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KMS girls open up season with two wins

Pictured above from left to right are KMS captains Madeline Stallings, Kourtni Strandberg, Katie Krieger, and Mallory Rudningen, and head coach Justin Johnson.

The KMS girls basketball team opened up the 2018-19 season with a pair of wins.  The Saints, who were 7-21 overall last season, beat Atwater-CGC to open up the season, Thursday, 64-43, and also won at home against Dawson-Boyd the next night, 55-42.

Taking over as head coach of the program is Justin Johnson, who takes over for Brady DeBaere.  Johnson will be assisted by Dwayne Riley, Philip Hauge, and Tracy Herzog.  “I am very excited for the opportunity to coach these girls,” coach Justin Johnson said.  “I think there is a lot of potential here with this team, both now and in the future.”

The Saints lost only one player from last year’s team, Dacotah Rohner, so KMS should have a great chance at moving above .500 this season.

Lac qui Parle won the Camden North Conference title last year a 14-2 record, followed by MACCRAY (11-5), Dawson-Boyd (6-10), KMS (4-12), Prinsburg CMCS (3-13), and RCW (1-15).

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Lady Storm fall to 1-7 with 7-0 loss to Waseca

Chloe Zimmel (9) plays defense for the Lady Storm during an early-season game in Benson.

The MBA girls hockey team was shut out at Waseca, Thursday night, 7-0, lowering the team’s overall record to 1-7 early in the season.  The Lady Storm were also set to host Windom Area, Saturday in Benson, but that game was postponed due to a snowstorm in southern Minnesota.  A makeup date has not been determined.

The Lady Storm are set to host the next two games in Morris, beginning with a game against Park Rapids, Thursday (tomorrow) and a game with Crookston, Friday.  The next game in Benson is scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15 against Fairmont...

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PICTURED: Chloe Zimmel (9) plays defense for the Lady Storm during an early-season game in Benson.

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The Amazing Hoopsters

Rachael Osmonson performs a high-level skill with hula hoops during a special program last week at the Meadow Lane Healthcare Center.

The Osmonson family of Hutchinson (Rachael, Tyler, Kristina, and Courtney), known as “The Amazing Hoopsters” gave a program for Meadow Lane-Healthcare residents and Discovery Kids last week.  The four family members were home-schooled and would get lesson breaks during the day to learn hula hoop moves taught by their mother.  Before long, the moves turned into routines that evolved into performances.  The three oldest siblings have earned college degrees, while the youngest is still in college.  They have performed at county fairs, nursing homes and other special events.

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Benson girls beat Ogilvie in CASE-IH

Claire Ricard (left) goes up for a shot against Ogilvie.  She had a great first week with 58 points and 20 rebounds in three games.

The Benson girls basketball team went 1-2 during the opening week of the 2018-19 season.  The Braves opened up the season with a 54-45 loss at Ortonville last Tuesday night, and then split a pair of games at the Benson Invitational, Friday and Saturday, losing to Morris Area in the first game, 60-43, but coming back to win the consolation championship game, Saturday over Ogilvie, 58-49. 

Morris Area routed MACCRAY in the title game, 67-34.

This week, the Braves were set to play at Paynesville, Tuesday (yesterday) and at defending Class AA champion Sauk Centre, Thursday (tomorrow)...

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MBA boys shut out by River Lakes in opener

The Morris-Benson Area boys hockey team kicked off the season with a 9-0 loss against River Lakes last Tuesday night in Morris.  The Storm were outshot 42-16 as River Lakes scored five goals in the first period and never looked back.

MBA, coached by Jeremiah Day, Tony Schultz, and Jeff DeHaan, were also set to play Windom Area, Saturday in Benson, but that game was postponed due to a snowstorm in southern Minnesota.

MBA has seven games in Benson this season and another seven in Morris.  All seven of the games in Benson are scheduled for Jan. 5 or earlier, and only two of the games at Morris are scheduled before 2019...

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Wed
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Reuss earns 3D Award

Reuss earns 3D Award

Danielle Reuss (above) finished the season for the Minnewaska-Morris-Benson swim team with a personal-best time of 1:19.93 in the 100 yard backstroke at the final WCC meet, which was less than one second shy of making the section-qualifying time of 1:18.99.  Reuss also earned her third varsity letter this season for the team, and joined other team members on the WCC Academic All-Conference team.  In addition, Reuss earned the 3D Award (Desire, Dedication, and Determination).  “She was a good team leader, who was a great role model who encouraged our younger swimmers,” coach Linda Hoffmann said.

