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

By Tom Southard
The Observer 

Six Longhorns Gain Postseason Honors

 

November 12, 2020



The Western Trails Conference has announced their All Conference selections for volleyball and football and Kimball has six athletes to receive recognition from all conference coaches. 

In volleyball, senior Megan Spicer was named All Conference and senior Sydney Biesecker and sophomore Jayden Paxton were given honorable mention. Bridgeport had 4 players on the all conference team plus 2 honorable mentions and the Lady Bulldogs were the conference champions. Mitchell and Gordon-Rushville both had 3 all conference selections plus 2 HMs, Morrill and Bayard both 2 and 2, and Hemingford and Kimball both placed one1 and 2 HMs. This year’s Most Valuable Player was senior Jayla Brehmer of Gordon-Rushville and the Sportsmanship award went to Bayard. 

WTC Football

Senior Christian Allen Van-Pelt was Kimball’s all conference football selection with junior Roy Tarango Trevino and sophomore Trey Schindler both honorable mention. The WTC has teams playing 11 man and 8 man schedules so awards were given out to both divisions. In the 8-man division which Kimball now participates in, Brian Turek of Hemingford was named Offensive MVP and Christian Leonard of Bayard was the Defensive MVP. Bryce Seier of Morrill was the Special Teams MVP. Hemingford was the Season Champion and had 5 all conference selections plus 2 HMs.

In 11-man Mitchell took the most honors as former Kimball High coach Nick Kuxhausen directed his Tigers to a very successful season. The Tigers had 6 all conference selections plus 2 honorable mentions with Ryan Aguallo named Offensive MVP and Special Teams MVP. Joshua Warren of Bridgeport was the Defensive MVP, and the Bulldogs, like Mitchell,  had 6 all conference selections and 2 honorable mentions. 

Kimball Junior High

The Kimball Junior High Wrestling Team got their season underway at the Banner County Tournament in Harrisburg but coach Wade Brashear had a limited squad of only 4 wrestlers. Cody Brinkman finished 2nd with a solid day of 2 wins and 1 loss and registered 2 quick first period falls and lost 7-4. Suriel Lozoya also had a 2-1 day with 1 exhibition win. He had a win by fall in 1:17 and lost by fall in his other match and finished 2nd. Tig Woolington placed 3rd with his record of 1-2 losing twice by fall and winning by pin in round 2. Maison Holmes Wrestled 4 matches and finished 4th with a 1-3 record losing twice by decision and once by fall and recording a fall in :48 seconds.

Coach Brashear had 7 wrestlers on the team but Trevor Fuss, Braxton Miller, and Hunter Funk were unable to wrestle at this tournament. Coach Brashear commented on what he has seen so far. “We are really green to the sport of wrestling. I had a large 8th grade group that has moved up to High School wrestling this year. We have had very limited practices due to different concerns and health reasons. Our wrestlers have great attitudes, and we will make the most of this season”!

The Kimball Junior High Team will be back in action today (Thursday) at Hemingford with action beginning at 10 a.m.. On Monday (November 16) Kimball will host their tournament, also with a start time of 10 a.m.. Of interest to you fans, each wrestler will be allowed only one fan in the gymnasium!

Along with the junior high wrestling, the Kimball Junior High girl’s basketball team has also got the season underway. They were to open the season at Bridgeport this past Thursday, and were at Pine Bluffs this past Tuesday. This afternoon, (Thursday), they are at home hosting Gering with game time at 3 p.m.

Winter Sports

The first day of winter sports practices for the Kimball High athletes is Monday, Nov. 16 with the first competition set for December 3rd when the Longhorn wrestlers journey to Bayard. The basketball season opens December 4th with Kimball hosting Leyton. The early season tournament that Kimball hosted for several years has gone by the wayside.

The Potter-Dix football team saw their season come to an end this past Friday evening when they lost 42-8 to a very big and physical Cody-Kilgore team at Al Combs Field. Congrats to the Coyotes on their outstanding 9-1 season, and now the Coyotes will take a brief break and then get ready to really make some noise on the basketball courts.

I noticed on the Potter-Dix program that they listed 23 players, a good figure for six-man football, but they will lose 7 seniors. They will have some good talent returning however so next year could be another winning season.

 

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