There will be a Football “Meet the Cubs” tailgating party at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. This will be at the Kimball Area High School football field for anyone who supports Kimball Area High School football.
The cost is $5 per person, they will grill the brats and provide the fixings.
This is an opportunity for any and all supporters to come out and get together and discuss the upcoming 2014 football season. You will get a chance to meet the players, coaches and other supporters of the Kimball Area High School football program.
The Kimball 10U Softball White team wrapped up its season in July participating in the Crow River Fastpitch League, the Crow River Season-ending Tournament, and the Kimball Fastpitchtournament this summer. Improvement was the name of the game for these girls as many were first-year players in the sport. The season got off to a rocky start as the team struggled to hit the ball offensively and player confidence was shaky.
Summer is once again on its way out, and area high school athletes are chomping at the bit to get a new fall season underway. Coaches and student athletes are optimistic and look forward to successful journeys in 2014.
Enthusiastic as ever is EV-W-K cross country head coach Holly Hansen, now in her 13th season at the helm, along with 14-year assistant coach Terry Nelson. “My team is going to be exciting to watch this fall. I have lots of talent and some new recruits,” coach Hansen said. The entire cross country varsity team from last year is returning, including Emily Donnay, who completed her first season last year with a 10th place finish at state. “I have some athletes who have been training all summer, taking part in 5Ks, and I am looking to them to provide some racing leadership this season,” added coach Hansen. Coach says there are good numbers coming in on the boys’ team, and she is very excited to build that program as well. “The boys I have had in the past are well seasoned and will be great leaders for the new recruits. It is always interesting to see how my teams from the two schools come together and become a competitive and cohesive team.”
First-year Kimball football coach Joe Brennan sees a highly competitive team in his Cubs. “I expect that my players will do all of the basics of the game of football like run hard, block well, and tackle tough. I also expect my players to “Attack the Day.” What I mean by that is that each individual day we are going to go out and give it our maximum effort to become better. That will obviously take place on the football field but also in the classroom and at home.” Brennan says they will be led by Tyler Smith and Ted Zipoy, who are both huge parts of the offensive and defensive lines. “I also expect Troy Filzen to have a great season for us. He has picked up very fast with our “O” and “D” schemes, and he just has a nose to find the football,” said coach. He continued to say that he expects Brady Mehr, a state entrant wrestler, to have a big part of both sides of the ball as well. “I also am excited to see what Jarred Merchant and Will Spaulding can do for the Kimball Cubs, as both had great summer lifting workouts,” Coach Brennan said. The very adept supporting coaching staff includes Jason Mortenson (defense); Ty Filzen (9th grade, JV); Sam Rossman (9th grade, JV); Ken Mehr (general staff); Tim Rahkola (offensive/defensive lines). “As a new coach coming in, I am only basing what I have seen in our summer strength and speed program. We will adjust our roster to the talents of the players that we have. We will try to get the best 11 on “O”, the best 11 on “D” and the best 11 on special teams. Having about 25 guys in that program, it will be great to see their hard work this summer paying off this fall,” Brennan said.
Looking to have a fun and exciting season, Kimball volleyball coach Scott Heinen is anxious to get underway. “This season we feature five seniors who are all workers. They will be instrumental in enabling us to set and achieve the goals we set, and we are thrilled to get started with them.” Alongside those seniors are an athletic group of juniors, and sophomores, who will not only challenge each other, but bring very dynamic athleticism to the courts. Last, but certainly not least are the exciting, incoming ninth graders. “There are a large number of them, who we, as the coaches have seen, are volleyball intelligent, and have been coached well through their junior high experiences,” Heinen said. “We are extremely pleased to have met Byron, the new activities director. He has been nothing but exceptionally helpful and personable this pre-season. We are glad to welcome him to our team,” added coach. The Cubs’ assistant coaching staff consists of Whitney Gettler and Katie Pettit, who return for their second season together. Heinen said that they are resourceful coaches who pull more than their own weight, on and off of the court. “Good luck to all the other fall sports. We in the volleyball program are some of your biggest fans and supporters. GO CUBS!” said coach Heinen.
Eden Valley-Watkins volleyball team head coach Andrea Huschle looks forward to a great 2014 season. “We have had a great summer with a lot of participation from our athletes. We will be returning five seniors who have experience and great leadership from last year. Our underclass men are very strong as well.” The Eagles’ new season goal is to be competitive and improve day by day. Huschle begins her fifth season as head coach. Her assistant staff is represented by Erin Schoumaker, JV coach (7th year) and Jessica Miller, C-squad coach (3rd year). “I am excited to see what these girls can accomplish,” Huschle added.
Head coach Jon Thielen sees a bright season ahead for the football Eagles. “We believe with the experience coming back, we should be able to compete in every game in the last year of the Central Minnesota Conference.” The Eagles have about six returning starters on offense, led by seniors Jared Streit, Tim Lux, Cody Schlangen and Austin Schlangen, while the defense brings back seven starters. Some of the other players who have experience from last season are Deshaun James, Travis Thielen, John Salzl, Reese Jansen, and Thomas Schmitt. “Our main question going into the season is the quarterback position,” added coach Thielen. Travis Thielen and Reese Jansen will be vying for that spot with the other one ending up playing receiver. Some of the players who will get playing time Friday nights are Nick Faber, Jordan Unterberger, Tanner Flaschenriem, Greg Lux, Jake Streit, Luke Ludwig, and Markell Rairez. The remainder of the EV-W coaching staff consists of Rob Pederson, Chad Stanwick, Adam Langer, Dave Schneider, and Ryan Tri.
The 2014 high school fall sports season promises to be a highly competitive and fun-filled experience for participants and fans alike. Full schedules are available on the individual school’s websites or by visiting the Minnesota State High School League website at http://mshsl.org/mshsl/index.asp. Good Luck, All!
It’s time for the KIMBALL CUBS Youth Football!
Touch Football Program for students entering grades 1-2
When: 9-10 a.m. Saturdays, Sept 6, 13, 20 & 27
Where: Kimball High School Football Field
5th & 6th Grade Tackle Football
Sign up, equipment handout is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the KImball Area High School.
When: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays starting Tuesday,
Where: Kimball Area High School Football Field
Kimball Wrestling Booster Club presents Steak by the Lake at the Schiefelbein Farms Cottage, 74208 360th St. in Kimball.
Join them 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15. Cost is $12 per person; ages 7 and younger are free.
BYOB, sweet corn, boat rides, volleyball, bean bags, great food and fun, and root beer is on tap.
Proceeds will go to coaching for the wrestling program.