Tricounty News

JV Cubs show improvement

The JV Cubs had a busy three-game week which began at St. John's Prep, where the Cubs were hungry for a win. Kimball built an early lead of 21-11 at the half and finished the contest with a 44-34 win. The young Cubs fell back on their tough defense to help keep St. John's from making a comeback. Bobby Arens led the way with 13 points; Neil Helgeson scored 12; brothers Travis Erickson and Cody Erickson were on the same page, scoring five points each; Pat Libbesmeier three; Dan Jensen three; Ryan Young two; and Jade Hamilton one. On Tuesday, Kimball's defensive effort was great as they jumped all over a good Pierz squad in the first half leading at the half 21-14. However, in the second half, Pierz began to find their shot as they stormed back and stole one away from the home team by a final of 54-48. Neil Helgeson had a hot hand hitting four three-point shots, finishing with 18 points to lead the Cubs offensively; Alex Fischer also played outstanding, scoring 14 points going six of seven from the free-throw line and establishing himself as a post presence inside. Bobby Arens dumped in 12 points, Cody Erickson three, and Jared Mackereth one. The final game of the week was Friday versus Eden Valley-Watkins, where the Cubs hoped to avenge an earlier season defeat. The Cubs started out playing tough once again, and found themselves right in the game down by only three points, 21-18 at haftime. But the growing pains developed for the young Cubs as they struggled offensively, scoring only six second-half points, while  the Eagles coasted to a 50-24 win. Pat Libbesmeier shot well from the floor, leading the team with nine points, Alex Fischer seven, Bobby Arens four, Jade Hamilton two and Neil Helgeson two. Next, Kimball is at  Howard Lake Tuesday, Feb. 19, and Rockford is at Kimball Friday, Feb. 21. Jeremy Kuechle, coach