The Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins girls’ golf team looked good Monday, May 13, at the Pierz golf course, as they finished third in the 7-team Central Minnesota Conference showdown.
Coach Kristine O’Brien is impressed with the progress of her golfers, given the delayed start to the season. “Since the weather has gotten nice, the season has been a whirlwind. We have had two to three meets a week, making it difficult to work on skills between competitions. I feel like the season has gone well so far, thanks to the strong play of Nicole Vossen and Paiten Schreiner. Sophomores Maddy O’Brien and Hannah Serbus have been playing consistently, keeping their scores in the low 50s. Junior Erin Salo and seventh-grader Trinity Erickson are continually improving in their first year as varsity players. We are currently 19 shots behind B-B-E for third place, and hope to make up some ground in the next three meets.”
The Dave Sieben Invitational track meet was held at Albany High School in Melrose last Thursday, May 9, attracting 15 women’s teams and 14 men’s teams, offering 18 competitive events in each category. Men’s coach Jason Mortenson is pleased with the athletes’ efforts and remains confident of a successful season. “Last night at the Melrose Dave Sieben Invite, the ladies took 6th out of 15, and the guys took 2nd out of 14 teams. Other than the weather the meet was good for us. Connor Wittenberg tied the school record in the high jump at 6’3”! This was our final prep for our conference meet in Pierz next week, and the subsection meet at B-B-E the week after.” EV-W-K ladies’ coach Gordy Schlangen has no complaints about what he witnessed. “The girls competed hard at a very large Melrose meet and finished strong. There were a lot of good times and distances. Hopefully this effort can carry over to our conference meet next week.”
Evangel University, Springfield, Mo., dean’s list for fall 2012; grade point average of 3.6 or higher:
Maria Ann Donnay, daughter of John and Chris Donnay of Kimball, sophomore with a major in biology.
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.”