The Marty Mudcats went 3 and 0 at the state qualifying tournament held in Maple Lake Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14. The Mudcats had been seeded first and received a bye for the first round. They faced the team from Hutchinson in the second round of play on Saturday. After a tough first inning the team was down 3 to 0 but came back to win 4 to 3 in eight innings.
Their next game was Sunday morning v Maple Lake and the Mudats came away with a 9 to 6 win. For the championship the girls would again have to face the team from Maple Lake and it would be another close game with the Marty Mudcats coming out on top by a score of 3 to 2. They will now compete in the Minnesota ASA 14U Class B state tournament on July 20-21. They will finish their summer season at the NAFA National Tournament July 25 through 28 in Eden Prairie.
The Marty Mudcats: (back row, left to right) coach Mary Libbesmeier, coach Rhonda Libbesmeier,
Emily Utecht, Amanda Roerick, Becky Holtz, and coach Shannon Miller; (middle row) Anna Donnay,
Hedy Robben, and Alexa Ruehle; (front row) Madison Libbesmeier, Shay Krippner, Tashi Kunkel, and Lauren Libbesmeier, Not pictured: Ariel Laabs. Submitted photo.
Sunday, June 30, the Kimball Cubs 12U Fastpitch team participated in the Own the Zone Tournament held in Kimball. Six teams participated in the double-elimination tournament.
In the first game, the Cubs faced a tough Maple Lake team. Kimball came out strong, scoring five runs in the first inning and three more in the second inning off of a three RBI triple from Dani Lyrek. Pitching was split between Rachel Utecht and Dani Lyrek, with Rachel recording four strike-outs in the first two innings. Kimball held the lead the whole game and came out on top with an eight to five win.
In the second game, Kimball’s bats cooled off and they lost to a solid Willmar team six to three which sent them to the losers bracket and would require them to win the next four games in order to play in the championship game.
Kimball faced off against rival Eden Valley-Watkins in the third game. Kimball again came out swinging with Haley Robben hitting a double and Ashley Schindele going 2-2. Kaitli Wicker and Madi Gustafson provided key hits in Kimball’s 11 to 4 win.
The fourth game against Alexandria put Kimball up against some of the fastest pitching they have seen so far this year. The Cubs responded with patience at the plate and some key bunts. They came out on top with a 14 to 5 win.
The Cubs faced Willmar a second time in the fifth game. This time the results would be different. Kimball held the lead the whole game behind some very impressive defense and consistent pitching through five innings from Dani Lyrek. Rachel Merten provided some key outs from her position at short-stop. Tori
Harren completed a double play catching a fly ball in left field and throwing out a runner at first base. The outfield stepped up with some key catches by Erin O’Brien and Krista Loch. Rachel Utecht came in to pitch the sixth inning, shutting down Willmar with three strike-outs. Dani Lyrek lead the offense with two runs and a double. The final score was 4 to 3, putting Kimball into the championship game.
The championship game pitted the Cubs against Delano. Delano jumped out on top in the first inning with two runs, but the Cubs answered with two of their own. The score would remain tied at two until the bottom of the third when Kimball busted out with five runs and a three RBI double off of the bat of Erin O’Brien. Bree Gehrke drew an impressive fifth walk for the day. The Cubs would hold on to the lead and came out on top with a 7 to 5 win. Emily Tadych would provide some key outs from third base and Justice Boyer kept the base runners honest from behind the plate. Rachel Utecht pitched a solid game against some very patient Delano hitters and recorded six strike-outs over five innings.
All of the player’s contributed the success of their team, and represented Kimball well with good sportsmanship, hard work and solid teamwork. Each and every player earned their first place medals, and can wear them with pride!
By Jay Klein, coach
The Kimball boys’ basketball program recently hosted their summer basketball camp for grades 7-12 and a total of 25 players participated. The players worked on basketball fundamentals in the areas of ball handling, dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, and defense. Campers also competed in different games and various shooting contests both as a team and on individual level throughout the week. The players improved greatly over the course of the camp.
Participants in the boys’ basketball camp included: Hunter Ahlrich, Trevor Combs, Cole Czech, Isaiah Ehlinger, Sam Ehlinger, Brady Faber, Hayden Gagnon, Casey Gohmann, Mason Hennen, Michael Hoffman, Noah Jurek, Keali’i Kapoi, Austin Marx, George Matua, Brendan Maurer, Sawyer Mies, Riley Miller, Hunter Schreifels, Aaron Serbus, Will Spaulding, Joshua Statz, Brody Strand, Zack Streit, Joey
VonWahlde, and John Zipoy.
Coach Jay Klein held a basketball camp for KAHS boys in grades 7-12 last week. Summer camps develop skills that will help players, and teams, come basketball season in the fall. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
Kimball Girls’ Basketball Summer Camp was last week at the Kimball Area High School. This camp was for girls’ basketball players heading into grades 7-12 next year. The camp ran from Monday, June 10 through Thursday, June 13. Participants practiced working on basketball skill development and fundamentals. The camp also featured daily competitions, individually and as teams, with an awards ceremony at the camp conclusion. Thank you to all camp participants for your dedication and efforts!
Coach Jeremy Kuechle
Sophomore, Nicole Vossen represented Kimball Eden Valley Watkins Girls Golf at the Class AA Minnesota State High School Golf State Tournament Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11-12, held at Ridges of Sand Creek in Jordan, Minn. Nicole shot an 18-hole score of 88 (43-45) in the first round of play. This is Nicole’s first State tournament appearance and she played well despite her nerves. The second round of play began with a rain delay for both boys and girls. After waiting five hours, the committee decided to play only 9 holes, making the tournament a 27-hole event. The boys teed off the back nine, while the girls played difficult and very tight back nine. Nicole finished the day with a respectable 45, with a final score of 133 placing her 43 of 88 participants. Vossen had a great experience and she looks forward to trying again next year.