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06
Sep
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Saints edge Braves in two OT’s, 34-28

Matt Tolifson (2) stiff-arms KMS’ Brandon Rasmusson (14) before scooting around right end to complete a 57-yard touchdown pass from Will Enderson to open up the scoring, Friday night at Murdock

Saints edge Braves in two OT’s, 34-28

 

Both teams had their chances, but only one team would leave the Murdock football field as the winner and the other was destined to leave disappointed.

The Benson Braves rallied from an early 15-8 deficit to go up 28-22, but the KMS Saints rallied with a late touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Caleb Collins to Weston Gjerde to tie up the score and then scored the winning touchdown in the second overtime when Collins ran around right end from the three-yard line on fourth down, giving the Saints the hardearned 34-28, double-overtime victory.

Total yardage for the game was fairly close as KMS held a 336-253 advantage in total yards, but Benson got 155 of its yards on only three plays and was held to just 98 yards in its other 41 plays combined.

Thu
31
Aug
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Cross-country teams set to open up this week

Pictured above from left to right are the captains and coach of the Benson-KMS cross-country teams.  From left to right are Jon Tostenson, Amiah Akerson, coach Samantha VanHeuveln, Megan Tollefson, and JayEven McGee.

Cross-country teams set to open up this week

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams are set to open up the 2017 season Monday, Aug. 28 at the Morris Invitational. The Fighting Braves are also set to compete at the Lac qui Parle Invitational, Thursday, Aug. 31, while among the other major meets of 2017 is the Benson Invitational, Monday, Oct. 9, the Section 6A Meet at Long Prairie-GE, Thursday, Oct. 26, and the State Boys and Girls Cross-Country Meet at St. Olaf College, Saturday, Nov. 4.
Besides the fact that the cross-country teams lost four boys and four girls from last year’s team due to graduation, the program will have a new coach this year after the co-coaches both resigned last year.
Taking over as the new coach is Samantha (Goff) VanHeuveln, a graduate of Benson High School and Jamestown College.
VanHeuveln won a gold medal in the.........

Thu
31
Aug
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Saints fall to Kimball in opener

Haylee Johnson, who had a team-high nine kills during the opening match, pounds a spike across the net as Morgan Lesteberg (left) and Katie Krieger (behind) prepare for a return.

Saints fall to Kimball in opener
 

The KMS volleyball team opened up the season with a 3-1 loss at home to Kimball Area, Friday night in the Kerkhoven gym.
The Saints also ended the 2016 season against Kimball, losing to the Cubs in the Section 5A Tourney semifinals in four games.
“Overall, it was a good start,” KMS head coach Joquel Molenaar said.  “We definitely didn’t play clean; had lots of unforced errors on our part, which killed our momentum throughout each game and made it more difficult to win.  If we clean up our game and find a way to score, this will be a strong volleyball team.”
The Saints lost several key starters from last year’s team, but does return a good........

Thu
31
Aug
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Saints, Braves to open up season, Friday in Murdock

KMS quarterback Caleb Collins tries to get off a pass while evading a couple of Lac qui Parle defenders during a four-team scrimmage in Benson, Saturday morning.

Saints, Braves to open up season, Friday in Murdock

The Benson Braves and KMS Saints are set to meet up in the 2017 high school football opener at 7 p.m., Friday in Murdock.  The Saints are coming off a 5-5 season from a year ago, while the Braves were 1-8 last year.
Both teams play in the Mid-State sub-district, with the Saints playing in the red division and the Braves playing in the white.  KMS lost five seniors to graduation from last year’s team, while the Braves lost 13 key seniors.
This will be the second-ever meeting between the Swift County schools.  The first took place in........

 

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Thu
31
Aug
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2017 Benson Football Team

Pictured above are members of the Benson football team, set to open up the 2017 season this Friday at 7 p.m. at KMS (Murdock).

Pictured above are members of the Benson football team, set to open up the 2017 season this Friday at 7 p.m. at KMS (Murdock).

Thu
31
Aug
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Tennis team opens up season with 2-2 record

Emma Heinzig (right) gets ready to hit a smash at the net as first doubles’ partner Olivia Hoffman looks on from behind.  The Braves have opened up the season with a 2-2 record and are set to host Minnewaska, Thursday

Tennis team opens up season with 2-2 record

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team opened up the season last week with a 2-2 record.  The Fighting Braves, coming off a 16-3 season from a year ago, opened up the new season with a 4-3 loss at NLS last Tuesday.
Benson-KMS was supposed to open up the season last Monday with a home triangular, but that event was rained out and a new date has not been set yet.
The Fighting Braves did host a triangular, Thursday, shutting out Morris Area in one match, 7-0, but also losing the other to Annandale by the same score.
The week came to a close with a 6-1 win at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Friday.........

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Wed
23
Aug
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Bike Winner at the Summer Reading Program Finale.

Blake Razink was one of the winners of a bike at the Summer Reading Program finale, Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the Library.

Blake Razink was one of the winners of a bike at the Summer Reading Program finale, Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the Library.

Wed
23
Aug
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KMS volleyball team opens up season, Friday

Although Samantha Gjerde (4) is gone from the team, the Saints do return a number of letterwinners, including Mallory Rudningen (14) and Katie Krieger (back).

The KMS volleyball team is set to get off to an early start this year with a match Friday, Aug. 25 at home against Kimball Area.  The Saints are also set to play at Minnewaska Area, Monday, Aug. 28, and at Benson, Tuesday, Aug. 29.  The KMS volleyball team finished the 2016 season with a 13-18 overall record and were also 3-8 in the always-tough Camden North Conference.  However, you could also say the team finished 12-6, if you count the matches where the team played at full strength. 

KMS lost six seniors to graduation from last year’s team -- Riley Hart, Samantha Gjerde, Tori Everson, Alexis Lamecker, Molly Jeppesen, and Kaitlin Ilgen....

 

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Wed
23
Aug
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Braves open up season Aug. 29 versus KMS

Grace Lee is one of only four players who played for the Braves last year and return for 2017.

The Benson volleyball team is set to open up the season with a home match against KMS, Tuesday, Aug. 29.  The Braves, coached by Shannon Schmidt, are coming off a 4-20 record from a season ago, which also included a 3-11 mark within the WCC.

Benson lost nine members of last year’s team to graduation, including almost the entire starting lineup.  Gone from last year’s team are Nicole Berens, Megan Amundson, Sophie Ascheman, Amanda Nissen, Presley Gonnerman, Kaitlyn Knutson, Danielle Himley, Victoria Pagel, and Dana Rud.

Nissen, Ascheman, Amundson, Gonnerman, Pagel, and Himley were the top six hitters for the Braves last season, while Knutson had the second-most set assists, Amundson, Berens, Ascheman, and Nissen were the top four in digs and serve returns, Pagel led the team in blocks, and six of the top seven servers were Berens, Ascheman, Amundson, Nissen, Knutson, and Gonnerman.

Wed
23
Aug
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Girls tennis team has first meet postponed

Gracie Lenz (background) returns a shot during preseason practices for the girls tennis team as Anna Samuelson waits at the net.

Girls tennis team has first meet postponed

 

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