The Kimball Area wrestlers were up for the task on Saturday, Feb. 22, as they fought for the individual right to move on to the state tournament. Coach Mike Schindler was proud of the effort. “We had a very good weekend. We had two open weight classes going into the section tournament because of sickness and injuries, and of the 12 kids that wrestled, 10 of them placed in the tournament. Four of our guys qualified for the state tournament, with two champions and two runners-up. We wrestled very well and our conditioning really showed as we had to move the section tournament from a two-day event to a one-day marathon.”
Honing up for playoffs, the Cubs defeated Swanville Monday, Feb. 17, at home, 78-64. Junior Jarred Merchant led Kimball to the non-
conference win with 29 points and 15 rebounds. Senior Cameron Hunt had 20 points and 11 assists and junior Joey VonWahlde added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Cubs (14-9). Hennen had 5 points, Overland had 2, Spaulding finished with 4, and Serbus had a point.
The Cubs jumped out to an early lead and held that lead throughout the half. A run at the end of the half gave them a 9-point lead at the break, 38-29. Kimball surrendered 11 offensive rebounds, as Swanville made a run to cut the lead to three, 53-50. Joey VonWahlde answered with a three that helped Kimball go on a 20-8 run to seal the game. “I was not very happy with our defense and with how sloppy we played with a double-digit lead late in the game. We will have to fix these things if we want to make a run in the playoffs,” said coach Jay Klein. The Cubs’ first-round playoff game is at 7 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 27, in Kimball vs. a good Onamia team.
Joey VonWahlde goes up for a shot and gets fouled by the Swanville defender Feb. 17. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
The Section 5A wrestling tournament was held Saturday, Feb. 22, at Kimball. (Originally scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday, all school events were
cancelled Friday because of the winter storm, and the tournament was held all in one day.)
Six young men will represent Kimball and Eden Valley-Watkins schools at the State Wrestling Tournament that will begin Thursday, Feb. 27, and run through Saturday, March 1. Four will wrestle for Kimball, and two for EV-W. Three will wrestle as Section Champs (Blane Tschida, Quinten Berres, and Cain Renner.)
Kimball’s Quinten Berres wins over ACGC’s Tyler Berghuis in Sections at KAHS Saturday, Feb. 22
The 13th annual Kimball Basketball Alumni Tournament showcased a close championship game between the 1998-2001 team and the 2006-2007 team. The 2006-2007 team came into the contest as the defending champions and took a commanding 10-point lead early in the championship game. By hafltime, the lead was trimmed to a 4-point margin. In the second half, from the class of 1999 Justin Schmitz came off the bench to hit 4 consecutive 3-point baskets, and one of them he was even fouled and converted a 4-point play. With Schmitz (MVP of the championship game) saving his best for the final game, gave the 98-01 team a lead they would not relinquish and would etch their name in history on the “S.O.B. Bar and Grill”-sponsored championship trophy. In the third-place game, the 2008-2010 team defeated team 2004.
Traveling to Milaca Monday, Feb. 10, the Kimball Cubs dropped a non-conference battle with the Wolves, 71-56. Junior Mike Garber had 16 points and led Milaca to the victory. Junior Jarred Merchant led the way for Kimball with 20 points, and senior Cameron Hunt added 16 for the Cubs.
Tuesday, Feb. 11, Kimball lost at Eden Valley, 63-55, in a conference clash. Game scoring summary: Hennen 3, VonWahlde 10, Hunt 8, Serbus 2, Spaulding 10, Merchant 22. Kimball jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game. EV-W answered and was leading 18-14 at the 6:42 mark. The halftime score was 25-28 in favor of the Eagles. The Cubs again took the lead in the beginning of the second half, 30-29. The game stayed close until Kimball’s five-point lead with 4:30 to play. “We had a lead at 52-49 on a 3-pointer by Will Spaulding. EV-W then went on a 19-6 run to end the game. Turnovers hurt us down the stretch as we coughed it up four times in the last four minutes. I was really happy with our defensive effort for the most part. We just need to do a better job of taking care of the ball late in the game. We also need to utilize our inside game a little more,” said coach Jay Klein.