Tricounty News

Express hold off Nicks in first round of CVL playoffs


KIMBALL – It was perhaps the best game the St. Nicholas Nicks played all season, and it came at an important time: the first round of the Central Valley League playoffs.

But the Nicks’ effort wasn’t quite good enough to topple the top-seeded Cubs, and Kimball held on for a 4-3 victory. St. w-IMG 0832-copyNicholas finished the regular season with an 0-14 record while Kimball registered a 12-2 record.

The Nicks came out playing good baseball and took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, thanks to a single by Joe Wehlage which was followed by a two-run home run off the bat of Jon Hofer. Hofer was 2-for-4 on the day.

The score stayed that way until the bottom of the third when the Express scored on an infield single by Adam Beyer that plated a run.

The Express took the lead in the fifth when it scored two runs on an RBI double by Brian Marquardt and a sacrifice fly by Jordan Joseph.


David Deem is golf course superintendent

Supervising the 1991 U.S.G.A. Men’s Open at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska was the highlight of David w-DavidDeem-IMG 0776Deem’s career, he says. All the same, he seems to be pretty happy here in Kimball.

David Deem started as supervisor of the Kimball Golf Club as of April 1. He is in charge of all the outdoor facilities at the course, all the maintenance of the holes and other property.

Deem has been a golfer most of his life, and a good golfer. He went to state four years in a row as a high school golfer, and he was club champion four years in Faribault. He and his older brother Bob Deem, the Kimball Golf Club pro and general manager, used to play their home course in Faribault: four holes of golf, then swimming the rest of the day.


Pearl Lake Men’s Softball July 1

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Knaus Insurance              8  0

Stickney Hill Dairy           6  1

Krippner Ex./Skeeter       4  2

Riverwood Realty             4  3

Molitor Flooring               4  4

Peglow Concrete              4  4

H & S Heating/AC             3  4

Shorty’s Bar                        2  4

Azz Clowns                         1  6

Libbesmeier Farms         0  8

Express lost final league game but still captured first in division


LUXEMBURG – On a warm, windy Sunday at the ballpark the Kimball Express dropped their season finale 7-3 to the Brewers but still retained possession of first place in the North Division and finished the season with the best league W-IMG 9090record.

By virtue of that 12-2 league record, the Express will open up the first round of the playoffs next week at home against winless St. Nicholas (0-14).

Luxemburg took command of the game early, scoring three in the first and two in the second, which was enough for Austin Klaverkamp who twirled a complete game striking out nine Kimball batters. Derrek Orth was 3-for-5 for the Brewers and knocked in three runs, and Isaac Matchinsky and Colton Fruth added two hits apiece.

For the Express, Ben Johnson, Scott Marquardt and Brian Marquardt each wrapped out two hits. And Express manager Tom Marquardt, who was the designated hitter for the Express, knocked a single to right in the third. Tom Marquardt, in his 39th season as either a player or manager for Kimball, showed that he can still swing the bat and motor to first at age 55.


Kimball Golf Club News July 10

Golf tips of the week

• When it’s breezy, swing easy! When the wind picks up, you want to choose a club that is more than what you would normally choose. Go through your normal pre-shot routine and then swing W-Kimball-Golf-6-28-14-017easy. The windier it gets, the easier you should swing. You will quickly find that your golf ball is boring through the wind and not ballooning.


• Using driver when you shouldn’t. It seems no matter what trouble lurks ahead, many golfers pull out the big stick driver and whale away. Players should remember that the role of the tee shot on Par 4s and 5s is to not find trouble. Very seldom is there an attacking situation with a driver. If a tight par 4 can easily be reached in two shots with less than a driver off the tee, a better play might be to us a
3 wood or even a hybrid.