The Central Minnesota Conference boys’ golf meet at Prairie View last Friday, April 4, resulted in a good team showing for the Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins bunch. They finished with an aggregate score of 186, smack dab in the middle of the pack. Second-year head coach Jason Huschle is pleased with the early-season effort. “Overall I was happy with our performance, especially since we have only been outside on the course for a week. We have put ourselves in a good position to finish in the top half of the conference this year which was one our goals coming into the season. Now we just have to focus on getting better and improving on our scores every time we are on the course.”
Competing in the conference battle were Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins, Maple Lake, Pierz, Rockford and Osakis. Meet Scoring Summary: K-EV-W’s Tommy Wurtz, 44; Tony DeJuliannie, 59; Nathan Vassen, 48; Reese Jansen, 43; Skyler Schiefelbein, 51; Brandon Schiefelbein, 57. B-B-E’s Jackson Gregory shot 45, HL-W-W’s Collin Benson shot 46, Maple Lake’s Brandon Borell shot 45, Pierz’s Ethan Lochner shot 50, and Rockford’s Ty Griffin (meet medalist) shot 38. Osakis’s Joe Garcia shot 42. Rockford took first place with a net 170; second place, Osakis, 183 net; third place, K-EV-W, 186 net; fourth place, B-B-E, 190 net; fifth place, Maple Lake, 191 net; sixth place, HL-W-W, 203 net; seventh place, Pierz, 258 net.
Senior Alexis Rose popped two homeruns as the Kimball Cubs fast pitch team opened their season with a home game victory, 11-2, over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City last Thursday. Wasting no time, the Cubs scored two runs in the first inning, on RBI singles from Shay Krippner and Emily Utecht. The Cubs added to their lead in the second inning when Madison Libbesmeier’s base knock scored Maddy Schreifels. In the top of the fourth, ACGC got a two-run home run from Katie Moore. But Alexis Rose trumped that shot with a two-run blast of her own in the Cubs’ fourth. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Stacy Hurrle’s RBI single scored Maddy Schreifels, and Alexis Rose belted a three-run homerun to make the score 9-2. Kimball would score two more runs in the game, making the final 11-2. Pitching for the Cubs were Emily Utecht and Madison Libbesmeier. Utecht started and went four innings. She struck out 3, walked none, allowed 2 runs off of 7 hits and gave up 1 home run. Libbesmeier struck out 4 in three innings, issued no walks, and allowed no runs. Utecht came away with the win. The Cubs had 16 hits on the day, including three extra-base hits; a double by Lauren Libbesmeier, and two home runs by Alexis Rose.
Monday, March 17, the Kimball boys’ basketball program held their end-season banquet at Kimball Area High School. A potluck meal was served for the players, managers and their parents and the coaching staff. Awards were also handed out, as coaches reflected on their seasons.
This past year the varsity team finished the season with a record of 16 wins and 11 losses overall. The 16 wins were the most since the 1999-2000 season. Kimball had a record of 6-8 in the Central Minnesota Conference, finishing in sixth place. Among the team highlights were finishing second in Sub-section 5A to eventual state champion Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. The Cubs defeated the number five ranked Upsala Cardinals to advance to the sub-section championship game. This was the first time in 30 years a Kimball boy’s team had advanced that far. It was the third time in four years that the boy’s team won a first round playoff game. The Cubs surpassed the .500 mark for the second time in Coach Klein’s eight seasons as head coach.
The Kimball Komets 16s JO volleyball team traveled to St. Joseph Sunday, March 30, for the College of St. Benedict Junior Olympic Volleyball Tournament, their final tournament of the winter season. The Komets started pool play a little slow, but played well enough to place second and advance to the gold division for tournament play.
Game one was with Burnsville Thunder 11-25, 25-22. Game two was against Barnesville Aces 16-25, 25-16. Game three vs ROCORI Heat Red 25-18, 25-15.
Junior Olympics Kimball Komets 16s volleyball team are Gold Division tournament champs. They are, from left, Steph Hurrle, Maddy Schreifels, Becky Holtz, Kenzie Leither, Bailey Berscheid, Amanda Roerick, Bailey Broda, Emma Kuechle, Coach Mortenson, and Ariel Laabs.
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