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May
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Tennis team competes at WCC Tournament

Eric Hoium has to stretch for a shot during a match in Benson earlier this season at first singles.  The Braves were set to host Minnewaska, Monday, in the regular-season finale.

The Benson boys tennis team had a strange week last week.  The Braves opened up last week with a postponement and cancellation before finally getting in a match at Litchfield, Thursday, which Benson lost 7-0.  Saturday, the Braves took part in the WCC Individual Tournament Montevideo where the first doubles team of Dylan McNeill and Kevin Johnson placed second, Eric Hoium placed third at first singles, and the second doubles team of Kyle Ruppert and Josh Clark was also third.

A match against Minnewaska Area, which was scheduled for last Monday, has been reset for Monday, May 16 due to rain and cold last week, while a match at Milbank last Tuesday was canceled.

The Section 6A Team Tournament is set to begin with quarterfinal matches at 4:30 p.m., Thursday.  Foley, Litchfield, Pine City, and St. Cloud Cathedral will earn the top four seeds, while Benson will be seeded fifth and will play at St. Cloud Cathedral in the quarterfinals.
 

Fri
20
May
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Braves split one-run games with BOLD

Lane Geyer can’t quite come up with this throw from the catcher as a BOLD player attempts to steal third base.

The Benson baseball team scored just four runs last week during three WCC games and the results were one win and two losses.

The Braves, who dropped to 4-10 overall and 1-9 in the WCC, opened up the week with a doubleheader split with BOLD, winning the first game on a walk-off steal of home in the first game, 1-0, but losing the second on a walk-off, sacrifice fly by BOLD, 2-1.  Two days later, the Braves lost at home to Melrose, 7-2.

The Braves have a busy week scheduled this week, beginning with a game at home against Minnewaska Area, Monday, and continuing with a home game with Montevideo, Thursday, and a game at Sauk Centre, Friday.
 

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Fri
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May
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Brave-Owls split with Sauk Centre

Kamri Kalthoff comes through with a hit during a game against Sauk Centre last week, driving home Grace Lee from third base.  The Brave-Owls split the doubleheader.

The Benson-Hancock softball team went 1-2 last week to put its record at 5-10 overall and 3-10 in the WCC heading into the final week of the regular-season.

The Brave-Owls split a doubleheader with Sauk Centre last Tuesday night in Benson, winning the first game 7-5, but losing the second, 12-7.  Two nights later, Benson-Hancock lost a close game at Montevideo, 6-4.

Benson-Hancock was set to close out the regular-season with a game at Atwater-CGC, Tuesday.  The Section 3AA Tourney is set to begin Tuesday, May 24.  For a look at possible first-round pairings for B-H, pick up a copy of this week's paper and turn to Speaking of Sports on page 3B.

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Fri
20
May
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Saints split key Camden contests

Rylan Hatlestad pitches for the Saints during a win over Prinsburg last Tuesday night as shortstop Weston Gjerde looks on.

A great start to the week for the KMS baseball team ended on a sour note as the Saints beat Prinsburg in a key Camden Conference game last Tuesday night in Sunburg, 9-2, but then dropped a pair of decisions later in the week to Yellow Medicine East, 4-2, and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, 12-5.

The loss to YME pushed the Saints into second place in the Camden Conference with only a few games to go, while the loss to BBE occurred at Dick Siebert Field on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.

KMS, which dropped to 10-4 overall and 7-2 in the Camden, have four games scheduled this week.  The Saints were set to play at Lac qui Parle, Monday; host Ortonville, Thursday (tomorrow); host Browerville, Friday; and play Minnewaska Area, Saturday, during the BBE Tourney.
 

Fri
20
May
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Boys golf 11th at home invitational

Gunnar Abner (left) putts on the 9th hole at the Benson Golf Club during the Benson Boys and Girls Invitational Golf Tournament last Wednesday.  The golfers and coaches waited a couple of hours for the rain to somewhat stop before heading out on the course for 18 holes at about 11 a.m.  It was misty for most of the day before things cleared up later.  BOLD won the team title, while Abner had a 98 for Benson-KMS’ second-best score of the day.

The Benson-KMS boys golf team finally got in its Benson Boys Golf Invitational last Wednesday.  The meet had been scheduled for April 27, but was pushed back to May 11 due to rain and cold.
Well, things weren’t much better when the golfers arrived at the Benson Golf Club early in the morning with wind and driving rain, but after a two-hour wait, things settled down enough where the 14 teams headed out to begin the 18-hole competition.

Although it was still cold and the rain fell for most of the morning, the scores were pretty good as BOLD won the meet with a 325 total, followed by Lac qui Parle in second (348), Dawson-Boyd in third (355), Morris Area-CA in fourth (357), and Benson-KMS in 11th (393).

