Sports

Wed
22
Apr
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Seasons on hold . . . While playing surfaces lay vacant, players stay ready, just in case

Minnesota schools are closed until at least May 4, but it’s very probable schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and along with that, the high school sports season will also be canceled.

This sportswriter has been working at the same job for over 30 years and has seen nothing like this.  Sure, some spring sports seasons have started very late, sometimes up to three weeks late, and there’s been numerous postponements and cancellations during the winter season with storms and snow, but it’s been nothing close to having an entire season wiped off the calendar.

While some people talk of possibly having a condensed high school sports season of a few weeks, along with postseason tournaments, others talk of extending the high school season into the summer...

 

Wed
15
Apr
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We’re all in this together

We still face a long road ahead, but we’ll get through this together.

The COVID-19 outbreak has hit us many ways, and I especially feel for people in the medical field, parents with kids or expecting children, other front-line workers, and finally, students, especially the older students who won’t get this year and memories back again.

We can get through this, but we have to continue to work together.  And, we’re starting to see a little more light at the end of the tunnel.

The cancellations keep coming; We Day Basketball game, the “Little Mermaid” musical, the BHS Jazz Concert and MIOSM Choir Concert, the annual Dance recital, the community Easter Egg hunt, the mock drill for students, Emerald Eve, Prom, and more.

Still up in the air are musical concerts in May, BHS and KMS graduation, spring sports, the Memorial Day parade, and much more yet to come.

Wed
08
Apr
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Missed openers are especially tough for athletes

The Benson baseball team and Benson-KMS track and field squads were set to get the 2020 high school spring sports season underway last Thursday when the Braves were set to host MACCRAY on Chiefs’ Field and the tracksters were set to host the first meet of the season at the track around Brock Field.

However, the COVID-19 shutdown has halted the season, with the first possible games now being set for early May, but also a strong possibility that the season may not ever begin.

“I think it hit me last Thursday (March 26),” said Benson head baseball coach Mark Grussing.  “We were supposed to get out of school early and go to St. John’s Dome and scrimmage against Brandon-Evansville.  Then, we were going to go to Buffalo Wild Wings and watch the end of the Twins; season opener.  Yes, you miss the competition; but, what you miss more are the times spent with your athletes and teammates.”

Wed
08
Apr
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Carlson misses out on chance for All-America

Zach Carlson, a 2015 graduate of KMS High School and senior at South Dakota State University, is one of many student-athletes who have been affected by the COVID-19 shutdown.  Carlson had 201 career wrestling victories at KMS High School, which ranks him third on the all-time list. 

Carlson went on to wrestle at South Dakota State where he was in the midst of his senior season with the Jackrabbits and was set to wrestle in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships after placing second at 184 pounds in the Big 12 Conference.

Four days after the runner-up finish, he learned that the NCAA Championships had been canceled.

Thu
02
Apr
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Rohner named co-MVP of Camden North

The KMS girls basketball team ended the season with a 14-13 overall record, which included a 9-8 mark in the Camden North Conference.  This was the first year since 2012-13 the Saints have ended the season with a winning record.  The season came to an end for the Saints with a 60-53 overtime loss to Sebeka in the first round of the Section 5A-North Girls Basketball Tournament.

KMS, which will lose seniors Haylee Johnson, Madison Rohner, Morgan Lesteberg, and Sarah Jeppesen to graduation, won its final six-straight regular-season games before losing the tourney opener.

BBE, the second seed in KMS’ half of the section, routed Ogilvie for the Section 5A title and a berth at state.

Prinsburg won this year’s Camden North title with a 13-3 league mark, while LQP Valley and KMS were both 9-7, MACCRAY was 5-11, RCW was 3-13, and Dawson-Boyd was 0-16.

Thu
02
Apr
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Call and Norton earn All-Camden honors for KMS

The KMS boys basketball team had an up-and-down season, finishing with a 9-17 overall record and 5-11 mark within the Camden North Conference.

