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Fri
18
May
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LQP wins Invitational title, while Benson is sixth

Katelyn Young chips from just off the 18th hole during the Benson Girls and Boys Invitational last Wednesday.
Ben Peterson watches his putt roll toward the par-3, second hole during the Benson Invitational.  LQP won the boys and girls team titles.

The Benson girls golf team competed at a pair of conference meets at Sauk Centre and Melrose Area last Tuesday night, placing fourth at both meets with totals of 205 and 200, respectively.

After four WCC meets, the Braves are in fourth place overall with 28 points, while BOLD and Minnewaska Area are tied for the lead with 38 points, Morris Area is third with 32, and Sauk Centre is fifth with 22.

The Braves also hosted the Benson Invitational last Wednesday at the Benson Golf Club.  Lac qui Parle won the 7-team title with a score of 342, while Benson was sixth with a 427 total.

This week, the team is set to compete in the final two WCC doubleheaders.  Benson is set to compete at Minnewaska Area and Morris, Monday, before competing in Benson and Montevideo, Thursday....

 

Fri
18
May
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Braves still searching for first win with two weeks to go

Benson players look on during a pitching change in the rain last Tuesday against ACGC.  Warming up is Jared Kurkosky, while looking on are Dan Lenarz (left), Matt Tolifson, Sam Lundebek, and Brandon Osterbauer.

The Benson baseball team dropped five games last week to fall to 0-10 in the WCC and 0-12 overall.  The Braves, who have just five games left on the regular-season scheduled, opened up last week’s action with a 6-0, 11-1 doubleheader loss at home to ACGC.

Two days later, the Braves lost at BOLD, 11-1, and on Friday, Benson was swept in a doubleheader by Melrose, 9-3 and 9-3.  Results from the Melrose games were not available by presstime.

This week, Benson was set to play a doubleheader at Montevideo, Tuesday, and play at Minnewaska Area, Thursday.  The following week, the Braves host NLS, Monday, before closing out the regular-season with a game at Morris Area.

Coming up is the Section 3AA Tourney, Saturday, May 26.  Benson appears set to earn the eighth seed in its half of the section and will most-likely play at top-seeded Paynesville (11-1) in the first round....

 

Fri
18
May
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Another week, another three wins for Benson softball

Mackenzie Kurkosky pitches for Benson during the first game of a doubleheader with Montevideo last Tuesday as secondbaseman Maranda Wieber looks on.

The Benson softball team had a great week of softball last week despite having it end on a sour note.  The Braves went 3-2 last week to improve to 7-6 overall and 7-6 in the WCC.

The Braves opened up the week with a 6-4, 13-5 doubleheader sweep of Montevideo last Tuesday night in Benson, and then split a doubleheader at home against Minnewaska, Thursday, losing the first game, 5-1, but coming back to win the second game in extra innings, 7-2.

Liz Staton had at least one hit in every game last week and was 9-for-19 during the five games, while Kaitlyn Berreau had a hit in four games and had also had nine total hits for the week.

The week came to a close at home, Friday, against BOLD.  Benson took a 6-2 lead after three innings, but BOLD rallied for an 8-6 victory.

Fri
04
May
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VFW Post 1403 donates to Legion baseball program

Pictured is Gary Klemm (right), from VFW Post 1403, presenting Benson head baseball coach Eric Hulterstrum a check for 1,500 to be used for expenses related to running the Legion and Jr. Legion baseball for the 2018 summer season.  Coaching the teams will be Josh Minchow, Mark Grussing, and Eric Hulterstrum (Jr. Legion Baseball, which covers grades 8-10), and Jim Lenarz and Steve Goossen (Senior Legion team).

Pictured is Gary Klemm (right), from VFW Post 1403, presenting Benson head baseball coach Eric Hulterstrum a check for 1,500 to be used for expenses related to running the Legion and Jr. Legion baseball for the 2018 summer season.  Coaching the teams will be Josh Minchow, Mark Grussing, and Eric Hulterstrum (Jr. Legion Baseball, which covers grades 8-10), and Jim Lenarz and Steve Goossen (Senior Legion team).

 

 

Fri
04
May
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Boys tennis team earns first win over MACCRAY

Taylor Duncan stretches to return a shot during a close loss at second singles against NLS last week in Benson.

The Benson-KMS boys tennis team earned its first win of the season, sweeping MACCRAY in a home match, Thursday, 7-0.  The Braves also hosted a triangular with NLS and Perham last Tuesday, losing both matches by 6-1 scores, and closed out the week with a 7-0 loss at Litchfield, Friday.

Benson-KMS, which is 1-5 overall and 1-1 in the WCC, has three more dates scheduled this week, beginning with a match at Foley, Monday, a home match with YME, Thursday (tomorrow), and a triangular at St. John’s University, Friday, with St. John’s Prep and Mora....

 

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Pictured: Taylor Duncan stretches to return a shot during a close loss at second singles against NLS last week in Benson.

Fri
04
May
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Benson baseball ends first week 0-4

Matt Goossen raps a hit for Benson during a game on Chiefs’ Field last week as Sam Lundebrek (on third base) and coach Eric Hulterstrum look on.

