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 By Tom Southard    Sports    April 9, 2020 

Longhorn Girls Basketball Gets Its Coach: Jaclyn Burks

Jaclyn Burks will assume the position of Head Coach for the Kimball High Girls Basketball program, according to a release from Kimball Activities Director Ken Smith. A lot of you fans will recognize her name as she was an outstanding player in her...

 
 By Tom Southard    Sports    April 9, 2020 

KIMB Radio Sports Is Back

Here we have the "KIMB SPORTS ... by Tom Southard" report from the April 10, 1967, KIMB-AM 1260 newsletter. Tom, once the former station's sports director and an Observer sports writing legend,...

 
 By Tom Southard    Sports    April 2, 2020

Jock Talk: Sports? Yes, There's Still Some To Talk About

All of the sanctioned season sports still on hold so not much to watch, and or, write about, but golf is being played at our Four Winds Golf Course and despite rather cool weather, a few hardy souls have been out getting some very fresh air. I have...

 
 By Tom Southard    Sports    April 2, 2020

Big Mike In Spain

Mike Daum is another outstanding Kimball High grad who, like Adam Bohac (see "Jock Talk" in this week's paper), set many Kimball High School records and excelled in the game of basketball. He went on...

 
 By Tom Southard    Sports    March 26, 2020

End Of An Era

The senior class of the 2019-20 Kimball High boys basketball team will be remembered for its strong play, and unselfish team play, despite finishing with a win-loss record of 11-12. With a total of 8...

 
 By Tom Southard    Sports    March 19, 2020

Jock Talk: Virus Precautions Put Spring Sports On Hold

Sports are on hold! Thanks to the Coronavirus scare, the National, Collegiate and area High School sports are on hold, with lots of them cancelled for the balance of the season! Kimball High, along with all of the Panhandle schools, are closed...

 
 By Tom Southard    Sports    March 19, 2020

Low On Numbers, Big On Results

For certain there were highs and lows for the Kimball High wrestlers in the 2019-20 season and let's start with junior Connor Cluff setting a new Kimball High School record in escapes improving the...

 
 By Tom Southard    Sports    March 12, 2020

Several Longhorns Make All-WTC Teams

The selections for the Western Trails All Conference basketball and wrestling teams have been released after vote by the conference coaches. Kimball High senior Carli Wurdeman was given All Conference honors for her senior and final season, and...

 
 By Tom Southard    Sports    March 12, 2020

Jock Talk: Wrestlers, Coach Bohac, Breckyn Kiefer All Impress

The NEUSA District 1 Wrestling Tournament was held this past weekend in Scottsbluff and the Kimball Wrestling Club had several wrestlers do very well. In the PreK-K division at 32-36 pounds, Decker Culek won both of his matches with pin times of :08...

 
 By Tom Southard    Sports    March 12, 2020

A Bit Short, But Some Positives

The 2019-20 season for the Kimball High girls basketball team shows 8 wins and 13 losses, a bit short of what Coach Chauncey Pedersen was hoping for, but in all fairness, it was a season where it...

 
 By Tom Southard    Sports    March 5, 2020

Jock Talk: Uncertain Future For Longhorns Basketball

The basketball season from Kimball High came to an end this past Thursday at the boys subdistrict finals and, sorry to report, Kimball lost to Bridgeport 45-43 in overtime. Happy to report, however, it was an exciting and well-played game and the...

 

Jock Talk: Turnover Coming For Kimball Sports

The Kimball High boys basketball team had its final home game this past Friday highlighted by the honoring of the senior players and their parents prior to tip off. With 8 senior boys on the 12 member roster, I think it is safe in saying that next...

 

Longhorns Cruise Past Morrill, Advance To Final

The Kimball Longhorns advanced Tuesday night, Feb. 25, to the Subdistrict championship game with a convincing 57-41 victory over rival Morrill in Gering. Next up is a showdown with No. 1 seed...

 

Lady Longhorns Fall In Subdistrict Final, Season Ends

The Kimball High Girls Basketball season came to an end this past week in the sub-district finals losing to South Platte 45-17. The Lady Longhorns had advanced to the championship game by virtue of their first round win over Perkins County, 46-31....

 

Bad Break For Bateman At State Wrestling

No medals for the four wrestlers who represented Kimball High at the 2020 Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament, but a lot of experience, and a lot of memories, some good and some bad, for the young...

 

Kimball Goes Big To The Big Show

This is the weekend of the 2020 Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament held in Omaha and Kimball has FOUR STATE QUALIFIERS! It has been a long time since the Longhorns have sent this many young men to the BIG SHOW down east. Congrats to Coaches Wade Bra...

 

Four On The Floor

Kimball will be sending four wrestlers to the Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament in Omaha that gets underway today (Thursday) and continues through Saturday! By virtue of their outstanding...

 

Subdistrict Title Game Next For Lady Longhorns

The Kimball High Lady Longhorns won in Subdistrict on Tuesday night, Feb. 18, beating Perkins County, 46-31. This means that the Longhorns next play in the Subdistrict Championship game 6:30 p.m....

 

Boys Top Hemingford

A key win for the Kimball High boys Friday night as they kept their Western Trails Conference hopes alive with a 49-34 win over visiting Hemingford. The Longhorns looked sharp with some good passing and team work with everyone looking for the open ma...

 

Hornets Sting Longhorns

In Tuesday night basketball action at Pine Bluffs, the night belonged to the hosting Hornets as they dominated Kimball in both he girls and boys contests. The Lady Hornets won over Kimball 58-23 and the Pine Bluffs boys won over Kimball 85-48. PINE...

 

Kimball Wrestlers Head To District This Weekend

The Kimball High Wrestlers were busy at the WTC/SPVA Tournament this past week at Bridgeport, and will head to North Platte St Pats for District competition this Friday-Saturday. The Longhorns had some good efforts at the conference tournament along...

 

Winter Sports Winding Down

The winter sports season is fast winding down! The Kimball wrestlers go to the District D-4 Tournament this Friday-Saturday at North Platte St Pats hoping to qualify some of our wrestlers for the State Tournament in Omaha that starts February 20....

 

Another Perfect Pitch

As of February 9, 2020, Kimball's Dale Hendrickson is a member of the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame! And he has a lot of his Kimball friends and fans that can testify to this happening as they...

 

Kimball Boys Fourth At Western Trails Tournament

The Kimball boys finished 4th in this year's Western Trails Conference Basketball Tournament play, losing 37-34 to Morrill in the consolation finals on Saturday. The Longhorns got off to a good start...

 

Kimball Girls Lose To Bayard In First Round

The Kimball Hight girls were eliminated from advancing to additional play at Cougar Palace in Scottsbluff with a first round loss at Bayard in Western Trail Conference Tournament play this past week. Unlike the first meeting between these two teams,...

 

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