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LQP Valley eliminates KMS softball team, 8-1

Annika Smith (14) bats for the Saints with a runner on third base.  Also looking on is coach Eileen Suter.

The KMS softball team finished third in the Section 3A Softball Tournament after losing in the consolation round to Lac qui Parle Valley last Tuesday night in Marshall, 8-1.

Earlier in the tournament, KMS beat RCW (15-0), Dawson-Boyd (10-4), and Wabasso (3-2) before losing its first game to Edgerton-SWC in the upper-bracket finals last Saturday at Marshall.

That sent the Saints into the consolation round where they fell to LQP.  The two teams split their Camden Conference games earlier this spring with KMS losing the first 7-3, but coming back to win the second game, 15-11.

The Saints closed out the 2019 season with a 21-4 overall record...

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Track teams both fifth at sub-sections

The Benson-KMS boys and girls track teams competed at the Sub-section 6A-21 Track and Field Meet, Thursday at Morris Area High School.  Both teams finished fifth in the team competition as Minnewaska Area edged Morris Area for the girls team title and the Morris Area boys routed the field to win the boys team title.

Benson-KMS will send about seven entries to this week’s Section 6A Meet, set for Thursday (tomorrow) at Fergus Falls.  The top finishers from that meet will qualify to the State Track and Field Meet, set for June 7-8 at Hamline University.

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Hoium earns trip to state tournament

Eric Hoium became the 8th boy at BHS to reach the State Boys Tennis Tournament in singles.

Eric Hoium became the eighth BHS boy to earn a berth in the State Boys Tennis singles tournament by winning the Section 6A Individual Tournament, Thursday at Sartell.

Hoium was seeded first and earned a first-round bye before winning three-straight matches, including his final two in three sets.

Hoium was the top seed and only senior on this year’s Benson-KMS boys tennis team.  He will go into the State Tourney with a 17-2 record this season and 82 carer victories.

Benson-KMS’ other section competitors, Hunter LeClair in singles, and Peyton LeClair-Taylor Duncan and Kyle Reese-Matthew Thompson, were all eliminated in the first two rounds.

The Benson-KMS team closed out the 2019 season with a 6-8 overall record after losing to NLS in the opening round of the Section 6A Team Tournament by a 4-3 score...

Wed
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May
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KMS earns Camden title with 10-0 league mark

Alex Call pitched for the Saints during a win over YME, Saturday.

The KMS baseball team clinched the Camden Conference title with a pair of conference wins last week over Tracy Area (3-0) and MACCRAY (7-0).

The Saints closed out the regular season with a 15-1 overall record, which included a perfect 10-0 record within the Camden Conference.  KMS was also scheduled to play RTR last Tuesday, but that game was canceled.

KMS earned the top seed in the Section 3A Baseball Tourney, set to begin Saturday.  The Saints were set to host Dawson-Boyd in the opening round and would face the winner of the Canby and YME game later in the day in Sunburg.

KMS 3, Tracy Area 0

The Saints clinched at least a share of the Camden title with a 3-0 victory over Tracy Area last Monday night in Sunburg.  After the win, KMS was 9-0 in league play with two games to go, while second-place Tracy had two losses with one game to play.

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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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Wed
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May
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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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May
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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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