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

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A salute to the Kimball High boys for a great effort in their sub-district basketball tournament play this past week. Despite a lot of conflicting conditions that depleted their roster, those remaining gave it their all, and played with a lot of heart and sportsmanship, as they nearly got the job done to advance them to the district playoff. For different reasons, this will be a season to remember!


Congrats to the Potter-Dix girls for their district championship advancing them to the Nebraska Girl’s State Tournament this weekend. Also to Sidney in Class B and Mitchell in C-1. Good luck to all of you Western Nebraska teams.


Congrats to former Kimball High student wrestler, Clay Keller for winning the 145 pound weight class at the Oregon State Wrestling championships. Clay was an outstanding young wrestler at Kimball who wrestled for the Longhorns as a freshman before moving to Oregon. He is currently in his junior year out in Oregon.


Congrats to former Kimball High standout Mike Daum for one more great performance this past week. On Senior Day at South Dakota State University, Daum led his SDSU Jackrabbits to a 88-64 win over Denver to avenge the loss at DU that a lot of Kimball fans attended. Big Mike scored 30 points on 11/19 shooting from the field going 3/7 on 3 pointers, and 5/6 at the foul line along with seven rebounds. When he scored his fifth point of the game he set a new season school record for the Jacks. Now we need to cheer for Daum and company to win the conference tournament and get an entry into the NCAA Tournament.


Congrats to the legendary Al Combs of Potter and Potter-Dix football fame. Al will be one of twelve coaches and two players who will be inducted into the new Nebraska Eight-Man Football Hall of Fame during ceremonies to be held June 17 at the Tom Osborne Family Sports Complex in Hastings at half time of the 40th Annual Sertoma Eight-Man All-Star Football Game.


It was sad to see that the Banner County High boys had to withdraw from sub-district basketball tournament play this year because of lack of players. The Wildcats got down to just four players and the rules call for at least five to meet the requirements of the rules in force.


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