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Thursday, May 21, 2009 t Tri-County News Kimball, MN KAHS softball regular season ends and playoffs begin Kimball coach By Gary Riess, Coach mark The 2009 regular season "con- cluded Monday and Tuesday with games against Maple Lake and a double-header Tuesday with Hold- ing ford. Monday the Cubs took on first-place Maple Lake and the Irish clinched their fourth straight CMC title with a 6-1 victory. Maple Lake got off to a 2-0 lead, but the Cubs closed the gap to 2-1 when Abby Zoller scored on a base hit by Ken- dra Albers. The game'stayed that way until the last couple innings when the Irish scored three runs and then a single run to secure the win. Maple Lake all-state pitcher Ashley Kempenich was tough on the Kimball batters and recorded 14 strikeouts to keep the Cubs off the scoreboard. Besides Albers, the only other Kimball player to get a hit was Shantel Tschida. Tuesday was the final con- test of the regular season, a dou- ble-header at Holdingford versus the third place Huskers. The Cubs finished the CMC season in fifth place. The Cubs got off to a good start as Albers doubled to start the game and Tesslynn Callander tripled and scored for 2-0 lead. The Cubs added two runs in the third when Albers and Callander scored again for a 4-0 lead. Then the wheels came off as the Husk- ers used four errors, seven walks, and 11 hits against three Kimball pitchers to take the game from the Cubs. On the day, two Cubs pitch- ers would be hit by line drives and forced to the sidelines by injury. For the game Albers was 2-4 and Callander was 2-3. Game two began on a down note as the second Husker hitter hom- ered to right field and the Huskers MPCA needs local Now that spring has come to Minnesota, are you looking for- ward to spending time on your favorite lake this summer? Can't wait to put your boat or canoe into the water for the first time? Steve Merten has been waiting to get back on the water all winter long - and he has an important reason to do so, As a volunteer in the Minne- sota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA) Citizen Lake Monitoring Program (CLMP), Merten moni- tors Half Moon Lake in Hennepin County, taking notes of the water's physical condition and recre- ational suitability. He is one of nearly 1,300 volunteers who par- ticipate in the CLMP. Merten understands the impor- tance of his volunteerism. "As a high school science teacher, I have been teaching students about the hidden life of a lake - the 'below the surface' world that is so closely connected to everything that hap- pens above the lake," he said. "Looking at a lake's turbidity gives some great clues to its health and the effects the surrounding world has had on that body of water." Merten, an avid fisherman and canoeist, likes the program because it lets the users of the lake become owners of more than just Pitcher Natalie Stein. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs. staked themselves to a 3-0 lead. Callander hitting a triple. Kim- The Cubs stormed back, however, ball had a 1-2-3 seventh to win scoring seven times for a 7-3 lead. the game by a final score of 18-10. Albers and Callander scored twice Albers, Callander, and Melissa each and Kelsey Vigoren, Melissa Konz all had three hits and Kelsey Konz, and Amy Massmann had Vigoren and Amy Massmann each hits and runs scored. Konz tripled had two. Eight out.of nine Kim- in the third and scored to make the ball starters had a hit and scored score 8-4. H01d!ngford added two a run. Albers scored 4 times, Cal- more runs in the fourth to close lander, Konz, and Massmann 3 the gap to 8-6. Kimball responded each, Vigoren 2 runs, and single with 6 runs in the bottom of the runs by Megan Libbesmeier, Beth inning for a 14-6 lead. Albers, Nat- Libbesmeier, Stein, and Loch. alie Stein, Beth Libbesmeier, Vigo- The Cubs now enter Section 5A ren, Konz, and Massmann scored. West playoff action as the num- The big hit being a bases-loaded ber seven seed and will host EV-W triple by Stein. Stein then took over Thursday in the first