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Hoium goes 1-1 at state tennis tourney

Pictured above are most of the people that were on hand for the state send-off for Eric Hoium, who earned a berth at the State Boys Tennis Tournament last week where he went 1-1 to tie for fifth place.

Eric Hoium went 1-1 at the State Boys Tennis Tournament last Thursday at the Read-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

Hoium, a senior from Benson who won the Section 6A title a week earlier, was the ninth boy from BHS to earn a berth in the State Boys Tennis singles tournament.

Hoium topped St. James’ Lucas Doll in the opening round, Thursday morning, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, but then ran up against third-seeded freshman Justin Prochnow, of Mounds Park Academy, who handed Hoium a 6-4, 6-1 setback.

And, because all the losers in the quarterfinals are done for the season, Hoium ended the tournament as one of four players tied for fifth with 1-1 records.

Hoium ended his senior season with an 18-3 record and was an unofficial 83-30 for his six-year career, which included a 12-0 record his seventh grade season at fourth singles.

Wed
05
Jun
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Hoium to compete at state, Thursday

Eric Hoium is set to begin State Tournament play, Thursday.

 

Eric Hoium became the ninth boy to earn a berth in the State Boys Tennis singles tournament by winning the Section 6A Individual Tournament, Thursday, May 23 at Fitness Evolution in Sartell.

Hoium was seeded first and earned a first-round bye before winning three-straight matches, including his final two in three sets.

Hoium was the top seed and only senior on this year’s Benson-KMS boys tennis team.  He goes into the State Tourney with a 17-2 record this season and 82 career victories.

Wed
05
Jun
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Maurer earns state berth for Benson girls golf team

Alissa Maurer, shown putting from just off the 15th green in Benson, earned a trip to the State Tourney.

Alissa Maurer overcame a tough first day during the Section 5A Girls Golf Tournament by shooting a 93 on the second day and earn 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).

Lac qui Parle easily won the Section 5A title with a 720 score, but Benson placed second overall with a 840 total, followed by Lakeview (888) and West Central Area (890).

LQP sends its entire team to state along with the top five golfers from the other teams -- Jessica St. Martin of West Central Area (187), Ella Mork of Dawson-Boyd (194), Makayla Rasset, of Ortonville (195), Rachel Lund of Dawson-Boyd (196), and Alissa Maurer (203).

Wed
05
Jun
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Saints one win from state tourney

Alex Call pitches for KMS during the section tourney.  Call is 8-0 this year and 3-0 during the Section 3A Tourney for KMS, which is set to play in the section championship game, Thursday.  In the background is Weston Gjerde.

The KMS baseball team is one win away from the state tournament after winning its first four games to open up the Section 3A Baseball Tournament.

The Saints, who won the Camden Conference with a perfect 10-0 league mark, were one of two seeds in the Section 3A Tourney.  KMS topped Dawson-Boyd (13-1) and YME (4-1) during the opening two games in Sunburg, Saturday, May 25, and also beat Adrian last Tuesday (7-0) and Minneota, Saturday (10-1), at Milroy.

KMS, now 19-1 overall, has given up just 22 total runs this season.  Murray County Central scored four runs during a 10-4 KMS win earlier this season, but no other team has scored more than two and the Saints have seven shutouts.

“I think our key so far in the postseason, as it has been all season, is our pitching,” coach James Cortez said.  “We only give up about a run a game and we are only giving up three hits a game so it makes it tough on other teams to keep up.”

Wed
05
Jun
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LQP Valley eliminates KMS softball team, 8-1

Annika Smith (14) bats for the Saints with a runner on third base.  Also looking on is coach Eileen Suter.

The KMS softball team finished third in the Section 3A Softball Tournament after losing in the consolation round to Lac qui Parle Valley last Tuesday night in Marshall, 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 LQP.  The two teams split their Camden Conference games earlier this spring with KMS losing the first 7-3, but coming back to win the second game, 15-11.

The Saints closed out the 2019 season with a 21-4 overall record...

