The Kimball Area football team left the post-season competition early. Opening the Section 4A quarterfinals action Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Belgrade, the seventh-seeded Cubs lost a tough one to the number two-seeded Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars, 21-13. Kimball Area jumped out early and grabbed a first-quarter 7-0 lead. But Austin Kollman’s 135 yards rushing and two touchdowns proved enough for the Jaguars to claim victory and move forward into the next round.
Kimball scoring summary: Devon Kelley fumble recovery (kick good); Luke Merten pass from Cameron Hunt (kick blocked).
Brady Mehr #10 takes the kick-off from the B-B-E Jaguars and returns it for a great starting field position for the Cubs during the Section semifinals Saturday, Oct. 26. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
Kimball (12-13-0) has a bye for the first playoff (Oct. 24) in the volleyball playoffs. The Cubs will first play Friday, Oct. 25, against either Royalton or Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City who play Oct. 24. The Kimball game is at 7 p.m. this Friday, at Kimball. If they win, their next game, for the quarterfinals, will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Long Prairie.
Eden Valley-Watkins (7-15-0) will face St. Cloud Christian at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Eden Valley. The winner will advance to face Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at 7 p.m.Friday, Oct. 25, at BBE. The winner of that game will play for the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Long Prairie.
Finishing regular season play at 0-8, the Kimball Cubs football team just can’t seem to catch a break. The Cubs hosted league rival Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Wednesday, Oct. 16, and lost a heartbreaker, with just seconds remaining, 34-32. Taking the lead on a last-minute 47-yard touchdown pass, the Lakers withstood a gallant comeback effort by the Cubs, which ended in a game-ending interception from HL-W-W’s 19-yard line. Kimball quarterback Cameron Hunt rushed for one score and shelled out 23 completions for a whopping 372 yards passing and four touchdowns. Cameron Hunt’s last TD pass with just over five minutes remaining, broke a 26-all tie and elevated the Cubs to a six-point advantage. But the Lakers persevered, combining a safety with the final TD bomb, and to the faithful onlookers’ dismay, snatched the victory.
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.