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Jun
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Braves top Tigers for second win, but lose section opener

Dan Lenarz pitches for the Braves during the final home game of the season last Monday night against New London-Spicer while secondbaseman Sam Lundebrek (right) moves over as a NLS player on first tries to steal second base on the play.

The Benson baseball team had its season  end in the first round of the Section 3AA Baseball Tourney, Saturday, with a 10-0 loss at Paynesville.  The Braves were seeded eighth in their half of the section, while the Bulldogs came in as the top seed.

It was only the third time this season Benson has been shutout.  The Braves ended the season with a 2-16 overall record, which included a 2-12 mark within the WCC.

Earlier in the week, Benson lost its final home game of the season, Monday against NLS, 11-5, before ending the season with an 11-9 victory at Morris Area for the team’s second win of the season.  Benson’s other win was a 7-6 walkoff win at Montevideo.  Both victories came in the final four games of the regular-season.  

Graduating from this year’s Benson baseball team are Aaron Zosel, Brandon Osterbauer, Dan Lenarz, Matt Connolly, Sam Lundebrek, and Kaden Schmidt....

Fri
25
May
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Staton, Zosel, McNeill, Lundebrek win BHS Athletic Awards

From left to right are Elizabeth Staton and Aaron Zosel, winners of the Ernie Wheeler Memorial Scholarship, and Courtney McNeill and Sam Lundebrek, winners of the Craig Johnson Award.

Pictured are the winners of the major BHS Athletic Awards for 2017-2018, announced during the BHS Athletic Awards Ceremony last Monday night.  From left to right are Elizabeth Staton and Aaron Zosel, winners of the Ernie Wheeler Memorial Scholarship, and Courtney McNeill and Sam Lundebrek, winners of the Craig Johnson Award.
 

 

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Fri
25
May
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Benson softball loses final two regular-season games

Benson thirdbaseman Zoe Doscher can’t quite handle the throw to third as a Morris player arrives safely during an 11-1 victory by the Tigers.

The Benson softball team closed out the regular season with a pair of home losses last week against Morris Area (11-1) and West Central Area (7-3).  

Benson, which lost its final three regular-season games, finished the regular season with a 7-8 overall record and was also 7-7 in the WCC to finish tied for third with Minnewaska Area.

“We have struggled with routine catches the last couple of games and need to clean that up before playoffs,” coach Barb Schwarz said.  “We have the athletic ability to be a solid team, but we need to make sure we are improving, learning the in’s and out’s of the game, and making the routine plays.  Our record has improved from last season, however, it could be much better.  We have had 3-4 games in which we have let the lead slip in the late innings.”

Fri
25
May
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Girls golf team finishes fourth in WCC

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The Benson girls golf team finished fourth in the league standings after competing in the final four WCC meets last Monday and Thursday.

The Braves placed sixth and fourth at a pair of meets at Minnewaska and Morris last Monday and then placed third and fourth at the final two WCC meets of the season at Benson and Montevideo, Thursday.

In the final conference standings, Minnewaska Area won the overall title with 78 points, followed by BOLD with 73, Morris with 64, Benson with 55, Sauk Centre with 47, Montevideo with 43, and Melrose with 42.

The top 13 conference golfers earn All-Conference and Alissa Maurer was 11th overall with a 46.0 average among her top six scores from the eight WCC meets.  Just missing out on All-Conference were Danielle Reuss (16th) and Stacy Johnson (17th).

Fri
25
May
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Minnewaska and Monte claim WCC track titles

Makenna Wieland (middle) competes in the 100 meter high hurdles for the Benson-KMS girls track and field team at the WCC Track and Field Meet in Benson last Tuesday.  Wieland placed third in the event as the Benson-KMS boys placed sixth overall and the girls’ team was seventh.  Minnewaska Area (girls) and Montevideo (boys) won WCC team titles.
Austin Ose (left) takes off after receiving the baton from Landon Thompson during the boys 800 meter relay at the WCC Meet in Benson.

The Benson-KMS boys and girls track and field teams hosted the WCC Track and Field Meet last Tuesday night.

Minnewaska Area easily won the girls meet by 83 points over runner-up Morris Area, while Montevideo edged Morris for the boys title by a half-point.

Benson-KMS finished sixth in the boys meet with Jon Tostenson’s second-place finish in the 800 meter run the top placing for the Fighting Braves, while the Benson-KMS girls were seventh and the 1600 meter relay team’s second place was the top finish for the girls’ team.

This week, the sub-section meet is scheduled for Thursday at Minnewaska Area High School.  The top finishers from that meet earn a berth in the Section 6A Meet, set for Thursday, May 31 at Fergus Falls....

 

Fri
18
May
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Mitteness earns first for track teams at YME Meet

Mariah Ahrndt competes in the triple jump for the BKMS girls team.

