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*IV Page 16 sports Loisuro Heartbreaking loss ends season for Lady Cubs rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to take the lead right back and led for almost the entire first half. Enter- ing the sec- ond half with a 24-18 lead, the Cubs were blitzed by the physical inten- sity from EV-W which resulted in a 10-0 Eagle scoring run to start the sec- ond half. How- ever, Kim- ball would respond by taking the lead back at 29-28 with 12 min- utes remaining. From this point the fouls would mount and many free throws would be shot while the lead would change hands 11 times in the second half. With one minute and 30 seconds remain- ing, Kimball's 44-43 lead would be , erased as EV-W took the lead on a field goal giving the Eagles a 45-44 Mandy Wittenberg 21 points, 19 rebounds in two playoff games. Rachel Arnold 33 points, 9 assists in two playoff games. By leremy Kuechle, coach The opening round of the Sec- tion 5AA playoffs began Thurs- day, March 3, at Kimball where the third-seeded Cubs hosted a matchup against the sixth-seeded PACT Spectrum Panthers. Kimball led from the start, as they jumped on top of the Panthers leading 29-20 at the half. Kimball pushed its lead to 47-33, with six minutes to play and held on as the Panthers tried to make a late push, with Kimball holding on for the 55-48 victory. Rachel Arnold led the Cubs with 18 points and five assists, while Mandy Wittenberg totaled 13 points and 11 rebounds. Brooke Merten handled the point well, adding 12 points of her own, while guard Natalie Stein chipped in five points, Shannon Donnay had four points, Megan Garding two points and Erin Dingmann one point. The win advanced the Cubs into the semifinal matchup to face the number two-seeded EV-W Eagles March 5. This game would rank very high in entertainment value, as the local rivalry would live up to high playoff expectations. The Cubs were fired up to play as they lead. This would be the final lead Record-setting season ends with fifth-place finish change as EV-Wheld on to win by a final score of 49-47. The scor- ing line for Kimball was as fol- lows: Arnold 15, Garding 11, Wit- tenberg eight, Merten five, Don- nay three, Liz Kastanek two, Stein two, Dingmann one. Witten- berg led in rebounding with eight boards, Arnold in assists with four and steals with three. With the loss, Kimball finishes the season with a 14-12 season record, while By Mike Schindler The Cubs battled their way through the Minnesota State High School League tournament to a fifth-place finish, capping offa sea- son full of new records. Some per- sonal and team records have been broken this year including the fol- lowing: Most team wins in a sea- son, the team finished with a 33-2 overall record. Most tournament wins in a season, the team won all five tournaments they were in this year including the Rush City indi- vidual tournament, the Frazee dual tournament, Royalton Invite individual tournament, The Kim- ball Duals, and the Fergus Falls Dual tournament. On their way to a fifth-place finish in state, the Cubs faced 17 ranked teams, beat- ing 15 of them. The team also scored 1,732 points this year in dual meets, setting another school record. Another record was set by sending eight individuals to the state tournament: Mitchell McKee, Quinten Berres, Tanner Mills, Mar- cus Hamer, Tyler Kuechle, Jordan Joseph, Caramon Hansen, and David Joseph, and tied the school record "by placing three of them: Quinten Berres, Tyler Kuechle and David Joseph. Marcus Hamer, Tan- ner Mills, Caramon Hansen, Tra- vis Schiefelbein, and David Joseph all hit their 100th win this year. Quinten Berres set a new record with 25 pins on the year. We also had our first student to sing the National Anthem at the state tour- nament: Maria Donnay did an awesome job representing Kimball as she honored America. In the first round of the state tournament, the Cubs faced sixth- ranked Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial. LCWM was in the tour- nament the previous year and their experience proved to be the differ- ence, as the Cubs battled hard, but came up on the losing end. Mitch: ell Mckee (103) started the cubs off with a 4-3 decision win over Levi Ma.rsch, Quinten Berres (112) won by a fall in :37 seconds over Dylan Keck, Tanner Mills (119) won by a 3-1 decision over fifth-ranked Tan- ner Trembley, Marcus Hamer (125) won by a 11-6 decision over Cole Bohnert, Mitch Pramann (135) won by an 8-2 decision over Spencer Yackel, Tyler Kuechle (140) won by a 4-1 decision over 10th-ranked Eric Hood, Alex Thurber (215) won by a 6-3 decision over Chuck Gunder- individual tournament were at a disadvantage to the kids who did not have a team in the state tour- nament. They had to weigh in one more time, had three tough matches on Thursday and now would have to face fresh competi- tion. All of the guys wrestled really well and should be very proud of themselves for leaving everything out on the mat. 103 - Mitchell McKee Mitchell was outweighed all year, and when you get to the State tournament the competition is extremely tough, especially giving up 10-15 pounds. Mitchell wrestled really well, losing his first match to Cody Hansen of St. James 6-9. Cody ended the tournament placing fourth. Mitchell would get a second match that had the same result as he lost to Wayne Henslin from Ken- yonWanamingo 2-4, Wayne did not place in the tournament. 