KAHS Alumni Wrestlers in the Kimball bleachers Thursday, Jan. 30. They are from left to right, in front, Tanner Meierhofer, Mitch Pramann, Don Schiefelbein, Carly (Schiefelbein) Serbus, Vanessa (Salmela) Schlueter, and Jayne (Caird) Lochen. In second row are Brian Libbesmeier, Ryan Bollman, Brad Donnay, Matt Serbus, Tim Konz, and Justin Kuechle. In third row are John Hurrle, Nick Konz, Bob Stein, Travis Wills, and Tyler Kuechle. In fourth row are Kevin Libbesmeier, Joyce (Tenney) Libbesmeier, Dan and Mona (Fischer) Libbesmeier, Mitch Fischer, Derek Orbeck, and Mike Schindler. In fifth row are Travis Schiefelbein, David Joseph, Bob Schiefelbein, Dennis Ruehle, Trevor Gottschalk, and Alex Thurber. In sixth row are Sam Schiefelbein, Tim Schiefelbein, Frank IV Schiefelbein, Tom Libbesmeier, Ken Knoll, Frank III Schiefelbein, and Ken Mehr. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
Fighting back from an early 17-8 deficit at Pierz Thursday, Jan. 30, the Lady Cubs secured a 27-23 lead going into the halftime break. Ultimately, the hometown Pioneers would prevail in overtime, 57-52. Kimball would lead in the second half by as many as 15 points but Pierz would rally, chipping away at the Kimball advantage. The Cubs were plagued by foul trouble with Maddy O’Brien and Becky Holtz both fouling out of the contest. With Kimball leading 49-48 and under one minute remaining, Pierz scored and took their first second-half lead, 50-49, with 54 seconds left. Kimball’s Nicole Vossen was fouled with 15 seconds left, and would make 1 of 2 free throws to tie the game at 50. Kimball’s defense held and forced overtime. In overtime, Pierz would seal the win by making 5 of 6 free-throws and one field goal, while the Cubs ran out of gas, hitting just one bucket. Kimball also had numerous chances to protect their lead but struggled from the free-throw line, shooting a meager 13-28 on the night.
The Kimball basketball boys journeyed to Howard Lake Friday, Jan. 31, to take on a tough Lakers bunch. Despite a gaudy 13-point Cubs’ halftime advantage, a second-half hometown flurry gave Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted the ultimate 66-59 victory. Junior Joey VonWahlde topped Kimball
with 26 points in the Central Minnesota Conference clash. The Lakers scored the first two points of the game and the Cubs scored the next 20. Howard Lake managed to whittle the score down to 37-24 at the half. To start the second half, the Lakers went on an 8-0 run, and with 13:01 left, they regained the lead 41-39. The game stayed close the rest of the way, but Kimball could not quite overcome Lake’s momentum. “Joey VonWahlde stepped up and played a great game, popping for 19 points in the first half. In the second half, we struggled shooting the ball, missing a lot of lay-ups,” Coach Jay Klein said. Game scoring summary: Hennen, 3; VonWahlde, 28; Hunt, 12; Spaulding, 4; Merchant, 12.
Whether they like playing makeup games or just prefer playing on a Saturday at home, the Kimball boys’ basketball team came out firing on all cylinders Feb. 1, as they handed their rival Rockford Rockets a 75-62 loss. The lead went back and forth with Rockford taking a 38-34 advantage into the halftime break. Rockford started the second half on a 6-0 run to gain a 10-point lead. The Cubs gradually worked their way back into the game and VonWahlde hit a three to tie it at 54 with 6:58 left. After the Rockets took a 2-point lead (56-54), Mathias Hennen’s three gave the hometowners a lead they would never again relinquish. Mathias went a sparkling 6/6 from downtown in the second half, and the victorious Cubs finished the game on an impressive 29-10 run.
Celebrating parents’ night and alumni night, the Kimball wrestlers invited Pierz and Rockford to the party on Thursday, Jan. 30. The Cubs, like so many others in the past, fell to the ninth-ranked and undefeated (19-0) Pioneers, 51-18. At 126 pounds, Kimball’s Blane Tschida, ranked second in the state, beat sixth-ranked Chris Ortman, 8-3. Kimball’s Quinten Berres, who is ranked No.1, won by pin at 132 pounds. Brady Mehr, 138 lbs., was victorious by decision. Tschida and Berres both went 2-0, as did Kimball senior Austin Scheifelbein at 220 pounds.