Five earn All-Conference for boys tennis team

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Taylor Duncan returns a shot at second singles for the Benson boys tennis team.  Five members of the team earned All-Conference.

Five members of the Benson-KMS boys tennis team earned All-Conference honors for the 2019 season.  The Fighting Braves went 6-8 overall this season, including a 4-1 record within the WCC.

Minnewaska Area won this year’s conference title with a 5-0 record, beating the Braves in an early-season match, 5-2.  Benson-KMS was second (4-1), while LQP/Dawson-Boyd was third (3-2), Montevideo was fourth (2-3), YME was fifth (1-4), and MACCRAY-RCW was sixth (0-5).

Earning All-Conference for the team were Eric Hoium, Taylor Duncan, Peyton LeClair, Kyle Reese, and Matthew Thompson, while selected to the honorable mention team was Hunter LeClair.

Highlighting this year’s season was Eric Hoium earning the Section 6A singles title and qualifying to the state tournament where he went 1-1 to tie for fifth.

Hoium was the ninth boy from BHS to earn a berth in the State Boys Tennis Singles’ Tournament.  Hoium topped St. James’ Lucas Doll in the opening round, Thursday morning, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, but then ran up against third-seeded freshman Justin Prochnow, of Mounds Park Academy, who handed Hoium a 6-4, 6-1 setback.

Hoium also earned a six-year tennis award from the Benson-KMS boys tennis program, and received an Academic All-State honor from the Minnesota State High School League.

Hoium, a six-year letterwinner for the Fighting Braves, went 18-3 this season to lead the team and was an unofficial 83-20 for his career, going 12-0, 16-4, 9-10, 13-8, 15-5, and 18-3 during his six years of high school tennis.

Taylor Duncan had the second-best record for Benson-KMS this season at 13-4, while Peyton LeClair was third with an 11-6 record, and Kyle Reese (6-12) and Matthew Thompson (6-10) tied for fourth with six wins each.

Benson-KMS went mostly with a lineup of Hoium, Duncan, Peyton LeClair, and Hunter LeClair in first through fourth singles, and Reese-Thompson, Andrew Olson-Jacob Garies, and Tyler Hadfield-Max Young-Mason Bakke at first through third doubles...


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