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Area baseball players having success with MN S.W.A.T. teams

Patrick Minchow (front, holding plaque), and Sam Lenarz (back row, second from left) were members of the 16U Minnesota S.W.A.T. team, which won the Triple Crown Sports Tourney.  Submitted photos.

Three local students are having a lot of success with the Minnesota S.W.A.T. baseball teams, which includes players from around the west central area.

Patrick Minchow and Sam Lenarz, of Benson, are members of the 16U team, coached by past Major League player Mike Kingery and Todd Reid, which recently placed first at the Triple Crown Sports Tournament at Kansas City, MO.

In addition, Isaac Minchow is a member of the 15U Minnesota S.W.A.T. purple team, coached by Rich Schieck and David Kingery, which placed second at the Triple Crown Tournament.

The 16U team had to win five games at Kansas City, winning in the finals, 2-0, while the 15U team played six games, losing in the championship game, 3-0.

All three players won huge rings, similar to what winners of the Super Bowl (minus the diamonds) win each year.  The rings can be seen in accompanying picture...
 

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Five earn All-WCC for BKMS

Pictured above are members of the Benson-KMS boys cross-country team.  In front from left to right are Devin Lee, Jack Helgenset, Isaac Wirth, Taylor Duncan, Brandonn Traut, Matthew Kallstrom, and Jacob Stallings.  Back row -- Ethan Peters, Mason Larson, Mike Nagler, Will Magaard, Brady Ascheman, and JayEven McGee.  Not pictured were Dylan Stewart, Landon Thompson, William Jorschumb, Thomas Hansen, and Jaron Furney.

The Benson-KMS boys and girls cross-country teams ended the 2018 season at the Section 6A Cross-Country Meet at NLS.  As expected, Staples-Motley and West Central Area dominated the meets, while Benson-KMS placed 10th in the boys competition and 18th in the girls.

Just missing out on a state berth was Benson senior JayEven McGee, who ran a time of 17:05 over 5,000 meters (about 3.1 miles), which placed him 15th overall, just one place and eight seconds away from qualifying to state.

McGee, who had the top time in six of nine meets for Benson-KMS this season, had a season-best 17:36 earlier this year before bettering that by 31 seconds at the section meet.

The top two teams and top eight individuals from the other teams qualified to the State Cross-Country Meet, set for Saturday, Nov. 3 at St. Olaf College.

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Ahrndt and Mitteness earn All-WCC for volleyball team; Ricard earns MVP

Benson juniors Mariah Ahrndt and Abbie Mitteness both earned All-Conference honors this season for the Braves.

The Benson volleyball team went 8-15-1 during the 2018 season, including a 5-9 mark within the WCC to place fifth overall.  Benson started out 1-5, but then went 4-4-1 over their next nine matches to improve to 5-9-1 overall before going 3-6 the rest of the way.  Included in the 3-6 record to close out the season were three-straight victories as Benson topped ACGC (3-1) and Montevideo (3-1) to close out the regular-season before beating KMS in five games in the Section 5A opener.  

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Lady Storm shut out by Luverne in season opener

MBA Lady Storm goalie Leah Thompson (18) stops a point-blank shot by Luverne during a season-opening loss as Karlie Bruns (7) looks on.

The Morris-Benson Area girls hockey team opened up the 2018-19 season with an 11-0 home loss to Luverne, Friday night at the Benson Civic Center.

Luverne outshot the Lady Storm 37-9, scoring two goals in the first period and adding eight more in the second period before settling for one goal in the final period.

The Lady Storm, coached by Abby Daly and Mitch Bruns, went 1-16 last year, beating Park Rapids for their only win of the season.

MBA was also scheduled to play at St. Peter, Saturday, but results of that game were not available by presstime.

This week, the Lady Storm are set to play at River Lakes, Tuesday (yesterday) and at Park Rapids, Saturday.

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Gonnerman, Enderson, Tolifson among Benson 2018 stat leaders

Riley Grube (56) helps force a fumble, which was recovered by Devon Liles (62).  Liles had two fumble recoveries and an interception this season for the Braves.

