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Fri
29
Jun
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“Gold vs. Maroon”

Pictured above are members of Benson’s two Chippewa Valley softball teams (just completed grades 4-6) for 2018.  The teams are using the same jerseys, which were donated by Stony Ridge Foods, and they are also wearing socks donated by First Security Bank.  Members of the Benson Maroon team are coached by Theresa Klassen and Dan/Caryn McGeary, while members of the Benson Gold team are coached by Shari Swanberg and Jessica Wrobleski.
Pictured, bottom: Benson Gold shortstop Presley Nygaard throws out a Benson Maroon runner at first base during the win by the Benson Gold team.

Pictured above are members of Benson’s two Chippewa Valley softball teams (just completed grades 4-6) for 2018.  The teams are using the same jerseys, which were donated by Stony Ridge Foods, and they are also wearing socks donated by First Security Bank.  Members of the Benson Maroon team, coached by Theresa Klassen and Dan/Caryn McGeary, are Julia Claussen, Kaylin Grube, Amelia Hughes, Miranda Klassen, Kaitlynn Lysen, Mya McGeary, Leah Olson, Madison Osterbauer, Sadie Reich, Jordan Schmidt, Sofia Schwiderski, and Megan Wrobleski, while members of the Benson Gold team, coached by Shari Swanberg and Jessica Wrobleski, are Dallas Carey, Addison Fennell, Molly Gunderson, Victoria (Tori) Hermes, Sophia Krusemark, Lillian Miller, Presley Nygaard, Lilly Ostlie, Elena Rodriguez, Kyndall Swagel, Elsie Tolifson, and Paige Wrobleski.

Fri
29
Jun
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Kerkhoven tops Benson Legion, 5-3

Benson Legion pitcher Matt Tolifson fires a pitch during a 5-3 loss to Kerkhoven last week as secondbaseman Sam Lundebrek looks on.

The Kerkhoven Legion baseball team topped Benson last Monday night, 5-3, and also won at Eden Valley-Watkins, Thursday, 5-1 to earn its first two victories of the season.  Kerkhoven had opened up the season with losses to Madison (3-1) and NLS (11-1) before playing at Benson.

Ryan Torkelson had a great week, going 5-for-7 over the two games, while Brandon Rasmusson and Dylan Rudningen earned pitching wins.

Coming up this week is a game at home against Tri-Town, Thursday (tomorrow) and a game at Willmar, Saturday.  Kerkhoven also is set to host NLS, Monday, July 2 and play at Litchfield, Tuesday, July 3 before taking some time off for the Fourth of July....

 

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Fri
22
Jun
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Two Braves earn All-WCC honors in baseball

Dan Lenarz, shown pitching during the 2018 season, earned All-Conference for the Benson baseball team this spring.

The Benson baseball team ended the 2018 season with a 2-16 overall record, which included a 2-12 mark within the WCC.  

Those were the exact same records the Braves had in 2017.  The only two wins for the Braves came against Montevideo during a 7-6, walkoff win in Montevideo, and an 11-9 victory at Morris Area in the regular-season finale.  The Braves were 0-13 before picking up their first victory this season.  

In the postseason tournament, Benson was seeded eighth in its half of the section and lost to top-seeded Paynesville in the first round, 10-0.  Paynesville went on to earn the Section 3AA title with a 7-4 victory over Luverne in the championship game.

BOLD won this year’s WCC title with a perfect 14-0 record in league games, while Sauk Centre and Minnewaska Area tied for second with 10-4 records, Melrose Area was fourth (6-8), ACGC and Montevideo (both 5-9) were tied for fifth, Morris Area-CA was seventh (4-10), and Benson was eighth (2-12)....

Fri
22
Jun
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Tostenson, Nagler, and Kallstrom earn 2018 BKMS boys track awards

Mike Nagler, running in the boys 1600 meter run, was selected for the Most Improved Award this year for boys track.

Jon Tostenson, senior from KMS, earned the Benson-KMS boys track MVP award for 2018, while junior Mike Nagler was selected for the Most Improved Award, and ninth-grader Brandon Kallstrom earned the Coaches’ Award.  It was the second-straight MVP honor for Tostenson, who qualified to state in the 800 meter run in 2015-2017, but came up just short this season.

He was a strong middle and long-distance runner for the Fighting Braves, and also ran on the 1600 and 3200 meter relays.

Nagler was also a strong middle-distance, pole vault and relay man for the Braves, while Kallstrom competed in the sprints, long jump, triple jump, high jump, and relays.

•  Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s team are Jon Tostenson and Oscar Padilla.

Fri
15
Jun
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Ricard, Schiller, Ahrndt earn BKMS girls track awards

Claire Ricard earned MVP honors for the girls track team in 2018.  She is pictured above competing at the sub-section meet at Minnewaska Area two weeks ago.

The Benson-KMS girls track and field team recently announced its season-ending awards for 2018.  Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s girls track teams are Ellie Schiller, Chasey Arndt, Amiah Akerson, and Dacotah Rohner

•  Selected as MVP of the girls’ track team for 2018 is sophomore Claire Ricard, who competed in the 300 meter hurdles, pole vault, discus, and relays this season.
She had her hand in all of her team’s points at the section meet this season, including a third-place finish in the 300 meter hurdles with a time that was a half-second away from qualifying to state.

Earning the Most Improved Award was Ellie Schiller, who competed in the shot put and discus, and selected for the Coaches’ Award was Mariah Ahrndt, who competed in the high jump, long jump, triple jump, and relays.

