Elks honor parents at first game of the season

December 14, 2017

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Blaine Hefti gives mom Kim a hug while dad Ken looks on. Parents were honored by the basketball teams Friday evening for all the support they show their athletes.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Elkton-Lake Benton Elks honored their parents at the first basketball game of the season. The athletes show their parents appre­ciation for all the support they receive throughout the season. Following the Parents’ Night Recogni­tion, the Arlington Cardi­nals defeated the Elks, 70-57, in the first game of the season.
Grant DeRuyter and Mat­thew Nibbe led the Elks in scoring, with 14 points each…

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Lady Elks start the season with a win

December 14, 2017

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Abby Hach with mom and dad, Sara and Forrest, pictured at Parents’ Night.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lady Elks finished their first game of the sea­son on a high note, defeat­ing the Arlington Cardinals 48-42 on Friday, Dec. 8. The ladies fought hard in this women’s/men’s dou­bleheader, playing a close game from beginning to end.
The offensive game was led by Callie Otkin, with 18 points and Rachel Col­grove with 17 points…

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Girls 18u softball shuts out four other teams in Orange City, Iowa

December 14, 2017

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The Lake Benton Girls 18u softball team played in a tournament in Orange City, Iowa last weekend. Pictured in front are Mariah Zeinstra – CF, Liz Prins – 2B, Jasmine Jensen – 3B, and Adrianna Johnson – P; in back are Chynna Berning – SS, Makayla Shriver – LF, Lauren Powers – RF, Abby Hollingsworth – C, and Maddie Nelson – 1B.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Lake Benton 18u Girls Fastpitch Team traveled to Orange City, Iowa to play in a tournament on the campus of Northwestern College. The games were held indoors at the Juffer Fieldhouse.
The first game of the day saw Lake Benton take on Western Christian. The girls started off very strong with a solid single from Adrianna Johnson followed by a lined dou­ble from Jasmine Jensen…

1,000 point milestone

December 14, 2017

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Callie Otkin reached a career milestone by making her 1,000th point during the Elkton-Lake Benton vs. Castlewood game. Callie would like to thank her teammates and coaches throughout the years for helping her become the player she is today.

Lady Elks finish the volleyball season with more confidence and skills

November 9, 2017

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Karlie Christensen, center, bumps the volleyball as teammates Abygail Landsman, No. 11 Jesse Busselman, No 8 Julia Drietz, and No. 15 Hannah Krog set up to support her.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lady Elks made a surprise comeback last week, defeating Colman- Egan in the regional match on Tuesday, Oct. 31. After losing the first two sets, the Lady Elks came out on top in the last three, 22- 25, 13-25, 25-22, 25-22, and 15-10.
Abygail Landsman led the team in digs with an impressive tally of 33. Hannah Krog made 16 digs and Karlie Christens­en and Jesse Busselman each had 11…

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Lady Elks finish regular season with a win over Deuel

November 2, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lady Elks ended their regular season with a win last Tuesday, Oct. 24, as they defeated the Deuel Cardinals, 29-27, 25-13, 25-10. They head into the post season with a 22-8 record.
The ladies were digging for gold, with a team total of 37 digs in the game…

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E-LB Elementary football ends season

October 27, 2017

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The Elkton-Lake Benton Elementary Football League had a good year learning the skills needed to be a good player, as well as learning to be good sports. The team roster includes (in alphabetical order), third graders Alec Aguilar, Caden Crofutt, Xander Glynn, Blake Hanson, Berkley Hemmen, Braxton, Hess, Cade Hexem, Eli Johnson, Samuel Larson, Korbin, Mack, Joseph Nibbe, Carson Nordmeyer, David Olson, Samuel Schuurman, Eian Warren and Eric Wiskur. Fourth graders included Colt Beck, Tate Boersma, Seth DeVries, Eliot Erickson, Levi Larson, Charlie Olson, Wyatt Osland, Roberto Pantoja, Damian Pierce, Myles Poindexter, Lane Schindler, Savion Stephens, Aaron Vandewalle, Quintin Westley, Dayton Wiskur, Ethan Wiskur and James Wussow.

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The fifth and sixth grade Elkton-Lake Benton football team spent the season learning what they will need to play in middle school. Players on the team were, in no particular order, 36 Talon Lawrence, 37 Riley Nordmeyer, 38 Dustin Asmus, 39 Riddrick Westley, 40 Andrew Wieme, 41 Andrew Landsman, 42 Gage Gackstetter, 43 Lupe Castro, 44 Raph Johnson, 45 Tanner Drietz, 46 Blake DeVries, 47 Elijah Determan, 48 Andrew Tiedeman, 49 Quinten Poindexter, 50 Teigan Krog, 51 Tanner Stein, 52 Landon Wadsworth, 53 Logan Gregoire, 54 Carson Griffith, 55 Brooks Hess, 56 Jackson Smallfield, 57 Landon Johnson, 58 Caleb Seiler, 59 Isaiah Olson, 60 Colton Byer, 61 Lucas Anderson, 62 Noah Hanken, 63 Zane Stulken, 64 Ashton Neill, 65 Wade Nibbe, 66 Rylen Coe, 72 Wyatt Digre, Loren Hinders, 73 Micah Jack, and 74 Dylan Jepsen.

Lake Preston Divers defeat the Lady Elks

October 27, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lady Elks faced a tough opponent in the Lake Preston Divers last Tuesday, Oct. 17. Although the ladies fought hard, the Divers were victorious in five sets, 18-25, 25-13, 25-23, 23-25, and 14-16.
Abygail Landsman led the team in digs, with 34 for the night. Karlie Chris­tensen added another 18 to her record, with Jesse Busselman giving 13 and Hannah Korg making 12.

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Gorillas defeat the Elks in the first playoff game

October 27, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
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The Elkton-Lake Benton football team ended the 2017 season on Thursday, Oct. 19, when they were defeated by the Gregory Gorillas, 60-22, in the first round of the Class 9AA playoffs.
The Elks fought hard, with Devin Sopko leading in rushing with three runs totaling 24 yards and including a touchdown. Blaine Hefti carried the ball twice for a gain of four yards, and Caleb Goertz and Matthew Nibbe each carried once with gains of six yards and three yards, respectively.

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Three E-LB runners competed at the state level

October 27, 2017

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Three members of the Elkton-Lake Benton cross country team—Miles Harming, Callie Otkin and Riley Hunter—competed at the State Cross Country Meet held in Rapid City, South Dakota on Saturday, Oct. 21.

By Shelly Finzen
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Three Elkton-Lake Ben­ton students went on to the state level from the Oct. 11 regional cross country meet held in Irene, South Dakota. The three students—Miles Harm­ing, Callie Otkin, and Riley Hunter—ran in the state meet on Saturday, Oct. 21 in Rapid City, South Da­kota.
According to Coach Mark Harming, the day was windy and cooler than expected. Despite the weather conditions, all three runners had a suc­cessful day.

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