Doran Matua, Editor When Mark Messman took on ,the job of superintendent of the Eden Valley-Watkins School Dis- trict, he had some very big shoes to fill. Larry Peterson's. With the job, though, came a cohesive staff, vibrant student :body, and a number of practices in place that work well. Much of what Messman has done in the past 14 months on the job is to continue these practices, and enhance the assets that are already there. -At this year's "welcome back teachers" breakfast, sponsored by the State Bank in Eden Valley, Messman set out to make his own school, there are three new hires mark (pun intended) on the dis- and some shuffling around of trict: the "Rock" award, staff: Amy Bischof is a Special Ed. From this point as far as any- Assistant, Kristin Desm is a Title one can see now, each year one One Assistant, and Susan Laumer man and one woman will be hon- is a Kindergarten Assistant. ored as "rocks" in the district and community. Dependable, founda- tional, we'll-hold-you-up rocks. This year, the very first Rock awards were given to Sharon Borg- ert, curriculum and assessment coordinator, and to Bruce Kiehn, the high school principal. Each was given a plaque they can hang in their offices. And their names will go on the large plaque that will be displayed somewhere promi- nently at the high school. As of the start of school, Tues- day, Sept. 3, enrollment at Eden Valley-Watkins High School is 400, and at the elementary schools it is 544, for a total enrollment of 944. There are no new staff at the high school. At the elementary Sharon Borgert EV-W varsity volleybalrs final winning point in the brand-new gym. The first varsity game to be played there, and the first varsity win of the season; the Eagles played hard and well, and ultimately defeated the Bulldogs 3-1. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. Bruce Kiehn The welcome-back breakfast was held for teachers and staff Wednesday morning, Aug. 28, in the high school cafeteria. It was a great time for everyone to catch up on summer developments (like weddings, children and grandchildren born, etc.). It also was a bit of a pep-test to kick off the year. And the first Rock awards were given, to Sharon Borgert (far left) and Bruce Kiehn (mid-left). Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua.