Chrissy was born on February 15th, 1980 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She is the daughter of Robbie Benson, Joni Benson, and Shawn McMahon. Her family includes two sisters, Nicole and Cassie. Chrissy’s grandfather, Curly Gasperlin, was inducted into the Sacred Heart Hall of Fame in 1993.
Chrissy attended Sacred Heart from kindergarten through 12th grade and graduated in 1998. She went to college at Minnesota University State Moorhead and played basketball for one season. Chrissy graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.
At Sacred Heart, Chrissy excelled as a four-sport athlete in volleyball, basketball, track, and softball. In volleyball, she was a standout player and a 4-time all-conference selection. As a track athlete, she advanced to the Section 8 meet in the triple jump. When the program started in 1997, Chrissy was a member of the school’s first softball team. During her first full season in 1998, she used her abilities at the shortstop position and at the plate to guide the Eagles to a 11-1 regular season record, but unfortunately, the team missed out on advancing to the section tournament.
Chrissy had success in every sport she played, but it was on the basketball court where she shined the brightest. She was a 4-year letter winner and a force in the Northern Galaxy Conference, earning all-conference honors four times. During both her junior and senior seasons, Chrissy was voted as the conference’s “Defensive Player of the Year” and was named as one of the “Top 100 Girls’ Basketball Players in Minnesota” by Minnesota Basketball News. She averaged 18.2 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game as a senior and made the all-state team. Chrissy ended her high school basketball career ranked third on the all-time scoring list at Sacred Heart with 1,468 career points.
Chrissy’s athleticism was recognized as she was named the “Grand Forks Herald Female Athlete of the Year” at Sacred Heart as both a sophomore and a senior. When asked about Chrissy’s outstanding abilities, former basketball coach Chris Reck said, “Of all the players that I have coached, Chrissy was the hardest worker and will always be recognized as a great scorer. She could kill you with the three-pointer and then burn you with her quick first step as she drove to the basket. What is easily forgotten though was her tenacity on defense. She always took the toughest defensive assignment and could pretty much neutralize the other point guard. She averaged an amazing 3.3 steals per game. Chrissy was a true leader on and off the court. There were not too many days that she didn’t stay back after practice to perfect her game. She is very deserving of this honor.”
She has been a shining example to all of the young girls at Sacred Heart, not only as a great athlete, leader, and student, but also as a great person. We hope these qualities will inspire and be instilled in all of our athletes for generations to come at Sacred Heart.