112 - Ouinten Berres - 6th Place finish Quinten came into the indi- vidual tournament with (23) pins which tied the school record, but dominated his first two oppo- nents with pins to break the school record. In the first round, Quinten won by a fall in 1:06 over lerod Novak from Aitkin. In the quar- ter finals, Quinten revenged a loss from earlier in the year with a fall in 24 seconds over Trevor Stilke from Frazee. In the semi-finals Quinten lost a 3-6 decision to Shane Novak from New York Mills who eventu- ally plac-e.d second in the tourna- ment. In the wrestle backs, Quinten lost a close 7-11 match against Isaac Novacek from Badger/Greenbush Middle River who placed third in the tournament. Going for fifth place, Quinten ran into a tough Mitch Andrews from Border West and lost a 4-12 match. 119 - Tanner Mills Tanner had a tough draw in the first round. He wrestled his com- petition in the team dual against Border West Will McCarthy los- ing by a fall, but the second match was a lot different. Tanner made some adjustments and wrestled a hard-fought match, just coming up short with a 2-5 loss. Will ended up placing second in the tourna- ment. In the wrestle backs, Tan- ner won his second match against Isaac Carreon from St. James with a 15-1 major decision. Tanner lost his third match, knocking him out of son. This put the team score at Kimball 24 LCWM 29. Losing in . the first round of the tournament. meant that the best finish the Cubs could get was fifth place. The guys picked themselves up and were ready for the next battle against Border West. Bor- der West has one of the toughest line-ups from 103-130 in the state and we could not afford to give up any bonus points and the big guys would have to pull us through for the win. Border West Would win four of the first five weights against the Cubs with Marcus Hamer (125) getting a win over third-ranked Gus McCarthy 8-7. This put the team score at 3-14 then Kimball rattled off a couple of nice wins from Mitch Pramann (135) with a 14-1 major decision over Leonard Nicoletti, Tyler Kuechle (140) with a fall in 3:01 over Nick Stafford, Jor- dan Joseph (145) with a 9-3 decision over Austin Maanum, and Cara- mon Hansen (152) with a fall in 30 seconds over Chalmer Cambel- lick. The Cubs took the lead after this run with a 22-19 team score. To seal the win for the Cubs came down to David Joseph (189) getting a 17-4 major decision over Wolf- gang Brink and Alex Thurber (215) winning by a fall in 3:06 over Wylie Pullis, giving the Cubs a 32-28 vic- tory and advancing to the fifth- place match. Going for the Consolation Championship against Zumbrota Mazeppa, the guys came out deter- mined to finish strong as they did all year. Quinten Berres (112) got the Cubs on the board with a 14-3 major decision over Hunter Prodz- inski, Tanner Mills (119) won by a 8-4 decision over Nick Majerus, Marcus Hamer (125) won by a 12-4 decision over Mitchell Watkins, Tyler Kuechle (140) won by a 12-1 major decision over Nate Bennet, Jordan Joseph (145) won by 12-5 decision over Dillon Downes, Car- amon Hansen (152) won by a 11-3 major decision over Joe Sorenson, Travis Schiefelbein (171) won by a fall in 1:15 over Andy Siems, David Joseph (215) won by a 7-4 decision over Cole Nelson, Austin Schiefel- bein (hwt) won by a fall in 3:30 over Matt Hodgman. The Cubs won the dual 37-25 to take home fifth place. Marcus Hamer and Tyler Kue- chle went 3-0 for the Cubs in the team state tournament. The eight guys who made the 'r r lll EV-W defeated Maple Lake in the Sub Section Championship Tues- day, March 8 by a score of 41-30. In the Section Championship Friday, March 11, EV-W lost 35-19 to Prov- idance Academy who will repre- sent Section 5AA in the State Tour- nament this week, Thursday, March 17, 2011 pup News Kimball, MN ......... ;; .... :::w_ Nq Jendro in Sled- Dog Race ISDRA Musher Ashlyrr lendro of Kimball took llth place in the Adult 4_Dog Speed class at the Snowflake International Sled Race Sunday, March 6, in Duluth. This event was hosted by the Midwest Skijorer's Club. The Snowfake International was sanctioned by the International Sled Dog Racing Association and counts towards the International Championship Series for Sled Dog Racing. Jendro finished the 7.2-mile course with a total time of 00:29:29 hours:minutes:seconds. Jendro's complete racing record can be found at Profiles/report.asp?ISDRA_8854. Valley Victors 4-H Club Report Our last 4-H meeting was held Sunday, March 