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Benson Youth Baseball

Benson Youth Baseball

Pictured are members of the Benson 13U baseball team, which won first place at the Maple Lake Pot O’ Gold Classic recently. 

Benson beat Maple Lake (13-7) in the opening game, and then beat Litchfield (13-1) in the semifinals before scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Annandale with an exciting 6-5 walk-off win in the title game. 

From left to right in the front row are Josh Norby, Patrick Minchow, Corbin Holmquist, Austin Grube, and Isaac Minchow (batboy).  Second row -- Zach Rosen, Sam Grussing, Brett Nissen, Matt Laumeyer, and Cole Hedman.  Not pictured were Kellen Schmidt and Sam Lenarz.  Submitted photo.
 

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Swift Fishing League has great night at Lake Reno

Pictured above are Scott Lee (left) and Jon Gades holding the top walleye during last week’s Fishing League competition at Lake Reno.

The Swift Fishing League met at Lake Reno, Thursday, June 23 for the sixth of eight weeks of competition this fishing season.  Expectations were high because the league usually does well on this lake with numbers of fish and large fish.  At the 6 p.m.

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Manzke is MVP of boys track team

Josh Manzke (center), shown running the 100 meter dash during a meet in Benson, was named the team’s MVP.

Josh Manzke was named the MVP of the boys track team this spring.  Manzke, a senior from Benson, was a top sprinter, jumper, and relay member for the Fighting Braves during 2016.

Manzke was sixth in the 200 meter dash at the section meet this season after placing in four events at the sub-section meet, including a third in the 100, a fourth in the 200, a fourth in the long jump, and a second with the 1600 meter relay team of Sam Rosemeier, Jon Tostenson, and Max Peterson.

Benson senior Zach Burns earned the Most Improved award.  He was a consistent performer for the Fighting Braves in the hurdles, relay, pole vault, and all three jumps.

In addition, KMS senior Jon Tostenson, and Benson juniors Max Peterson and Josh Bailey shared the Coaches’ Award.

In total individual points earned this season by the boys track team, only one point separated the first three finishers -- Josh Manzke with 88.5, Zach Burns with 88.1, and Jon Tostenson with 87.5.

 

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Summer gymnastics

Volunteer coach Caitlin Flower (right) helps a young gymnast learn some moves on the bars as two other gymnasts work on a skill in the background during the Twisters gymnastics camp for youth in grades 3-6.
Benson-KMS head gymnastics coach Kathy Ahrndt helps a young gymnast do a handstand.

Pictured, top: Volunteer coach Caitlin Flower (right) helps a young gymnast learn some moves on the bars as two other gymnasts work on a skill in the background during the Twisters gymnastics camp for youth in grades 3-6.

Pictured, bottom: Benson-KMS head gymnastics coach Kathy Ahrndt helps a young gymnast do a handstand.

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Seven KMS, B-H players earn All-Area

Samantha Gjerde was selected as the Camden Conference MVP for 2016, and also earned All-Area first-team honors.

The West Central Tribune of Willmar put out its annual All-Area Softball team last week and among the players making the team were several from Benson-Hancock and KMS.

Named to the 9-person All-Area first team were two members of the Saints, senior Andrea Olson and junior Samantha Gjerde.

They were joined on the first team by BOLD junior pitcher Morgan Flann; BOLD junior catcher Elsa Skeie; Litchfield sophomore shortstop Jasmin Estrada; MACCRAY senior catcher Emily Wrede; Montevideo junior catcher Ashly McKee; Morris Area junior pitcher Brooke Gillespie; and Willmar junior pitcher Lexi Kopacek.

Pictured: Samantha Gjerde was selected as the Camden Conference MVP for 2016, and also earned All-Area first-team honors.
 

Fri
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Hoium and Habben earn All-Conference for boys tennis team

Eric Hoium took over the No. 1 singles position this season as a ninth-grader and still has three seasons of high school left.

The Benson boys tennis team ended the season with a 6-8 overall record, which included a 3-2 mark within the WCC to give the Braves third place in the six-team conference behind Montevideo (5-0) and Lac qui Parle-DB (4-1).

Benson’s season came to an end with a 7-0 first-round loss to St. Cloud Cathedral in the Section 6A quarterfinals. The Braves were seeded fifth and SCC fourth.

In the section individual tourney, Kyle Ruppert and Josh Clark lost their first round matches in singles, while Eric Hoium and Nathan Habben won their first match in doubles before losing 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, and Dylan McNeill and Kevin Johnson also lost in the first round.

