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What a good week for Kimball High Athletics! The Kimball boys won their first football game of the season with a convincing 42-28 victory at Bayard. The Lady Longhorns volleyball team picked up a win at Morrill, and the Boy’s cross country team ran second in the Western Trails Conference in the race held at the Kimball Four Winds Golf Course with senior Brandon Barker emerging as the individual boy’s varsity champion. This makes him a dual conference champion this year as he also won the SPVA race at Grant two days earlier.


Looking at some individual highlights of the week for Kimball athletes, Brandon Barker, a senior is really peaking as he is running his best time ever right now. His 17:03 time at Gothenburg moves him into second place all time trailing only Mike Allison who holds the record for Kimball at 16:37 set back in 1987. Barker took out Addison Perlinski and Kyle Bartels who had shared second place with their times of 17:07. Brandon still has a chance to make a run at the number one spot on the Kimball record book.


Jaden Withrow made a run at improving his brother Jon’s single game rushing record this past Friday night in the win over Bayard. Jaden, also a senior, rushed for 262 yards on 34 carries but came up four yards shy of the school record held by older brother Jonathon who rushed for 266 yards in a single game. Jonathon, who now runs for Dakota Wesleyan, also holds the Kimball High season rushing record and the career rushing record as well.


I talked via telephone with Jon this week and he brought me up to date on how his sophomore season at Dakota Wesleyan is going. His Tiger Team is now 4-2 with a 42-37 win over Dordt College of Iowa this past Saturday. Jon did his part, scoring two touchdowns while rushing for 75 yards on 16 carries and also had one catch for 25 yards. Jon pulled a hamstring in fall camp before the season ever started but has been playing with the pull anyway and said the trainers told him it would not heal until he rests it for two weeks or more. He has no plans on doing that until the season is over.

Another Kimball High grad is also a member of the Dakota Wesleyan team and Enrique Cajero is the starting punter and kickoff man for the Tigers. He is averaging over 35 yards per punt but has 7 punts downed inside the opponents 10 yard line and a long punt of 52 yards. He was most proud to tell me he has five tackles on the season after either punts of kickoffs. Both young men inform me that school is going well and that’s of most importance. Dakota Wesleyan is at home this week with a very good, and highly rated, Concordia team out of Seward.


A busy sports schedule for the Longhorns as the fall sports season is coming to an end. District cross country is at Bayard today (Thursday) with a start time of 2 p.m. This is the state qualifying meet for both teams and individuals and the Kimball coaches have high expectations for their boys.

Tomorrow night (Friday) the Kimball football team travels to North Platte to take on the St. Pats Irish in a 6 p.m. kickoff time. Tuesday, Oct. 18, the volleyball team travels to Grant for a full slate of matches beginning at 5 p.m.


Golf is still being enjoyed out at the beautiful Four Winds Golf Course and this past Saturday the annual Fund Raiser Triple Play Two-Person Tournament was held with 19 two-person teams participating. The weather was perfect and this year was special with some ridiculous hard pin placements termed “Greenskeeper revenge”. Lots of very nice prizes were awarded by Four Winds Pro Chad Wise.

There were 10 teams in the first flight won by Aaron Koski and Keith Staehr with a net handicap score of 65. Second place with 66.1 was Tom Southard and Doug Southard and third place with 66.2 was Ty Garrett and Gene Golding. Winners of the second flight were Bill and Wesla Hinton with 66.3. Second place was Pat O’Brien and Barry Frederick with 70.2 and third place was Susan Miller and Wayne Hammit with 71.6. I might mention also that golfers were treated to some excellent chili at the conclusion of play courtesy of both Chad Wise and Don Trofholz. Chad made sure that everyone knew if they liked his chili, he made it, and if not his wife Jen made it.


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