The Saints started out 1-7, but then went 6-4 over their next 10 games to stand 7-11 before going 2-6 the rest of the way.

KMS, coached by Matt Fragodt with help from Tonia Nelson, Jordan Helms, Matt Anderson, and James Cortez, was eliminated for the season during the second round of the Section 6A Tournament.  The Saints were seeded eighth in their half of the section and beat ninth-seeded Ortonville in a preliminary-round game, 80-50, but then fell to top-seeded West Central Area in the sub-section quarterfinals, 89-53... 

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Wed
25
Mar
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Zosel and Dineen lead Benson wrestling team in 2019-20

The Benson wrestling team announced its season-ending awards recently and among the awardwinners for the 2019-20 season were Adam Zosel, Thomas Dineen, Nathan Bolduc, Teegan Hogrefe, Alden Syltie, and Eh do la Wah.  The Benson wrestling team closed out the recently-completed season with a 7-18 overall record, which included a 1-5 mark within the WCC.

The Braves started out fast, going 3-2 in their first five matches, but injuries and illnesses took a toll over the final two months of the season as Benson lost six-straight matches to drop to 3-8 overall and then went 4-10 over its final 14 matches.  Benson earned the seventh seed in the 10-team Section 5A Tourney and beat 10th-seeded Ortonville in the first round (54-21) before losing to second-seeded BBE in the quarterfinals (71-9).

Wed
25
Mar
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Bruns, Engebretson are MVP’s for MBA

The MBA boys hockey team finished the season with the most wins in school history.  The Storm went 20-6 this season, including a 12-1 start.  This is the first time in 25 seasons the Benson, or MBA, boys hockey team has finished the season with at least 20 victories.

The Storm recently had their season-ending banquet at which time the team announced the season-ending awards.

Junior Zach Bruns earned the Offensive Player of the Year award, while senior goalie Chase Engebretson was selected for the Defensive Player of the Year award.

Bruns had a team-best 60 points this season and also surpassed 100 career points this season.  He will go into his senior season with 115 career points, which ranks him ninth on the all-time points list headed by Tanner Picht with 203 points.

Engebretson has been the starting goalie for several years and was in net this year for 22 games, going 19-3 overall.

Wed
25
Mar
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Enderson earns MVP for Braves

The Benson boys basketball team had one of the best seasons in the last decade, going 15-12 overall, including a 7-7 mark within the WCC.  The Braves started out fast and loud, going 3-0 to start the season, including big wins over Sauk Centre (77-69) and Minnewaska Area (68-61), and were 9-3 after the first dozen games.

However, the schedule got a lot tougher in the second half of the season as Benson went 6-9 to close out the year, including losses in five of the last six games and a 73-63 home setback to Paynesville in the Section 3AA opening round.

Paynesville fell to the Lakers in the next round and Minnewaska Area also beat Redwood Valley in the sub-section finals before losing to Jackson County Central in the Section 3AA finals.  Benson was seeded fourth in its half of the section tourney, while Paynesville was seeded fifth, Minnewaska was first, Redwood Valley was third, and Jackson CC was first in the south half of the section.

Wed
18
Mar
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Ahrndt and McGeary are co-MVPS for gymnastics

Mariah Ahrndt and Libby McGeary, who qualified for the State Gymnastics Meet this season, were named co-winners of the MVP award for the BKMS gymnastics team.

That was among the awards handed out at the season-ending banquet Sunday, Feb. 16 with coach Kathy Ahrndt leading the way.

Ahrndt, who earned six-straight All-Conference awards during her career, also qualified to three state meets, while McGeary, in her first year of high school gymnastics, earned WCC honors this season and also qualified to state in the all-around.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team finished the season with a 5-2 record, including a 2-1 mark within the WCC.

The high score of 138.9 points set during the section tourney is possibly the sixth-best team score in school history and the best score since the 2004-05 season when the team set the current team record of 141.375...

 

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