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We Day basketball game raises over $1,300

The participants of the We Day basketball game between members of the Benson Schools’ staff and BHS seniors
Kaitlyn Knutson (left) tries to get past the defensive pressure put on by Laura Mitteness of the Staff team during the We Day Basketball fundraiser between the BHS seniors and staff.

Pictured (top) are the participants of the We Day basketball game between members of the Benson Schools’ staff and BHS seniors.  This year’s game was won by the staff.  In all, the fourth annual We Day basketball game raised $1,302 for the Swift County Food Shelf along with 87 pounds of food.

Pictured at bottom, Kaitlyn Knutson (left) tries to get past the defensive pressure put on by Laura Mitteness of the Staff team during the We Day Basketball fundraiser between the BHS seniors and staff.

 

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BHS grad gets rare chance to meet Roger Federer

Jon Koenigs, a BHS graduate, had the chance to take a picture with Roger Federer during the Indian Wells Tourney in California about three weeks ago.

Jon Koenigs had the experience of a lifetime when he ran into Roger Federer at the Palm Springs Resort prior to the start of the Indian Wells ATP Tourney a few weeks ago in California, and Federer was nice enough to take a picture with him. Federer is off to a great start this year, having won the Australian Open, Indian Wells Tourney, and also the Miami Open this past Sunday.

Koenigs is one of the top tennis players in BHS history and his 135-36 career record is second all-time in BHS boys tennis history.  He qualified to state in 1991 with partner Andrew Kjos, and then qualified to state in singles in 1992 (placing fifth with a 33-4 record) and 1993 (second at state and 30-2 overall).  He was also a member of 1992 and 1993 teams that qualified to state.

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Track teams open up season at home meet

Zach Burns easily clears the bar during the high jump competitition at last week’s Benson Invitational.
Selena Morales (second from right) runs in the 100 meter dash for the Benson-KMS girls team during the opening meet in Benson last Tuesday afternoon.

The Benson-KMS boys and girls track teams opened up the season at the first of three Benson Invitationals scheduled this spring.  Both squads finished fourth of five teams with Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball Area winning both meets by wide margins.

Allie Mitteness, Max Peterson, and the boys 3200 meter relay team of Jon Tostenson, Josh Bailey, Mike Nagler, and Benji McGee had the only firsts for Benson-KMS.  Mitteness won the 800 meter run in 2:41.61, while Peterson won the long jump with a leap of 18-5 3/4.

Next up for the teams is the Morris Invitational, set for Tuesday, April 11, followed by the Minnewaska Invitational, Tuesday, April 18.  Results from the Montevideo Invitational last Thursday can be found on page 2B....

 

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Saints top Braves in baseball opener, 10-2

Jared Knutson (left) waits for a pitch that never arrives as Brandin Dahl lines a two-run hit down the leftfield line during the Saints’ opening-game win over Benson last week.
After Dan Lenarz was injured early in the game, Hunter Mondor responded with 3 1/3 innings of quality pitching.

The Benson baseball team opened up the season with a pair of losses to KMS (10-2) and Montevideo (3-2).  The Braves scored the first run in both games, but were unable to hold on to the lead.  The loss to Montevideo was especially tough as Benson led 1-0 going into the bottom-half of the sixth when the Thunderhawks plated three runs....

A big fourth and fifth innings by the Saints paved the way for a 10-2 opening-game win by KMS over Benson last Tuesday night on Chiefs’ Field in Benson.

That wasn’t the story of the night however.  Benson junior Dan Lenarz, one of the top pitchers for the Braves this season, injured his knee while swinging at a pitch early in the game.

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Benson Schools dropping golf sports coop with KMS

Gunnar Abner putts for the Benson-KMS boys team last season.  Starting in 2018, Benson will be going it alone in boys and girls golf.

To help it be more competitive in boys and girls golf by going up against schools more its size, the District 777 Board of Education agreed to ends its boys and girls golf cooperative agreement with Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS) schools.  The action took place at the school board’s March 20 meeting and will take place during the 2018 season.

Benson High School’s boys and girls golf, volleyball, and wrestling all participate in sports for which the Minnesota State High School League has three classes.

In wrestling, BHS is in Class A. In volleyball Benson is in Class AA. In boys and girls golf, the district is also in Class AA.

Every two years, the league resections the state based on new enrollment figures at schools and the new sections should be coming out pretty soon, Schmidt told the school board.

Based on the state’s formula Benson High School’s nine through 12th grade enrollment number is 210 students, Schmidt said.  

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Connelly, Peterson named to All-Area team

Benson’s Layton Connelly earned placement on the All-Area honorable mention  team for 2016-2017.
KMS' Josh Peterson earned placement on the All-Area honorable mention  team for 2016-2017.

