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Fri
28
Oct
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Ricard-Vergin place fourth at section individual tourney

Olivia Vergin (right) returns a shot during a recent home match.  Vergin and partner, Grace Ricard, placed fourth at the section individual tourney.

The season came to an end last Tuesday for the Benson-KMS girls tennis team at the Section 6A Tournament at Fitness Evolution in Sartell.

The Braves, who ended the team portion of their season the previous week with a 4-3 loss to Osakis, competed in the Section 6A Individual Tourney last Monday and Tuesday.

Benson finished 16-3 overall this season, which included a 7-1 mark in the WCC, good enough for second place behind undefeated Minnewaska Area (8-0).

Minnewaska Area, which edged Benson earlier this year (4-3) to win the WCC title, went on to earn its second-straight state tournament berth with a 6-1 win over Osakis in the Section 6A finals.

In the individual tourney, Kellie Enderson went 1-1 and Rose McDonald 0-1 in singles, while Katie Samuelson and Gracie Grussing went 1-1 in doubles, and Grace Ricard and Olivia Vergin went 2-2 to finish fourth overall....

Fri
28
Oct
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Bailey, Peters, Tostenson earn All-Conference for BKMS cross-country team

Josh Bailey (second from right) and Jon Tostenson (middle) run with the lead pack during the opening mile of the Benson Invitational, Monday, Oct. 10 at the Benson Golf Course.

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams competed at the WCC Meet at Melrose last Tuesday with the Benson-KMS boys placing fourth and the girls team placing fifth.

Leading the way for the Fighting Braves were Josh Bailey and Libby Peters, who both placed fourth in their respective races.

Coming up is the Section 6A Meet at NLS, Thursday, Oct. 27; and the Minnesota State Boys and Girls Cross-County Meet at St. Olaf College, Saturday, Nov. 5.

Last year, Josh Bailey became the third Benson-KMS runner in the last 10 years to qualify to the State Cross-Country Meet, joining Ben Murphy (2008) and Bethany Rosemeier (2013).

The top 15 runners in the girls and boys varsity races also earned All-Conference meaning Josh Bailey, Jon Tostenson, and Libby Peters all earned All-Conference for Benson-KMS....

 

Fri
28
Oct
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Braves rally falls short during 30-27 loss to Sauk Centre; open up playoffs at Osakis

Matt Connolly (80) and Justin Goossen (21) come up to tackle Sauk Centre’s Kyle Froseth after a short gain following a pass reception during the Braves’ 30-27 loss last Wednesday.  In the background is Layton Connelly.

Benson outscored Sauk Centre 21-11 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as the Mainstreeters went into halftime with a 19-6 lead and held off a late charge by the Braves for a 30-27 victory last Wednesday night at Sauk Centre.

The two teams combined for 39 first downs and 872 yards of total offense during the three-hour game in frigid temperatures, but it all came down to the final minute as Sauk Centre was able to hang on to an onside kick attempt by Benson with 2:16 left in the game, and then picked up a key first down by inches to run out the clock.

The loss lowered the Braves’ season record to 1-7 and Mid-State White mark to 1-6.   Benson earned the seventh seed in Section 5AA and was set to play at second-seeded Osakis at 7 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday).

Fri
21
Oct
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Braves snap losing streak with win over ACGC

Amanda Nissen (middle) returns a serve for the Benson volleyball team, which beat ACGC in four games last week, as Megan Amundson (left) and Nicole Berens (right) look on.

The Benson volleyball team played one of its best matches of the season during a four-game victory over ACGC last Tuesday night at home.

The win snapped a long losing streak for the Braves and could give them the boost of confidence they need heading into the Section 3AA Tourney, set to begin Friday, Oct. 28.

Later in the week, Benson was shut out by Montevideo, putting the Braves overall record at 4-18 and WCC mark at 3-10 heading into the final regular-season match at home against Melrose, Tuesday.

The Section 3AA Tourney begin Friday, Oct. 28 with sub-section quarterfinal matches.  The Braves look like they will be seeded seventh or eighth in their half of the section and would open up the tournament at top-seeded Morris Area, or second-seeded Litchfield.  

See this week’s Speaking of Sports column for more possibilities on the Section 3AA Tourney.

Fri
21
Oct
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Bailey, Berreau lead cross-country teams at home meet

Brady Ascheman (middle) and JayEven McGee (right) run together at the Benson Invitational last Monday night on the Benson Golf Course.

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams hosted the Benson Invitational last Monday at the Benson Golf Club.

The Benson-KMS boys placed second of the nine boys’ teams, while the Benson-KMS girls did not field a complete team.

Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd dominated both meets, winning by 44 points (20-64) over Morris Area in the girls meet and by 40 points in the boys competition over Benson-KMS (39-79).

Josh Bailey had the high finish for Benson-KMS, placing sixth overall in the boys’ meet with teammate Jon Tostenson right behind in 11th, while Kaitlyn Berreau was the top finisher for the Benson-KMS girls, placing 40th.

