With summer swiftly sliding away, as it is so wont to do, another high school sports term is upon us. Competition gets underway at the end of the month and all concerned are anxious to run, kick, and spike their way through the 2013 season.
• Holly Hansen is the Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball coach for both of the cross country run, girls’ and boys’ teams. “We have been really excited so far about our numbers. We graduated nine talented seniors last year and I was a little nervous that we would have really big shoes to fill. One of the seniors, Raelynn Callander, was a state entrant last season, so she and her teammates will be missed.” Hansen said that they have great underclassmen that will step up and that they should be in good shape. The team has already begun to gel into a very cohesive group, so all signs point to a most successful season. “It is always a little tricky when you are a consolidated team, to get over the fact that during other seasons they are opponents, but in the fall they are a team. This group will have no problems with that as many are returning athletes and those who have joined are right in there,” Coach Hansen said. “We also have enough boys for a complete varsity team which can be a struggle for us. We have a really talented conference and we will be able to compete with them this year.” Their initial competition is slated for 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Maple Lake Irish, out of the Central Minnesota Conference. Assistant coach is Terry Nelson.
• The Kimball Area Cubs volleyball squad is coached by Scott Heinen. “We, the coaching staff of the Kimball volleyball program, are extremely excited about our season. After week one, we have 27 student athletes out for volleyball in grades 9-12.” The kids are very athletic, extremely coachable, and hard-working, according to Heinen. “We will set ambitious goals for the season within our individual teams, and work hard to represent the Kimball school district, the community and the Central Minnesota Conference in a prideful manner,” said Coach Heinen. The high school team has an entirely new coaching staff this year, and Scott Heinen was recently hired as the new varsity volleyball coach. Heinen and his wife Patty have four boys and they live in the St. Cloud area. “We are extremely happy to have Whitney Gettler as the JV coach. She is a new teacher in the district and she brings a lot of ambition, character, and enthusiasm to our program. We are lucky to have such a valuable asset like Whitney joining our organizations. Katie Pettit is joining our staff and the school district as a high school math teacher and C-squad coach. She is very personable; we love her math abilities that we lack (ha ha); and we are enthused to have a former Howard Lake setter and conference foe in the volleyball program,” Heinen said. The first match is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Aug. 27, at the Ogilvie Lions, from the Great River Conference.
• The Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles volleyball team is coached by Andrea
Huschle. “This year we have a fresh, new team. We graduated nine seniors from last year with two varsity players returning. We have a great group of girls who have been working very hard throughout the summer and during the first week of practice.” The girls, according to Coach Huschle, have many goals this year. “Some of them include being in the top half of the conference, having a winning record, and performing at our highest level at all of our tournaments.” This is Andrea’s fourth season as head coach and the staff is the same as last year. “I just recently got married so the name change is taking a bit for everyone to get used to. Erin Schoumaker is the JV coach and Jessica
Miller will be the C-squad coach. I have a great staff to work with every day, and they possess great knowledge about the game of volleyball. We work very well together and we are all striving to make EV-W volleyball a strong, successful program.” They look forward to their first match at home, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27, vs. the Paynesville Area Bulldogs, of the West Central Conference.
• Coach Jamie Leither heads up the
Kimball Area Cubs football team. “The 2013 Kimball football team welcomed 35 players from grades 9-12, at the Aug. 12 registration. We return eight starters on offense and eight starters on defense. We are looking to replace 10 seniors from last year’s 5-5 season.” The Cubs return four linemen from last year, along with a quarterback and a running back. The coaching staff looks the same as last year except for one change. “Micheal Bolton had to resign for work-related reasons. He did a great job for us last year as defensive coordinator, and he will be missed. Tyler Filzen will be in his first year as a coach for the Cubs. Tyler will coach wide receivers and safeties,”
Leither said. The coaching crew includes Jamie Leither as head coach, and Lloyd Danzisen, Sam Rossman, Nate Osmundson, and Adam Beyer, as assistants. The CMC looks to be a very competitive conference again this year. The Cubs dropped to class 1A this year and will be in a very tough section. They begin the battle at 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 30, at the Jordan Hubmen, a Class 3A team that went to the state tournament last year, and represent the Minnesota River Conference. The regular conference schedule starts Friday, Sept. 6, as the Cubs invade the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars’ gridiron.
• Coach Jon Thielen is at the helm for the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles football team. “We have only four returning starters on offense and two on defense. We have to play a lot of young players, so we are not sure how or where everyone will be playing when we get started. The scrimmage should teach us a lot about what we have.” The Eagles first game is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Mayer Lutheran Crusaders, who are from the Minnesota River Conference.
The 2013 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 www.mshsl.org.