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05
May
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Benson softball team falls to Minnewaska Area and Atwater-CGC

Mackenzie Kurkosky pitches for the Braves during a loss to Minnewaska Area in the first game of a doubleheader last Tuesday night.

The Benson softball team is still searching for its first win this season after going 0-3 last week.  The Braves were swept in a home doubleheader with Minnewaska Area last Tuesday night, 7-0 and 10-3, and Benson also lost at Atwater-CGC, Friday, 11-7, despite outhitting the home team, 17-16.

Grace Lee had three hits during the 10-3 loss to the Lakers, while Nicole Berens was 4-for-5, Presley Gonnerman was 3-for-4, and Megan Amundson had two homeruns and five RBI during the loss to ACGC.

The Braves, who fell to 0-6 overall and 0-6 in the WCC, have five more games scheduled this week.  Benson was set to host Montevideo, Monday before hosting a doubleheader with BOLD, Tuesday, hosting Melrose, Thursday, and playing a non-conference game at Redwood Valley, Friday....

 

Fri
28
Apr
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Track teams compete at LQP Invitational

Makenna Wieland was fifth in the 100 meter hurdles at the Minnewaska Area meet last Tuesday night.

The Benson-KMS track and field teams competed at the LQP-DB Invitational, Thursday with the boys team placing third of seven teams with 68 points, and the Benson-KMS girls placing fifth with 38 points.

LQP-DB won the girls meet by 25 points over runner-up Montevideo (165-140), while the Thunderhawks easily won the boys meeting, doubling up the runner-up LQP-DB team (237.5-119.5).

This week, Benson-KMS was set to host the second of three home invitationals, Tuesday (yesterday).

•  Benson-KMS did not win any individual titles, but during the boys’ meet, Josh Bailey did place second in the 3200 meter run (10:45.35) and third in the 1600 meter run (4:45.42).

Jon Tostenson added a fourth in the 1600 (4:50.87) and fourth in the 800 meter run (2:07.27), while JayEven McGee was fourth in the 400 meter dash (1:00.17), and Max Peterson was third in the triple jump (36-6 3/4) and fourth in the 200 meter dash (24.76).

Fri
28
Apr
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Boys tennis team tops Milbank, 5-2

Peyton LeClair (right) smashes a shot at the net during second doubles’ action against Foley last week.  In the background is Kyle Reese.  The Braves picked up their first win last week during a home match with Milbank.

The Benson boys tennis team earned its first victory of the season with a 5-2 win at home over Milbank last Monday night.  The Braves swept the four singles’ matches to pull out the win.

One night later, Benson lost to Foley at home, 6-1, and the Braves also played at Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd, Thursday, losing 6-1.

Benson, 1-6 overall and 0-2 in the WCC, has a very busy stretch in the schedule coming up with seven scheduled dates over a 12-day span.

The Braves were set to play at NLS, Tuesday before hosting MACCRAY, Thursday, and hosting Litchfield, Friday.  The following week, Benson is set to host Minnewaska Area, Monday, May 1, play at St. John’s Prep, May 2, and host Yellow Medicine East, May 4.
Eric Hoium, a sophomore playing at first singles, is off to a 5-2 start for the Braves this season....

 

Fri
28
Apr
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Saints sweep doubleheaders from MACCRAY and DB

KMS senior pitcher Sam Gjerde is off to a great start for the Saints, picking up her third and fourth wins of the season last week with 21 combined strikeouts and only one walk.

The KMS Saints rebounded from their first conference loss in seven seasons with a pair of doubleheader sweeps last week.

KMS swept a doubleheader at MACCRAY last Tuesday night, 8-3 and 11-0, and then came back three nights later to sweep a home doubleheader with Dawson-Boyd, 10-0 and 13-3.

The Saints improved to 7-1 overall and in the Camden Conference with the four wins.

Alexis Lamecker is off to a great start this season.  She was 11-for-12 last week, including a stretch of 10-straight hits, and is an unofficial 21-for-28 so far this season.

This week, KMS was set to play at doubleheader at Minneota-Canby, Thursday before getting ready for a doubleheader at Renville County West, Tuesday, May 2....

 

Fri
28
Apr
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Braves still searching for first victory

Shawn Aarhus (left) slides in safely ahead of the throw to the Morris Area catcher during an 8-4 loss to Morris in the first game of a doubleheader.

The Benson baseball team had a tough week last week, losing three WCC games.  The Braves had their chances to win at least one, but Morris rallied for a doubleheader sweep over Benson last Tuesday night, 8-4 and 4-1, and Sauk Centre routed the Braves in a league game at Sauk Centre, Friday, 11-0.

