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Check out lOOs of GREAT PHOTOS in the TCN "Photo Gallery" at tricountynews.MN 41W Page 8 gasketbal| ............. Jay Klein, Boys' Basketball Coach Cubs Fall to Royals remained close Sports Leisure Thursday, March 4, 2010 -: ................... -+ ,, Tr Co tyNws-Kimball MN ,,i- +...gn + e +i+!++i+>++ +.++! i!:+ + points in the first eight minutes of respectively. Fischer and Lib- throughout the the game and took a 16 to 8 lead. The Rockets answered, however, and led bythree at the half (27-24). In the second period, the Cubs saw their deficit get even larger at besmeier also hauled down six boards each. Austin Ruehle and Aaron Laabs each dished out three assists. On the defensive end, Lib- besmeier contributed four steals. The Kimball Cubs traveled to Royalton last Monday, Feb. 22, to take on the Royals. Kimball jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, only to see the Royals answer as the teams battled in the first half. A put-back basket at the buzzer gave the Royals a one-point half- time lead (23-22). The momentum carried over to the second half, as Royalton built their lead to double digits over the Cubs. Kimball struggled to solve the Royals 2-3 zone defense and lost by a score of 57-41. Alex Fischer and Nell Helgeson led the scoring attack, each net- ting 13 points. Dillon Menson and Pat Libbesmeier paced the Cub rebounders with seven apiece. Danny Jenson had three steals and Helgeson handed out four assists. DasseI-Cokato rallies to defeat Kimball Dassel-Cokato hosted the Kimball Cubs Tuesday, Feb. 23. The Cubs started out slow, but first half. A late rally allowed the Cubs to take a 3-point lead at inter- mission (26-23). The Chargers tied the score at the beginning of the second half with a long range three-pointer. The game remained tight for most of the second period. Down the stretch, the Cubs had to foul, and the Chargers iced the game at the free-throw line, beating the Cubs by a score of 56-46. Nell Helgeson and Dillon Men- son topped the scoring column for the Cubs with 17 and 10 points respectively. Menson and Alex Fischer led the rebounding effort with eight boards each. Helgeson and Pat Libbesmeier added four and three steals for Kimball. Hot start, cold nnish, dooms Cubs at Rockford Kimball traveled to Rockford Thursday, Feb. 25, to take on the Rockets in a CMC clash. The Cubs started out great on the defensive end, holding the Rockets to eight Basketball ]eremy Kuechle, Girls' BasketballCoach Kimball had two conference games in their last week of the reg- ular season, first hosting Pierz Tues- day, Feb. 23, then at B-B-E Friday, Feb. 26. Kimball honored this year's seniors Tuesday at the home final6 with Senior Night. These seniors are: Tesslynn Callander, Kelsey Vig- oren, Sarah Messer, Kristina Mack- ereth, Larissa Anthofer, and Lara Weber. The Cubs would get down early as the Pioneers scored the first two baskets of the game, but Kim- ball held tough, taking the lead 9-8 a few minutes later, and checked into half-time with a 31-23 lead. Kim- ball worked hard, creating their own breaks while extending their lead and finishing the contest with a 58-43 win. Junior Megan Gard- ing would lead all scorers with 16 points, while grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking three shots, playing a very solid game. Senior Tesslynn Callander added 10 points and three steals. Junior Natalie Stein also had 10 points with four steals. The steals leader for the night was sophomore Rachel Arnold recording five steals, with two of them at a crucial time late in the game to help the Cubs put away their opponent. Arnold also added 6 points, while sophomore Mandy Wittenberg played well with 8 points and six rebounds. Junior Shannon Donnay had 4 points along with senior KelseyVigoren's 4 points and four rebounds. Traveling to Bel- grade to take on the Jaguars with upset expectations on their minds, the Cubs took care of the basket- ball very well, as a team recording a season-low eight turnovers in the game. Kimball clawed and fought and kept the game close, but lacked the one nice run they needed to take a lead in the game as several oppor- tunites fell by the wayside. Kimball shot well enough from the perim- eter (7-18 3 pointers 39 percent) to try to bust B-B-E out of their zone defense, but poor shooting from the free-throw line (1-9), and on 2-point field goals (9-33) would not allow for an upset in this one. B-B-E escaped with a 46-40 win despite