Sports

Wed
03
Jun
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Eleanor Habben and Stacy Johnson earn All-State honors

BHS Band Director Brock Duncan recently informed the Monitor-News that 2020-21 junior Eleanor Habben (All-State Mixed Choir) and 2020-21 senior Stacy Johnson (All-State Concert Band-French horn) were both accepted into the 2020-21 MMEA All-State groups. 

“The All-State experience will also be affected by COVID-19.  There will be no summer camp, which usually takes place for a week in August,” Duncan said.  “The current plan is to have students gather in February to rehearse and present a concert.  Although the experience will not be the same, it is still a great honor to be accepted.”

Wed
27
May
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Painting during the COVID-19 shutdown

Painters with Steve Ricard Painting of Benson work on a house near the Zniewski Funeral Home while wearing face masks and trying to keep a little social distance.

Wed
27
May
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BHS seniors: Not the ending they had in mind

By John Fragodt
Sports Editor

BHS seniors miss out on special memories to close out high school years

Benson High School is set to conduct graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 this Friday at the outdoor swimming pool park.  A total of 62 students are listed as members of the BHS graduating Class of 2020.  The graduating list can be found on page 2 of this week’s paper.

The outdoor graduation ceremony, which includes social distancing restrictions, is just of the many changes the BHS seniors have had to overcome as they closed out their final two years of high school.

Seniors throughout the state and country have missed out a lot in their final year of high school.  After coming together as students in Head Start, preschool, and kindergarten, the Class of 2020 has gone through 12 years of high school together before their final three months were taken away due to the COVID-19 shutdown,.

Wed
20
May
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What are you doing during the shutdown?

KMS senior Maddy Rohner commits to playing basketball at M-State-Fergus Falls

Wed
13
May
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What are you doing during the shutdown?

Emma and Jacob Schliep (pictured above) helped plant a garden with their grandmother, Joann Schliep.  After only a week, the peas and radishes were up as Jacob and Emma point out.  They are the children of Doug and Alicia Schliep of Holloway. -- Joann Schliep, of Holloway

Wed
06
May
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More glimmers of hope

Communities throughout the state and country, including the city of Benson, have been decorating their homes and businesses with “glimmers of hope”.

Wed
06
May
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What are you doing during the shutdown?

Sid and Donna Rustad relaxed as friends and family drove by in vehicles congratulating them on their 67th anniversary.

Wed
06
May
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Great years of BHS sports . . .

One of the top players for Benson baseball this year would have been senior Matt Tolifson, who has been a starter for the Braves since 9th grade.

Wed
29
Apr
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Cancelled spring sports season especially tough for baseball-loving Minchow family

This was going to be the year.

Patrick Minchow was coming back as a starting junior shortstop for the Benson baseball team and sophomore Isaac Minchow appeared ready to take over the starting spot at second base or right field.

Baseball is a passion for the Minchow family of Benson.  Patrick and Isaac have been playing fall baseball for MN SWAT for many years, which is a team of west central players, and the two student-athletes from Benson would quickly name baseball as their favorite sport.

“Baseball is our favorite sport, but we spend tons of time together whether it’s on the baseball field, golf course, or playing video games,” said Patrick Minchow.  “Isaac usually gets sick of me because of how often I try to talk him into going outside and doing something.”

Wed
22
Apr
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Seasons on hold . . . While playing surfaces lay vacant, players stay ready, just in case

Minnesota schools are closed until at least May 4, but it’s very probable schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and along with that, the high school sports season will also be canceled.

This sportswriter has been working at the same job for over 30 years and has seen nothing like this.  Sure, some spring sports seasons have started very late, sometimes up to three weeks late, and there’s been numerous postponements and cancellations during the winter season with storms and snow, but it’s been nothing close to having an entire season wiped off the calendar.

While some people talk of possibly having a condensed high school sports season of a few weeks, along with postseason tournaments, others talk of extending the high school season into the summer...

 

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