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Jr. Legion splits games with BOLD and Starbuck

The Benson Junior Legion baseball team  split a pair of games last week to push its record to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in league play.  Benson won at BOLD last Tuesday night in a non-league game, 5-4, and Benson also lost at Starbuck, Friday, 4-2.

This week, Benson was set to host Morris, Tuesday (yesterday) before taking the rest of the week off for the Fourth of July.  After a brief break, Benson is set to host Kerkhoven at 5 p.m., Monday, July 8, before playing at ACGC, Tuesday, July 9, and at Kerkhoven, Friday, July 12.

The game against Kerkhoven, Monday, July 8 will be followed by the Kerkhoven and Benson Legion at 7 p.m. in Benson.

Benson 5, BOLD 4

Benson took a 4-0 lead through 4 1/2 innings, but BOLD tied it up with two runs in the fifth and sixth.  The Bandits scored the winning run in the top of the seventh, and then Cole Hedman got through the bottom half of the inning to earn the victory on the mound.

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Kallstrom and Ricard are track MVP’s for 2019

Claire Ricard was selected the girls’ track MVP for the second-straight year.

The Benson-KMS track and field teams recently came out with their season-ending team awards.  The track teams failed to send any athletes to the state meet for the second year in a row after competing at the Section 6A Track and Field Meet at Fergus Falls.

That comes after Jon Tostenson had qualified to three-straight state track meets in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Earning the boys track MVP award this season was Brandon Kallstrom, while selected for the Coaches’ Award were Riley Grube, Mike Nagler, Brady Ascheman, and Austin Ose, and earning the Most Improved Award was Chaden Carroll.

Nagler earned last year’s Most Improved award and Kallstrom was selected for last year’s Coaches’ Award.

The Benson-KMS boys track team finished second at two meets this year (Montevideo Invitational and YME Invitational), and was also fourth at three meets, and fifth of 10 teams at the sub-section meet....

Wed
26
Jun
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Five earn All-Conference for boys tennis team

Taylor Duncan returns a shot at second singles for the Benson boys tennis team.  Five members of the team earned All-Conference.

Five members of the Benson-KMS boys tennis team earned All-Conference honors for the 2019 season.  The Fighting Braves went 6-8 overall this season, including a 4-1 record within the WCC.

Minnewaska Area won this year’s conference title with a 5-0 record, beating the Braves in an early-season match, 5-2.  Benson-KMS was second (4-1), while LQP/Dawson-Boyd was third (3-2), Montevideo was fourth (2-3), YME was fifth (1-4), and MACCRAY-RCW was sixth (0-5).

Earning All-Conference for the team were Eric Hoium, Taylor Duncan, Peyton LeClair, Kyle Reese, and Matthew Thompson, while selected to the honorable mention team was Hunter LeClair.

Highlighting this year’s season was Eric Hoium earning the Section 6A singles title and qualifying to the state tournament where he went 1-1 to tie for fifth.

Wed
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Peterson earns All-WCC for boys golf team

Ben Peterson putts from just off the green in Benson.  He averaged 41.8 this year in WCC meets to earn All-Conference.

Ben Peterson, a sophomore on the Benson boys golf team this spring, earned All-Conference for the Braves during the 2019 spring campaign.

Peterson led the Braves this spring, missing out on a trip to state by two strokes this spring after shooting rounds of 92 and 92 at the Section 5A Tourney at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar.

Peterson, who had a low of 38 at Atwater this spring during 9-hole meets and an 86 at the 18-hole Benson Invitational, placed seventh overall this spring and the top 13 golfers earned All-Conference.  Those were also the low rounds for the entire Braves’ team.

There were eight conference meets and the golfers used their top six scores to determine All-Conference.  Peterson had a 41.8 strokes per nine holes average this year.

He averaged 46 strokes per nine holes last year and the last All-Conference qualifier from last spring averaged 43.2.

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Kriegers, Nichols, Lesteberg, Hauge, and Rudningen among KMS awardwinners

Claire Hauge pitches for the Saints during a game in Benson.  She earned this year’s Saints’ Award.

The KMS softball team had its 25th-straight winning season this year, finishing the 2019 season with an overall record of 21-4, including a 16-2 mark in the Camden Conference to win another league title. 

KMS finished third in the Section 3A Softball Tournament after losing in the consolation round to Lac qui Parle Valley, 8-1.  Earlier in the tournament, KMS beat RCW (15-0), Dawson-Boyd (10-4), and Wabasso (3-2) before losing its first game to Edgerton-SWC in the upper-bracket finals last Saturday at Marshall.  That sent the Saints into the consolation round where they fell to Eagles, who went on to hand Edgerton-SWC its first loss in the postseason, 1-0, before losing in the eventual section championship, 9-0.  

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Knutson and Ebnet earn All-WCC for Benson

Earning All-Conference for the Braves this year were Jared Knutson (left) and firstbaseman Matt Ebnet.

The Benson baseball team ended the 2019 season with a 6-11 overall record and 4-10 mark within the WCC under the guidance of first-year head coach Mark Grussing.   