Next up for the boys golf team are the final two WCC meets of the season at Montevideo and Benson, Friday.
 

Thu
12
May
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KMS softball team improves to 15-0 overall

Andrea Olson bats for the Saints during a recent home game.  The Saints have scored 203 runs in 15 games, averaging about 13.5 runs per game with season highs of 30, 28, and 19.

The Saints moved ever so closer to another Camden Conference title with a 10-4, 12-3 doubleheader sweep of Minneota-Canby last Tuesday night in Murdock.

KMS, now 15-0 overall and 14-0 in the Camden, has two conference doubleheaders left the next two Tuesdays before ending the regular-season with a game at Willmar, Thursday, May 19.

This week, the Saints were set to host Renville County West, Tuesday before playing at Tracy Area, Tuesday, May 17.  Tracy, which is 11-3 in conference play, is the only team with a chance to still catch the Saints.

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Thu
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May
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Boys tennis tops YME to finish 3-2 in WCC

Kevin Johnson (right) returns a shot at the net during first doubles action earlier this season in Benson as teammate Dylan McNeill looks on from behind.

The Benson boys tennis team had a very busy week of action last week, playing four matches over four days.  The Braves opened up last week with a 7-0 shutout of MACCRAY last Monday night before losing two matches at a triangular at Foley last Tuesday to Foley (7-0) and Pine City (6-1).  The week ended on a good note as Benson won a couple of tight matches on the way to a 6-1 victory at Yellow Medicine East, Thursday.

Benson closed out the WCC portion of its schedule with a 3-2 record and third place, and the Braves are 5-6 overall heading into their final three regular-season matches.

Benson was set to host Minnewaska, Monday, but that match was pushed back to Monday, May 16 due to rain.  The Braves were also set to play at Milbank, SD, Tuesday (yesterday) and compete at Litchfield, Thursday (tomorrow) before playing in the WCC Tournament at Montevideo, Saturday.

Thu
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May
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Rajewsky, Burns, and boys 3200 relay win titles at Benson Invitational

Sophie Ascheman (left) takes off after receiving the baton from Carlie Lenz (middle) during the girls 400 meter relay.  The Benson-KMS team went on to place fifth at the last home meet of the season.

Montevideo dominated both meets during the second Benson-KMS Invitational of the season last Tuesday night on the Brock Field oval.

Benson-KMS was a distant second in the girls competition (225.5-96.5), while LQP-DB was second in the boys meet behind Montevideo (273.5-111) with Benson-KMS fourth with 95 points.

Winning titles for Benson-KMS were Kelsey Rajewsky in the girls shot put, Zach Burns in the boys pole vault, and the boys 3200 meter relay team.

The track and field team were set to compete at the Ortonville Invitational, Friday before getting ready for the WCC Meet at Sauk Centre, Tuesday, May 17...

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Thu
12
May
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B-H rebounds from tough week with 13-1 victory

Addie Forbord pitches for the Brave-Owls against ACGC as teammate, shortstop Nicole Berens, looks on from behind.

The Benson-Hancock softball team played five games last week on four separate days, going 1-4 overall to put its record at 4-9 overall and 2-8 in the WCC with four regular-season games to go.

The Brave-Owls opened up last week with a 9-4 home loss to ACGC last Monday night before losing 10-0 and 2-0 at BOLD last Tuesday.  Benson-Hancock lost at Melrose, Thursday, by a 4-1 score before turning things around one night later with a 13-1 victory at home over Redwood Valley.

This week, B-H was set to host a doubleheader with Sauk Centre, Tuesday before playing at Montevideo, Thursday...

 

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Thu
12
May
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Braves swept in double-header by Atwater-CGC

Andrew Lindahl (middle) charges in from first base as an ACGC batter gets ready to lay down a bunt during a game last week in Benson.

Four twos can win you a lot of money at Las Vegas, but in the sport of baseball, four twos won’t get you much and that’s what the Benson baseball team found out last week when it scored two runs in all four games it played.  

The results were a doubleheader loss at ACGC (6-2 and 4-2), a pair of losses at the Montevideo Invitational, Friday, to the host Thunderhawks (8-2) and Lakeview (8-2).

The Braves fell to 3-8 overall and 0-7 in the WCC with the four losses heading into another busy week of play this week.  Benson was set to play at Minnewaska, Monday, but that game was pushed back for a second time this spring to May 23.  The Braves had a game with LQP scheduled for May 23, but that game is now canceled.

Weather permitting, the Braves will host BOLD for a doubleheader, Tuesday before entertaining Melrose, Thursday...

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