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Congrats to the Potter Dix Volleyball Team for their District championship and Best Wishes for a good showing at the State Tournament. What a year for the Lady Coyotes! All of Western Nebraska will be cheering for you.


Touching base on our area athletes who are playing their sport at the college level now. Mike Daum shared a team high 14 points for his South Dakota State University Men’s Basketball Team in their final exhibition game as the Jackrabbits rolled to a 94-67 win over Dakota Wesleyan. The former Kimball High standout also had 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block and 2 assists in 14 minutes of play. SDS hosts Chadron State tomorrow (Friday).


Jon Withrow ran for 55 yards in Dakota Wesleyan’s 17-10 win over Concordia that went right down to the final seconds with Concordia threatening to score. As a true freshman, Jonathon is the starting running back for the Tigers who are now 8 and 2 with a trip to Dordt, Iowa this week and hopes for a playoff spot still possible with another win.


Jake Reader and his Fort Lewis football team out of Durango, Colorado also won again and won big with a 51-10 victory over Adams State this past week moving them to 6 and 4 with a trip to Chadron State to play the Eagles this Saturday. Jake, a red-shirt freshman starting tight end had another solid day of blocking to let his offense put up big numbers if it works for you, try to get up to Chadron to cheer a little bit for Jake!

What a special week for Kendall Ferguson. The talented former Kimball High grad hit for 21 points and pulled 14 rebounds to lead his Hastings College men’s basketball team against a powerful University of Saint Mary Team that won over Hastings 91-79 in the Doane Classic at Crete, Nebraska. Kendall was 8 of 11 from the field! The following night Hastings came pack to defeat Doane 81-67 and although his individual stats were not as sparkling, Ferguson still had 7 key rebounds. The Broncos host Friends University tomorrow (Friday) night.


On a more somber note, once again I ask for your thoughts and prayers for a former Kimball High standout athlete. Dean (The Flea) Haines who quarterbacked Kimball to back to back undefeated football season back in the mid-sixties, is having cancer problems once again. After three previous surgeries to remove lung tumors, they are back, and Dean is now in Houston, Texas under going radiation treatment to try to kill the cancer. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you good friend.


A look at the area sports schedule shows the Kimball Junior High wrestlers at Hemingford today (Thursday). The Kimball Junior High girl’s basketball teams are at home Monday, Nov. 16 hosting Bridgeport for 3 p.m. games, and go to Gering the following afternoon for a 4 p.m. start time. Also, the official start up for Nebraska winter sports practice for high schools is Monday, Nov. 16, which includes basketball for both girls and boys along with wrestling.


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