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Fri
20
Jul
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Kerkhoven Legion shuts out Benson

Sam Lundebrek (left) comes up to retrieve a throw at second base during a game against the Kerkhoven Legion team earlier this summer in Benson.  The two teams met again last week at Kerkhoven.

The Kerkhoven Legion baseball team split a pair of games last week with Benson and Montevideo.  Kerkhoven opened the week with a 10-0 shutout of Benson last Monday night, but then lost at Montevideo last Tuesday, 6-2.

Kerkhoven is 5-5 overall with only one game left on the regular-season schedule.  Kerkhoven was also set to host Eden Valley-Watkins, Thursday, but that game was canceled.

This week, Kerkhoven was set to close out the regular-season with a home game against Granite Falls, Monday.  The opening round of the district tourney is set for Thursday and the district playoffs are set for this Saturday and Sunday at Granite Falls....

 

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Fri
13
Jul
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McGee qualifies to compete at world’s largest rodeo

Pictured above is Wyatt McGee competing in the steer wrestling competition at the MN High School Rodeo Finals. Submitted photo.

Wyatt McGee, the son of Jess and Angie McGee and an upcoming senior at Benson High School, has earned a position on the Minnesota National High School rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Rock Springs, WY, July 15-21 to compete at the 70th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the steer wrestling and bull riding competitions.

Wyatt was the reserve champion for the state of Minnesota in both these two events.  “Wyatt had an excellent finals and we couldn’t be more proud of him in the steer wrestling, as he worked his way up from the bottom after missing most of the fall with a broken ankle,” his parents said.  “He also has had some really great bull rides this season.”

The NHSFR features more than 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia, and Mexico.  It is the world’s largest rodeo....

 

Fri
13
Jul
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Summer Rec Morning baseball and softball

Summer Rec helper Kaitlyn Hippe pitches to a participant of the Summer Rec morning softball league during the final week of the 2018 season.
Carter LeClair goes after a ball that rolls into foul territory as Graidy Zimmerman and Brady Jobgen look on.

Pictured, top: Summer Rec helper Kaitlyn Hippe pitches to a participant of the Summer Rec morning softball league during the final week of the 2018 season.
 

Pictured, bottom: Carter LeClair goes after a ball that rolls into foul territory as Graidy Zimmerman and Brady Jobgen look on.
 

 

 

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Fri
06
Jul
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BHS Trap Shooting team completes another season

Pictured above are members of this year’s Benson High School trap shooting team.

Notes from coach Andy Abner
 

The 2018 BHS Trap Shooting season was an interesting one with the spring weather we had. The first few practices had to be canceled due to the cold wet spring. For those of you that are not familiar with the Benson Trap Team, we typically start shooting the first week in April and shoot for nine consecutive weeks. We shoot out at Cottonwood Creek by Big Bend each weekend and we submit our scores to the MN Clay Target League each week. After we are done with the final week of shooting the end of May, we all  look  forward  to  the  MN  State Shoot held in Alexandria.

The state shoot is the largest trap shooting event held in the world. It is nine days of shooting with approx. 800-plus kids shooting each day. We shot on Sunday, June 17 to finish up our regular season. Even with the weather not cooperating, the kids did great, and most of the team members shot their averages or  above their at the state shoot.

Fri
06
Jul
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Five Braves and Saints earn All-Area recognition in softball for 2018

Pictured is Morgan Lesteberg, scoring a run for the Saints.

Five KMS and Benson softball players earned All-Area recognition when the West Central Tribune of Willmar named its All-Area softball teams for 2018.

KMS junior Katie Krieger and sophomore Morgan Lesteberg were both named to the 9-member All-Area first team, while KMS’ Maret Gjerde, Mallory Rudningen, and Savanna Hagen, and Benson’s Lizzie Staton earned recognition on the 28-member All-Area honorable mention team.

Krieger batted .578 for the season with an on-base percentage of .632 with 46 runs scored, 12 doubles, 20 RBI, and 13 stolen bases.  She was also 7-3 on the mound with 41 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings pitched.  Krieger set a KMS school record with 48 hits this season and joined the exclusive 100-hit club as well.  She had at least one hit in all the games for KMS this season.

Fri
06
Jul
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Kerkhoven Legion splits games with Tri-Town and Willmar

Brandon Rasmusson pitches for Kerkhoven during a Legion game in Benson earlier this summer.  He picked up the win for Kerkhoven during a 12-9 victory over Willmar last week.

