Sports

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.

Thu
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).

 

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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.
 

Wed
30
Mar
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Gjerde, Just, Anderson are MVPs for Saints

Samantha Gjerde (middle) sets up the KMS offense during a game this winter in Kerkhoven.  She earned the KMS MVP award this season.

The KMS girls basketball team ended the season one game under .500 at 13-14.  The Saints got above .500 a few times during the season, including 7-5 after an 80-31 victory over Hope Academy, but the Saints lost their next four and never got back over .500 the rest of the season.

KMS did win six of their final 10 regular-season games to get back to .500 at 13-13, but lost in the first round of the Section 5A Tourney to third-seeded BBE, 71-49.  “We scored the first basket of the game against BBE, but before I knew it, I was calling a timeout and we were down 11-2,” coach Brady DeBaere said.  “BBE started out making 10 of its first 13 shots and led early 22-7.  We made a run to get to within 26-18, but we were never really in the game from then on.”

BBE fell to Browerville-Eagle Valley in the sub-section finals, and Browerville-EV went on to lose to Cromwell for the Section 5A title, 73-71.

Wed
30
Mar
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Nissen among leaders for Benson girls in 2015-16

Amanda Nissen, the leading scorer for the Braves this season, puts up a shot in the lane as Victoria Pagel gets into rebounding position.

The Benson girls basketball team ended its season with a 59-19 loss to NLS in the first round of the Section 3AA Tourney.  One game earlier, the Braves snapped a 29-game losing streak with a 67-64 overtime win over Paynesville.  Benson finished the season with a 1-25 overall record for the second-straight season.

The victory over Paynesville meant the Braves avoided finishing the season without a win for the third time in program history.  The Benson girls basketball team went 0-22 in 1991-92 and also went 0-26 in 2013-14.

Benson’s previous win was a 42-37 victory over BOLD, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.  Benson went 0-5 the rest of the 2014-15 season and was 0-24 to start out 2015-16 before edging the Bulldogs.

Thu
24
Mar
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Ascheman, Mondor, Pierce, Evenson earn top awards for BHS wrestlers

Hunter Mondor went 23-16 this season for the Braves as a ninth-grader.  He earned the team’s Most Improved award.

The Benson wrestling team held its season-ending banquet recently, announcing the team awards and other postseason honors.

Captains for this season were seniors Grant Ascheman and Mitch Koosmann, and sophomore Aaron Zosel.  All three of the captains earned state berths this season along with 9th grader Jared Knutson.  Ascheman highlighted the state efforts by placing fifth at state with a 4-2 record.

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Thu
24
Mar
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VanHeuveln, Rodriguez, Rudningen help lead KMS wrestlers in 2015-16

Karter VanHeuveln (left) has his hand raised after winning a match at the state tourney, while above right, Israel Rodriguez (top) controls his opponent during a match during the state team tournament.

The KMS wrestling team had another fantastic season of wrestling in 2015-2016, going 16-3 overall, winning the Section 5A Tourney, going 0-2 during the state team tourney, and qualifying six wrestlers to the state individual tourney, including Karter VanHeuveln, who went 3-1 at state to place second.

KMS only lost to Willmar during the regular season (33-28), and Willmar went on to place fourth at state.  At the state tourney, KMS ran into a couple of hot teams, losing to Pierz in the first round (44-22), and to Caledonia in the consolation round (37-18).

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