She may be a new face on the Hamline volleyball team this year. But Kimball Area High School graduate Molly Hurrle is playing like an old hand these days. A senior transfer from Mayville State, Hurrle moved into a regular role as the team’s main set-up person in early September. She has adapted so well that she now ranks 11th in the country and third in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Converence (MIAC) in Assists Per Set (10.69). Her 220 assists in conference action leads all setters going into the Pipers’ match Oct. 9 at St. Mary’s.
The rest of the MIAC is starting to pay attention as well. Hurrle was named the conference’s Setter/Libero Of The Week for her efforts in the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5. The Kimball native had 205 assists and 61 digs as the Pipers went 3-2. For the year, she now has 556 assists and 153 digs.
“Despite the earlier rain, it was great running weather and great competition on Thursday night, Oct. 3. We had a lot of personal best times,” Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball coach Holly Hansen said. The Eagles took eighth Place (222) in the 12-team invitational, which saw Annandale claim first-place honors with a score of 46. The EV-W-K next action is Tuesday, Oct. 8, 4:15 p.m., at Albany.
Results: Boys Junior Varsity: (42nd) Matthew Notch 20.32; (95th) Cameron Flaschenriem 22.41; (118th) Joey Kuechle 23.39; Boys Varsity: (63rd) Bret Mattice 19.24; (65th) Tyler Neu 19.33; Girls Junior High: (65th) Ashley Schindele 12.31; Girls Junior Varsity: (31st) Seahara Mancini 19.27; (39th) Maria Roeser 19.51; (46th) Emily Utecht 20.00; (50th) Libby Yozamp 20.10; (55th) Lindsey Kavanagh 20.26; (60th) Tori Denn 20.49; (75th) Ashley DeJuliannie 21.39; (77th) Hannah Ehlinger 21.44; (80th) Kristen Howe 21.54; (84th) Lauren Libbesmeier 22.06; (88th) Erika Johnson 22.17; (95th) Cheyenne Sogge 22.43; Girls Varsity: (13th) Emily Donnay 16.32; (38th) Denzel Atherton 17.40; (46th) Grace Kopitzke 17.53; (57th) Brooke Winter 18.22; (70th) Hannah Holmberg 19.13; (75th) Sonora Mattice 19.43; (76th) Stephanea Roeser 19.57.
Capping off a winning week, the Kimball Cubs’ volleyball team put the icing on the cake, Saturday, Oct. 5, taking third place and going 3-1 in the Braham Tournament. The girls looked ready to play and it showed, as they beat the Zimmerman Thunder, the Barnum Bombers, and the Princeton Tigers. Their only loss came at the hands of the hosts, a very tough Braham bunch with a lot of talent. Cubs’ coach Scott Heinen sees the value of teamwork portrayed by his group. “In the last week, we have won seven out of the ten matches we have played. We do not find it a coincidence. We together are continuing to grow with each person and their roles are critical to our success. Together, we will fight to the end of the season. We are the team we are, because of each person’s contributions, and we love it!”
Soon after the Star Spangled Banner ended, the score was 27-0, in favor of the bad guys. The Kimball Cubs ended up on the short end of a 48-12 Holdingford thrashing last Friday, Oct. 4. Alumni abound for Homecoming as they witnessed the conference-leading Huskers’ quarterback Mitch Messman testing the airwaves and landing two touchdown passes, en route to a game total 223 passing yards. The Cubs managed a couple of TDs from Mathies Hennen and Ben Serbus, in the second and fourth quarters. Now 0-6, Kimball plays at neighboring Eden Valley-Watkins on Friday, Oct. 11, while the 6-0 Huskers host Maple Lake.
Holdingford 27714 0 – 48
Kimball 060 6 – 12
Individual statistics: Rushing: Cameron Hunt 16-62, Austin Schiefelbein 6-4, Ben Thiesen 1-8, Brady Mehr 2-4, John Zipoy 1-1; Passing: Cameron Hunt 13-25-1-162, Jake Borman 1-2-0-5; Receiving: Mathias Hennen 6-68, Ben Serbus 2-25, Jarred Merchant 2-33, Ben Thiesen 2-26, Brady Mehr 1-3, Noah Shonyo 1-5.
The Kimball Cubs took on the third-ranked team Holdingford Huskers on a damp cool night last Friday night, Oct. 4. The Huskers showed the Cubs early in the game why they hold that ranking. The Huskers scored 27 first quarter points and never looked back. The Cubs settled down after the first quarter and played better football, but could never get any closer. The Cubs opened their scoring on an 8-yard pass from Cameron Hunt to Ben Serbus on a nice catch. The Cubs wouldn’t score again until the fourth quarter on a two-yard run by Mathias Hennen. The final score was 12-48 Holdingford.