Tricounty News

JV girls split last two games

Kimball JV girls’ basketball traveled to St. John’s Prep Friday, Jan. 3. It was an excellent night for the team offensively and defensively. Emily Utecht led the Lady Cubs with 14 points, Caitlin O’Brien scored 4 and three players each scored 4; Kaitlin Truenow, Alexa Ruehle and Abbey Straley.
Ariel Laabs, Madison Hurrle, Amanda Roerick and Denzel
Atherton each scored 2 points. Marie Achatz made her first basket as a member of the JV team.
Katelynn Loehrer and Alyssa Zabinski played but did not score. We outscored the Lady Johnnies by 11 in the second half, to earn the victory.

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Lady Cubs’ hoopsters lose home heartbreaker

The Kimball girls’ basketball team surely knows how to entertain. Following a last second 2-point victory at Collegeville last week, the Cubs were at it again. But this time the girls
W-140110-cubs-gbb-vs-maplelake-014decided to treat the faithful to a double overtime show. Cubs’ sophomore Taylor Schreiner rallied for 18 points, but it wasn’t enough, as Kimball fell to the Maple Lake Irish, 45-42, in the Friday, Jan. 10, conference game. It took a while for both teams to warm up as the first half was a display of cold shooting and careless turnovers, but in the second half, the entertainment value rose substantially. Maple Lake stretched their 1-point halftime lead to 9 points with a 32-23 lead with six minutes to play. Cubs’ sophomore guards Taylor
Schreiner and Madison Libbesmeier stepped up by taking turns connecting on 3-point attempts to help Kimball get the score tied 34-34 with three minutes to play.

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Cubs’ basketball boys fall to EV-W

 The Kimball boys’ basketball team hosted Eden Valley-Watkins Thursday, Jan. 9, but the Eagles weren’t too neighborly, handing the Cubs a 64-51 loss. Kimball’s Jarred 

W-140109-cubs-bbb-vs-evw-031Merchant poured in 14 points and Cameron Hunt added a dozen of his own, but the Eagles overcame a 4-point Cubs’ halftime advantage, to take the win. “In the first half we did not play very well offensively. We had a number of bad turnovers, probably 8 or 9. Defensively, we played better than the last few games which kept us in it at the half, leading by 4. In the second half, EV-W stepped up their defensive intensity and we did not match it,” Coach Jay Klein said. The Cubs took too many shots early in their possessions, allowing the Eagles to slack off on defense.

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Kimball girls’ hoopsters finish second in Upsala Tourney

The Lady Cubs’ basketball team traveled to Upsala Friday, Dec. 27, to participate in a two-day Holiday Classic tournament. Kimball’s Becky Holtz hit a shot as time expired to lift the Cubs to a 55-54 win over the host Cardinals’ squad. The game saw 13 lead changes, and Kimball lead by as many as 8 points, holding a 29-27 halftime edge. The Cardinals hit a three-point shot to take the lead 54-53 with just over two minutes left in the game. Kimball’s last offensive possession came with 8.5 seconds left, when sophomore guard Madison Libbesmeier drove the lane and found sophomore forward Becky Holtz open near the basket, who knocked down the winning shot as time expired. Kimball scoring: Taylor Schreiner 14; Hannah Serbus 5; Tina Kastanek 2; Mady O’Brien 12; Nicole Vossen 5; Caitlin O’Brien 4; Becky Holtz 13. Rebounding leaders were Vossen with 13, Holtz with 11, Mady O’Brien with 8, and Caitlin O’Brien with 5. 

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Kimball wrestlers show no rust after Holiday break

The Kimball wrestling squad participated in the Cannon Falls Invitational Saturday, Jan. 4, following a lengthy Holiday break. Coach Mike Schindler is pleased with the team’s performance. “After having two weeks off for the Christmas break, we came out wrestling a little flat, but overall we had a pretty good tournament. We placed eight out of 14 kids and placed fifth overall as a team.” Kimball’s senior Austin Schiefelbein recorded his 100th career win in the first round of the tournament. The Cubs were led by co-captains Blane Tschida and Quinten Berres, who both won their weight classes.

Summary: 106 Payton Schiefelbein fourth place; 126 Blane Tschida first place; 132 Quinten Berres first place; 138 Brady Mehr fourth place; 152 Markus Mehr third place; 160 Matt Donnay sixth place; 195 Devon Kelley fifth place; 220 Austin Schiefelbein fourth place. On Tuesday, Jan. 7, the Cubs are scheduled to wrestle Eden Valley Watkins at home. This is also their Alumni night and the youth program plans to wrestle before the varsity. Then Friday Kimball travels to Osakis for a dual meet tournament.