Ram Truck brand and A.M. Maus and Son help raise $4,320
Kimball families and fans participated in a Ram Gridiron Challenge Fundraiser Friday, Oct. 4, and raised $4,320 for the Kimball football program. The Ram Truck brand contributed $20 for each test drive in one of the new award-winning Ram Trucks.
“Ram Trucks and high school football make a perfect partnership,” said Reid Bigland, CEO of the Ram Truck brand. “The players on these teams face new challenges week after week, knowing that with hard work comes reward. This commitment to hard work and excellence is what we strive for at the Ram Truck brand, and we’re proud to support these kids and their efforts on the field, in the classroom, and in their community.
Kimball announced the All-Conference Academic varsity players with a 3.8 grade-point average or higher. In front, from left are Taylor Schreiner - CC, Maddy O’Brien - VB, Stacy Hurrle - VB, Shelby Schiefelbein - VB, Cameron Hunt - FB, and John Zipoy - FB. In middle are Grace Kopitzke - CC, Denzel Atherton - CC, Ben Serbus - FB, and Rebecca Frank - VB. In back are Erika Johnson - CC, Madison Libbesmeier - CC, Lexi Rose - VB, Hollie Donnay - VB, Ted Zipoy - FB, and Mathias Hennen - FB. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
Jay Klein is the Kimball Area boys’ basketball coach. “We return three starters and five letter winners from last year’s team; Cameron Hunt, Jarred Merchant, Joey Von Wahlde, Mathias Hennen, and Ben Serbus, and we have a lot of experienced players coming back.” With high hopes of being very competitive in every game, Klein thinks the Cubs have a chance to finish in the top half of the conference. The section will be tough even though Kimball has dropped to division 1A for playoffs. “It would be great if we could be a top-three seed in the playoffs,” Coach Klein said. Kimball Area is led by an experienced and knowledgeable coaching staff. Varsity Head Coach Jay Klein: 22 years coaching basketball; 12 years as a head coach; in his eighth year at Kimball. Junior Varsity Coach Rick Hendrickson: sixth year as Kimball’s assistant coach. C-Squad Head Coach Aaron Laabs: former player for Coach Klein and in his first year coaching.
Kimball wrestling lost four very talented seniors, in Marcus Hamer (38-8), with a fourth-place finish at state last year, Travis Wills (39-8), who was a state entrant, Austyn Schlueter (29-14), finished fifth in sections, and Tim Konz (31-9), who was also a state qualifier. But Coach Mike Schindler is very optimistic about the new season.
“Even with the kids we lost to graduation, we still return some great talent.” Leading the way is returning state champ, junior Quinten Berres, who finished last season with a (39-1) record. Quinten has the chance this year to be Kimball’s first multiple-state champ. Junior Blaine Tschida finished with a record of (42-5) and third place in the state tournament. Blaine also was a National runner-up this year in Greco-Style, at Fargo. Also returning is senior Austin Schiefelbein, who came back late last year after a knee injury, to finish the season (11-1) and a third-place finish in the section. Both of the Mehrs boys will be back and are expected to help lead the Cubs this year, as they each had more than 20 wins last year. The Cubs also return 17 other kids that saw varsity experience last year. “If we can stay healthy, we look to challenge Pierz for the CMC conference title and ACGC for the section 5A title,” Coach Schindler said. “We did lose a lot of senior leadership, but with the group we have coming up, there will be a lot of opportunities for kids to step up and continue the success we have had,” Schindler added.
The 2013-14 high school winter sports season promises to be a highly competitive and fun-filled experience for participants and fans alike. Full schedules are available on the individual school’s websites, or by visiting the Minnesota State High School League website at http://mshsl.org/mshsl/index.asp.
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.