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09
Sep
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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.

Fri
02
Sep
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Benson and KMS meet in volleyball opener

Pictured are the seniors on this year’s Benson volleyball team.  In front from left to right are Presley Gonnerman, Kaitlyn Knutson, Sophie Ascheman, and Nicole Berens.  Back -- Hannah Hanson, Victoria Pagel, Danielle Himley, Amanda Nissen, Dana Rud, Sydney Laumeyer, and Megan Amundson.

The Benson volleyball team was set to open up the season Monday, Aug. 29 at KMS, followed by a match at BOLD, Thursday, Sept. 1, and a home match with Morris Area-CA, Tuesday, Sept. 6, which is the first of seven-straight Tuesday nights the Braves have scheduled at home.

“We have approximately 45 girls out for 9-12 volleyball, and practices are going well,” Schmidt said.  “With only two nets in the main gym to practice (auxiliary gym is being worked on), we have been staggering the practice times, which means the coaches are in the gym for 10-plus hour a day.”

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.

Fri
02
Sep
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Braves to host EV-Watkins, Friday

Ortonville and KMS play in a separate scrimmage on the other half of Brock Field, Benson quarterback Layton Connelly gets ready to take in the snap from center, Saturday morning during a scrimmage against Lac qui Parle.

The Benson football team is set to open up the 2016 season at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2 at home against Eden Valley-Watkins, followed by a game YME, Friday, Sept. 9.  

The Benson football team, coached for the 16th-straight season by Scott Gonnerman, lost eight key players from last year’s team, including Josh Manzke, Adam Lindahl, Connor Staton, Mitchell Koosmann, Grant Ascheman, Andrew Lindahl, Everett Lee, and Max McDonald.

However, the team does return a good nucleus of talent, including starting quarterback Layton Connelly, fullback Brett Sulier, wide receiver Max Peterson, linemen Shawn Aarhus, Zack Sonnabend, and Devin Vergin, and linebacker Aaron Zosel.

Head coach Scott Gonnerman lists 13 seniors, seven juniors, 10 sophomores, and 10 freshmen out for football this season.

Fri
26
Aug
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KMS football to open up season Friday, Sept. 2 at home versus YME

Rylan Hatlestad (27), one of nine players lost to graduation from the 2016 KMS football team

The KMS football team is set to get the 2016 season underway at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2 at home against Yellow Medicine East, followed by a game at Upsala-Swanville Area, Friday, Sept. 9.  

KMS is also set to take part in a four-team scrimmage in Benson at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27.

The Saints are coming off an 1-8 season from a year ago and also lost nine players from last season.  However, the team does return a good nucleus of talent, giving coach Eric Kauffmann and his team a great chance to move up in the standings this year.

Among the returning players is senior runningback/linebacker Brandin Dahl, who earned the KMS Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP honors, and was also an All-District and All-Area selection.

KMS and Benson will be playing in the Mid-State District again this year with Benson a member of the Mid-State Sub-District 2, and KMS a member of Sub-District 3.

Fri
26
Aug
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Benson girls tennis team opens up season with two wins at triangular

Katie Samuelson, one of eight seniors on this year’s girls tennis team, competes at first singles against Parkers Prairie during the season-opening triangular.

The Benson girls tennis team opened up the 2016 season with a pair of dominant wins at a home triangular, Monday.  The Braves beat Parkers Prairie in their first match, 6-1, and followed it up with a 7-0 shutout of Wadena-Deer Creek in the second match.

Benson, coming off a 15-6 season from a year ago, return eight seniors from last year’s team.  Benson was also set to compete at the NLS triangular, Tuesday, Aug. 23, host another triangular in Benson, Thursday, Aug. 25, and host a match with Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Friday...

 

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Fri
26
Aug
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Braves to host scrimmage Saturday on Brock Field

Pictured are the captains and coach for this year’s Benson football team.

The Benson football team is set to host a four-team scrimmage with Lac qui Parle, KMS, and Ortonville at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27.  The Braves are set to open up the 2016 season at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2 at home against Eden Valley-Watkins, followed by a game at YME, Friday, Sept. 9. 

The Benson football team, coached for the 16th-straight season by Scott Gonnerman, began practices Monday, Aug. 15.  The Braves lost eight key players from last year’s team, including Josh Manzke, Adam Lindahl, Connor Staton, Mitchell Koosmann, Grant Ascheman, Andrew Lindahl, Everett Lee, and Max McDonald.

However, the team does return a good nucleus of talent, including starting quarterback Layton Connelly, fullback Brett Sulier, wide receiver Max Peterson, linemen Shawn Aarhus, Zack Sonnabend, and Devin Vergin, and linebacker Aaron Zosel.

Head coach Scott Gonnerman lists 14 seniors, nine juniors, 11 sophomores, and 10 freshmen out for football this season...

 

Fri
05
Aug
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Hancock wins CV Modified Softball League title this year

CVEC Modified Softball team

Hancock went undefeated to win the Chippewa Valley Modified Softball League title this year, going 6-0 overall, including a victory over Lac qui Parle, which placed second with a 6-1 record.

Earning third was Stony Ridge (5-2), followed by KMS II (3-4), CVEC, First Security, and KMS I (each 2-5), and KMS III (1-5).

There was no postseason tournament this year for the softball league, which ended last week.  Hancock won the title with a 7-2 victory over Lac qui Parle, June 29...

 

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Fri
05
Aug
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It’s football time!

The Benson team was at the goalline as the snap from center goes to Ty Hedman and fullback Shawn Aarhus (left) and head coach Scott Gonnerman (right) look on during a passing league game last Wednesday night.

The Benson team was at the goalline as the snap from center goes to Ty Hedman and fullback Shawn Aarhus (left) and head coach Scott Gonnerman (right) look on during a passing league game against BOLD last Wednesday night.
 

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Fri
05
Aug
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Kid Day Cartwheel-a-thon

100 cartwheels in Roosevelt Park

A group of young gymnasts participated in the Kid Day Parade, passing out candy along the way.

Following the parade, they, along with other area youth, participated in the Benson Area Dazzle Gymnastics Cartwheel-a-thon where each participant completed 100 cartwheels in Roosevelt Park.

Fri
05
Aug
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Football Camp

Football camp

Alex Whitcup goes out for a pass thrown by Dusty Reich during a quarterback-receiver drill during the Elementary Football Camp for grades 1-4 and 5-8 last week, run by head football coach Scott Gonnerman (in background) and other high school volunteer coaches.  Waiting their turn behind Reich are Ryan Tolifson, Preston McGee, and Riley Schmidt.  A total of 35 players in grades 1-4 and 33 in grades 5-8 took part in this year’s camp.
 

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