Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

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Thanks to Mother Nature, no school sports to report on this week. The terrible cold and nasty weather forced most all of the area schools to call off the scheduled activities although most will be re-scheduled for a later date. I do have a date for the Kimball-Hershey basketball games that were post-poned last Friday evening and will now be played on February 11, 2017. The Saturday night game with Bayard that was also called off has not been re-scheduled as of yet. Kimball also chose not to travel to Sidney on Saturday for wrestling, although it went on as scheduled. Kimball did host a triangular wrestling match with Chase County and Hershey this past Tuesday and we will have results of that for you next week. Now school is out for the Christmas break and the mandatory NSAA moratorium for no practice goes into effect tomorrow (Friday) and continues until December 28.


Thanks to Big Mike Daum, I have a fantastic story to share with all of you readers. The bad weather didn’t keep Mike and his South Dakota State Jackrabbits from a big 88-84 overtime win over Murray State and what a night Mike had.

Big Mike Dauminated and set some records while doing so. He scored 39 points for a new collegiate career high while going 11/22 from the field and 16/16 at the foul line and pulled 11 rebounds. His free throw shooting was a new school record. He was named Summit League Athlete of the Week, the second time in his young career to receive this honor.

He leads the nation in free throw attempts at 116 and has made 105, and is 4th in the nation in scoring. So far in his career, he has hit double figure scoring 42 times in 46 games and is already over 800 points scored in his career which is only his 2nd season of play! How about that for a story?

The Kimball school calendar shows we return to action on January 2nd with frosh/soph basketball at Torrington. Varsity basketball and wrestling starts up again on January 5th with Western Trails Conference Wrestling at Mitchell, and in basketball it is Sidney at Kimball.


In the meantime, stay warm. It looks like our weather is going to be better. You do know I am sure that Santa Claus got his start in Nebraska and then moved to the North Pole for nicer weather and better working conditions. Have a Merry Christmas everyone and we will crank it up again in the New Year.


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