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Kuebel quartet gets chance to play together

Band of brothers

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:02 a.m. CDT
(Ryan Gaines/Special to SVM)
The Kuebel brothers (left to right), Aaron, Jared, Matt and Ben, take a break from football practice Tuesday at River Bend Elementary School in Fulton in preparation for their Fulton alumni matchup with Amboy.

More than a third of the Fulton alumni players on the field at any given time Friday could be Kuebels.

Four Kuebel brothers – Aaron (34 year olds), Matt (33), Ben (25) and Jared (23) – will suit up together for the first time when the Steamers' alumni take on Amboy.

Making the game even more interesting for the Kuebels is the fact that their parents, Tony and Kathy (Nauman), are Amboy graduates. Also, a brother-in-law – Jeff Daniels – and a cousin's husband – Jay Kemp – will play for Amboy.

"When my dad found out about this, he brought it up to us," Aaron said. "There was a little smack-talk going back and forth there."

For Ben, his older brothers were his heroes.

"You see them as the best athletes in the world," he said. "They were definitely role models."

Aaron recalled a fond memory of Ben's respect for his older brothers.

"When my brother Matt won the state title his senior year [1998] in wrestling, on the way back from state, Ben might have been in like second or third grade," Aaron said. "He said to our dad, 'You know what dad, it's pretty cool.' Dad goes, 'What's pretty cool?' Ben said, 'I'm the brother of a state champion.'"

Matt and Aaron got to play together for 2 years in high school, while Ben and Jared got to play together for one season.

"It's going to be pretty special, because Matt and I are linemen, and they're running backs," Aaron said. "So, we get to block for them."

Matt admitted to being hesitant to play at first.

"They finally talked me into it," he said. "It's that one opportunity to play with your brothers."

Former Fulton head coach Jim Proud was the first person contacted about coaching the alumni team, but was unable to because he's going to have cataract surgery, according to Aaron.

The Steamers will be coached by Dave Sheer, Tuffy Meurs, Bobby Jones and Benji Grant, who are all involved with the Fulton youth football program. Sheer and Meurs will be honored at halftime of the alumni game for their many years of service with the youth program.

The strong and silent type, Jared, chose not to speak.

Other family connections

• Father David (1980 grad) and son Andy Hamstra (2005)

• Brothers Jason (1995 grad) and Wyatt Heyvaert (1998), and Tyler Geerts (2007), and soon-to-be brother-in-law Joe Wiersema (2004)

• Brothers Matt (2012) and Jerritt Hartman (2009), and cousin Luke Pidde (1998)

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