The Kerkhoven Legion split a pair of league games last week with Tri-Town and Willmar.  Kerkhoven, which improved to 3-3 overall opened up last week’s action with a 9-1 loss to Tri-Town, Thursday night, but came back a couple nights later with a 12-9 win at Willmar.

Kerkhoven, coached by Justin Johnson, was set to host NLS, Monday night and play at Litchfield, Tuesday before taking the rest of the Fourth of July weekend off to prepare for a home game with Benson, Monday, July 9....

 

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Pictured: Brandon Rasmusson pitches for Kerkhoven during a Legion game in Benson earlier this summer.  He picked up the win for Kerkhoven during a 12-9 victory over Willmar last week.
 

Fri
06
Jul
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That’s A Keeper has big night on Lake Oliver to win 2018 Swift Fishing League title

Byron Giese shows off a 26.75 inch walleye that he caught Thursday night at Lake Oliver.  The fish ended up helping his team win the overall title and also was the top walleye for the season.

(Note:  Thanks to Dave Benson for providing weekly fishing results from the Swift Fishing League for 2018.)

 

The league closed out the 2018 calendar Thursday, June 28 on Lake Oliver.  The evening was a sunny, warm 87 degrees.  Teams were thankful for the 12 mph SE wind to keep cool.  Surface water temperature was 75 degrees.  Teams launched boats on both the east and west sides of the lake.  The competition for season’s the top spot was on!  

Fri
29
Jun
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Pre-Team Gymnastics Camp

Young gymnasts took part in a grades 6-8 Pre-Team gymnastics camp last week in the Benson Armory.

Young gymnasts took part in a grades 6-8 Pre-Team gymnastics camp last week in the Benson Armory. It is one of six different gymnastics’ camps offered this summer for youth in grades K-12.
 

 

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Fri
29
Jun
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“Gold vs. Maroon”

Pictured above are members of Benson’s two Chippewa Valley softball teams (just completed grades 4-6) for 2018.  The teams are using the same jerseys, which were donated by Stony Ridge Foods, and they are also wearing socks donated by First Security Bank.  Members of the Benson Maroon team are coached by Theresa Klassen and Dan/Caryn McGeary, while members of the Benson Gold team are coached by Shari Swanberg and Jessica Wrobleski.
Pictured, bottom: Benson Gold shortstop Presley Nygaard throws out a Benson Maroon runner at first base during the win by the Benson Gold team.

Pictured above are members of Benson’s two Chippewa Valley softball teams (just completed grades 4-6) for 2018.  The teams are using the same jerseys, which were donated by Stony Ridge Foods, and they are also wearing socks donated by First Security Bank.  Members of the Benson Maroon team, coached by Theresa Klassen and Dan/Caryn McGeary, are Julia Claussen, Kaylin Grube, Amelia Hughes, Miranda Klassen, Kaitlynn Lysen, Mya McGeary, Leah Olson, Madison Osterbauer, Sadie Reich, Jordan Schmidt, Sofia Schwiderski, and Megan Wrobleski, while members of the Benson Gold team, coached by Shari Swanberg and Jessica Wrobleski, are Dallas Carey, Addison Fennell, Molly Gunderson, Victoria (Tori) Hermes, Sophia Krusemark, Lillian Miller, Presley Nygaard, Lilly Ostlie, Elena Rodriguez, Kyndall Swagel, Elsie Tolifson, and Paige Wrobleski.

Fri
29
Jun
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Kerkhoven tops Benson Legion, 5-3

Benson Legion pitcher Matt Tolifson fires a pitch during a 5-3 loss to Kerkhoven last week as secondbaseman Sam Lundebrek looks on.

The Kerkhoven Legion baseball team topped Benson last Monday night, 5-3, and also won at Eden Valley-Watkins, Thursday, 5-1 to earn its first two victories of the season.  Kerkhoven had opened up the season with losses to Madison (3-1) and NLS (11-1) before playing at Benson.

Ryan Torkelson had a great week, going 5-for-7 over the two games, while Brandon Rasmusson and Dylan Rudningen earned pitching wins.

Coming up this week is a game at home against Tri-Town, Thursday (tomorrow) and a game at Willmar, Saturday.  Kerkhoven also is set to host NLS, Monday, July 2 and play at Litchfield, Tuesday, July 3 before taking some time off for the Fourth of July....

 

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