Tricounty News

Eighth-grade boys' basketball

By Eric Primus, coach

Eighth-grade Kimball boys' basketball year in review.

The eighth-grade Kimball Cubs boys' basketball team had a very successful year. Their record was

9 and 0 in the conference, and

2 and 1 in tournament play. They finished as the only undefeated team in the conference in regular season play, took home second-place honors at the CMC tournament.

The team was composed of just seven players, their names are: Jarred Merchant, Joey VonWahlde, Brady Faber, Will Spaulding, Brandon Schiefelbein, Tyler Smith and Logan Schlueter.

The team used an explosive offense led by Jarred Merchant to win eight of their nine conference games by 16 or more points, six of those games by 20 or more points, and one game by more than

30 points. The Cubs tough defense was one of the reasons they were so successful this season. Opponents scored only an average of

25 points a game whereas the cubs were averaging 46 points a game.

CMC Tournament:

Kimball entered the tournament with an undefeated regular season record and high hopes of walking away with a first place finish. Game one was against the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers. This was the third time that the two teams were to meet this season. Howard Lake jumped out to an early lead and held that lead all the way through the first half. Kimball pressed Howard Lake in the second half, and did an amazing job of it. With the Cubs' press in action, Kimball fought their way back and beat Howard Lake.

Game two was another third-game battle featuring Kimball v Rockford. Kimball had beaten Rockford earlier in the season twice. Once again, Kimball went into half time trailing Rockford. KImball came out in the second half pressing again. With their effective press in action, Kimball came back and defeated the Rockets by a score of 33 to 32.

Kimball was on their way to finishing first in the tournament, the only team standing in their way was Peirz. Kimball got off to a great start, going into half time with an eight-point lead. Peirz came back in the second half with a little magic of their own. Peirz chipped away at the Cubs until they had the lead. Once Peirz had the lead they did not lose it.

Despite working as hard as they possibly could, Kimball could not reverse the score and lost to Peirz by a score of 37 to 42.

I would like to give a special thanks to the parents of the Kimball eighth-grade boys basketball players. It was an honor to coach your boys. They worked very hard and I had a great time working with them. You should all be very proud of your sons.