Caught in the act…

February 5, 2020

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…of being a friend. Lincoln County Deputy Cody Swenson enjoyed lunch with Lake Benton Elementary students on Thursday, Jan. 30. He said he wants to build a relationship with students and plans to visit the school often.

100 days down

February 5, 2020

100th Day Kindergarten
Lake Benton Elementary School celebrated 100 days of school last week with fun hats and activities. The kindergarten class is pictured showing off their fancy hats.

Elks ground the Flyers

February 5, 2020

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Benton Elks faced the Chester Area Flyers on Monday, Jan. 27. The Flyers were ground­ed by the Elks as the Elks defeated them 47-38. Coach Steve Erickson said, “We played really well in stretches and then really bad in stretches. I thought there were times we just got sped up and rushed things on offense, kind of forgetting about spacing, moving the ball, and look­ing for quality shots. The third quarter especially, we just were out of sorts on offense, turning the ball over too much and re­ally stagnant with what we were trying to do.”

For the full story, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Flyers flew over the Lady Elks

February 5, 2020

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Benton Lady Elks battled the Ches­ter Area Flyers on Friday, Jan. 27. The Flyers flew high in this game, defeat­ing the Lady Elks 59-38.
Aubrey Wirth topped the Lady Elk scoring with three 2-point shots and four of eight free throws…

For the full story, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Lake Benton 5th/6th Grade Basketball Team competes

February 5, 2020

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Lake Benton’s 5th/6th grade girls basketball team competed in the Canby tournament on Saturday, Jan. 25. They won all four of their games and claimed the sixth grade division championship. Pictured left to right in front are Malyha Slegers and Angie Deutz; in the middle row are Jenaya Drietz, Rozy Thooft, Jaden Johnson and Shelby Weets; and in back are Mike DeVries, Eden Hach, Sydney DeVries, Charlie Thooft, Peyton Kuehl, Ashya Flores and Coach Carey Kuehl.

Natalie Jerzak joins Lake Benton Elementary

January 30, 2020

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Natalie Jerzak

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
A new face has recently joined the Lake Benton Elementary School staff in a new position. Natalie Jerzak began working as a school guidance counselor in early January. She currently works at the school one day a week, typically on Monday.
Jerzak said she grew up a Canby Lancer and earned her degree in sociology at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph in 2004. She knew she wanted to work in a school setting, so she pursued a school counseling Masters Degree program at SDSU in Brookings, South Dakota.

For the full story and photo, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Elks take fifth in the DVC

January 30, 2020

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Photo courtesy of Jason Salzman/Salzman Studios
Elkton-Lake Benton’s No. 11 Grant DeRuyter lays in a basket past Estelline-Hendricks’ Jacoby Flegel during the third quarter of the Elks’ 71-54 victory over the Redhawks to earn fifth place in the Dakota Valley Conference Tournament Saturday afternoon in Colman, South Dakota.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Elks battled in the DVC Championship Tour­nament last week. Games took place in Colman, South Dakota on Jan. 20, 23 and 25. After all was said and done, the Elks placed fifth in the tourna­ment.
The Elks got a rocky start to the tournament. In their first game, they faced the Colman-Egan Hawks in Colman on Monday, Jan. 20. The Elks fought a good battle, but the Hawks de­feated them 68-58.,,
Round two was a better game for the Elks. They battled the Oldham-Ramo­na-Rutland (ORR) Raiders and earned a victory, 60-36. Coach Erickson said, “I thought we really set the tone defensively starting out the ball game. Holding them to one first-quarter point was a great effort by our guys.”
The win against the Raiders put the Elks up against the Estelline-Hen­dricks Redhawks for the fi­nal battle for fifth and sixth place. “We got off to a slow start on offense, missing some easy ones around the hoop, but I thought defen­sively we really locked in and did the job we needed to,” Coach Erickson said. The Elks did indeed do the job they needed to, as they defeated the Redhawks 71-54 for the fifth place slot in the tournament…

For the full story, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Lady Elks place seventh in the DVC Championship

January 30, 2020

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Photo courtesy of Jason Salzman/Salzman Studios
Elkton-Lake Benton’s Julia Drietz spots up for a 3-point shot in the closing seconds of the game against Oldham-Ramona-Rutland in the Dakota Valley Conference Tournament held in Colman, Soputh Dakota on Saturday afternoon, and nails the buzzer beater to give the Elks a 40-39 victory over the Raiders!

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lady Elks competed in the Dakota Valley Con­ference tournament last week, playing games on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25. The ladies battled hard and took seventh place in the tournament.
The ladies faced the Colman-Egan Hawks in the first round of play. Ra­chael Krog led the Lady Elk scoring by putting up eight points and Julia Dri­etz gave six points…
The Hawks defeated the Lady Elks 41-21, which put the ladies up against the Estelline-Hendricks Redhawks for the second round of the tournament.
The battle against the Redhawks was also hard-fought, but the Redhawks kept the upper hand from the start. The Lady Elks were defeated by the Red­hawks 47-17.
Scoring in round two was led by Brooklyn Niels­en, who put seven points on the board…
The second loss of the tournament put the Lady Elks in position to battle for the fifth place position. They faced the Oldham-Ramona-Rutland (ORR) Raiders in the final round and earned a victory, de­feating the Raiders 40-39 in the final seconds of the game…

E-LB bands share their musical talents

January 30, 2020

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The Elkton-Lake Benton middle school band, above, and high school band, below, gave a concert on Tuesday, Jan. 14 in Elkton, South Dakota.

 

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New school calendar for 2020-21 discussed at regular board meeting

January 30, 2020

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton School Board met for their regu­lar meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 22. All board members were present and fourth grade teacher Katie Dolan was a guest, representing the school staff members.
Superintendent Loy Woelber opened the meet­ing and election of officers was the first item of busi­ness. The 2020 officers are as follows: Board Chair Tony Schwing, Vice-Chair Steven Hurd, Clerk Roger Rudebusch and Trea­surer Janell DeVries. The board members voted to keep the annual stipends for 2020 set at the same rate as 2019; board mem­bers will receive $55 per meeting and the board chair and clerk will each receive $80 per meeting. The board moved to table committee appointments to the February meeting.

For the full story, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.