Local gals’ Dell Rapids Ace Hardware softball team takes first in 18U tourney

July 11, 2018

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The Dell Rapids Ace Hardware 18U Softball Team won the 2018 SESFA league tournament. Members of the winning team, pictured left to right in front, are Bergan Weiland, Hannah Heiberger, Olivia Stelzer, Rhaegyn Petersen, Cassy Geraets, Sam Price and Elly Schultz; in back are Head Coach Jen Alderson, Assistant Coach Wayne Mortrude, Zoe Mortrude, Makayla Shriver, Cora Alderson, Hannah Sims, Sydney Johnson, Assistant Coach Jessica Schultz and Assistant Coach Jill Petersen.

The Dell Rapids Ace Hardware softball team placed first in the 2018 Sioux Empire Fastpitch Softball Association 18U league tournament. The nine-team tournament was held July 7-8 at Sher­man Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
In the first round, Ace Hardware defeated In­ferno 13-5…

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Wildcats move on with a win

July 11, 2018

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The Wildcats will advance to the semifinal playoffs after their victory over the Bucks.

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Michael Tiedeman

The Buffalo Ridge Wildcats advanced to the semi-final round of the SPFL playoffs by de­feating the North Iowa Bucks 34-26 on Saturday, July 7 in Lake Benton. The Wildcats played this game short-handed, as they only had 19 players on hand; one of them got hurt early, leaving them with 18. The Wildcats were missing all but two starters on their defense and found themselves down by a score of 26-14 at halftime.

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

Wildcats all-stars selected

July 5, 2018

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Mike Tiedeman

The Buffalo Ridge Wild­cats ended their regular season with a 36-19 loss in Sioux Falls against the Sioux Empire Crusaders. The Crusaders ended their season undefeated, 8-0, and the number one seed in the West division as the Wildcats are the number two seed with a 6-2 re­cord.
Quarterback TJ Oates completed 15 of 20 passes good for 197 yards, two touchdowns and one in­terception while his broth­er David Oates completed 5 of 10 passes for 41 yards.

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Elk Nation golf tournament winners

July 5, 2018

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Elk Nation held their annual golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, June 23. The winners for the day, pictured left to right, are Kim Willers, Tony Myers, Charlie Alberts and Bruce Hanson.

Lake Benton 18u comes in third in Watertown Tournament

July 5, 2018

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Tournament award winners— Maddie Nelson for her superior defensive performance in Game 2 vs. Le Sueur-Henderson, Adrianna Johnson for her 14-strikeout pitching performance in Game 1 vs. the Wildcats, and Jazzy Prins for her 2-3 hitting performance (including a deep homerun) in Game 3 vs. Primetime from Watertown.

On Saturday and Sun­day, June 23-24, the Lake Benton 18u Girls Fastpitch Team traveled to Water­town, South Dakota to compete in the Premier Throwdown Tournament.
The first game would see Lake Benton in a rematch from the weekend before against the Wildcats from the Hartford Area. The top of the first would start with Lake Benton jumping out in front on a base hit from Jazzy Prins, a sacri­fice bunt from Adrianna Johnson and a base hit from Makayla Shriver to score Prins. Pitcher Adri­anna Johnson would hold that narrow lead with her dominating pitching per­formance of 14 strikeouts in six innings pitched.

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Lake Benton Girls 18u won Interlakes Softball Tournament for third year in a row

June 27, 2018

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Pictured in front are Maddie Nelson, Adrianna Johnson, Gabby Buckridge, Mariah Zeinstra and Jasmine Jensen. In back are Coach Jerid Johnson, Chynna Berning, Hannah Berg, Makayla Shriver, Shelby Versaevel, Lauren Powers and Coach Seth Shriver. Not pictured is Abby Hollingsworth. Pictured center front with the trophies is the team’s mascot and good luck charm, RIDGEY. According to Coach Johnson, RIDGEY goes everywhere with the team.

On June 16 and 17, the Lake Benton Girls 18u Fastpitch Team traveled to Madison, South Dakota to defend championships from the past two seasons.
Saturday’s pool play games began with the Lake Benton Team fac­ing the Wildcats from the Hartford area. The girls would strike quickly in the first inning after a base hit by Adrianna Johnson; Jasmine Jensen launched a triple to the gap to plate Johnson…

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Fastpitch tournament held in Lake Benton

June 27, 2018

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A girls 10u, 12u, and 14u fastpitch softball tour¬nament was held in Lake Benton, June 23-24 at DeZeeuw Fields. There were 22 teams playing in the tournament. A Garretson pitcher is pictured setting up to strike out a Brookings Blast batter.

Wildcats defeat Rebels at home

June 22, 2018

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After a rough first quarter, the Wildcats defeated the Rebels at home during Saturday’s game.

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Mike Tiedeman

The Buffalo Ridge Wild­cats defeated the Water­town Rebels Saturday night in Lake Benton by a score of 48-28. This win brings the Wildcats re­cord to 6-1 heading into their bye week.
The Wildcat offense once again got off to a slow start and did not score until the end of the first quarter, which tied the game at 7-7. That was the last time the game was close, as the Wildcats went ahead by a score of 28-7 by halftime.

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

Lake Benton girls 18U fastpitch team placed second in championship

June 15, 2018

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The Lake Benton Girls 18U Fastpitch team — from left to right in front are Maddie Nelson, Mariah Zeinstra, Jasmine Jensen, Liz Prins, Adrianna Johnson and Abby Hollingsworth; in back are Gabrielle Buckridge, Chynna Berning, Makayla Shriver, Sierra Van Dyke, Hannah Berg and Shelby Versaevel. Not pictured is Lauren Powers.

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Jerid Johnson

On Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, the Lake Benton 18U Fastpitch Team trav­eled to Brandon, South Da­kota to play in the Brandon Invitational Tournament. The girls finished in sec­ond place, after two cham­pionship playoff games.
The first game of the day was a pool play game against the Smash from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This game would prove to be a low scoring one, with both teams struggling to find their way against the dominant pitching perfor­mances. However, in the top of the third inning, Abby Hollingsworth led off with a triple but was thrown out while taking a wide turn at third base…

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Another win for the Wildcats

June 15, 2018

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The Wildcats made another win at home, bringing their season record to 5-1 with a 54-6 victory over the Dakota Bulldogs.

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Mike Tiedeman

The Buffalo Ridge Wildcats improved their record to 5-1 with a 54-6 victory over the Dakota Bulldogs of Mitchell, South Dakota in Lake Benton Saturday night. The Bulldogs took the ball to start the game and put together an 80-yard drive to go ahead of the Wildcats 6-0. That would be their last score as the Wildcats scored the next 54 points.

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