The KAHS girls won at Ogilvie, 72-40 Tuesday, Feb. 25; they lost at Rockford, 67-50 Thursday; and they lost at home Friday, Feb. 28, to Pierz, 56-45. At Ogilvie,
Kimball jumped out to an 11-0 lead and never trailed. The Cubs took advantage of 19 steals and forced 19 turnovers to create more offensive opportunities. Kimball out-rebounded the Lions, 45-28, to control the boards. Kimball leaders were: Taylor Schreiner 15 points, Madelyn O’Brien 12 rebounds and 3 blocks, Caitlyn O’Brien also had 3 blocks. Taylor Schreiner had 5 steals, Madison Libbesmeier and Hannah Serbus each had 5 assists. Scoring: Madison Libbesmeier, 6; Taylor Schreiner, 15; Hannah Serbus, 8; Kristina Kastanek, 8; Victoria Denn, 2; Madison Hurrle, 1; Abbey Straley, 2; Madelyn O’Brien, 11; Nicole Vossen, 6; Caitlyn O’Brien, 3; Becky Holtz, 10.
The third-seeded Cubs knocked off second-seeded Upsala Saturday, March 1, in the South Sub-Section 5A semifinals, 88-67. Kimball’s Jarred Merchant eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau, as he went an amazing 14-14 from the field en route to a 34-point night. Kimball jumped out to an early lead, hitting its first 8 shots from the field. Merchant had 20 points in the first half and VonWahlde added 15, as the Cubs took a 44-29 advantage into the locker room. Kimball finished the game on a 16-4 run to win by 21. “I don’t know that I have ever been so proud of a team after a game before. We executed the game plan to perfection. The players played their hearts out and left it all on the floor. I don’t know if I could have scripted a better game. Now we face an even tougher test against the number one team in the state – B-B-E. It is going to be fun!” said a very excited coach Jay Klein. Cubs’ scoring summary: Hennen, 8; VonWahlde, 23; Hunt, 15; Serbus, 4; Spaulding, 4; Merchant, 34.
With the convincing victory over the Cardinals, the Cubs earned the right to play in the championship game Tuesday, March 4, against one-seeded BBE. At press time, the game’s outcome was yet to be determined, so … GO GET ’EM, CUBS!
Senior Ben Serbus puts up a jumper during the second half vs Upsala. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
Entering the South Sub-Section 5A playoffs as the No. 3 seed, the Kimball Area Cubs came out firing on all cylinders Thursday, Feb. 27. Jarred Merchant scored 25 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lift the Cubs past No. 6 seed Onamia, 86-47, in the first round of the tournament. Joey VonWahlde poured in 22 points for Kimball and Cameron Hunt recorded all 21 of his points in the first half for the Cubs, who improved to 15-10. Kimball advances on to face Upsala on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. in Little Falls. The Cubs jumped out to a 19-9 lead five minutes into the game and ended the half, up 53-27. Keeping it rolling in the second half, Kimball increased its lead to 30 points at 67-37 and then went on a 15-3 run to build the margin to 42.
Kimball coach Jay Klein was more than satisfied with the effort. “I thought we came out aggressive on both ends of the floor. I was happy with our first-half defense because we really challenged shots and forced them into poor shots. Offensively we did a great job of executing. In the second half, it seemed like everybody chipped in with points, rebounds and other statistics. We had four different players hit threes in the second half. Overall, we did what the number 3-seeded team was supposed to do in the first round of the playoffs.” Cubs’ scoring summary: Schreifels, 3; Mason Hennen, 2; Mathias Hennen, 6; VonWahlde, 22; Hunt, 21; Serbus, 5; Ehlinger, 2; Merchant, 25. The Cubs committed just two turnovers and pulled down an impressive 43 boards.
Jarred Merchant scored his 1,000th career point (and then some) during the Kimball game against Upsala Saturday, March 1. The game was the start of the South 5A
Subsection semifinals. Above is Jarred and his family after the game. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
The 2014 MSHSL State Wrestling Individuals Tourna-ment was held last weekend at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Kimball’s Quinten Berres, in the 132-pound division, fought his way to a State Championship title last Saturday, as he earned a 6-4 decision over Hayfield’s Mason Moreno. Berres wasn’t alone in the accolades department, as a couple of his teammates shined as well. Austin Schiefelbein at 220-pounds, battled his way to the championship bout, and fell just short, grabbing runner-up honors. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City’s Lucas Damm won the match with an 8-3 decision. Capturing a very respectable third Place, 126-pound Blane Tschida claimed a major decision, 12-3, over Chris Ortman from Pierz. Way to go guys … another great year.