Spring has finally sprung and area schools got together in the season’s first boys’ and girls’ indoor track meet Friday, March 21, at the St. Cloud State Field House. The Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball squads made their marks in the men’s 200-meter dash and the women’s 800-meter run. DeShaun James flashed through the 200 in 24.62 seconds, and Emily Donnay continued her last season dominance, posting a 2:36.00 in the 800. Holdingford won both the girls’ and the boys’ team competitions. Following are the results:
Girls’ 55-meter dash: first, Logan Henrich, Rockford, 8.15; EV-W-K: 11th, Savanna Gohmann, 9.10; 19th, Morgan Steffens, 10.11; 22nd, Erin Diffley, 10.62; 24th, Jodi Phillip, 10.73
Boys’ 55-meter dash: first, Tyler Millner, Pierz, 7.00; EV-W-K: third, DeShaun James, 7.07; 10th, John Salzl, 7.63; 20th, Keali’i Kapoi, 8.39; 25th, York Larson, 9.24
Trap shooting is a growing sport within the Minnesota High School League. Kimball will participate for the first time this year, as part of Class A Conference 7. Other schools in the conference are Bloomington Kennedy, Hutchinson, Lakeview, Math and Science Academy of Woodbury, Mounds View, Pequot Lakes, St. Louis Park, and Walker/Hackensack/Akeley.
The Kimball trap team is co-sponsored by the Kimball Rod & Gun Club. All competition will take place there, no traveling. Shooters will compete with each other, their own records, and other schools from their home shooting range.
The Lady Cubs ended their season last Saturday night at Pierz High School, losing to Isle, 47-25 in the Section 5A playoffs. On Thursday, March 6, Kimball upset No. 4-seeded East Central, 54-48, earning the right to take on the Huskies. Kimball’s Hannah Serbus scored first off the opening tip to give the Cubs early confidence. Kimball held a narrow lead early on until East Central took a 13-17 lead with just over seven minutes left in the half. By halftime Kimball held a slim 27-25 lead. At the 13-minute mark of the second frame, East Central connected on consecutive 3-point field goals to take back a 36-35 lead. From this point Kimball would make a game-changing scoring run. It would be a 16-2 flurry, that would give the Cubs a commanding 49-38 lead with just over six minutes to play. Kimball’s lead would stand as they made just enough free throws down the stretch to keep it a two-possession game and close out the victory. It was a great performance by Kimball, gaining valuable playoff experience and winning on the road. “For a team with no seniors made up of all underclassman, traveling over two hours to play in enemy territory, and play well enough to beat a higher seeded team on their home court, was encouraging to see, and great to see our players step up as a team,” said Coach Jeremy Kuechle.
Tuesday night’s 70-43 loss to number-one ranked Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa was not unexpected, but it was a closer game than the score indicated. The South Sub-Section 5A championship game in Little Falls actually had the third-seeded Cubs leading by a point just before half. But the top-rated Jaguars would have none of it, stringing together a 10-0 run to close out the first session and post a 34-25 advantage. BBE went on a 10-0 run to end the half because of a few turnovers and a quick shot. In the second half, BBE scored the first four points to gain a double-digit lead. With just more than 12 minutes to play, BBE led by 14 when they decided to pull the ball out and stall, forcing the Cubs out of their defense.
The KAHS girls won at Ogilvie, 72-40 Tuesday, Feb. 25; they lost at Rockford, 67-50 Thursday; and they lost at home Friday, Feb. 28, to Pierz, 56-45. At Ogilvie,
Kimball jumped out to an 11-0 lead and never trailed. The Cubs took advantage of 19 steals and forced 19 turnovers to create more offensive opportunities. Kimball out-rebounded the Lions, 45-28, to control the boards. Kimball leaders were: Taylor Schreiner 15 points, Madelyn O’Brien 12 rebounds and 3 blocks, Caitlyn O’Brien also had 3 blocks. Taylor Schreiner had 5 steals, Madison Libbesmeier and Hannah Serbus each had 5 assists. Scoring: Madison Libbesmeier, 6; Taylor Schreiner, 15; Hannah Serbus, 8; Kristina Kastanek, 8; Victoria Denn, 2; Madison Hurrle, 1; Abbey Straley, 2; Madelyn O’Brien, 11; Nicole Vossen, 6; Caitlyn O’Brien, 3; Becky Holtz, 10.