Bob Merchant, at left, president of the Kimball All-Sports Booster Club, and Brad Donnay, on the right, president of the Kimball Wrestling Booster Club, hold a sign that highlights the donations the clubs have contributed to Kimball Area High School in the last two years, totaling more than $50,000. The signs will be displayed in the two high school gymnasiums. The booster clubs thank the community for your support, so we can continue to support the students and athletes of Kimball. Submitted photo.
The Kimball Cubs fell to 1-4 on the early season, after dropping a 44-42 nail-biter at Belgrade-
Brooten-Elrosa, Tuesday, Dec. 17. The Lady Cubs held a 23-16 halftime lead, but B-B-E outscored Kimball 28-19 in the final stanza. The Cubs led by as many as 8 points in the second half, but B-B-E hit 3 shots from beyond the arc to make a run, and take the lead with about six minutes to play. The game was tied 41-41 with a 1:05 to play. Kimball had some chances, but just couldn’t convert in the exciting finish. The Cubs played better as a team and showed some improvement, despite coming up short on the scoreboard. Kimball was led by sophomore guard Taylor Schreiner with 14 points.
Cubs’ scoring: Becky Holtz, 8; Hannah Serbus, 6; Nicole Vossen, 6; Madelyn O’Brien, 5; Madison Libbesmeier, 2; Caitlyn O’Brien, 1. The Lady Cubs close out the year with a home game tomorrow night against Eden Valley-Watkins, before entering a Holiday Upsala Tournament Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28.
Cubs v Ogilvie, 96-46
Playing a rescheduled game on Monday, Dec. 16, the Kimball boys’ basketball team looked ready to go as they clobbered the visiting Ogilvie Lions, 96-46. Senior guard Cameron Hunt posted a double-double, scoring 14 points and dishing out 15 assists. “We jumped out to an early lead, and at the 7:43 mark we were ahead 45-22. In the second half everybody received a lot of playing time, and we were able to put everyone in the scoring column, which was great,” said Coach Jay Klein. The Cubs charted 29 assists, shot 23/40 from two-point range, 12/32 from downtown, and 14/21 from the free-throw line. “We had eight different players who made at least one three-pointer,” Coach Klein said. Cubs scoring: J. VonWahlde, 21; J. Merchant, 18; C. Hunt, 14; B. Serbus, 7; Mason Hennen, 6; Mathias Hennen, 6; B. Faber, 6; W. Spaulding, 5; N. Overland, 3; B. Schiefelbein, 3; I. Ehlinger, 3; H. Schreifels, 2; A. Marx, 2.
The Kimball Area Lady Cubs lost to EV-W at home on Friday, Dec. 20, 41-24. Greta Stommes scored 17, and teammate Elaina Stommes added 10 points for the Eagles, who owned a 20-11 halftime lead and would never relinquish it. Kimball Box score: Taylor Schreiner 6 points, Hannah Serbus 4 points, Tina Kastanek 5 points, Maddy O’Brien 6 points, Caitlin O’Brien 2 points, Becky Holtz 1 point. Kimball was 7/22 on two-point field goals, 1/10 on three-point field goals, and 7/14 from the free throw line. EV-W was 12/37 on two-point field goals, 1/7 on three-point field goals, and 14/19 from the charity stripe. Cubs’ Coach Jeremy Kuechle sums it up. “We did not handle the defensive pressure applied by the Eagles well enough to work for quality shot attempts. The Eagles out rebounded us 2:1, giving them more second-chance opportunities at the rim. We had 20 turnovers, while EV-W committed 17.” The Cubs’ record drops to 1-5 while EV-W moves to 4-1. Kimball closes 2013 when they visit Upsala for a holiday tournament Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28.
The Kimball JV girls’ team traveled to Milaca Tuesday, Dec. 10, to take on the Wolves in our second road game of the young season. Milaca was able to score at the rim to keep the game close in the first half, with Kimball trailing at halftime behind Madison Hurrle’s 10 points, Ariel Laabs and Emily Utecht’s each scored 3, with Denzel Atherton and Kaitlin Truenow adding 2 and Alexa Ruehle’s free throw, had us down 21-24.
It became an up and down game in the second half, as the Lady Cubs held less and less grip on the tempo of the game. Milaca was able to push the ball at our basket and converted on some easy attempts. We played hard, but Milaca eventually took the victory by 15, 47-32. Abbey Straley scored 4, Truenow hit 3 more charity shots, with Hurrle and Utecht sinking a shot each. Katelynn Loehrer played but did not score.