The Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball cross-country teams competed at Pierz Golf Course Tuesday, Oct. 15, for the final gathering of the season, and captured a very respectable third-place finish. “Despite the rain, it was a very successful night with a lot of personal bests and good team placement. Emily Donnay is our only athlete with all-conference honors and ended up conference champ!” said Coach Holly Hansen. Ranked No. 10 in Class A cross country, Emily won the Central Minnesota Conference championship with a time of 15.56. Donnay’s nine races this season have been impressive to say the least, as she finished in the top four in eight of those outings. Donnay won the Little Crow Invitational (15:01) and the Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball Invitational (16:36) in September. She took second in Albany Tuesday, Oct. 8, with a time of 15:59.
The Kimball Cubs lost to host Eden Valley-Watkins Friday, Oct. 11, by a final tally of 20-6. Despite the valiant effort put forth by Kimball, they just couldn’t take advantage of the ample field position throughout the game. “We played hard all game long. We didn’t cash in when we moved the ball inside the EV-W 20-yard line. Of the four times we got down there, we only scored once; and that just doesn’t get it done,” Coach Jamie Leither said. Next up for the Cubs is the final regular-season contest with conference rivals Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Kimball. The Cubs hope to upgrade their 0-7 mark, and the Lakers look to move to .500, currently possessing a 3-4 record.
The Kimball Cubs’ volleyball team finished out the regular season in fine fashion, prevailing over Upsala, 3-1 and Eden Valley-Watkins, 3-0. The home victory vs. the Cardinals on Tuesday, Oct. 8, and the Thursday, Oct. 10, win at the Eagles’ moves the Cubs to a respectable 11-13 season mark. Junior Macey Hurrle batted 19 kills to boost Kimball past Upsala. Game scores were 23-25, 25-21, 25-16, and 25-17. Coach Scott Heinen sums it up. “A fun night! We recognized our great parents and honored our seniors; Shelby Schiefelbein, Hollie Donnay, Alexis Rose, Rebecca Frank, and Stacy Hurrle. They have set an example that makes us proud to coach them and for others to model. We played a good match and furthered our journey to playing team volleyball (and our best volleyball), preparing for a long journey into the playoffs.”
It was a beautiful day on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Albany, as the Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball runners stretched their legs for a good run. EV-W-K took eighth place and they were led by Emily Donnay, who finished second with a time of 15.59.
She may be a new face on the Hamline volleyball team this year. But Kimball Area High School graduate Molly Hurrle is playing like an old hand these days. A senior transfer from Mayville State, Hurrle moved into a regular role as the team’s main set-up person in early September. She has adapted so well that she now ranks 11th in the country and third in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Converence (MIAC) in Assists Per Set (10.69). Her 220 assists in conference action leads all setters going into the Pipers’ match Oct. 9 at St. Mary’s.
The rest of the MIAC is starting to pay attention as well. Hurrle was named the conference’s Setter/Libero Of The Week for her efforts in the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5. The Kimball native had 205 assists and 61 digs as the Pipers went 3-2. For the year, she now has 556 assists and 153 digs.