Sports

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29
Apr
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Enderson, Lee lead girls golf at Ortonville

Pictured are the starting six for the Benson-KMS girls golf team.

The Benson-KMS girls golf team placed eighth of 13 teams at the Ortonville Invitational last Wednesday at Ortonville.

Lac qui Parle won the team title by eight strokes over Minneota and by 13 strokes over the host team, while Benson-KMS was 61 strokes back in eighth with a 433 team total.

This week, the Fighting Braves are set to compete in the second WCC doubleheader of the season.  Benson-KMS is set to play at BOLD and ACGC, Friday after placing sixth and fourth at the opening two WCC meets at Glenwood and Morris, April 12.

Pictured are the starting six for the Benson-KMS girls golf team.  From left to right are coach Sally Jones, Kellie Enderson, Elizabeth Langan, Rachel Lee, Nicole Ascheman, Danielle Reuss, and Anna Samuelson.

Fri
29
Apr
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Saints stay undefeated with 4-0 week

KMS pitcher Samantha Gjerde pitches to catcher Savanna Hagen during the Saints’ 8-7 win over MACCRAY last week in Murdock.  The Saints won both games to improve to 11-0 overall.

It wasn’t easy, but the KMS softball team stayed undefeated for the season with a pair of doubleheader sweeps last week over Lac qui Parle (13-1 and 8-7) and MACCRAY (8-7 and 11-1).

The Saints had to rally for the 8-7 victory over LQP that took nine innings, and KMS also earned an 8-7 win over MACCRAY, Thursday after the Wolverines had rallied from an 8-0 deficit.

KMS, 11-0 overall and 10-0 in the conference, still has not lost a regular-season or Camden Conference game for five-plus seasons.  See Speaking of Sports for more info about the long streak.  This week, KMS was set to play a doubleheader at Dawson-Boyd, Tuesday (yesterday) before traveling to Willmar for a game, Thursday (tomorrow).

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Fri
29
Apr
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Tennis team edges NLS for third win

Peyton LeClair (front) smashes back a shot at the net during a match against NLS last Tuesday night in Benson as partner Danny Johnson watches from behind.

The Benson boys tennis team split a pair of matches last week at home.  The Braves opened up the week with a 4-3 non-conference win over New London-Spicer last Tuesday night before being swept by defending WCC champion Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd, Thursday, 7-0.

Benson, now 3-3 overall, has two more matches scheduled this week.  The Braves were set to host Montevideo, Monday, and play at MACCRAY, Thursday.  A match with Redwood Valley, which had been scheduled for April 26, was canceled.

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Fri
29
Apr
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Benson-Hancock Softball holds off Montevideo, 11-10

Grace Lee raps a hit during the early innings of a doubleheader against Morris Area last Tuesday night in Benson, scoring Kayla Crowell (on third base) on the play.  Morris rallied with four runs in the fifth for a 5-3 win.

The Benson-Hancock softball team had a solid week of action last week, losing a doubleheader to league-leading Morris Area last Tuesday night in Benson, 5-3 and 12-5, but coming back to edge Montevideo, Thursday, 11-10.

Benson-Hancock, 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the WCC, was set to play a doubleheader at Minnewaska Area, Tuesday before coming home again for a game with Atwater-CGC, Thursday.

Morris 5-12, Ben-Hancock 3-5
Benson-Hancock was swept in a doubleheader by Morris Area last Tuesday night despite a strong effort by the Brave-Owls.  Morris Area scored four runs in the fifth to pull out a 5-3 victory in the first game, and then completed the sweep with a 12-5 win in the nightcap.

Fri
29
Apr
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Braves handle Hancock with ease, 20-2

Benson pitcher Jared Knutson picks up a short grounder during the Braves’ win against Hancock, Friday night, as thirdbaseman Brett Sulier comes up to help out if needed.

The Benson Braves went 1-2 last week, losing a pair of tough games at Morris Area to open up the week last Tuesday night, 1-0 and 6-3, but coming back to rout Hancock in a rare night game, Friday in Benson, 20-2.  The 20 runs against Hancock was the most runs scored by the Braves’ baseball team in 16 years (see Speaking of Sports).

Benson, now 2-4 overall and 0-4 in the WCC, was set to play at Lakeview, Tuesday (yesterday) before hosting Minnewaska Area for a doubleheader, Thursday.

“A big thank you goes out to everyone who came out and supported Benson baseball,” Benson coach Adam Foslien said.  “It was perfect weather and exciting experience for the players.  It was one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen at a baseball game in Benson for a long time.”