Coming up is the WCC Meet at Melrose, Tuesday, Oct. 18 (yesterday) followed by the Section 6A Meet at NLS, Thursday, Oct. 27; and the Minnesota State Boys and Girls Cross-County Meet at St. Olaf College, Saturday, Nov. 5...

Fri
21
Oct
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Tennis team falls to Osakis in 6A semis

Olivia Hoffman (left) and Rose McDonald (right) compete at a recent home match for the Braves, who fell to Osakis, 4-3, in the Section 6A Team Tourney at Sartell.  Up this week is the Section 6A Individual Tourney.

The Benson girls tennis team was eliminated with a 4-3 loss to Osakis in the Section 6A semifinals last Wednesday at Fitness Evolution in Sartell.

The Braves closed out the team portion of their season with a 16-3 overall record, which included a 7-1 WCC record, good enough for second place.

Osakis also beat Benson in the regular-season finale one week earlier by a 5-2 score.  Two of Benson’s three losses this season were 4-3 decisions and the other was the 5-2 loss to Osakis.

Minnewaska Area, which edged Benson earlier this year (4-3) to win the WCC title, went on to earn its second-straight state tournament berth with a 6-1 win over Osakis in the Section 6A finals.

Fri
21
Oct
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Field goal and onside kick propel Minnewaska to 30-7 win over Braves

Brett Sulier (on ground) hangs on to a Minnewaska Area runner as Aaron Zosel (34), Ross Grussing (79), and Mason Abner (30) come up to halp out, and Sam Lundebrek (84) and others look on from at right.

The Benson football team is down to its final regular-season game after losing at home to Minnewaska Area, Friday night on Brock Field, 30-7, during the annual Senior Night and Parents’ Night.  The Braves showed a lot of promise when they pulled out a 28-26 triple-overtime victory at YME, but since that time, the Sting have gone on to go 4-1, while Benson has lost five in a row.  

Benson was tied with Minnewaska Area late in the first half, 7-7, after scoring a touchdown with 58 seconds left, but the Lakers raced down the field and kicked a field goal to go up 20-7, and then added 20 more points in the second half to win going away.

Fri
14
Oct
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Montevideo dominates second quarter on way to 27-7 victory over Braves

Brett Sulier (44) goes up the middle of the Montevideo defense for some hardearned yardage during the Braves’ 27-7 loss, Friday.  Identified for Benson are Matt Gandsey (58), Shawn Aarhus (73), and Zack Sonnabend (far right).

The Benson football team missed out on a great opportunity to move up in the Section 5AA standings, losing at home to Montevideo in the annual Homecoming game for BHS, 27-7.

The Braves and Thunderhawks both came into the contest with 1-4 records, but Montevideo dominated from the start, going up 27-0 before Benson finally scored in the fourth quarter.

Benson is now tied with Sauk Centre, Paynesville, and Minnewaska Area for fourth place in Section 5AA with 1-5 records.  The Braves are set to host Minnewaska Area at 7 p.m., Friday, before playing at Sauk Centre in the regular-season finale, Wednesday, Oct. 19.
EV-Watkins (5-1), Osakis (4-2), and ACGC (3-3) will be the top three seeds in the section, but the other four teams are battling for the fourth seed and a home playoff game, Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Fri
14
Oct
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Cross-country teams compete at Monte

Members of the Benson-KMS boys cross-country team take off at the start of the Benson Invitational, Monday in Benson.  Identified for Benson-KMS from left to right are JayEven McGee, Jacob Stallings, Jon Tostenson, Josh Bailey, and Brady Ascheman.  The boys placed second behind LQP-DB.  Complete results will appear next week.

And now, the real season begins!

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams competed at the Montevideo Invitational last Tuesday afternoon, with the boys team placing second behind Marshall, and the girls team running sixth in a meet dominated by Marshall, which had its top five runners place first through fifth.

Only one regular-season meet remains for the Fighting Braves; the Benson Invitational, which was set for Monday at the Benson Golf Course.

After that is the WCC Invitational, Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Melrose; the Section 6A Meet at NLS, Thursday, Oct. 27; and the Minnesota State Boys and Girls Cross-County Meet at St. Olaf College, Saturday, Nov. 5...

 

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Fri
07
Oct
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Saints fall to Parkers Prairie, 14-12

Caleb Collins (left) has to go low to grab a snap from center.  Collins completed 3-of-10 passes and ran for 33 yards during a 14-12 loss to Parkers Prairie, Friday.

The Saints came within three points of winning their third-straight game, but instead, KMS fell to Parkers Prairie, 14-12, in the Saints’ annual Homecoming game, Friday night in Murdock.

Both teams had two touchdowns, but Parkers Prairie added two extra-point kicks, while the Saints went empty on their two conversion attempts.

KMS, which falls to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the Mid-State District, held a 13-6 edge in first downs and 256-182 in total yards, but the Saints hurt themselves with nine penalties and one lost fumble.

“The story of this game was too many penalties, including many on mental mistakes, along with some close spots that didn’t go our way,” KMS head coach Eric Kauffmann said.  “This is a hard one to swallow.  We had two close short-yardage plays near our end zone that really cost us, both coming up short of a first down by an inch.  This a game of inches and it proved that again tonight.”

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