The Kimball Area Cubs volleyball girls entered the Dassel-Cokato tournament Saturday, Sept. 28, and showed well, winning two of four matches. They beat Eden Valley-Watkins and St. Cloud Tech. Their two losses came at the hands of host Dassel-Cokato and a good Sibley bunch. “The tournament was a great time, and the team played together with everyone using their individual skill sets,” Cubs’ coach Scott Heinen said. He said the girls personality traits of determination, celebration, encouragement, and competitiveness were instrumental in how well they played.
The Kimball Cubs 14U fastpitch softball team competed this past Sunday, Sept. 29, in Minnetonka at the Minnesota Metro Fastpitch League State Tournament. This year marked the first year that these girls competed in a fall softball league, and for many of them the first time they played at the 14U level.
Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball’s Emily Donnay finished first on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Invitational. Capping her second winning race of the year, Donnay finished an 11-whopping seconds clear of second-place finisher Emilie Berry of Mayer Lutheran-Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity. Next up for EV-W-K is the Litchfield Invitational at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Litchfield Golf Club.
The Kimball Area volleyball team had a road trip scheduled last week, and the first stop was at Annandale for a non-conference match Tuesday, Sept. 24. Despite Madison and Macey Hurrle’s 15 and 20 kills, respectively, the Cubs were topped by the Cardinals 3-1. (22-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-21). Kimball’s Alexis Rose had 11 digs and went 15-15 serving, and Hollie Donnay finished with 35 set assists. Coach Scott Heinen says there’s plenty of time left to have a successful season. “Annandale was a good opponent and the Kimball community was a great crowd. It was a tough loss, as we are looking to rebound for the next part of our season. We have a month left and the most crucial part at the end of next month. We will continue to strive to be ready for playoff volleyball.”
The Kimball Area football team traveled to Maple Lake last Friday night, September 27, in search of their first victory but came away disappointed. Maple Lake was up for the challenge as they jumped out early, taking a 23-6 advantage into the halftime break. Each team tallied 20 second half points, resulting in a runaway victory for the Irish, 43-26. “The Cubs fought hard this week down two starters against a very good team. We need to continue to improve ourselves and look toward making noise in the playoffs,” Kimball Coach Jamie Leither said.
Senior Nate Overland blocks a Maple Lake defender as senior Austin Schiefelbein breaks a tackle to gain some extra yards Sept. 27. Staff photos by Marguerite Laabs.