The Kimball Cubs finished the week in winning fashion. Thursday, Jan. 23, Kimball hosted the Pierz Pioneers, and pulled out the victory in the waning seconds, 64-62. With Kimball down by one point and just a dozen seconds remaining, Joey VonWahlde knocked down a three-pointer, sealing the victory and moving the Cubs to 10-5 overall. “We switched defenses out of the timeout and it confused them so they were unable to get a good shot as a desperation attempt as the buzzer went off,” said coach Jay Klein. This was the Cubs’ first conference win at home this year. “Joey VonWahlde’s clutch shot was huge for us as Pierz had all the momentum late in the game. Cameron Hunt, our primary ball handler, had fouled out with two minutes to play. Everyone on the floor had to help in handling the ball late in the game,” an excited coach Klein said. Jarred Merchant led the Cubs with 21 points and seven rebounds, VonWahlde finished with 15 points, Cameron Hunt had 14 points and Mathias Hennen added 10 points. The Cubs (4-4 CMC, 10-5 overall) went 12-for-14 at the free-throw line.
Cubs’ senior Mathies Hennen gets fouled hard during game v Pierz Jan. 23, and earns a trip to the charity stripe. Staff photos by Marguerite Laabs.
It was a rocky week at home for the Kimball Area girls’ basketball team. Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Cubs suffered a 55-36 defeat at the hands of the Rockford Rockets. Kimball played hosts again Friday, Jan. 24, welcoming Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and fell, 65-54. The Rockets went on a 17-4 run to start the second half to help them to the Central Minnesota Conference victory. Junior center Madelyn O’Brien led Kimball (0-5, 3-9) with 17 points. “We jumped out in front early and led most of the first half. Rockford took the lead for the first time, 18-15, with four minutes left in the first half and never trailed again. They came out strong in the second half, with a 17-4 scoring run, to build on their half-time lead of 25-22. We struggled in the second half, shooting 6 of 24 from the field and 1 for 4 from the free throw line,” said coach Jeremy Kuechle.
The Kimball Area wrestling squad battled at the Staples Invitational Saturday, Jan. 18. They had a convincing 65-17 victory over Crosby-Ironton and fell short to Quad County, 45-29 and lost to Sartell, 38-35. Crosby-Ironton Results: 106 Kreiter (C-I) pins P. Schiefelbein 3:32; 113 M. Donnay (K) wins by FF; 120 J. Donnay (K) TF Olander (C-I) 4:09; 126 Tschida (K) pins Lasher (C-I) 1:15; 132 Berres (K) TF Nelson (C-I) 5:45; 138 Mehr (K) pins Sura (C-I) 3:26; 145 M. Donnay (K) pins Ryappy (C-I); 152 M. Mehr wins by FF; 160 Schreifels (K) pins Sharp (C-I) 1:10; 170 S. Schiefelbein (K) winner by FF; 182 Loch (K) winner by FF; 195 Zipoy (K) winner by FF; 220 A. Schiefelbein (K) pins Gripentrog: 12; 285 Grinsteinner (C-I) pins Hentges (K) 2:12.
Quad County Results: 106 Schiefelbein (K) pins Roiger (K) 3:12; 113 Odegard (Q) pins M. Donnay (K) 2:47; 120 Thein (Q) pins J. Donnay (K) :31; 126 Tschida (K) maj. dec. Specht(Q) 10-2; 132 Berres (K) pins Friese (Q) 1:04; 138 B. Mehr (K) maj. dec. Suter (Q) 10-1; 145 Winson (Q) pins M. Donnay (K) 1:29; 152 M. Mehr (K) dec. D. Johnson (Q) 2-0; 160 Hatch( Q) dec. Schreifels (K) 8-2; 170 H. Johnson (Q) pins S. Schiefelbein (K) 1:51; 182 Schmitz (Q) pins Loch (K) 5:31; 195 Bratsch (Q) pins Schlueter (K) 1:02; 220 Schiefelbein (K) pins Juarez (Q) 1:04; 285 Fischer (Q) pins Hentges (K) 1:03.
Kimball girls basketball sixth grade took third place at the Upsala Tournament Saturday, Jan 18. Pictured in back row, left to right are coach Jeremy Kuechle, Megan Serbus, Kyrie Rossman, Jolee Randall, Justice Boyer, and coach Monte Serbus. In front are Katie Decknatel, Cailyn Kuechle, Bailee Schiefelbein, Megan Schindler, and Tori Haren. Not pictured Kim Kesanen. Submitted photo.
The Lady Cubs’ basketball team played at Holdingford Tuesday, Jan. 14, in a makeup game previously postponed from Jan. 7. It was a good battle, but the Huskers held on for a 44-41 victory. Kimball jumped out to an 18-8 lead thanks to sophomore Becky Holtz’s 9 first-half points. Senior guard Joelle Ertl provided all the offense for Holdingford, scoring 19 of her 34 total points in the first-half; single-handedly bringing the Huskers back to gain a 23-21 halftime lead. Holdingford built their lead to 33-24 with just over 10 minutes left in the second half.