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........ PAGE 13 Kimball Students & Sports rsday, Decemberlg, 2013 Kimball boys' basketball High school choir and band concert bunch keeps on rolling Pat Garry Writer The Kimball boys' basketball team remained hot last week, winning at Rockford and Pierz. Rockford Rockets On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Cubs clipped the Rockets in a good-con- tested game, 69-66. Jarred Mer- chant rallied for another double- double, scoring 31 points and nab- bing 12 rebounds for the Cubs, as they swiped the all-important conference victory. The game was close throughout the first half and Rockford held a two-point lead at the break (29-27). In the sec- ond half, the game was tied at 43, when Rockford went on an 8-0 run. After trading a few baskets, Kimball went on a 7-0 run to trail by one. Jarred Merchant then con- verted a three-point play, giving the Cubs a two-point advantage. Nick Tully answered with a three- point basket to allow Rockford to regain the lead. Will Spauld- ing answered with a three pointer, putting Kimball up two. Spauld- ing broke an eventual 63-63 tie, and the Cubs would not relin- quish the lead. "This was a huge win for us. To start the confer- ence season with a win on the road against a very good Rock- ford team should give the team a lot of confidence in the upcom- ing games. Jarred Merchant put up another double-double, and we had timely contributions from our guards throughout the game. We never quit which says a lot about the heart of this team," Coach Jay Klein said. Cubs scoring: Hennen, 8; VonWahlde, 7; Hunt, 1O; Serbus, 2; Spaulding, 11; Merchant, 31. Pierz Pioneers Looking for another perfect week, Kimball visited the Pierz Pioneers Thursday, Dec. 12, and took the win, 80-61. Kimball's 14-0 run set the tone for the ultimate victory. The Cubs played a little sloppy in the second half, com- mitting 10 turnovers and surren- dering 10 offensive boards. Kim- ball had 11 turnovers to 17 for Pierz. Pierz had the rebounding edge, 33-28. The Cubs shot 14/17 from the free-throw line and 28/53 from the field (1O of 24 from 3-pt. range). "Our inside-and-outside game worked well tonight. We had 8-three pointers in the first half to go along with 12 points in the paint. In the "second half we were 12/14 from 2-point range. We had great balance in our scoring once again, placing four players in dou- ble figures," said Coach Jay Klein. Cubs scoring: Hennen, 12; Von- Wahlde, 14; Hunt, 16; Serbus, 6; Schreifels, 2; Overland, 3; Spauld- ing, 2; Merchant, 25. The win puts the Cubs at 2-0 in the conference and 6-1 overall. The Cubs return home for a Thursday, Dec. 19, battle with Howard Lake-Waverly- Winsted. They welcome the Ogil- vie Lions on Friday, Dec. 20. The Kimball Area High School choir performed in a Winter Concert Monday evening, Dec. 9; the junior and senior high bands performed next. Arlene Sands is the director. Staff photos by Marguerite Laabs. Above, the KAHS senior high band performs under the direction of Keith Haake. This was the combined band and choir Winter Concert. Elementary Christmas programs It's still not too later. The Kimball Elementary School grades K-3 presented their Holiday program Thursday, Dec. 12. Above, kindergarteners singing "Jingle Bells." First-graders sang "Little Snowman" and other songs. Grades 2 and 3 presented ,'The Littlest Reindeer," a suite of Christmas songs. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua. The KES grades 4-6 presented their Holiday program Monday, Dec. 16, also under the direction of Arlene Sands. Grade 4 sang "Christmas Time All Year" and other songs. Grades 5 and 6 presented "Santa's Frosty Follies" with Frosty, Rudolph, Santa, and Suzy Snowflake. Give someone a taste of home, a weekly dose of hometown news. It's a gift that keeps on giving, week after week, all year long. Use the order form on page 24. Or just give us a call. We can send a gift card in your name. Send a gift subscription to an active military service person on us, FOR FREE! (320) 398-5000 or (320) 453-6397 70 S. Main St. PO Box 220, Kimball MN 55353 www.tricountynews.MN