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28
Apr
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Boys tennis team routs NLS, 6-1, for second win

eyton LeClair smashes a shot over the net during a win over NLS.

The Benson-KMS boys tennis team improved to 2-0 for the season with a 6-1 home win over New London-Spicer, Thursday afternoon.
The Fighting Braves, coached by Coleton Anderson, swept the three doubles’ matches and also won at first through third singles against the Wildcats.
Benson-KMS was also scheduled to play at Osakis, Friday, but that match was postponed to a later date due to weather.
This week, the Braves were set to host LQP-DB, Tuesday (yesterday), host Montevideo, Friday, and play at Moorhead, Saturday.

Wed
28
Apr
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Benson softball team sweeps Minnewaska

Bella Wolter pitches for the Braves during a doubleheader sweep of Minnewaska Area, Friday as secondbaseman Kaitlyn Hippe looks on.

The Benson softball team swept a doubleheader at Minnewaska Area last week, 7-2 and 12-2.  The Braves, who improved to 2-1 for the season, belted out 24 hits during the twinbill with Ellie Moesenthin going 5-for-8 with three doubles and four runs scored, Bella Wolter and Zoe Doscher adding three hits each, and Wolter also picking up both wins on the mound.
Benson took control early in both games, leading 4-0 after two innings in the first game and 7-1 after three innings of the nightcap....
 

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Wed
28
Apr
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KMS baseball team improves to 4-0 overall

The KMS baseball team outscored its three opponents 38-3 last week on the way to winning three games and improving to 4-0 for the season.  The Saints beat Tracy Area last Tuesday (10-0) and then topped Lakeview, Thursday (15-1) Monday, Friday (23-2).
Isaac Rudningen went 3-for-3 during the win over Tracy, while Brody Forsell was 2-for-3 with a grandslam homerun and eight RBI during the victory over Lakeview, and Alex Call and Forsell both had six RBI during the win over Montevideo, a game in which Devon Swanson also had a two-run homer.
The pace of the schedule doesn’t slow down this week as KMS was set to play at RCW, Monday, at Canby, Tuesday (yesterday) and at home against Lac qui Parle, Thursday (tomorrow)....

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Thu
22
Apr
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Track teams open up season at Minnewaska

Libby McGeary (left) placed second in the 100 meter dash, just hundredths of a second back from the winning runner (right).

The Benson-KMS track and field teams opened up the 2021 season at the Minnewaska Area Invitational, Thursday.  The girls team placed third, while the boys team was fourth in the five-team field.
Benson-KMS will not have any home meets this season due to a new track being constructed this spring and summer.
Next up for the track teams is a meet at BOLD, Thursday (tomorrow), followed by a meet at Morris Area, Thursday, April 29.
The track teams failed to send any athletes to the state meet for the second year in a row in 2019, and there was no track season in 2020 due to COVID-19.

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Thu
22
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Benson baseball team wins first two games

The Benson baseball team opened up the season in impressive style, beating two strong area teams during the season openers, Thursday and Friday.  The Braves, coming off a 6-11 season from two springs ago, shut out Morris Area-CA, 13-0, during the season opener at Morris, and then rallied to edge Lac qui Parle in the home opener one day later, 6-5.
Benson, coached by Mark Grussing, Tom Foley, and John Reardon, was set to host Melrose Area, Tuesday (yesterday) before competing at West Central Area, Friday, and playing a doubleheader at Minnewaska Area, Tuesday, April 27.
Benson 13, Morris 0
The Benson baseball team opened up the season with a 13-0 rout of Morris Area-CA, Thursday night in Morris.  Sam Lenarz and Cole Hedman combined for a one-hitter on the mound, while Patrick Minchow led the defense, going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.

