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 By Tom Southard    Sports    July 23, 2020

No Place Like Home

Cameron Wynne, the son of Brian Wynne who was a 1997 Kimball High grad, and an outstanding athlete for the Longhorns, has signed to return home to Nebraska to play out his collegiate baseball. Cam,...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    July 23, 2020

Glo Ball Tourney Gets Glowing Review

The 3rd annual James L. Eatmon Masonic Lodge golf tournament was held this past Saturday night at the Four Winds Golf Course, and yes, I said Saturday NIGHT! This fun format consists of a cross country laid-out out course during daylight hours, with...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    July 16, 2020

Catching Up With The Guys At Vince's Scramble

What a Great weekend of watching some outstanding golf! I put in several hours following golfers involved in the 11th annual Vince's Corner ABCD Double Draw Scramble out at the Four Winds Golf... Full story

 By Tom Southard    Sports    July 16, 2020

Payton Stays In The Swing

With the Nebraska fall sports still a huge question mark, Kimball High Junior Payton Wise at least got to see some competitive action on the golf course this past week by playing in the Nebraska...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    July 16, 2020

Big Mike Continues To Impress On ESPN

Our Kimball guy, Mike Daum, had two more good showings in The Basketball Tournament being played in Columbus, Ohio, that was shown on ESPN. You hopefully caught the story last week of him being named Player of the Game in their opening week over War...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    July 16, 2020

Vince's Tourney: A Success Once Again

The 11th annual Vince’s Corner ABCD Double Draw Golf Scramble is in the books and the 132 golfers who made up the 33 four man teams enjoyed two days of hot, but calm weather, with no storms, and a golf course that brought raves from many of the...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    July 9, 2020

Prime Time Mike

A lot of golf to be played this weekend at the Kimball Four Winds Golf Course as a lot of golfers will tee it up in the Vince's Corner 2-day 4-person scramble. Saturday start time is 12 noon and... Full story

 By Jim Orr    Sports    July 2, 2020

Lifetime Achiever

Here is the nomination column I wrote for Tom Southard to be considered for induction into the Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame's Class of 2020, which will be named later this year. During the... Full story

 By Tom Southard    Sports    July 2, 2020

Team Mates Tourney Aces It; Daum On ESPN

The annual Kimball Chapter of the Team Mates fundraising Golf Tournament was held this past Saturday at the Four Winds Golf Course and, according to Stephanie Kitchens, the program coordinator, it was a huge success. “This was one of our best...


Low Gross, Low Net For Judy Daum At Four Winds

Judy Daum hauled in low gross with a 44 and low net with a 30, in Week 3 of the Kimball Women’s Golf Association league play at Four Winds. Jean Barrett continued with her excellent putting, only using the putter 14 times. Flag prizes were divided...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    June 25, 2020

Four Winds Family Plan

The three-man team of Mitch-Preston-Taylor Brown captured the championship of the 2020 Father's Day Golf Classic winning by 3 strokes over the defending team of Kenny-Jeff-Jordon Greenwood. The Brown... Full story


Kimball Women's Golf Association Opens Season

The Kimball Women's Golf Association started league play in June with eight teams. The women played the front nine, it was a beautiful evening and the course was in excellent shape. Pattie...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    June 25, 2020

A Great Kimball Golf Weekend

What a great golf weekend at the Four Winds Golf Course this past Saturday-Sunday. Amazing the number of people that turn out for this annual golfing attraction, not only in the number of 3-man teams, which ended up at 35 when one team did not show,...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    June 18, 2020

Play Ball! Kimball Ball Diamonds Busy Again

It is nice to see all the activity again at the Kimball baseball/softball diamonds! The state associations have given the OK for Nebraska youth to have practices, and game competition will follow... Full story

 By Tom Southard    Sports    June 18, 2020

Adam Bohac Making Big Impact

Adam Bohac, who was a standout athlete for Kimball High during his prep days and went on to play basketball for the University of Nebraska, has been named to the "50 Impactful Coaches" list in a...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    June 18, 2020

Full Field Of 36 Teams For Father's Day Golf Classic

The first big tournament of the season will happen this weekend at the Four Winds Golf Course as the Annual Father’s Day Classic event is set for its two-day format on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s play will tee off with a shotgun start at 12...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    June 11, 2020

Hittin' The Weights

Kimball High athletes were back in the school's spacious weight room this past week after the NSAA gave permission for Nebraska schools to open up their weight rooms at the same time, while still... Full story

 By Tom Southard    Sports    June 11, 2020

Father's Day Golf, All Star Scramble Set To Tee Off

Another friendly reminder that the upcoming Father’s Day Golf Classic 3-Man Scramble tournament will be held Father’s Day weekend, June 20-21, at the Four Winds Golf Course in Kimball. Chairman Randy Bohac provided some additional information...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    June 4, 2020

Here Come Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, Weightlifting

Nebraska got the word that adult and youth baseball/softball could begin practicing as of this past Monday, June 1. Ashley Thurin informed me that league play in Kimball for the youth programs will start up on June 18. At this time, the teams are... Full story

 By Tom Southard    Sports    May 28, 2020

Local Sports Starting To Open Up A Bit

Thanks to the COVID-19 scare ,there was no end of the school year awards night this year at the Kimball High so the Kimball High athletes missed out on this annual tribute as well. We published an entire list of accomplishments the graduating class... Full story

 By Tom Southard    Sports    May 28, 2020

Oh, Brother! Millers Shoot The Lights Out

Braylon Miller and Braxton Miller, sons of Mr and Mrs. Chad Miller, were both recent state qualifiers in the Knights of Columbus free throw shooting contest. The Kimball brothers shot in their local...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    May 21, 2020

Kimball Liked View On Nebraska's Golf Mountaintop

Tom Southard wrote an introduction in last week's Observer for the story below that he wrote in 1993 about Kimball's new golf state champions. Also presented below, after that story, is a follow-up th...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    May 14, 2020

Four Winds Leagues Prepare To Tee Off

I have received what I feel is uplifting news from the good people who head up the local golf leagues, and it looks like there will be league play, and possibly even tournaments this summer at the Fou... Full story


More Fun With Stats; Gary Williams Deserves HOF

My good friend Con Marshall, who writes for the Chadron paper, enjoys putting together stats on Nebraska Panhandle sporting seasons and recently sent me his update of this year’s boys basketball records. In particular, he was looking for names of...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    May 7, 2020

Dillon Wise Shoots 63 For Course Record

Dillon Wise, the young man who excelled for four years as a Kimball High golfer, is still improving his game and on May 1 established a new Four Winds Golf Course record with his round of 31-32=63!... Full story


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