The Kimball girls’ basketball team surely knows how to entertain. Following a last second 2-point victory at Collegeville last week, the Cubs were at it again. But this time the girls
decided to treat the faithful to a double overtime show. Cubs’ sophomore Taylor Schreiner rallied for 18 points, but it wasn’t enough, as Kimball fell to the Maple Lake Irish, 45-42, in the Friday, Jan. 10, conference game. It took a while for both teams to warm up as the first half was a display of cold shooting and careless turnovers, but in the second half, the entertainment value rose substantially. Maple Lake stretched their 1-point halftime lead to 9 points with a 32-23 lead with six minutes to play. Cubs’ sophomore guards Taylor
Schreiner and Madison Libbesmeier stepped up by taking turns connecting on 3-point attempts to help Kimball get the score tied 34-34 with three minutes to play.
The Kimball boys’ basketball team hosted Eden Valley-Watkins Thursday, Jan. 9, but the Eagles weren’t too neighborly, handing the Cubs a 64-51 loss. Kimball’s Jarred
The Kimball boys’ basketball team hosted Eden Valley-Watkins Thursday, Jan. 9, but the Eagles weren’t too neighborly, handing the Cubs a 64-51 loss. Kimball’s JarredMerchant poured in 14 points and Cameron Hunt added a dozen of his own, but the Eagles overcame a 4-point Cubs’ halftime advantage, to take the win. “In the first half we did not play very well offensively. We had a number of bad turnovers, probably 8 or 9. Defensively, we played better than the last few games which kept us in it at the half, leading by 4. In the second half, EV-W stepped up their defensive intensity and we did not match it,” Coach Jay Klein said. The Cubs took too many shots early in their possessions, allowing the Eagles to slack off on defense.
The Lady Cubs’ basketball team traveled to Upsala Friday, Dec. 27, to participate in a two-day Holiday Classic tournament. Kimball’s Becky Holtz hit a shot as time expired to lift the Cubs to a 55-54 win over the host Cardinals’ squad. The game saw 13 lead changes, and Kimball lead by as many as 8 points, holding a 29-27 halftime edge. The Cardinals hit a three-point shot to take the lead 54-53 with just over two minutes left in the game. Kimball’s last offensive possession came with 8.5 seconds left, when sophomore guard Madison Libbesmeier drove the lane and found sophomore forward Becky Holtz open near the basket, who knocked down the winning shot as time expired. Kimball scoring: Taylor Schreiner 14; Hannah Serbus 5; Tina Kastanek 2; Mady O’Brien 12; Nicole Vossen 5; Caitlin O’Brien 4; Becky Holtz 13. Rebounding leaders were Vossen with 13, Holtz with 11, Mady O’Brien with 8, and Caitlin O’Brien with 5.
The Kimball wrestling squad participated in the Cannon Falls Invitational Saturday, Jan. 4, following a lengthy Holiday break. Coach Mike Schindler is pleased with the team’s performance. “After having two weeks off for the Christmas break, we came out wrestling a little flat, but overall we had a pretty good tournament. We placed eight out of 14 kids and placed fifth overall as a team.” Kimball’s senior Austin Schiefelbein recorded his 100th career win in the first round of the tournament. The Cubs were led by co-captains Blane Tschida and Quinten Berres, who both won their weight classes.
Summary: 106 Payton Schiefelbein fourth place; 126 Blane Tschida first place; 132 Quinten Berres first place; 138 Brady Mehr fourth place; 152 Markus Mehr third place; 160 Matt Donnay sixth place; 195 Devon Kelley fifth place; 220 Austin Schiefelbein fourth place. On Tuesday, Jan. 7, the Cubs are scheduled to wrestle Eden Valley Watkins at home. This is also their Alumni night and the youth program plans to wrestle before the varsity. Then Friday Kimball travels to Osakis for a dual meet tournament.
Guild Hall in Collegeville was silenced suddenly Friday, Jan. 3, when St. John’s Prep’s Ellen Arnold fired up a 3-pointer in the waning seconds of a non-conference contest with the Kimball Cubs; only to see it rim out and see the Cubs slip out with a 41-39 victory. The game was a well-played, exciting ordeal, which the Johnnies’ 19-18 halftime advantage can attest. Kimball reclaimed the lead when Nicole Vossen hit a 3-point bucket to begin the second half. The Cubs built their lead to 27-19, before St. John’s finally scored seven minutes into the second half. The Johnnies fought back and eventually took the lead 37-36 with 3:05 to play. The game was tied at 39 with one minute to play, when a free-throw by Mady O’Brien gave Kimball a 40-39 lead with 33 seconds left. Becky Holtz drilled a free-throw with 5.8 seconds left to give Kimball a 41-39 lead and ultimate victory. Junior center Madelyn O’Brien finished with 11 and sophomore forward Rebeckah Holtz scored 9 to lead Kimball, who now stands at 3-6 overall and remain 0-2 in conference play. SJP’s Cora Griffin finished with 21 points, leading the Johnnies, who stand at 1-7 on the year. Kimball scoring: Madison Libbesmeier 2, Taylor Schreiner 3, Hannah Serbus 3, Victoria Denn 2, Madelyn O’Brien 11, Nicole Vossen 8, Caitlyn O’Brien 1, Rebeckah Holtz 9.