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30
Mar
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Gjerde, Just, Anderson are MVPs for Saints

Samantha Gjerde (middle) sets up the KMS offense during a game this winter in Kerkhoven.  She earned the KMS MVP award this season.

The KMS girls basketball team ended the season one game under .500 at 13-14.  The Saints got above .500 a few times during the season, including 7-5 after an 80-31 victory over Hope Academy, but the Saints lost their next four and never got back over .500 the rest of the season.

KMS did win six of their final 10 regular-season games to get back to .500 at 13-13, but lost in the first round of the Section 5A Tourney to third-seeded BBE, 71-49.  “We scored the first basket of the game against BBE, but before I knew it, I was calling a timeout and we were down 11-2,” coach Brady DeBaere said.  “BBE started out making 10 of its first 13 shots and led early 22-7.  We made a run to get to within 26-18, but we were never really in the game from then on.”

BBE fell to Browerville-Eagle Valley in the sub-section finals, and Browerville-EV went on to lose to Cromwell for the Section 5A title, 73-71.

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30
Mar
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Nissen among leaders for Benson girls in 2015-16

Amanda Nissen, the leading scorer for the Braves this season, puts up a shot in the lane as Victoria Pagel gets into rebounding position.

The Benson girls basketball team ended its season with a 59-19 loss to NLS in the first round of the Section 3AA Tourney.  One game earlier, the Braves snapped a 29-game losing streak with a 67-64 overtime win over Paynesville.  Benson finished the season with a 1-25 overall record for the second-straight season.

The victory over Paynesville meant the Braves avoided finishing the season without a win for the third time in program history.  The Benson girls basketball team went 0-22 in 1991-92 and also went 0-26 in 2013-14.

Benson’s previous win was a 42-37 victory over BOLD, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.  Benson went 0-5 the rest of the 2014-15 season and was 0-24 to start out 2015-16 before edging the Bulldogs.

Thu
24
Mar
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Ascheman, Mondor, Pierce, Evenson earn top awards for BHS wrestlers

Hunter Mondor went 23-16 this season for the Braves as a ninth-grader.  He earned the team’s Most Improved award.

The Benson wrestling team held its season-ending banquet recently, announcing the team awards and other postseason honors.

Captains for this season were seniors Grant Ascheman and Mitch Koosmann, and sophomore Aaron Zosel.  All three of the captains earned state berths this season along with 9th grader Jared Knutson.  Ascheman highlighted the state efforts by placing fifth at state with a 4-2 record.

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Thu
24
Mar
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VanHeuveln, Rodriguez, Rudningen help lead KMS wrestlers in 2015-16

Karter VanHeuveln (left) has his hand raised after winning a match at the state tourney, while above right, Israel Rodriguez (top) controls his opponent during a match during the state team tournament.

The KMS wrestling team had another fantastic season of wrestling in 2015-2016, going 16-3 overall, winning the Section 5A Tourney, going 0-2 during the state team tourney, and qualifying six wrestlers to the state individual tourney, including Karter VanHeuveln, who went 3-1 at state to place second.

KMS only lost to Willmar during the regular season (33-28), and Willmar went on to place fourth at state.  At the state tourney, KMS ran into a couple of hot teams, losing to Pierz in the first round (44-22), and to Caledonia in the consolation round (37-18).

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Thu
24
Mar
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Lindahls, Connelly, and Sonnabend among stat leaders for Braves

Layton Connelly (left) averaged 14.3 points this season and should become the sixth BHS boy to go over 1,000 career points next year.

The Benson boys basketball team ended the season with a 10-16 overall record, which included a 2-12 mark in the WCC to give the Braves a tie with BOLD for seventh place.

The Braves started out, losing close games to Hancock (74-66) and NLS (53-52) early in the season to start out 2-3.  Benson climbed to 6-6 with a 79-69 win over BOLD, but fell to 6-10 with a four-game losing streak.

The Braves played their best basketball of the season in winning four-straight games over KMS, YME, Paynesville and BOLD, but Benson ended the season with a six-game losing streak to finish 10-16 for the program’s fourth-straight losing season.

