Hot on the heels of a decisive victory over the Foley Falcons, the Kimball Area Cubs hoopsters added another notch to their victory belt Tuesday, Nov. 26, topping the Paynesville Bulldogs, 79-65. A complete team effort, the Cubs had four players score in double figures. Junior center, Jared Merchant, posted a double-double, with 26 points and 16 rebounds, leading the Cubs to the non-conference win. Mathias Hennen hit a three-point shot at the first half buzzer to cut Paynesville’s lead to three (40-37). Keeping on a roll, the Cubs started the second half on a 7-0 run and never lost the lead, and for a five minute span, Kimball held the Bulldogs scoreless.
Ram Truck brand and A.M. Maus and Son help raise $4,320
Kimball families and fans participated in a Ram Gridiron Challenge Fundraiser Friday, Oct. 4, and raised $4,320 for the Kimball football program. The Ram Truck brand contributed $20 for each test drive in one of the new award-winning Ram Trucks.
“Ram Trucks and high school football make a perfect partnership,” said Reid Bigland, CEO of the Ram Truck brand. “The players on these teams face new challenges week after week, knowing that with hard work comes reward. This commitment to hard work and excellence is what we strive for at the Ram Truck brand, and we’re proud to support these kids and their efforts on the field, in the classroom, and in their community.
Kimball announced the All-Conference Academic varsity players with a 3.8 grade-point average or higher. In front, from left are Taylor Schreiner - CC, Maddy O’Brien - VB, Stacy Hurrle - VB, Shelby Schiefelbein - VB, Cameron Hunt - FB, and John Zipoy - FB. In middle are Grace Kopitzke - CC, Denzel Atherton - CC, Ben Serbus - FB, and Rebecca Frank - VB. In back are Erika Johnson - CC, Madison Libbesmeier - CC, Lexi Rose - VB, Hollie Donnay - VB, Ted Zipoy - FB, and Mathias Hennen - FB. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
Jay Klein is the Kimball Area boys’ basketball coach. “We return three starters and five letter winners from last year’s team; Cameron Hunt, Jarred Merchant, Joey Von Wahlde, Mathias Hennen, and Ben Serbus, and we have a lot of experienced players coming back.” With high hopes of being very competitive in every game, Klein thinks the Cubs have a chance to finish in the top half of the conference. The section will be tough even though Kimball has dropped to division 1A for playoffs. “It would be great if we could be a top-three seed in the playoffs,” Coach Klein said. Kimball Area is led by an experienced and knowledgeable coaching staff. Varsity Head Coach Jay Klein: 22 years coaching basketball; 12 years as a head coach; in his eighth year at Kimball. Junior Varsity Coach Rick Hendrickson: sixth year as Kimball’s assistant coach. C-Squad Head Coach Aaron Laabs: former player for Coach Klein and in his first year coaching.
Kimball wrestling lost four very talented seniors, in Marcus Hamer (38-8), with a fourth-place finish at state last year, Travis Wills (39-8), who was a state entrant, Austyn Schlueter (29-14), finished fifth in sections, and Tim Konz (31-9), who was also a state qualifier. But Coach Mike Schindler is very optimistic about the new season.
“Even with the kids we lost to graduation, we still return some great talent.” Leading the way is returning state champ, junior Quinten Berres, who finished last season with a (39-1) record. Quinten has the chance this year to be Kimball’s first multiple-state champ. Junior Blaine Tschida finished with a record of (42-5) and third place in the state tournament. Blaine also was a National runner-up this year in Greco-Style, at Fargo. Also returning is senior Austin Schiefelbein, who came back late last year after a knee injury, to finish the season (11-1) and a third-place finish in the section. Both of the Mehrs boys will be back and are expected to help lead the Cubs this year, as they each had more than 20 wins last year. The Cubs also return 17 other kids that saw varsity experience last year. “If we can stay healthy, we look to challenge Pierz for the CMC conference title and ACGC for the section 5A title,” Coach Schindler said. “We did lose a lot of senior leadership, but with the group we have coming up, there will be a lot of opportunities for kids to step up and continue the success we have had,” Schindler added.
The 2013-14 high school winter sports season promises to be a highly competitive and fun-filled experience for participants and fans alike. Full schedules are available on the individual school’s websites, or by visiting the Minnesota State High School League website at http://mshsl.org/mshsl/index.asp.