The Benson-KMS track and field teams competed at the YME Invitational, Thursday night at Granite Falls.

LQP-DB continued its dominant performance this spring in track competitions by winning both team titles, while Benson-KMS was fourth in both meets out of eight participating schools.

Allie Mitteness had the only individual first place for both teams as she won the 400 meter dash in 1:04.45.  Also winning a title was the girls 1600 meter relay of Allie and Abbie Mitteness, Claire Ricard, and Mariah Ahrndt.

Benson is set to host the WCC Track and Field Meet, Tuesday before getting ready for the sub-section meet at Minnewaska Area, Thursday, May 24....

 

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Fri
18
May
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LQP wins Invitational title, while Benson is sixth

Katelyn Young chips from just off the 18th hole during the Benson Girls and Boys Invitational last Wednesday.
Ben Peterson watches his putt roll toward the par-3, second hole during the Benson Invitational.  LQP won the boys and girls team titles.

The Benson girls golf team competed at a pair of conference meets at Sauk Centre and Melrose Area last Tuesday night, placing fourth at both meets with totals of 205 and 200, respectively.

After four WCC meets, the Braves are in fourth place overall with 28 points, while BOLD and Minnewaska Area are tied for the lead with 38 points, Morris Area is third with 32, and Sauk Centre is fifth with 22.

The Braves also hosted the Benson Invitational last Wednesday at the Benson Golf Club.  Lac qui Parle won the 7-team title with a score of 342, while Benson was sixth with a 427 total.

This week, the team is set to compete in the final two WCC doubleheaders.  Benson is set to compete at Minnewaska Area and Morris, Monday, before competing in Benson and Montevideo, Thursday....

 

Fri
18
May
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Braves still searching for first win with two weeks to go

Benson players look on during a pitching change in the rain last Tuesday against ACGC.  Warming up is Jared Kurkosky, while looking on are Dan Lenarz (left), Matt Tolifson, Sam Lundebek, and Brandon Osterbauer.

The Benson baseball team dropped five games last week to fall to 0-10 in the WCC and 0-12 overall.  The Braves, who have just five games left on the regular-season scheduled, opened up last week’s action with a 6-0, 11-1 doubleheader loss at home to ACGC.

Two days later, the Braves lost at BOLD, 11-1, and on Friday, Benson was swept in a doubleheader by Melrose, 9-3 and 9-3.  Results from the Melrose games were not available by presstime.

This week, Benson was set to play a doubleheader at Montevideo, Tuesday, and play at Minnewaska Area, Thursday.  The following week, the Braves host NLS, Monday, before closing out the regular-season with a game at Morris Area.

Coming up is the Section 3AA Tourney, Saturday, May 26.  Benson appears set to earn the eighth seed in its half of the section and will most-likely play at top-seeded Paynesville (11-1) in the first round....

 

Fri
18
May
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Another week, another three wins for Benson softball

Mackenzie Kurkosky pitches for Benson during the first game of a doubleheader with Montevideo last Tuesday as secondbaseman Maranda Wieber looks on.

The Benson softball team had a great week of softball last week despite having it end on a sour note.  The Braves went 3-2 last week to improve to 7-6 overall and 7-6 in the WCC.

The Braves opened up the week with a 6-4, 13-5 doubleheader sweep of Montevideo last Tuesday night in Benson, and then split a doubleheader at home against Minnewaska, Thursday, losing the first game, 5-1, but coming back to win the second game in extra innings, 7-2.

Liz Staton had at least one hit in every game last week and was 9-for-19 during the five games, while Kaitlyn Berreau had a hit in four games and had also had nine total hits for the week.

The week came to a close at home, Friday, against BOLD.  Benson took a 6-2 lead after three innings, but BOLD rallied for an 8-6 victory.

Fri
04
May
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VFW Post 1403 donates to Legion baseball program

Pictured is Gary Klemm (right), from VFW Post 1403, presenting Benson head baseball coach Eric Hulterstrum a check for 1,500 to be used for expenses related to running the Legion and Jr. Legion baseball for the 2018 summer season.  Coaching the teams will be Josh Minchow, Mark Grussing, and Eric Hulterstrum (Jr. Legion Baseball, which covers grades 8-10), and Jim Lenarz and Steve Goossen (Senior Legion team).

Pictured is Gary Klemm (right), from VFW Post 1403, presenting Benson head baseball coach Eric Hulterstrum a check for 1,500 to be used for expenses related to running the Legion and Jr. Legion baseball for the 2018 summer season.  Coaching the teams will be Josh Minchow, Mark Grussing, and Eric Hulterstrum (Jr. Legion Baseball, which covers grades 8-10), and Jim Lenarz and Steve Goossen (Senior Legion team).

 

 

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