Local sports writer named to Hall of Honor

Bluff Country Newspaper Group sports writer Bill Bentson with his Hall of Honor award for his involvement in Minnesota basketball. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Bluff Country Newspaper Group sports writer Bill Bentson was inducted into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 2018.

The MBCA Hall of Honor has been established to honor those persons who have helped to improve, promote and/or serve basketball in Minnesota. Honorees have been longtime supporters of their local teams or have given outstanding service to the game of basketball.

Awards are given in four categories: officials, media, coaches and friends of basketball. To be eligible for the Hall of Honor, a person must have been involved with basketball for at least 20 years. That person must be nominated by a MBCA member, the MBCA Executive Board or the MBCA Hall of Fame Committee. 

Bentson, who was inducted as media/friend of basketball has been involved in nearly every aspect of a basketball game: player, coach (head, assistant, varsity, junior high, fifth and sixth grade for 40 plus years), scorekeeper, timer, public address announcer, radio announcer, TV commentator, referee, athletic director, principal, conference stat person (Pheasant and Three Rivers) and newspaper writer.  He conducted the state rankings for Minnesota Basketball News for 17 years and continues to contribute articles to MBBN at the current time.

Bentson has been writing about local sports, including Chatfield, Fillmore Central and Kingsland teams, for the newspapers of the Bluff Country Newspaper Group since 2003. He also has a weekly column in the Bluff Country Reader.

He noted that he owed a “huge thank you to my wife and four children for all their support.” He also thanked the MBCA and Executive Director Tom Critchley.

The other 2018 inductees were: 47-year suburban official Ron Haman; New London-Spicer and Ridgewater College coach Bob Knutson; Ken Klawiter, a friend of basketball serving Hayfield High School since 1972; and broadcaster Tom Lano, who started in 1978 and has spent the past 30 years at KKCQ in Fosston. The honorees were honored guests who were recognized and presented with a plaque at the MBCA Fall Clinic Awards Luncheon in Minneapolis last fall.


Congratualtions Bill & Well Deserved!  I remember  when you kept all the stats, records, etc for the Pheasant Conference in the 1970's & 80's!  The Pheasant Conference were always interesting!