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  • Season Of Growth Ends For Longhorns

    Chad Miller KHS Basketball Coach|Feb 29, 2024

    Kimball 51, Morrill 38 Tuesday’s subdistrict first round matchup with Morrill was a game that we took awhile to get things going, but a great finish to the 3rd quarter really opened things up. Knowing just how capable Morrill could be from the perimeter, our 7 point half time lead was not what we were hoping for after 2 quarters of play. Our shooting was not what we were used to, but our defense and rebounding was keeping us ahead in the game. We only allowed Morrill to score 11 points in the 1st half and that was definitely a positive. We alwa...

  • Horns End Undefeated WTC Regular Season

    Chad Miller KHS Basketball Coach|Feb 22, 2024

    The postseason is here. The Kimball boys basketball team – 14-7 with a .667 winning percentage on the season after a sweet win over Mitchell – opened subdisrict play Tuesday evening against a 14-10 Morrill squad at Bridgeport. Kimball was the No. 2 seed and Morrill No. 3. On Thursday, the winner faces the winnter of No. 1 seed Bridgeport and No. 4 Gordon Rushville game. Friday's rematch with Mitchell was a great game that saw our players execute and have their 3rd most efficient game of the sea...

  • Longhorns Look To Build On 13-7 Record

    Chad Miller KHS Basketball Coach|Feb 15, 2024

    The Kimball Longhorns boys basketball team is nearing a late season rematch with Mitchell and the 2023-24 post season after improving to 13-7 with wins this past week at Pine Bluffs and over visiting Heminford. Kimball’s scheduled game Feb. 10 against Minatare was cancelled due to weather and will not be rescheduled. Mitchell rolls into The Arena this Friday, Feb. 16, when the Horns will look to avenge a one-point loss in the WTC tournament. Here’s a recap of the victories over Pine Bluffs and Hemingford. Kimball 61, Pine Bluffs 58 Feb. 6 In...

  • It's Showtime For Horns At The Arena

    Chad Miller KHS Basketball Coach, The Observer|Feb 8, 2024

    After their hard-fought third place showing in the WTC tournament and a Feb. 6 game at Pine Bluffs, the Kimball Longhorns enter a late-season stretch of home games at The Arena. Venturing to K-Town are Hemingford on Friday, Feb. 9, Minatare on Feb. 10 and Mitchell on Feb. 16. The Longhorns will have redemption on their minds in the Mitchell showdown. The Kimball boys went 2-1 in the WTC – easily handling Bayard in their opener, losing a nailbiter to the formidable Mitchell squad in the s...


    Chad Miller, KHS Basketball Coach|Feb 1, 2024

    It's time for the WTC tourney – and some home cookin' – for the Kimball Longhorns boys basketball team. The Horns open the WTC tournament at home 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, as a No. 3 seed against No. 6 Bayard. The winner advances to a 6:30 p.m. Friday game at WNCC against the victor of the contest between No. 2 Mitchell and No. 7 Gordon-Rushville. The championship game is 6:30 p.m. Saturday at WNCC. The Horns go into the tournament after splitting with Sutherland on Thursday, Jan. 25, and Nor...

  • Longhorns Lose By Point, But Make A Point

    Chad Miller, Longhorns Boys Basketball Coach|Jan 25, 2024

    The Longhorn boys, 8-5 on the season, close out January with games against visiting Sutherland at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 25, and 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at North Platte St. Pat's. Then the Horns open the WTC tournament at home 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, as a No. 3 seed against No. 6 Bayard. The winner advances to a 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, game at WNCC against the victor of the contest between No. 2 Mitchell and No. 7 Gordon-Rushville. Here's a look at the SPVA games against Hershey and Chase...

  • Longhorns Battling, Tasting Victory

    Chad Miller, Kimball Boys Basketball Coach|Jan 18, 2024

    The Kimball Longhorns basketball team is showing some promise with an 8-4 record and two sweet victories of late over rivals Potter-Dix and Bridgeport. But on Jan. 16, the Horns dropped a hard-fought SPVA game in Hershey, 49-48. They return Jan. 20 with a tournament game at North Platte Community College. Then comes some home cooking Jan. 25 against Sutherland. Kimball 68, Potter-Dix 31 It was a complete team effort in the win on Tuesday vs. our neighbors to the east, and a very strong opponent....

