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 By Tom Southard    Sports    August 15, 2019 


Breckyn Kiefer, the 8-year-old daughter of Wade and Brooke Kiefer of Kimball, is making a name for herself in the world of power tumbling. Not only on a local, or even state status, but all the way... Full story

 By Tom Southard    Sports    August 15, 2019 

Now You Kids Get Ready For Sports Practice And School

The Wise kids were earning more honors at a golf tournament held in North Platte a week back. Playing in the two day Junior Ambassadors Tournament, held at the Lake Maloney Rivers Edge Course in North Platte, Payton Wise finished third in her...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    August 8, 2019

Hays Roofing Team Builds On Foundation

A field of 116 golfers turned out for the 28th annual Kimball Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament this past weekend at the Four Winds Golf Course. The popular event held on Saturday was a four person...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    August 1, 2019

Mike Daum Signs Contract To Go Pro In Spain

Kimball’s Mike Daum is set to move on to his next role in his illustrious basketball career. After an outstanding high school career at Kimball High, he became one of the best ever as a member of the South Dakota State men’s program – setting... Full story

 By Tom Southard    Sports    July 25, 2019

Kimball Hospital Foundation Classic Next Up On Golf Scene

Another great turnout for a golf happening at the Four Winds Golf Course this past Saturday evening. After being cancelled due to bad weather a week or so back, the Masonic Lodge Cross Country/Glow Ball four-person scramble was held Saturday even...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    July 18, 2019

Summer Tournaments In Full Swing

The Vince’s Corner ABCD Double Draw Scrambler was held this past weekend and hard to believe this was the 10th annual for this very popular event. A lot of the names you may not recognize as this tournament brings them in from all over. And yet...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    July 11, 2019

More Local Golf In The Forecast At Four Winds

Some golf being played and some golf being rained out! The scheduled Glow Ball/Cross Country Scramble got cancelled this past Saturday evening because of weather and weather forecasts, but other events went on as scheduled and there are more coming...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    July 4, 2019

Large Turnout For TeamMates Scramble

Another very successful golf happening occurred this past weekend at the Four Winds Golf Course with 18 four-person scramble teams turning out for the annual TeamMates Tournament. Once again, the...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    July 4, 2019

Local Golf Scene & Nate Lashley Are Glowing

After another very successful golf event at the Four Winds this past Saturday for the annual TeamMates scramble, time now to focus on yet another fun golfing event set for this Saturday, July 6. It is the Glow Ball, four-person scramble with nine...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    June 20, 2019

A Letter For Mr. Southard

Payton Wise had a very good showing at the recent Kearney Junior Classic Golf Tournament held at the Meadowlark Hills Golf Course. Competing in the age 14-15 girl’s division the young Kimball standout finished 2nd with her round of 93 and 85 in...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    June 20, 2019

Robinson Team Wins At Father's Day Golf

The father-son team of Greg Robinson, Tony and Michael took top honors at this year’s Father’s Day Golf Tournament hosted by the Kimball Thursday Night Men’s Golf League, shooting two day rounds of 59-58=117 to hold off the defending champion...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    June 13, 2019

Here's To Kimball's Hall Of Fame Fans

The Four Winds Golf Course will come alive this weekend with the holding of the annual Father’s Day Golf Tournament hosted by the Thursday Night Men’s Golf League. This is one of the favorite events each year held at the Four Winds with lots of...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    June 13, 2019

All-Star Anthony Shines

Kimball High grad Zane Anthony made sure he closed out his High School football career in fine fashion with an outstanding performance in helping his West Team win over the East Team, 6-0, Saturday...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    June 13, 2019

Kimball All-Stars Back On Court

Kimball High grads of the 2019 class were preforming again this past weekend in All Star events. Kate Reader and Izaac Reuter played in the select Mid Plains Area All Star Basketball games held...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    June 6, 2019

Jock Talk

It was an All Star Basketball night this past Saturday at Cougar palace in Scottsbluff with the staging of the 2019 Panhandle Prep All Star Basketball games featuring both girls and boys of Western Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming with even a South...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    June 6, 2019

A Seven Win Season For Kimball Boys Golf Team

The Kimball High Boy's Golf Team wrapped up another successful season with seven teams wins, including both conference championships and the District title! For the three seniors on the team, this...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    May 30, 2019

So Many Stories Over The Years

After last week’s story on Brady Kilgore bringing home three medals from the Nebraska State Track Meet and informing you readers about Jay Staehr doing this himself back in 1994, I asked for you readers to come up with some of your own memories of...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    May 30, 2019


The 2019 Nebraska Boy's State Golf Tournament did not play out as planned thanks to some nasty weather that cancelled out the two day format, limiting it to just one day and 18 holes of play. The Clas... Full story

 By Tom Southard    Sports    May 23, 2019

2019 High School Sports Almost In The Books

The 2019 Nebraska State Track Meet is in the books, and we have local athletes who not only wrote their names into the State books, but also into their own school record books as well. Kimball High sent two athletes to this year’s State Meet and...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    May 23, 2019

Kilgore Wins Gold

A memorable last track meet for Brady Kilgore as he closed out his Kimball High School athletic career at the Nebraska State Track and Field Championships at Omaha Burke Stadium. The recent Kimball...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    May 23, 2019

Buescher Takes Second At State

Mallorie Buescher, a young lady with Kimball ties, closed out an exciting senior season of tennis with a runner-up finish in the Nebraska Class B State Tournament held in Lincoln. Mallorie is a...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    May 16, 2019

Spring State Events Around The Corner

An exciting week for Kimball High spring sports as they took part in their districts and state qualifying events. Kimball senior Brady Kilgore won three events at Bayard to qualify him in his last trip to state track. He will compete in both hurdles...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    May 16, 2019

Kilgore 3 Event State Qualifier

Brady Kilgore will be making his annual trip to Omaha for the Nebraska State Track Meet after winning and qualifying in three events at last week's District meet held at Bayard. Brady will have compan...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    May 16, 2019

Kimball District Golf Champ Again

The Kimball High Boy's Golf Team took care of business one more time in winning their fourth straight District Championship Monday at the Cross Creek Golf Link in Cambridge. The three senior varsity...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    May 9, 2019

Impressive Week For longhorns

More exciting happenings this past week involving Kimball High sports. The annual Booster Club Banquet and Awards Night was held and was a huge success thanks to the officers in charge. I was so impressed with the young people involved with the way...


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