The Kimball/Eden-Valley-Watkins’ boys’ golf team dusted off the clubs Monday, April 21, at Blackberry Ridge in Sartell. Preparing for the end-of-year section meet, the Section 6AA Pre-Section Meet is a chance for the kids to “hone-up” their skills. It provides an opportunity for the guys to play the course with other teams and competitors within the section. “It was a tough day, with the wind blowing like it was. We didn’t play our best golf, but it is early in the year, and we’ll continue to try to improve every meet,” coach Jason Huschle said.
Meet Results/Team: first, St. Cloud Cathedral, 324; second, Staples/Motley, 335; third, Becker, 349. The gathering featured 16 teams and K-EV-W finished tied for 13th place, with a net 423.
Meet Results/Individual: Tied first, 77 net, Kyle Haag/SCC; Andrew Israelson/SM; Tied third, 80, Jackson Fluck/Becker; David Molinari/Zimmerman. Kimball/EV-W: Tied 31st, Tommy Wuertz, 95; Tied 41st, Reese Jansen, 100; Tied 60th, Tony DeJuliannie, 108; 80th, Cameron Flaschenriem, 123; 81st, Nathan Vossen, 124.
Head girls’ track and field coach Gordy Schlangen is pleased with the kids’ efforts, despite the tough competition at the Tuesday, April 22, five-team ROCORI Invitational. “We had a meet last night at ROCORI against some really good teams. Many of our girls had very good individual times and distances, but the competition was as good as anything that we will see this year.” Some highlights were the 4x800 relay of Courtney Geislinger, Chelsey Barthel, Amaya Lyrek, and Emily Donnay, finishing third. EV-W-K’s top two throwers Raevon Willner and Ariel Laabs finished first and third in shot, and fourth and fifth in the discus. The women’s team competition was won by ROCORI, and the men’s team competition was won by Willmar.
Kimball Area High School is off to a great start for its first year ever of High School Trap Shooting. We have a team of 19 athletes. Every week the athletes shoot 50 birds and the top 15 scores in our team contribute to our points standing. There are 5 total weeks of competition and at the end they will have a Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Championship (June 6) and a Minnesota State High School League Championship (June 14).
We would like to thank everyone for their support of the Athletes and this program. A special “Thank You” goes out to the
Kimball Rod and Gun Club, Kimball Sports Boosters, Thunderin’ Toms NWTF Chapter, and Scheels for their donations to help make this program a success.
The girls just couldn’t get it going Tuesday, April 22, as they lost to the visiting Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers, 21-1. Howard Lake got off to an early lead in the top of the first, when Cozette Eastman hit a 3-run homerun off of Emily Utecht. In the second inning, Howard Lake added 16 runs off of 7 hits, including two round trippers – a grand slam by Cozette Eastman and a 2-run shot by Taylor Smida, hit off of pitcher Alexis Rose. Kimball’s lone run came in the second inning when Shelby Schiefelbein crossed the plate. The Lakers would score
2 more times in the fourth inning, when Hathaway Heber hit a 2-run blast off of Maddison Libbesmeier.
Highlights for the Cubs: Shelby Schiefelbein 2 for 2, 1 run scored. Maddison Libbesmeier struck out five batters in three innings of work. The losing pitcher was Emily Utecht.
Highlights for Howard Lake: Cozette Eastman 4 for 4, 2 home runs, 6 RBI, 1 stolen base; Mikayla Kittock 2 for 4; Hathaway Heber 1 for 4, 2-run home run; Taylor Smida 1 for 3, 2-run home run; The winning pitcher was Sam Loebertmann.
Mother Nature has stepped up to the plate again, and the Cubs spring schedule is rapidly turning to confetti. Thus far, Kimball has played only three and postponed eight games.
In the season opener, the Cubs traveled to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City to play a non-conference game and won, 5-1. Mathias Hennen got the start on the mound for the Cubs and had a nice outing, going six innings, scattering six hits, walking one, striking out one, and allowing no earned runs. Offensively, the Cubs were led by Cameron Hunt, 3 for 4, 2 runs scored, and Mitch Klein, 2 for 4, with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. “We, as a team, played very good defense, especially considering we didn’t have any practices on a baseball field up to that point,” Coach Adam Beyer said.