Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

A look at high school team play for 2014


Vicki Stull

Mike Daum lifts a shot over a Freeman defender in the state tournament last year. The Longhorns finished the 2013-14 campaign with a 22-4 overall record.

2013-14 boys basketball

The Kimball boys basketball team had a season for the record books. The Longhorns earned a bid to state and finished 22-4 overall, tying the school record for most victories in a season. They also won the Western Trails Conference tournament for the eighth consecutive year.

Mike Daum set a new school record of points scored with 653 and finished second all-time in scoring. He also set the single season rebound record.

Potter-Dix went 10-12 in 2013-14, while Banner County posted a 9-13 record.

2013-14 girls basketball

Kimball posted a winning season with a 13-11 record. Potter-Dix finished even at 10-10, while Banner County finished 3-18.


Damien Rutledge qualified for state for the Longhorn wrestling team. He was the lone state qualifier.


Kimball had six qualifiers for the state meet held in May. They were: Ali Hunsaker in the 200 meter dash, Madison Biesecker in the 300 meter hurdles, Brooke Hager in the long jump, Laura Flores in the 3200 meter run, Shelby Vogel in the triple jump and Jaden Withrow in the triple jump.

Boys golf

The Kimball boys golf team had two performers medal at state. Henry Heeg tied for fifth with a two-round total of 149, opening with a 75 and adding a 74. Jordan Greenwood tied for 11th place, opening with a round of 77 and shooting a 76 in the second round.


Kimball just missed out on the playoffs and finished the season with a 6-3 overall record. The Longhorns were just two spots out of the 16-team playoffs.

The Longhorns ended the season by winning four out of their last five games. On the year, they had wins against Gordon-Rushville, Mitchell, Bayard, Cambridge, Hershey and Bridgeport.

Potter-Dix advanced to the playoffs and suffered a first round defeat to Paxton, 52-40. It was the second time the Coyotes, who finished the season 5-4 overall, lost to Paxton. Potter-Dix lost to Paxton, 55-32, during the regular season meeting between the two schools. It was a successful campaign for the Coyotes, who returned to the playoffs after not advancing to the playoffs in 2013.

Banner County finished its season with a 2-6 record.


The Kimball volleyball season ended in the sub-district finals. The Lady Longhorns finished the season with a 15-14 overall record and returns its entire squad in tact for the 2015 season.

Potter-Dix finished just one win away from state. The Lady Coyotes opened the playoffs with wins against Dundy County-Stratton and Creek Valley, before they lost in the district championship to Brady. Potter-Dix finished the season 17-13 overall.

Banner County finished its season with a 3-23 record.

Cross country

Kimball's Ryan Muneio was the lone cross country performer on the team to make it to state. He finished 44th at the state meet after taking ninth place at district.

Girls golf

Jaycie Walker earned a state tournament berth and shot a two-round total of 229. She opened with a 112 and shot a second day total of 117.

2014-15 boys basketball

At the Christmas break, the Kimball boys basketball team stands at 3-3 overall. The Potter-Dix boys are 2-4, and the Banner County boys are 0-5.

2014-15 girls basketball

The Kimball girls basketball team is 4-2 on the season. Potter-Dix has posted a 5-1 record to begin the season, while Banner County is 1-5.


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