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Mitteness and Magaard among Benson-KMS cross-country award winners

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams concluded their seasons at the Section 6A Meet, Oct. 24 at Pierz.  The boys team was seventh and the girls were 16th during the very strong sectional meet.  The team recapped the 2019 season at an awards banquet recently at KMS High School.

The boys team won the Minnewaska Invitational during the third meet of the season and was also second at three other meets, including the 9-team Benson Invitational.  The girls team meanwhile, was third at two meets and fourth at two others.

During the WCC Meet, the Benson-KMS boys were second of six teams and the girls were fifth of seven.

Earning All-Conference by placing in the top nine individually at the WCC Meet were Will Magaard, Jaron Furney, and Landon Thompson, while Jacob Stalling and Allie Mitteness were both honorable mention...

 

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Lady Storm fall in first two games of season

The MBA Lady Storm opened up the season with a pair of home losses to Luverne and Minnesota River.  The Lady Storm, coming off a 3-20 season from a year ago, fell to the Luverne Cardinals, Friday at the Benson Civic Center, 10-1, and also lost Saturday in Benson to Minnesota River, 9-1.

The Lady Storm also are set to host River Lakes in Morris, Tuesday, Nov. 12 before going on the road for their first road game, Saturday, Nov. 23 at Fairmont.

Back to lead the Lady Storm again this year is head coach Abby Daly.

Members of this year’s MBA Lady Storm are seniors Hannah Zimmel, Kellie Wilts, and Ryanne Bisgard; juniors Leah Thompson and Libbey Pendill; sophomores Taryn Picht and Corrie Erdahl; ninth-graders Kortney Sanasack and Allison Michaelson; eighth-graders Karlie Bruns, Isabella Alsaker, Chloe Zimmel, Gabby Schneider, and Ruby Swenson; and seventh-grader Molly Jones...

 

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Enderson, Tolifson, Dineen, Abner, and Petersons among stat leaders for Benson football team during 2019-20 season

The Benson football team closed out the 2019 season with a 3-7 overall record, winning three of its final five games after starting out 0-5.

The Braves snapped a 30-game losing streak with a 32-12 victory over KMS, Oct. 4, and then won a second-straight game for the first time in many years with a 33-0 shutout of BBE one week later during Homecoming.

Benson, seeded sixth in the Section 4A Tourney, won its first playoff game in seven years with a 35-12 upset win over Upsala-Swanville Area, but the season came to an end a few nights later with a 39-14 loss to second-seeded Mayer Lutheran.

Browerville-Eagle Valley eventually won the section title with a dominating win over Mayer Lutheran.

This was the first year of the new sub-district alignments for Benson.  The Braves had been playing in a mostly-AA sub-district, but moved to the Class A sub-district this year, switching with Kimball Area.

Wed
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Nov
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MBA Lady Storm to open up season this weekend in Benson

The MBA Lady Storm is set to get the winter sports season underway with a pair of games at the Benson Civic Center Friday and Saturday.  The Lady Storm, coming off a 3-20 season from a year ago, are set to host Luverne, Friday and St. Peter, Saturday.

The Lady Storm also are set to host River Lakes in Morris, Tuesday, Nov. 12 before going on the road for their first road game, Saturday, Nov. 23 at Fairmont.

Back to lead the Lady Storm again this year is head coach Abby Daly.

The Lady Storm had their season end last year with a loss to top-seeded Alexandria in the Section 6A opener.

Leading the team in scoring last year were current sophomore Taryn Picht and  current ninth-grader Kortney Sanasack with 11 points each.  Picht had a team-high 11 goals and Sanasack had a team-high six assists.

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Five earn WCC honors for Benson-KMS girls tennis team

Four members of the Benson-KMS girls tennis team earned All-Conference this season and another was named to the honorable mention squad.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team had its season end at the Section 6A Individual Tennis Tournament.  The Fighting Braves did not advance anyone past the first two rounds and the Benson-KMS team was also eliminated with a 4-3 loss to Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd in the Section 6A quarterfinals.

