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31
Oct
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Saints earn berth in 4A finals with 28-12 win over Kimball

Dylan Rudningen (22) was held out of the end zone by Kimball, but Alex Call and Titian Norton combined for three passing touchdowns during the Saints’ 28-12 win over Kimball Area, Saturday.

The KMS Saints earned a 28-12 win over Kimball Area in the Section 4A semifinals, Saturday in Murdock, advancing the Saints to the section finals set for 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2 at St. John’s University against second-seeded Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity.

Last year, the sixth-seeded Saints upset third-seeded LP-HT in the opening round of the section tourney, 26-7, before falling to second-seeded Mayer Lutheran in the semifinals, 42-7.

Kimball Area did its best to keep 2,000-yard rusher Dylan Rudningen in check, but it forgot about the KMS passing game, which came through with four passing touchdowns, including three from quarterback Alex Call to Titian Norton.

Kimball Area, which fell to KMS earlier this season 45-33, held leads of 6-0 and 12-7, but the Saints scored the final three touchdowns of the game to rally for the win.

Wed
31
Oct
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Braves end season with 33-13 loss at Minnewaska

Adam Zosel (32) runs for a short gain wi th the help of blocks from Jacob Wolter (78), Alex Wrobleski (65), Hunter Gonnerman (44), Alden Syltie (77), and others.

The Benson football team was eliminated for the season with a 33-13 loss at Minnewaska Area in the Section 5AA quarterfinals last Tuesday night.  The Braves were seeded seventh in the 7-team section, and the Lakers were seeded second.

The two teams also met up in the regular-season finale, six nights earlier, with the Lakers also winning that game 45-0.  This time, the Braves were in the game through halftime before Minnewaska Area expanded a 19-0 halftime lead to 33-0 on the first play of the fourth quarter.

“Overall, we played much better than our regular-season game against them one week earlier,” Benson coach Scott Gonnerman said.  “It still hurt our passing game not having Will Enderson at quarterback (injury), but we did get Jared Knutson back from an injury, and having three practices before the playoff game helped us.”

Fri
26
Oct
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KMS continues hot play with runner-up at Underwood Tourney

KMS players celebrate a point during a recent win in Kerkhoven.

The KMS volleyball team is peaking at the right time after 3-2 at the Underwood Tournament, Thursday, to place second of seven teams.  The Saints improved to 16-12 overall with the tourney results, and KMS also finished the Camden North Conference schedule with a 5-6 record to place second behind MACCRAY (8-3).

The Underwood Tourney was the final regular-season event for the Saints, who now look forward to the Section 5A Tourney.

The Saints earned the second seed in its “pod”, giving KMS a first-round playoff match at home at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26 against the third-seeded Benson Braves.

If the Saints can win that match, they would play again at 6 p.m, Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Long Prairie against most-likely Royalton.  The Section 5A semifinals are set for 6 p.m, Thursday, Nov. 1 at Little Falls and the championship match is slated for 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 at Little Falls....
 

Fri
26
Oct
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KMS tops Royalton 29-8 to earn title and top seed

Dylan Rudningen (22) picks up some big yardage during the 2018 opener against Benson.  The Saints beat Royalton last week to earn the sub-district title and top seed in Section 4A.  Also identified for KMS are Regan Carlson (64), and Chris Moist (68).

The KMS football team earned co-share of the Mid-State Blue sub-district title after knocking off previously-unbeaten Royalton, Friday night in Murdock, 29-8.  The Saints and Royalton both finished the sub-district schedule with 6-1 records and KMS also improved to 7-1 overall to claim the top seed in the upcoming Section 4A Football Tournament.

Dylan Rudningen ran 40 times for 171 yards and four touchdowns, giving him 1,762 yards for the season and 28 touchdowns.

The Saints surprisingly dominated the Royals, despite going into halftime tied at 8-8.  KMS held a 276-105 edge in total yards and 20-6 in first downs, keyed most by a 4-0 advantage in turnovers.

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.

Fri
26
Oct
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Braves top Montevideo in regular-season finale

Claire Ricard (left) had 14 kills and two blocks during the Braves’ win over Montevideo.  Above, she pounds a ball over the net as teammates Mariah Ahrndt and Ellie Moesenthin look on.

The Benson volleyball team closed out the regular-season with one of its best matches of the season.  The Braves won their second-straight match last Tuesday night in Benson with a 25-21, 25-15, 23-25, 25-15 victory over Montevideo, putting the Braves in sole possession of fifth place in the final WCC volleyball standings.

It was also Senior Night during the Montevideo match and Paige Cain, Maranda Wieber, and Matilyn Short were recognized as seniors for the Braves before the match.

“We finished strong on our home court tonight,” coach Shannon Schmidt said.  “Rachel Berens had a career high 12 kills tonight, with six of them coming in the first set, and Claire Ricard had 14 kills and two blocks.  It was really a great team effort and a great win to cap off our regular season.  We have just the momentum we need heading to playoffs. And a lot of our players are peaking at the right time.”

