Sports

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02
Sep
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Cross-country teams to race at Minnewaska Meet this week

The Benson-KMS cross-country team opened up the fall practice schedule Monday, Aug. 17, at Ambush Park, and has continued to practice each day to prepare for the season opener, Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Minnewaska Area.

Back to lead the team is Samantha VanHeuveln, who lost only two seniors to graduation (Will Magaard and Allie Mitteness) although they were both among the leaders for their respective teams.

“I’m excited to see what the season brings,” coach VanHeuveln said.  “So far, things are going well; there are quite a few that put in some miles over the summer and are ready to go, but there are also quite a few that haven’t done anything since last winter and have some work to do to get back up to where they were last season...”

Wed
02
Sep
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Girls tennis team opens up season with 4-3 loss at Morris Area/WCA

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team opened up the 2020 season with a 4-3 loss at Morris Area/West Central Area, Thursday night and Friday morning.

Yes, it was a two-day competition for the team because one of the matches was not complete when darkness made it too difficult to play at the Morris Area High School courts, Thursday night, forcing Benson-KMS to travel back to Morris again for the completion of the final match the next morning.

It was the first high school sporting event for Benson or KMS in almost six months...

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Wed
26
Aug
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Outdoor Dance Recital

Oscar Olson, Jack Hanson, Ethan Wersinger, Logan Vadnais, Jaden Michaelson, and Bentley Olson perform “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” during a dance recital last week.  Just before the performance, Benson head baseball coach Mark Grussing showed up to surprise the group.

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Wed
26
Aug
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High school football and volleyball teams have from Sept. 14-Oct. 10 to practice

High school football and volleyball teams have been given the go-ahead to conduct official practices from Sept. 14 through Oct. 10 with a maximum of 12 practices during that four-week span. 

All four Benson and KMS volleyball and football coaches have said they will take advantage of that time to conduct team practices and prepare for an early-spring season in 2021 that has yet to be clarified, finalized, or officially scheduled.

Wed
26
Aug
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Girls tennis opens up schedule Thursday

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team is set to open up the 2020 season Thursday, Aug. 27 (tomorrow) at Morris Area-WCA.  The Fighting Braves will be playing a condensed schedule this season, due to COVID-19, and the team also has a new head coach as Coleton Anderson has taken over for Jonas Grossman, who resigned after one season at the helm of the girls tennis program.

The Fighting Braves went 9-9 overall last year under the direction of Grossman, including a 5-3 mark within the WCC to place fourth in the 9-team league behind league champion Minnewaska Area (8-0), second-place LQP-DB (7-1), and third-place Montevideo (6-2).

The Fighting Braves have nine dual matches scheduled this season, one against each of the other WCC teams along with a match against perennial sectional power Osakis.  The final matches of the season will be at a two-day WCC Team Tourney, set for Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 at a site yet to be determined...

 

Wed
19
Aug
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Norway Lake-Sunburg Lakers

Members of this year’s Norway Lake-Sunburg team are pictured above.  From left to right in front are Alex Baker, Regan Carlson, Weston Gjerde, Jared Cortez, Chris Moist, and Levi Sweere.  Back -- Aaron Zimmer, Kyle Baker, Josh Peterson, Ryan Torkelson, Justin Johnson, Brandon Rasmusson, James Cortez, and Brandin Dahl.

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Wed
19
Aug
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“Drive, chip, and putt”

Benson-KMS head girls golf coach Adam Jensen gave instructions to local youth during another Thursday morning Little Linkers golf session at the Benson Golf Club. Twenty-four youth took part in this year’s league.

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Wed
19
Aug
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What sports could look like during the 2020-21 school year

It will be interesting to see how sports work out this fall as well as the entire school year.  The Minnesota State High School League recently made some decisions involving the fall sports season, but it will have to deal with the winter and spring sports seasons in the future as well as continuing to monitor this fall’s limited list of sports to see if COVID-19 jeopardizes those seasons.

Girls tennis, soccer, swimming and diving, and cross-country got the go-ahead for this fall, while volleyball and football were moved to early spring.

No matter what the sport is, there seems to be a consensus that there will be a lot of changes this school year, including no hand clapping, high fives, team huddles, spitting, shaking hands after competitions, sharing water bottles, etc. as athletes, coaches, and fans will have to learn to live with a new “normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic...

Wed
12
Aug
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MSHSL makes big changes, including moving volleyball and football to spring

The Minnesota State High School League’s Board of Directors, at its meeting on Aug. 4, approved moving forward as scheduled with four Fall activities, but also decided to move high school football and volleyball to March.

Girls tennis, boys and girls cross Country, boys and girls soccer, and girls swimming and diving will begin on Aug. 17 with limitations...

 

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Wed
12
Aug
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Lakers end season with loss to Stars

The  Norway Lake-Sunburg baseball team was eliminated for the season with a 9-5 loss to Starbuck in a game played Friday, July 31 at Minnewaska Area High School.  The Lakers, who ended the season with a 1-9 overall record, had opened up the County Line playoffs with a 7-6 extra-inning loss at Atwater, a game in which the Lakers led 6-3 after six innings and 6-5 with two outs in the ninth.

Starbuck and NL-Sunburg were tied 0-0 through four innings of the elimination game before the Stars plated nine runs over the fifth and sixth innings combined to take control of the game.

The Lakers did mount a big comeback, drawing to within 9-5 with one out in the ninth before Starbuck retired the final two batters to end the game...

 

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