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Thursday, January28,2010 Sports Leisure Page 9 Tri Powder Ridge Alpine Ski Team aS k e t b al | competes ]eremy Kuechle, Girls' BasketballCoach Lady Cubs get tenth win of season The Lady Cubs keep chipping nay, and Sarah Messer all scored away at their season's goals and 4 points each. Liz Kastanek and another goal was met this week Kayla Myers added 2 points each. as they earned their tenth win of Kristina Mackereth was one for and Wittenberg (13 rebounds). The guards took care of the ball, with only four second-half turn- overs against the Pierz full court and aggressive man-to-man half- court pressure. Garding led all scorers with 16 points, followed by Wittenberg's 13 points. Stein led the guards with 11 points, Vigo- ren had 9 points and three assists, A total of nine Powder Ridge racers earned top five finishes at Wild Mountain in the second of a four-race series for 2010. First place finishes were turned byAbby Swanson (Girls age 7) and Nicole Bloch (Girls age 12). Second places the season. The week began with two from the free-throw line to while Callander had 7 points and went to Benjamin Wright (Boys i a trip to St. John's Prep Tuesday, round out the many contributors an impressive seven assists. Com- age 9), Logan Erickson (Boys age Jan. 19, playing in historic Guild on offensefortheCubs. Despite not ing off the bench for the Cubs and 12) and Eric Schneider (Boys age Hall where Kimball showed how being in the scoring column, Erin playing hugerolesintheCubs win 13). Third places went to Rachel eager theywere to get back to win- Dingmann was directly respon- were Rachel Arnold (two assists Boesen (Girls age 7) and Charlie ~. ning basketball. The Cubs jumped sible for 10 points. She unself- and three rebounds), Brooke Stuck (Boys age 10). Fourth places out to a 17-2 lead on the heels of ishlyhanded out five assists on the Merten (4 points), Shannon Don- to Suzanne Schneider (Girls age 9) Kelsey Vigoren's three first-half 3-point field goals and the sharp shooting of Natalie Stein. St. John's made one run in the game right before haftime, as they were able to make some perimeter shots and close Kimball's advantage to 31-22 at the halfway mark. But, in the second half, the Cubs again forced their opponent into too many mis- takes with great defensive pres- sure, allowing Kimball to stretch their lead and close out a 66-34 win. Tesslynn Callander played greatly at the point guard posi- tion, scoring 8 points, dishing out seven assists, and creating oppor- tunities for her teammates. Stein was one of those teammates who took advantage, shooting 50 per- cent from the floor, finishing with a game high 16 points. Vigoren's 9 points and six rebounds pro- vided the spark and the flame con- tinued to burn with Megan Gard- ing and Mandy Wittenberg each scoring 6 points. Brooke Merten, Rachel Arnold, Shannon Don- night, always having the knack to find an open teammate. Leading rebounders in the contest were Vigoren and Garding with seven, Callander six, and Mackereth four. Thursday, Jan. 21, the Cubs made a voyage to Pierz, battling the freez- ing rain that takes a normally long bus ride and makes it even longer. Kimball was slow to thaw from the long bus ride, while Pierz started hot and built an 18-2 lead. Kim- ball would not walk away from this one without a fight, however, they slowly chipped away at the Pio- neers' lead and narrowed the def- icit to 29-25 at the half. The Cubs picked up right where they left off, immediately tying the game in the second half and taking the lead shortly thereafter. Kimball did not let Pierz make a run, as the Cubs frustrated Pierz with great defense, and slowly built a lead of their own, and finished off Pierz with a final score of 62-47. Kim- ball dominated the boards, led by posts Garding (11 rebounds) nay (2 points and four rebounds), and Sarah Messer (one rebound). The win pushes the Cubs' Confer- ence record to 3-3 and their over- all record to 10-4, as they look for- ward to upcoming games against B-B-E (home Jan. 26) and EV-W (away Jan. 29). Go Big Blue! Senior Kristina Mackereth- four rebounds off the bench at St. John's. and Emma Erickson (Girls age 10). Fifth place was earned by Nicolas Swenson (Boys age 10). Powder Ridge entered 21 racers who com- Sophomore Mandy Witten- berg-13 points and 13 rebounds at Pierz. bined for 34 team points compared to first-place Mt. Kato (180 points) and Trollhaugen (55 points). The Powder Ridge Team will host a race at Powder Ridge, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, with Welch Village and Mt. Kato teams. Free Youth Hockey Clinic at SCSU Jan. 30 St. Cloud Youth Hockey and St. Cloud State University will offer a free youth hockey clinic for kids ages 4-10 years old at the National Hockey Center from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 30. This clinic is designed to give youth athletes a chance to try out the sport of hockey. Hockey equipment will be available for use at the clinic and coaches will be on hand to instruct and also help them with their equipment. If you are interested in par- ticipating in this free program, please arrive at the NHC Pro Shop on the lower level 30-45 min- utes early to be fitted for equip- ment. Participants can also bring their own equipment if they have it. For more information on this program, which is a USA Hockey program, please call Jeff (Hess) at (320) 248-1707. 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