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Wed
02
Jul
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MSHSL adopts District Football plan for 2015 and beyond

Minnesota State High School League schools should no longer have a reason to travel far out of state to find football opponents or play less than an eight-game regular season football schedule. The League Board of Directors unanimously adopted a plan that places all member schools with football programs into Districts.
The members of each district will divide the district into sub-districts, and then create a full schedule for each team. In nearly all cases the placement of schools will not negatively affect traditional rivalries or preferred opponents.
Benson and KMS have been placed in the Mid State district, one of 18 districts set up by the MSHSL, and two of 24 schools placed in the district.

Wed
02
Jul
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Marble Eyes claims title after final fishing league night

The last event of the season was held on Camp Lake.  As teams were putting boats in the water, the weather didn’t look like it was going to let the event get underway.  The lightning and most of the rain missed the area, so fishing was able to stay on schedule.  There were only 9 walleyes and 1 northern brought to measure, so the race stayed very tight until the last fish was measured.  Only one team brought 2 fish to measure; the other teams had zero or one fish each.  The fish caught were large ones, however.  Six of the nine walleyes were over 20”.  All of those large walleyes were released back to the lake in good shape.  The largest walleye was a 28” beauty caught by Tom Hollingsworth.  Largest northern at 24.5” was brought in by Nathan Thompson.  For this event, Rod Busters took first place at 9 points with that big walleye.  Second place went to White Fins with two walleyes 16.75” and 18.25” earning 8 points.  Googan took third place for the evening at 7 points with a big 25”

Thu
26
Jun
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NL-Sunburg fall to Twins

The Norway Lake-Sunburg Lakers amateur baseball team improved to 5-2 overall with an 8-1 victory over Paynesville, Sunday night in Paynesville.
The Lakers had three homers as Aaron Zimmer and Jordan Johnson both had three-run shots, and Chad Searcy added a solo homer.
Norway Lake-Sunburg has now won four games in a row after starting out the season 1-2.  The Lakers are set to host Regal at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, at Norway Lake.

Fri
20
Jun
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NL-Sunburg Lakers top NLS Twins, 14-6

The Norway Lake-Sunburg Lakers improved to 4-1 overall with a 14-6 victory over New London-Spicer, Friday night in Spicer.
The Lakers scored early and often against the Twins, scoring single runs in the first through fourth innings to take a 4-3 lead and then adding six in the seventh, three in the eighth, and another run in the ninth.
Overall, the Lakers outhit the Twins, 15-6, with Chris Braaten going 3-for-6 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored, and Kyle Baker going 3-for-5 with two RBI.
Braaten earned the win for Norway Lake-Sunburg, giving up just five hits and three runs over six innings and leaving with the score 10-3 in the Lakers’ favor.
Jonah Johnson came in for relief, and gave up three unearned runs in the seventh on one hit and one walk.

Wed
11
Jun
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Enderson earns All-WCC for Benson-KMS girls golf

The Benson-KMS girls golf team finished fifth in this year’s WCC girls golf race.  Minnewaska Area claimed the overall title, winning all 10 conference meets, while BOLD finished second overall.
The Fighting Braves finished a team-best third at WCC meet at Morris, Sauk Centre, and Granite Falls, but also placed seventh three times.
Benson-KMS placed second at the four-team sub-section meet.  Benson-KMS had a 415 total to finish behind champion Morris Area-CA, which had a 400 total.
Minnewaska Area went on to claim the Section 3AA girls title by 10 strokes over Marshall (326-336) with Morris Area finish fourth.
The Benson-KMS girls golf team qualified three golfers to the Section 3AA Tourney -- Kellie Enderson, Shayla Burns, and Rachel Lee -- but none were able to get past the section tourney.  Enderson had the low score at sections with a 93, but finish 12 strokes from a state tournament berth.

