Guild Hall in Collegeville was silenced suddenly Friday, Jan. 3, when St. John’s Prep’s Ellen Arnold fired up a 3-pointer in the waning seconds of a non-conference contest with the Kimball Cubs; only to see it rim out and see the Cubs slip out with a 41-39 victory. The game was a well-played, exciting ordeal, which the Johnnies’ 19-18 halftime advantage can attest. Kimball reclaimed the lead when Nicole Vossen hit a 3-point bucket to begin the second half. The Cubs built their lead to 27-19, before St. John’s finally scored seven minutes into the second half. The Johnnies fought back and eventually took the lead 37-36 with 3:05 to play. The game was tied at 39 with one minute to play, when a free-throw by Mady O’Brien gave Kimball a 40-39 lead with 33 seconds left. Becky Holtz drilled a free-throw with 5.8 seconds left to give Kimball a 41-39 lead and ultimate victory. Junior center Madelyn O’Brien finished with 11 and sophomore forward Rebeckah Holtz scored 9 to lead Kimball, who now stands at 3-6 overall and remain 0-2 in conference play. SJP’s Cora Griffin finished with 21 points, leading the Johnnies, who stand at 1-7 on the year. Kimball scoring: Madison Libbesmeier 2, Taylor Schreiner 3, Hannah Serbus 3, Victoria Denn 2, Madelyn O’Brien 11, Nicole Vossen 8, Caitlyn O’Brien 1, Rebeckah Holtz 9.
The Kimball boys’ basketball team traveled to Maple Lake Friday, Jan. 3, for a Central Minnesota Conference showdown with the (1-6) Irish. In a back-and-forth, thrilling affair, Maple Lake out-muscled the Cubs, 69-63, moving Kimball to 2-2 in league play and 7-3 overall. Irish senior guard Zach Johnson led all scorers with 19 points, as Maple Lake improved to .500 in the conference, with a mark of 2-2. As is usually a big determinant in these types of games, free throws were paramount in the Irish victory, as they hit 13 of 17 from the stripe, managing to stay in control to the end. The Irish jumped out to a six-point lead early in the second half (35-29). Kimball answered with an 11-0 run to take a five-point lead (40-35); and built the lead to 9 points (54-45) with less than nine minutes to play.
After dropping the last three junior varsity contests against B-B-E, EV-W and Upsala, Kimball was able to slide past the Melrose Dutchmen by four points at the Upsala Tourney Saturday, Dec. 28. We were led in scoring by Madison Hurrle who scored 15 points, Abbey Straley had 6, and Alexa Ruehle drained 4. Emily Utecht finished with 3, Ariel Laabs and Kaitlin Truenow both scored 2, with Denzel Atherton and Katelynn Loehrer each making a free throw. The Lady Cubs won 34-30 and now are 3-5 overall, 0-2 in CMC play. Up next for Kimball will be to travel to St. John’s Prep Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.
The Kimball wrestling crew got back on the winning track Friday, Dec. 20, after journeying to Paynesville and handling the Bulldogs, 39-36. Cubs’ coach Mike Schindler was pleased with the entire team effort. “We were able to get back into the win column against our first section opponent last Friday in Paynesville, who are also ranked in the Lean and Mean in class A. We still have a few kids out, but the rest of the team stepped up and got the job done.” Kimball enters the Christmas break with a 2-7 record and looks forward to competing in the second half of the season with a healthy team. Following the Holiday hiatus, the Cubs open up with an Individual Tournament in Cannon Falls Saturday, Jan. 4, and a battle with conference and section rival Eden Valley-Watkins Tuesday, Jan. 7.
“Against EV-W, we will be having alumni night as well, so we encourage any former wrestlers from either team to come out and support their current team,” said Coach Schindler.
Match Results: Wins by Pins: 106-pound Payton Schiefelbein; 126-pound Blane Tschida; 132-pound Quinten Berres; 152-pound Tanner Schreifels; 160-pound Matt Donnay. Winners by Decision were 138-pound Payton Hanan; 145-pound Brady Mehr; and 220-pound Austin Schiefelbein.
Injuries and flu bugs are part to blame for the Cubs’ 52-19 loss at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg,
Tuesday, Dec. 17. The guys put up a valiant effort, and certain individuals excelled. Kimball junior Blane Tschida claimed his 100th-career win, with a convincing 9-3 decision over Casey Thorson. Senior Austin Schiefelbein had a huge pin over the number-one ranked kid in the state, Chase Norton, at 220 pounds in class A. “As a team, we are wrestling better, and on Friday we look to get a couple more kids back from injury and sickness before the Christmas break. It is early in the season, and we are improving every day, and should be ready by the end of the year to make a good run,” said Mike Schindler.