The Kimball wrestling squad looked sharp in the 2014 Class A-Section 5 Team Tournament recently. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the No. 2-seeded Cubs pounded No. 5-seeded Browerville, 63-12 in the quarterfinal round at Kimball. In the semifinals on Friday, Feb. 14 at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School, Kimball eliminated Osakis, the No. 3 seed, 53-24. That set up the championship match later that evening between Kimball and No. 1-seeded ACGC. The highly-favored Atwater club didn’t disappoint, taking the match and the section title, 57-7.
Browerville match results: 106 Michael Donnay, PIN; 120 Joseph Donnay, PIN 0:55; 126 Blane Tschida, Forfeit; 132 Quinten Berres, Forfeit; 138 Brady Mehr, PIN; 145 Matt Donnay, Dec.; 152 Markus Mehr, PIN; 170 Tanner Schreifels, PIN; 195 Devon Kelley, PIN; 220 Austin Schiefelbein, PIN.
The Kimball Area High School wrestlers traveled to Long Prairie Thursday, Feb. 6, and came out on top in three matches at the quadrangular. They beat Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, 57-18; Minnewaska, 51-25; and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, 66-15. Blane Tschida (132) and Quinten Berres (138) both went 3-0 for the Cubs.
Kimball wins vs. Minnewaska: (106) Payton Schiefelbein; (126) Zach Stein; (132) Blane Tschida; (138) Quinten Berres; (160) Markus Mehr; (182) Brandon Loch; (195) Devon Kelley; (220) Austin Hentges; (285) Austin Schiefelbein.
The Kimball fourth-grade girls’ basketball team took first place this past weekend in the Kimball Bear Claw Classic Tournament. Game scores were: 12-8, 18-4, 27-6 and 14-6. The team, left to right, are Leah Schiefelbein, Emma Antigua, Chelsea Carlson, Jayme Randall, Luci Schiefelbein, Taylor Maurer, Madelyn Hunt, Morgan Garding, and Brianna Loehrer. Not pictured are Ellie Wicker, coach Amanda Garding, coach Jim Hunt and “manager” Grant Garding. Submitted photo.
With just a handful of regular season games remaining, the Kimball boys’ basketball team looked to capture a big win at conference-rival Maple Lake Thursday, Feb. 6. However, the Irish had the same idea and dealt the Cubs a 76-65 loss. Kimball now drops below .500 in the Central Minnesota Conference standings at 5-6, and moves to a respectable 12-7 overall mark. Jarred Merchant topped the Kimball effort with 22 points. The game went back and forth the whole first half, and was tied at 24 with 7:08 to play in the half. Kimball pulled ahead by three late in the half, only to turn the ball over a few times as Maple Lake took a 1-point lead at the half, 36-35. Early in the second half, the game stayed close. After Maple Lake’s top player picked up his fourth foul, the Cubs built a 7-point lead at 48-41 with 11:26 remaining. On the next two possessions, the Irish hit consecutive 3-pointers to cut the lead to 1. Kimball trailed 54-53, with fewer than seven minutes to play. Over the next three minutes, Maple Lake went on an 11-3 run and basically sealed the game. “We had a lot of bad turnovers during that stretch and did not play under control. It was a very disappointing game against a team we thought we had a chance to beat,” said Coach Jay Klein. Game scoring summary: Hennen, 15;
VonWahlde, 8; Hunt, 10; Serbus, 5; Spaulding, 5; Merchant, 22.
Junior Jarred Merchant fights for a shot vs. Maple Lake. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
The Kimball girls started the week at home Monday, Feb. 3, hosting Eden Valley-Watkins; and ended the week playing at Holdingford, Friday, Feb. 7. The Cubs lost to the Eagles, 55-31 and came out on the losing end to Holdingford, 61-41. Hannah Serbus led the Cubs with 11 points. Kimball now stands at 0-9 in the conference and 3-15 overall.