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Benson Jr. Legion still tied for second after splitting with Kerkhoven

Brad Wilke (right) tries to lay down a bunt for the Kerkhoven Jr. Legion team as Benson catcher Sam Lenarz gets ready to field the ball, which eventually rolled foul.

The Benson Jr. Legion split a pair of league games last week to put its overall record at 8-4 and league mark at 5-3 for the summer.

Benson beat Kerkhoven last Monday night at home, 7-2, and also lost at ACGC last Tuesday, 10-8.  Patrick Minchow and Cole Hedman had four combined hits each for the Bandits during last week’s action, while Sam Grussing earned the victory on the mound against Kerkhoven.

Benson, coached by Mark Grussing, was set play at NLS, Tuesday (yesterday) and at Kerkhoven (Sunburg), Friday at 4 p.m. to close out the regular-season.  The playoffs are set to begin July 23.  League standings can be found on page 3B.

Benson 7, Kerkhoven 2

Benson scored two runs in the first inning and, after Kerkhoven tied it up with single runs in the second and fourth innings, the Bandits scored the gamewinner in the fifth and added four more runs in the sixth.

Wed
17
Jul
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Kerk Legion splits with Benson and EVW

With Isaac Minchow looking on from second base, Benson Legion pitcher Will Enderson unloads a pitch during a game against Kerkhoven last Monday night in Chiefs’ Field.

The Kerkhoven Legion split a pair of games last week, winning at Benson last Monday night, 7-2, but also falling at Eden Valley-Watkins, Thursday, 6-5.

Weston Gjerde and Cade Melin had two hits each during the win over Benson, while Christian Diederich was 2-for-4 with three RBI against EVW.

Kerkhoven improved to 2-4 overall with the win and loss with the playoffs set to begin this week.

•  This year’s Kerkhoven Legion baseball roster, coached by Justin Johnson, includes Wylee Lottman, Dylan Rudningen, Alex Call, Hunter Wilts, Brett Brendemuehl, Isaac Call, Brody Forsell, Brad Wilke, Cade Melin, Weston Gjerde, Devon Swanson, Christian Diederich, Chris Moist, Regan Carlson, Noah Thorson, and Levi Sweere.

Kerkhoven 7, Benson 2

Wed
10
Jul
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“4-H Field Day makes comeback”

Coltan Hoberg and Sophia Nagler take part in the hula hoop relay event at 4-H Field Day at the Northside Rec Area, Friday, June 28.  Field Day was last held in 2014 and a county-wide picnic took its place in 2015-2018.  The Extension staff decided to give it another try this year and they plan to continue as long as they can.

Wed
10
Jul
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Benson Jr. Legion edges Morris, 7-6

Sam Grussing pitches for the Benson Jr. Legion during a 7-2 win over Kerkhoven, Monday night in Benson.  Later in the night, the Kerk Legion topped Benson by the same score.

The Benson Junior Legion won its seventh game in the last nine tries with a 7-6 victory at home over Morris last Tuesday night.  The Bandits trailed 6-3 after three innings, but rallied for the win with four runs over the final three innings, including the winning run with two outs in the seventh on an RBI-single by Sam Lenarz.

The Benson Jr. Legion, coached by Mark Grussing, improved to 4-2 in league action and 7-3 overall with the win.

Benson is set to host Kerkhoven at 5 p.m., Monday, before playing at ACGC, Tuesday (yesterday).  The following week, Benson is set to play at NLS, July 16 (6 p.m.) and at Kerkhoven, July 19 (4 p.m.) before getting ready for the playoffs...

 

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10
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Rudningen, Call among KMS leaders

Dylan Rudningen batted .392 to tie for the best average and also led KMS with an on-base percentage of .515.

The KMS baseball team recently released its 2019 statistics from the recently-completed season. 

The Saints went 21-4 overall this year, placing fourth at the State Class A Baseball Tournament. 

KMS opened up the state tourney with a 10-0 victory over Randolph, but then lost a heartbreaker to BOLD in the semifinals, 7-6 in eight innings, before ending the season with a 13-3 loss to Sacred Heart in the third-place game. 

BOLD went on to earn the Class A state title with an 8-0 victory over New York Mills last week at the Target Center.

This year’s state tournament appearance was the third in school history for the baseball program.  The Saints also advanced to state in 1991 and 2000...

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Wed
03
Jul
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BHS Trap Shooting closes out highly-successful season

Gracie Lenz during the final competion for the BHS Trap Shooting team.

The Benson High School Trap shooting team has had a long and successful season, having 56 participants attend the State Shoot, qualifying two individuals to the Final State Shoot, and also sending 10 individuals to Nationals.

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03
Jul
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Jr. Legion splits games with BOLD and Starbuck

The Benson Junior Legion baseball team  split a pair of games last week to push its record to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in league play.  Benson won at BOLD last Tuesday night in a non-league game, 5-4, and Benson also lost at Starbuck, Friday, 4-2.

This week, Benson was set to host Morris, Tuesday (yesterday) before taking the rest of the week off for the Fourth of July.  After a brief break, Benson is set to host Kerkhoven at 5 p.m., Monday, July 8, before playing at ACGC, Tuesday, July 9, and at Kerkhoven, Friday, July 12.

The game against Kerkhoven, Monday, July 8 will be followed by the Kerkhoven and Benson Legion at 7 p.m. in Benson.

Benson 5, BOLD 4

Benson took a 4-0 lead through 4 1/2 innings, but BOLD tied it up with two runs in the fifth and sixth.  The Bandits scored the winning run in the top of the seventh, and then Cole Hedman got through the bottom half of the inning to earn the victory on the mound.

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03
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Kallstrom and Ricard are track MVP’s for 2019

Claire Ricard was selected the girls’ track MVP for the second-straight year.

The Benson-KMS track and field teams recently came out with their season-ending team awards.  The track teams failed to send any athletes to the state meet for the second year in a row after competing at the Section 6A Track and Field Meet at Fergus Falls.

That comes after Jon Tostenson had qualified to three-straight state track meets in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Earning the boys track MVP award this season was Brandon Kallstrom, while selected for the Coaches’ Award were Riley Grube, Mike Nagler, Brady Ascheman, and Austin Ose, and earning the Most Improved Award was Chaden Carroll.

Nagler earned last year’s Most Improved award and Kallstrom was selected for last year’s Coaches’ Award.

The Benson-KMS boys track team finished second at two meets this year (Montevideo Invitational and YME Invitational), and was also fourth at three meets, and fifth of 10 teams at the sub-section meet....

Wed
26
Jun
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Five earn All-Conference for boys tennis team

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.

Wed
26
Jun
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Peterson earns All-WCC for boys golf team

Ben Peterson putts from just off the green in Benson.  He averaged 41.8 this year in WCC meets to earn All-Conference.

Ben Peterson, a sophomore on the Benson boys golf team this spring, earned All-Conference for the Braves during the 2019 spring campaign.

Peterson led the Braves this spring, missing out on a trip to state by two strokes this spring after shooting rounds of 92 and 92 at the Section 5A Tourney at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar.

Peterson, who had a low of 38 at Atwater this spring during 9-hole meets and an 86 at the 18-hole Benson Invitational, placed seventh overall this spring and the top 13 golfers earned All-Conference.  Those were also the low rounds for the entire Braves’ team.

There were eight conference meets and the golfers used their top six scores to determine All-Conference.  Peterson had a 41.8 strokes per nine holes average this year.

He averaged 46 strokes per nine holes last year and the last All-Conference qualifier from last spring averaged 43.2.

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