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Kimball boys’ basketball team stays hot

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 moW-Cubs-vs-Pierz-121ving 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.

On the heels of an exciting last-second affair Thursday night, the Cubs welcomed Norwood-Young America to town on Saturday, Jan. 25.
In the Cubs’ 82-57 shellacking, Kimball juniors Jarred Merchant and Joey VonWahlde both went “bucket nuts” and set personal, career highs in scoring. Merchant led the team with 32 points and with 7 rebounds. VonWahlde, who nailed 12 straight points right out of the second-half gate, posted 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, for Kimball, who improves to 11-5 overall. Mathias Hennen, Cameron Hunt, and Ben Serbus each finished with 8 points. Will Spaulding had 2 points. “Ben
Serbus hit a big 3-point shot as the half ended, to give us a 5-point cushion at the break (34-29). Jarred scored 24 of his 32 points in the second half. We had a great team effort today against a very athletic team from
Norwood-Young America,” offered coach Klein.

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.

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Junior Jarred Merchant goes up for 2 points for the Cubs in home game v Pierz Thursday, Jan. 23.