Written by Marketing & Communications EPIC interns: Mykenah Anderson ‘26, Katherine Berthoud ‘25, Lara Depauw ‘24, Gabriella Lenzmeier ‘24, Matilda Pihart ‘24, Grace Soderling ‘26, Sophia Wessling ‘25, and Isabella Yacoub ‘25
From trivia to skiing slopes, courtroom cross-examinations to kickline, our Red Knights have made the most of the winter season. Through co-curricular activities and athletics, students are showcasing their hard work & talent as their seasons come along.
The alpine ski team had a slow start to their season due to frigid weather and a lack of snow. However, ski team members prevailed and went on to have a strong season. Both the girls’ and boys’ alpine teams placed 1st at the Wild Mountain Invite in December. “Ski team is all about teamwork, pushing your limits, and having fun. Skiing together creates a special bond and helps you grow as an athlete,” says Bennett Erickson ‘25. Red Knights competed in the Metro West Conference Meet last Thursday, Feb. 1 with boys finishing in 2nd and girls in 1st. The team looks forward to competing in sections on Tuesday, Feb. 6, and hopes to compete at State!
The BSM varsity boys’ basketball team has enjoyed a strong start to the season. They recently clinched big wins over Chanhassen and Eden Prairie. The team maintains a strong competitive spirit throughout their games and practices where they strive to improve their skills together. “We are hard to beat when we work as a family,” states Christian Johnson ‘25. The boys look forward to finishing their season on a high note and hope to win their section and compete in the state tournament!
With a record of 13-4-1, boys’ hockey has left all their effort on the ice as they have battled through many tough games this season. Carter Callan ‘25 described the team sharing, “Our team has some of the hardest workers I have ever met. It really paid off beating Edina earlier this season and I think it will pay off coming down the stretch.” The team has goals to make it to state this year as they have won some important matchups. Good luck to our Red Knights as they compete the rest of the season!
Boys' Swimming and Diving
The boys’ swim team has demonstrated exceptional skill and athleticism while breaking BSM records this season. Most recently, Joey Sandhoefner ‘25 set a new BSM record for the 100-yard breaststroke and individually placed first at the Maroon & Gold Invite. With this accomplishment, the team placed third as a whole at the invite. “We have a lot of young swimmers who have been working very closely with our new assistant coach and they have been cutting down their times,” shares Will Gadtke ‘25. The team holds excitement about the future and looks forward to sections at the end of February!
Students of all levels have joined the chess club at BSM. Chess coach and science teacher Mr. Stevens encourages students to join, sharing that it is “challenging your brain to think in a different way. It's always good for your brain to practice new skills and just to learn new things. So come try something new, something you maybe haven't tried before.”
Amid the winter sports season, the dance team has been busy preparing for the section tournament held on Saturday, Feb. 3! Some season highlights include hosting a JV meet here at BSM, attending conference champs where they placed second in their conference, and attending the Edina invitational earlier in January. Captains Sloane Dokman ‘24, Hannah Blackwood ‘24, and Lauren Adams ‘25 share, "As captains, we have put a lot of time and effort into this season. We love getting to lead and dance with such an amazing group of girls." Varsity Jazz finished first at sections and Kick finished second, both teams are now set to compete in the state tournament on Feb. 16-17. Good luck, Red Knights!
The E-sports club has students from all grades participating and having fun this season. Members practice in the cube after school and play a variety of games, including Super Smash Bros. It has been a successful E-sports season!
The figure skating club at BSM creates a positive and engaging experience for every member involved. They meet monthly at school, however, they practice and compete with their individual skating club teams. The members compete in ladies' singles as well as synchronized skating. “It is so refreshing to have other highly competitive figure skaters present at BSM,” states captain Natalie Lamers ‘25, “We motivate each other through practices and competitions even though we are all at different levels in our skating experience.” The club hopes to qualify as a school team for the new US figure skating virtual competition later this year.
The BSM girls’ basketball team has battled through a tough schedule as they seek to return to the state tournament this coming March. Despite many challenges throughout the season, the team remains undefeated in their conference and hopes to seek the first conference championship in many years. Senior captain Olivia Olson scored a record-breaking 2000 career points this season, making her the first player in BSM girls’ basketball history to achieve this milestone. Junior Isabella Yacoub states, “It’s great to see the high effort level and commitment the players have this season. We have many goals that we have been working hard to achieve, and its great to see the progress we have already made this year.” Good luck to the team as they continue to battle through this competitive season!
