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.
Last season the Kimball Area girls’ basketball team was rich with experience; Breane Meierhofer, Raelynn Callander, Kenadi Mackereth, Paiten Schreiner, Alissa Jones, Casie Mackereth, Kaylee Petty, Malina Röttgermann, and Allie Seth. Of the total 1,119 points tallied by the Cubs last season, 1,031 were scored by this senior bunch. This year, the Cubs expect to have no seniors, and will look for the “young” personnel to step up. “Last season’s sophomore participants, now juniors, are Victoria Denn, Emily Donnay, Maddie Gasper, Danielle Helgeson, Kristina Kastanek, Madelyn O’Brien, Hannah Serbus, and Nicole Vossen. Of these players, O’Brien brings significant varsity experience with her,” said Coach Jeremy Kuechle. The remaining roster includes Denzel Atherton, Rebeckah Holtz, Ariel Laabs, Erika Johnson, Lauren Libbesmeier, Madison Libbesmeier, Amanda Roerick, Taylor Schreiner, Abbey Straley, and Kaitlyn Truenow. Last season the varsity finished with an 11-14 record, the JV team was 6-16, the C-Squad was 19-4, the eighth-grade team was 11-1 and the seventh-grade team was 12-0. The coaching staff for this season is Jeremy Kuechle, varsity; Joseph Stangle, junior varsity; Katie Pettit, C-squad; Eric Primus, eighth grade; and Amanda Wittenberg, seventh grade. The biggest varsity holes to fill will obviously be those left by the graduating seniors. This will put the Cubs at a disadvantage in terms of varsity game-playing experience but should also create a high level of competitiveness for those varsity positions to be filled. “The Kimball girls’ basketball program has a lot of young talent coming up through the ranks, so this season should be a very exciting one at all levels. I invite you to come out and show your school spirit at our events this season, as we look forward to these student athletes improving on the basketball court in 2013-2014,” Coach Jeremy Kuechle said.
Central Minnesota Conference Class-A Cross Country Champion Emily Donnay raced Saturday, Nov. 2, in the MSHSL State Cross Country Meet at Northfield’s
St. Olaf College facility. Snapping the 4-kilometer run finish line with a time of 15:14.1, Emily finished in a most impressive 10th place, shattering the school record by more than one minute. Emi Trost, a Cannon Falls senior, captured first place, with a 14:40.3;
St. Paul Academy & Summit’s Mary Naas was second with a time of 14:50.5; and Becca Wilkin of Trinity took third place with a time of 14:52.3.
Players: Noah Shonyo, Mason Hennen, Payton Hanan, Adam Nehring, Tommy Lochen, John Zipoy, Ortega Mohamad, Curtis Kamel, Adam Theis, Hunter Davis, James Mancini, Austin Hentges, Colton Czech, Parker Peglow, Aeron Ashbrooke, Justin Bogatzki and Jake Borman.
These young men came into the 2013 football season raw, but ready to learn and get better. After the long practice days and scrimmage at St. John’s University these guys were ready to go out and play some football. For our first game we went on the road and played a bigger team, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted. But that didn’t seem to matter to our kids. We played well but we just ran out of juice, having only a few turnovers hurt us and the game slipped away from them.
The next game we got to play at home against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. This was our best all-around game on both sides of the ball. The kids came out hitting and moving the ball on offense. When all the dust was settled, after the game, we ended in a 14-14 tie with them. The team showed great effort and continues to show improvement from the week before.