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Saints top Kimball 8-7 for first win

Brandin Dahl picks up some yardage for the Saints during a scrimmage against Ortonville earlier this fall.  KMS earned its first win of the season, Friday at Kimball Area, 8-7.

The KMS football team pulled out an 8-7 victory at Kimball Area, Friday, picking up its first win of the 2016 season in the process.  The Saints trailed 7-0 at halftime before scoring on a one-yard run by Caleb Collins in the third quarter, and Collins also connected up with Weston Gjerde for the winning two-point conversion.

It was an even game between the two teams as both teams had eight first downs and KMS gained 185 total yards on 52 plays compared to 195 yards on 55 plays for Kimball, which dropped to 0-3 overall.

“A win is a win, no matter how you look at it,” KMS head coach Eric Kauffmann said.  “We knew going into the game that they were going to have a hard time running the ball against us, so we practiced against the pass all week and made some changes and it paid off.”

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Gjerde injured as KMS falls in five games to Canby

Alexandra Walsh (5) spikes past a block attempt at the net during a early match for the Saints this season.  At right for KMS is Katie Krieger.  The Saints split their matches last week, sweeping DB and losing in five games to Canby.

The KMS volleyball team suffered a couple of tough blows last week as the Saints lost in five games to Canby, Thursday, in a match that also saw senior setter Sam Gjerde go down with a knee injury.

The Saints opened up last week’s action with a three-game sweep of Dawson-Boyd last Tuesday night, but two nights later, KMS fell to Canby in five games, 16-25, 25-19, 20-25, 30-28, 15-8, while also losing Gjerde to an injury that could impact the remainder of the season for the Saints.

KMS, which dropped to 8-2 overall and 3-1 in the Camden Conference, is still in a three-way tie for first place in the Camden North Conference with Prinsburg CMCS and MACCRAY.

The Saints have three matches this week, including a home match with Prinsburg, Tuesday (yesterday).  KMS also is set to play at Kimball Area, Monday, and at YME, Thursday (tomorrow)...

 

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Tennis team improves to 11-1 with win over Morris

Grace Ricard stretches for a shot at the net during second doubles’ action as teammate Olivia Hoffman looks on from behind.  The girls tennis team improved to 11-1 last week, while Ricard and Hoffman improved to 12-0.

The girls tennis team just keeps rolling along as the Braves topped Morris Area last Tuesday night in Morris, 5-2, to improve their record to 11-1 overall and 4-1 in the WCC.

The Braves fell to Minnewaska Area during their previous match, Sept. 8, ending a 10-match winning streak to open up the season, but Benson didn’t waste any time starting a new one at the expense of the Tigers.

Benson can still earn a co-share of the WCC title if Melrose tops Minnewaska Area when the two teams meet Sept. 27.  

The Braves also have a shot at the second seed in the Section 6A Team Tourney behind Minnewaska, but that will depend upon the outcome of an Oct. 3 matchup at home against Osakis.

Grace Ricard and Olivia Hoffman, who have played mostly second doubles, continue to lead the girls tennis team with 12-0 records, while Rose McDonald and Cassie Fugleberg are both 10-2, Kellie Enderson is 9-3, and Gracie Grussing and Olivia Vergin are both 8-4.

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Benson volleyball team rallies for win over ACGC

Pictured: Danielle Himley (12) and Victoria Pagel (8) go up for a block attempt against Sauk Centre as Nicole Berens (left) looks on.

The Benson volleyball team had a busy week last week, splitting a pair of WCC matches last Tuesday and Thursday before going 1-3 to place sixth at the Minnewaska Area Tournament, Saturday.

The Braves opened up the week with a three-game loss to Sauk Centre last Tuesday night at home, but came back two nights later to win at ACGC in five games to improve its WCC record at 2-3.

On Saturday, Benson went 1-2 during pool play at Minnewaska Area, losing two matches by tiebreakers, before losing to Ortonville in three games in the fifth-place match.

Benson, 3-7 overall, has another busy week this week beginning with a home match against Montevideo, Tuesday (yesterday) and continuing with a match at Melrose, Thursday (tomorrow), and the Willmar Tournament, Saturday...

 

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Sep
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Braves fall to Morris Area, 41-21

Layton Connelly (10) uses a block from Brett Sulier (behind Connelly) and others to pick up some yardage during Friday’s loss to Morris Area.  In the background are Cole Vergin (77) and Zack Sonnabend (52).

The Benson football team played with the visiting Morris Area Tigers for one half, Friday night on Brock Field, but the Tigers proved to be too much in the second half, outscoring the Braves 20-6 to earn a 41-21 victory.

Benson, which pulled to within 21-15 with a touchdown late in the first half, lost its top defensive player for the second half due to an injury.  Brett Sulier, who also starts at fullback, did not play the second half due to a hand injury.  His status for this Friday night was not known by presstime.