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Wed
23
Mar
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MBA Storm Pee Wees hockey team finishes sixth at 2016 State Tournament

Goalie Peyton LeClair, along with Tyler Hadfield (13), Reece Kuseske (43), Brett Hansen (7), and Hunter Blume (4) defend against an Edina player during state action.

The MBA Storm Pee Wees finished sixth at the Minnesota State Pee Wee Tournament at Moorhead last weekend.  MBA went 1-2 overall, losing to Champlin Park in its first game, 4-3, but coming back to beat Park of Cottage Grove in its next game, 3-0, before losing to Edina White in the consolation finals, 8-0.

MBA, which finished the season 37-6-1 overall, earned a berth at the state tourney after placing second at the Minnesota Hockey West Region Tournament, Feb. 26-28 at Red Lake Falls.  

Five of the team’s losses came against top-20 ranked teams.  MBA also won the District 15 regular-season title, Fergus Falls Tourney championship, and District 15 tourney title.

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Wed
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Anderson, Just, Gjerde on All-Area girls basketball team

Samantha Gjerde (10) and Kallee Anderson were among three Saints earning All-Area honors this year.

KMS seniors Kallee Anderson and Ashley Just, along with junior Samantha Gjerde, were named to the Willmar West Central Tribune’s All-Area Girls Basketball Team for 2015-2016.  They were also recently named to the Camden North All-Conference team for this season.

Anderson, Just, and Gjerde were named to the 28-member All-Area honorable mention team, while players from Lac qui Parle, Montevideo, Minnewaska, NLS, and Willmar earned All-Area first-team honors.

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Thu
03
Mar
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Hagen, Ahrndt, Ascheman earn All-WCC for gymnastics team

Mariah Ahrndt, performing on the balance beam, earned her second-straight All-WCC award.  She was fifth overall.

The Benson-KMS-Montevideo gymnastics team had another highly-successful season in 2015-2016.  The Fighting Braves went 8-1 in dual meets, losing only to Melrose Area, and also placed second to Melrose at the WCC Meet and fourth at the Section 6A Tourney.

Benson-KMS-Montevideo scored over 130 points in 12 of its 13 meets this season, including a team high of 135.925, set Jan. 19, 2016 at Morris Area. The Fighting Braves were also third at invitationals at Marshall and Morris Area this season.

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03
Mar
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VanHeuvelen second, Ascheman fifth at State Wrestling Tourney

Karter VanHeuveln highlighted a successful high school wrestling career with a state runner-up finish at 220 pounds.
Mitch Koosmann (top) won his first match at state, but was then hurt in the second match and was forced to default.
Most of the KMS wrestlers came to the state tourney with their hair dyed blonde.  They weren’t the only team to do so as Sibley East and Minneota did the same thing.

KMS senior Karter VanHeuveln placed second at 220 pounds, and Benson senior Grant Ascheman was fifth at 145 pounds to highlight the Benson and KMS wrestlers’ efforts at the State Individual Tourney, Friday and Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

VanHeuveln went 3-1 to claim the runner-up medal at his second-straight state tourney after placing fifth last season.  He ends his senior season with a 39-6 record and with 118 career wins, placing him tied for 18th on the all-time career wins’ list at KMS.

Ascheman meanwhile, went 4-2 to place fifth at 145 pounds, ending his senior season of wrestling with a 34-8 record and his high school career with 126 career wins, which places him fifth on the all-time Benson list.

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Thu
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Feb
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Benson girls fall two points short of first win

Amanda Nissen goes up for a shot during the Braves’ loss to Montevideo last Tuesday night.  Two nights later, Benson fell by two to Melrose, 35-33.

The Benson girls basketball team came within a few points of picking up its first win of the season, but ended up losing a close game to Melrose, Thursday night in Benson, 35-33.  The Braves also fell to Montevideo last Tuesday night in Benson (66-32) and at Morris Area, Friday night (62-18).

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