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Wed
29
May
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Track teams both fifth at sub-sections

The Benson-KMS boys and girls track teams competed at the Sub-section 6A-21 Track and Field Meet, Thursday at Morris Area High School.  Both teams finished fifth in the team competition as Minnewaska Area edged Morris Area for the girls team title and the Morris Area boys routed the field to win the boys team title.

Benson-KMS will send about seven entries to this week’s Section 6A Meet, set for Thursday (tomorrow) at Fergus Falls.  The top finishers from that meet will qualify to the State Track and Field Meet, set for June 7-8 at Hamline University.

Wed
29
May
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Hoium earns trip to state tournament

Eric Hoium became the 8th boy at BHS to reach the State Boys Tennis Tournament in singles.

Eric Hoium became the eighth BHS boy to earn a berth in the State Boys Tennis singles tournament by winning the Section 6A Individual Tournament, Thursday at Sartell.

Hoium was seeded first and earned a first-round bye before winning three-straight matches, including his final two in three sets.

Hoium was the top seed and only senior on this year’s Benson-KMS boys tennis team.  He will go into the State Tourney with a 17-2 record this season and 82 carer victories.

Benson-KMS’ other section competitors, Hunter LeClair in singles, and Peyton LeClair-Taylor Duncan and Kyle Reese-Matthew Thompson, were all eliminated in the first two rounds.

The Benson-KMS team closed out the 2019 season with a 6-8 overall record after losing to NLS in the opening round of the Section 6A Team Tournament by a 4-3 score...

Wed
29
May
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KMS earns Camden title with 10-0 league mark

Alex Call pitched for the Saints during a win over YME, Saturday.

The KMS baseball team clinched the Camden Conference title with a pair of conference wins last week over Tracy Area (3-0) and MACCRAY (7-0).

The Saints closed out the regular season with a 15-1 overall record, which included a perfect 10-0 record within the Camden Conference.  KMS was also scheduled to play RTR last Tuesday, but that game was canceled.

KMS earned the top seed in the Section 3A Baseball Tourney, set to begin Saturday.  The Saints were set to host Dawson-Boyd in the opening round and would face the winner of the Canby and YME game later in the day in Sunburg.

KMS 3, Tracy Area 0

The Saints clinched at least a share of the Camden title with a 3-0 victory over Tracy Area last Monday night in Sunburg.  After the win, KMS was 9-0 in league play with two games to go, while second-place Tracy had two losses with one game to play.

Wed
29
May
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Braves lose to Montevideo in Section 3AA opener

Matt Lenarz pitches for the Braves during a loss to Morris last week.  Benson was eliminated by Montevideo, Saturday.

The Benson baseball team lost three close games last week, including a 3-2 loss to Montevideo in the opening round of the Section 3AA Baseball Tournament, Saturday at Paynesville.  The Braves finished the 2019 season with a 6-11 overall record, which included a 4-10 mark within the WCC, tying with Montevideo for seventh place.

Earlier in the week, the Braves closed out the regular season with a 5-3 loss at home to Morris Area last Monday and a 3-2 loss to the Tigers last Tuesday, also in Benson.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s Benson baseball team are seniors Jared Knutson, Matthew Goossen, Matt Lenarz, Matthew Ebnet, and Alex Wrobleski.

Wed
29
May
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KMS softball team wins first two section games

Maret Gjerde reached on a bunt single in the first inning of the 15-0 victory over RCW last week in the section opener.

The KMS softball team opened up the Section 3A Softball Tournament with a pair of wins in Murdock, Thursday night.  The opening rounds of the tourney had been set for last Tuesday, but were pushed back two nights due to weather.

KMS beat RCW in the first round, 15-0, and then defeated Dawson-Boyd in the second round, 10-4.  The Saints advanced to the upper-bracket semifinals to face Wabasso, Saturday in Marshall.

KMS 15, RCW 0

The Saints opened up the section tourney with a 15-0 rout of Renville County West.  The game lasted just four innings due to the 10-run rule as KMS scored seven in the first, six in the third, and two more in the fourth.

Katie Krieger, Maret Gjerde, and Haylee Johnson had two hits each to lead the KMS offense.  Krieger was 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI, while Gjerde was 2-for-3 with a run, and Johnson was 2-for-2 with a triple, two runs, and three RBI.

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