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08
Jun
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Ahrndt and Young among leaders of Benson baseball team in 2015

The Benson baseball team closed out the 2015 season with an 8-12 overall record and 4-9 mark within the WCC South.  The team was 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4 at points during the season before going 3-8 in its last 11 games, including a 3-1 loss to Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop in the Section 3AA Tourney opener.
The Braves did not score in double figures during its 20 games, but gave up at least 10 runs in five games.  For the season, Benson scored 87 runs, averaging 4.35 runs per game, while the opponents scored 113 runs, averaging 5.65 runs per game.
As a team, Benson batted .238 for the season, but Aaron Ahrndt was the only player who batted over .270.  The team also struck out 74 times and had 73 walks or hit by pitch.  Benson had four games decided by one run, going 2-2 in those games, and also had two games decided by two runs, going 0-2.

Fri
29
May
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Saints one of four teams left in Section 3A

The KMS softball team suffered its first loss of the season in the fourth game of the Section 3A Tourney, but the Saints are still one of four teams still in the running for the section title and another state tournament berth.
The Saints opened up the tourney with a 12-2 win over YME followed by a 10-0 shutout of BOLD last Tuesday night in Murdock.  Four days later at Cottonwood, the Saints rallied to beat Springfield, 6-5, but in the upper bracket finals, KMS was defeated by its nemesis, Southwest MN Christian-Edgerton, 3-2, sending the Saints back into consolation bracket where it will have to win three-straight games for the Section 3A title.
Springfield and BOLD were set to meet at 4 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) in Cottonwood in an elimination game with KMS taking on the winner at about 5:30 p.m.  The winner of the 5:30 p.m. game moves on to face Edgerton at 4 p.m., Thursday (tomorrow) in Cottonwood with a second game to follow, if necessary.

Fri
29
May
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Enderson only golfer to advance

Kellie Enderson was the lone Benson-KMS golfer to advance past the semifinal round of the Section 3AA Golf Tourney into this week’s finals.
The Benson-KMS team competed with 15 other teams, Thursday at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar with the top five teams and 14 top individual from the other teams advancing to Thursday’s (tomorrow) Section 3AA finals at Oakdale GC in Hutchinson.
No team or individual information was available to the Monitor-News; only that Enderson was one of the golfers to qualify to the section finals.
Enderson was also the only Benson-KMS golfer to earn All-Conference this year.

PHOTO: Kellie Enderson was the only BKMS golfer to make it to this week’s Section 3AA golf finals.

Wed
06
May
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Benson Track has busy week

The Benson-KMS boys and girls track and field teams hosted the Benson Invitational last Tuesday on the local oval.  Morris Area dominated the girls meet by 60 points over runner-up Montevideo (162-102), while the Montevideo boys routed the boys field with 215.5 points, easily beating out runner-up Willmar, which had 84.5 points.
The Benson-KMS boys placed fifth overall, while the girls team was eighth.
The only first for Benson-KMS was by the 3200 meter relay team of Jacob Webster, Josh Bailey, Jon Tostenson, and Sam Rosemeier.

Wed
06
May
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Braves top Hancock, Redwood

The Benson baseball team improved to 5-4 overall with a 2-2 week last week.  The Braves opened up the week with an 11-2 loss at Sauk Centre last Monday night, but came back the next night to edge Hancock, 5-4.  The week came to a close with two games at Montevideo, Friday.  Benson fell to Lakeview in the first game, 5-3, but came back later in  the night to beat Redwood Valley, 5-2.
The Braves, who are 1-3 in the conference, have three dates scheduled this week beginning with a doubleheader at Paynesville, Tuesday (lost both) and continuing with a game at Morris Area, Thursday (tomorrow), and at NLS, Friday.

Photo: Taner Gimberlin, shown leading off during a 5-4 victory over Hancock last Tuesday, went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Braves, who are now 5-4 overall.

Wed
06
May
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KMS girls softball on a roll; Benson not so great

The KMS softball is having an impressive season, even by its lofty standards.  The Saints won five more games last week, continuing its streak of double-digit scoring this year and continuing its unbeaten season in 2015.
The Saints opened up the week with a 16-5, 20-4 doubleheader sweep of Dawson-Boyd last Tuesday night and then routed Willmar, Thursday, 20-6, before sweeping another doubleheader over RTR, Friday, 28-0 and 19-0.  
During the wins over RTR, KMS scored 15 runs in the first inning of game one and then added 16 runs in its first at-bats in game two.  Ali Krieger went 5-for-6 in the first game while also picking up the win on the mound.
KMS, 12-0 overall and 10-0 in the Camden Conference, have just seven regular-season games remaining.

 

BENSON HANCOCK BRAVE OWLS SOFTBALL

Tue
14
Apr
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Final lake service provider trainings before ice-out

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding the last round of 2015 aquatic invasive species (AIS) training sessions for lake service providers. The training is required for businesses that install, remove, rent or decontaminate water-related equipment such as docks, lifts, rafts, boats, or sprinkler systems from lakes and rivers in Minnesota.
Lake service providers such as dock and lift companies, marinas, resorts, boat hauling and storage companies, outfitters and irrigators must attend AIS training and acquire a permit before completing work in Minnesota waters. The $50 permit is valid for three years and must be in possession while providing services.

Fri
03
Apr
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Lots of changes in store for Benson and KMS sports

The Minnesota State High School League recently released its new section alignments for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons and there are quite a few changes involving Benson High School sports.  Some of the changes are minor, while others, including wrestling and boys and girls basketball are significant.
The MSHSL does the realignments every two years, based on new enrollment figures.  Benson High School will continue to play in a variety of administrative sections, including 5AA, 5A, 6A, 3A, and 3AA, while KMS teams will play in 4A, 3A, and 5A, as well as the sections where Benson and KMS are paired.
Fall sports --
•  In football, Benson stays in Section 5AA, but picks up ACGC and Osakis while losing YME and BOLD.  The KMS football team meanwhile, stays in Section 4A, but loses ACGC and Buffalo Lake-HS while picking up Upsala-Swanville Area.

Tue
24
Mar
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Braves earn two All-WCC basketball picks

Two members of the Benson boys basketball team were named to the All-Conference team for 2014-2015.  
Named to the WCC South All-Conference team for this season are senior guard Aaron Ahrndt and sophomore guard Layton Connelly.
They were joined on the 11-member All-WCC South team by three players from league champion ACGC, and two each from Paynesville, BOLD, and YME.
ACGC won the WCC South this year with a 10-5 league mark, while BOLD was 7-6, Paynesville was 4-11, YME was 3-11, and Benson was 3-13.
In the WCC North, Sauk Centre (13-2) and Melrose Area (11-2) tied for the title, followed by Montevideo (9-6), Minnewaska Area (7-9), and Morris Area-CA (6-8).  
Melrose Area went on to win the Section 6AA title and won three games at state to also earn the Class AA state championship.

Fri
20
Mar
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BHS “We Day” group to host Staff vs. Student fundraiser basketball game, March 24

The Benson High School “We Day” group is set to host a fundraiser basketball game between BHS staff and current seniors Tuesday, March 24.
Pre-game activities are set to begin at 6:15 p.m. with the tip-off of the game set for 7 p.m.  Admission is $2 for all ages, but $1 with a food shelf donation.
All proceeds from the event will be donated with the majority of the donations going to the Swift County Food Shelf.

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