The Benson baseball team will have to wait until the second week of action to earn its first victory after losing its first four games last week.

The Braves opened up the season with a 6-3 loss to BOLD last Monday night and also fell to Minnewaska Area last Tuesday night, 5-4.  The week came to an end with a doubleheader loss to Sauk Centre, 11-1 and 11-0.

Benson has three more dates scheduled this week, beginning with a game at KMS, Monday, and continuing with a home game with Morris Area, Tuesday (yesterday) and ending with a night game at home with Hancock, Friday.

•  This year’s Benson baseball varsity roster includes seniors Aaron Zosel, Brandon Osterbauer, Dan Lenarz, Matt Connolly, Sam Lundebrek, and Kaden Schmidt; juniors Alex Wrobleski, Devon Liles, Hunter Gonnerman, Hunter Mondor, Jared Knutson, Jared Kurkosky, Matt Lenarz, Matt Ebnet, Matt Goossen, and Max Benson; and sophomores Matthew Tolifson and Will Enderson.

Fri
04
May
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Morris and Minnewaska win titles at opening track meet in Benson

Morgan Schmidt (middle) competes in the 100 meter hurdles for the Benson-KMS girls track team during the opening meet in Benson last Tuesday night.  Benson is set to host another meet this Tuesday.
Brady Ascheman, who later won the 3200 meter run, runs toward the finish line of the 3200 meter relay, helping his team earn second. The MAC-RCW runner (right) was being lapped, while the runner behind Ascheman placed third.

They’re off and running!

The Benson-KMS track and field teams were finally able to get their seasons underway at the Benson Invitational last Tuesday on the Brock Field oval.

Morris Area dominated the boys meet, winning by 50 points over runner-up Montevideo, while the Minnewaska Area girls also put on a dominating performance, winning by 77.5 points over the runner-up Tigers.

Benson-KMS was fourth in the boys meet, with Brady Ascheman winning the 3200 meter run for his team’s only points, and the Benson-KMS girls were fifth in the 8-team field with Mariah Ahrndt winning the Fighting Braves’ only title in the triple jump.

Benson-KMS was set to host another home invitational, Tuesday (yesterday) before competing at the Little Crow Invitational at NLS High School, Thursday (tomorrow), and some team members will also compete at Sioux Falls, Friday and Saturday....
 

 

Fri
20
Apr
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Tennis team opens up season with loss to Lakers

Eric Hoium, the first singles’ player for Benson, stretches to return a shot during action last spring.  The Braves had three road matches scheduled this week, two of which have already been postponed, with the first two home openers set for next week.

The Benson-KMS boys tennis team opened up the season with a 6-1 loss at Minnewaska Area, Thursday afternoon.  The two teams were originally set to meet in Benson, but the Braves’ courts were still wet so the two teams met at Minnewaska Area instead.

Benson, which is down to only three remaining home meets this year due to weather, has three road matches scheduled for this week.

Benson was set to play at Milbank, Monday; at LQP-DB, Tuesday (yesterday), and at a triangular at St. Cloud Apollo (with St. Cloud Cathedral and Pine City), Friday.

This year’s boys tennis team, coached by Jonas Grossman, includes senior  Daniel Lamarque; juniors Eric Hoium, Henry Dammeyer, Jonas Habben, and Igor Ferrari; sophomore Kyle Reese; ninth-grader Peyton LeClair; and eighth-graders Taylor Duncan, Andrew Olson, Tyler Hadfield, Matthew Thompson, Caleb Peterson (KMS), and Jacob Garies (KMS).

Fri
20
Apr
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BHS Staff vs. Seniors game

Pictured are all the players, coaches, and referees during the BHS Student Council Seniors vs. Staff game.  The game was held Saturday, April 7 in the senior high gym. This was the fifth annual fundraiser basketball game between the BHS Staff and Seniors.

Pictured are all the players, coaches, and referees during the BHS Student Council Seniors vs. Staff game.  The game was held Saturday, April 7 in the senior high gym. This was the fifth annual fundraiser basketball game between the BHS Staff and Seniors.
 

For more great photos from the game, pick up a copy of the April 18, 2018 edition of the Swift County Monitor-News.

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Fri
06
Apr
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Former player speaks to Benson softball team

Kayla (Svor) Carlson (back row, far left), a 2004 Benson High School graduate and daughter of Steve and Gail Svor, spoke to members of the Benson softball recently during a team-building event.

Kayla (Svor) Carlson (back row, far left), a 2004 Benson High School graduate and daughter of Steve and Gail Svor, spoke to members of the Benson softball recently during a team-building event.  She spent time with the players, discussing goal setting and teamwork, being flexible with what you play, and being resilient in life, among other topics. 

Kayla was a three sport athlete at BHS, playing volleyball, basketball and softball and earning MVP honors in all three sports her senior year.  She went on to play middle hitter for the Concordia Cobbers volleyball team as well as outfield for their softball team.  She is currently married with two children, and is a kindergarten teacher in Rosemount. 

 

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