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]D-- N_ 8 dr _ .--_  Li&apos; Thursday, February 12, 2009 J. :t]z po't8 Tri-Countv News- Kimball, M N Alpine Ski results Powder Ridge Alpine Ski Team hosted the event and placed sec- ond at Invitational Saturday, Feb. 7. A total of 21 Powder Ridge rac- ers combined top-five finishes to help the Ridge Racers place sec- ond at Powder Ridge in the third of a four-race series for 2009. First- place finishes were turned byAbby Swanson (girls age 6), Suzanne Schneider (girls age 8), Nathan Hil- bert (boys age 8), Kaia Greely (girls age 9), Nicole Bloch (girls age 11), Eric Schneider (boys age 12), and Parker Fuchs (boys age 14). In sec- ond was Ben Minkel (boys age 13) with third-place finishes by Shelby Zoller (girls age 6), Callan Miller (boys age 6), Emma Erickson (girls age 9) and Lexie Deal (girls age 13). Fourth-place finishes were earned by Brinley Zoller (girls age 9), Charlie Stuck (boys age 9), Kelly Zelko (girls age 12), Anne Hunsti- ger (girls age 13), Nick Held (boys age 13), and Cole Minkel (boys age 15). Securing fifth places were Anne Boesen (girls age 8), Hel- ena Nelson (girls age 10), and Kris Dahlgren (boys age 15). Powder Ridge entered 40 rac- ers who combined for team points totaling 73 compared to first place Mt. Kato (209) with 136 racers and Andes Tower Hills (25) with 21 rac- ers. The Powder Ridge Team will travel next to Mt. Kato for the MSRL Championships Feb. 28. PR Jr Alpine Coaches Seventh-grade boys' basketball. By Barry Strand, Coach The seventh-grade boys' bas- ketball season is just past the mid- way point. The team's record cur- rently stands at 4-3 with three reg- ular season games to play and an end-of-the-season tournament in Rockford Feb. 28, which features all of the junior-high teams from the Central Minnesota Confer- ence. Offensively, the team is led in scoring by Cameron Hunt and fol- lowed by Ben Serbus and Adam Laabs. The team had two of their seven games with everyone scor- ing and, on the defensive side of the ball, the whole team is really work- ing hard at increasing the intensity and pressure. Each member of the team brings a uniqueness which makes the entire team chemistry click. They are doing a very nice job of representing Kimball on the basketball court and I am proud of how hard they are practicing each day. The seventh-grade basket- ball players are: Cameron Hunt, Mitchell Klein, Adam Laabs, Luke Merten, Nathan Overland, Hunter Schreifels and Ben Serbus. Thursday, Feb. 12, Home vs. Maple Lake; Thursday, Feb. 19, at Howard Lake; Thursday, Feb. 26, Home vs. Rockford; Saturday, Feb. 28, CMC Tourney at Rockford. Cubs fall to Rockford and Pierz Kimball lose to Rockets The Kimball boys' basketball team hosted the Rockford Rock- ets Tuesday night, Feb. 3. Rockford jumped out to an early lead and coasted into halftime by a score of 36-15. In the second half the Cubs mounted a comeback. With seven minutes left in the game the Cubs cut the deficit to nine points. Unfortunately Kimball could not get any closer, as they dropped a 69-58 decision. Scott Nystrom and Bobby Arens led the scoring with 26 and 9 points, respectively. Neil Helgeson dished out three assists. Nystrom also led the team in rebounding (10) and steals (four). The Cubs are now at 6-7 on the season and 2-4 in conference play. Cubs start hot but finish cold The Cubs hosted the Pioneers from Pierz Friday night, Feb. 6, at the Leo Wirth Gymnasium. Kim- ball jumped out to a fast start with some great shooting. The Cubs took a nine-point lead into the half (33-24). Pierz came back in the sec- ond half and trailed by one, 40-39, with7:31 remaining. The Pioneers out-scored the Cubs 26-5 the rest of the way, to pull out a 20-point win, 65-45. The Cubs were led in the scor- ing column