Fri
26
Oct
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Braves close out regular-season with 45-0 loss to Minnewaska Area

Cole Hedman (81) tries to evade a would-be Minnewaska Area tackler after hauling in a pass.  Identified from left to right in back of Hedman are Adam Zosel (32), Alden Syltie (77), and Alex Wrobleski (65).
Hunter Gonnerman (44) rambles around left end during the Braves’ loss to Minnewaska Area last Wednesday night.  The two teams were set to be back at it Tuesday (yeserday) for the first round of the Section 5AA playoffs.

The Benson football team ended the regular-season with an 0-8 record after losing by a shutout at Minnewaska Area in the regular-season finale last Wednesday night, 45-0.

The Braves will travel back to Minnewaska Area this week for the start of the Section 5AA Tourney as Benson earned the seventh seed and Minnewaska Area was second, meaning the Braves open up sections at 7 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) at Minnewaska Area High School.

This is the second-straight season Benson has closed out the regular-season and opened up the section tourney in back-to-back weeks against Minnewaska Area.

“Minnewaska proved they deserved the second seed in our section, and the Lakers also finished second behind BOLD in our sub-district,” Benson coach Scott Gonnerman said. 

Fri
12
Oct
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KMS earns 5-game win over MACCRAY

Mallory Rudningen (3) and Lexy Swanson (14) go up for a block attempt during a recent match in Kerkhoven.  The Saints topped Kimball, Monday, to improve to 10-7.

The KMS volleyball team earned a five-game win over MACCRAY, Thursday night in Kerkhoven.  The win by the Saints kept the team’s title hopes alive as KMS improved to 5-5 in the Camden North Conference with one match to go, and the Wolverines fell to 6-3.

Earlier in the week, the Saints lost in three games to state-ranked Minneota.

The Saints are now 9-7 overall and 5-5 in the conference with four scheduled competitions left in the regular-season.

KMS was set to play at Kimball, Monday and home RTR, Tuesday (yesterday) before closing out the regular season with two tournaments, one Oct. 12-13 at SMSU and the final one at Underwood, Thursday, Oct. 18.

If MACCRAY loses its final two matches against Tracy and RTR and the Saints beat RTR in their final Camden Conference match, the two teams would be co-champs.  Hurting KMS earlier this season was a five-game loss at home to RCW....

 

Fri
12
Oct
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KMS moves two wins from sub-district title

Titian Norton (84) and Austin Deike (5) come up to bring down a Benson ballcarrier during an early-season game as Kolby Lindquist (15) and others look on.

The KMS football team improved to 5-1 for the season with a 30-24 victory at Parkers Prairie, Friday night.  The Saints led early 22-8, but Parkers Prairie came back to claim a 24-22 lead in the fourth quarter before KMS  rallied for the win with a 5-yard touchdown run by Dylan Rudningen with about two minutes left in the game.  The win pushed the Saints’ record to 5-1 overall, including a 4-1 mark within the Mid State Blue sub-district.  

Royalton leads the sub-district with a 5-0 record, but if KMS can get by 0-6 BBE this week, the Saints can earn at least a share of the title with a win over Royalton in the final week of the regular season.  

The Saints are set to play at BBE, Friday, before hosting Royalton in the regular-season finale, Wednesday, Oct. 17.  The start of the Section 4A Football Tourney is set for Tuesday, Oct. 23 and right now, KMS is tied with Mayer Lutheran (5-1) for the top seed with USA right behind at 4-2....

 

Fri
12
Oct
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Tennis team tops YME in opener, 7-0

Alissa Maurer returns a shot during a straight-set win at fourth singles vs. YME, helping Benson-KMS earn a 7-0 sweep in the first round of playoffs.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team swept Yellow Medicine East in the first round of the Section 6A Girls Tennis Team Tournament last Wednesday in Benson, 7-0.  The match had been scheduled for Thursday, but was moved up a day because of the cold weather moving in later in the week.

Benson-KMS, which improved to 14-3 overall, moves on to face second-seeded Osakis in the Section 6A “Final Four”, set for 10:30 a.m., Tuesday (yesterday) at Courts Plus in Fargo.  

Top-seeded Minnewaska Area and fifth-seeded LQP-DB are set to play earlier in the morning and the Section 6A championship match is set for 1 p.m. the same day.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team, which finished the WCC scheduled in second place behind Minnewaska Area, is also set to take part in the Section 6A Individual Tourney, Wednesday, Oct. 10 and 16.  

Fri
12
Oct
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Volleyball team hopes to turn things around soon

Claire Ricard (left) and Abby Lundebrek go up for a block against Melrose.

The Benson volleyball team was swept in a pair of WCC matches last week against Melrose last Tuesday night at home, and at Sauk Centre, Thursday.  It was the fifth and sixth-straight losses for the Braves, who fell to 5-13-1 overall and 3-8 in the WCC.

Benson played some very good volleyball last week, but couldn’t quite match up with Melrose and Sauk Centre, which are two of the top three teams in the WCC this season.

The Braves have only three more regular-season matches left on the schedule, beginning with a match at league-leading BOLD, Tuesday (yesterday) and a home match with ACGC, Thursday.  The final regular-season match is set for Tuesday, Oct. 16 at home against Montevideo....
 

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