On the heels of a two-game sweep of the Pierz Pioneers, the Kimball Cubs traveled to Melrose for a non-conference game on Friday, the 17th. The weather was not the nicest for a softball game, but that did not dampen the spirits of the Cubs players. Cubs’ Stacy Hurrle smacked a 1-1 pitch to left field to get things started, and scored on a Raelynn Callander hit to right field. Kimball’s Alexis Rose started out with a bang, fanning the lead-off hitter. But then, as fast as the weather was changing, so did Rose’s pitching. She walked 3 of the next 4 batters, and following an error and wild pitch, the Cubs ultimately found themselves down 2-1. Left fielder Madison Libbesmeier entered in relief and was able to temporarily put out the fire. Melrose added a run in the third inning, extending their lead to 3-0.
Finally, Madison Libbesmeier broke the trend by getting a hit to center, followed by Katelyn Lichte who hit a rocket to right field. Alexis Rose reached on an error, allowing Libbesmeier to score. After Katelyn Lichte scored on a passed ball, the game was tied. With momentum on their side, the Cubs added three more runs in the fourth, and four more in the seventh. Melrose scored twice in the seventh, but it was too little too late. Kimball took the big victory, 10-5. Coach Eric Primus was happy with the win over his home town Dutchmen. “It was great coming home and winning. I knew a lot of people in the stands from Melrose, and I was proud to show that my girls were the better team that day. It just felt great. It was a nice way to end the season.” The Cubs enter the playoffs with a game on Thursday, May 23, vs. Osakis, at Minnewaska, 1:00.
The Kimball Cubs’ softball team’s post-season ended shortly after it began Thursday, May 23, in Minnewaska, with a 7-4 loss to the number 3-seed Osakis Silverstreaks. Finally getting a break from the 3-day rains, the sixth-seeded Cubs journeyed to Minnewaska, to face the Osakis club, in their first meeting of the year, since being “snowed out” earlier in the season. The game would have been just fine for the Cubs had they not played the first inning. After a scoreless top half of the first, the Cubs took the field with Alexis Rose on the mound. Retiring the first two Silverstreaks via a strike out and ground out, things went suddenly south. Rose walked the next two batters and hit the next one, loading the bases. Following yet another walk, Osakis took a 1-0 two-out lead.
Last Tuesday, May 16, The Greens of Howard Lake was the site of the final conference meet for the Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins girls’ golf team. The ladies finished the meet in a shared tie for Fourth Place. Coach Kristine O’Brien reflects on the fleeting season. “Nicole Vossen was All-Conference this year, averaging a score of 45.7. Paiten Schreiner placed 15th in the conference, averaging 48.5, while sophomores Maddy O’Brien and Hannah Serbus held steady at the 23rd and 25th positions. We will be busy getting ready for sections, which will be held on June 3 and 4 at Blackberry Ridge in Sartell.”
The Howard Lake meet included teams from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins, Maple Lake, Pierz, Rockford and Osakis. Scoring summary: K-EV-W’s senior Paiten Schreiner, 52; sophomore Nicole Vossen, 48; sophomore Hannah Serbus, 63; sophomore Madelyn O’Brien, 53; junior Erin Salo, 68; Trinity Erickson, 66; B-B-E’s Peyton Miller shot 46, Maple Lake’s Tabitha Latzig shot 46, Pierz’s Jessica Hawks shot 49, Rockford’s Rachel Clem shot 46, Howard Lake’s Emily Roufs shot 52, Osakis’s Peyton Garcia shot 41, and also took Medalist Honors for the meet. Osakis took First Place with a net 172; Second Place, Maple Lake, 195 net; Third Place,
B-B-E, 215; tied Fourth Place, K-EV-W and Rockford, 216 net; Fifth Place, Pierz, 234; Sixth Place, HL-W-W, 221; last, Pierz, 234.
The Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins boys’ golf team competed at Prairie View golf course in Brooten Monday, May 13, in a 7-team Central Minnesota Conference meet. Coach Jason Huschle sees a lot of improvement with his team. “We continue to focus on improvement, and so far the boys have done a good job focusing on improving after every shot and every round.”
Schools attending the meet were: Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins, Maple Lake, Pierz, Rockford and Osakis. Scoring summary: K-EV-W’s senior Cole Stang, 47; senior Patrick Latcham, 52; sophomore Cameron Flaschenriem, 54; sophomore Skyler Schiefelbein, 63; freshman Tony DeJulianne, 49; sophomore Logan Schlueter, 52. B-B-E’s Jackson Gregory shot 40, HL-W-W’s Jacob Tintes and Hayden Lonetti each shot 49, Maple Lake’s Jason Pomije shot 44, Pierz’s Dustin Herold shot 38, Rockford’s Ty Griffin shot 40, Osakis’s Ethan Chalmers shot 44. Pierz’s Dustin Herold took Medalist honors with a net score of 38. Rockford took First Place with a net 170; Second Place, Pierz, 178 net; Third Place, Osakis, 182; Fourth Place, B-B-E, 185 net, Fifth Place, Maple Lake, 195; Sixth Place, K-EV-W, 200 net; Seventh Place, HL-W-W, 204.
The Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins girls’ golf team sent three girls to the Dassel-Cokato 10-team Invitational Monday, May 20. It was a good chance for Paiten Schreiner, Nicole Vossen, and Maddy O’Brien to compete with some of the best golfers in the area. Coach Kristine O’Brien is proud of the girls’ efforts. “Paiten Schreiner shot a 95, putting her tied for 10th place. The weather was a huge factor in the scores, but all the girls were troopers.”
The invite included teams from Waconia, St. Michael-Albertville, Monticello, Maple Lake, Big Lake, Rogers, Annandale, Dassel-Cokato, Rockford, and K-EV-W (who did not participate in the team mix). Scoring summary: K-EV-W’s senior Patien Schreiner, 95; sophomore Nicole Vossen, 98; sophomore Madelyn O’Brien, 111; INDIVIDUALS: Waconia’s Meagan Rachey shot 76, Monticello’s Amber Eckstein shot 87, STMA’s Kylie Slevin shot 87, Monticello’s Erin Swendsen shot 89, Big Lake’s Erin Wilburn shot 89, Roger’s Maddy Hol shot 91, Maple Lake’s Tabitha Latzig shot 91, Maple Lake’s Maggie Carey shot 91, D-C’s Kierra Lopac shot 94, K-EV-W’s Paiten Schreiner shot 95.
Girls’ golf All-Conference team included: (back row, left to right) Peyton Garcia, Osakis; Nicole Vossen, Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins; Annalise Savageau, Osakis; Jessica Hawks, Pierz; and Peyton Miller, B-B-E; (front row) Tabitha Latzig, Maple Lake; Maggie Carey, Maple Lake; Katelyn Foster, Osakis; and Jordan Gruendemann, B-B-E. Submitted photo.