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Kimball Cubs eighth-grade baseball opens year 1-2

The Cubs started the year off with a home game Friday, April 11, where they matched up against neighboring Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles.

Michael Hoffmann looked sharp on the mound for the cubs. EV-W managed just one hit off of Hoffmann, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out three during his two innings of work.

Matt S., Jake and Bradley helped lead Eden Valley-Watkins. They combined for six hits and five RBIs.

Mitchell Jansky was the game’s losing pitcher for the Cubs. He lasted just one inning, walked one, struck out one, and allowed three runs.

EV-W stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the third, scoring three runs on two singles.

The fourth inning saw the Cubs score their only run on the day on an RBI single by Hoffmann.


K-EV-W girls’ golfers open 2014 at Rockford

The Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins girls’ golf team competed in a Central Minnesota Conference meet at Shamrock Tuesday, April 15. The ladies came out a little rusty and tied for last in the 7-team event, hosted by Rockford.

The conference battle included teams from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins, Maple Lake, Pierz, Rockford and Osakis. Scoring summary: K-EV-W’s junior Nicole Vossen, 46; eighth-grader Trinity Erickson, 52;
B-B-E’s Peyton Miller shot 45, Maple Lake’s Tabitha Latzig shot 43, Pierz’s Jessica Hawks shot 45, Rockford’s Haley Woodrich shot 50, Osakis’s Annalise Savageau and Ariel Chalmers shot 45; and Alayna Eldred took Meet Medalist honors with a 41. Osakis took first place with a net 177; second place - Maple Lake, 192 net; third place - B-B-E, 205 net; fourth place - Pierz, 250 net; fifth place - Rockford, 253 net; sixth K-EV-W, 300 net; seventh place, HL-W-W,
300 net.

K-EV-W boys’ golf team looks good in opener

The Central Minnesota Conference boys’ golf meet at Prairie View last Friday, April 4, resulted in a good team showing for the Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins bunch. They finished with an aggregate score of 186, smack dab in the middle of the pack. Second-year head coach Jason Huschle is pleased with the early-season effort. “Overall I was happy with our performance, especially since we have only been outside on the course for a week. We have put ourselves in a good position to finish in the top half of the conference this year which was one our goals coming into the season. Now we just have to focus on getting better and improving on our scores every time we are on the course.”

Competing in the conference battle were Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins, Maple Lake, Pierz, Rockford and Osakis. Meet Scoring Summary: K-EV-W’s Tommy Wurtz, 44; Tony DeJuliannie, 59; Nathan Vassen, 48; Reese Jansen, 43; Skyler Schiefelbein, 51; Brandon Schiefelbein, 57. B-B-E’s Jackson Gregory shot 45, HL-W-W’s Collin Benson shot 46, Maple Lake’s Brandon Borell shot 45, Pierz’s Ethan Lochner shot 50, and Rockford’s Ty Griffin (meet medalist) shot 38. Osakis’s Joe Garcia shot 42. Rockford took first place with a net 170; second place, Osakis, 183 net; third place, K-EV-W, 186 net; fourth place, B-B-E, 190 net; fifth place, Maple Lake, 191 net; sixth place, HL-W-W, 203 net; seventh place, Pierz, 258 net.

Kimball fast-pitch off to fast start with win over ACGC

Senior Alexis Rose popped two homeruns as the Kimball Cubs fast pitch team opened their season with a home game victory, 11-2, over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City last Thursday. Wasting no time, the Cubs scored two runs in the first inning, on RBI singles from Shay Krippner and Emily Utecht. The Cubs added to their lead in the second inning when Madison Libbesmeier’s base knock scored Maddy Schreifels. In the top of the fourth, ACGC got a two-run home run from Katie Moore. But Alexis Rose trumped that shot with a two-run blast of her own in the Cubs’ fourth. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Stacy Hurrle’s RBI single scored Maddy Schreifels, and Alexis Rose belted a three-run homerun to make the score 9-2.  Kimball would score two more runs in the game, making the final 11-2. Pitching for the Cubs were Emily Utecht and Madison Libbesmeier. Utecht started and went four innings. She struck out 3, walked none, allowed 2 runs off of 7 hits and gave up 1 home run. Libbesmeier struck out 4 in three innings, issued no walks, and allowed no runs. Utecht came away with the win. The Cubs had 16 hits on the day, including three extra-base hits; a double by Lauren Libbesmeier, and two home runs by Alexis Rose.


Boys’ basketball team post-season banquet

Monday, March 17, the Kimball boys’ basketball program held their end-season banquet at Kimball Area High School. A potluck meal was served for the players, managers and their parents and the coaching staff. Awards were also handed out, as coaches reflected on their seasons.

This past year the varsity team finished the season with a record of 16 wins and 11 losses overall. The 16 wins were the most since the 1999-2000 season. Kimball had a record of 6-8 in the Central Minnesota Conference, finishing in sixth place. Among the team highlights were finishing second in Sub-section 5A to eventual state champion Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. The Cubs defeated the number five ranked Upsala Cardinals to advance to the sub-section championship game. This was the first time in 30 years a Kimball boy’s team had advanced that far. It was the third time in four years that the boy’s team won a first round playoff game. The Cubs surpassed the .500 mark for the second time in Coach Klein’s eight seasons as head coach.