round of the on the mound in the fifth inning playoffs. for starter Megan Libbesmeier Kimball downs EV-W in first who had been struck on the shin round of playoffs by a line drive. In the sixth, Hold- The Class 1A Section 5 West ingford rallied again for four runs playoffs began Thursday, May 14, to close the gap to 14-10, but once with Kimball and EV-W squar- again the Cubs responded by scor- ingoff for the third time this sea- ing 4 times in the bottom of the son. The game followed the trend inning. Massmann, Cassie Loch, of the first two meetings and went Albers, and Callander scored, with back and forth before the Cubs volunteers the recreation it offers. "Watching my little lake go from crystal clear in spring to fairly cloudy makes me want to know the cause, and to be able to judge if the change is a nat- ural cycle tied to the seasons, or if it is warning of problems upstream," Merten said. Monitoring is a simple and rel- atively quick process. Volunteers visit a designated spot on one or more lakes weekly, where they measure the clarity of the water with a Secchi disk. A Secchi disk is a white, 8-inch metal disk that is lowered into the water until it can no longer be seen. The depth, mea- sured by markings on the rope, is a useful indicator of the lake's rela- tive water quality. Other volunteers like Merten are needed to monitor water qual- ity in Minnesota's 12,200 lakes during the gummer months. Mon- itoring data gathered by volun- teers provides valuable informa- tion about the current health of Minnesota's waters. The following is a list of lakes needing volunteers in Stearns, and Wright Counties. In Stearns County: Willow Lake (DNR lake number 73-0034-00). In Wright Ciounty: Albion (DNR lake number 86-0212-00), Augusta (DNR lake number 86-0284-00), to monitor lakes and Henshaw (DNR lake number 86-0213-00). A complete list of specific lakes that need volunteers is avail- able at . The MPCA provides volunteers with everything needed to be a monitor (although lake volunteers need access to a boat or canoe). More information about the vol- unteer monitoring programs is available on the MPCA's Web site at ; or by calling (800) 657-3864. May 16~, 2009 When the Kimball softball team took the field Monday, May 11, it marked the 1,000th interscholas- tic game for Kimball coach Gary Riess. Mr. Riess arrived in Kim- ball in 1976, and has been coach- ing a sport at the high school for 33 years. He was "an assistant foot- ball coach from 1976 to 1997, dur- ing which there were 190 football games. He served as girls' basket- ball coach from 1979 to 1987, and then returned in 2006" to the pres- ent as the assistant coach. Dur- ing those two stints as coach there were 227 basketball games played. In 1977 he served as an assistant baseball coach, and the following season started the Kimball fast- pitch softball program which he has coached up to the present sea- son, for a total of 583 games. All told, between the three ~ports of football, basketball, and softball, he has coached 1,000 games. There are many memories from those games and many athletes who have made them all possible. Page 11 1,000-game Coach Gary O. Riess has coached 1,000 games during his 35 years at KAHS. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs. The games go on, for on Tuesday, the Cubs played a double-header at Holdingford, and games 1,001 and 1,002 became the next mem- ories to add to the list. pulled out an exciting 14-9 win to tying run. Base hits from Megan advance. The game began with a Libbesmeier and Cassie Loch barrage from the Kimball bats as would plate 4 more Kimball run- they scored 6 times in their first at ners and the Cubs took a 13-9 lead. bat. Kendra Albers, Tesslynn Cal- In the sixth the Cubs came up with lander, and Megan Libbesmeier a rally-killing double play to stop singled and scored. Shantel Tsch- - the Eagles and then Vigoren led off ida doubled and scored with Kelsey the bottom of the sixth with a hit, Vigoren and Natalie Stein getting and scored on a sacrifice fly from base hits and scoring for a 6-0 lead. Massmann