Wed
11
Jun
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Hammerschmidt and Mikkelson earn All-Conference in baseball

The Benson baseball team finished the 2014 season with a 6-13 overall record and 4-10 mark within the WCC South.  The Braves finished fourth in the league standings as BOLD won the league title with a 12-1 record, Paynesville was second at 11-2, ACGC was third at 4-8, Benson was fourth, and YME was fifth at 1-11.
The Braves started the season off 2-3 after a 7-2 win over ACGC, but then lost eight of its next nine games to fall to 3-11 overall.  Benson swept a doubleheader from YME to end the regular season and then opened up the section tourney with a 2-0 upset of Montevideo before falling to Morris Area (8-4) and NLS (8-2) in the next two rounds to be eliminated.  Fairmont went on to beat Marshall, 3-0, for the Section 3AA title.
In the WCC North, Minnewaska and Sauk Centre tied for the league title with 9-4 records, and Montevideo was third with a 9-5 league mark.

Fri
30
May
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Forbord selected “Performer of Week”

Benson-Hancock pitcher Addie Forbord earned WCC “Performer of the Week” honors last week during a busy and successful week of softball
Forbord picked up four-straight wins last week over ACGC, YME twice and Montevideo, including a no-hitter during a 7-0 victory over YME in the second game of a doubleheader.  She was also 2-for-4 at the plate during the first game win over YME.
Other “Performers of the Week” were Noah Grove of Morris Area in WCC North baseball; Jacob Zosel of Morris Area in WCC boys golf; Erica Moritz of YME in WCC girls golf; Kayla Pring of Morris Area in WCC North softball; and Beth Holland of Morris Area, and Trent Ostby of Morris Area, in track and field.

Photo:  Addie Forbord - WCC "Performer of the Week."

Fri
30
May
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Lakers rally past Paynesville

The Norway Lake-Sunburg amateur baseball team improved to 2-1 overall with a 12-6 victory over Paynesville, Sunday afternoon.  The Lakers trailed 5-3 after five innings, but went on to outscore Paynesville 9-1 over the final four innings to pull out the win.
Jonah Johnson, one of nine NL-Sunburg players with at least one hit, earned the win on the mound.  He pitched seven innings, giving up seven hits, five runs, and one walk with seven strikeouts.  Justin Johnson pitched two innings of one-run ball to earn the save.
Aaron Zimmer, Jordan Johnson, and Chad Searcy had two hits each to lead a 12-hit attack for the Lakers.  Jonah Johnson, Fred Mansfield, James Cortez, Jessie Engler, Kyle Baker, and Blake Hagen added one hit each with Hagen and Baker recording two RBI each, and Cortez, Engler, and Searcy getting one RBI each.

Thu
08
May
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Boys and girls golf face tough competition from area

BOYS GOLF

The Benson-KMS boys golf team placed fourth and fifth at the second doubleheader of WCC meets  at ACGC and Paynesville, Monday night.
Benson-KMS is now in fourth place overall after the first four meets.  Minnewaska Area leads the way with 40 points, followed by YME with 32, BOLD with 31, and Benson-KMS with 30.
Among the many high school activities postponed from last week was a WCC doubleheader at Morris and Minnewaska Area, Tuesday, April 29, which has been rescheduled for this Friday.
Coming up, Benson-KMS was set to compete in a WCC doubleheader before playing at Morris and Glenwood, Friday.

GIRLS GOLF

Thu
08
May
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BHS Craig Johnson/Ernie Wheeler Athletic Awards Night set for May 19

The 59th Annual Craig Johnson/Ernie Wheeler Athletic Awards Night is scheduled for 8:30 p.m., Monday, May 19 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in conjunction with the Senior Scholarship & Awards Ceremony.
The Senior Scholarship & Awards Ceremony is scheduled from 7-8:10 p.m. at the same night and location, and the Athletic Awards Night is set from 8:30-9 p.m.
Each year, student-athletes at Benson High School are recognized and rewarded for their positive influence as role models to younger athletes.
The evening itinerary will include the introduction of West Central Conference performers, Army Reserve National Scholar Athletes and many other awards. The evening will be capped off with the announcement and presentation of the Craig Johnson and Ernie Wheeler Awards.

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