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Wed
19
Jan
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McGeary leads gymnasts to team title at Maple Lake

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team competed in two meets last week.  The Fighting Braves improved to 3-2 overall with a 134.75-112.15 victory over Paynesville-EVW last Tuesday night in Benson, and Benson-KMS also competed at the Maple Lake Invitational, Saturday, winning the four-team meet with a score of 135.75.
Libby McGeary won both all-around competitions during the week, scoring a 35.1 at home and a 35.75 at the Maple Lake Invitational.
Only four regular-season meets remain before the Section 6A Meet, Saturday, Feb. 12, including a meet at home against Long Prairie-GE, Thursday (tomorrow).

Wed
19
Jan
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Kobbermann helps Benson wrestlers win twice with pins in final matches

The Benson wrestling team had another busy week, competing in a home quadrangular last Tuesday at the Border West triangular, Thursday.
The Braves went 4-1 overall last week to raise their overall record to 8-9 and giving them a 6-3 record over the last two weeks.
During the home quadrangular, the Braves lost to Minnewaska Area (46-27), but also beat Wabasso (51-15) and BOLD (69-12), and at the Border West triangular, wins by heavyweight Johnny Kobbermann helped to give Benson victories over Osakis (41-36) and Border West (42-36).
Things slow down just a bit this week as Benson is set to host a quadrangular, Tuesday (yesterday) before wrestling against NLS, Friday.

Wed
12
Jan
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Gundersons and Olson earn first for KMS at Ogilvie

The KMS wrestling team had a busy week, wrestling at the Osakis quadrangular, Friday, and at the Ogilvie Invitational, Saturday.  The Saints went 1-2 at the Osakis quad, losing to Kimball Area (50-19) and Long Prairie-GE-Browerville (40-30) and also beating Osakis (45-25).
The Saints also finished second of eight teams at the Ogilvie Invite, falling just short of team champion Glencoe-Lester Prairie.
Winning titles at Ogilvie were Trey Gunderson at 106 pounds, Jett Olson at 145, and Coy Gunderson at 160.
This week, KMS, which is 5-4 overall, is set to wrestle at the Eden Valley-Watkins quadrangular, Thursday (tomorrow) at a tournament at Alexandria, Saturday.
 

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Wed
12
Jan
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Braves go 2-5 during busy week of wrestling

The Benson wrestling team had a very busy week last week, competing in three matches at the United quadrangular, Thursday, and four matches during the Milbank Invitational, Saturday.
Benson lost all three matches at the United quadrangular, losing to United (57-24), Tracy Area (52-21), and Paynesville (35-31), but Benson rebounded to 2-2 at the Milbank Invitational with wins over Sioux Falls Jefferson (60-23) and Sioux Falls Washington (51-23).
Benson is now 4-8 overall heading into this week’s action.  This week, the Braves were set to host a triangular with BOLD and Wabasso, Tuesday (yesterday) before wrestling at the Border West triangular, Thursday (tomorrow).

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Wed
12
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Storm earn fifth victory with shutout of Breckenridge-Wahpeton

The MBA boys hockey team had a pair of shutout decisions last week, beating Breckenridge-Wahpeton by a 4-0 shutout, Thursday night in Morris, but also falling by a 6-0 shutout at Mayville-Portland, Friday.  No information was received on the Mayville-Portland game by presstime.  It was the first shutout loss of the season for the Storm, who are now 5-6-1 overall.
The Storm also had a game scheduled last Tuesday at Prairie Centre, but that game was postponed until Thursday, Feb. 17 due to weather.
This week, MBA is set to skate at Willmar, Thursday (tomorrow) and host Marshall, Saturday in Benson.

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Wed
12
Jan
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Benson boys fall to Morris and Lakeview

The Benson boys basketball team is 2-8 overall after the first 10 games of the season.  During last week’s action, the Braves lost at Morris Area-CA, Thursday, 79-36, and also lost at home to Lakeview, Saturday, 72-50.
The Braves had also been scheduled to play at Swanville last Tuesday night, but that game was postponed to Thursday, Jan. 27 due to weather.
This week, Benson was set to play at KMS, Tuesday (yesterday) before coming home for a game against BOLD, Thursday (tomorrow).
No statistics were available for the Morris Area and Lakeview games, but in the results that follow is information about the Braves’ games at the RTR Holiday Tourney, Dec. 28-29.

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Thu
06
Jan
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KMS wrestlers second and Benson fourth at Braves Wrestling Classic

The Benson wrestling team hosted the Braves Wrestling Classic, Friday, with Tracy Area winning the 8-team title.  
KMS, which finished second, had three individual champions with Trey Gunderson (106 pounds), Noah Johnson (120), and Coy Gunderson (160), while Benson, which finished fourth overall, had two individual titleists in Nathan Bolduc (170) and Thomas Dineen (195).
This week, Benson was set to take part in a quadrangular at Montevideo, Thursday (tomorrow) and the Milbank Invitational, Saturday, while KMS was set to compete at Osakis, Friday, and at the Ogilvie Tourney, Saturday.
Thomas Dineen is still undefeated at 14-0 and ranked first in state for the Braves through the 2021 portion of the schedule while Trey Gunderson is undefeated at 16-0 for the Saints and is ranked first in state at 106 pounds.

Thu
06
Jan
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Lady Storm earn first win over International Falls

The MBA Lady Storm earned their first win of the season during the opening round of the Benson Holiday Girls Hockey Tourney.
MBA beat International Falls, 8-1, in the first game last Tuesday afternoon before losing to Litchfield-DC in the championship game last Wednesday, 10-1.
The Lady Storm, now 1-10 overall, have three home games scheduled this week, beginning with a game in Benson against St. Peter, Tuesday (yesterday) and continuing with a doubleheader against Visitation in Morris, Friday night and Saturday.
No statistics were received from the coaches for the International Falls game.

Thu
06
Jan
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Storm claim title at home tournament

The MBA boys hockey team earned the championship at the Storm Hockey Classic last Tuesday and Wednesday at the Benson Civic Center.
The Storm routed Park Rapids in the first game last Tuesday afternoon, 7-2, and then edged MayPort Area in an overtime shootout last Wednesday, 4-3.
MBA improved to 4-5-1 overall with the win and tie.  In high school hockey, if the game is tied after overtime, it officially is a tie, but a shootout was needed to determine the tournament champion.
This week, the Storm were set to play at Prairie Centre, Tuesday (yesterday) before hosting Wahpeton-Breckenridge, Thursday (tomorrow) at Morris, and skating at MayPort Area, Friday.

Thu
06
Jan
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Double gold is Top Story from 2022

The year 2021 started off a little late due to COVID-19, but once it got started, there was a lot of success for Benson and KMS student-athletes.
Benson, KMS, or Benson-KMS advanced athletes to the state level in wrestling, gymnastics, boys tennis, boys golf, girls golf, cross-country, and girls tennis, with two of the athletes coming home with gold medals.
Yes, Thomas Dineen and Libby McGeary earned state gold medals last year and without a doubt, that was selected as the top high school sports story of 2021.

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