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PAGE 16 November 17, 2016 ......... www.tricountynews.mn .S By Pat Garry, Staff Writer families will dedicate a for playing time include Mitch Molitor all the"cover-ed, which is huge if It's time to replace the rakes with the amount of time from now until March. (Sr.), Zach Swenson (Sr.), Blaine Fodstad we want to accomplish the goals that are shovels, roll out the mats, and put away My goal is for the kids to reach their full (St.), Dominic Schlangen (Jr.), Landon set for the team," Coach Berg added. A the pigskins, as another winter season potential as student athletes, take pride Schlangen (Jr.), Matthew Notch (Jr), couple of changes in the coaching staff rapidly approaches. Student athletes are in their efforts, improve throughout the lamison Kuechle (Jr.), and Justin Streit this year. Dan Berg is head coach, replac- chomping at the bit to get the competi- season, and play together as a team. To (So). "Our goals are the same cominginto ing leffForcier, who is taking an assistant tion underway, and coaches again look use a catch-phrase - we want to have our everyyear. We want to compete for a con- job. lee Holdvogt, a volunteer coach last forward to successful journeys, oars in the water together. Go Cubs!"- ference title and be playing our best team season, is now on staff. KIMBALL GIRLS' BASKETBALL Head Coach leremy Kuechle. basketball in March. If both of those hap- KIMBALL WRESTLING The Kimball girls' basketball teams are KIMBALL BOYS' BASKETBALL pen, we should be able to make a nice run Kimball has 20 kids returning from looking to continue building on their The Cubs face a very good problem, intheplayoffs,"saidCoachAdamLanger, last year, with all of them having had successes from last season. The varsity as they have potentially a dozen play- EV-W WRESTLING some varsity time. Ten returning grap- team aspires to backup their outstanding ers who could be seeing court action. As always, the Eagles are look- plers have competed in the individual season from a year ago, where they With team competition at its pinnacle, ing forward to the wrestling season, section tournament with six of them finished with a 22-6 overall record and Kimball Coach Jay Klein is very confi- Expectationsthisyeararetomakeittothe placing: Payton Schiefelbein (3rd), a share of the CMC conference title, dent, as he returns sixletterwinners. "We final four again and possibly get into the losephDonnay(4th),PaytonHanan(4th) Kimball graduated three players from hope to be competitive in every game section championship. However, it will Adam Theis (Sth), and Ben Zipoy (4th). last year's squad; Becky Holtz, Madison and to improve on last year's record. We notbe easy, with SibleyEastHS returning Zack Holtz is the lone state entrant back Libbesmeier, and Taylor Schreiner - figure the teams to beat in the conference a great deal of experience, ACGC will be from last year as an 8th grader. The Cubs all key contributors to last season's are EV-W and Holdingford." The Cubs good, as always, Kimballwillhave a solid are led this year by a formidable, steady accomplishments. This year the Cubs are likely to find a fair amount of pan- team, and Norwood Young America will group of seniors in Payton Hanan, Adam return Madison Hurrle, Katie Merchant, demonium in the section as well, in the be up there as well. "We lost four great Theis, and BillyTadich. Theywill provide Caitlin O'Brien, Kenzie Leither, and likes of Browerville and Swanville. Main seniors who have been with the program valuable mentorship to a relatively young Ashley Schindele; all who played Varsity Roster: Seniors: Darius Westrich from day one; Tyler Dockendorf, Carter squad. "We are expecting more than 10 valuable minutes. Junior varsity players (G), Keali'i Kapoi (G), Del Guerrero (F), Phillipp, John Salzl, and Logan Donnay. new seventh graders to be in our room from last season include Alexa Ruehle, Levi Sodergren (C), and Adam Nehring Tyler, John, and Logan made the state thisyear, allwith a great deal of wrestling Emily Utecht, Katie Spaulding, Abbey (F); Juniors: HunterAhlrich (G), Hayden tourney and Carter lost in a true sec- experience. We will be young this year, Schiefelbein, Kira Schafer, Lexi Streit, Gagnon (G), Weston Hine (C), and ond match to go to the state tournament, but are looking forward to challenging Trinity Erickson, Hannah Ehlinger, Michael Hoffmann (F); Sophomores:So this year we will need to find some Pierz for the CMC Conference title and and Erin O'Brien. Kimball scrimmages Jevonte Victor (G), Drew Gustafson (G), leadership from the room, and I think Sibley East for the Section 4A Team title," Litchfield Tuesday, Nov. 22, and opens its and Noah Jurek (F). we have that," said Coach Dan Berg. Coach Mike Schindler said. Once again, season with a home game vs. Royalton EV-W BOYS BASKETBALL Returnees include one state entrant, 9th Kimball will be hosting the Section Tuesday, Nov. 29. The coaching staff The Eagles are coming off an impres- grader Taylor Ludwig and section-place 4A individual tournament. Along with consists of varsity coach leremy Kuechle sive 22-4 season and they are defend- winners TrevynLudwig6th, Everett Eken Schindler, this year's talent is assisted (ninth season), junior varsity coach ing conference champs. They lost two 6th, Zach Nistler 5th, Matt Schindler 4th, by the very capable Chris Schiewe, Kirk lee Stangle (sixth season) and C squad starters in Travis Thielen and DeShaun Tawner Cleland 6th, DeShaun Haag 4th, Anderson, and Devin Kelley. coach Brooke Merten (first season and lames, each of whom averaged moreAaron Holmberg4th, and Matt Utsch 6th. The 2016-17 season promises to be a former Kimball player), eighth-grade than eight points per game. An excel- John Unterberger will be back and Issac highly-competitive and fun-filled expe- coach Crystal Marschel (second season), lent chance to repeat as conference-top- Stommes and Ben Nistler will return, rience for participants and fans alil~b'::,, ~ and seventh-grade coach Barry Strand pets, EV-W returns three senior start- after having injuries last seasonthat shut Full schedules are available for perusal (11th season). "Every season is a new ers;Reese Jansen (14.8 ppg, 3-year starter them down. on the individual school's websites, or by beginning and a new opportunity. Ilook at point