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t Thursday, December 24, 2009 Page 1 .4 Lo,00 Sports sure ..... o Tri-County News, Kimball, MN Holy Cross School Christmas program Lady Cubs basketball win thriller! Wednesday, Dec. 16, Holy Cross School in Pearl Lake presented the "Twelve Days of Christmas," by Jean Anne Shafferman. In the photo, "Mary" is seen with eight maids-a-milking. Submitted photo. Early Childhood Screening Early Childhood Screening is mandatory prior to enrollment in public school. The purpose of the screening is to identify early health or developmental needs. Kimball Public Schools is performing early childhood screenings on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. Children must be at least 3 years old by the date of screening. If you have a child between the ages 3 and 5, who has not been screened, please call the elementary school to schedule a screening appoint- ment. If you have not been con- tacted, or you are new to the Kim 7 ball School District, please call the elementary school at (320) 398- 5425, ext. 5, to talk to Becca Mor- gan, the school nurse and Early Childhood Screening coordinator. By Ieremy Kuechle, Coach On Tuesday, Dec. 15, EV-W arrived in Kimball to face the Cubs in the conference opener for both teams. The score would see-saw back and forth in the first half, as neither team could pull away with Kimball holding a 23-22 lead at halftime. With Kimball down by two points with nine minutes to play, the Cubs offense fizzled as they failed to score for more than five minutes while the Eagles man- aged to build a 41-34 lead, Kimball would have some chances to make it interesting near the end, but late free throws sealed it for EV-W as they came out on top 50-40. Kim- ball was led in scoring by senior Kelsey Vigoren with 12 points, fol- lowed by sophomore Mandy Wit- tenberg with seven points. Junior Megan Garding and sophomore Liz Kastanek both had five points, junior Natalie Stein three points, with sophomores Rachel Arnold, Brooke Merten and seniors Tess- lynn Callander and Sarah Messer all with two points each. Cal- lander, Kastanek, and Merten led the defense with four steals each while Garding out-leaped all rebounders with ten rebounds. The schedule wouldn't get any easier as Kimball next traveled to Holdingford Friday, Dec. 18, to take on another tough conference opponent. Kimball would strug- gle in the first half as Holdingford started off hot shooting very well from the floor building a 43-28 half- time lead, and then extended the lead to 18 points (53-35) with 11:34 to play in the game. That is when the Cubs started making some big- time plays, initiating one of the most exciting come-from-behind performances I have ever been a part of. A flurry of steals, everyone hustling to the ball, finishing fast break opportunities with lay ups, great anticipation and rebound- ing after forcing the Huskers into some bad shots led to Kimball cut- Junior Megan Garding shoots for two against Eden Valley-Watkins in a home-game thriller Tuesday, Dec. 15. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs. ting the lead to 54-52 with 6:40 still left to play. An explosive 17-1 scor- ing run by the Lady Cubs! Kimball would later tie the game at 56-56, then again at 58-58, and yet again at 60-60. With 32, seconds left Wit- tenberg would get fouled making a strong move to the basket and sink one of two free-throws giving the Cubs a 61-60 lead. The Cubs defense then held, while Witten- berg would be fouled again, once more making one of two from the line, giving the Cubs 62-60 lead with only three seconds remain- ing. The Huskers would not get a shot off before time expired as the Cubs completed the amazing come-from-behind victory. Wittenberg would finish with 11 points and 10 rebounds on the night second only to Garding's game high 19 points and 11 rebounds. The post play was followed up by junior Shannon Donnay having one of her best games of the young season with seven points,.nine rebounds, and five steals. Sophomore Rachel Arnold had a break-out game as well, chipping in 10 points with five assists and five steals. Merten finished with six points connecting for Kimball's lone three-point shot on the night, while Callander had four points and six boards. Vigoren would fin- ish with three points and a game- high six steals and Stein scored two points. A great team effort for Kimball as they push their record to 4-2 on the season (1-1 confer- ence). Go Big Blue! BOWLING