The Kimball boys’ basketball program recently 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.
OC Sports Softball Player of the Week March 18-24
Division III Player of the Week, as announced by the NJCAA is Megan Garding, student at
St. Cloud Technical & Community College, in St. Cloud. She plays second base and is from Kimball, an graduate of Kimball Area High School.
After a great 9-0 start to their season, the Lady Cubs headed to Rockford to take on the Rockets. After leading the majority of the game, the Cubs found themselves down by 1 with less than 10 seconds left of the game, and the ball in the Cubs’ hands. They were able to drive the ball down and get a great shot off before the buzzer only to find themselves defeated for the first game of the season. Although there was obvious disappointment in their first loss of the season, the Lady Cubs played their hearts out and had no reason to hang their heads. Leading the team with scoring was Taylor Schreiner with 10, Lauren Libbesmeier and Ariel Laabs with 6 each. Denzel Atherton and Amanda Roerick rounded out the scoring with 4 and 2 points respectively.
Cubs advance in playoffs, defeat Rockets
The Kimball Cubs traveled to Rockford to take on the Rockets last Thursday night, March 7, in a first-round section 5AA playoff game. Two weeks earlier the Cubs defeated the Rockets 60-43 to even their head-to-head record on the year. It was the sixth time in the past seven years that the Cubs opened the playoffs on the road. Kimball’s last playoff win was a 2011 victory over Legacy Christian Academy.
The Cubs jumped out to an early lead on the strength of their outside shooting. Rockford tied the score at 14-14 with seven minutes to play in the first half. The scoring pace picked up a bit over the last minutes of the half with each team leading, but not by more than two possessions. A late three by Rockford gave them a four-point edge at the break (32-28). Kimball shot 54 percent (7/13) from three-point range in the first half, to keep the game close.
Cubs senior captain Austin Roerick looks to the hoop during the second half v Cathedral.
Section 5AA playoffs begin, Cubs lose to Foley
The Lady Cubs were the #5 seed traveling to Foley to take on the #4-seeded Falcons on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the opening round of the section 5AA North playoffs. Kimball started cold as Foley built an 18-3 lead before the Kimball offense awakened. Kimball cut the Foley lead to 20-15 at halftime, and Kimball’s Breane Meierhofer connected on a three-point basket, coming out of the half to make it 20-18. The Cubs would not get any closer, however, as the Cubs struggled to convert on the offensive end (4 of 26 on two-point field goals, and 4 of 13 on three-point field goals), while Foley slowly re-built their lead. Foley closed out a 39-29 low-scoring playoff victory. Kimball’s scoring leaders were Meierhofer 10, Kenadi Mackereth five, Allie Seth four, Paiten Schreiner three, Casie Mackereth three, Madelyn O’Brien two, and Kaylee Petty two. Seth led all rebounders with 10 boards, followed by Schreiner and O’Brien with five each. Kenadi Mackereth was the assists leader with five. Kimball finishes its season with a final record of 11-14 overall. Section 5AA North update: Annandale defeated Foley 46-41, Howard Lake defeated St. Cloud Cathedral 62-37. Annandale plays Howard Lake for the sub section 5AA North Championship.
Kimball’s Breanne Meierhofer lays it up for 2 during Lady Cubs
game v Foley. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.