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06
May
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Tennis team falls to Monte

Eric Hoium, a ninth-grader playing first singles for the Braves, returns a shot during a match against Monte last week.

The Benson boys tennis team fell to Montevideo, 6-1, in a WCC matchup last Tuesday night in Benson.  The Braves dropped to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference with the loss.

The Braves were also set to play at MACCRAY, Thursday, but that match was postponed due to weather and was reset for Monday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m.

This week, the Braves were also set to compete in a triangular at Foley, Tuesday (yesterday) that also includes Pine City.  Benson is also set to compete at Yellow Medicine East, Thursday (tomorrow) before coming home again for a match with Minnewaska Area, Monday, May 9, which will not count in the conference standings.  Benson edged the Lakers earlier this season, 4-3.

Montevideo 6, Benson 1

The Braves fell 6-1 to one of the conference favorites last Tuesday night in Benson as Montevideo swept the four singles’ matches, giving up just four total games.

Fri
06
May
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Minnewaska wins both titles at Benson Invitational

Max Peterson competes in the long jump for the Benson-KMS boys track team last week during the Benson Invitational.
Sam Rosemeier (left) takes off after receiving the baton from Jon Tostenson during the 3200 meter relay, won by the Benson-KMS boys in 9:14.93.

Minnewaska Area edged Morris Area-CA for both titles at the Benson-KMS Track and Field Invitational last Tuesday night, while the Benson-KMS girls finished third of seven schools, and the boys team was fifth of eight teams.

Winning titles for Benson-KMS were Ashley Just in the girls 1600, Kelsey Rajewsky in the shot put, Josh Bailey in the boys 1600, and the 3200 meter boys relay team of Bailey, Brady Ascheman, Jon Tostenson (pictured), and Sam Rosemeier (pictured).

The track teams have their busiest week of the season this week with another Benson Invitational, Tuesday, the NLS Little Crow Invitational, Thursday, and the Sioux Falls Invitational, Friday and Saturday...

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Fri
06
May
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Braves rout Lakeview for third win

Danny Lenarz, shown pitching during a game in Benson earlier this season, pitched a complete-game win against Lakeview last week.

The Benson baseball team won its second-straight game with an 11-1 victory at Lakeview last Tuesday night.  The Braves, who improved to 3-4 overall, scored at least one run in four of its five at-bats to end the game early due to the 10-run rule.

Benson, which is 0-4 in the WCC, was also set to host Minnewaska Area in a doubleheader, Thursday, but those games were postponed due to cold and snow.  They will be rescheduled as single games with one game at Minnewaska Area, Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m. and the other in Benson at 5 p.m., Monday, May 16.

This week, Benson is set to host Atwater-CGC in a doubleheader, Tuesday before playing at Montevideo, Friday.

Benson 11, Lakeview 1

The Braves won their second-straight game with an 11-1 win at Lakeview last Tuesday night in Cottonwood.

Danny Lenarz (pictured) picked up the win with a complete-game two-hitter, while Ty Hedman and Lenarz both had two hits to lead the offense.

Fri
29
Apr
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Enderson, Lee lead girls golf at Ortonville

Pictured are the starting six for the Benson-KMS girls golf team.

The Benson-KMS girls golf team placed eighth of 13 teams at the Ortonville Invitational last Wednesday at Ortonville.

Lac qui Parle won the team title by eight strokes over Minneota and by 13 strokes over the host team, while Benson-KMS was 61 strokes back in eighth with a 433 team total.

This week, the Fighting Braves are set to compete in the second WCC doubleheader of the season.  Benson-KMS is set to play at BOLD and ACGC, Friday after placing sixth and fourth at the opening two WCC meets at Glenwood and Morris, April 12.

Pictured are the starting six for the Benson-KMS girls golf team.  From left to right are coach Sally Jones, Kellie Enderson, Elizabeth Langan, Rachel Lee, Nicole Ascheman, Danielle Reuss, and Anna Samuelson.

Fri
29
Apr
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Saints stay undefeated with 4-0 week

KMS pitcher Samantha Gjerde pitches to catcher Savanna Hagen during the Saints’ 8-7 win over MACCRAY last week in Murdock.  The Saints won both games to improve to 11-0 overall.

It wasn’t easy, but the KMS softball team stayed undefeated for the season with a pair of doubleheader sweeps last week over Lac qui Parle (13-1 and 8-7) and MACCRAY (8-7 and 11-1).

The Saints had to rally for the 8-7 victory over LQP that took nine innings, and KMS also earned an 8-7 win over MACCRAY, Thursday after the Wolverines had rallied from an 8-0 deficit.

