The Kimball basketball boys journeyed to Howard Lake Friday, Jan. 31, to take on a tough Lakers bunch. Despite a gaudy 13-point Cubs’ halftime advantage, a second-half hometown flurry gave Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted the ultimate 66-59 victory. Junior Joey VonWahlde topped Kimball
with 26 points in the Central Minnesota Conference clash. The Lakers scored the first two points of the game and the Cubs scored the next 20. Howard Lake managed to whittle the score down to 37-24 at the half. To start the second half, the Lakers went on an 8-0 run, and with 13:01 left, they regained the lead 41-39. The game stayed close the rest of the way, but Kimball could not quite overcome Lake’s momentum. “Joey VonWahlde stepped up and played a great game, popping for 19 points in the first half. In the second half, we struggled shooting the ball, missing a lot of lay-ups,” Coach Jay Klein said. Game scoring summary: Hennen, 3; VonWahlde, 28; Hunt, 12; Spaulding, 4; Merchant, 12.
Whether they like playing makeup games or just prefer playing on a Saturday at home, the Kimball boys’ basketball team came out firing on all cylinders Feb. 1, as they handed their rival Rockford Rockets a 75-62 loss. The lead went back and forth with Rockford taking a 38-34 advantage into the halftime break. Rockford started the second half on a 6-0 run to gain a 10-point lead. The Cubs gradually worked their way back into the game and VonWahlde hit a three to tie it at 54 with 6:58 left. After the Rockets took a 2-point lead (56-54), Mathias Hennen’s three gave the hometowners a lead they would never again relinquish. Mathias went a sparkling 6/6 from downtown in the second half, and the victorious Cubs finished the game on an impressive 29-10 run.
Celebrating parents’ night and alumni night, the Kimball wrestlers invited Pierz and Rockford to the party on Thursday, Jan. 30. The Cubs, like so many others in the past, fell to the ninth-ranked and undefeated (19-0) Pioneers, 51-18. At 126 pounds, Kimball’s Blane Tschida, ranked second in the state, beat sixth-ranked Chris Ortman, 8-3. Kimball’s Quinten Berres, who is ranked No.1, won by pin at 132 pounds. Brady Mehr, 138 lbs., was victorious by decision. Tschida and Berres both went 2-0, as did Kimball senior Austin Scheifelbein at 220 pounds.
Saturday, Jan. 25, the Kimball seventh-grade boys traveled to Olivia for a tournament. The team lost its first match to BOLD, then beat New Ulm and B-B-E to take fifth place in the
tournament. The boys were coached by Jarry Cole. It was a great day of basketball. In the photo, in front, left to right are Brendan Maurer, Jake Traurig, Carl Blanchard, and DeAndre Borge. In back are Riley Miller, Zack Streit, Casey Gohmann, Noah Jurek, Drew Gustafson and Coach Jarry Cole. Submitted photo.
The Kimball wrestling squad met up with Eden Valley-Watkins Saturday, Feb. 1, at Kimball in a makeup match from Jan. 7. The Cubs were tough and ag
gressive and dominated the Eagles, 54-23. Michael Donnay, Blane Tschida, Quinten Berres, and Matt Donnay, each earned pins in the contest. “We had another good week for wrestling. We had three Central Minnesota Conference matches and we went 2-1, beating Rockford and Eden Valley-Watkins; and losing to ninth-ranked Pierz. We continue to wrestle well as the end of the season comes near,” coach Mike Schindler said. Blane Tschida, Quinten Berres, and Austin Schiefelbein continue to lead the team and all went 3-0 this week with Quinten picking up his 150th career win.
Wednesday is the team seeding meeting for the section tournament. Thursday, the Cubs travel to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle to take on the host school along with Minnewaska, and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted. Then wrapping up on Friday, Kimball goes to the Albany Individual Tournament.