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May
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Benson softball team swept in doubleheader • Sauk Centre belts three homeruns

With shortstop Rachel Berens looking on from behind, Cally Miller pitches for the Braves during a doubleheader with Sauk Centre last week.

The Benson softball team had a tough week last week against two of the top teams in the area.  The Braves opened up the week with a 15-2, 14-4 doubleheader loss at home to Sauk Centre last Tuesday night, and also fell at home to defending WCC champion Morris Area-CA, Thursday, 16-1.

The Braves dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the WCC with the three losses.  Benson was also set to host Montevideo, Friday, but results of that game were not available by presstime.

This week, Benson has four games scheduled, including a home game with BOLD Monday, a doubleheader against ACGC, Tuesday (yesterday), and a game at BOLD, Friday...

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Wed
01
May
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BKMS wins four titles during home meet

Gracie Lenz (middle) gets set to receive the baton from Denise Zdauc during the 800 meter relay last week in Benson.  Benson hosts another meet this week.
Landon Thompson (left) takes off after taking the baton from Mike Nagler during the boys 3200 meter relay in which Benson-KMS placed second behind Morris Area-CA.  Thompson also placed in the 800 and Nagler placed in the pole vault.

The Benson-KMS track and field teams hosted a meet in Benson last Tuesday night with the BKMS girls placing third of seven teams and the boys placing fourth.

Minnewaska Area won the girls meet and Morris Area-CA captured the boys team title.  Winning titles for BKMS were Claire Ricard in the 300 meter hurdles, Madison Rohner in the discus, Brandon Kallstrom in the long jump, and Brady Ascheman in the 3200 meter run.

This week, Benson-KMS was set to host its second invitational, Tuesday (yesterday), and compete at the Montevideo Invitational, Thursday (tomorrow)...

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Wed
01
May
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Braves fall 1-0 to Lakers in eight innings

Jared Knutson pitches for the Braves during a 5-3 win over Montevideo last Monday night in Benson.  Looking on from behind is centerfielder Matt Goossen while set to receive the pitch is catcher Sam Lenarz.

The Benson baseball team split a pair of games with Sauk Centre, Thursday, losing the first game 7-5, but coming back to win the nightcap, 9-5.  Earlier in the week, the Braves took the undefeated Minnewaska Area Lakers to extra innings before losing 1-0.

Matthew Ebnet had a great week, going 6-for-9, while Jared Knutson earned the victory on the mound during the win over Sauk Centre.

Benson, now 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the WCC, has just one game scheduled this week as Hancock is set to play in Benson in a rare night game set to begin at 7 p.m., Friday on Chiefs’ Field...

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Thu
25
Apr
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Tennis team splits matches at triangular

Peyton LeClair makes a nice save of a shot near the baseline during a match against LQP-DB last Tuesday in Benson.
Kyle Reese returns a shot at first doubles during the Benson triangular with NLS and LQP-DB last Tuesday night in Benson.

The Benson-KMS track and field teams were set to compete at Morris last Tuesday night, but due to wet conditions at the Morris facility, the meet was moved to Minnewaska Area and nine teams took part in the invitational.

Minnewaska Area continued its early domination in area girls track and field with the team title, while the Benson-KMS girls were fourth with 62 points, and Morris Area-CA also maintained its early grip on team titles in the boys competition, with 147 points, while the Fighting Braves’ boys were also fourth with 63 points.

Ethan Hauge won the only individual title for the Fighting Braves with a first in the long jump (19-1), while Benson-KMS also had seconds by the boys 3200 meter relay team, by Brandon Kallstrom in the triple jump, by Claire Ricard in the 300 meter hurdles, by Denise Zdauc in the 400 meter dash, and by Mariah Ahrndt in the long jump.

Thu
25
Apr
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Track teams both fourth at Waska meet

Abbie Mitteness placed fourth in the 200 and with the 1600 meter relay at a meet at Minnewaska last week.
Brady Ascheman (left), shown sprinting toward the finish line in a relay race last year, placed fourth in the 3200 meter run at Minnewaska Area last Tuesday.

The Benson-KMS track and field teams were set to compete at Morris last Tuesday night, but due to wet conditions at the Morris facility, the meet was moved to Minnewaska Area and nine teams took part in the invitational.

Minnewaska Area continued its early domination in area girls track and field with the team title, while the Benson-KMS girls were fourth with 62 points, and Morris Area-CA also maintained its early grip on team titles in the boys competition, with 147 points, while the Fighting Braves’ boys were also fourth with 63 points.

Ethan Hauge won the only individual title for the Fighting Braves with a first in the long jump (19-1), while Benson-KMS also had seconds by the boys 3200 meter relay team, by Brandon Kallstrom in the triple jump, by Claire Ricard in the 300 meter hurdles, by Denise Zdauc in the 400 meter dash, and by Mariah Ahrndt in the long jump.

