The Kimball JV girls’ team traveled to Milaca Tuesday, Dec. 10, to take on the Wolves in our second road game of the young season. Milaca was able to score at the rim to keep the game close in the first half, with Kimball trailing at halftime behind Madison Hurrle’s 10 points, Ariel Laabs and Emily Utecht’s each scored 3, with Denzel Atherton and Kaitlin Truenow adding 2 and Alexa Ruehle’s free throw, had us down 21-24.
It became an up and down game in the second half, as the Lady Cubs held less and less grip on the tempo of the game. Milaca was able to push the ball at our basket and converted on some easy attempts. We played hard, but Milaca eventually took the victory by 15, 47-32. Abbey Straley scored 4, Truenow hit 3 more charity shots, with Hurrle and Utecht sinking a shot each. Katelynn Loehrer played but did not score.
The Kimball boys’ basketball team remained hot last week, winning at Rockford and Pierz.
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Cubs clipped the Rockets in a good-contested game, 69-66. Jarred Merchant rallied for another double-double, scoring 31 points and nabbing 12 rebounds for the Cubs, as they swiped the all-important conference victory. The game was close throughout the first half and Rockford held a two-point lead at the break (29-27). In the second half, the game was tied at 43, when Rockford went on an 8-0 run. After trading a few baskets, Kimball went on a 7-0 run to trail by one. Jarred Merchant then converted a three-point play, giving the Cubs a two-point advantage. Nick Tully answered with a three-point basket to allow Rockford to regain the lead. Will Spaulding answered with a three pointer, putting Kimball up two. Spaulding broke an eventual 63-63 tie, and the Cubs would not relinquish the lead. “This was a huge win for us. To start the conference season with a win on the road against a very good Rockford team should give the team a lot of confidence in the upcoming games. Jarred Merchant put up another double-double, and we had timely contributions from our guards throughout the game. We never quit which says a lot about the heart of this team,” Coach Jay Klein said. Cubs scoring: Hennen, 8; VonWahlde, 7; Hunt, 10; Serbus, 2; Spaulding, 11; Merchant, 31.
The Kimball grapplers had a tough road trip last week, dropping a decision Tuesday, Dec. 10, at New London-Spicer, 52-15. Still not at a full-strength lineup, the Cubs fought hard but dropped all of their matches at the Buffalo Quadrangular, Friday, December 13. The losses were to Rocori 48-25; Minnetonka 46-25; and Buffalo 36-33. Coach Mike Schindler recognizes the woes brought on by unforeseen events. “It was a pretty tough week, with four to five starters out of our lineup due to injury or sickness. We are looking forward to getting our team healthy and our full lineup back for when we start wrestling our section and conference opponents.” When the Cubs get their full lineup back, they look forward to changing the results of their matches. However, on the positive side, the younger kids are getting some valuable experience that will help Kimball in the long run.
NLS Match Results: 106-pound Payton Schiefelbein, PIN; 126-pound Blane Tschida, DEC.; 152-pound Markus Mehr, DEC.; 285-pound Austin Schiefelbein, DEC. Buffalo Match Results: 126-pound Blane Tschida, PIN; 132-pound Payton Hanan, DEC.; 145-pound Tanner Schreifels, PIN; 152-pound Markus Mehr, DEC.; 170-pound Skyler Schiefelbein, PIN; 220-pound Austin Hentges, FORFEIT; 285-pound Austin Schiefelbein, DEC. Rocori Match Results: 126-pound Blane Tschida, PIN; 132-pound Payton Hanan, DEC.; 152-pound Markus Mehr, DEC.; 170-pound Skyler Schiefelbein, PIN; 220-pound Austin Schiefelbein, PIN. Minnetonka Match Results: 106-pound Payton Schiefelbein, DEC.; 126-pound Blane Tschida, PIN; 152-pound Markus Mehr, DEC.; 160-pound Matt Donnay, DEC.; 195-pound Ben Zipoy, FORFEIT; 220-pound Austin Schiefelbein, DEC. Next, the Cubs travel to Paynesville on Friday, Dec. 20, for their first section opponent. The youth program will wrestle before the varsity at Paynesville as well.
The Kimball girls’ basketball team departed Tuesday, Dec. 10, for Milaca, which celebrated its 40th anniversary of girls’ basketball. The Wolves took the contest, 45-22, remaining undefeated on the early season. Kimball shot poorly, connecting on 4 of 30 field goal attempts inside the free-throw line area, and it didn’t get any better from the free-throw line, making only 5 of 19 attempts. “It was one of those nights where we couldn’t get the lid off the hoop and we never were able to make any sort of run at any point,” said Coach Jeremy Kuechle. Before the game, members from the inaugural Milaca team from 1973 were present and spoke about Title IX and its importance, how excited they were to be able to play sports, and how things changed. “It was a very interesting history lesson for all the players and spectators to hear,” said Kuechle. Kimball scoring: Madelyn O’Brien, 2; Madison Libbesmeier, 3; Nicole Vossen, 1; Hannah Serbus, 2; Taylor
Schreiner, 5; Kristina Kastanek, 3; Victoria Denn, 2; and Caitlin O’Brien, 4.
The Kimball wrestlers opened the season at home on Tuesday, Dec. 3, matching up with the Royalton Royals and winning the contest, 50-27. This was a non-conference dual, and put the Cubs at 1-0 on the season.
Matches won by falls: 106 Payton Schiefelbein, PIN 3:13–Lyle Zimmerman; 113 Joseph Donnay, PIN 2:29 Cole Scofield; 132 Quinten Berres, PIN 0:38 Randale Fernelius; 138 Brady Mehr, PIN 3:12 Matt Neu; 152 Markus Mehr, PIN 2:31 Held, Ty; 182 Troy Filzen, PIN 2:57 Jason Kasella; 220 Austin Schiefelbein, PIN 3:59 Tony Gadacz.