“We assessed the situation at halftime and in the best interest of the player and to not risk further injury, I opted to sit the player out the second half,” Benson head coach Scott Gonnerman said.  “We all want to win in the worst way, but I will always take and put the care and health of our players first.

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Saints top Benson and Minnewaska

Molly Jeppesen (16) had seven kills during the win over Benson.  Above, she spikes over Anna Gosson (16) and Sophie Ascheman (4).

The Saints are off and running!

The KMS volleyball team opened up the season with a 3-0 victory over Benson last Monday night in Kerkhoven, and then came back three nights later to sweep Minnewaska Area in another home match, 25-15, 25-7, 25-23.

The 2-0 start should give the Saints confidence as they head into a busy second-week of action this week.

“Against Minnewaska Area, the girls came out a little more relaxed with a match under their belts,” coach Joquel Molenaar said.  “We took advantage of a lot of mistakes by Minnewaska Area in the first two games, and then, after struggling a bit in game three, the girls were able to play disciplined and finish off the match win.”

KMS was set to open up the Camden Conference schedule with a home match against Renville County West, Tuesday (yesterday) followed by a match at Lac qui Parle, Thursday (tomorrow), and the Browerville Tourney, Saturday...

 

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Braves fall in volleyball openers

The ball falls to the floor for the final point as KMS players celebrate a three-game sweep of Benson during the volleyball opener at KMS last week.

The Benson volleyball team opened up the 2016 season with a pair of 3-0 losses at KMS, last Monday night and at BOLD, Thursday.

The Braves are coming off a 5-19 season from a year ago and lost four key players from last year’s team, but do return a good nucleus of talent for the upcoming season.

This week, Benson is set to host Morris Area-CA, Tuesday (yesterday) before playing at Minnewaska Area, Thursday (tomorrow).

The complete Benson varsity volleyball roster for 2016 includes seniors Sophie Ascheman, Nicole Berens, Presley Gonnerman, Amanda Nissen, Megan Amundson, Victoria Pagel, Dana Rud, Kaitlyn Knutson, and Danielle Himley; and juniors Courtney McNeill and Anna Gosson...

 

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Girls tennis ups record to 9-0 with two more wins

Olivia Vergin (left) puts back a shot at the net during a first-doubles’ win over Melrose last week as Gracie Grussing looks on from behind.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team kept its perfect season alive with a pair of conference wins last week.  Benson, now 9-0 overall and 2-0 in the WCC, edged Melrose Area in a home match last Tuesday night and then traveled to Sauk Centre, Thursday, beating the Mainstreeters 5-2.

This week will be another big test for the team as Benson was set to host MACCRAY, Tuesday (yesterday) followed by a match at the league favorites, Minnewaska Area, Thursday (tomorrow).

All 11 players that have seen action this year for Benson have winning records, including Grade Ricard (9-0), Olivia Hoffman (9-0), Sophia Curriel (5-0), and Gracie Lenz (4-0), who are all undefeated.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis program has six WCC titles under its belt in 1994, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010, and has also qualified to state three times in 2006, 2008, and 2009....

 

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Braves blown out by EVW in season opener, 49-0

Pictured: Brett Sulier (right) uses a block from Ross Grussing to pick up some yards during a game against Eden Valley-Watkins, Friday night in Benson.

The Benson football team opened up the season with a 49-0 loss to Eden Valley-Watkins, Friday night on Brock Field.  The Braves ran 59 plays  compared to 37 for EVW, and also had nine first downs compared to eight for the Eagles.

However, EVW gained over 10 yards per offensive play from scrimmage and held the Braves to just 125 total yards on the way to the lopsided win.

“We knew they’d be very good, especially at the specialty positions, and their line play was very good as well,” Benson head coach Scott Gonnerman said.  “Most of their players on the line had one year of experience from last season.  They weren’t as big (heavy) as we were on the line, but they were very athletic and moved well, and they did a very good job of controlling the line of scrimmage on offense and defense.”

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Cross-country teams compete at Morris

From left to right are co-coach CeCe Terlouw, Josh Bailey, Libby Peters, and Devin Bundy, and co-coach Micah Driscoll.

The Benson-KMS boys and girls cross-country teams opened up the 2016 season at the Morris Area Invitational last Monday night at the Pomme de Terre Golf Course in Morris.

The boys team finished 10th in a meet won by West Central Area, while the Benson-KMS girls did not field a complete team during the race won by Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd.

The Benson-KMS teams were also set to compete at the LQP Invitational, Thursday, but results of that meet were not available by presstime.

Next up for the teams is the Long Prairie-GE Invitational, set for Monday, Sept. 12....

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams competed at the Morris Area-CA Invitational last Monday at the Pomme de Terre Golf Club in Morris, but both teams are struggling with early-season injuries and Fair commitments.

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