The Kimball softball team visited Holdingford last Thursday, May 2, and left the venue, licking their wounds, after losing a Central Minnesota Conference double-header, 14-12 and 5-3. Game one was a slugfest, with each team blasting out 14 hits apiece. Defense was the deciding factor, as Kimball recorded 7 errors allowing Holdingford to grab the win. Kimball’s Alexis Rose pitched 5 innings, taking the loss, on a 14-hit, 2-strikeout, 6-earned run effort. Winning pitcher Alyssa Ohman threw 6 innings, surrendered 14 hits, struck out 5 and allowed 4 earned runs.
Kimball stats: Lauren Libbesmeier, 3-for-3, and 4 RBI-scored 2 runs, stole 2 bases, and walked twice; Shay Krippner, 3-for-4, and 2 runs scored; Raelynn Callander was 3-for-4, recorded 1 RBI, scored a run and stole 3 bases; Maddison Libbesmeier, Katelyn Lichte, Alexis Rose, Stacy Hurrle, And Shelby Scheifelbein all recorded 1 hit. Lichte, Rose, and Hurrle each recorded 4 stolen bases.
The Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball girls’ and boys’ track and field teams traveled to St. John’s Prep Friday, May 3, for a 7-team showdown. The squads captured second place in their respective divisions. Boys’ coach Jason Mortenson is happy with the results and sees a promising season ahead. “Connor Wittenberg broke the school record in the 110-meter hurdles for Kimball! The team finished second to Maple Lake, again. Our team is getting stronger with many personal bests each meet and we are competing well with all the teams at the meets. Maple Lake is incredibly tough and will probably go to True Team State again this year. We have two more meets to prepare for the conference meet. We basically have our line-up ready, but need to fine-tune a couple of events for the next two meets to see if we can better our chances.” EV-W-K girls’ coach Gordy Schlangen echoes Mortenson’s sentiments. “At St. Johns, the girls’ team had 11 different personal bests in their events. They did a great job and finished second to a tough Maple Lake team.”
Friday, April 26, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) presented 11 high school seniors from the Sixth District with the Congressional Certificate of Merit.
Hannah Zipoy, a senior from Kimball Area High School, was one of the students who received the award.
The 1-4 Kimball Cubs softballers arrived in Upsala Friday,
May 3, for a non-conference battle with the 3-1 Cardinals. Kimball got off to an early lead, scoring two runs in the first inning. But they didn’t stop there, as they added two in the second, and five more in the third. The Cardinals scored two runs in the fourth to cut the lead to 7. Kimball answered back with two runs in the fifth inning, and the Cubs never had less than a 9-run lead from that point on. Smashing out 4 doubles, the Cubs cruised to a 16-5 victory. Kimball’s Alexis Rose is credited with the win. She pitched 7 innings, faced 35 batters, allowed 7 hits, had 9 strike outs, and walked 6 batters.
Osakis Country Club was the site of the Central Minnesota Conference golf meet Monday, May 6, where the young Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins team again found themselves in the cellar. The very inexperienced squad is struggling early, but coach Jason Huschle is patient and understanding. “I’ve asked the kids to focus on getting better every time they get on the course, and so far every player has improved on their previous scores. We still have a long way to go but hopefully this continues, so we keep heading in the right direction.” The competing teams included in the meet were Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins, Maple Lake, Pierz, Rockford and Osakis.
Scoring summary: K-EV-W’s senior Cole Stang, 55; sophomore Logan Schlueter, 55; senior Patrick Latcham, 51; sophomore Cameron Flaschenriem, 50; sophomore Skyler Schiefelbein, 55; eighth-grader Reese Jansen, 50. B-B-E’s Carl Knutson shot 45, HL-W-W’s Jacob Tintes shot 46, Maple Lake’s Aiden Jude shot 44, Pierz’s Dustin Herold shot 41, Rockford’s Ty Griffin shot 42, Osakis’s Paul Hartmann shot 41. Osakis’s Paul Hartmann and Pierz’s Dustin Herold shard Medalist honors with net scores each of 41. Rockford took first Place with a net 173; second Place, Osakis, 184 net; third Place tie, B-B-E and Pierz, 196; fifth Place, HL-W-W, 208 net, sixth Place, Maple Lake, 198; seventh Place, K-EV-W, 211 net.