Fri
22
Apr
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Saints improve to 7-0 with two sweeps and win over B-H

Pictured are KMS head softball coach Eileen Suter (left) along with senior captains Taylor Rasmusson, Andrea Olson, and MiKaylie Hagen.

The KMS softball team earned five victories last week, sweeping doubleheaders at Lakeview last Tuesday night (14-1 and 6-0) and at RTR, Thursday (16-0 and 19-1) before coming home, Friday and beating Benson-Hancock in a non-conference game, 8-2.

KMS, now 7-0 overall, has two more doubleheaders this week and both are at home.  The Saints were set to host Lac qui Parle, Tuesday before entertaining MACCRAY, Thursday.

Through the early portion of the season, KMS is the only undefeated team in the Camden Conference, while LQP and MACCRAY are the only teams with only one loss....

Pictured are KMS head softball coach Eileen Suter (left) along with senior captains Taylor Rasmusson, Andrea Olson, and MiKaylie Hagen.

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Fri
22
Apr
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KMS baseball opens up season with three wins

Pictured are KMS senior baseball captains Rylan Hatlestad (left), Nathan Torkelson, and Ian Caldwell, along with head coach James Cortez.

The KMS baseball team has started the season off just as hoped.  The Saints, who had their first game postponed due to weather, opened up the 2016 schedule with three victories last week, including two Camden Conference games.

The Saints beat MACCRAY in the season opener last Monday night at Clara City, 5-1, and then shut out Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Thursday, 13-0, before ending the week with a 12-2 home win over Hancock, Friday.

The Saints have two road games scheduled this week beginning with a game at Tracy Area, Monday, and at Lakeview, Thursday (tomorrow).

Pictured are KMS senior baseball captains Rylan Hatlestad (left), Nathan Torkelson, and Ian Caldwell, along with head coach James Cortez.  The Saints have opened up the season 3-0.

Fri
22
Apr
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Braves fall to Melrose Area and Sauk Centre

Andrew Lindahl pitches for Benson in the early innings.

The Benson baseball team lost two conference games last week after opening up the season April 5 with a win over RCW.  The Braves, now 1-2 overall, lost at Melrose Area last Tuesday night, 7-2, and also fell to Sauk Centre in Benson, Thursday, 12-2.

The Braves are set to play a doubleheader at Morris Area-CA, Tuesday (yesterday) before hosting Hancock, Friday, during the annual “Burger Grill” game sponsored by the Benson Baseball Association.

Members of this year’s Benson baseball team, coached by Adam Foslien with help from assistant coach Eric Hulterstrum, are seniors Adam Lindahl, Andrew Lindahl, Connor Staton, and Max McDonald; juniors Brett Sulier, Chris Ebnet, Justin Goossen, Shawn Aarhus, Ty Hedman, and Tywon Begger; sophomores Danny Lenarz, Lane Geyer, and Brandon Osterbauer; and freshman Jared Knutson.  Geyer and Osterbauer will also be playing primarily on the JV team.

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07
Apr
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“We Day fundraiser”

Adam Lindahl (pictured, middle) goes toward the hoop for the BHS Senior team during the annual We Day Seniors vs. Staff basketball fundraiser for the Swift County Food Shelf last Tuesday night in the BHS gym.  Playing for the BHS Staff team were Scott Lee (left) and Adam Foslien (right).  A total of $1,614 and 427 pounds of food was raised during the event and donated to the Swift County Food Shelf.

Members of the BHS Seniors team look on from the bench during the annual We Day basketball game (middle photo).

Some of the BHS students waited for the whistle to begin the paper airplane contest (bottom photo).

 

To see more photos from the "We Day Fundraiser" and to keep up on all the latest in area sports, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!
 

Wed
30
Mar
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Senior, team, and milestone banners becoming the norm at local and area high schools

High school sports banners are becoming more and more popular around area high schools this year, including at KMS High School, where the banner (pictured) featured the KMS senior wrestlers.

Not many years ago, if you were out for a high school sport, you’d be lucky to see a picture of your team in the newspaper, an annual, or possibly at a class reunion.

Well, in today’s world, high school athletes are lucky to have their team photos and individual pictures made into impressive banners that adorn the inside walls of high school gymnasiums and schools.

A few years ago, one of the BHS teams made a large banner of its team and started the trend.  Now, almost all the fall and winter teams have some sort of banner made recognizing their seasons.

When I was at KMS High School this winter, I noticed four banners of senior student-athletes at KMS who were competing in wrestling, boys basketball, girls basketball, and gymnastics.  On another wall was a banner for 100-win wrestlers at KMS (it took two banners because there are so many) and two others for 1,000-point scorers in girls and boys basketball.
 

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