The Kimball wrestling squad met up with Eden Valley-Watkins Saturday, Feb. 1, at Kimball in a makeup match from Jan. 7. The Cubs were tough and ag
gressive and dominated the Eagles, 54-23. Michael Donnay, Blane Tschida, Quinten Berres, and Matt Donnay, each earned pins in the contest. “We had another good week for wrestling. We had three Central Minnesota Conference matches and we went 2-1, beating Rockford and Eden Valley-Watkins; and losing to ninth-ranked Pierz. We continue to wrestle well as the end of the season comes near,” coach Mike Schindler said. Blane Tschida, Quinten Berres, and Austin Schiefelbein continue to lead the team and all went 3-0 this week with Quinten picking up his 150th career win.
Wednesday is the team seeding meeting for the section tournament. Thursday, the Cubs travel to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle to take on the host school along with Minnewaska, and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted. Then wrapping up on Friday, Kimball goes to the Albany Individual Tournament.
The Kimball wrestlers had a good week on the road, picking up a 42-30 victory at Holdingford Tuesday, Jan. 21, followed by a 44-26 win at Belgrade-Brooten-
Elrosa, Thursday, Jan. 23.
Holdingford results: 106
Payton Schiefelbein pinned Alex Lange of Holdingford in 24 seconds; 126 Blaine Tschida beat Zach Scott of Holdingford
5-3 (Decision); 132 Quinten Berres pinned Aaron Maleska of
Holdingford in 47 seconds; 138 Brady Mehr pinned Tazz Taflinger of Holdingford in 4 minutes and 52 seconds; 152 Marcus Mehr beat Jake Knettel of Holdingford 6-4 (Decision); 170 Skyler Schiefelbein
pinned Nolan Prokott of Holdingford in 1 minute and 14 seconds; 220 Austin Schiefelbein pinned Walker Nienaber of Holdingford
in 19 seconds; HWT: Austin
Hentges won by forfeit.
B-B-E results: 106 Payton Schiefelbein won by forfeit; 132 Blane Tschida-PIN; 138 Quinten Berres-Decision; 145 Brady Mehr won by forfeit; 152 Matt Donnay-
Decision; 160 Tanner Schreifels-
PIN; 195 Devon Kelley won by forfeit; 220 Austin Schiefelbein won by forfeit.
Capping off a very busy week, the Kimball wrestling squad, competing for the third time in five days, accepted an invitation to the Fergus Falls Pudge Anderson Memorial Tournament, Saturday, Jan. 25. The Cubs lost to Bismarck Century in the quarterfinals, 45-24. In the consolation finals, Kimball overtook Thief River Falls, 46-31. The fifth-place match saw the Cubs prevail over a very worthy opponent in Wahpeton, 38-30. The Championship Match was won by an extremely powerful Apple Valley team, 64-3, over West Fargo.
Bismarck Century match results: 126 Blane Tschida won by pin; 132 Quinten Berres won by pin; 220 Devon Kelley won by forfeit; 285 Austin Schiefelbein won by pin.
Thief River Falls match results: 106 Payton Schiefelbein (KIM) defeats Cade Lundeen by pin 0:44; 126 Blane Tschida (KIM) defeats Stephen Holecek (TRF) by pin 1:05; 132 Quinten Berres (KIM) wins by forfeit; 152
Tanner Schreifels (KIM) wins by forfeit; 160 Markus Mehr (KIM) wins by forfeit; 195 Devon Kelley
(KIM) defeats Jake Bohl (TRF) by major decision 13-4; 220 Austin
Scheifelbein (KIM) defeats Tyshaun Brown (TRF) by pin 3:49.
Wahpeton match results: 106 Payton Schiefelbein (KIM) defeats Noah Wiek (WAHP) by pin 0:50; 126 Blane Tschida (KIM) defeats Jacob Berg (WAHP) by major decision 11-3; 132 Quinten Berres (KIM) defeats Dylan Wiek (WAHP) by pin in 1:30; 138 Brady Mehr (KIM) defeats Logan Meyer (WAHP) by major decision 12-4; 145 Matt
Donnay (KIM) defeats Aaron Deike (WAHP) by pin 4:14; 160 Tanner
Schreifels (KIM) defeats Kyle Bjugstad (WAHP) by decision 3-1; 195 Devon Kelley (KIM) defeats Hunter McCall (WAHP) by decision 5-2; 220 Austin Scheifelbein (KIM) defeats Josh Deike (WAHP) by pin 0:56.
The KAHS alumni/parents/senior recognition night has been rescheduled to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. Kimball will participate in a dual against Pierz at 6 p.m. and Rockford at 7:30 p.m. All alumni and parents should plan to be there by 5:30.
The Kimball Cubs finished the week in winning fashion. Thursday, Jan. 23, Kimball hosted the Pierz Pioneers, and pulled out the victory in the waning seconds, 64-62. With Kimball down by one point and just a dozen seconds remaining, Joey VonWahlde knocked down a three-pointer, sealing the victory and moving the Cubs to 10-5 overall. “We switched defenses out of the timeout and it confused them so they were unable to get a good shot as a desperation attempt as the buzzer went off,” said coach Jay Klein. This was the Cubs’ first conference win at home this year. “Joey VonWahlde’s clutch shot was huge for us as Pierz had all the momentum late in the game. Cameron Hunt, our primary ball handler, had fouled out with two minutes to play. Everyone on the floor had to help in handling the ball late in the game,” an excited coach Klein said. Jarred Merchant led the Cubs with 21 points and seven rebounds, VonWahlde finished with 15 points, Cameron Hunt had 14 points and Mathias Hennen added 10 points. The Cubs (4-4 CMC, 10-5 overall) went 12-for-14 at the free-throw line.
Cubs’ senior Mathies Hennen gets fouled hard during game v Pierz Jan. 23, and earns a trip to the charity stripe. Staff photos by Marguerite Laabs.
It was a rocky week at home for the Kimball Area girls’ basketball team. Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Cubs suffered a 55-36 defeat at the hands of the Rockford Rockets. Kimball played hosts again Friday, Jan. 24, welcoming Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and fell, 65-54. The Rockets went on a 17-4 run to start the second half to help them to the Central Minnesota Conference victory. Junior center Madelyn O’Brien led Kimball (0-5, 3-9) with 17 points. “We jumped out in front early and led most of the first half. Rockford took the lead for the first time, 18-15, with four minutes left in the first half and never trailed again. They came out strong in the second half, with a 17-4 scoring run, to build on their half-time lead of 25-22. We struggled in the second half, shooting 6 of 24 from the field and 1 for 4 from the free throw line,” said coach Jeremy Kuechle.