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Pa00e 8 Sports Lei,sure,, ' EV-W-K girls' track is State-bound! Molly Hesse (EV-W) on the left, and Rachel Arnold (Kimball) on the right are headed for the State Track & Field Meet. The meet is Friday and Saturday at Hamline University, Submitted photo. W), Macey Hurrle (K), and lachel Arnold (IO ran a phenomenal race and were only two seconds shy of takilg first and advancing to state. Smwny Kramer (EV-W) finished of a great career with a third-plac finish in the discus and fourthin the shot put. Shawny graduates the track team, hold- ing Eden Valley-Watkins school records in the shot put and dis- cus. She will attend and compete at Hamline University in the fall. Eighth-grader Emily Donnay (K) ran against a solid field that had three of the top 300M hurdlers in the state and finished in ninth, with a time of 50.09 seconds. By Dennis Abernathy, EV-W-K head girls' track coach Rachel Arnold (Kimball) and Molly Hesse (EV-W) are advanc- ing to the State Track & Field Meet at Hamline University June 10-11! Rachel placed second (seeded third) and advanced to state in the 400-meter dash by running a personal best and state honor role qualifying time of 60.94 seconds. Molly, placing second (seeded sixth), advanced to state in the 800-meter run by running a per- sonal best and state honor role qualifying time of 2:21.70. Both girls have worked extremely hard to get to this point. This was only the fourth time this year either competitor had run their respec- tive races. The Class A prelims begin at 3 p.m. Friday, June 10. As a team, the EV-W-K girls tracksters had a great showing at the Section 5A Track and Field Championships - Wednesday, June 1, at St. John's University. As a team, the girls tied for seventh" place out of 27 teams. The 4X400- meter relay surprised the field by taking second place after running the best time of the year (4:14.80) and being seeded fifth. Members Sam Stuve (K), Brittany Hesse (EV- Thursday, June 9, 2011 mball, MN Shannon Donnay commits to Ridgewater volleyball Head volleylall coach Joe Sus- water setter Molly Hurrle who was senguth has announced that Kim- bal Area High School middle/out- side hitter Shannon Donnay has committed to play volleyball at Ridgewater College this fall. Donnay, an outside/middle hit- ter for Kimball Area High School, finished her senior year with a 10-14 record. Shannon graduated from the program at the top of Kimball varsity record books for both blocks and kills. She was a three-sport varsity athlete at Kim- ball and a member of the varsity volleyball team since 2008. "Shannon is a player with tre- mendous ability to play at any offensive position in the front row. Her ability and length will enhance our defensive play at the net and provide multiple options at the net offensively. She's a com- mitted student-athlete and has a great personality that will fit our program very well." Shannon will join former Kim- ball teammate and current Ridge- named an NJCAA All-American in 2010. The Ridgewater Volleyball Class of 2011 includes Kelsey Stommes (MH, ROCORI HS); Allison Hortop (Faribault OH/RS, Faribault HS), Taylor Elzenga (OH/MH, West- brook-Walnut Grove HS), Emma Sharpe (Libero, Renville County West HS), Brittany Nissen (OH,RS, BOLD HS), Paige Pistulka (MH, Wabasso HS), Kelci Viesselman (OH, Hutchinson HS), Shannon Donnay (MH/RS, Kimball HS). Ridgewater College was the 2010 NJCAA Division III National Champion and finished with a 33-4 season record. They cap- tured the Region 13A Champi- onship, MCAC State Champion- ship and MCAC Southern Division Championship. They will open the 2011 season hosting the Ridgewa- ter Classic Friday, Aug. 26, against North Dakota State College of Sci- ence. Softball season wrap-up Rachel Arnold (on left). Submitted photo. Ty Loch (on right). Submitted photo. EV-W-K boys' track section results By ]ason Mortenson, Assistant track and field coach Personal Bests: Tyler Loch - 100M dash-new school record for Kimball 4)(400 - Danny Lochen, Frankie Nistler, Taylor Breauchy, Joe James Joe James - Triple jump Austyn Schlueter - Shot put Section medalists: Tyler Loch- 100M dash (fourth), 4X200 (third) Danny Lochen - Pole vault (third), 4X200 (third), finished seventh in 4X400 Joe James - 4X200 (third) also finished eighth in triple juthp, sev- enth in 4X400 Taylor Breauchy- 4X200 (third), finished seventh in 4)(400 Congratulations on a great sea- son and to Tyler Loch in breaking the Kimball school record in the 100-meter dash! www.tricou ntynews. M N By Gary Riess, coach Tuesday, May 31, the Kimball softball team gathered for the final time at the Triple R for pizza and awards. The gathering marked the final farewell for the four seniors Shannon Donnay, Megan Garding, Melody Rose, and Nat- alie Stein The post-pizza agenda included the granting of letters, pins, and bars to the players. In addition to the seniors, junior letter-winners were McKenzie Berres, Tiffany Berscheid, Anndi Ertel, Olivia Fischer, Alyssa Hurrle, Megan Jones, Steph Konz, Megan Libbesmeier, and Shelby Seth. Pearl Lake softball By Carl (Bill) Liedman North Stars 4 1 Lakeside 4 2 EL. Lodge 3 2 AHE 2 3 Jerry's Liquor 2 2 Knaus Insurance 2 2 Krippner Excavation 2 2 Marty Militia 0 4 Scoring is through May 31, 2011. Sophomore Breane Meierhofer also lettered along with freshman Alexis Rose. CMC conference awards were also presented. First Team All con- ference was Megan Libbesmeier and Second Team All conference went to Megan Garding. Olivia Fischer and Alexis Rose were Academic All con- ference selections. The team was also presented a BronzeAward from the Minnesota Softball Coaches Association for having a team GPA of 3.38. This is the fourth consecu- tive year the team GPA has qualified for state honors. Local awards were then distrib- uted. Most Valuable Player based on team voting went to Megan Lib- besmeier. Most Valuable Bat based on offensive statistics also went to Megan Libbesmeier. Most Valu- able Glove based on defensive sta- tistics was given to Megan Gard- ing. The Team Player, selected by a vote of the players, was Shelby Seth and the Coaches Award went to Megan Jones. This concluded the 2011 season as the uniforms and equipment have been collected and packed away to await the spring of 2012 and the next edition of Kimball Fastpitch Softball. Kimball Jr. High baseball wraps up season By Nathan Schwieters, coach The Cubs Jr. High baseball team finished up their season Mon- day, May 16, with a split against HL-W-W, 8-14 and 5-0. The Cubs finished the Jr. High season with a combined record of 9-5, which included wins over EV-W, HL-W-W, Rockford and B-B-E. The boys were able to get a lot of "at bats," and many innings in the field at several different positions this yean along with opportunities to have time on the mound. Bat- tling the weather made having practices tough, but the players kept a good, positive attitude and worked hard in practice when one was available. A lot of progress and improvement was displayed well in the Cubs in each game as the season finished.