The Kimball wrestling crew got back on the winning track Friday, Dec. 20, after journeying to Paynesville and handling the Bulldogs, 39-36. Cubs’ coach Mike Schindler was pleased with the entire team effort. “We were able to get back into the win column against our first section opponent last Friday in Paynesville, who are also ranked in the Lean and Mean in class A. We still have a few kids out, but the rest of the team stepped up and got the job done.” Kimball enters the Christmas break with a 2-7 record and looks forward to competing in the second half of the season with a healthy team. Following the Holiday hiatus, the Cubs open up with an Individual Tournament in Cannon Falls Saturday, Jan. 4, and a battle with conference and section rival Eden Valley-Watkins Tuesday, Jan. 7.
“Against EV-W, we will be having alumni night as well, so we encourage any former wrestlers from either team to come out and support their current team,” said Coach Schindler.
Match Results: Wins by Pins: 106-pound Payton Schiefelbein; 126-pound Blane Tschida; 132-pound Quinten Berres; 152-pound Tanner Schreifels; 160-pound Matt Donnay. Winners by Decision were 138-pound Payton Hanan; 145-pound Brady Mehr; and 220-pound Austin Schiefelbein.
Injuries and flu bugs are part to blame for the Cubs’ 52-19 loss at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg,
Tuesday, Dec. 17. The guys put up a valiant effort, and certain individuals excelled. Kimball junior Blane Tschida claimed his 100th-career win, with a convincing 9-3 decision over Casey Thorson. Senior Austin Schiefelbein had a huge pin over the number-one ranked kid in the state, Chase Norton, at 220 pounds in class A. “As a team, we are wrestling better, and on Friday we look to get a couple more kids back from injury and sickness before the Christmas break. It is early in the season, and we are improving every day, and should be ready by the end of the year to make a good run,” said Mike Schindler.
Bob Merchant, at left, president of the Kimball All-Sports Booster Club, and Brad Donnay, on the right, president of the Kimball Wrestling Booster Club, hold a sign that highlights the donations the clubs have contributed to Kimball Area High School in the last two years, totaling more than $50,000. The signs will be displayed in the two high school gymnasiums. The booster clubs thank the community for your support, so we can continue to support the students and athletes of Kimball. Submitted photo.
The Kimball Cubs fell to 1-4 on the early season, after dropping a 44-42 nail-biter at Belgrade-
Brooten-Elrosa, Tuesday, Dec. 17. The Lady Cubs held a 23-16 halftime lead, but B-B-E outscored Kimball 28-19 in the final stanza. The Cubs led by as many as 8 points in the second half, but B-B-E hit 3 shots from beyond the arc to make a run, and take the lead with about six minutes to play. The game was tied 41-41 with a 1:05 to play. Kimball had some chances, but just couldn’t convert in the exciting finish. The Cubs played better as a team and showed some improvement, despite coming up short on the scoreboard. Kimball was led by sophomore guard Taylor Schreiner with 14 points.
Cubs’ scoring: Becky Holtz, 8; Hannah Serbus, 6; Nicole Vossen, 6; Madelyn O’Brien, 5; Madison Libbesmeier, 2; Caitlyn O’Brien, 1. The Lady Cubs close out the year with a home game tomorrow night against Eden Valley-Watkins, before entering a Holiday Upsala Tournament Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28.
Cubs v Ogilvie, 96-46
Playing a rescheduled game on Monday, Dec. 16, the Kimball boys’ basketball team looked ready to go as they clobbered the visiting Ogilvie Lions, 96-46. Senior guard Cameron Hunt posted a double-double, scoring 14 points and dishing out 15 assists. “We jumped out to an early lead, and at the 7:43 mark we were ahead 45-22. In the second half everybody received a lot of playing time, and we were able to put everyone in the scoring column, which was great,” said Coach Jay Klein. The Cubs charted 29 assists, shot 23/40 from two-point range, 12/32 from downtown, and 14/21 from the free-throw line. “We had eight different players who made at least one three-pointer,” Coach Klein said. Cubs scoring: J. VonWahlde, 21; J. Merchant, 18; C. Hunt, 14; B. Serbus, 7; Mason Hennen, 6; Mathias Hennen, 6; B. Faber, 6; W. Spaulding, 5; N. Overland, 3; B. Schiefelbein, 3; I. Ehlinger, 3; H. Schreifels, 2; A. Marx, 2.