by Scott Nystrom with 21 points. Neil Helgeson added nine on three 3-pointers. Andy Dingmann led the defensive charge with four steals. Nystrom also added eight rebounds, five assists and four blocks. Turnovers were the key, as the Cubs coughed up the ball 19 times. Pierz also out- rebounded Kimball 44-20. Kim- bali's record now stands at six wins and eight losses on the season. Minnesota adults fish free with kids during holiday weekend Adult Minnesotans (18 and older) can try ice fishing without purchasing a license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing dur- ing Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Week- end, Feb. 14-16. "This is an opportunity to get outdoors and connect with nature," said Mike Kurre, Min- nesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) mentoring pro- gram coordinator. '!You've got the chance to try something new and you just might find something for the frying pan." Unlike summertime shore fiSh- ing, ice fishing presents some unique challenges. Here are key tips from the DNR's Minn Aqua program <http://mndnr.gov/ minnaqua/icefishing>, which is designed to teach angling recre- ation and stewardship as well as the ecology and conservation of aquatic habitats. Dressing in layers is the best way to deal with winter's icy chill. Layers keep you warm in even the coldest conditions by creating pockets of warm air and helping moisture evaporate. Followyour mom's advice and wear a hat. Almost 90 percent of your heat escapes through your head. Plopping an ice shelter down in the middle of ice shack city on a nearby lake doesn't guarantee suc- cess. Noise and traffic often spook fish, so find a private hole off by yourself. If that's not an option, keep to the outside ring of these "cities on ice." The only rule of how to fish is that there are no rules. Be willing to try different options. If a slow, methodical jigging motion isn't working, try an aggressive one- or try a lift-and-drop technique. The MinnAqua program also works with the "Ice Team", a group of manufacturers who help edu- cate anglers by providing expert volunteers, hands-on activi- ties and providing equipment for schools, events and mentoring organizations. They also provid e ice fishing tips, helpful links, basic ice safety information, and fun stuff for kids to keep them busy on the ice. "There's no better time to intro- duce somebody to the world of ice fishing than the long holiday week- end," Kurre said. "Help a young- ster enjoy the beauty of a Minne- sota winter and make a lasting memory." Inner-loop lighting malfunctioning at Quarry Park Quarry Park's ski trail light- ing has been experiencing power problems for the last few weeks. The two-mile inner loop con- tinues to be out of order. County electricians are trouble-shooting the problem, but work was being slowed by the weather. The outer ski loop of 2.2 miles continues to work well. This loop contains a classical track and a platform for skate-skiing. There is also a one-mile win- ter walking trail that is packed for hikers. The hiking path gives snow-shoers access to hundreds of ungroomed park land south of the ski trails. The park continues to be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. dur- ing the ski season. When the inner loop has been repaired public will be notified. To find out general updates on ski trail conditions skiers can check the park page on the county Web site < www.co.stearns.mn.us>. I FuP. KUp h00s.0wm0..e 00lu. - gaturday - February 21 You must start aonef the 13 participating business .is to get stamped and get the rules*'NO ent fee. Get your card stamped, and get an ent for raffle. Fun Run begins when these businesses open. Turn m Stamped cards at1 arl Lake Lodge by 8 p.m. * Shorty's Bar O0?Y UKly Tom's Flash's Gas & Auto Kinsston Mini Mart Pearl Lake Lodge ;i Valleyj Inn Double Deuce Bar Corner Bar Triple R Bar & Grill cOS  Mies Outland Bud's .Bar A.M. Maus Riverside Store & Tavern Cubs wrestlers pull off two big wins It looks like the Kimball wres- tlers are picking the right time of the year to find their stride. The young men have been working hard and they are starting to see great results on the mat. Coach Schindler and his staff have been emphasizing the fact that this is a marathon and the kids need to believe in the pro- gram, work hard, and things will turn out positively. It sure looks like the kids are buying into his plan. Tuesday, Feb. 3, they traveled to Howard Lake for a pivotal trian- gular with Howard Lake-Waverly- Winsted (HL) and Long Prairie- Grey Eagle (LP). The Cubs first took care of LP by the score of 36-34. The Cubs got key pins from Tanner Mills at 103, Quentin Bryce at 125. and David Joseph at 135. The match came right down to the wire with Josh Almgren winning a close match at 189 to seal the deal. It is always nice to have a seasoned senior towards the top of your lineup. The Cubs also looked very sharp in defeating HL 37-23. The team really pulled together and did all of the little things right. Whether it was staying off their back or find- ing a way to dig deep to win a close match, the Cubs were bound and determined to seize this moment. There were five matches decided by four points or less. with Kimball winning all five. It never seems to work out that way but it was the Cubs' night. The Cubs received big pins from senior Zach Hedlund at 160 and senior Tyler Gregory at 215. They also received a big upset win over last year's section champion at 135 pounds from David Joseph. On the night, the Cubs had five wrestlers go undefeated: Tan- ner Mills at 103, Tyler Kuechle at 119, Quentin Bryce at 125, Justin Kuechle at 130, and David Joseph at 135. The Cubs are currently 11-9 overall and 4-3 in the conference. The Cubs wrestlers would like to take the time to thank all of the community friends that have showed up to watch the wrestlers this year. It was great to look up into the stands and see more Kim- ball fans than the host fans. The following are the weights, statistics and match scores for the Kimball varsity wrestling duals:" 103: Tanner Mills (K) fall Miguel Botello (LPGE) :19 112: Thomas Haugen (LPGE) fall Matt Donnay (K) :22 119: Tyler Kuechle (K) forfeit 125: Quentin Bryce (K) fall Jamie Wright (LPGEI 3:05 130: Justin Kuechle (K) forfeit 135: David Joseph (K) fall Jor- dan Petrone (LPGE) :57 140: Timber Holmquist (LPGE) dec Travis Schiefelbein (K) 10-7 145: Kyle Middendorf (LPGE) fall Travis Wills (K) 3:02 152: AlexThurber (K) dec. Mitch Zastrow (LPGE) 7-2 160: Daniel Schad (LPGE) maj. Zach Hedlund (K) 16-6 171: Joseph Pesta (LPGE) dec. Luke Schiefelbein (K) 4:1 189: Josh Almgren (K) dec. Tim Zastrow (LPGE) 7-6 215: Brian Reece (LPGE) fall Tyler Gregory (K) 1:10 Hwt: Chris Whalen (LPGE) fall Mike Munz (K) 1:35 Kimball 37, Howard Lake- Waverly-Winsted 23 103: Tanner Mills (K) dec. Chris Cox (HLWW) 5-3 112: Dylan Youngren (HLWW) maj Matt Donnay (K) 9-0 119: Tyler Kuechle (K) maj. McK- enzie Rehmann (HLWW) 13-5 125: Quentin Bryce (K) dec. Zach Horstmann (HLWW) 7-3 130: Justin Kuechle (K) forfeit 135: David Joseph (K) dec Tony Horstmann (HLWW) 7-5 140: Cameron Lehner (HLWW) maj Travis Schiefelbein (K) 11-2 145: Travis Wills (K) dec. Jeff Hausladen (HLWW) 10-8 152: Derek Youngren (HLWW) maj. AlexThurber (K) 12-3 160: Zach Hedlund (K) fall Terry Yerke (HLWW) 2:55 171: Luke Schiefelbein (K) dec. Tony Hausladen (HLWW) 6-3 189: John Long (HLWW) tech. JoshAlmgren (K) 15-0 215: Tyler Gregory (K) fall Rich- ard Yerke (HLWW):58 Hwt: Joel Marketon (HLWW) fall Mike Munz (K) 5:59 "The Kimball Wrestling Announcement Guys"