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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
12
Jun
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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.

Wed
12
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).

Wed
12
Jun
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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...

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