DVC All-Conference teams, MVPs and Coaches of the Year announced

March 18, 2020

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Dakota Valley Con­ference (DVC) includes high schools from Arlington, Col­man-Egan, Dell Rapids St. Mary (DRSM), DeSmet, Deu­brook, Elkton-Lake Benton (E-LB), Estelline-Hendricks, Lake Preston, and Oldham- Ramona-Rutland (ORR).
At the end of the regular season, standings for boys’ high school basketball were as follows, beginning with first place: DeSmet (regu­lar season champions) 8-0, Arlington 7-1, DRSM (6-2), E-LB (5-3), Colman-Egan (4-4), Lake Preston (3-5), ORR (2-6), Estelline-Hen­dricks (1-7) and Deubrook (0-8). Results of the DVC Tournament were as fol­lows, beginning with first place: DRSM, Arlington, Colman-Egan, Lake Preston, E-LB, Estelline-Hendricks, Deubrook, ORR.
The 2020 All-Conference teams were announced last week. Three E-LB boys’ names made the lists. The first team includes Kalen Garry, a sophomore from DeSmet; Dalton Voelker, a senior from Colman-Egan; Connor Libis, a junior from DRSM; Trey Ramstad, a se­nior from Arlington; Rett Osthus, a DeSmet sopho­more; and E-LB’s Matthew Nibbe, who is a junior…

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

Elks end post-season play in the SO-DAK 16 game

March 18, 2020

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Photo courtesy of Kelsey Beckman
Matthew Nibbe goes up for a 2-point shot during the Viborg-Hurley game at the Sanford Pentagon on Tuesday, March 10.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

After a good run, the Elks ended their post-season in the SO-DAK 16 game against the Region V No. 1-seeded Viborg-Hurley Cougars on Tuesday, March 10. The Cougars defeat­ed the Elks 63-40. Coach Steve Erickson said, “I give Viborg-Hurley credit. They are long, athletic, and cre­ated some problems for us. There is a reason they were rated in the top three and spent the majority of the year at number one. Very well coached and just cre­ate a ton of mismatches.”
Matthew Nibbe and Mar­cus Harming led the Elk scoring with nine points each…

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

Elks are moving in the right direction

March 12, 2020

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The Elkton-Lake Benton Elks won their second post-season game, sending them closer to the South Dakota State Basketball Tournament.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Ben­ton Elks added another post-season victory to their record, which takes them one step closer to the state tournament. Coach Steve Erickson com­mented, “Obviously going in we knew we had our hands full with this team. Hanson was 18-3, and by power points was the sec­ond highest team in the state. We again played in relatively unfamiliar terri­tory—the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota— where they play about five or six games throughout the year. It was going to be a big task and we knew that. I think the best part is that our kids believed in themselves, believed in one another, and it didn’t matter who we were play­ing or where we played, we just had a mindset that we were good enough to win.” And win they did! In a hard-fought battle, the Elks defeated the Hanson Beavers, 66-46.

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

Elks take down the Ethan Rustlers in first round of regional playoffs

March 12, 2020

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Ben­ton Elks began their post-season on Tuesday, March 3 in a game against Han­son. Coach Steve Erickson said, “I am super proud of the ways our kids came out and played this entire game. I thought we had a great energy, a great togetherness that really showed in how well we played on both ends of the floor. Ethan was 15-5, and a very dangerous team.” Dangerous or not, the Elks took down the Rustlers, defeating them 83-66.
Erickson commented, “I was very pleased with our mentality on offense of attacking the hoop and the way we shared the ball really set a lot things up for us to be success­ful.” Leading the scoring for the Elks was Matthew Nibbe, who put 27 points on the scoreboard. Nibbe put nine 2-point baskets, a 3-point field goal and six of nine free throws in the hoop…

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

Steve Krause looks back on 50 years of coaching

March 5, 2020

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Coach Steve Krause is pictured with his daughters, Heidi Thoresen and Alissa Christianson, in Lake Benton in the 1990s.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Steve Krause of Lake Benton was recently surprised with a short ceremony before the final RTR girls’ home basketball game. Krause, head coach of the Lady Knights, was presented a plaque for 50 years in coaching by his team. Krause said the award was kept secret and came as a big surprise to him that evening—even after seeing many people from his past in the crowd.
“I sat with an Elkton family, I had both of their daughters,” Krause said. “They said ‘yeah we just came to see your game.’ Everybody came up to me that night and said some nice things. I also got a call from a Verdi coach who has been coaching in Iowa for years who called and congratulated me. Some of my Clear Lake boys came that night. There were more people there that night than I realized.”

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

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Coach Krause, far right, is congratulated by assistant coaches Kent Mikkelsen (left), Steve Hesse and player McKinley Schreurs for 50 years of coaching.

Elks finish regular season with a 14-6

March 5, 2020

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The Elkton-Lake Benton Elks finished their regular season 14-6, putting them at fifth in Region IV.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Ben­ton Elks played their final ball game of the regular season on Friday, Feb. 21, battling the number two seeded Howard Tigers. Coach Steve Erickson said, “Howard is a very good basketball team, we knew going in we were going to have to play well and exe­cute at a high level to be in the basketball game. The Elks got a slow start to the game and the Tigers de­feated them 72-63.
Leading the scoring for the Elks, Grant DeRuyter earned 21 points for the team with five 2-point field goals, three 3-point shots and two of four free throws…

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

Cardinals override the Elks

February 27, 2020

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Benton Elks challenged the Dell Rapids St. Mary Cardinals in Dell Rapids, South Da­kota on Monday, Feb. 17. The Elks gave it their all, but the Cardinals defeated them 72-60. Coach Steve Erickson said, “I’m proud of the effort that our kids gave and played with all night. We were right there and had opportunities, we just didn’t make the plays down the stretch that we needed to in order to win the game and, unfortu­nately, they did.”

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

Two losses for the Lady Elks

February 27, 2020

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Benton Lady Elks challenged the Dell Rapids St. Mary Car­dinals on Tuesday, Feb 18 in Dell Rapids, South Da­kota. After a hard battle, the Cardinals defeated the Lady Elks 39 – 38.
Brooklyn Nielsen scored double digits in the game, putting up 13 points with two 2-point baskets and three 3-pointers. Rachael Krog added eight points for the Lady Elks with two 2-pointers, a 3-pointer and a free throw…
The Lady Elks chal­lenged the Baltic Bulldogs on Thursday, Feb. 20. The Lady Elks fought hard, but the Bulldogs topped them, defeating them by two points, 40-38.
Rachael Krog broke double digits in scoring, making 14 points with five 2-point shots and four free throws…

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

Ladies defeated by Chester Flyers in regional playoffs

February 27, 2020

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The number nine Lady Elks played the number eight Chester Area Flyers in the first round of the Re­gion 4 playoffs. The ladies battled hard, but the Fly­ers rose above, defeating them 41-35.

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

50 Years of coaching dedication

February 20, 2020

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The RTR girls’ basketball players honored Head Coach Steve Krause (far right) of lake Benton for 50 years of coaching before Thursday’s game against Pipestone.