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

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I enjoyed an All Star Basketball Saturday evening giving me one more opportunity to watch some of our immediate area All Star girls in action, including Kimball’s Hannah Biesecker, who had an All Star performance hitting 4 treys and scoring in double figures with 12 points. She also did a good job of rebounding, but her Green Team got whomped 108-81 by the All Star Orange Team.

Jori Peters of Mitchell, a member of the winning Orange Team, was chosen MVP. She will continue her basketball career at Chadron State. Other members of the Orange Team, whom I was especially interested in, included Potter-Dix standout, Audrey Juelfs, who also had a double figure scoring night with 11 points. It was special to see Audrey playing on a team being coached by her brother, Lance.

Banner County High had two players on the Orange Team in MaKenna Dahlgrin, who did a good job inside and also scored 8 points for the winners. Courtney Knisley ended up with 5 points and had a good night, as well. We didn’t have any players from our immediate area in the boy’s all star game. The boys really lit up the scoreboard with the Orange Team winning 116-105 over the Green Team.


More All Star events this Saturday back in Scottsbluff with the West Nebraska All Star Volleyball match between the East and West taking place at Cougar Palace at 2 p.m. and the All Star Football game will kick off at 7 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium. Audrey Juelfs is right back in the lineup again this weekend as a member of the West Team and her Potter-Dix teammate, Trinity Langley, will join her. Potter-Dix volleyball Coach Brad Hicks will serve as an assistant to Mitchell Coach Michelle Peters for the West Team. Once again, no All Star Football players chosen from our immediate reporting area.


Kimball’s Dillon Wise had another All Star performance of his own in the opening event for the Panhandle Junior Golf Tour winning the boys’ Grades 10-12 division by 10 stokes, at Gering. Dillon fired a winning round of 74 with Tristen Zitek taking 2nd with his round of 84. Kimball’s Brendan Walker was 5th with 87. Dillon’s sister, Payton, moved up a division to play in the Grade 10-12 bracket, despite the face she will be a 9th grader this fall at Kimball. Payton finished 6th with a round of 94. Tayten Zitek of Pine Bluffs, and like his brother, plays golf all summer at Kimball, was 3rd in the boys Grade 6-7 with a 9 hole score of 56.


I also took a trip to Gering this past week to take in an Expedition Baseball League game between the Western Nebraska Pioneers who headquarter in Gering and the Hastings Sodbusters. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening despite the Pioneers losing. The facilities are very good and everything is first class, including the seating, the sound system, the food vendors, the entertainment between innings and the beer is cold and not that expensive. The baseball is good, as well as, the teams are made up of college players from all over the country.

There are 8 teams total with 4 teams in the Lewis Division, including the Badlands Big Sticks out of Dickinson, North Dakota, the Pierre Trappers from Pierre, South Dakota, the Hub City Hotshots of Aberdeen, South Dakota, and the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs of Minot, North Dakota. The Clark Division includes the Pioneers, the Casper Horseheads, the Hastings Sodbusters and the Spearfish Sasquatch of Spearfish, South Dakota.


The Father’s Day Tournament is just a couple weeks away as the annual favorite will be held on Father’s Day weekend, June 16-17. Time to get your 3-member scramble team signed up. It is always a lot of fun, with lots of nice prizes and a good Saturday evening meal included in your entry fee. Call the Four Winds Pro Shop to get signed in or for more information.


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