The Benson football team ended the 2018 season with a 33-13 loss at Minnewaska Area in the Section 5AA quarterfinals, Oct. 23.  The Braves were seeded seventh in the 7-team section, and the Lakers were seeded second.  The Braves closed out the season with an 0-9 overall record, which included an 0-7 mark within the Mid State White sub-district.

The Braves had at least two good chances to earn a victory.  One was a 60-56 loss at Sauk Centre in which Benson fell one-short of a game-winning touchdowns in the final two plays of the game.

The other was a 35-34 overtime loss to Montevideo in which Benson led 28-14 at halftime and also was tied at 28-28 late in the game with the Braves having possession at the Monte 7-yard line with 23 seconds left.

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Braves’ Basketball Shot Club

Benson Braves Basketball Shot Club

Pictured are members of the Benson Braves Basketball Shot Club, who were recognized during a special recognition night held recently in the senior high cafeteria.  Guest speaker was Michael Felt, who shared the Hengstler-Ranweiler award with KMS’ Kevin Steinhaus in 2009 and went on to play at NDSU.  Pictured with Benson JV basketball coach Adam Jensen (back, left), making the Basketball Shot Club with over 10,000 shots during the offseason were (front row, left to right) Landon Skarsten (5th grade, 18,300 shots), Gavin Olson (5th, 10,300), Dylan Sanders (5th, 10,270), and Harold Habben (5th, 11,400).  Back -- coach Jensen, Matt Laumeyer (10th, 27,150), Will Enderson (11th, 13,800), Abe Peterson (10th, 16,800), Cole Hedman (10th, 16,290), Ben Peterson (10th, 14,350), and guest speaker Michael Felt.

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2018 girls tennis

Sophia Curriel returns a shot during 2018 girls tennis action.  A recap of the season will appear next week.

Pictured:  Sophia Curriel returns a shot during 2018 girls tennis action.  A recap of the season will appear next week.
 

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Senior Night game

Seniors on the Benson football team are introduced prior to the start of the Senior Night game.  Season statistics from the 2018 Benson football season will be published next week.

Pictured: Seniors on the Benson football team are introduced prior to the start of the Senior Night game.  Season statistics from the 2018 Benson football season will be published next week.

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Benson volleyball falls in five games to Royalton in Section 5A quarterfinals

Rachel Berens pounds a shot over the net during the Section 5A opener against KMS as Abbie Mitteness (left), Mariah Ahrndt (2), Maranda Wieber (9) and Abby Lundebrek (14) look on.

The Benson volleyball team rallied from two games down to win the next two games and force a deciding fifth game during its Section 5A quarterfinal match against Royalton last Tuesday at Long Prairie-GE High School.

However, unlike a match earlier when the Braves earned a 16-14 victory in the fifth game to beat the KMS Saints, this time, Royalton was able to regroup and the Royals went on to win in five games, 25-16, 25-18, 25-27, 21-25, 15-10, ending Benson’s 2018 season.

The Braves were seeded third in their “pod” of Section 5A, while Royalton was one of four top seeds.

Royalton improved to 22-6 overall with the win, while the Braves ended the season with an overall record of 8-15-1 after winning three of their final four matches.

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Saints fall in Section 4A finals to Lester Prairie-HT, 33-6 Bulldogs score first three touchdowns and hold KMS to 82 rushing yards

Dylan Rudningen, who had over 2,000 yards going into the game, was held to 55 yards on 24 carries, although he did complete one pass for another 37 yards.

The KMS football team was eliminated for the season with a 33-6 loss to Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity in the Section 4A championship game, Friday night at St. John’s University.

The Saints, who closed out the season with a 9-2 overall record, fell behind 20-0 before scoring their first and only touchdown.  KMS had several chances to tack on another score to pull even closer, but after coming up short, LP-HT scored two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the final score.

KMS, seeded first in the section, had opened up the tournament with a 63-20 victory over BBE and 28-12 win over fifth-seeded Kimball Area before losing to the Bulldogs at St. John’s.

Dylan Rudningen, who had over 2,000 yards rushing this season, was held to 55 yards on 24 carries.  He also completed one pass of 37 yards to Isaac Call, which came one play before Rudningen went over from the 8-yard line for the Saints’ only score of the game.

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