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Thu
22
Apr
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Benson softball team falls to Melrose Area in opener, 14-13

Members of the 2021 Benson Braves softball team are pictured above.  From left to right in the front row are Zoe Doscher, Kaitlyn Hippe, Ellie Moesenthin, Marissa Connelly, Lexie Simmonds, Madi Wrobleski, and Adysen Himley.  Back row -- Bella Wolter, Rachel Berens, Sarah Brandt, Audri Buboltz, Leah Thompson, and Torie Andrews.  The Braves are coached by Barb Schwarz, Jeff Gueset, Mackenzie Jensen, Maria Hanson, and Melinda Wrobleski.

A late rally by the Benson softball team ended one run short as the Braves opened up the 2021 season with a 14-13 home loss to Melrose Area, Thursday night.
The Braves fell behind 12-1 before mounting a strong rally.  Bella Wolter took the loss on the mound for Benson, coached by Barb Schwarz.  She pitched all seven innings.
Offensively, Benson had a lot of players with big games....

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Thu
15
Apr
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KMS baseball hoping for third title in a row

he KMS baseball team was set to open up the season Thursday, April 8 at home against MACCRAY, but that game was postponed meaning the new opener was Tuesday (yesterday) at RTR.    The Saints are coming off a state tournament berth in 2019 when the team placed fourth at state with a 21-4 overall record.  The Saints were also hoping for a great season in 2020, but the spring schedule was canceled due to COVID-19.
The KMS baseball team went 20-4 overall and 11-0 in the Camden Conference in 2018 and went 21-4 overall and 10-0 in the conference two springs ago.
The 2019 team earned the program’s third state berth, winning its first game at state before losing its next two to finish fourth in Class A.  The victory at state was the first in program history, and the 21 wins last season is the best in program history....
 

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Thu
15
Apr
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Dineen, Bolduc, Zosel, Syltie, Koosmann lead Benson wrestlers

Alden Syltie (top) wrestles against KMS’ Jason Jones during a late-season match for the Braves.

The Benson wrestling team had a great season this winter, winning 16 matches which could be a school record, and earning the program’s fourth gold medal at state when sophomore Thomas Dineen won the 195-pound, Class A title at the State Wrestling Tournament at St. Michael-Albertville.
Dineen had the best season of wrestling ever at BHS, going 38-0 overall and winning a state title.  He will go into his junior season of wrestling with a 107-14 career record and is within range of Ryan Thompson’s BHS career best of 170 victories....

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Thu
15
Apr
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Benson softball should be strong

The 2019 Benson softball team ended the season with a 5-12 overall record, which included a 5-9 record within the WCC.  Benson had its season end with a 4-2 loss to New London-Spicer in the opening round of the Section 3AA Softball Tournament.
Benson was set to open up the season Thursday, April 8 at Sauk Centre, but that game was postponed to Monday, April 12.  The home opener is Tuesday, April 13 (yesterday) at home against Morris Area-CA followed by another home game with Melrose Area, Thursday, April 15.
“This year, we’ve had some really solid days of practice and the kids are looking very good,” coach Barb Schwarz said.  “We also have a great coaching staff with Jeff Guest as the JV coach, Mackenzie Jensen taking the lead at junior high, Maria Hanson helping out at all levels, and Melinda Wrobleski working with pitchers and catchers on varsity.”  ...
 

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Apr
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Petersons and Hedman lead Benson boys basketball in 2020-21

Ben Peterson races across upcourt while being followed by Paynesville’s Corbin Froehlich.  Peterson went over 1,000 points this season as Benson went 8-11 overall.

he Benson boys basketball team had a good season, finishing the season 8-11 overall and 3-9 in the WCC.  The Braves started out 1-5 and 2-7 before coming back to win six of their final 10 games.
Benson was seeded sixth in its half of Section 3AA and the Braves lost to third-seeded Paynesville in the opening round, 80-56.  Paynesville fell to Redwood Valley in the next round and Morris Area eventually won the Section 3AA title before losing to Waseca in the first round of the State Tourney.
“I was really proud of how our guys played this year,” head coach Adam Jensen said.  “From the uncertainty of even having a season with COVID-19, then having it shortened, and with all the limitations; they never once complained.  I think everyone was grateful that we were able to be on the court this year.”

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