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.
The Section 6A Cross Country Tournament was held at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School, Thursday, Oct. 24. Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball team fought a fairly substantial chilly and wet milieu, but emerged in a respectable ninth place, in the middle of the pack. “It was cold and sleeting – but a good race nonetheless. Emily is advancing to the State meet on Saturday, Nov. 2, as an individual,” said Coach Holly Hansen.
The Kimball Area volleyball team lost to Royalton Friday, Oct. 25, 3-1. The set scores were (26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21). After drawing a first-round bye in the Section 5A volleyball playoffs, the number two-seeded Kimball Cubs lost a tough battle to a formidable Royalton Royals squad, seeded at number three.
Royalton Game Stats
(Kimball stats were not available at press time) Kills: Haley Olson 5; Brandi Kloss 5; Kayla Eli 3; Abby Duevel 7; Katelyn Kasella 12; Emily Fussy 16; Set Assists: Haley Olson 43; Digs: Jenna Skajewski 29; Haley Olson 3; Kayla Eli 14; Abby Duevel 10; Katelyn Kasella 11; Emily Fussy 13; Service Aces: Haley Olson 5; Kayla Eli 1; Abby Duevel 2; Katelyn Kasella 1; Emily Fussy 1.
Stacy Hurrle takes the serve from Royals server in the Cubs’ first (and last) playoff game Oct. 25. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.