KMS, 11-0 overall and 10-0 in the conference, still has not lost a regular-season or Camden Conference game for five-plus seasons.  See Speaking of Sports for more info about the long streak.  This week, KMS was set to play a doubleheader at Dawson-Boyd, Tuesday (yesterday) before traveling to Willmar for a game, Thursday (tomorrow).

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Fri
29
Apr
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Tennis team edges NLS for third win

Peyton LeClair (front) smashes back a shot at the net during a match against NLS last Tuesday night in Benson as partner Danny Johnson watches from behind.

The Benson boys tennis team split a pair of matches last week at home.  The Braves opened up the week with a 4-3 non-conference win over New London-Spicer last Tuesday night before being swept by defending WCC champion Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd, Thursday, 7-0.

Benson, now 3-3 overall, has two more matches scheduled this week.  The Braves were set to host Montevideo, Monday, and play at MACCRAY, Thursday.  A match with Redwood Valley, which had been scheduled for April 26, was canceled.

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Fri
29
Apr
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Benson-Hancock Softball holds off Montevideo, 11-10

Grace Lee raps a hit during the early innings of a doubleheader against Morris Area last Tuesday night in Benson, scoring Kayla Crowell (on third base) on the play.  Morris rallied with four runs in the fifth for a 5-3 win.

The Benson-Hancock softball team had a solid week of action last week, losing a doubleheader to league-leading Morris Area last Tuesday night in Benson, 5-3 and 12-5, but coming back to edge Montevideo, Thursday, 11-10.

Benson-Hancock, 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the WCC, was set to play a doubleheader at Minnewaska Area, Tuesday before coming home again for a game with Atwater-CGC, Thursday.

Morris 5-12, Ben-Hancock 3-5
Benson-Hancock was swept in a doubleheader by Morris Area last Tuesday night despite a strong effort by the Brave-Owls.  Morris Area scored four runs in the fifth to pull out a 5-3 victory in the first game, and then completed the sweep with a 12-5 win in the nightcap.

Fri
29
Apr
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Braves handle Hancock with ease, 20-2

Benson pitcher Jared Knutson picks up a short grounder during the Braves’ win against Hancock, Friday night, as thirdbaseman Brett Sulier comes up to help out if needed.

The Benson Braves went 1-2 last week, losing a pair of tough games at Morris Area to open up the week last Tuesday night, 1-0 and 6-3, but coming back to rout Hancock in a rare night game, Friday in Benson, 20-2.  The 20 runs against Hancock was the most runs scored by the Braves’ baseball team in 16 years (see Speaking of Sports).

Benson, now 2-4 overall and 0-4 in the WCC, was set to play at Lakeview, Tuesday (yesterday) before hosting Minnewaska Area for a doubleheader, Thursday.

“A big thank you goes out to everyone who came out and supported Benson baseball,” Benson coach Adam Foslien said.  “It was perfect weather and exciting experience for the players.  It was one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen at a baseball game in Benson for a long time.”

Fri
22
Apr
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Saints improve to 7-0 with two sweeps and win over B-H

Pictured are KMS head softball coach Eileen Suter (left) along with senior captains Taylor Rasmusson, Andrea Olson, and MiKaylie Hagen.

The KMS softball team earned five victories last week, sweeping doubleheaders at Lakeview last Tuesday night (14-1 and 6-0) and at RTR, Thursday (16-0 and 19-1) before coming home, Friday and beating Benson-Hancock in a non-conference game, 8-2.

KMS, now 7-0 overall, has two more doubleheaders this week and both are at home.  The Saints were set to host Lac qui Parle, Tuesday before entertaining MACCRAY, Thursday.

Through the early portion of the season, KMS is the only undefeated team in the Camden Conference, while LQP and MACCRAY are the only teams with only one loss....

Pictured are KMS head softball coach Eileen Suter (left) along with senior captains Taylor Rasmusson, Andrea Olson, and MiKaylie Hagen.

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Fri
22
Apr
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KMS baseball opens up season with three wins

Pictured are KMS senior baseball captains Rylan Hatlestad (left), Nathan Torkelson, and Ian Caldwell, along with head coach James Cortez.

The KMS baseball team has started the season off just as hoped.  The Saints, who had their first game postponed due to weather, opened up the 2016 schedule with three victories last week, including two Camden Conference games.

The Saints beat MACCRAY in the season opener last Monday night at Clara City, 5-1, and then shut out Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Thursday, 13-0, before ending the week with a 12-2 home win over Hancock, Friday.

The Saints have two road games scheduled this week beginning with a game at Tracy Area, Monday, and at Lakeview, Thursday (tomorrow).

Pictured are KMS senior baseball captains Rylan Hatlestad (left), Nathan Torkelson, and Ian Caldwell, along with head coach James Cortez.  The Saints have opened up the season 3-0.

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