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Marty Mudcats compete at Nationals

Marty Mudcats competed in the NAFA 14U Fastpitch National Tournament held in Eden Prairie, Minn. There were 68 teams competing in the tournament. The team W-130725mudcats-nationals-546participated in three pool-play games to arrange which division to play in, to compete in the double-elimination tournament. This was to determine the championship in the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Division.

The Mudcats went 2-1 in pool play. They beat Hastings Gold 8-7, lost to Champlin Park Rebels 10-1, and won over Maple River 5-0. With the top 20 teams advancing to the Gold Division, the Mudcats found themselves heading to the Gold. The tie breakers were decided on runs allowed and the Mudcats gave up only 17 runs in three games. The Mudcats played their hardest in all the games, and carried the ethical portion of competition with them through the whole tournament.


High school athletics meetings in August


Monday, Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m., mandatory meeting for parents of any student in grade 7-12 who plans to participate in activities at Kimball Area High School during the 2013-14 school year. There will be a general meeting for all parents, followed by separate meetings for each sport:

• Monday, Aug. 12: at 4 p.m. Football grades 9-12

• Monday, Aug. 12: at 8 a.m. Volleyball grades 9-12

• Monday, Aug. 12: at 8 a.m. Cross country grades 7-12

• Monday, Aug. 26: at 3 p,m, JH Football  grades 7 and 8

• Tuesday, Aug. 27: at 9 a.m. JH volleyball grades 7 and 8

Cubs’ Clothing may be ordered from now through Aug. 9 (for delivery Aug. 26). The next order will be Aug. 12-30 for delivery Sept. 16.

KAHS Activities Director is Bruce Holmseth at (320) 398-7700, ext. 311.

Eden Valley-Watkins

There will be a sports meeting for all parents of athletes in grades 7-12 at Eden Valley-Watkins High School at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, in the new high school gymnasium.

EV-W Activities Director is Dave Schneider at (320) 453-2900 ext. 1159.

Mudcats earn fifth place at State

The Marty Mudcats 14U Softball team entered the State Tournament held in Rosemount on July 20-21. The tournament was set up as a double elimination tournament with 20 total teams.

The Mudcats played Chanhassen Blizzard in the first round of the tournament. The Mudcats took an inning to get settled in their surroundings and scored six runs in the second inning and continued with two runs in the fourth and fifth inning. The defense and pitching held the Blizzard to two runs and led the Mudcats to the first victory of the tournament by a score of 10-2. Madi Libbesmeier earned the win on the mound and went 3-3 with a double, triple, two RBI’s and a run scored and Lauren Libbesmeier went 3-3 with a run scored.


Mudcats have weekend of wins

The Marty Mudcats went 3 and 0 at the state qualifying tournament held in Maple Lake Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14. The Mudcats had been seeded first and received a bye for the first round. They faced the team from Hutchinson in the second round of play on Saturday. After a tough first inning the team was down 3 to 0 but came back to win 4 to 3 in eight innings.W-marty-mudcats-state-qualifier---Copy

Their next game was Sunday morning v Maple Lake and the Mudats came away with a 9 to 6 win. For the championship the girls would again have to face the team from Maple Lake and it would be another close game with the Marty Mudcats coming out on top by a score of 3 to 2. They will now compete in the Minnesota ASA 14U Class B state tournament on July 20-21. They will finish their summer season at the NAFA National Tournament July 25 through 28 in Eden Prairie.

The Marty Mudcats: (back row, left to right) coach Mary Libbesmeier, coach Rhonda Libbesmeier,
Emily Utecht, Amanda Roerick, Becky Holtz, and coach Shannon Miller; (middle row) Anna Donnay,
Hedy Robben, and Alexa Ruehle; (front row) Madison Libbesmeier, Shay Krippner, Tashi Kunkel, and Lauren Libbesmeier, Not pictured: Ariel Laabs. Submitted photo.


Kimball 12U Fastpitch wins tournament

W-KimballOwntheZone12UChampions-from-UtechtKimball 12U team and coaches. Submitted photoSunday, June 30, the Kimball Cubs 12U Fastpitch team participated in the Own the Zone Tournament held in Kimball. Six teams participated in the double-elimination tournament.

In the first game, the Cubs faced a tough Maple Lake team. Kimball came out strong, scoring five runs in the first inning and three more in the second inning off of a three RBI triple from Dani Lyrek. Pitching was split between Rachel Utecht and Dani Lyrek, with Rachel recording four strike-outs in the first two innings. Kimball held the lead the whole game and came out on top with an eight to five win. 

In the second game, Kimball’s bats cooled off and they lost to a solid Willmar team six to three which sent them to the losers bracket and would require them to win the next four games in order to play in the championship game.

Kimball faced off against rival Eden Valley-Watkins in the third game. Kimball again came out swinging with Haley Robben hitting a double and Ashley Schindele going 2-2. Kaitli Wicker and Madi Gustafson provided key hits in Kimball’s 11 to 4 win.

The fourth game against Alexandria put Kimball up against some of the fastest pitching they have seen so far this year. The Cubs responded with patience at the plate and some key bunts. They came out on top with a 14 to 5 win.

The Cubs faced Willmar a second time in the fifth game. This time the results would be different. Kimball held the lead the whole game behind some very impressive defense and consistent pitching through five innings from Dani Lyrek. Rachel Merten provided some key outs from her position at short-stop. Tori
Harren completed a double play catching a fly ball in left field and throwing out a runner at first base. The outfield stepped up with some key catches by Erin O’Brien and Krista Loch. Rachel Utecht came in to pitch the sixth inning, shutting down Willmar with three strike-outs. Dani Lyrek lead the offense with two runs and a double. The final score was 4 to 3, putting Kimball into the championship game.

The championship game pitted the Cubs against Delano. Delano jumped out on top in the first inning with two runs, but the Cubs answered with two of their own. The score would remain tied at two until the bottom of the third when Kimball busted out with five runs and a three RBI double off of the bat of Erin O’Brien. Bree Gehrke drew an impressive fifth walk for the day. The Cubs would hold on to the lead and came out on top with a 7 to 5 win. Emily Tadych would provide some key outs from third base and Justice Boyer kept the base runners honest from behind the plate. Rachel Utecht pitched a solid game against some very patient Delano hitters and recorded six strike-outs over five innings.

All of the player’s contributed the success of their team, and represented Kimball well with good sportsmanship, hard work and solid teamwork. Each and every player earned their first place medals, and can wear them with pride!