  • Longhorns Continue Their Progress

    Chad Miller, Kimball Boys Basketball Coach|Jan 11, 2024

    The Longhorns boys basketball team went 2-1 in its first three games after Christmas break, improving to 6-3 on the season. Next up going into this week was a trip to backyard rival Potter-Dix on Tuesday, Jan. 9, a JV game with visiting Pine Bluffs on Jan. 11, then games against visiting Bridgeport on Jan. 12 and visiting Gordon-Rushville on Jan. 13. Here's a recap of Kimball's wins over South Platte on Jan. 2 and Banner County on Jan. 5 and the loss to Chase County on Jan. 6 Kimball 84, South P...

  • Longhorns Sitting At 4-2 During Break

    Chad Miller, Longhorn Basketball Coach|Dec 21, 2023

    The Longhorns boys basketball tram is sitting at 4-2 during its winter break after a 54-46 loss at Hershey. Next up for Kimball High basketball is South Platte, which comes to K-Town on Jan. 3. JV play starts at 4 p.m. Friday's game vs. Hershey was a very back and forth game all night. We discussed and executed a new offense well the day before in practice and were very hopeful that we would be able to continue that execution come game time. The start of the game went very well as we were able...

  • Horns Go For Third Straight At Hershey

    Chad Miller, Longhorn Basketball Coach|Dec 14, 2023

    The Longhorns boys basketball team travels to Hershey on Friday, Dec. 15, with a 4-1 record to close out the December portion of their schedule. Here's a look at their previous three games in which they went 2-1. Kimball 77, Garden County 49 This was a great team victory in front of our hometown supporters. They got to see our Lady Longhorns take home a victory as well, which made it even better for our loud hometown fans. As far as our game goes, we had 5 players reach double digits in scoring...

  • 'Pretty Good Record Setting Performances'

    Chad Miller, Longhorns Basketball Coach|Mar 16, 2023

    This the second and last installment of Kimball basketball coach Chad Miller's review of his team's 2022-23 season. In the semifinal game against Bridgeport, turnovers and missed free throws on our end kept the game close and they were able to get the lead back down to 1 with just 45 seconds to go. However, our next possession saw us break their full court pressure as Bransyn Kiefer found Kyler Lusche on a half court pass in which Kyler was able to convert for an "and-one" layup and free throw...

  • A Season Of Growth & Learning

    Chad Miller, Longhorns Basketball Coach|Mar 9, 2023

    This 2022-2023 boys basketball season was one of growth and learning of what it takes to play at a higher level. We knew coming in that the potential talent was going to make for an exciting year, however, players were going to need to buy into a culture that embraced higher standards and take on roles that may push them out of their comfort zones for the betterment of the team as a whole. Raising the bar started with preseason benchmarks and a "Longhorn 150 Challenge" that involves each player... Full story

  • Season Ends In Subdistrict Title Game

    Chad Miller, Longhorns Basketball Coach|Mar 2, 2023

    Kimball 53, Bayard 45 In the Bayard game, we started the game off strong taking an early 11-3 lead but late in the quarter we gave them too much space on the perimeter and they took advantage by knocking in 3 consecutive three pointers to go into the 2nd quarter tied 12-12. The 2nd quarter was a little better, getting out on defense and holding Bayard to only 2 points the entire quarter and taking the 26-14 lead into halftime. The 3rd quarter then started with our opponent going on a 7-0 run to... Full story

  • Horns Basketball Up For The Challenge

    Chad Miller, Kimball Boys Basketball Coach|Feb 16, 2023

    Hemingford – Friday’s game in Hemingford was one of those games that in a way you want to just forget about and move on from but we all know you can learn some of your greatest lessons from your most difficult defeats. It was the first game without leading scorer Brandon Paxton on the floor and we started the game as though we were lost without his services. Too many errors early on put us in a deficit we would struggle to overcome all game long. That, along with struggles making shots and Braxton Miller’s foul troubles early on made for an up...

