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Benson Jr. Legion splits first two playoff games

Sam Grussing pitches for the Benson Jr. Legion during a home game this year as secondbaseman Isaac Minchow looks on.

The Benson Jr. Legion split its first two games of the North/East Sub-State Jr. Legion Tournament.  Benson, seeded third, beat sixth-seeded Kerkhoven, 7-2, in a game played last Tuesday night at Morris.

Benson then lost to second-seeded Morris, Thursday night, 12-2 to fall back into the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tourney.

Benson, 10-6 overall this summer, was set to face fifth-seeded ACGC at 6 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) in Benson.  With a win, Benson would play again at 5 p.m., Friday, at Minnewaska Area against the winner of NLS and Brooten.

The consolation finals are set for 7 p.m., Friday at Minnewaska Area and the championship game is set for 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 at Minnewaska Area with a second game to follow at 1 p.m., if necessary.

Top-seeded Starbuck and second-seeded Morris are in the upper-bracket finals, which was set for 6 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) at Minnewaska Area.

Wed
24
Jul
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Kerk Legion wins sub- district title

The Kerkhoven Legion Baseball team won three games last week to win the sub-district baseball tournament title.  Kerkhoven, which improved to 5-4 overall with the three wins, beat Granite Falls, Thursday (2-1), Montevideo, Saturday (7-3), and Granite Falls again, Sunday (7-6).

Kerkhoven, which placed fourth at the State Class A Baseball Tournament this past spring with many of the same players, won two of the games without the services of two of their top players (Alex and Isaac Call).

Regan Carlson had two hits during the win over the 2-1 win over Granite Falls, while Christian Diederich, Carlson, and Wylee Lottman each had three hits against Montevideo, and Levi Sweere, Weston Gjerde, and Hunter Wilts had two hits each during the championship game win, Sunday.

Picking up wins on the mound for K-Town were Alex Call, Carlson, and Noah Thorson.

Wed
24
Jul
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BHS trap team competes at National Shoot

Ten members of the Benson High School Trap Shooting team competed at the National Shoot, July 10-14 at Mason, MI.  They attended the event with coaches Andy Abner and Neal Klassen, along with most of the parents.

Competing at the National meet for the BHS Trap team were AJ Klassen, Reece Larson, Devon Liles, Brady Ascheman, and Jake Ness, who formed one team, and Gabe Abner, Hunter Mondor, Zander Hoffman, Jared Kurkosky, and Macoy Kurkosky, who were part of a second BHS team.

In the team competition, the BHS Squad #1 scored 443-of-500 clays and placed 110th of 206 total teams, while squad #2 scored 428-of-500 clays and placed 153rd.

Only the top 80 squads advanced to the finals so the BHS teams barely missed the cut.

Wed
24
Jul
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Four Saints earn All-Area baseball recogntion

Four members of the KMS baseball team earned All-Area honors for the 2019 season.

Weston Gjerde and Alex Call were named to the All-Area first team, while Dylan Rudningen and Regan Carlson were selected to the All-Area second team.

Joining Gjerde and Call on the first team were Owen Boerema of Litchfield, Drey Dirksen of Willmar, Grady Fuchs and Luke Johnson of Paynesville, Wyatt Halvorson of Lac qui Parle, and Luke Ryan and Jordan Sagedahl, both of BOLD.

Only 18 players from the West Central Tribune coverage area earned placement on one of the two All-Area teams, and the Saints had four of them...

 

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Wed
17
Jul
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Benson Jr. Legion still tied for second after splitting with Kerkhoven

Brad Wilke (right) tries to lay down a bunt for the Kerkhoven Jr. Legion team as Benson catcher Sam Lenarz gets ready to field the ball, which eventually rolled foul.

The Benson Jr. Legion split a pair of league games last week to put its overall record at 8-4 and league mark at 5-3 for the summer.

Benson beat Kerkhoven last Monday night at home, 7-2, and also lost at ACGC last Tuesday, 10-8.  Patrick Minchow and Cole Hedman had four combined hits each for the Bandits during last week’s action, while Sam Grussing earned the victory on the mound against Kerkhoven.

