The Kimball grapplers had a tough road trip last week, dropping a decision Tuesday, Dec. 10, at New London-Spicer, 52-15. Still not at a full-strength lineup, the Cubs fought hard but dropped all of their matches at the Buffalo Quadrangular, Friday, December 13. The losses were to Rocori 48-25; Minnetonka 46-25; and Buffalo 36-33. Coach Mike Schindler recognizes the woes brought on by unforeseen events. “It was a pretty tough week, with four to five starters out of our lineup due to injury or sickness. We are looking forward to getting our team healthy and our full lineup back for when we start wrestling our section and conference opponents.” When the Cubs get their full lineup back, they look forward to changing the results of their matches. However, on the positive side, the younger kids are getting some valuable experience that will help Kimball in the long run.
NLS Match Results: 106-pound Payton Schiefelbein, PIN; 126-pound Blane Tschida, DEC.; 152-pound Markus Mehr, DEC.; 285-pound Austin Schiefelbein, DEC. Buffalo Match Results: 126-pound Blane Tschida, PIN; 132-pound Payton Hanan, DEC.; 145-pound Tanner Schreifels, PIN; 152-pound Markus Mehr, DEC.; 170-pound Skyler Schiefelbein, PIN; 220-pound Austin Hentges, FORFEIT; 285-pound Austin Schiefelbein, DEC. Rocori Match Results: 126-pound Blane Tschida, PIN; 132-pound Payton Hanan, DEC.; 152-pound Markus Mehr, DEC.; 170-pound Skyler Schiefelbein, PIN; 220-pound Austin Schiefelbein, PIN. Minnetonka Match Results: 106-pound Payton Schiefelbein, DEC.; 126-pound Blane Tschida, PIN; 152-pound Markus Mehr, DEC.; 160-pound Matt Donnay, DEC.; 195-pound Ben Zipoy, FORFEIT; 220-pound Austin Schiefelbein, DEC. Next, the Cubs travel to Paynesville on Friday, Dec. 20, for their first section opponent. The youth program will wrestle before the varsity at Paynesville as well.
The Kimball girls’ basketball team departed Tuesday, Dec. 10, for Milaca, which celebrated its 40th anniversary of girls’ basketball. The Wolves took the contest, 45-22, remaining undefeated on the early season. Kimball shot poorly, connecting on 4 of 30 field goal attempts inside the free-throw line area, and it didn’t get any better from the free-throw line, making only 5 of 19 attempts. “It was one of those nights where we couldn’t get the lid off the hoop and we never were able to make any sort of run at any point,” said Coach Jeremy Kuechle. Before the game, members from the inaugural Milaca team from 1973 were present and spoke about Title IX and its importance, how excited they were to be able to play sports, and how things changed. “It was a very interesting history lesson for all the players and spectators to hear,” said Kuechle. Kimball scoring: Madelyn O’Brien, 2; Madison Libbesmeier, 3; Nicole Vossen, 1; Hannah Serbus, 2; Taylor
Schreiner, 5; Kristina Kastanek, 3; Victoria Denn, 2; and Caitlin O’Brien, 4.
The Kimball wrestlers opened the season at home on Tuesday, Dec. 3, matching up with the Royalton Royals and winning the contest, 50-27. This was a non-conference dual, and put the Cubs at 1-0 on the season.
Matches won by falls: 106 Payton Schiefelbein, PIN 3:13–Lyle Zimmerman; 113 Joseph Donnay, PIN 2:29 Cole Scofield; 132 Quinten Berres, PIN 0:38 Randale Fernelius; 138 Brady Mehr, PIN 3:12 Matt Neu; 152 Markus Mehr, PIN 2:31 Held, Ty; 182 Troy Filzen, PIN 2:57 Jason Kasella; 220 Austin Schiefelbein, PIN 3:59 Tony Gadacz.
Tuesday, Dec. 2, the Kimball JV girls’ basketball team traveled to Royalton to take on the Royals in the opener of the 2013-2014 basketball season. We are a very young team with freshmen and sophomore players, and are looking forward to a very good season this year. In this non-conference game, our team struggled offensively scoring only 3 points in the first half. Freshman Emily Utecht made a basket and freshman Madison Hurrle added a free throw to complete our scoring in the first half. Our defense allowed only 13 points to Royalton, we still felt pretty good going into the halftime, that we could turn it around offensively. As the second half started, we got our offense going and our defense continued to play strong, holding Royals into only 16 total points. Utecht scored our first basket of the half, sophomore Ariel Laabs drained a three pointer, and Utecht added two more baskets on back-door cuts on passes from Hurrle. Hurrle got a put-back basket, sophomore Denzel Atherton swished a jumper, and sophomore Abbey Straley hit two charity shots to pull us within 3 of Royalton. Atherton scored a long-corner three, Laabs got another basket and Straley hit a shot that gave us our first lead, 25-24. Hurrle rang up a huge three pointer, Utecht hit another shot and Hurrle closed our scoring on a break-away steal. Sophomore Kaitlyn Truenow, freshman Alexa Ruehle and freshman Katelynn Loehrer played quality minutes off the bench as we were able to defend the Royals length of the floor shot that fell short to secure an opening night win.
Following a convincing Tuesday night victory at Royalton, the Cubs kept to the road, visiting the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons Thursday, Dec. 5. The Falcons mounted a late run and overtook the Cubs in a thriller, 74-71. Cubs’ coach Jay Klein has mixed emotions. “We started out slow, behind 22-14 after about eight minutes. Then we were able to slowly work our way back, and ended up leading 38-31 at the half. In the second half, we switched defenses to zone to try and stop dribble penetration. Our defense was terrible all game long. I was very disappointed in the effort.” Kimball found themselves ahead by six, 68-62, with 3:42 to play. Poor shot selection and turnovers allowed ACGC to go on a 7-0 run to take the lead. The Cubs had a shot at the buzzer to tie the score, but it came up short.