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Braves lose to Montevideo in Section 3AA opener

Matt Lenarz pitches for the Braves during a loss to Morris last week.  Benson was eliminated by Montevideo, Saturday.

The Benson baseball team lost three close games last week, including a 3-2 loss to Montevideo in the opening round of the Section 3AA Baseball Tournament, Saturday at Paynesville.  The Braves finished the 2019 season with a 6-11 overall record, which included a 4-10 mark within the WCC, tying with Montevideo for seventh place.

Earlier in the week, the Braves closed out the regular season with a 5-3 loss at home to Morris Area last Monday and a 3-2 loss to the Tigers last Tuesday, also in Benson.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s Benson baseball team are seniors Jared Knutson, Matthew Goossen, Matt Lenarz, Matthew Ebnet, and Alex Wrobleski.

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KMS softball team wins first two section games

Maret Gjerde reached on a bunt single in the first inning of the 15-0 victory over RCW last week in the section opener.

The KMS softball team opened up the Section 3A Softball Tournament with a pair of wins in Murdock, Thursday night.  The opening rounds of the tourney had been set for last Tuesday, but were pushed back two nights due to weather.

KMS beat RCW in the first round, 15-0, and then defeated Dawson-Boyd in the second round, 10-4.  The Saints advanced to the upper-bracket semifinals to face Wabasso, Saturday in Marshall.

KMS 15, RCW 0

The Saints opened up the section tourney with a 15-0 rout of Renville County West.  The game lasted just four innings due to the 10-run rule as KMS scored seven in the first, six in the third, and two more in the fourth.

Katie Krieger, Maret Gjerde, and Haylee Johnson had two hits each to lead the KMS offense.  Krieger was 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI, while Gjerde was 2-for-3 with a run, and Johnson was 2-for-2 with a triple, two runs, and three RBI.

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BHS Athletic Award winners

Pictured above are BHS Ernie Wheeler Award recipients, Brady Ascheman (left) and Paige Cain (second from left), along with Craig Johnson Award winners, Maranda Wieber, and Matthew Goossen (right).  The awards were announced at last Monday night’s Athletic Awards Banquet.

Pictured above are BHS Ernie Wheeler Award recipients, Brady Ascheman (left) and Paige Cain (second from left), along with Craig Johnson Award winners, Maranda Wieber, and Matthew Goossen (right).  The awards were announced at last Monday night’s Athletic Awards Banquet.

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Boys tennis eliminated in opener

Taylor Duncan has had a great season this year, going 13-3 so far at second singles.  He will also be taking part in the Section 6A Individual Tourney.

New London-Spicer topped Benson-KMS by a 4-3 score for the third time this season during the Section 6A quarterfinals, Thursday at NLS High School.

The loss ended the Fighting Braves’ team portion of the season with a 6-8 overall record.

NLS advanced to the Section 6A “Final Four”, while Benson-KMS now gets set for the individual portion of the section tourney, scheduled to begin Wednesday (today) at Foley High School.  The “Final Four” from that competition advance to the finals, set for Tuesday, May 28 at St. Ben’s.

The top two singles’ players and top two doubles’ teams advance to the State Boys Tennis Tournament, set for June 4-7 in Minneapolis...

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Golf teams host Benson Invitational

Katelyn Young tees off for the Benson girls golf team at the Benson Invitational last Wednesday.

The Benson girls golf team finished sixth in the final standings after placing sixth and third at the final two WCC meets last week at Montevideo and Benson.  Minnewaska won the final two WCC meets to win the overall title by six points over runner-up BOLD (63-57).

Stacy Johnson had the low score during the final two WCC meets for Benson, shooting a 47 at Montevideo and a 42 at Benson to place eighth overall.

One day earlier, the Braves hosted the Benson Boys and Girls Golf Invitational and Benson placed second of the four full teams with Alissa Maurer leading the way with an 86.

In the final All-Conference list for this season, Maurer missed out on All-Conference by one placing.  She was 14th overall in the final tally and only the top 13 earned All-Conference...

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Saints earn four more wins; improve to 13-1

Levi Sweere comes across to score a run for KMS during its win over YME last week as KMS coach James Cortez (left) also waves around Weston Gjerde.

