The Kimball Komets 15s team traveled to Pillager Sunday, March 3, for the Central Lakes Tournament. The Komets started out slowly, and lost their first match in pool play 2 games to 1 v the Becker Inferno. The second match in pool play went better, and they came away with a 2 to 1 win over Granite City Green. The Komets continued their winning ways during their last match of pool play, winning over Sartell Blue 2 games to 1. After pool play was completed, the Komets were tied with Sartell Blue in wins and losses. Since Kimball had won the match v Sartell, the Komets were seeded first in their pool and moved on to the Gold Division for bracket play.
Kimball Komets 15s volleyball team are, in back, left to right, Ariel Laabs, Kenzie Leither, Stephanie Hurrle, Becky Holtz, Trinity Erickson, and coach Tesslyn Callander. In front are Tashi Kunkel, Montana Tschida, and Shay Krippner.
Last week, Kimball sent five guys into the Minnesota State High School League Individual Wrestling Tournament, and placed three individuals. For the second time in school history, Kimball has a Wrestling State Champion in Quinten Berres. The last time we have had a State Champion is when Tom Libbesmeier won a title at 171 pounds in 2003. Quinten won his title at 126 pounds this year, with a record of 39-1.
Quinten started off the tournament against Austin Skillings from Frazee who had a 32-13 record, and was ranked 9th in the state. Quinten handled the match and came away with a 5-0 decision. In the quarterfinals, he faced A.J. Riley from Chatfield with a 43-5 record and ranked fourth in the state. Once again, Quinten controlled the match to a 5-2 decision win. In the Semi-finals, he faced Tyler Keller from Medford with a 30-6 record. Quinten won the match with a 7-1 decision.
Cubs Lose another close game to Pioneers
The Kimball Cubs hosted the Pioneers from Pierz last Tuesday night, Feb. 19. The game was close throughout the first half. With 11:17 left the Cubs, led by a 13-12 score. The Pioneers forced a couple of late turnovers and converted them into baskets as they took a three-point lead at the half (28-25).
The game remained close in the second half as well. Pierz pushed the lead to six, only to see Kimball answer and take the lead back a few minutes later. Kimball led 43-41 with 10:12 remaining in the game. The Cubs had three different opportunities to increase their one-point lead late in the game. Missed free-throw chances gave the Pioneers one last chance. Pierz answered by making a shot with one second remaining and defeating the Cubs 51-50.
Cameron Hunt and Jarred Merchant led the Cubs in scoring with 16 and 12 points respectively. Hunt dished out nine assists and added three steals. Merchant led the rebounding effort with nine boards. The Cubs were 14 of 26 (54 percent) from the free-throw line in the game. The Cubs record dropped to 10-11 on the season and 4-7 in conference play.
The Kimball seniors played their final game at home Monday, Feb. 25, against St. John’s Prep in a non-conference matchup.
St. John’s started hot, making seven of their first eight shots from the floor, resulting in an early lead for the Johnnies. Offensive firepower for the Cubs answered as Allie Seth scored 12 first-half points, and Casie Mackereth scored 9 first-half points, sparking Kimball to a 28-26 halftime lead. Kimball continued to wear down St. John’s in the second half, as they built on their lead, and finished the regular season on a winning note by a final score of 62-44. Seth led all scorers with 25 points, followed by Breane Meierhofer’s 12 points. Casie Mackereth finished with 9, Kenadi Mackereth 8, Paiten Schreiner 3, Madelyn O’Brien 3, and Kaylee Petty 2. Rebounding leaders were Seth with nine and Meierhofer eight. Meierhofer also had eight assists, while Kenadi Mackereth had four. Steals leaders were Meierhofer with five and Raelynn Callander with three. Kimball finishes the regular season with an 11-13 overall record.
I would like to thank all the seniors: Raelynn Calllander, Breane Meierhofer, Kenadi Mackereth, Paiten Schreiner, Alissa Jones, Casie Mackereth, Kaylee Petty, Allie Seth, Malina Röettgermann, and Managers Kyleigh Eisenbraun and Kendra Atherton, for all their hard work and dedication. The Cubs begin the postseason Thursday, Feb. 28, at Foley in the Region 5AA North playoffs at 7 p.m. Go Big Blue!
Kimball traveled to Pierz Thursday, Feb. 21, in CMC play with third-place in the CMC on the line. Pierz defeated the Cubs 67-62 in overtime earlier this year, as the Cubs looked to even the score. Kimball started a little sluggishly, as the Pioneers began the contest with a 9-2 run, but Kimball worked their way back into the game trailing by two at halftime 20-18. In the second half, Kimball managed to take the lead on a three-point basket by Senior Paiten Schreiner 35-34, but Kimball could not get the critical shots to fall down the stretch, as Pierz finished on the winning side by a final score of 43-38.
Defensively, the Cubs held their own lead by Raelynn Callander with 4 steals and Breane Meierhofer with 3 steals. Madelyn O’Brien played strong defense in the paint, blocking five Pierz shots. The Cubs waivered on offense, committing 23 turnovers and shooting 14 for 49 from the field. Scoring leaders for Kimball were Casie Mackereth 11, Schreiner 9, Meierhofer 8, Kaylee Petty 6, Allie Seth 4. Rebounding leaders were Meierhofer with seven, Casie Mackereth six, Schreiner five, and Seth four. Kenadi Mackereth led the team with six assists. The Cubs’ record stands at 10-13 overall, and 6-8 in the CMC. Kimball will play its first game of the section 5AA playoffs Thursday, Feb. 28, in Foley. Foley is the four seed and Kimball the five seed. Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Go Big Blue!
Paiten Schreiner puts up a three at Pierz, but it was not enough to pull out a win. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.