Kimball Area High School is off to a great start for its first year ever of High School Trap Shooting. We have a team of 19 athletes. Every week the athletes shoot 50 birds and the top 15 scores in our team contribute to our points standing. There are 5 total weeks of competition and at the end they will have a Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Championship (June 6) and a Minnesota State High School League Championship (June 14).
We would like to thank everyone for their support of the Athletes and this program. A special “Thank You” goes out to the
Kimball Rod and Gun Club, Kimball Sports Boosters, Thunderin’ Toms NWTF Chapter, and Scheels for their donations to help make this program a success.
The girls just couldn’t get it going Tuesday, April 22, as they lost to the visiting Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers, 21-1. Howard Lake got off to an early lead in the top of the first, when Cozette Eastman hit a 3-run homerun off of Emily Utecht. In the second inning, Howard Lake added 16 runs off of 7 hits, including two round trippers – a grand slam by Cozette Eastman and a 2-run shot by Taylor Smida, hit off of pitcher Alexis Rose. Kimball’s lone run came in the second inning when Shelby Schiefelbein crossed the plate. The Lakers would score
2 more times in the fourth inning, when Hathaway Heber hit a 2-run blast off of Maddison Libbesmeier.
Highlights for the Cubs: Shelby Schiefelbein 2 for 2, 1 run scored. Maddison Libbesmeier struck out five batters in three innings of work. The losing pitcher was Emily Utecht.
Highlights for Howard Lake: Cozette Eastman 4 for 4, 2 home runs, 6 RBI, 1 stolen base; Mikayla Kittock 2 for 4; Hathaway Heber 1 for 4, 2-run home run; Taylor Smida 1 for 3, 2-run home run; The winning pitcher was Sam Loebertmann.
Mother Nature has stepped up to the plate again, and the Cubs spring schedule is rapidly turning to confetti. Thus far, Kimball has played only three and postponed eight games.
In the season opener, the Cubs traveled to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City to play a non-conference game and won, 5-1. Mathias Hennen got the start on the mound for the Cubs and had a nice outing, going six innings, scattering six hits, walking one, striking out one, and allowing no earned runs. Offensively, the Cubs were led by Cameron Hunt, 3 for 4, 2 runs scored, and Mitch Klein, 2 for 4, with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. “We, as a team, played very good defense, especially considering we didn’t have any practices on a baseball field up to that point,” Coach Adam Beyer said.
The Cubs started the year off with a home game Friday, April 11, where they matched up against neighboring Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles.
Michael Hoffmann looked sharp on the mound for the cubs. EV-W managed just one hit off of Hoffmann, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out three during his two innings of work.
Matt S., Jake and Bradley helped lead Eden Valley-Watkins. They combined for six hits and five RBIs.
Mitchell Jansky was the game’s losing pitcher for the Cubs. He lasted just one inning, walked one, struck out one, and allowed three runs.
EV-W stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the third, scoring three runs on two singles.
The fourth inning saw the Cubs score their only run on the day on an RBI single by Hoffmann.
The Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins girls’ golf team competed in a Central Minnesota Conference meet at Shamrock Tuesday, April 15. The ladies came out a little rusty and tied for last in the 7-team event, hosted by Rockford.
The conference battle 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 junior Nicole Vossen, 46; eighth-grader Trinity Erickson, 52;
B-B-E’s Peyton Miller shot 45, Maple Lake’s Tabitha Latzig shot 43, Pierz’s Jessica Hawks shot 45, Rockford’s Haley Woodrich shot 50, Osakis’s Annalise Savageau and Ariel Chalmers shot 45; and Alayna Eldred took Meet Medalist honors with a 41. Osakis took first place with a net 177; second place - Maple Lake, 192 net; third place - B-B-E, 205 net; fourth place - Pierz, 250 net; fifth place - Rockford, 253 net; sixth K-EV-W, 300 net; seventh place, HL-W-W,