to make the score 14-9. The Eagles would not give up, how- A 1-2-3 seventh inning gave the ever, and came back with 4 runs in Cubs a come-from-behind victory second and after Canander scored over EV-W. Leading the Cubs were in the third, EV-W scored another 4 Callander and Vigoren with three runs in the fourth to take the lead bits apiece." Libbesmeier, Tsch- 8-7. EV-W added a single run in ida, Loch, and Stein each chipped the fifth for a 9-7 advantage. Kim- in two hits, with Libbesmeier and ball switched pitchers with Natalie Massmann each having 4 RBI in Stein coming on in relief with one the game. out. She would finish the fifth and The Cubs loaded up the bus Fri- pitch the last two innings without day, May 15, and headed for Osa- giving up another run. The bot- kis to take on the second-seeded tom of the fifth would decide the team in the Subsection. Rain game as Tschida, Stein, and Vigo- moved in, however, and the Cubs ren would single tO load the bases, turned around in Sauk Centre and Melissa Konz was hit by a pitch returned home. The game is post- to drive in a run, and Amy Mass- poned and rescheduled for Mon- mann would walk to force in the day, May 18, at Osakis. Theis, Double Short of Cycle Kimball - Adam Theis was 3 or 5 with a single, triple, and a homerun. Th also added four RBI to lead the Express in the non-conference win. The w improves the Express record to 6-1 overall. Buffalo 4, KimbaB 11 (6-1 Overall, 1-1 CVL) Baseball FILl., MAY 22, 6:30 P.M., GREENWALD .... SAT., MAY 23, 4 P.M., GRANITE CITY GREYS. SON., MAY 24, 2 P.M., LUXEMBURG. Fri., May 29, 7:30 p.m., at Dassel. SAT., MAY 30, 4 P.M., COLD SPRING ROCKIES. Sun., May 31, 2 p.m., at Pearl Lake. FRI., JUNE 5, 6:15 P.M., ROYALTON. May!7th, 2009 Express Sweep Weekend, Offto 7-1 Start St. Nicholas - St. Nick scored 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning but l Express battled back scoring 15 runs on 15 hits to get the victory. Adam Theis, Aaron Knaus, and Brian Marquardt each had three hit apiece to lea, the Kimball offensively. The win improves the express record to 7-1 over, and 2-1 in the Central Valle League. Kimball 11 (7-1 Overall, 2-1 CVL), St. Nicholas 10 123456789 R H E Kimball 015250110 15 15 2 St. Nieholas 4020300 1 0 10 14 3 WP: Adam Theis (2-0) I Player ] # I AB I BB I R I H I RBI I SO [ Avg. I Brooks Marquardt 3 4 1 4 1. 1 0 .269 Adam Theis 1 5 1 3 3 2 0 .423 Adam Beyer 34 4 I 1 0 1 0 .429 Aaron Knaus 22 6 0 2 3 2 1 .360 Brian Marquardt 5 6 0 1 3 3 0 .310 Kyle Winter 35 2 3 2 -1 2 0 .233 Adam Magnuson 21 4 0 1 2 1 1 .500 Ben Knaus 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 Matt Dingmann 9 4 0 1 2 1 t .375 Lee Weisbrich 2 1 0 .0 0 0 0 .143 Andy Dingrnann 16 4 0 0 0 0 0 .091 Shawn Dahinger 17 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 123456789 R H E Buffalo 1 000 1 2000 4 12 4 Kimball 002402:210 11 14 5 WP:. Adam Magnuson (3-0) I Player I # I AB I BBIRI H I I~I[ SO ] Avg. I Brooks Marquardt 3 4 ,1 1 0 1 1 .273 Adam Theis 1 5 0 2 3 4 0 .38 t Adam Beyer 34 4 1 1 2 " 3 0 .500 Brian Marquardt 5 4 0 0 1 0 0 .261 Tom Marquardt 7 1 0 1 1 0 0 1.000 Kyle Winter 35 4 0 l 1 0 0 .214 Bobby Arens 19 1 0 0 0 0 1 .200 Matt Dingmann 9 3 l 0 1 0 1 .333 Shawn Dahinger 17 0 l 1 0 0 0 .000 Adam Magnuson 21 5 0 1 3 1 0 .500 Lee Weisbrich 2 1 2 2 0 0 1 .167 Ramsey Simons 12 2 0 0 0 0 2 .143 Jason Tenney 4 5 0 1 2 1 I .211 Andy Dingmann . 160 0 0 0 0 0 .111 3B: A. Theis 1 (2) HR: A. Theis 1 (1),A. Beyer 1 (5) RBI:Bro. Marquardt 1 (5), A. Theis 4 (4), A. Beyer 3 (20), A. Magnuson I (1), J. Telmey 1 (2) SB: Bro. Marquardt 1 (3) I PIayer I # I IP [RSI "ER ]BBI H I I~l SO [rRAt Adam Magnuson 21 7 4 2 1 10 0 4 3.04 Matt Diugmann 9 2 0 0 0 2 0 I 1,50 2B: A Theis 1 (1), A. Knaus 1 (3) RBI: Bro. Marquardt i (6), A. Theis 2 (6), A Beyer 1 (21), A Knaus 2 (7), Bri. Marquardt 3 (7), K. Winter 2 (5), A. Magnuson 1 (2), M. Dingmann l (2) SB: Bro. Marquardt 1 (4), M. Di.ngmann 1 (1) I Plaer I # [ IF I as I ER ] BB [ a I HR. I SO [ rRA Adam Theis 1 5 9 4 1 10 l 6 3.71 Matt Dingmann 9 3 1 1 0 3 0 2 2.00 Brooks Marquardt 3 1 0 0 0 l 0 t 1.59