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KMS sweeps RCW for sixth victory

Canceled due to COVID-19, the KMS volleyball team finally got in a match, Thursday, and the Saints took advantage of the opportunity with a quick three-game sweep of Renville County West, 25-17, 25-15, 25-16.  It was the third-straight win for the Saints, who improved to 6-3 overall and in the Camden North with the win over RCW. 

One night later, the Saints swept Prinsburg in the regular-season finale, earning the conference title for the second time in six seasons after also winning in 2015.  A recap of that match will be highlighted next week.

MACCRAY, which fell to KMS in five games earlier this season, is 4-3 in the conference, while Prinsburg is 2-7, Lac qui Parle is 2-7, Dawson-Boyd is 1-10, and Renville County West is 0-10.  In the Camden South, top-ranked Minneota leads the way at 11-0, followed closely by RTR (10-2), Tracy Area (9-2), Canby (9-3), YME (4-9), and Lakeview (2-4)...

Wed
25
Nov
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Benson volleyball team ends season with 4-8 record

The Benson volleyball team was hoping to close out the 2020 season with a victory after losing two more matches last week at MACCRAY last Monday, 3-0, and at home against BOLD, Thursday, 3-2.

The Braves started the season out 3-1, but fell to 3-8 overall and 3-6 in the conference with the two latest losses.  Benson’s victory over BOLD in game one snapped an 18-game losing streak for the Braves, who had lost six-straight matches by 3-0 scores before losing in five to the Warriors.

Benson was set to close out the regular-season this week, but a recent surge in COVID-19 forced the Minnesota State High School League to shut down the season Friday, meaning there will also be no section tourney.

Wed
25
Nov
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Braves fall in section opener to USA on last-second play, 22-15

Benson led 15-14 with 2:14 left in the game and Upsala-Swanville Area had possession of the ball at its own 10-yard line with only one timeout remaining.

Things looked good for the Braves, but the Patriots proceeded to go 90 yards in 12 plays before scoring the winning touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Carter Johnson to Levi Lampert.

The two-point conversion pass made it 22-15 and all that was left was the final kickoff.  The Braves tried some razzle-dazzle on the final kickoff, but the ball was recovered for a fumble as the final horn sounded to end the game...

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Wed
18
Nov
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Fall, winter seasons will overlap this school year

The Minnesota high school fall sports season started with only cross-country and girls tennis, but added football and volleyball after about a month of school.

Overall, the fall sports season has gone along pretty well, except for a bump here and there with neighboring schools having flare-ups of COVID-19.

Benson has avoided any major problems so far this fall and has to mainly deal with rescheduling a few games here and there, along with some players being quarantined  for precautionary measures...

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Wed
18
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Volleyball team 3-6 heading into final two weeks

The Benson volleyball team has two more weeks to turn things around before the start of the Section 5A Volleyball Tourney.  The Braves lost twice last week, losing a non-conference match at Osakis last Tuesday night, 3-0, and also falling at Morris Area, Thursday by a 3-0 score.

Benson started the season out at 3-1, but has since lost five-straight matches by 3-0 shutouts to fall to 3-6 overall.

The Braves were also supposed to host Sauk Centre, Friday, and play at Sauk Centre, Monday, Nov. 16, but those two matches were both canceled due to SC going to distance learning...

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Wed
18
Nov
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Braves fall to HLWW in regular- season finale

The Benson football team turned the ball over five times during a 40-13 loss to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted last Wednesday night in Benson.  The Braves were originally set to play at KMS, but the Saints were forced to end their season due to their head coach being tested positive for COVID-19.

HLWW had an opening and the Lakers took advantage of the opportunity by snapping a 27-game regular-season losing streak with the dominating win over Benson.

The Braves opened up the game with an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Ben Peterson, giving Benson a 7-0 lead only 16 seconds into the game, but the Braves couldn’t keep up with the relentless HLWW running attack, which generated 383 yards of offense on 52 rushes...

Wed
11
Nov
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Saints shut out BBE in finale, 26-0

The KMS football team dominated BBE on the way to a 26-0 shutout, Friday night at Belgrade.  The win gave the Saints a 3-2 overall record after five weeks, but KMS also found out the same night that its season is over.

Coach Jason Fernholz discovered late in the game that he had tested positive for COVID-19.  He left the game at that time, but after the game, he gave his team the bad news that the season for the Saints is over.

KMS’ last regular-season game against Benson this week has been canceled, and the Saints will also be forced to miss their first playoff game the following week, meaning the 2020 season is over...

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Wed
11
Nov
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Volleyball team falls to Waska and Montevideo

The Benson volleyball team is trying to get its groove back after losing its second and third-straight matches last week.  The Braves, who were 3-1 at one point after winning three-straight, have now fallen to 3-4 at the midway point in the regular-season.

The Braves fell in three games to Montevideo last Monday night, a team Benson had beaten in four games 11 nights earlier, and Benson also lost by a 3-0 sweep at Minnewaska Area, Thursday.

Melrose Area is 5-0 in the WCC through the early portion of the schedule, while Sauk Centre is 3-1, Minnewaska Area, Benson, and Morris Area are all 3-4, Montevideo is 1-2, and BOLD is 1-4...

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Wed
11
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Benson earns thrilling 20-18 overtime win over USA

Three clutch plays in overtime helped the Benson football team win its fourth-straight game with a 20-18 overtime victory over Upsala-Swanville Area, Friday night on Brock Field in Benson.

The Braves faced fourth down in overtime when Cole Hedman lofted a 10-yard pass to Abe Peterson for the touchdown and Peterson followed with a two-point pass to Thomas Dineen on a broken play to put Benson up 20-12.

USA scored on fourth down to pull within two points of Benson, but on the two-point try, Kellen Schmidt stopped USA quarterback Carter Johnson cold at the one-yard line to give the Braves the 20-18 win...

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Wed
04
Nov
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Braves win third-straight with 45-6 rout of B-EV

The Benson football team is on a roll.  Averaging 42 points a game in its last three outings, the Braves won their third-straight game Friday at Browerville, beating the previously-unbeaten Tigers, 45-6.

The Braves led 24-6 in a dominant first-half performance and then added 21 points in the fourth quarter while holding the high-scoring B-EV offense to just six total points.

“Wow, what an unbelievable game,” head coach Adam Foslien said.  “Our guys were up to the challenge, and man did they respond, winning dominantly on both sides of the football.  To go on the road and beat two state ranked teams in consecutive weeks says a lot about this football team, which has won three-straight road games.”

Benson is now 3-1 heading into this Friday’s 6 p.m. home game against Upsala-Swanville Area, which fell to KMS this past Friday, 12-8.  The game is also Senior Night for the Braves...

 

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