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.
Wrestlers can sign up
The Kimball Wrestling Booster Club will be registering youth wrestlers from 6-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Kimball Area High School. An informational meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.
The fee for youth wresting is $30 per wrestler. Registration forms will be available that night.
The Kimball Area football team left the post-season competition early. Opening the Section 4A quarterfinals action Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Belgrade, the seventh-seeded Cubs lost a tough one to the number two-seeded Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars, 21-13. Kimball Area jumped out early and grabbed a first-quarter 7-0 lead. But Austin Kollman’s 135 yards rushing and two touchdowns proved enough for the Jaguars to claim victory and move forward into the next round.
Kimball scoring summary: Devon Kelley fumble recovery (kick good); Luke Merten pass from Cameron Hunt (kick blocked).
Brady Mehr #10 takes the kick-off from the B-B-E Jaguars and returns it for a great starting field position for the Cubs during the Section semifinals Saturday, Oct. 26. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
Kimball (12-13-0) has a bye for the first playoff (Oct. 24) in the volleyball playoffs. The Cubs will first play Friday, Oct. 25, against either Royalton or Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City who play Oct. 24. The Kimball game is at 7 p.m. this Friday, at Kimball. If they win, their next game, for the quarterfinals, will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Long Prairie.
Eden Valley-Watkins (7-15-0) will face St. Cloud Christian at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Eden Valley. The winner will advance to face Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at 7 p.m.Friday, Oct. 25, at BBE. The winner of that game will play for the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Long Prairie.
Finishing regular season play at 0-8, the Kimball Cubs football team just can’t seem to catch a break. The Cubs hosted league rival Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Wednesday, Oct. 16, and lost a heartbreaker, with just seconds remaining, 34-32. Taking the lead on a last-minute 47-yard touchdown pass, the Lakers withstood a gallant comeback effort by the Cubs, which ended in a game-ending interception from HL-W-W’s 19-yard line. Kimball quarterback Cameron Hunt rushed for one score and shelled out 23 completions for a whopping 372 yards passing and four touchdowns. Cameron Hunt’s last TD pass with just over five minutes remaining, broke a 26-all tie and elevated the Cubs to a six-point advantage. But the Lakers persevered, combining a safety with the final TD bomb, and to the faithful onlookers’ dismay, snatched the victory.