  • Kimball Boys At Hoops Camp

    Chad Miller KHS Basketball Coach|Jun 9, 2022

    The Kimball boys basketball program participated in this summers 2022 Bridgeport Boys Team Camp June 1st and 2nd. There were 22 high schools from 4 different states competing in JV and Varsity divisions. Teams from Custer SD, Sturgis SD, Gillette WY, Lusk WY, Strasburg CO, Fleming CO, McClave CO, Ainsworth NE, and other area schools were there and we got to experience some really good basketball. This year Kimball competed in the Varsity division and on Day 1 had eight players to take on the likes of Sidney, Bayard, Garden Co., and Lusk WY. All...

  • Kimball Junior High Trio Excels At State Track

    Chad Miller, For the Observer|May 19, 2022

    This year's JH State Track and Field Championships in Gothenburg was only for 7th and 8th grade students by invite only. The top 24 boys and girls all-class in each individual event, plus the top 16 relay teams, were invited to compete based on "ALL" 2022 results posted to the Nebraska middle-school athletic.net website. This year Kimball had the three athletes invited to compete: Peter Russell, Trevor Fuss, & Braxton Miller. Peter Russell competed in the pole vault and received 5th place out...


    Chad Miller, Longhorns Basketball Coach|Mar 10, 2022

    This year's 2021-22 Boys Basketball season was one of growth and commitment. With athletic participation at an all time low and losing a few students to not having a football season this year, it was always in the back of people's minds as to whether our season would meet the same fate as well. Fortunately for us, we did have 8 students that showed up to our first practice willing to learn and give it their all for an opportunity to represent our school and community with pride. Within only a...

  • Lusche 7th On 'Most Points Scored In 1 Game' List

    Chad Miller, Longhorns Basketball Coach|Feb 3, 2022

    Kimball 57, Banner County 34 JAN 27 First game back from the SPVA conference tournament where the boys played well we were looking to continue that momentum going into our 3 game stretch this week. Banner County was our first opponent on Thursday and even though they have some size, they are a young team like ours and looking to continue to grow their program. The first quarter saw us trying to put pressure in the full court to capitalize on steals and turnovers for quick transition points....

  • Kimball's Lusche Puts Up 13 Against Chase County

    Chad Miller, Longhorns Basketball Coach|Jan 13, 2022

    Chase County 75, Kimball 25 The Saturday, Jan. 8, game saw a young Kimball Longhorn team come out and get a few early baskets but were not able to keep pace with the Chase County Longhorns. Scoring the first 2 points in the second quarter the young Kimball team found themselves down 10-20. However, the next 7:50 of the second quarter and into the first six minutes of the third quarter saw the team go on a scoring drought and were outscored 35-2 in that stretch. Chase County did well pressuring our players and getting them to rush their passes...

  • The Comeback Trail Continues

    Chad Miller, Longhorn Basketball Coach|Dec 16, 2021

    Friday, Dec.10 Perkins County 80, Kimball 36 Game four on this young season at Perkins County saw our young team hit the floor ready to go at it again. Perkins County had already two big SPVA Conference wins but our boys did not let that faze them. Kyle Fraser, out lone Junior, was back from injury ready to give it a go and provided us with a great boost on and off the floor. We were limiting his minutes but when he was called upon he was ready to try and do whatever we asked of him. Our...

  • Young Longhorns Showing Grit From The Get-Go

    Chad Miller, Longhorn Basketball Coach|Dec 9, 2021

    Bayard 67, Kimball 26 Thursday, Dec. 2 We had only seven players to open this season of a three-game stretch of back-to-back-to-back games, four freshmen and three sophomores. Junior Kyle Fraser was injured at our first practice of the year and we hope to have him back for us soon, but for now our energetic group of underclassmen is showing us they are willing to give everything they got night in and night out. At Bayard, Wyatt Cords had a good night shooting going 50% from the field and 17...

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