Senior Austyn Schlueter came into this year’s Track season with a goal of making it to State in Shotput and breaking the school record. He broke the school record early in the season and would break his own record a few more times throughout the season. But at Sections he crushed the old school record of 45’ 10” with a state qualifying throw of 51’ 1/2”. He will compete on Friday June 7th at Hamline college. Photo courtesy Vanessa Schlueter.
Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball Track and Field team competed May 29 in Sections at St. John’s University and are pictured together here. From left to right, in back are Thomas Neumann, DeShaun James, DJ Stewart, Austin Marx, Austin Pelkey, Torey Rohloff, Shadly Callahan, Kirby Knutson, Austyn Schlueter, and Connor Wittenberg. In front are Macey M. Hurrle, Abbey Straley, Malina Röttgermann, Emily Donnay, Brittany Hesse, and Allie Seth. Photo courtesy Vanessa Schlueter.
The Kimball Class of 2013 tossed their mortarboards in the air after being proclaimed “graduated.” Earlier in the evening, Alissa Jones, Hannah Zipoy, and Jonathan Bisila gave speeches about the past, present, and future of the class. School board members Tom Schreiner and Tim Zipoy distributed diplomas to
the new graduates, including to their daughters Paiten Schreiner and Hannah Zipoy. Superintendent John Tritabaugh was superintendent for Torey Rohloff’s graduation this year, and for Torey’s father Todd (from ACGC) some years ago. There are five Kimball Area families with graduates from both high school and elementary: the Blanchards, Foxes, Schreiners, Traurigs, and Wills all had graduates from 12th grade and 6th grade on Thursday, May 30, 2013. Congratulations to all! Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
Anticipation was high going into the Section meet held at SJU for seniors Austin Pelkey and Connor Wittenberg. They were looking for a repeat of last year and qualifying to go to State by winning the 4x400 Relay competition. Connor went into the Section competing in 4 events as well as Pelkey. Both competitive athletes with the talent to get them to the next level. Connor would qualify to advance in the 110 hurdles. Pelkey ran his 200 prelim and then on his first longjump he pulled a muscle; so bad that he was unable to compete in the rest of his events. He was devastated; his dreams of advancing to state in his sprints, the 200 and 400, or the longjump, or the relay were gone. So Austin Marx, the alternate filled in. But mentally the downed team mate might have hindered the relay team’s hopes. They finished fourth.
With the softball season quickly fading, the Kimball girls’ fast pitch team was flawless on May 16 at home, taking a double-dipper from Pierz, 8-7 and 3-0. The lady Cubs committed just one error all day and Coach Eric Primus was very pleased. “It was a win we needed. The girls work very hard in practice, and our record doesn’t show how good they really are.” The Cubs pounded out 11 hits in the double header. Game one was fast and furious, with Kimball scoring first in the second inning. They held the lead for just an inning as Pierz scored five runs in the top of the third. The Kimball gals trumped that effort with two more runs of their own in the bottom of the third inning. In the fourth inning, Megan Bozer hit a solo shot, making the score 6-3, Pierz. Pierz scored another run in the 5th inning, making the score 7-3. Kimball answered back with 4 runs in the sixth inning, tying the game at 7-7. Two Pierz batters got on in the sixth inning, but Kimball shut them down and got out of the mess. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Stacy Hurrle took a walk. Raelynn Callander doubled, and the speedy Hurrle circled the bases, scoring the winning run.