Benson senior Layton Connelly and KMS junior Josh Peterson were recently named to the West Central Tribune’s All-Area boys basketball team for 2016-17.

Connelly and Peterson were selected to the 30-member honorable mention team, while another five players were named first-team.

Selected to the All-Area first team in 2016-17 were Noah Kannegiesser, a junior guard from Hancock; Noah Slagter, a junior guard from Willmar; Matthew VanEps, a senior guard from Prinsburg CMCS; Gabe Eisenbacher, a senior forward from ACGC; and Ethan Brouwer, a senior forward from Prinsburg CMCS.

Kannegiesser is the only repeat All-Area first team selection among that group, and he’ll have a chance next season to earn his third-straight first-team honor.

The All-Area team is selected by the West Central Tribune of Willmar, and covers about 20 area schools....

 

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Entire team earns KMS wrestling MVP

Will Magaard (top) was a multiple awardwinner for the Saints this year, including a team-best 42 victories this season.

The KMS wrestling team had another highly-successful season in 2016-17, qualifying to the state team tourney and also sending six individuals to state.

In addition, four wrestlers earned their 100th victory during the season, making for even more highlights and memories for the very strong KMS wrestling program.

The Saints went 16-5 this season, losing only to Willmar, Litchfield, West Central Area, Pierz, and Kenyon-Wanamingo.  Four of those teams competed in the state tournament.

KMS also won the 8-team Alexandria Tourney, and placed second at the 8-team Morris Invitational.

The highlight of the season was a 43-23 victory over BBE in the Section 5A team championship, giving the Saints their fourth trip to the state team tourney in the last nine years.

KMS also qualified to state in 2009, winning the Class A title; in 2013, when the Saints went 1-2 to finish sixth; and last year when the team went 0-2.

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Zosels and Grussing among top awardwinners for Benson wrestling

Aaron Zosel (right), shown wrestling against KMS, won the Most Dedicated Wrestler Award for Benson and has 83 career wins heading into his senior season.

The Benson wrestling team held its season-ending banquet Sunday night at the Benson Bowler.

The Braves finished 8-9 this season, starting out 0-3, but going 8-5 over its next 13 matches before losing to Paynesville in the Section 5A quarterfinals, 57-21.

Wins this year for Benson came over Morris (40-32), BOLD (43-36), Howard Lake-WW (66-5), Minnewaska (54-24), Osakis (42-33), Ortonville (47-27), Norwood-Young America (34-33), and Minnewaska Area again in the section opener (54-30).

During invitationals and tournaments, Benson placed fourth at the WCC Tourney, fifth at the 8-team Willmar Invitational and 8-team Morris Invitational, and sixth at invitationals at BBE and Parkers Prairie.

The season came to an end at the Section 5A Individual Wrestling Tournament where Aaron Zosel, Jared Knutson, and Ross Grussing each placed third, Adam Zosel was fifth, and Hunter Mondor was sixth;

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Gjerde on All-Area first-team

Samantha Gjerde earned All-Area first-team this season, leading the area with a 24.1 points per game average.

Samantha Gjerde, a senior on the KMS girls basketball team, was among five area players selected to the All-Area first-team girls basketball team for 2016-17.

The All-Area team, put out by the West Central Tribune of Willmar, consists of the top players from the 20 or so schools the West Central Tribune covers.

Also selected to the first team were BOLD sophomore Makenna Steffel, Lac qui Parle junior Kelsea Lund, NLS junior Shea Oman, and Willmar senior Heidi Sellmann.

Lund was the only repeat pick on the All-Area first team, while Oman and Sellmann highlighted their seasons by playing in this year’ state tourney.

Just because you’re on the first team one year doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed a spot the next year.  Just ask Montevideo’s Abby Olson, who was on the first team last year, but was left off this season.

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KMS boys basketball stats

Weston Gjerde led the Saints in assists and steals this season and was also second in scoring and fourth in rebounds.

The KMS boys basketball team went 5-22 this season, including a 2-14 mark within the Camden North Conference.  It was the most wins for the KMS boys basketball program since 2011-2012 when the team went 7-18 overall.

The Saints went 3-4 over their final seven games, including a 57-47 victory over Wabasso in the Section 3A opener before losing to top-seeded Prinsburg in the next round, 57-36.

KMS loses just two seniors from this year’s team (Tanner Rohner and Jorge Zaldivar), but will return four starters and six of its top seven scorers next season.

KMS started out 1-2 this season after beating Lac qui Parle in the third game of the year, 58-53.  The Saints then lost 10-straight before winning against at BLHS, 67-56.

Despite going 0-6 in its next six games, KMS played some of its best basketball, losing four games by less than 10 points.

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