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Kimball FFA members attend five day conference in Deep Portage Shown above (left to right): Dalton Kampsen, Region V President, Kimball FFA members Joelle Edwards and Sami Reinert, and Brandon Roiger Minnesota State FFA Reporter. Submitted photo. front of everyone to get it back, to building each individual's leader- ship and confidence, and spend- ing time with other FFA members from all over the state. These experiences have impacted these students and they brought back great ideas and sto- ries for their own chapter. "Fuel your Fire" is the theme this year for the Minnesota FFA. The Kimball FFA would like to thank everyone who has sup- ported them throughout the years and encourages individuals to "Fuel your Fire" with the Kimball FFA. By ]oeUe Edwards Kimball FFA members Sami Reinert and ]oelle Edwards spent five days at the Deep Portage Con- servation Reserve in Hacken- sack, Minnesota for annual State Greenhand Leadership Confer- ence (SGLC) June 24 - 28. SGLC is a conference held once a year for first year FFA members. The five day camp consists of team building activities, and individual activities that focus on the individ- ual's strengths and weaknesses. Through the week, many obsta- cles were faced, from losing your name tag and having to sing in By Roger Utecht, coach Stmda3 ]tree 30, the Kimball Cubs 12U Fastpitch team participated in the Own the Zone Tournament held in Kimball. Six teams participated in the double-elimination tournament. In the first game, the Cubs faced a tough Maple Lake team. Kimball came out strong, scoring five rims in the first inning and three more in the second inning off of a three RBI tri- ple from Dani Lyrek. Pitching was split between Rachel Utecht and Dani Lyrek, with Rachel recording four strike-outs in the first two innings. Kimball held the lead the whole game and came out on top with an eight to five win. In the second game, Kimball's bats cooled off and they lost to a solid "tllmar team six to three which sent them to the losers bracket and would require them to win the next four games in order to play in the champi- onship game. Kimball faced off against rival Eden Valley-Watkins in the third game. Kimball again came out swing- ing with Haley Robben hitting a dou- ble and Ashley Schindele going 2-2. KaitliWicket and Madi Gustafson pro- vided key hits in KimbaU's 11 to 4 win. The fourth game against Alexan- dria put Kimball up against some of the fastest pitching they have seen so far this year. The Cubs responded with patience at the plate and some key bunts. They came out on top with a 14to5win. The Cubs faced W'tUmar a sec- ond time in the fifth game. This time the results would be different. Kim- ball held the lead the whole game behind some very impressive defense and consistent pitching through five innings from Dani LyreL Rachel Merten provided some key outs from her position at short-stop. Tori Kimball 12U team and coaches. Back (left to right) coach Glenn Schindele, coach Shawn Boyer, Erin O'Brien, and coach Roger Utecht; (middle) Rachel Merten, Madaline Gustafson, Haley Robben, Ashley Schindele, Kaitli Wicker, Danielle Lyrek, and Tori Harren; (front) JusticeBoyer, Bree Gehrke, Rachel Utecht, Emily Tadych, and Krista Loch. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs. Harren completed a double play catch- ing a fly ball in left field and throwing out a rtmner at first base. The outfield stepped up with some key catches by Erin O'Brien and Krista Loch. Rachel Utecht came in to pitch the sixth inning shutting down Wdlmar with fluee strike-outs. Dani Lyrek lead the offense with two nms and a double The final score was 4 to 3, putting Kimball into the championship game. The championship game pitted the Cubs against Delano. Delano jumped out on top in the first inning with two runs, but the Cubs answered with two of their own. The score would remain tied at two until the bottom of the third when ICtmball busted out with five runs and a three RBI double off of the bat of Efin O'Brien. Bree Gehrke drew an impressive fifth walk for the day.. The Cubs would hold on to the lead and came out on top with a 7 to 5 win. Emity Tadych would provide some key outs from third base and luslice Boyer kept the base runners honest from behind the plate. Rachel Utecht pitched a solid game against some very patient Delano hitters and recorded six strike-outs over five innings. All of the player's contributed the success of their team, and represented Kimball well with good sportsmanship, hard work and solid teamwork. Each and every player earned their first place medals, and can wear them with pride! Pride shows. Quality pays." 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