KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: St. Francis boys basketball’s Andrew Kimball
Why he was selected: Scored 21 points in Friday’s 3A Freeport Sectional title game against Rockford Lutheran
St. Francis senior Andrew Kimball was a key part of the winningest stretch in St. Francis boys basketball history. Kimball, a Geneva resident, was a role player on last year’s team that advanced to a sectional final, and emerged as the leading scorer on this year’s team that advanced to the 3A NIU Supersectional before falling to Limestone on Tuesday, 55-50. Kimball, who scored 21 points against Rockford Lutheran and canned a couple 3-pointers in the Limestone game, is the St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Athlete of the Week. He spoke with Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab after the Limestone loss. The following is an edited transcript:
How much did you enjoy this ride?
It was a blast. I love this team, every single one of us. No one thought we’d be here, that’s what makes it sweeter. It was just great playing with these guys. The whole community and the school was with us. It was just great.
Do you think these teams the last couple years really raised the profile of boys basketball at St. Francis?
Most definitely. Back to back regionals and a sectional, not many teams do that, especially for a small school like us. Hopefully we can get more kids coming here and keep the tradition alive.
You hoping to keep playing basketball after this or is this the end?
This is pretty much the end. I’m going to be going to Missouri. Actually, four of our five seniors (all except Tim Zettinger) are all going to Missouri with each other.
Is that by accident?
Kind of. My brother is there right now, he’s a freshman, and once he went, then I visited, and then I got everyone else to visit, and everyone just fell in love with it and decided to go.