Fri
15
Jun
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Maurer earns All-WCC in girls golf

Pictured from left to right at the Section 5A Golf Meet at Eagle Creek were Benson girls golf coach Adam Jensen, Katelyn Young, Danielle Reuss, Stacy Johnson, Alissa Maurer, Anna Samuelson, and Ben Peterson.
Alissa Maurer, an eighth-grader, earned All-Conference for the girls golf team in 2018.

Lac qui Parle followed up its 340 first-day total with a 336 during the Section 5A Finals, Wednesday, May 30 at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar to win the Section 5A girls golf title by 65 strokes over runnerup BBE.

Minneota finished third with an 809 total, while Benson was fourth with an 841 total on rounds of 413 during the semifinals and 428 during last week’s Section 5A finals.

Lac qui Parle qualified its entire team to the June 12-13 State Class A Golf Tournament, while also advancing to state were the top five golfers from all the other section teams -- Sirada Chithong of Lakeview (84-78--162), Jacqueline Gossen of BBE (85-85--170), Jaden Gossen of BBE (83-92--175, Mikayla Rassett of Ortonville (91-86--177), and Abbi Morris of Canby (6-89--185).

Lac qui Parle also had the top two medalists as Rachel Halvorson was first with a 157 on rounds of 77 and 80, and Abby Stender was second on rounds of 82 and 79 for a 161 total.

Fri
15
Jun
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Wabasso shuts out KMS again in 3A final, 5-0

Dylan Rudningen pitches for the Saints during action in 2018 as secondbaseman Ryan Torkelson looks on.  The Saints came up two wins short of reaching the State Baseball Tournament.

Saints end season with 20-4 record and perfect record in Camden Conference
 

The KMS baseball team ran into a very strong pitcher during the Section 3A Baseball Tournament and the results were two losses to Wabasso, including a 5-0 loss to the Jackrabbits in the section title game, Thursday at Milroy.

KMS went 4-2 overall during the tournament to place second.  The Saints fell to Wabasso in the upper bracket finals a week earlier by the same 5-0 score, but KMS stayed alive with a thrilling 5-4 win over Lac qui Parle last Tuesday night at Granite Falls.

That put the Saints in the title game against Wabasso, Thursday, but Nick Altermatt struck out 10 KMS batters on the way to the 5-0 complete-game, three-hit masterpiece.  One week earlier, Altermatt also struck out 10 KMS batters over 6 2/3 innings, giving up five hits.

Fri
15
Jun
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Hoium, Habben, Reese named All-WCC in tennis

Eric Hoium led the Braves in wins and also was one of three Benson-KMS players named to the All-Conference team for 2018.

The Benson-KMS boys tennis team ended the season with a 2-11 overall record, which also included a 2-3 mark within the WCC.  Minnewaska Area won the WCC title this season with a 5-0 record, followed by YME (4-1), LQP-DB (3-2), Benson-KMS (2-3), Montevideo (1-4), and MACCRAY (0-5).

Junior Eric Hoium highlighted the season by placing fourth at the Section 6A Individual Boys Tennis Tournament and will go into his final season of high school tennis with a career record of 65-27 after going 15-5 this season to lead the Braves.

Hoium, the second seed, won his first two matches, but then lost a 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-2) marathon match with third-seeded Josh Proehl, of NLS, in the semifinals before also losing in the third-place match.

Thu
07
Jun
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Girls golf team finishes fourth at Section 5A Tourney

Alissa Maurer, who earned All-Conference for the girls golf team this spring, hits a chip shot for the Braves.

Lac qui Parle followed up its 340 first-day total with a 336 during the finals last Wednesday at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar to win the Section 5A girls golf title by 65 strokes over runnerup BBE.

Minneota finished third with an 809 total, while Benson was fourth with an 841 total on rounds of 413 during the semifinals and 428 during last week’s Section 5A finals.

Lac qui Parle qualified its entire team to the June 12-13 State Class A Golf Tournament, while also advancing to state were the top five golfers from all the other section teams.

Earning state berths were Sirada Chithong of Lakeview (84-78--162), Jacqueline Gossen of BBE (85-85--170), Jaden Gossen of BBE (83-92--175, Mikayla Rassett of Ortonville (91-86--177), and Abbi Morris of Canby (6-89--185).

There were a total of 48 golfers during the Section 5A semifinals, May 23, and 30 qualified to the finals last week....

 

Thu
07
Jun
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KMS softball team finishes third after loss to Lac qui Parle

Katie Krieger pitches for the Saints during a game this season in Murdock.  KMS went 3-2 during the Section 3A Tourney to place third.  Edgerton-SWC topped LQP in the title game.

The KMS softball team was eliminated for the season with a 7-2 loss to Lac qui Parle last Wednesday night in the consolation bracket of the Section 3A Softball Tournament.

The Saints, who were seeded first in their half of the draw, opened up the tourney with a 10-2 win over YME and 12-2 victory over Dawson-Boyd, Tuesday, May 22 before losing for the first time to Wabasso (10-7), May 26.

That sent the Saints into the consolation bracket where they stayed alive with a 9-8 win over BOLD, May 26, but the season came to an end one game later with the loss to LQP.

LQP went on to lose to Wabasso, 2-1, later the same day, and Wabasso advanced to the finals to face SWC-Edgerton.

KMS, which finished the season with a 19-4 overall record, continued its mastery of area competition over the past 15-plus seasons.  It was the 24th straight winning season for the KMS softball team, which is 199-13 in the Camden Conference over the last 15 seasons and 305-52 overall.

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