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Thursday, September 23, 2010 D,z= v 1 1 Tri-County News Kimball,.MN J_ J_ Volleyball ~! Amy Notch; Volleyball Coach JV volleyball loses to Ple The junior varsity volleyball team struggled to play consis- tently aggressive volleyball on Thursday, Sept. 16, against Pierz. The Cubs lost the junior varsity match in two sets, 12-25, 15-25. The Cubs are now 1-1 in the conference and 3-2 overall. The Cubs will play Maple Lake Thurs- day night at 6 p.m. Kimball Cubs capture second place The Kimball Cubs varsity vol- leyball team traveled to the 29th Annual Tournament of Roses Sat- urday, Sept. 18. The Cubs placed second at the tournament last year, and they hoped to improve on the 2009 finish. During pool play, the Cubs faced Rockford and St. Paul Cen- tral. The Cubs started a bit slow, but swept the Rockets in two games, 28-26, 25-15. Following the win against the Rockets, the Cubs played St. Paul Central. The Cubs took the match in two games, 25-19, 25-20. After going 2-0 in pool play, the Cubs were seeded #1 in the six- team tournament play-off. The Cubs received a bye in the first round. In the semi-final round, the Cubs faced Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity. After a slow start and loss in the first set, the Cubs took the next two. Scores were 16-25, 27-25, 15-10. In the tournament champion- ship, the Cubs played the Cham- plin Park Rebels, a rematch of last year's championship game. Unfor- tunately, the Cubs could not coun- ter a taller Rebel front row. Game scores were 13-25, 14-25. Senior middle-hitter Shannon Donnay and setter Rachel Arnold were named to the all-tournament team, which is selected by the coaches of the opposing-teams. Donnay had 25 kills and 21 digs for the day. Arnold recorded 53 set assists and served 38-39 with nine ace serves. Stephanie Konz added 20 kills. Senior defensive specialist Heidi Lochen had 27 digs; fresh- man defensive specialist Lexi Rose had 17 digs. Top left, sophomore Cora Gohmann and senior Shannon Donnay go up for a block. Above, junior Stephanie Konz (#18) gets it over the net in Thursday's game (Sept. 16) against Pierz. The Cubs next face Maple Lake for Homecoming Thursday, Sept. 23; game time is 6. Staff photos by Marguerite Laabs. U of M October Starwatch By Deane Morrison lust as the mythological winged horse Pegasus flew over the Medi- terranean, so its starry namesake sails above a sea of watery fall con- stellations. Pegasus puts its unmistak- able stamp on the sky with the Great Square, now high in the south after nightfall. Right below the Great Square is a subdued but pretty ring of stars called the Cir- clet of Pisces, the fish. Just southwest of the Circlet you'll find the Y-shaped Water Jar, the apex of the spidery-shaped constellation Aquarius, the water bearer. Moving southwest again, a chevron of stars outlines Capri- comus, the sea goat. The lone bright star in the neighborhood is Fomalhaut, a lan- tern low in the south. This intrigu- ing star, beloved of science fiction writers, marks the mouth of Piscis Austrinus, the southern fish. Only 25 light-years from Earth, Fomalhaut delighted astronomers five years ago when they discov- ered a gigantic ring of dust cir- cling the star. The ring is made of debris from collisions of countless small objects in orbit around the star, yet the ring is not centered on the star. It owes its off-center posi- tion to the gravitational influence of a large planet, found in 2008, orbiting Fomalhaut at a distance of about 10 billion miles; that's 115 times the distance between Earth and the sun. Speaking of planets, the water constellations host a prominent guest this year. Jupiter, a gorgeous beacon, lights up the sky below the Circlet of Pisces. The king of plan- ets is almost as bright as it can get ~/October 2010 Constellations //// ~ Delphinus ~-~'~-/ ~ -- (Dolph,n) \ Great Square '\ ~,Equuleus \of Pegasus \ ~(Liitle horse) , z>-. / . , . :" .. . . " , .. " ~--~ . WaterJarL%---'-"~. "::- .... " . _ - or~t--~ 7 /'-~\ . /1 /I i\ ..../// t / . ,J . and remains visible most of the night. Morning star watchers will see Saturn rising earlier every day. The ringed planet ends October by popping into the eastern sky a good two and a half hours before the sun. October's full moon, known to Algonquin Indians as the hunt- er's moon, rises round and beau- tiful the evening of the 22nd. The month closes out with Halloween, an ancient Celtic holiday known as Samhain. One of four cross-quarter days falling midway between an equi- nox and a solstice, Samhain began at sundown and ushered in the dark half of the year. On that night, evil spirits cooped up for six months came bursting out of con- finement to wreak havoc on man- kind and had to be placated with bribes of food. Thus began our tradition of trick-or-treating. The unfriendly spirits hung around until May Day, when the light half of the year began and they were once again banished from the world of the living. The University of Minnesota offers public viewings of the night sky at its Morris, Duluth, and Twin Cities campuses. For more infor- mation and viewing schedules, see: Morris, UMN 16-inch tele- scope schedule: Duluth, Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium: Twin Cities, Department of Astronomy (during fall and spring semesters): . B Kim Pelzer, C-SquaYVoUeyball Coach Voile ball Season Opener for C-Team Volleyball Kimball's volleyball program opened their season against Annandale on Tuesday, Aug. 31. The Cubs are new at every level of play but have been working hard and were ready for their first match to get under way. The C-Team started out slow and nervous but held their own and came on stron- ger and stronger as the match pro- C-team wins 3rd in a row Kimball hosted the Pierz Pio- neers on Thursday, Sept. 16. The C-team jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it either set to win the match 2-0. Game scores were: 25-17 and 25-20. Serving once again played a huge part in the victory, along with some improved passing to get an attack game going. The Cubs' next match is Mort- gressed. The Cubs lost in two sets day, Sept. 20, at home with Upsala, by scores of 12-25 and 17-25. and later in the week is the Home- We played a third set and were coming match against Maple on our way to a possible victory Lake. with a score of 12-13 and the serve Game Highlights: when the set was called due to Setting: 22 attempts with 6 time. assists and 4 tips Our team accomplishments forAttacks: 25 attempts, 8 kills the evening were the following: and 3 tip kills Attacks: 24 attempts with 9 kills Blocks: 1 solo block Setting: 40 attempts with 9 Serves: 58 attempts, 46 suc- -~ assists cesses, 11 ace serves; 79% success Serving: 34 attempts, 2 acesGo Cubs! and only 67 percent success Kimball Lions' 5K Run/Walk results The Kimball Lions held their annual 5K Run/Walk Saturday morning, Sept. 18. The race ben- efits Can Do Canines which pro- vides assistance dogs to those who need them. Fifty four entrants started the race just past 9 a.m. in front of Gannon Elevator at Highway 15. They circled Kimball and ended (about 25-50 minutes later) on the side of the Soapbox Laundro- mat on Linden Ave. at Highway 15. Participants were ranked by age, and below are the top runners in each age group. 14 & under: Madison Lib- besmeier (25:43), Brittany Hesse (25:56)and Katie Spaulding (37:45). 15-18: Raelynn Callander (22:02), Molly Hesse (22:19), and Samantha (25:34). 19-30: ]im Kunz (22:25), ]us- tine Hilsgen (22:34), and Kevin Sommers (23:02) 31-40: Dani ]anski (22:04, and Tracy Theis (30:15). 41-50: Mike Peterka (22:26), Margaret Arnold (26:43), and Carol Krippner (28:01). 51 & over: Gale Tinglov (26:37), Jim Wotrang (41:59), and Tammy Konz (44:43). (See photos on page 13.)