Nine young men from Kimball and Eden Valley-Watkins made it to the Minnesota State High School League state wrestling tournament, as individuals. (Neither team is in the team competition.) Individual competition began yesterday, Friday, March 1.
Today, Saturday, March 2, is the final day of Individuals. Here's what we're looking at:
Blane Tschida (113#) will wrestle Spencer Jenniges (Wabasso/Red Rock); the winner will face either Joe Fischenich (WIndom/Mountain Lake) or Cameron Sykora (Border West) for the Championship.
Zach Blonigen (120#) has defeated Clem Gerads (Holdingford, by Technical Fall 16-1) and Landyn VanOverbeke (Minneota, by 11-4 Decision) and is still in the running for Third.
Quinten Berres (126#) will face Tyler Keller (Medford); the winner will face either Kyle Drehmel (Goodhue) or Tyler Tensen (BBE) for Champion.
Marcus Hamer (138#) has defeated Dylan Boettener (St. Clair/Mankato Loyola, by Fall in 4:10); he faces Alex Haffner (Chatfield) for Third.
Cain Renner (145#) has defeated Ryan Meeker (Chatfield, by 3-0 Decision); he now faces Trevor Scott (Holdingford) for Third.
Austin Peterson (152#) has defeated Zack Gleiter (St. James, by 9-1 Major Decision) and now faces Luke Norland (Jackson County Central) for Third.
Luke Kuechle (160#) lost to Alex jackson (Kenyon-Wanamingo, by 7-3 Decision).
Travis Wills (182#) beat Devin Wolle (St. James, by 12-6 Decision), but then lost to Dillon Card (Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale, by 2-0 Decision).
Tim Konz (285#) lost his first match yesterday to Tyler Jenson (Benson, by 2-1 Decision), and is not scheduled for other competition.
GOOD LUCK, BOYS!!
Vanessa Schluetter is on the mat (literally!) for us taking photos. Photos and a wrap-up will be in this coming week's Tri-County News and Eden Valley-Watkins News, and here at tricountynews.mn.
It appears that Mother Nature has not finished with the Kimball Speechers quite yet. Tuesday, Feb. 19, with snow falling and high winds across south central Minnesota, resulted in several school closings, including Willmar, where the speechers were planning to compete. With no meet, students instead had a large team practice. Their hard work paid off for them at Maple Lake Saturday, Feb.23.
Together, the team brought home their second first-place trophy in the Small Team category, along with several individual awards. Olivia Straley placed sixth in Storytelling, and Holly Dahlinger and Danielle Helgeson placed third in Humorous and Serious Prose. Katelyn Lichte won third place in Extemporaneous Speaking. Placing second in Serious Drama was Logan Bartholomew, and Maicy Vossen earned a second place in Storytelling. Alissa Jones also placed second in Extemporaneous Reading. Last but far from least, Jonathan Bisila is the Champion in Great Speeches. Congrats to all Kimball Speechers on a great tournament.
Congratulations to Shelby Schiefelbein who was selected as a 2013 EXCEL Award Winner. Each school in Minnesota has an award winner, and state winners are selected from a panel of judges from schools throughout Minnesota.
This is the 17th year that the MSHSL has sponsored this award. Shelby was the KAHS representative, who was then chosen by this panel as a state winner.
Shelby’s profile will be aired throughout the broadcasts of all winter state tournaments on Channel 45.
Saturday, March 16, she will be presented a plaque during half-time of the Class AA championship Girls Basketball Tournament. The championship game will begin around 7:30 p.m.
EXCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) - is a recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, and who volunteer in their communities.
Shelby participates in volleyball, softball, band, choir, and speech. She is a member of Knowledge Bowl, National Honor Society, Student Government, and a Minnesota Beef Ambassador. Shelby volunteers in Vacation Bible School, the food shelf and senior dining crafts.
The State High School Wrestling Tournament, 2013, is for Feb. 28-March 2, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. This year’s state schedule features the team tournament running all day Thursday, Feb. 28. The action starts with the Class AA and Class AAA quarterfinals at 9 a.m. They will be followed by the Class A team quarterfinals at 11 a.m., which will be run simultaneously with the Class AA and Class AAA consolation semifinals. Friday, March 1, the Class AA individual first round begins at 9 a.m.
The Class AAA individual first round starts at 11 a.m., followed by the Class A individual first round at 1 p.m. Friday evening, the Class AA individual championship quarterfinals begin at 5 p.m.
Kimball will send five wrestlers to the Individual State Tournament this year. Senior HWT Timmy Konz (1st), senior 182-pounds Travis Wills (true 2nd), senior 138-pounds Marcus Hamer (2nd), sophomore 126-pounds Quinten Berres (1st), and sophomore 113-pounds Blaine Tschida (1st).
Photo courtesy of Vanessa Schlueter.
Thursday, Feb. 14, the Junior Cubs kindergarten and first-grade players performed at halftime of the varsity boys’ basketball game against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. The players just completed a five-week Saturday morning program learning various basketball fundamentals. Members of the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams helped Coach Kuechle and Coach Klein teach the players during the program.