The KMS baseball team won four more games last week to improve to 13-1 overall.  The Saints fell for the first time, Friday, May 10, against Albany (1-0), but that has been the only setback for the Saints, who are a couple more wins from repeating as Camden Conference champions.

During last week’s action, the Saints beat Border West last Monday night (7-2), won at home against YME last Tuesday (9-0), won by a rout at Ortonville Thursday (18-0), and also won a game at the BBE Wooden Bat Tourney against Browerville-EV, Friday (6-2).

Believe it or not, the Saints actually had two more games scheduled for Saturday, but a game against Willmar in the second round of the BBE Tourney and a home game with MACCRAY were both called off due to weather...

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Braves split double- header with Montevideo

Matt Goossen (right) pitches for the Benson Braves during their loss to Melrose last Monday night on Chiefs’ Field in Benson.  The Braves are set to open up the playoffs, Saturday at Paynesville against Montevideo.

The Benson baseball team had three games last week, going 1-2.  The Braves fell to Melrose last Monday night at home, 10-0, but came back the next night to win at Montevideo, 11-6.  The Braves also hosted WCC-leading Minnewaska Area, Friday, and the Braves fell just short of the upset, losing 2-1.  Benson also fell to the Lakers earlier this year, 1-0.

Benson, which is 6-8 overall and 4-8 in the conference, has just one more scheduled date during the regular-season as the Braves were set to host Morris Area-CA, Tuesday (yesterday).

Benson is also set to take part in the Section 3AA Tourney openers, Saturday.  The Braves were seeded fifth and open up the tournament against Montevideo at 1 p.m. at top-seeded Paynesville.  The Braves beat Montevideo twice this season, 6-1 and 11-6.

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Braves split with ACGC

Patrick Minchow (left) catches a Melrose player in a rundown and eventually records the final out of the inning as centerfielder Matt Goossen (right) comes in to back up the play.

The Benson baseball team went 1-2 last week, splitting a doubleheader with ACGC (9-2 and 4-5) last Tuesday night and also losing at BOLD, Friday, 8-2.

The Braves, dropped to 5-6 overall and 3-6 in the WCC, have just two more weeks of the regular season before opening up the Section 3AA Tourney, May 25.

Benson was set to host Melrose, Monday, play at Montevideo, Tuesday (yesterday), and host Minnewaska Area, Thursday (tomorrow)...

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PICTURED: Patrick Minchow (left) catches a Melrose player in a rundown and eventually records the final out of the inning as centerfielder Matt Goossen (right) comes in to back up the play.
 

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KMS Saints sweep three Camden doubleheaders

Katie Krieger pitches for the Saints, who swept three Camden Conference doubleheaders last week.  KMS and Minneota-Canby both have two losses and the Saints have four more Camden games remaining.

The KMS softball team swept three doubleheaders last week to improve to 13-2 overall and 12-2 in the conference.  The Saints are currently tied for the Camden Conference lead with Canby-Minneota with four games to play.

The Saints swept RTR (11-0, 12-1), RCW (4-0 and 20-0) and Dawson-Boyd (7-2 and 15-0) last week, outscoring their opponents by a combined margin of 69-3.

This week, the Saints are set to close out the regular season with a home doubleheader against Lakeview, Monday, a doubleheader at home against YME, Tuesday (yesterday), and a non-conference game at home against ACGC, Friday...

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Kallstrom earns four firsts at YME Invitational

Brandon Kallstrom (right) had four firsts for BKMS at YME last week.

The Benson-KMS track and field teams both placed second at the YME Invitational, Thursday night in Granite Falls.  LQP-DB won both titles, but both competitions were very close as the Eagles edged the Fighting Braves by 1.5 points in the girls meet and by 32 points in the boys competition.

Brandon Kallstrom, Brady Ascheman, and Claire Ricard led the Benson-KMS track teams.  Kallstrom won four events (100 and 200 meter dashes, long jump, and triple jump), while Ascheman was first in the 800 and second in the 1600, and Ricard won the 300 hurdles and pole vault.

This week, Benson-KMS was set to compete at the WCC Track Meet at BOLD, Tuesday (yesterday).  The sub-section meet is set for Thursday, May 23 at Morris Area...

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