The BSM girls’ hockey team had an incredible start to their season with a 7-6 win against Stillwater! Their hard work paid off and earned them wins against Moorhead, Wayzata, Thief River Falls, Roseau, Edina, and Andover. Captain Avalyn Mikkelson ‘24 shares, “Our team has put in the dedication since day 1. It didn’t start when the season started; it started with everyone putting in the effort on and off the ice pre-season. Coming into this program as a freshman with a tough past of losing to Edina every year, to finally beat them my senior year, has been a great testament to the growth of this program.” Finish off your season strong, Red Knights!
The knowledge bowl team competes in several competitions throughout the season, specializing in topics such as history, science, math, politics, entertainment, and more. This activity is considered a very fun and stress-free way to compete through trivia. BSM’s team, The Bowler Express, has had a very successful competition season. Luke Sauer ‘25 says, “The entire knowledge bowl team has not only grown in numbers since last year, but our teams are finishing higher and higher every competition.” It is great to see the significant progress this team has made, and we can’t wait to see more achievements to come!
BSM’s medical club continuously strives to prepare the next generation of medical leaders in our world. To work towards this goal, monthly meetings are held where speakers in various medical fields give presentations on what they do for work. Sophomore member Olivia Kremenak shares great enthusiasm about the club stating, “So far the year has gone great. I have learned so much in the club and have so much fun in our welcoming environment.”
The mock trial team started their season off with a supreme court visit in November, followed by a visit to the Hennepin County Crime Lab. They attended the U of M Golden Gavel scrimmage in December, with varsity placing 3rd out of 28 teams! Individual awards were given to Al Brown ‘25, Anya Seppala ‘26, and Liya Elias ‘26. On Saturday, Jan. 6 the team placed 4th out of 56 other teams at the Minneapple Tournament in Apple Valley. Individual awards were given to Emily Walsh ‘24, Brynja Lockman ‘25, Liya Elias ‘26, Ash Lynch ‘25, Nico Peterson ‘26, and Violet Grendahl ‘27. Advisor Ms. Murray shares, “The BSM Mock Trial teams have been working diligently on their case since late October and have been highly successful this season so far taking home top 5 placements in two major tournaments (U of M and Minneapple) and hosting their own Red Knight Invitational in December. The captains - seniors Emma Grniet, Emily Walsh, and junior Al Brown- have led the teams to victory after victory so far! As a team, we are hoping to make it to state again, which would be the 6th time in the last 7 years! Our team goal is to make the top 3 in the state!”
BSM nordic started their season off on roller skis learning new techniques as they patiently waited for snow. This season the team saw a few new members compete in their first nordic race ever. Red Knights could finally race on fresh snow as a full team in January. The team is looking forward to finishing their season strong!
Snowboard/ Ski Club
Ski and snowboard club members are hitting the slopes as they take on the local hills of Welch Village, Afton Alps, Trollhaugen, and Wild Mountain. The club is non-competitive and available to all BSM students at any level. This year the club gained many new members from many different grades. New member Arabella Lenzmeier ‘29 says, “I was excited to join the club because I enjoy skiing with friends.” Club members are excited for more opportunities to ski and snowboard recreationally in the future.
So far, the BSM speech teams have had a fantastic start to their season with many new memories joining. Speech captain Emily Walsh ‘24 shares, “I’m so excited to watch those who are new really grow and flourish as the season progresses. A lot of people are trying new categories and pushing themselves this year, which is always great to see.” Looking ahead, the speech team hopes to have more overall placements at tournaments and to see more members take on high-level competitions like state and even nationals.
Wrestling has long been a tradition at Benilde High School and Benilde-St. Margaret's. State tournament participation dates back to 1960. This season, wrestlers have battled through a competitive schedule with the team finishing several tournaments with place winners. One season highlight was senior Chris Redden achieving his 100th career win as the team placed second at the Roseville Invitational. Finish off your season strong, Red Knights!