the effort being there on Kimball's end. Kim- ball played well defensively and the offense was very balanced, led by CaUander's 9 points, followed by Garding, Vigoren, and Arnold all with 6 points, sophomore Erin Dingmann 4 points, sophomore Brooke Merten 3 points, Wittenberg 2 points, Stein 2 points, Donnay 2 points. Kimball finishes its regu- lar season with a 12-12 record, play- ing many very nice games this year, as they gained the respect of their opponents establishing a renewed creditablity for themsleves, and the girls' basketball program. These girls have much to be proud off Another sign of their success this year has resulted in a home-playoff game at 7 p.m. this Thursday, March 4, in Kimball, where Kimball (3 seed) will host Foley (6 seed) in the first round of the sub-section 5AA playoffs. The winner of this game will advance and play the winner of EV-W (2 seed) and PACT (7 seed) on Saturday, March 6, at Howard Lake at 6 p.m. Come support your Cubs as March Madness begins in a very exciting time ofyeafi Go Big Blue! Senior Kelsey Vigoren -10 points and 5 assists in 2 games for Cubs, Senior Tesslynn Callander-9 points, 7 assists and 2 steals against B-B-E. 11 points before they made a run of their own. The Cubs cut the lead to one with just over a min- ute remaining. Down the stretch, the Rockets converted their foul shots pulling out a 6-point victory, 61-55. Nell Helgeson led three Cubs' players in double figures with 21 points. Alex Fischer and Pat Lib- besmeier added 11 and 10 points The Cubs overall record now stands at seven wins and 15 losses. They have a record of 3-9 in the Central Minnesota Conference. Kimball will close the regular sea- son with home games against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Maple Lake this week. Tour- nament play begins Thursday, March 11. Basketball Gary O. Riess, Girls' JV BasketbaU Coach JV girls' basketball season finishes Emily Donnay in scoring. Emily and Shannon Donnay, along with Kayla Myers, were top rebounders. Erin Dingmann, Rachel Arnold and Samantha Stuve led in free- throw percentage. Liz Kastanek, Sam Stuve, and Rachel Arnold were assist leaders and these three were also the steal leaders for the team. Amanda Wittenberg, Liz Kastanek," and Erin Dingmann were field-goal percentage lead- ers with Brooke Merten, Klarissa Eisenbraun and Rachel Arnold leading in three-point field goal percentage. Kimball had two conference victories over Holdingford, HL-W- W, B-B-E, and one win over Rock- ford. Maple Lake didn't field a IV team so the Cubs didn't compete against the Irish. Team members for this year's squad and games played were juniors Shannon Donnay (19), Klarissa Einbraun (15), Kayla Myers (22), Sammi Wright (20) and Natalie Stein who played in one game. Sophomores were Brooke Merten (22), Kayla When Brooke Merten hit a base line jumper with 7 seconds remaining to break a tie score, and then Erin Dingmann hit two free- throws with 4 seconds remaining, the Cubs put the cap on a come- back win over B-B-E in the final game of the season. The Cubs fin- ished the 2009-2010 season with a 17-5 record, going 10-0 in non-con- ference play and 7-5 against CMC opponents. The Cubs were 6-1 in December, 7-2 in January, and finished 4-2 in February, for a 17-5 overall record. Kimball losses were twice to EV-W and Pierz and a season split with Rockford. The encouraging thing about the EV-W and Pierz games was that in both cases the second games went down to the wire after being dominated the first time they played. The Cubs used 16 players dur- ing- the season, with some play- ing only JV and others splitting time between IV and varsity. Sea- son leaders for the Cubs were Erin Dingmann, Liz Kastanek, and Cubs place nine, send five to state ond period, Caramon wrestled very aggressively and threw his opponent for a fall in 3:24, to take home the championship over Cam Schafer from Minnewaska. Two guys were able to finish sec- ond in the tournament and also advance to the Xcel for the state tournament. Jordan Joseph (135) put together a good tournament, winning in the quarter finals 9-3 over Hunter Wollschlager from Minnewaska. In the semi's, Jor- dan won an exciting match 8-7 over Brent Goodenbour from B-B-E, and in the finals, Jordan came up on the losing end in a close match against Jacob Forcier from EV-W 5-9. Travis Schiefelbein (152) received the num- ber one seed, based on how impres- sive he wrestled in last year's section tournament, and Travis continued to step