6, at the high school. Bridget Lux told us about fruit and the nutrients in them. We made fruit pizzas and we had an awesome time! They were so yummy. We are also doing a food shelf community pride project and had people who work at the food shelf come out and talk about how the food shelf works. Our role call was "What is your least favor- ite food?" We talked about family fun night, community pride proj- ect, and county fruit sales. We also discussed whether or not to do a food shelf garden where we would grow food and donate it to the food shelf. Shelby Kuechle did a proj- ect talk on "How to Raise a Dairy Heifer." We all enjoyed the food shelf workers coming in, and we owe them a huge thank you. We all enjoyed the meeting. Club Reporter, Shelby Kuechle the tournament, to Dustin Esplan from New Richland 2-4. Dustin placed third in the tournament. 125 - Marcus Hamer Marcus went 2-2 in the tour- , nament winning his first match against Levi Specht from Yellow Medicine East 5-1. In his second match, Marcus had Gus McCarthy from BorderWest. Marcus wrestled hard but lost a 3-9 decision. Gus ended up placing fifth in the tour- nament. Marcus came back in the wrestle back and won a 5-1 deci- sion over lake Malone from United North Central. This put Marcus against Chris Pfarr from LeSueur Henderson, Marcus lost this match 1-7. Chris ended up placing sixth in the tournament. 140 - Tyler Kuechle 6th Place finish Tyler, in his first State tourna- ment, had a great tournament his senior year. Tyler faced Tyler Jack- son from Kenyon-Wanamingo, winning by a 9-4 decision. Tyler then faced off against Eric Hood from LCWM for the second time in the tournament. Tyler came out on the winning end with a 5-2 decision to put him into the semi finals. In the semis, Tyler faced Dustin Dylla from United South Central, losing a very close match 2-3. In the wres- tle back, Tyler faced Adam Cool- ing from Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther, losing a 2-7 decision, plac- ing Tyler in the fifth-place match where he would face Garret Hoff- ner from Mahnomen/Waubun. Tyler lost this match 0-7, finishing his career with a sixth-place finish in state and a 136-62 career record. 145 - Jordan Joseph As,an eighth grader, this was Jor- dan's second trip to the state tour- nament. Jordan wrestled Myles Moreno from Hayfield. In a tough battle, Jordan lost the match 9-14. Being that Myles did not win his second match, this knocked Jordan out of the tournament. Jordan will be looking to make it back to state next year as a freshman. 152 - Caramon Hansen In his second state tournament, Caramon faced Seth Hofland from New York Mills in the first round. Caramon took it to him, winning the match 19-5. Caramon then faced Bryan Andrews from Martin County West in the quarter finals, losing this match 9-15 put Cara- mon in the wrestle back round. Caramon faced a familiar oppo- nent in Nathan Tomala f{'om Pierz in the first round of wrestle backs, winning this match 11-3 put Car- amon against lake Krogstad from Dover Eyota. Caramon wrestled tough but could not score enough to advance. 189 - David Joseph - 5th Place finish Senior David Joseph wrestled in his first state tournament and wrestled a very good tournament, finishing fifth. In the first.round, David faced Cory Wensmann from Royalton/Upsala, David won by a 17-4 major decision. In the quarter finals, David faced Seth Petranek from New Richland. Winning this match 7-5 put David in the semi- finals to face Kody Sorenson from Frazee. David wrestled a very con- trolled match against Kody but came up on the losing end to the eventual state champion. The next match did not get any easier for David, as he had Adam Josephson from Minneota, David once again wrestled a hard-fought match, but just could not score as he lost 0-8. Adam eventually placed third in the tournament. This put David in the fifth-place match where he faced Juan Gomez from Chatfield. David controlled this match like he has done so often this year pulling out a 7-5 victory and placing fifth in state. David finished with a 103-27 career record. David was our senior captain this year and his leader- ship will be missed. Off of this year's team we will graduate five guys: lake Linn, Mitch Pramann, Tyler Kuechle, Tyler Loch, and David Joseph. All of these guys have contributed so much to the team this year. The coaching staff will miss all of the different personalities they have, and wish them well in the future. As a reminder, our wrestling room is always open to the alumni, and we hope some of these guys will come back to help the underclass- men. It has been an unbelievable year with a lot of great memories made. Thank you to the school adminis- tration, teachers, parents, students, athletes and community for your support! Kimball pride has never been shown as brightly as it was down at the Xcel. We have started something that may be very con- tagious, keep working hard and "Dream Big!"