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Thursday, August 22, 2013 9 Tri-Coun News * www.tricountynews.mn By Pat Garry, Staff Writer With summer swiftly sliding away, as it is so wont to do, another high school sports term is upon us. Competition gets under- way at the end of the month and all con- cerned are anxious to run, kick, and spike their way through the 2013 season. Holly Hansen is the Eden Valley-Wat- kins/Kimball coach for both of the cross country run, girls' and boys' teams. "We have been really excited so far about our numbers. We graduated nine talented seniors last year and I was a little nervous that we would have really big shoes to fill. One of the seniors, Raelynn Callander, was a state entrant last season, so she and her teammates will be missed." Hansen said that they have great underclassmen that will step up and that they should be in good shape. The team has already begun to gel into a very cohesive group, so all signs point to a most successful season. "It is always a little tricky when you are a consolidated team, to get over the fact that during other seasons they are opponents, but in the fall they are a team. This group will have no problems with that as many are returning athletes and those who have joined are right in there," Coach Hansen said. "We also have enough boys for a complete varsity team which can be a struggle for us. We have a really talented conference and we will be able to compete with them this year." Their initial competition is slated for 9 a.m. Fri- day, Aug. 30, at the Maple Lake Irish, out of the Central-Minnesota Conference. Assis- tant coach is Terry Nelson. The Kimball Area Cubs volleyball squad is coached by Scott Heinen. "We, the coach- ing staff of the Kimball volleyball program, are extremely excited about our season. After week one, we have 27 student athletes out for volleyball in grades 9-12." The kids are very athletic, extremely coachable, and hard- working, according to Heinen. "We will set ambitious goals for the season within our individual teams, and work hard to repre- sent the Kimball school district, the commu- nity and the Central Minnesota Conference in a prideful manner," said Coach Heinen. The high school team has an entirely new coaching staff this year, and Scott Heinen was recently hired as the new varsity volley- ball coach. Heinen and his wife Patty have four boys and they live in the St. Cloud area. "We are extremely happy to have Whitney Gettler as the JV coach. She is a new teacher in the district and she brings a lot of ambi- tion, character, and enthusiasm to our pro- gram. We are lucky to have such a valuable asset like Whitney joining our organiza- tions. KatiePettit is joining our staff and the school district as a high school math teacher and C-squad coach. She is very person- able; we love her math abilities that we lack (ha ha); and we are enthused to have a for- mer Howard Lake setter and conference foe in the volleyball program," Heinen said. The first match is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Ogilvie Lions, from the Great River Conference. The Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles volleyball team is coached by Andrea Huschle. "This year we have a fresh, new team. We graduated nine seniors from last year with two varsity players returning. We have a great group of girls who have been working very hard throughout the sum- mer and during the first week of practice." The gifts, according to Coach Huschle, have many goals this year. "Some of them include being in the top half of the conference, hav- ing a winning record, and performing at our highest level at all of our tournaments." This is Andrea's fourth season as head coach and the staff is the same as last year. "I just recently got married so the name change is taking a bit for everyone to get used to. Erin Schoumaker is the IV coach and ]essica Miller will be the C-squad coach. I have a great staff to work with every day, and they possess great knowledge about the game of volleyball. We work very well together and we are all striving to make EV-Wvolleyball a strong, successful program." They look for- ward to their first match at home, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27, vs. the Paynesville Area Bulldogs, of the West Central Conference. Coach Iamie Leither heads up the Kimball Area Cubs football team. "The 2013 Kimball football team welcomed 35 play- ers from grades 9-12, at the Aug. 12 regis- tration. We return eight starters on offense and eight starters on defense. We are look- ing to replace 10 seniors from last year's 5-5 season." The Cubs return four line- men from last year, along with a quarter- back and a running back. The coaching staff looks the same as last year except for one change. "Micheal Bolton had to resign for work-related reasons. He did a great job for us last year as defensive coordinator, and he will be missed. Tyler Filzen will be in his first year as a coach for the Cubs. Tyler will coach wide receivers and safeties," Leither said. The coaching crew includes Jamie Leither as head coach, and Lloyd Danzisen, Sam Rossman, Nate Osmund- son, and Adam Beyer, as assistants. The CMC looks to be a very competitive confer- ence again this year. The Cubs dropped to class 1A this year and will be in a very tough section. They begin the battle at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Jordan Hubmen, a Class 3A team that went to the state tour- nament last year, and represent the Minne- sota River Conference. The regular confer- ence schedule starts Friday, Sept. 6, as the Cubs invade the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars' gridiron. Coach Ion Thielen is at the helm for the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles football team. "We have only four returning starters on offense and two on defense. We have to play a lot of young players, so we are not sure how or where everyone will be playing when we get started. The scrimmage should teach us a lot about what we have." The Eagles first game is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Mayer Lutheran Crusaders, who are from the Minnesota River Conference. The 2013 high school fall sports season promises to be a highly competitive and fun-filled experience for participants and fans alike. Full schedules are available on the individual school's websites or by visit- ing the Minnesota State High School League website at www. mshsl.org. School of Fish: Fishin' Tip #4 Go fishin'! School of Fish kids learn that fishing is a "knowledge" subject and a "practice" sport as well. That means that kids and others can enhance their fishing skills and successes by studying and learning about fish, where they live, and ways to catch them. Lots of good fishing books and magazines are available from which we can learn more about fish- ing. Not only that, but the Internet has almost an unlimited supply of fishing information. Also, there are lots of good fishing television shows dedicated to teaching others about fish- ing. Anglers who spend time reading, watch- ing fishing shows, and then applying newly acquired knowledge often increase their fish- ing successes. Increasing your fishing knowledge will help you catch more fish. Another good way to get better at this sport is by practicing. Practicing knot tying, rod rigging, and casting skills are all things you can do that will help you be a better angler. Gaining knowledge and practicing your skills are good ways to become better at fishing. The best way, however, to become a "fishing pro" is by going fishing. The more time you spend fishing, the more you will learn about the sport, the better your fishing skills will become and, ultimately, the more fish you will catch. Not only that, but obviously, fishing is lots of fun. Therefore, go fishing every chance you get. The more you go fishing, the better you become, and the more fun you have. How can you beat that? Good luck with your fishing. School of Fish is a 3-hour fishing educa- tion class that was hosted in your community this year. Four tips will be offered this sum- mer as follow up to that offering for both the kids who attended School of Fish and others getting started in the great sport of fishing. School offish is supported by: Northland Fish- ing Tackle, KLN Family Brands, Larson Boats, Shakespeare Fishing, and Soderholm Insur- ance. Check out the School of Fish website www. rnnschooloffish.com. Also, follow School of Fish on Facebook: School-of-Fish for more fishing tips and the chance to win some great fishing prizes. Fishing is great fun! Plus, the more you fish, the better you become, and the more fish you will catch.