up in the big tournaments, winning in the quarter finals with a fall in 1:21 over Cody Kittelson from Minnewaska. In the semi's, Travis wrestled a smart match against Nate Becker from B-EV, taking advantage of every mistake made by Nate, Tra- vis came out on top 7-2. In the finals, Travis lost a close match to Lucian Grow from Sauk Centre 7-10. Kimball had three guys that did everything right and just missed the state tournament, but gave great performances on the week- end. Tyler Kuechle (125) lost a close semi-final match in overtime 2-4 to Matt Lee from ACGC. Tyler came back and placed third in the The Cubs place d nine kids in a very tough individual section tournament. They went into the tournament with eight kids seeded fourth or higher and everyone else set-up to make a good run. The wrestlers were focused and ready to wrestle, Leading the way for the Cubs with first-place finishes, were Marcus Hamer (103), winning in the quarter finals with a 17-2 tech fall over Brandon Maas from HL- W-W. In the Semi's, Marcus won by a fall over Adam Sutlief from Brow- erville-Eagle Valley (B-EV), and in the finals Marcus won by an 8-4 decision over Logan Peterson from ACGC. Tanner Mills (112) had the number four seed in the tour- nament and put together a great tournament with 11-3 win over Tyler Berghuis, ACGC in the quar- ter finals. In the Semi's, Tanner won an exciting match 5-3 against Jacob Braaten from Minnewaska, who is currently ranked sixth in state, and in the finals, Tanner kept it going by beating Randy Shamp from B-EV, 3-1 in overtime to cap- ture the championship. Caramon Hansen (140) also put together a great tournament winning in the quarterfinals with a fall in 2:55 against Paynesville's Brent Sch- langen. In the semi's Caramon won by a decision over Matt Meyer from ACGC 11-7 who is currently ranked 8th in state. In the finals, Caramon was down 2-6 in the sec- Overland (22), Rachel Arnold (21), Samantha Stuve (22), Liz Kas- tanek (22), Emily Donnay (22), Erin Dingmann (22), and Amanda Wittenberg (10). Also part of the JV squad were two German for- eign exchange students Larissa Anthofer and Lara Weber who each played in 16 games. The Cubs strengths this sea- son was defense, allowing an aver- age of 31.2 points per game, with 12 games under 30 and only three games of more than 50. The Cubs averaged more than 11 steals per game and out-rebounded their opponents in all but five games which were the games they lost. An area of concern all season was free-throw shooting where Kim- ball was a miserly 42 percent, which directly led to three of the five losses. The Cubs had 99 more field goals than their opponents (331 to 232) but only half as many three-point field goals (14 to 29). The season has concluded with more successes than disappoint- ments, and the girls can be proud of their efforts and the payoffs that those efforts produced. They will now be expected and encouraged to take these accomplishments, improve on them in the offsea- son, and carry them over to varsity competition next season. tournament, but was unable to get a true-second match because he had already wrestled the second- place finisher. David Joseph (171) also had a very close semi-final match losing to Ryan Larson from ACGC 7-8. David also came back and placed third, but for the same reason as Tyler, was unable to get a true-second match. Alex Thurber (215) put together a good tour- nament and was able to set him- self up for a true second match. In the semi-final match Alex lost to Brandon Manderscheid from Min- newaska who is currently ranked 4th in state 2-11. Alex came back and placed third and was able to wrestle Joe Holdvogt from EV-W for a true second match. Joe is currently ranked 6th in state, and in order for Alex to make it to the show he would need an upset. Alex kept the match close all the way through, but lost by a fall late in the third period. In his fourth year of wrestling Mitch Pramann (145) was able to place in sixth place at the tour- nament and gained another year of experience. All of the kids that wrestled in this tournament did a great job and represented Kimball very well; we can all be proud of them for the hard work they have put in this year. The state tournament will be held at the Xcel Center in St. Paul starting Wednesday, March 3, and going through Saturday, March 6. Our wrestlers will have their first match Wednesday, starting around 8 p.m. Depending on those results, their second match will be Thursday at 6 p.m. or 9 p.m.