Competing at the individual tourney were Stacy Johnson and Elise Duncan in singles (both of those players fell in the round-of-16), and Halle Bundy and Kaitlyn Berreau, and Susan Knutson and Hannah Andrews in doubles.  Bundy and Berreau also lost a close first-round match, while Knutson and Andrews, seeded fourth, won their first match in three sets, but then lost in three sets in the next round to the fifth seeds...

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Saints win quarterfinal match, but fall to BBE in Section 5A semis

The KMS volleyball team reached the Section 5A semifinals before losing to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Thursday at Little Falls, 25-12, 25-23, 25-18.  BBE went on to beat Walker-Hackensack Area for the section title two nights later in a five-game thriller.

The Saints, who ended the season 17-12 overall, beat Benson in its first section match in four games and also routed Browerville-Eagle Valley in three games last Tuesday night at Long Prairie-GE High School, 25-14, 25-12, 25-7 to reach the semifinals.

The Saints were seeded second in its “pod” of Section 5A.  BBE goes into the state tourney with a 21-8 overall record.

“We were playing our best volleyball in the playoffs and that’s what you work for all season,” coach Joquel Molenaar said.  “Benson was such a tough match in the playoff opener and we were happy to get by them, but you always want more.

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KMS tops Benson in four games in section tourney

The Benson volleyball team won its first Section 5A match over Kaleidoscope Charter School, but the Braves’ season came to an end one night later with a 3-1 loss to KMS in the round-of-16, Friday night in Kerkhoven.

The Braves ended the season with a 9-16 overall record and 3-11 mark within the WCC, while KMS improved to 16-11 and was set to move on to face Browerville-Eagle Valley at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) at Long Prairie GE-High School.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s Benson volleyball team are Claire Ricard, Mariah Ahrndt, Kara Kannegiesser, Abby Lundebrek, and Abbie Mitteness.

The Section 5A Tourney continues Oct. 31 at LPGE and Little Falls, and the championship match is set for 7 p.m., Nov. 2 at Little Falls High School...
 

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Cross-country teams end season at sections

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams closed out the 2019 season by competing at the Section 6A Cross-Country Meet at Pierz, Thursday afternoon.

Staples-Motley won the girls title by 13 points over runner-up Albany, while the West Central Area boys were also victorious by 20 points over runner-up Staples-Motley.

Also advancing to state with the members of the first and second-place teams were the top eight runners from all the other teams.  Will Magaard missed out on a state berth by four places, or 25 seconds, while Natalie Jorschumb, who was 42nd in the girls meet and Allie Mitteness, who was 43rd, led the Benson-KMS girls team, but were over a minute off the state-qualifying pace.

The 2019 State Boys and Girls Cross-Country Meet is set for Saturday, Nov. 2 at St. Olaf College...
 

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Braves win 4A opener, but fall in semifinals

Mayer Lutheran scored 20 points in the first quarter on the way to a 39-14 victory over Benson in the Section 4A semifinals, Saturday at Crown College in St. Bonafacius.

The Braves stayed fairly even with Mayer Lutheran after the opening period, but the damage had already been done and Benson’s season ended with a 3-7 overall record...

 

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Braves upset USA in 4A opener, 35-12

In one of the most exciting Benson football games in the last decade, the Braves rallied from a 12-0 deficit to upset the third-seeded Upsala-Swanville Area Patriots last Tuesday night in Swanville, 35-12.

The Braves scored on two long touchdown passes from Will Enderson to Matthew Tolifson, but also scored on two long fumble recoveries by Abe Peterson and Adam Zosel, and tacked on a fifth touchdown late on a long run by Thomas Dineen.

Benson won despite running only 34 offensive plays and registering three total first downs compared to 13 first downs and 72 total plays for the Patriots.  The Braves did not have a first down in the opening half, but the defense shined on this night, taking advantage of the second-straight week where Benson was playing a team that lost its starting quarterback.

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