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Tennis team falls twice by 5-2 scores

Peyton LeClair hits a backhand before rushing the net during a second singles’ match against Foley last Tuesday night in Benson.  The Benson-KMS boys tennis team fell to 1-2 with a pair of 5-2 losses last week.

The Benson-KMS boys tennis team lost twice last week, losing at Minnewaska Area last Monday night, 5-2, and also losing at home to Foley, Tuesday, 5-2.  The Fighting Braves, who beat Montevideo to open up the season one week earlier, fell to 1-2 overall with the two losses.

The match with Minnewaska Area had been scheduled for Thursday, but was pushed up a few days because of the expectant storm later in the week.  

Benson-KMS was also supposed to host Milbank, SD, Friday, but that match was canceled.  In addition, the Cambridge-Isanti Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, April 6, was also postponed, but a new date has not been set.

This week, weather permitting, the boys tennis team was set to host St. John’s Prep, Monday, and host a home triangular with LQP-DB and NLS, Tuesday (yesterday), beginning at 2:30 p.m....

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Braves shut out by BOLD, 6-0

Matthew Tolifson pitches for the Benson baseball team during a 6-0 loss to BOLD last Tuesday night on Chiefs’ Field.  There would be no more games played the rest of the week as a snowstorm hit the state mid-week.

The Benson baseball team fell to 1-1 with a 6-0 home loss to BOLD last Tuesday night on Chiefs’ Field in Benson.  The Braves were also supposed to play at Montevideo, Thursday, and host KMS, Friday, but both of those games were postponed due to weather.  The Montevideo game will be made up Monday, April 22, while the new date for the KMS game has not been set.

This week, the Braves were set to host Melrose Area, Tuesday (yesterday), but the pace of the schedule will pick up immensely next week with at least two dates (and sometimes three) scheduled for each remaining week of the regular-season...

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Seniors vs. Staff game

Seniors Austin Ose (left), Matt Lenarz, Eric Hoium, and Mike Nagler share a laugh during the Seniors-Staff game last week.

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PICTURED: Seniors Austin Ose (left), Matt Lenarz, Eric Hoium, and Mike Nagler share a laugh during the Seniors-Staff game last week.

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Pactice Indoors

Ellie Krusemark fields a grounder during a conditioning/fielding drill for the Benson jr. high softball team last week.

“Games began last week, but winter could put another hold on the season.”

PICTURED: Ellie Krusemark fields a grounder during a conditioning/fielding drill for the Benson jr. high softball team last week.

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Boys tennis team opens up season with 6-1 victory over Montevideo

Hunter LeClair opened up the season with a three-set win at fourth singles for the Benson-KMS boys tennis team, Friday.

The Benson-KMS boys tennis team opened up the season with a 6-1 win at home against Montevideo, Friday afternoon.  Benson swept the four singles’ matches and also picked up wins at first and second doubles.

The Braves, coming off a 2-11 season from a year ago, return seven players from last year who saw action on the varsity.

Benson-KMS, coached by Jonas Grossman and junior high coach Don Brehmer, was set to play at Minnewaska Area, Monday, in a match moved up a few days due to the upcoming winter storm watch. 

The Fighting Braves were also set to host Foley, Tuesday (yesterday) and host Milbank, SD, Friday.

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Benson softball team

Pictured above are the four seniors on the Benson softball team, Maranda Wieber (left), Matilyn Short, Chloe Collins, and Paige Cain.

 

PICTURED: Pictured are the four seniors on the Benson softball team, Maranda Wieber (left), Matilyn Short, Chloe Collins, and Paige Cain.

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Braves rally for 3-2 win over YME

Jared Knutson uncorks a fastball to the plate during the Braves’ opening game against YME, Friday, as shortstop Patrick Minchow looks on from behind.

 

The Benson baseball team opened up the 2019 season with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Yellow Medicine East, Friday night on Chiefs’ Field in Benson.  The Benson baseball team is hoping for a turnaround season this year after going 2-16 overall the last two seasons, including going 2-12 in the WCC.

Mark Grussing takes over as the new head coach of the Benson baseball program as former head coach Eric Hulterstrum left the school district after last school year.

“I’m very excited about taking over as head coach of the baseball team,” coach Mark Grussing said.  “It’s been a fun group of guys to work with this spring.”

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CNH Racquetball Tournament results

CNH Racquetball Tournament results The fifth annual CNH Racquetball Tournament took place March 14 at the Benson Racquetball and Fitness Center.  Winning the title was Jamil Farhat, while Rex Ruppert was second, John Kennedy was third, and Suhas Varadaramanujan was fourth.  Pictured above from left to right in front are Suhas Varadaramanujan, Puneetha Puttaswamy, Sanjay Kawade, and Rishabh Morey.  Back -- Jamil Farhat, Richard Towner, Taz Israrahmed, Rex Ruppert, Andrew Amundson, John Kennedy, Anish Natu, a

CNH Racquetball Tournament results
The fifth annual CNH Racquetball Tournament took place March 14 at the Benson Racquetball and Fitness Center.  Winning the title was Jamil Farhat, while Rex Ruppert was second, John Kennedy was third, and Suhas Varadaramanujan was fourth.  Pictured above from left to right in front are Suhas Varadaramanujan, Puneetha Puttaswamy, Sanjay Kawade, and Rishabh Morey.  Back -- Jamil Farhat, Richard Towner, Taz Israrahmed, Rex Ruppert, Andrew Amundson, John Kennedy, Anish Natu, and Karthick Murugan.

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“Can’t wait to get outdoors”

Jacob Wolter works on an agility drill during Benson baseball practice last week in the auxiliary gym.

Although last week’s spring melting at the Northside Rec Area provided a scenic picture, it was a site that was growing tiresome for the Benson and KMS student-athletes.  Most of the snow had melted by early this week, but the ground is still very wet and will take at least another week to dry out.

The long winter and late start to the spring sports season means coaches have to improvise until the teams are able to get outside to practice.

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PICTURED: Jacob Wolter works on an agility drill during Benson baseball practice last week in the auxiliary gym.
 

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Gjerde, Hauge, Call earn All-Camden honors

Isaac Call (11) goes up to try and block an opponent’s shot.  He was selected to the Camden honorable mention team.

The KMS boys basketball team finished above .500 for the second-straight season, going 14-11 overall and 9-6 in the Camden North Conference.

Lac qui Parle Valley won a tight battle for the Camden North title, going 10-6 in league play and winning a tiebreaker over RCW and KMS (both 9-6), who were not able to get in their final game against each other this season due to weather.

Prinsburg and Dawson-Boyd (both 8-8), weren’t far behind, while MACCRAY was 5-10.  In the Camden South, Minneota (15-1) won the league title, followed by RTR (12-3), Tracy Area and Lakeview (both 5-10), Canby (4-12), and YME (3-13).

•  KMS won its first playoff game over Wabasso, after earning the sixth seed, but the Saints had their season end two nights later with a 59-51 loss to third-seeded Renville County West in the sub-section quarterfinals.

Westbrook-WG went on to earn the Section 3A title with an 80-72 victory over Dawson-Boyd.

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