Thu
25
Apr
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Washington, D.C. trip a great learning experience

One of the students is pictured with the Washington Monument in the background.

by Barb Schwarz, BHS staff member and 7th grade Washington, D.C. trip coordinator

People always ask me if I ever get bored with seeing the same things over and over in Washington DC.  I always think, how can I, I’m traveling with seventh graders and do you really know how their minds work; it’s amazing how they see and experience the world, and it’s always a joy when they discover a new idea.  It is never boring exploring the sites and sounds of DC with seventh-graders.  Boredom is not an issue even if I have seen many memorials and monuments over and over again.  This trip allows for conversations about history, and conversations run from the very basic level to in-depth topics.  It is an amazing experience to explore with them.

Thirty-five students and 13 adults took part in this year’s trip and we had good weather in the 70’s and a lot of DC color.  The cherry blossoms, magnolias, and tulips were all in bloom...

Wed
17
Apr
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Local Girl Scout sells 320 boxes of cookies

Pieper Gades (right), the daughter of Kent and Molly Gades of Benson, receives a check from Bob Cook

Pieper Gades, the daughter of Kent and Molly Gades of Benson, receives a check from Bob Cook, from the Benson VFW, for helping ship boxes of Girl Scout cookies to U.S. Troops through the Operation Gratitude program.  Pieper had a goal to sell 100 boxes last year, but ended up selling 200.  This year, she had her sites set upon selling 300 boxes, but ended up selling 320 thanks to donations from area businesses and people in the community.  The Benson VFW was kind enough to donate $505 for shipping the boxes of cookies to California where they will be forwarded to troops through the Operation Gratitude program.  The VFW also paid for shipping last year.

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Wed
17
Apr
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Alumni Basketball Tourney

Pictured above are members of the winning team.  From left to right are Matt Ahrndt, Austin Ose, Aaron Ahrndt, Jacob Goff, Zach Maurer, Ryan Hampton, and Zach Jensen.

Members of the winning team who took part in the Inaugural Benson Alumni Basketball Tourney, Sunday, April 7 in the senior high and auxiliary gyms.  From left to right are Matt Ahrndt, Austin Ose, Aaron Ahrndt, Jacob Goff, Zach Maurer, Ryan Hampton, and Zach Jensen.  Submitted photo.

Runner-up team members were Scott Thompson, Kyle Hilleren, Brady Collins, Adam Jensen, Andrew Hughes, Dan Ohmacht, Adam Nokley, Emily (Jensen) Citterman, and Scott Collins. (not pictured)

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Wed
17
Apr
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NLS rallies for 6-5 win over Benson softball team in opener

Pictured above are members of the Benson softball team.  From left to right are Maranda Wieber, Lauren Wrobleski, head coach Barb Schwarz, Cally Miller, Andrea Rud, Mariah Rodahl, Chloe Collins, Hannah Andrews, Rachel Berens, Matilyn Short, Marissa Connelly, Zoe Doscher, Paige Cain, Ellie Moesenthin, Abby Lundebrek, and Kaitlyn Berreau.

The Benson softball team had its first two games postponed and canceled, but was finally able to get in a game last Monday at NLS.  The Braves, coming off an 8-10 season from a year ago, led 5-4 going into NLS’ final at-bats, but the Wildcats struck for two runs to rally for the 6-5 win.

The Braves were also supposed to play at BOLD last Tuesday, and host Montevideo, Thursday, but both of those games were postponed and a new date has not been set.

This week, Benson was set to host Minnewaska Area, Monday, and play a doubleheader at Melrose Area, Tuesday (yesterday)...

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Wed
17
Apr
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Tennis team falls twice by 5-2 scores

Peyton LeClair hits a backhand before rushing the net during a second singles’ match against Foley last Tuesday night in Benson.  The Benson-KMS boys tennis team fell to 1-2 with a pair of 5-2 losses last week.

The Benson-KMS boys tennis team lost twice last week, losing at Minnewaska Area last Monday night, 5-2, and also losing at home to Foley, Tuesday, 5-2.  The Fighting Braves, who beat Montevideo to open up the season one week earlier, fell to 1-2 overall with the two losses.

The match with Minnewaska Area had been scheduled for Thursday, but was pushed up a few days because of the expectant storm later in the week.  

Benson-KMS was also supposed to host Milbank, SD, Friday, but that match was canceled.  In addition, the Cambridge-Isanti Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, April 6, was also postponed, but a new date has not been set.

This week, weather permitting, the boys tennis team was set to host St. John’s Prep, Monday, and host a home triangular with LQP-DB and NLS, Tuesday (yesterday), beginning at 2:30 p.m....

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