Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

This is the week you high school sports fans have been waiting for and Kimball High athletes are going to be busy for certain.

The Kimball High girls golf team has already had a tournament as you read this, as they were scheduled to play at Sidney this past Tuesday, and they are at Bayard today (Thursday).

This coming Tuesday, they will host the Western Trails Tournament at their own Four Winds Course with a tee time of 9 a.m. You fans are welcome to come out and cheer the ladies on!

Coach Katie Culek has seven girls checked out, including senior Carli Wurdeman, junior Maddie Cook, and sophomores Payton Wise and Katie Heeg. Nice to see three freshmen joining the team: Keara O’Brien, Hannah Schildhauer and Halsey Clark.

The Kimball High volleyball team had a warmup practice type earlier at Scottsbluff, but will officially open the season tonight (Thursday) at a triangular in Hemingford that also involves Gordon-Rushville and they will play at Sidney on Tuesday. Action both evenings begins at 4 p.m.

Cross Country also opens up this evening (Thursday) at Scottsbluff with a 4:45 p.m. start time. I have not received rosters yet for either of these programs.

The Longhorn football team opens up at home tomorrow night (Friday) hosting Garden County with a 7 p.m. kickoff. Coach Ben Aarstad has 22 players checked out, including 10 seniors and six juniors so, there is some experience for certain, and also some good size and some speed, so things look encouraging.

On the negative side of things, there is only one sophomore and five freshmen on the roster.

Clash Of

The Champions

This past Sunday afternoon at the Four Winds Golf Course, the two Kimball men’s golf leagues held their season ending combined scramble with 32 golfers signed in to form eight four-man scramble teams. The teams were divided up pretty even as the top four teams tied with a score of 8 under and the winners had to be decided by score card playoff.

Winning first place was the team of Mark Daum, Tim Lange, Roger Dohse and Mark Fornstrom.

In second place was the team of Jake Daum, Keith Staehr, Gary Haack and Justin Fornstrom, and third place went to Mike Greenwood Jr., Randy Bohac, Steve Pattison and Mike Kelly.

The team of Lynn Anthony, Joe Fennell, Steve Linn and Terry Lovesee claimed fourth place. The team shooting 65 and finishing fifth was Tom O’Brien, Don Trofholz, Royce Crossman and Dan Perry.

Winning honorable mention and receiving participation honors were the team of Mike Coleman, Mitch Brown, Barry Frederick and Dave Lukassen shooting 66. Andrew Brown, Kelly Garrett, Roger Wynne and Rick Perry shot 67, and the team of Bill Hinton, Pat O’Brien, Steve Warner and Ryan McElroy shot 72 but could boast of an eagle on hole number 5.

Randy Bohac thanked all the golfers who continue to come out and support the course with their play.

Thursday Night

Men’s League

The Thursday night men’s league will continue to have weekly fun scrambles for the non-winners from their season ending tournament each Thursday evening at 5 p.m. The league tournament continues with the team of Colton Daum-Anthony Osborne waiting for the outcome of the match between Keith Staehr-Gary Hall and Greg Robinson-Harold Farrar, and the winner of that pairing will then play for the league championship.

50th Anniversary

Fundraiser Scramble

Four Winds Pro Chad Wise also reminds all golfers of the four-person fundraiser scramble to be held Sept. 14 at the Four Winds. This is a 50-year anniversary fundraiser to help improve in some way the course. Get your team together and get signed up.

Go Dillon!

Sending out good luck thoughts to Kimball’s Dillon Wise who will play his first college golf tournament this Thursday-Friday at Riverton, Wyoming, as a member of the McCook College men’s golf team.