 

The Braves were 5-5 at one point in the season before losing six of their final seven games, including a 3-2 loss to Montevideo in the opening round of the Section 3AA Baseball Tournament.

Benson, which beat Montevideo twice during the regular-season (5-3 and 11-6), was seeded fourth in its half of the section while the Thunderhawks were seeded fifth.  Paynesville went on to earn the section title with a 4-0 victory over Luverne in the finals, while Fairmont was third and ACGC fourth.

Minnewaska Area won this year’s WCC title with an 11-3 league record, followed by BOLD (9-5), Melrose and Sauk Centre (both 8-6), ACGC (7-7), Morris Area-CA (5-9), and Benson and Montevideo (both 4-10).

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Maurer places 24th at state golf

Alissa Maurer is pictured at the Pebble Creek Golf Club with her father and volunteer assistant coach Mitch Maurer (left) and head coach Adam Jensen.

Alissa Maurer, a ninth-grader from Benson, competed at the State Class A Girls Golf Tournament last Tuesday and Wednesday at Pebble Creek Golf Club near Becker.

Maurer shot a 91 on the first day and added a 96 on the second day of competition to place 24th with a 187 total among the Class A golfers.

She started her first day with a bogey on the 10th hole and triple bogey on the 11th, but rallied with three pars to make the turn with a 13-over 49.  On her second nine, which was actually the front nine of the Pebble Creek course, she had four pars over her first six holes and was just three over through seven before going four-over on the par-4, 320-yard 8th hole. 

She came right back with her only birdie of the day on the final hole for a 42 on the second nine and a 91 total for her first 18 holes.

During her second round of 18 holes last Wednesday, Maurer shot a 96 total to give her a 187 total for the tournament.

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Jun
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Saints finish fourth at state after losing heartbreaker in semis

With head coach James Cortez looking on from behind, Regan Carlson goes around the Randolph catcher to score a run during the Saints’ 10-0 victory to open up the state tourney.  It was a close play, but the ball also popped out of the catcher’s mitt as he was trying to apply the tag.

The KMS baseball team finished fourth at the State Class A Baseball Tournament last week at the Mini Met in Jordan. 

 

The Saints, who finished the season with a 21-4 record, opened up the state tourney with a 10-0 victory over Randolph, Thursday, 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. 

 

The final two games were both played Friday.

BOLD, which scored three runs in its last at-bats to edge the Saints by one, moved on to face New York Mills in the state championship this week at the Target Center.

The Saints reached the state tourney by winning the Section 3A title.  KMS beat Dawson-Boyd (13-1), YME (4-1), Adrian (7-0), and Minneota (10-1), lost to Lac qui Parle (2-1), and then beat the Eagles in the championship game (4-1).

Wed
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Maurer to compete at State Golf this week

Alissa Maurer hits a chip shot toward the 15th hole at Benson.  She is set to compete at the State Girls Golf Tourney this week.

Alissa Maurer, a ninth-grader from Benson, is set to compete at the State Girls Class A Golf Tournament, June 11-12 at Pebble Creek Golf Course.

Maurer overcame a tough first day at the Section 5A Girls Golf Tournament by shooting a 93 on the second day and earning the final state tournament berth by one shot.  Maurer had a 110 the first day and sat in 21st place before shooting the fourth-best score of the second day to climb into eighth place overall.

Maurer became the fifth girls’ golfer to reach state in BHS history, joining Jenny Sullivan (1992), Chelsa Dooley (2004 and 2005), Abby Fragodt (2008 and 2009), and Lauren Alsaker (2009 and 2010.

Maurer was set to tee off at 12:54 p.m., Tuesday, June 11 and will golf the first 18 holes with golfers from Pine City, Mounds Park Academy, and Ortonville.

A total of 88 girls will be golfing in the Class A Tourney, which includes eight teams that qualified as section champions.

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Jun
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KMS earns school’s third State Baseball trip with 4-1 win over LQP

Alex Call pitches for the Saints during the Section 3A Baseball Tournament championship against Lac qui Parle last week as centerfielder Dylan Rudningen looks on.  KMS fell in the first game, 2-1, but came back in the second game to win, 4-1, earning the school’s third trip to the State Baseball Tourney.

The KMS baseball team is headed to state after splitting a pair of games with Lac qui Parle Valley during the Section 3A Baseball Tournament championship, Thursday at Granite Falls.

The Saints, who had won their first four section games, fell to LQP Valley in the first games, Thursday, 2-1, but KMS came back during the second game to win, 4-1, giving the Saints the section championship and a berth at the state tourney for the third time in school history.

KMS is 20-2 overall heading into the state tourney, which is set to begin Thursday (tomorrow) at the Mini Met in Jordan.  KMS earned the fifth seed and was set to open up the tourney at 12:30 p.m., Thursday (tomorrow) against fourth-seeded Randolph.

The Saints reached the finals with wins over Dawson-Boyd (13-1), YME (4-1), Adrian (7-0), and Minneota (10-1).

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