The Cubs invited St. John’s Prep to town Monday, Jan. 13, and handed them a 76-69 loss.
Cameron Hunt hit a free throw late in the game to achieve the 1,000-point milestone and finished with nine assists and five rebounds.
Both teams struggled early from the field; Kimball 1/6 and St. John’s Prep 0/4. With 11:30 left in the half Kimball led 14-5. The lead grew to 10 at one point (25-15). St. John’s Prep made a run late in the half and went to the locker room tied at 33. Early in the second half, the lead changed hands a few times. Kimball stretched the lead to 12, 58-46, but SJP made a run and cut the lead to five (66-61) with 1:29 left. The Cubs made their FTs down the stretch to seal the win 76-69. The Cubs out-rebounded the Johnnies 30-24, and had fewer turnovers 11-15. In the second half, the Cubs were 13/14 from 2-point range. Overall Kimball was 25/32 from 2-point range, 4/21 from 3-point range, and 14/18 from the free-throw line. SJP was 18/32, 8/20 and 9/13.
Coming off a solid victory over SJP, the Kimball Cubs journeyed to Holdingford Tuesday, Jan. 14, and beat the Huskers 64-46. Jarred Merchant racked up 25 points in the big Central Minnesota Conference win. Joey VonWahlde added 17 points for the Cubs (3-3 CMC, 9-4 overall) and Cameron Hunt swiped five steals. The Cubs jumped out to an early 10-4 lead. The game stayed close in the first half and at the break, Kimball led 30-27.
In the second half, Kimball stretched the lead to 11, 45-34, at about the 9-minute mark. The lead stayed there until a late run to the finish line by the Cubs. Kimball had 10 turnovers and Holdingford 8. Kimball shot 17/32, 6/16 (3 points), and 12/15 (FT).
Playing their third game of the week, the Kimball Area Cubs hosted Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Friday, Jan. 17. The No. 1-ranked Jaguars proved their worthy status, clobbering the Cubs, 79-53, and staying unblemished in Central Minnesota Conference play. Jarred Merchant scored 25 points and had 9 rebounds for Kimball, who trailed 37-25 at halftime. The game was close for the first 9 minutes of the first half.
Kimball trailed 21-19 at the 8:34 mark, when B-B-E went on a 6-0 run, bumping the lead to a dozen. The Cubs’ first possession of the second half saw Joey VonWahlde’s 3-pointer cut the lead to below double digits. The Jags answered on the next possession to put it back to a 12-point advantage. “We would never get within striking distance again. Jarred Merchant played a great game and really helped keep us close in the first half. We gave up a lot of easy baskets in the lane area.
Kimball Area High School senior guard Cameron Hunt stepped to the free-throw line in a dead-silent gymnasium Monday night, sitting on 998 career points. He had missed the front end of his last two one-and-one opportunities, which would have put him in the elusive 1,000-point club.
He calmly sank the first foul shot. As the noise and energy in the Leo J. Wirth gymnasium increased, he received the pass from the referee, stepped up to the free-throw line and knocked down his 1,000 career point.
“I had no idea how close I was, I knew I was within 5 points, but once I hit the last free throw,
I could tell I got it with how everyone reacted. It was a huge relief.” said Hunt.
Having been away from competition for a while, the Kimball Cubs’ wrestling squad made a visit to Osakis Friday, Jan. 10, to wrestle in the Dual Tournament. Coach Mike Schindler was pleased with the team’s efforts. “We ended up placing third out of six teams and wrestled very well, giving up two forfeits at our lower weights.” Kimball’s Blane Tschida, Quinten Berres, Brady Mehr, Markus Mehr, and Austin Schiefelbein, all went undefeated on the night. Markus Mehr also defeated the sixth-ranked man in AA, Tristan Rubner, from Pequot Lakes/Pine River Backus.
Summary Osakis match: 126 Blane Tschida-PIN; 138 Brady Mehr DEC; 145-Matt Donnay PIN; 170-Skyler Schiefelbein-PIN; 285-Austin Schiefelbein DEC. Summary PLPRB match: 126 Blane Tschida-PIN; 132 Quinten Berres-PIN; 138 Brady Mehr PIN; 152 Markus Mehr-DEC; 220 Austin Schiefelbein PIN. Summary Albany match: 120 Joseph Donnay DEC; 126 Blane Tschida
PIN; 138 Brady Mehr PIN; 152 Markus Mehr PIN; 160 Tanner Schreifels PIN; 170 Skyler Schiefelbein PIN.
Team Standings: KMS First Place; Pequot Lakes/Pine River Backus Second Place; Kimball - Third Place; Osakis Fourth Place; Ottertail Central Fifth Place; Albany Sixth Place. Thursday,
Jan. 16, the Cubs host Rockford and Saturday, Jan. 18, they wrestle in the Staples Tournament.