With just a handful of regular season games remaining, the Kimball boys’ basketball team looked to capture a big win at conference-rival Maple Lake Thursday, Feb. 6. However, the Irish had the same idea and dealt the Cubs a 76-65 loss. Kimball now drops below .500 in the Central Minnesota Conference standings at 5-6, and moves to a respectable 12-7 overall mark. Jarred Merchant topped the Kimball effort with 22 points. The game went back and forth the whole first half, and was tied at 24 with 7:08 to play in the half. Kimball pulled ahead by three late in the half, only to turn the ball over a few times as Maple Lake took a 1-point lead at the half, 36-35. Early in the second half, the game stayed close. After Maple Lake’s top player picked up his fourth foul, the Cubs built a 7-point lead at 48-41 with 11:26 remaining. On the next two possessions, the Irish hit consecutive 3-pointers to cut the lead to 1. Kimball trailed 54-53, with fewer than seven minutes to play. Over the next three minutes, Maple Lake went on an 11-3 run and basically sealed the game. “We had a lot of bad turnovers during that stretch and did not play under control. It was a very disappointing game against a team we thought we had a chance to beat,” said Coach Jay Klein. Game scoring summary: Hennen, 15;
VonWahlde, 8; Hunt, 10; Serbus, 5; Spaulding, 5; Merchant, 22.
Junior Jarred Merchant fights for a shot vs. Maple Lake. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
The Kimball girls started the week at home Monday, Feb. 3, hosting Eden Valley-Watkins; and ended the week playing at Holdingford, Friday, Feb. 7. The Cubs lost to the Eagles, 55-31 and came out on the losing end to Holdingford, 61-41. Hannah Serbus led the Cubs with 11 points. Kimball now stands at 0-9 in the conference and 3-15 overall.
Leading 22-10 at the halftime break, it appeared that the Kimball Lady Cubs had things well in hand at ho
me on Friday,
Jan. 31, against a formidable St. Cloud Cathedral clan. But the Crusaders would erase the deficit and take a 2-point
lead with just four seconds remaining in regulation. After a pair of good free throws by Kimball’s Madelyn O’Brien, the game was tied at 38 and headed for overtime. Following a valiant effort by the Cubs in the extra frame, the Crusaders would prevail and take the 46-44 victory.
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.