Kimball (12-13-0) has a bye for the first playoff (Oct. 24) in the volleyball playoffs. The Cubs will first play Friday, Oct. 25, against either Royalton or Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City who play Oct. 24. The Kimball game is at 7 p.m. this Friday, at Kimball. If they win, their next game, for the quarterfinals, will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Long Prairie.
Eden Valley-Watkins (7-15-0) will face St. Cloud Christian at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Eden Valley. The winner will advance to face Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at 7 p.m.Friday, Oct. 25, at BBE. The winner of that game will play for the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Long Prairie.
Finishing regular season play at 0-8, the Kimball Cubs football team just can’t seem to catch a break. The Cubs hosted league rival Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Wednesday, Oct. 16, and lost a heartbreaker, with just seconds remaining, 34-32. Taking the lead on a last-minute 47-yard touchdown pass, the Lakers withstood a gallant comeback effort by the Cubs, which ended in a game-ending interception from HL-W-W’s 19-yard line. Kimball quarterback Cameron Hunt rushed for one score and shelled out 23 completions for a whopping 372 yards passing and four touchdowns. Cameron Hunt’s last TD pass with just over five minutes remaining, broke a 26-all tie and elevated the Cubs to a six-point advantage. But the Lakers persevered, combining a safety with the final TD bomb, and to the faithful onlookers’ dismay, snatched the victory.
The Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball cross-country teams competed at Pierz Golf Course Tuesday, Oct. 15, for the final gathering of the season, and captured a very respectable third-place finish. “Despite the rain, it was a very successful night with a lot of personal bests and good team placement. Emily Donnay is our only athlete with all-conference honors and ended up conference champ!” said Coach Holly Hansen. Ranked No. 10 in Class A cross country, Emily won the Central Minnesota Conference championship with a time of 15.56. Donnay’s nine races this season have been impressive to say the least, as she finished in the top four in eight of those outings. Donnay won the Little Crow Invitational (15:01) and the Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball Invitational (16:36) in September. She took second in Albany Tuesday, Oct. 8, with a time of 15:59.
The Kimball Cubs lost to host Eden Valley-Watkins Friday, Oct. 11, by a final tally of 20-6. Despite the valiant effort put forth by Kimball, they just couldn’t take advantage of the ample field position throughout the game. “We played hard all game long. We didn’t cash in when we moved the ball inside the EV-W 20-yard line. Of the four times we got down there, we only scored once; and that just doesn’t get it done,” Coach Jamie Leither said. Next up for the Cubs is the final regular-season contest with conference rivals Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Kimball. The Cubs hope to upgrade their 0-7 mark, and the Lakers look to move to .500, currently possessing a 3-4 record.
The Kimball Cubs’ volleyball team finished out the regular season in fine fashion, prevailing over Upsala, 3-1 and Eden Valley-Watkins, 3-0. The home victory vs. the Cardinals on Tuesday, Oct. 8, and the Thursday, Oct. 10, win at the Eagles’ moves the Cubs to a respectable 11-13 season mark. Junior Macey Hurrle batted 19 kills to boost Kimball past Upsala. Game scores were 23-25, 25-21, 25-16, and 25-17. Coach Scott Heinen sums it up. “A fun night! We recognized our great parents and honored our seniors; Shelby Schiefelbein, Hollie Donnay, Alexis Rose, Rebecca Frank, and Stacy Hurrle. They have set an example that makes us proud to coach them and for others to model. We played a good match and furthered our journey to playing team volleyball (and our best volleyball), preparing for a long journey into the playoffs.”