Benson, coached by Mark Grussing, was set play at NLS, Tuesday (yesterday) and at Kerkhoven (Sunburg), Friday at 4 p.m. to close out the regular-season.  The playoffs are set to begin July 23.  League standings can be found on page 3B.

Benson 7, Kerkhoven 2

Benson scored two runs in the first inning and, after Kerkhoven tied it up with single runs in the second and fourth innings, the Bandits scored the gamewinner in the fifth and added four more runs in the sixth.

Wed
17
Jul
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Kerk Legion splits with Benson and EVW

With Isaac Minchow looking on from second base, Benson Legion pitcher Will Enderson unloads a pitch during a game against Kerkhoven last Monday night in Chiefs’ Field.

The Kerkhoven Legion split a pair of games last week, winning at Benson last Monday night, 7-2, but also falling at Eden Valley-Watkins, Thursday, 6-5.

Weston Gjerde and Cade Melin had two hits each during the win over Benson, while Christian Diederich was 2-for-4 with three RBI against EVW.

Kerkhoven improved to 2-4 overall with the win and loss with the playoffs set to begin this week.

•  This year’s Kerkhoven Legion baseball roster, coached by Justin Johnson, includes Wylee Lottman, Dylan Rudningen, Alex Call, Hunter Wilts, Brett Brendemuehl, Isaac Call, Brody Forsell, Brad Wilke, Cade Melin, Weston Gjerde, Devon Swanson, Christian Diederich, Chris Moist, Regan Carlson, Noah Thorson, and Levi Sweere.

Kerkhoven 7, Benson 2

Wed
10
Jul
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“4-H Field Day makes comeback”

Coltan Hoberg and Sophia Nagler take part in the hula hoop relay event at 4-H Field Day at the Northside Rec Area, Friday, June 28.  Field Day was last held in 2014 and a county-wide picnic took its place in 2015-2018.  The Extension staff decided to give it another try this year and they plan to continue as long as they can.

Wed
10
Jul
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Benson Jr. Legion edges Morris, 7-6

Sam Grussing pitches for the Benson Jr. Legion during a 7-2 win over Kerkhoven, Monday night in Benson.  Later in the night, the Kerk Legion topped Benson by the same score.

The Benson Junior Legion won its seventh game in the last nine tries with a 7-6 victory at home over Morris last Tuesday night.  The Bandits trailed 6-3 after three innings, but rallied for the win with four runs over the final three innings, including the winning run with two outs in the seventh on an RBI-single by Sam Lenarz.

The Benson Jr. Legion, coached by Mark Grussing, improved to 4-2 in league action and 7-3 overall with the win.

Benson is set to host Kerkhoven at 5 p.m., Monday, before playing at ACGC, Tuesday (yesterday).  The following week, Benson is set to play at NLS, July 16 (6 p.m.) and at Kerkhoven, July 19 (4 p.m.) before getting ready for the playoffs...

 

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Wed
10
Jul
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Rudningen, Call among KMS leaders

Dylan Rudningen batted .392 to tie for the best average and also led KMS with an on-base percentage of .515.

The KMS baseball team recently released its 2019 statistics from the recently-completed season. 

The Saints went 21-4 overall this year, placing fourth at the State Class A Baseball Tournament. 

KMS opened up the state tourney with a 10-0 victory over Randolph, but then lost a heartbreaker to BOLD in the semifinals, 7-6 in eight innings, before ending the season with a 13-3 loss to Sacred Heart in the third-place game. 

BOLD went on to earn the Class A state title with an 8-0 victory over New York Mills last week at the Target Center.

This year’s state tournament appearance was the third in school history for the baseball program.  The Saints also advanced to state in 1991 and 2000...

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Wed
03
Jul
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BHS Trap Shooting closes out highly-successful season

Gracie Lenz during the final competion for the BHS Trap Shooting team.

The Benson High School Trap shooting team has had a long and successful season, having 56 participants attend the State Shoot, qualifying two individuals to the Final State Shoot, and also sending 10 individuals to Nationals.

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