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Fri
23
Oct
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Bulldogs top Braves, 64-35

Brett Sulier (44) runs for some hardearned yards against Paynesville.

The Benson football team ended its season at Paynesville last Wednesday night during the opening round of the Section 5AA Tourney.  The Braves scored 35 points and had over 400 yards of offense, but Paynesville was just a little better, piling up over 600 yards of offense and scoring 64 points during a 64-35 victory.
The loss ended the Braves’ season with a 1-8 record, while Paynesville moves on with its 6-3 record to face ACGC in the next round, Tuesday (yesterday) in Paynesville.  Also still alive in the section tourney are Minnewaska Area and Sauk Centre.
“We were able to move the football against Paynesville’s defense and I thought we did a very good job running the ball,” Benson head coach Scott Gonnerman said.  
 

Wed
14
Oct
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Girls tennis team to play Montevideo in 6A opener

Kelsey Rajewsky returns a shot during action in Benson this season.  The Braves were set to play Montevideo, Monday, in the first round of the Section 6A Tourney.

The Benson girls tennis team closed out the regular-season with three-straight wins to raise its record to 15-5 heading into the postseason.  The Braves are having one of the top 10 seasons in girls tennis history this year with a win total that has been topped only seven times in the past 35 years.
The Braves started out 8-2 this season, but then went 1-3 over their next four matches with losses to Minnewaska Area, Melrose Area, and MACCRAY, before winning their last six-straight to end the regular-season.
Benson is seeded fourth in the upcoming Section 6A Team Tourney, and was set to host fifth-seeded Montevideo at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 12 at Fitness Evolution in St. Cloud.  With a win, Benson would face top-seeded Osakis at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14 at Fitness Evolution and the championship is set for noon the same day.
 

Wed
14
Oct
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Benson volleyball loses heartbreaker to Minnewaska Area

Hanna Lindblad puts up a set for Victoria Pagel or Anna Gosson (back) during a loss to Sauk Centre

The Benson volleyball team lost a heartbreaker to Minnewaska Area last Tuesday night despite winning the first two games and leading game three.  When coupled with a three-game sweep to state-ranked Sauk Centre, Thursday at home, the Braves are 4-16 overall and 1-10 in the WCC heading into the final two weeks of the regular-season.
This week, Benson is set to play at Atwater-CGC, Monday, before taking the rest of the week off, including MEA break.  The next week, Benson has home games against Morris Area and Montevideo.
The Section 3AA Tourney is set to begin Friday, Oct. 30, and right now, the Braves are still looking like the eighth seed in their half of the section and a first-round match at NLS or Morris Area.

Wed
14
Oct
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Benson hosts cross country meet

Austin Ose (with hat), Dylan Stewart (right) and others run during the Benson Invitational last Monday afternoon at the Benson Golf Club.  More pictures and a recap of the individual and team standings will be highlighted next week.

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams competed at the BOLD Invitational, Thursday, with the boys team placing fifth of nine teams and the girls placing fourth of five teams.
Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop won the boys’ competition by 12 points over Murray County Central, while Redwood Valley dominated the girls meet over runner-up Murray County Central.
Josh Bailey placed 10th for Benson, edging out teammate Jonathan Tostenson by less than a second, while Ashley Just was also 10th place to lead the Benson-KMS girls.
The Benson-KMS cross-country teams were also set to compete at Sauk Centre last Tuesday, and results of that meet can be found in separate story.  The next two meets are at home for the Fighting Braves as the Benson Invitational is set for Monday, Oct. 12, and the WCC Cross-Country Meet is set for Tuesday, Oct. 20, both at the Benson Golf Club.

Tue
08
Sep
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Morris rallies for win over Benson in OT

In a game Morris Area led 21-7 at halftime before the Benson Braves came roaring back with four-straight touchdowns for a 39-27 lead, the Tigers sent the Benson players and fans home in a shocked state after scoring 12 points in the final 6:29 and then scoring on its first and only try in overtime for a 47-39 victory.
The Braves, who had snapped a 17-game losing skid during their previous game, a 35-0 victory over YME, looked like they were headed for a two-game winning streak before the Tigers scored with 3:01 left and again with 1:06 remaining, but gave Benson some ray of hope by missing both extra-point tries.
In overtime, Morris scored on its first play from the 10-yard line, but Benson couldn’t answer, throwing three-straight incompletions, including the final one that was intercepted by Morris’ Chase Metzger to end the game.

Fri
14
Aug
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Braves open up 2015 schedule at EV-Watkins

The Benson football team is set to open up the 2015 season at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 22 at Eden Valley-Watkins.  The Saturday game is the first of many firsts for the Braves, who will have played three games before the start of school, Tuesday, Sept. 8.
EVW is hosting a state amateur baseball tournament that weekend so the start of the game had to be pushed up so that the football game is done before the start of baseball, which uses the same facility as football.
Benson, which is coming off an 0-9 season from a year ago, has lost 16-straight games dating back to the 2013 season so the Braves will be hoping to pick up win No. 1 early this season.
The first home game is set for 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, which will also be the annual Father-Son game, and Benson also has a game scheduled at Morris Area-CA, at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, which is Tackle Cancer Night.

Tue
04
Aug
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Gophers’ and KMS standout helps out at Benson wrestling camp

Kevin Steinhaus, a 2009 graduate of KMS and 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota, demonstrated moves for Benson wrestlers at their camp last week. Steinhaus won three state gold medals in individual high school wrestling, and also won state team titles in football and wrestling during the 2008-09 school year at KMS, and three All-American titles with the MN Gophers.
 

Thu
23
Jul
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Great day for water fun at Kid Day

It was a great day to be near water, Saturday, as temperatures hit the mid-80s during Benson’s 85th Kid Day.

The free swim at the Benson Municipal Pool was Saturday afternoon as part of the many activities of Kid Day, which lasted Thursday through Sunday.

 

Thu
23
Jul
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Glenwood Waterama Rotary 10K and 5K run/walk set for July 25

The Glenwood Waterama Rotary 10K and 5K Run/Walk and Glenwood State Bank Magic Mile are scheduled for place on Saturday morning, July 25 during Waterama in Glenwood.
The run course follows the south shore of Lake Minnewaska and finishes in the city park across from the historic Lakeside Ballroom.  Participants must register in advance if they would like to be guaranteed a T-shirt.  Registrations received after July 10 will receive T-shirts while supplies last.  The race will be chip-timed and refreshments will be provided.
Magic Mile participants will be timed using a basic stopwatch system (not chip timed). Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in a variety of age categories.
Registration is available on-line at Waterama.org under the event registration tab.

Thu
23
Jul
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Kerk Legion eliminated by NLS, 7-5

The Kerkhoven Legion baseball team was eliminated for the season after losing 7-5 to New London-Spicer, Saturday, in a Division II, District 7 South Tournament game.
Kerkhoven had open up the tourney with a 9-1 win over Eden Valley last Monday night, but then fell to Glenwood the next night (5-0) before staying alive with a 12-2 win over Hancock in the first game of the consolation bracket, Thursday.
Morris went on to earn the title of the tournament, while Glenwood also advances after placing second with a 17-5 victory over Wheaton in the consolation bracket finals.
The District 7 Final Four also includes BOLD and Madison.

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