Benson started the season out with a 3-2 record, but then lost four of its next five to fall to 4-6 before going on to go 2-2 over its final four matches, including a 4-3 win over Minnewaska Area in the regular-season finale and a 7-0 loss to St. Cloud Cathedral in the Section 6A opener.

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Lenarz, Goossen among leaders for Braves baseball

Dan Lenarz looks for the signal from the catcher as Adam Lindahl fakes a pickoff attempt in the background.  Lenarz was the top pitcher for the Braves this season, while Lindahl was the second-leading batter.

The Benson baseball team ended the 2016 season with a 5-15 overall record, which included a 2-12 mark within the WCC to finish tied with Montevideo for seventh place.  Melrose Area and Minnewaska Area tied for the league title this year with 11-3 records, followed closely by Sauk Centre at 10-4, Morris Area-CA at 8-5, BOLD at 7-6, and Atwater-CGC at 4-10.

The Braves ended the season with a 2-1, 8-inning loss to New London-Spicer in the first round of the Section 3AA Tourney at Paynesville, 2-1.  NLS lost the next round to top-seeded Paynesville, but has since won four-straight games to earn a return matchup with the Bulldogs for the section title.

Benson started the season out with an 8-4 victory over RCW, but then lost its next four games.  The Braves turned things around with a 20-2 win over Hancock followed three days later by an 11-1 victory over Lakeview to improve to 3-4 overall, but

Fri
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Tostenson 7th in 800 meter run at State Track Meet with personal-best time

Jon Tostenson, a sophomore from KMS High School, placed eighth at the State Class A Track and Field Meet in the 800 meter run, Saturday.  He ran a personal-best time of 1:59.06, which is within a second of the school record.  Photo courtesy of Brooke Kern, Morris Sun-Tribune.

Jon Tostenson, a sophomore from KMS High School, placed eighth in the boys Class A 800 meter run at the State Track and Field Championships, Saturday, with a time of 2:01.16.

Tostenson ran a time of 1:59.06 in a very fast preliminary, Friday, to go into the finals with the seventh-fastest time before placing eighth in the finals to pick up two points for the Fighting Braves team.

Tostenson, who also qualified to state last year in the 800 meter run but failed to place, was the only Benson-KMS track athlete to make it to the state meet.

Tostenson ran  in the first heat in the preliminaries and his time of 1:59.06 was third in his heat and seventh overall of the 16 runners to advance him to the nine-person finals.

The top times in the prelims were a 1:54.93 by Mitchel Acker of Pine Island, 1:56:17 by Connor Schank of HLWW, and 1:56.7 by Kurt TeBeest of Monte.

Fri
10
Jun
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KMS softball team falls to Edgerton and BOLD

Andrea Olson bats for the KMS softball team, which was eliminated with two-straight losses last week.

The season came to a screeching halt for the KMS softball team last week.  The Saints, who had opened up the Section 3A Tourney with a 7-1 victory over MACCRAY, also beat Murray County Central last Tuesday night, 12-3 to reach the upper bracket finals against arch nemesis Edgerton-Southwest MN Christian.

That’s where things took a turn for the worse as KMS fell to Edgerton, 12-1, last Tuesday night in Cottonwood, sending the Saints into the loser’s bracket where it was eliminated by BOLD the next night, 6-2.

BOLD moved on to face Edgerton-SWC for the Section 3A title and a berth at state.

The Saints, who reached state three-straight seasons from 2011-2013, have now been kept from state action the last three seasons after losing in the section title game in 2014 and 2015, and a round earlier this season.

Fri
10
Jun
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Benson-Hancock ends season with loss to Windom

Addie Forbord pitches and Nicole Berens is at shortstop for Benson-Hancock, which was eliminated by Windom Area last week, 8-6.

The Benson-Hancock softball team was eliminated by Windom Area in the loser’s bracket of Section 3AA last Tuesday night in Marshall, 8-6.  The Brave-Owls committed six errors against Windom, leading to three unearned runs, and that proved to be too much to overcome for the Brave-Owls, who finished the season with a 6-14 overall record.

Benson-Hancock had opened up the Section 3AA Tourney with a 19-17 win over Minnewaska Area and a 14-9 loss to Montevideo the previous week.

Pipestone Area and Martin County West were set to play in the upper bracket finals, while Morris Area and Montevideo are left in the loser’s bracket.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s Benson-Hancock team, coached by Barb Schwarz, are Addie Forbord, Kayla Crowell, Kamri Kalthoff, and Brooke Johnson.
 

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