Benson, which fell to 0-6 overall and 0-5 in the conference, has three more games scheduled this week, including a home game with Montevideo, Tuesday and a doubleheader at Minnewaska Area, Thursday.

The following week, the Braves have three home games against NLS, ACGC, and Hancock....

 

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Fri
21
Apr
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Saints top Ortonville and Lakeview

Pictured: Ryan Torkelson bats for the Saints during the season opener at Benson, Tuesday, April 4.  Torkelson went 2-for-4 with two doubles during a 5-3 win last week over Ortonville, and also picked up the victory on the mound during an 18-0 victory over Lakeview later in the week.

The KMS baseball team improved to 3-0 overall with a pair of wins last week.  The Saints opened up the week with a 5-3 victory at Ortonville last Tuesday night and then routed Lakeview, Thursday night at home, 18-0.

During the win over Lakeview, Brandon Rasmusson went 3-for-3 and Weston Gjerde clubbed a three-run homerun to lead the Saints at the plate.

The Saints have three games scheduled this week beginning with a game at Renville County West, Tuesday and continuing with home games against Lac qui Parle, Thursday, and Tracy Area, Friday....

 

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Fri
21
Apr
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Track teams compete at Morris Invite

Zach Burns (right) has been a multiple-point threat for the Fighting Braves this season in the hurdles, pole vault, high jump, and relays.

The Benson-KMS boys and girls track teams competed at the Morris Invitational last Tuesday night, competing shorthanded in both meets due to the BHS choir trip to New York last week.

Morris Area dominated both meets, almost doubling up the runner-up team in both meets.  The Morris Area girls totaled 170 points compared to 95 for West Central Area and 19 for eighth-place Benson-KMS, while the Morris Area girls had 136.4 points compared to 71.33 for runner-up Melrose and 56.75 for fifth-place Benson-KMS.

The only winners for Benson-KMS were Carlie Lenz in the girls pole vault (6-6), Josh Bailey in the boys 3200 meter run (10:29.02), and Zach Burns in the boys pole vault (10-6).

Next up for the track and field teams are the Minnewaska Area Invitational, Tuesday, April 18 and the Lac qui Parle Invitational, Thursday, April 20....

 

Fri
21
Apr
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Braves fall to Melrose Area, 11-4

Benson catcher Lane Geyer (right) applies the tag just a little too late to get a Melrose runner, who scored on a sacrifice fly to right field.  In the background are firstbaseman Shawn Aarhus and rightfielder Aaron Zosel.
Aaron Zosel raps an RBI-double for the Braves during their 11-4 loss to Melrose last Tuesday night on Chiefs’ Field.

The Benson baseball team fell to 0-3 overall with an 11-4 loss to Melrose last Tuesday night in Benson.  The Braves opened up the season with a pair of losses to KMS and Montevideo the first week of the season.

The Braves and Dutchmen were tied at 3-3 through two innings before Melrose scored five unearned runs in the third to put the game away.

This week, Benson is set to host Morris Area for a doubleheader, Tuesday, April 18 before going on the road to Sauk Centre, Friday, April 21....

 

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Fri
14
Apr
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We Day basketball game raises over $1,300

The participants of the We Day basketball game between members of the Benson Schools’ staff and BHS seniors
Kaitlyn Knutson (left) tries to get past the defensive pressure put on by Laura Mitteness of the Staff team during the We Day Basketball fundraiser between the BHS seniors and staff.

Pictured (top) are the participants of the We Day basketball game between members of the Benson Schools’ staff and BHS seniors.  This year’s game was won by the staff.  In all, the fourth annual We Day basketball game raised $1,302 for the Swift County Food Shelf along with 87 pounds of food.

Pictured at bottom, Kaitlyn Knutson (left) tries to get past the defensive pressure put on by Laura Mitteness of the Staff team during the We Day Basketball fundraiser between the BHS seniors and staff.

 

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Fri
14
Apr
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BHS grad gets rare chance to meet Roger Federer

Jon Koenigs, a BHS graduate, had the chance to take a picture with Roger Federer during the Indian Wells Tourney in California about three weeks ago.

Jon Koenigs had the experience of a lifetime when he ran into Roger Federer at the Palm Springs Resort prior to the start of the Indian Wells ATP Tourney a few weeks ago in California, and Federer was nice enough to take a picture with him. Federer is off to a great start this year, having won the Australian Open, Indian Wells Tourney, and also the Miami Open this past Sunday.

Koenigs is one of the top tennis players in BHS history and his 135-36 career record is second all-time in BHS boys tennis history.  He qualified to state in 1991 with partner Andrew Kjos, and then qualified to state in singles in 1992 (placing fifth with a 33-4 record) and 1993 (second at state and 30-2 overall).  He was also a member of 1992 and 1993 teams that qualified to state.

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