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Braves split with ACGC

Patrick Minchow (left) catches a Melrose player in a rundown and eventually records the final out of the inning as centerfielder Matt Goossen (right) comes in to back up the play.

The Benson baseball team went 1-2 last week, splitting a doubleheader with ACGC (9-2 and 4-5) last Tuesday night and also losing at BOLD, Friday, 8-2.

The Braves, dropped to 5-6 overall and 3-6 in the WCC, have just two more weeks of the regular season before opening up the Section 3AA Tourney, May 25.

Benson was set to host Melrose, Monday, play at Montevideo, Tuesday (yesterday), and host Minnewaska Area, Thursday (tomorrow)...

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PICTURED: Patrick Minchow (left) catches a Melrose player in a rundown and eventually records the final out of the inning as centerfielder Matt Goossen (right) comes in to back up the play.
 

Wed
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May
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KMS Saints sweep three Camden doubleheaders

Katie Krieger pitches for the Saints, who swept three Camden Conference doubleheaders last week.  KMS and Minneota-Canby both have two losses and the Saints have four more Camden games remaining.

The KMS softball team swept three doubleheaders last week to improve to 13-2 overall and 12-2 in the conference.  The Saints are currently tied for the Camden Conference lead with Canby-Minneota with four games to play.

The Saints swept RTR (11-0, 12-1), RCW (4-0 and 20-0) and Dawson-Boyd (7-2 and 15-0) last week, outscoring their opponents by a combined margin of 69-3.

This week, the Saints are set to close out the regular season with a home doubleheader against Lakeview, Monday, a doubleheader at home against YME, Tuesday (yesterday), and a non-conference game at home against ACGC, Friday...

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May
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Kallstrom earns four firsts at YME Invitational

Brandon Kallstrom (right) had four firsts for BKMS at YME last week.

The Benson-KMS track and field teams both placed second at the YME Invitational, Thursday night in Granite Falls.  LQP-DB won both titles, but both competitions were very close as the Eagles edged the Fighting Braves by 1.5 points in the girls meet and by 32 points in the boys competition.

Brandon Kallstrom, Brady Ascheman, and Claire Ricard led the Benson-KMS track teams.  Kallstrom won four events (100 and 200 meter dashes, long jump, and triple jump), while Ascheman was first in the 800 and second in the 1600, and Ricard won the 300 hurdles and pole vault.

This week, Benson-KMS was set to compete at the WCC Track Meet at BOLD, Tuesday (yesterday).  The sub-section meet is set for Thursday, May 23 at Morris Area...

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May
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LeClair wins third singles title at WCC Tourney

Peyton LeClair placed first at third singles during the WCC Tourney.

The Benson boys tennis team had a busy week, competing in four separate competitions over five days.

The Braves fell to Perham to open up the week last Tuesday night, 6-1, and Benson also lost to Litchfield in a tight match in Benson, Thursday, 5-2.  The Braves went 1-1 at the NLS triangular, Friday, beating Mora 4-3 in one match but also falling to the host Wildcats by the same score in the other.  The week came to a close at the WCC Individual Tournament, Saturday, where Peyton LeClair earned a title at third singles, and Eric Hoium (first singles) and Taylor Duncan (second singles) were both second.

This week, the Braves were set to open up the Section 6A Tournament with quarterfinal action, Thursday (tomorrow).  Right now, it appears Benson will be seeded fifth and will open up the section tournament at fourth-seeded NLS.

The Section 6A “Final Four” is set for Monday, May 20, while the start of the individual tourney is slated for Wednesday, May 22...

Wed
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May
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Braves top Monte and Minnewaska

Rachel Berens (left) slides in safely for a run during the first game of a doubleheader at Minnewaska Area last week.

The Benson softball team earned two more wins last week to improve to 4-8 overall and 4-6 in the WCC.  The Braves pulled out a 7-6 win at Montevideo last Tuesday to get the week going, and then split a doubleheader at Minnewaska Area, Thursday, losing the first game 11-3, but coming back to win the second 7-5.

The week ended with an 8-2 home loss to ACGC, Friday.  Maranda Wieber had a great week for the Braves, going 9-for-14 during the four games, including a 3-for-3 effort during the loss to ACGC.

This week, the Braves go on the road for a game at Morris Area, Tuesday (yesterday) and a doubleheader at Melrose Area, Thursday (tomorrow).

The start of the Section 3AA Tourney is slated to begin Tuesday, May 21. 

Morris Area and Minneota-Canby are the top two seeds in Benson’s half of the section and the Braves will start the tournament at one of those two schools...

Wed
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May
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BKMS girls golf at Minnewaska, Morris

Alissa Maurer was one of only two girls’ golfers competing last week because of the National BPA Leadership Conference.  Also competing last week was Katelyn Young.  Benson is set to host the Girls and Boys Invitational, Wednesday (today).