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MBA girls fall to Litchfield-DC, 6-0

MBA goalie Leah Thompson makes a nice save for the Lady Storm as Chloe Zimmel (9) and another teammate help out.

The MBA girls hockey team fell to 1-6 overall with three losses last week.  The Lady Storm, who won for the first time last Saturday at Park Rapids (3-2) opened up last week’s action with a 6-0 loss at Litchfield-DC.

The Lady Storm also took part in the Marshall Tournament, Saturday and Sunday, losing both games to Marshall (9-0) and Minnehaha United (11-0).

This week, MBA was set to play at Waseca, Thursday (tomorrow) before opening up a seven-game homestand at Benson and Morris, including a game at 1 p.m., Saturday in Benson against Windom Area.

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Gjerde, Rudningen, and Moist earn major awards for KMS football team

Two of the major awardwinners for the KMS football team were Weston Gjerde (at left, running with ball),
Two of the major awardwinners for the KMS football team were Weston Gjerde (at left, running with ball),

The KMS football team recently held its season-ending banquet and announced the season-ending awards. 

The Saints went 9-2 overall this year, including a 6-1 mark within the Mid-State Blue sub-district to share the title with Royalton.

KMS also earned the top seed in the Section 4A Tourney, and beat BBE (63-20) and Kimball Area (28-12) in the first two rounds before losing to Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity in the championship at St. John’s University, 33-6. 

LP-HT went on to lose to Springfield in the state quarterfinals, 24-22.

KMS and Royalton tied for the Mid-State Blue title with 6-1 league marks.  Finishing third in the sub-district were Upsala-Swanville Area and Kimball Area (both 4-3), while Browerville-Eagle Valley and Parkers Prairie were tied for fifth with 3-4 records, New York Mills was seven at 2-5, and BBE was 0-7.

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Rudningen, Krieger, Wagner among KMS awardwinners

Haylee Johnson (12) and Mallory Rudningen go up for a block against Benson as Maret Gjerde looks on from behind

The KMS volleyball team finished the season with a 16-13 overall record, the second-most wins for the Saints volleyball program since 2008.  MACCRAY won the Camden North title this season with an 8-3 record, followed by KMS (5-6), Prinsburg, RCW, and Dawson-Boyd (all 2-9), and Lac qui Parle Valley (1-10).  Minneota, which won the Class A title this season, was 35-1 overall and 11-0 in the Camden South to win the title.  They were followed by YME (10-1), Canby and Tracy Area (both 7-4), RTR (6-5), and Lakeview (5-6).

The Saints were consistent all season, never losing more than two matches in a row and never falling below .500 for their overall record.  KMS went 2-2 to place fifth at the Browerville Tournament, went 3-2 to win the championship of its “pool” at the SMSU Tournament, and 3-2 to finish as the gold runners-up at the Underwood Tourney...
 

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Lenz earns MVP for girls tennis team

Gracie Lenz was selected as the MVP for the Benson-KMS girls tennis team after leading the team with a 19-4 record playing mostly at second singles and some first doubles.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team had a great season in 2018, finishing the year with a 14-4 overall record, which included a 7-1 mark within the WCC to finish second behind Minnewaska Area (8-0).

Sauk Centre was third in the WCC (6-2), followed by Montevideo (4-4), LQP-DB, Morris Area-WCA, and Melrose Area (all 3-5), YME (2-6), and MACCRAY (0-8).

In the Section 6A Tourney, the third-seeded Fighting Braves shut out Yellow Medicine East in the first round, 7-0, before being blanked by second-seeded Osakis in the semifinals, 7-0.

Osakis went on to beat Minnewaska Area for the section title, 4-3, before going 1-2 at the state tournament to finish sixth overall.

“Osakis is a very good team and they were just better than us despite the fact that we played as well as we have all year,” Benson-KMS coach Don Brehmer said.  “Osakis really came on strong this season and that showed when they upset Minnewaska Area in the team finals, 4-3.”...
 

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