Hey kids, let’s play ball!

July 11, 2019

coach pitch
The coach-pitch team recently finished their season. Pictured in front are Logan McConnell, Macy Nordmeyer, Sylas Determan, Brady Eickhoff and Gabe Johnson; in back are Coach Aubrey Schindler, Brystel Kuehl, Whyatt Halling, Merrick Bloom, Elizabeth Determan, Quinn Slegers, Stella Sik and helper Madi¬syn Nielsen. Not pictured are Jackson Olson and Griffin Rouge.

Take me out to the ball game

July 11, 2019

The Lake Benton t-ball team posed for a photo last week. The t-ball program teaches kids the basics of playing ball. They work on hitting (from a tee), catching and running bases. Pictured from left to right in front are Emily Deutz, Matthew McConnell, Grady Eickhoff, Harper Hurd, Hadley Hurd, Abby Sik, Malahna Bloom, Madelyn Castle and Gabby Hach. In back are Coach Brooklyn Nielsen, Addison Castle, Lyric McKee, Grayson Livermore, Will Deutz, Gabrielle Caraway, Pyper Johnson, Ben Houselog, Coleson Slegers, Aubryn Stuefen and Coach Jesse Busselman. Not pictured are Ethan and Ashtyn Olson and Lauren Wurtz.

Lake Benton 18u ladies bring home another championship

July 3, 2019

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Lake Benton brought home another championship on Saturday, June 22. The Lake Benton 18u softball team defeated several teams to bring home the 2019 Watertown Throwdown Championship. Pictured left to right in front are Liz Prins, Mariah Zeinstra, Adrianna Johnson and Mandi Miller; in back are Paige Ahrendt, Morgyn Carson, Jasmine Jensen, Keylee Rossow, Abagail Turner and Lauren Powers.

Lake Benton Girls Fastpitch
By Jerid Johnson

On Saturday, June 22 the Lake Benton 18u soft­ball team traveled to Wa­tertown, South Dakota to compete in the Throw­down Tournament. The opening game of pool play would have the ladies fa­ceoff again against the Riv­erdogs from Sioux Falls, South Dakota in a rematch from the previous week in Madison, South Dakota. Lake Benton chose to bat first and wasted no time in jumping out to a five-run lead on hits from Adrianna Johnson, Keylee Rossow, Liz Prins, Paige Ahrendt, Abagail “Aba” Turner and Jasmine Jensen. Pitcher Adrianna Johnson and the defense would shut down the Riverdog offense 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 1st inning. It is always a high priority of the defense to get the opposing team out quickly especially after scoring in the top of the inning. Thirteen batters would come to the plate in the top of the second inning to plate eight more runners with the big blows coming on a double from Rossow and a deep triple off of the bat of Prins. In the circle, Johnson would continue to stifle the Riv­erdog batters and keep their zero on the board.

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

Wildcats end their season with a win against Mitchell

June 26, 2019

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The Wildcats finished the regular season with a win at home this past weekend.

Wildcat Sports
By Michael Tiedeman

The Buffalo Ridge Wild­cats ended their regular season with a victory over the Dakota Bulldogs Sat­urday in Lake Benton by a score of 48-0. The Wild­cats are currently in third place in the Western Divi­sion with a 5-3 record. The Dakota Bulldogs traveled from Mitchell, South Da­kota shorthanded, as only 13 players made the trip. The Bulldogs’ record is now 0-7.

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

Lake Benton Girls Fastpitch team brings home another championship

June 26, 2019

SB Champs
The Lake Benton fastpitch softball team brought home their fouth consecutive Madison Interlakes Championship title last weekend. Pictured left to right in front are Coach Mike DeZeeuw, Mandi Miller, Adrianna Johnson, Jasmine Jensen, Mariah Zeinstra, and No. 27— the Spirit of Liz Prins who was unable to be there on Sunday, held by Austin Johnson. In back are Coach Mike Versaevel, Paige Ahrendt, Keylee Rossow, Abagail Turner, Lauren Powers, Shelby Versaevel, Coach Seth Shriver and Coach Jerid Johnson.

By Jerid Johnson

On Saturday and Sun­day June 15-16, the 18u Lake Benton Girls Fast­pitch Team traveled once again to Madison, South Dakota to take part in the Interlake’s Youth Fastpitch Tournament.
The first game of pool play would see the ladies from Lake Benton show their dominance right away by scoring 16 times in the top half of inning number one versus the Winner Warriors. Each player had at least one hit and scored a run in the 21-1 three-in­ning rout of the Warriors.

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

Three-on-three youth tournament drew many teams

June 20, 2019

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Lane Schindler, front left, sets up to shoot during the Youth Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament.

Wildcats record falls to 4-3

June 20, 2019

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The Wildcats’ season record fell to 4-3 last Saturday, following a loss to the undefeated Watertown Rebels.

Submitted by
Mike Tiedeman

The Buffalo Ridge Wild­cats fell to the undefeated Watertown Rebels by a score of 33-19 in Lake Ben­ton Saturday night. The Wildcats lost earlier in the season to the Rebels, who are now 7-0. The Wildcats also lost last weekend to the Crusaders, 26-24, to give them a 4-win, 3-loss season so far as they head into their last game of the regular season. The Wild­cats are currently in third place in the Western Con­ference.

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

Wildcats lose close battle

June 13, 2019

Submitted by
Michael Tiedeman

The Buffalo Ridge Wild­cats traveled to Harrisburg, South Dakota Saturday to take on the Sioux Em­pire Crusaders, who they had defeated earlier in the season. The Wild­cats came up short af­ter finding themselves down by a score of 26-12 with only 5:43 remaining in the game.

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

Wildcats outlast Warriors

June 6, 2019

Submitted by Michael Tiedeman

The Buffalo Ridge Wild­cats traveled to Madison, South Dakota to take on the new Madison War­riors team. They had just faced this team before the league bye. The Wildcats won the first game 18-0 in Lake Benton, but this game would be much closer.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 20-0 lead at half-­time, but the Warriors found their offense in the second half of the game…

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

Several E-LB students qualify for the State track meet at Regions

May 23, 2019

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Elkton-Lake Benton hosted the 2019 regional track meet on Thursday, May 16.

By Shelly Finzen

On Thursday, April 16, Elkton-Lake Benton host­ed the 2019 regional track meet. Several of the E-LB track team members qual­ified for the state track meet, including Brooklyn Nielsen in Long Jump and 400m Dash, Julia Drietz in Triple Jump, Kayla Go­ertz, Emily Miller and Da­nial Nelson in Pole Vault, Grant DeRuyter in the 400m Dash, Miles Harm­ing in the 3,200m Run, and Isaac Jaacks in the 110m Hurdles. Below are the re­sults of the regional meet. Overall, the girls track team placed fourth in the region and the boys placed third. Those who placed in the top 10 in the region are indicated.
Girls division:
100 Meter Dash – Trin­ity Stein 13.68, fifth place, and Brooklyn Nielsen 13.76, eighth place…
Boys division:
100 Meter Dash – Ryan Smallfield 12.08, Riddick Westley 13.25 and Jack Hemmen 13.44…

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