The Kimball football boys had a date at Pierz High School stadium on Friday, Sept. 20, but unfortunately, it was the hosts that would do most of the dancing. The Pioneers put a pounding on their guests, 41-19, moving to the five hundred mark at 2-2. The Cubs now sit at 0-4 overall. Getting offensive was no problem for Pierz, as Tyler Millner scampered for two touchdowns on 167 of the team’s 349 rushing yards, while quarterback Ethan Lochner completed 70 percent of his passes for an even 100. “The Cubs played hard the first half, and were in the game, but a couple of injuries in the second half wore us down. Pierz took advantage of that, ike a good team should,” Kimball coach Jamie
Leither said. Kimball quarterback Cameron Hunt tallied three TDs on 191 yards rushing and threw for 92 yards on 19 attempts. Cubs’ wide receiver Mathias Hennen snatched seven balls for a gaudy 82 yards.
The Kimball Area Cubs volleyball players were most gracious hosts last week, as they treated their guests to a couple of great matches. Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Cubs beat Foley High School, 3-2 (25-22, 27-29, 25-25, 27-29, 15-10). On Thursday, Sept. 12, Kimball dropped a heartbreaker to Rockford, 3-2 (19-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 15-12). Kimball coach Scott Heinen talks about the Foley contest. “Our match was extremely fun. The community of Kimball was there and supported us with so much enthusiasm, and the girls all played hard. We played a smart match that was as much a chess game as it was a thriller. We are a team united to succeed.”
Match Stats: Kills: Madelyn O’Brien 3, Macey Hurrle 24, Rebecca Frank 1, Madison Hurrle 20; Assists: Hollie Donnay 39, Anna Donnay 1, Madelyn O’Brien 2, Rebecca Frank 2; Digs: Hollie Donnay 1, Anna Donnay 3, Hannah Serbus 1, Alexis Rose 11, Macey Hurrle 10, Madison Hurrle 5; Blocks: Hollie Donnay 2, Madelyn O’Brien 3, Caitlin O’Brien 4, Rebecca Frank 1, Madison Hurrle 1; Serving: Hollie Donnay 16-18, Anna Donnay 24-25 (1 ace), Hannah Serbus 7-8, Alexis Rose 19-19 (1 ace), Stacy Hurrle 9-9, Macey Hurrle 14-15 (1 ace), Madison Hurrle 15-16, Shelby Schiefelbein 4-5.
The Kimball Cubs volleyball team played in the Sauk Rapids-Rice Tournament Saturday, Sept. 14, and dropped three good battles against three worthy opponents. Their 9 a.m. match resulted in a loss to the Melrose Dutchmen (women), 25-13 and 25-15. Kimball lost its 11 a.m. contest to Holdingford, 15-25, 25-9, and 15-13. The final match for the Cubs was a 3 p.m. clash with a tough Onamia Panthers bunch, who took the victory in a 2-0 sweep. Kimball Coach Scott Heinen is pleased with the girls’ enthusiasm and heart. “We finished the tournament 0-3, but we will use this tournament as a bar to evaluate where we’re at as a team, and set some goals to build on and learn from in the upcoming events and future of our season. Like all teams that evolve, we will continue to work hard, keep evaluating things, and learn from times of adversity.” Heinen said that the kids are determined to be playing their best volleyball by season’s end. “The players on the varsity team are great individuals with great character, and together will work to our potential.”
Following a slight schedule change, the Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball cross-country teams competed in the Annandale Invitational (Whispering Pines Golf Course) on Tuesday,
Sept. 10. The Eagles varsity girls captured third place out of the five entrants. The Annandale varsity girls earned first place accolades.
Ashley DeJuliannie at Annandale Invitational Sept. 10
The Cubs clashed with the Rockford Rockets in Kimball on Friday, Sept. 13, and Rockford emerged victorious, 30-23. Offensively, the Cubs put on a good show, gaining 210 passing yards and 214 yards rushing. Kimball quarterback Cameron Hunt went 16-28, for 210 yards through the air. He also scrambled for 149 rushing yards and one touchdown. Troy Filzen rushed for 45 yards and Austin Schiefelbein ran for 10 yards. Mathias Hennen had 6 catches for 119 yards, Nate Overland grabbed 2 for 16, Ben Theisen caught 2 balls for 18 yards and a touchdown, and Will Spaulding had a big reception for 56 yards.
Scoring plays: Mathias Hennen, 81-yard kickoff return for touchdown; Adam Nehring, added PAT making it 7-6, Kimball in the first quarter. Troy Filzen had a safety, sacking the quarterback in the end zone, making it 14-9, Rockford. Cameron Hunt had a 48-yard run and Nehring's point after made it 16-14 Kimball, but Rockford went up 22-16 at the break. In the third quarter, Hunt hit Ben Theisen on a 3-yard pass, putting the Cubs up, 23-22 Kimball through three. The Rockets scored again and added a two-point conversion, sealing the deal, 30-23.