Tricounty News

Kimball basketball girls have tough week

The Lady Cubs lost 76-29, at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Monday, Feb. 10, to a tough, unbeaten in the conference Lakers bunch. The Cubs scored first on a three-pointer by sophomore Taylor Schreiner, which was followed up by sophomore Madison Libbesmeier’s field goal, to put Kimball out in front for the second time, 5-3. Howard Lake flexed its muscles and breezed to a 52-15 lead by halftime. The Lakers would sink a dozen three-point baskets in the contest, en route to the overwhelming victory. Cubs’ W-Freshmen-Madison-Hurrle-looks-for-an-open-teammate-at-Maple-Lakescoring summary: Schreiner 8, Madelyn O’Brien 6, Libbesmeier 5, Madison Hurrle 4, Nicole Vossen 4, and Caitlin O’Brien 2. Juniors Hannah Serbus and Maddy O’Brien had five rebounds each, Libbesmeier led the team in assists with three, and Hurrle led the team in steals with four. “Howard Lake has a very special team this year, with three of the conference’s best senior players. It is a great opportunity for our young squad to see what we can take from this experience and grow as players in our overall goal of team improvement. We will meet again in just over a week, so we will see how quickly we can learn from this one,” coach Jeremy Kuechle said.


Cubs’ wrestlers are runners-up at sectional

The Kimball wrestling squad looked sharp in the 2014 Class A-Section 5 Team Tournament recently. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the No. 2-seeded Cubs pounded No. 5-seeded Browerville, 63-12 in the quarterfinal round at Kimball. In the semifinals on Friday, Feb. 14 at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School, Kimball eliminated Osakis, the No. 3 seed, 53-24. That set up the championship match later that evening between Kimball and No. 1-seeded ACGC. The highly-favored Atwater club didn’t disappoint, taking the match and the section title, 57-7.

Browerville match results: 106 Michael Donnay, PIN; 120 Joseph Donnay, PIN 0:55; 126 Blane Tschida, Forfeit; 132 Quinten Berres, Forfeit; 138 Brady Mehr, PIN; 145 Matt Donnay, Dec.; 152 Markus Mehr, PIN; 170 Tanner Schreifels, PIN; 195 Devon Kelley, PIN; 220 Austin Schiefelbein, PIN.


Cubs wrestlers are an impressive 3-0 at Long Prairie

The Kimball Area High School wrestlers traveled to Long Prairie Thursday, Feb. 6, and came out on top in three matches at the quadrangular. They beat Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, 57-18; Minnewaska, 51-25; and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, 66-15. Blane Tschida (132) and Quinten Berres (138) both went 3-0 for the Cubs.

Kimball wins vs. Minnewaska: (106) Payton Schiefelbein; (126) Zach Stein; (132) Blane Tschida; (138) Quinten Berres; (160) Markus Mehr; (182) Brandon Loch; (195) Devon Kelley; (220) Austin Hentges; (285) Austin Schiefelbein.


KES fourth-grade girls take first place

W-4th-Grade-Girls-BBall-photoThe Kimball fourth-grade girls’ basketball team took first place this past weekend in the Kimball Bear Claw Classic Tournament. Game scores were: 12-8, 18-4, 27-6 and 14-6. The team, left to right, are Leah Schiefelbein, Emma Antigua, Chelsea Carlson, Jayme Randall, Luci Schiefelbein, Taylor Maurer, Madelyn Hunt, Morgan Garding, and Brianna Loehrer. Not pictured are Ellie Wicker, coach Amanda Garding, coach Jim Hunt and “manager” Grant Garding. Submitted photo.


Kimball boys’ hoopsters edged by the Irish

With just a handful of regular season games remaining, the Kimball boys’ basketball team looked to capture a big win at conference-rival Maple Lake Thursday, Feb. 6. However, the Irish had the same idea and dealt the Cubs a 76-65 loss. Kimball now drops below .500 in the Central Minnesota W-Junior-Jarred-Merchant-fights-for-a-shot-vs-Maple-LakeConference standings at 5-6, and moves to a respectable 12-7 overall mark. Jarred Merchant topped the Kimball effort with 22 points. The game went back and forth the whole first half, and was tied at 24 with 7:08 to play in the half. Kimball pulled ahead by three late in the half, only to turn the ball over a few times as Maple Lake took a 1-point lead at the half, 36-35. Early in the second half, the game stayed close. After Maple Lake’s top player picked up his fourth foul, the Cubs built a 7-point lead at 48-41 with 11:26 remaining. On the next two possessions, the Irish hit consecutive 3-pointers to cut the lead to 1. Kimball trailed 54-53, with fewer than seven minutes to play. Over the next three minutes, Maple Lake went on an 11-3 run and basically sealed the game. “We had a lot of bad turnovers during that stretch and did not play under control. It was a very disappointing game against a team we thought we had a chance to beat,” said Coach Jay Klein. Game scoring summary: Hennen, 15;
VonWahlde, 8; Hunt, 10; Serbus, 5; Spaulding, 5; Merchant, 22.


Junior Jarred Merchant fights for a shot vs. Maple Lake. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.