The Benson girls golf team competed at the second WCC doubleheader of the season last Tuesday night at Morris and Minnewaska Area.

The Braves were competing with only two golfers as the other three were traveling with the Benson BPA group at the National Leadership Conference.

Minnewaska won the meet at Glenwood by 15 strokes over BOLD (161-176), while BOLD earned the team title at Morris by three strokes over the Lakers (165-168).

Alissa Maurer and Katelyn Young golfed for Benson and Maurer was tied for 10th at Glenwood and ninth overall at Morris.

This week, the Benson girls golf team has two more WCC meet at Sauk Centre and Melrose, Tuesday (yesterday) before hosting the Benson Girls and Boys Golf Invitational, Wednesday (today)...

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Track teams both second at Montevideo Invitational

Above, Stefan Linder (right) hands the baton to Jonas Habben during the boys 800 meter relay at a recent meet in Benson, while at right, Riley Grube competes in the triple jump.

The Benson-KMS track and field teams competed at the Montevideo Invitational Track and Field Meet, Thursday.  Four teams took part in the competition and Benson-KMS placed second in both meets.

Winning titles for Benson-KMS were Brandon Kallstrom (100 meter dash and triple jump), Landon Thompson (800 meter run), Brady Ascheman (1600 meter run), Chaden Carroll (pole vault), Erika Collins (pole vault), Makenna Kelley-Wieland (100 meter hurdles), Abbie Mitteness (200 meter dash), Denise Zdauc (400 meter dash), and the girls 800 and 3200 meter relays.

The Fighting Braves were also supposed to host a home invitational last Tuesday, but that meet was canceled due to weather.

Benson-KMS also was set to compete at an elite meet at Sioux Falls, Friday and Saturday, but no BKMS athletes took part.

Wed
08
May
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Braves fall to Saints, but rout BOLD

Claire Hauge pitches for the Saints during their victory over Benson last week at the Northside Rec Area in Benson.
Marissa Connelly stands on second base after a double against KMS as Saints’ shortstop Katie Krieger looks on.  Connelly was 7-for-8 last week as Benson won two games.

Too bad the Braves couldn’t face BOLD every week.  The Benson softball team picked up its first two wins of the season last week against BOLD.  The Braves rallied for a 21-10 victory over BOLD, last Monday and then, after losing a home game to KMS, Thursday (15-0), Benson won at BOLD, Friday, 19-0.

The Braves have scored 17 runs in their six losses combined, but scored 40 runs during its two wins over BOLD, both  shortened due to the 10-run rule.

Benson was set to play at Montevideo, Tuesday (yesterday), play a doubleheader at Minnewaska Area, Thursday (tomorrow), and host ACGC for a doubleheader, Friday...

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Wed
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May
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Benson baseball team tops Hancock for fourth win

Matthew Tolifson pitched a solid game for the Braves at Melrose last week, but the Braves still lost 3-1.  They topped Hancock, Friday, 6-2.

The Benson baseball team earned its fourth win of the season, Friday, beating the visiting Hancock Owls in a rare night game, 6-2.

Earlier in the week, Benson lost a close game at Melrose, 3-1.  The Braves were also supposed to play at Morris Area last Tuesday, but that game was postponed due to rain.  It will be replayed as part of a doubleheader in Benson, Tuesday, May 21.

“It was two more closely-contested baseball games this week,” coach Mark Grussing said.  “Against Melrose, we couldn’t get the hits when we needed them, but Friday against Hancock, we were able to.”

This week, the Braves are set to play a doubleheader at ACGC, Tuesday (yesterday), and a single game at BOLD, Thursday (tomorrow)...

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May
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Tennis team wins twice

Tyler Hadfield (at net) and Mason Bakke play at third doubles during a recent home match for the boys tennis team.

The Benson-KMS boys tennis team improved to 3-1 in the conference and 4-4 overall with a pair of wins last week.  The Fighting Braves lost at Pine City to open up the week last Monday, 6-1, but BKMS came back later in the week to beat MACCRAY, Thursday, and St. John’s Prep-St. Cloud Cathedral, Friday, by the same score of 6-1.  Eric Hoium won all three matches last week to improve to 8-0 overall, while Peyton LeClair and Taylor Duncan went 2-1 to improve to 6-2 for the spring.

This week, Benson-KMS was set to play at Litchfield, Tuesday (yesterday) and at Yellow Medicine East, Thursday (tomorrow).  Benson-KMS has just one more home match scheduled this spring -- Thursday, May 9 versus Redwood Valley...

PICTURED: Tyler Hadfield (at net) and Mason Bakke play at third doubles during a recent home match for the boys tennis team.
 

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