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Fri
17
Jan
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Benson grad gets on set of ESPN GameDay

ESPN’s College GameDay show is the country’s premier college football program. It travels the country each fall following the big name teams and key matchup among teams vying for a national Division I championship.
But last September the GameDay show made an appearance in Fargo, N.D., to highlight the nation’s best small college team – the Bison of North Dakota State University (NDSU). It was just the fourth time, and first since 2008, that the GameDay show traveled to a city to feature a FCS game.
Ranked number one in the nation in their division and looking for a third consecutive national championship, the Bison were becoming a national story.

Tue
31
Dec
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Highlights in sports from years gone by

by John Fragodt, Sports Director
(Thirty years ago -- 1983) -- The Benson boys basketball team lost its third-straight game with a 43-42 loss to Long Prairie.  Benson trailed 42-39 with 10 seconds left in the game when Greg Peterson went to the line for a one-and-one.  He made the first, but intentionally missed the second.  However, Long Prairie got the rebound and was immediately fouled.  Long Prairie made one free-throw to go up 43-40, offsetting Eric Peterson’s basket just before the buzzer.
James Thompson led the Braves with 12 points, while Eric Peterson had 10 points and Greg Peterson, held without a basket for the final 19 minutes, had nine points and six boards, Joe Hanson had five points, and Jim Lindahl had four.

Tue
31
Dec
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Braves go 1-1 at Willmar Holiday Tournament

The Benson boys basketball team finished third at the Willmar Bremer Bank Holiday Classic last Thursday and Friday.  The Braves fell to Willmar in the first game, Thursday, 76-45, but came back to rout New Century Academy of Hutchinson in the third-place game, Friday, 66-23.
The Braves are 6-5 overall heading into 2014.  Benson was set to play at Atwater-CGC, Friday, before hosting Yellow Medicine East, Friday, Jan. 10.

Willmar 76, Benson 45
Willmar shot over 50 percent and outrebounded Benson by a 40-16 margin on the way to a 76-45 victory in the semifinals of the Willmar Holiday Tourney, Thursday.

Tue
31
Dec
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Lady Storm top Lake of the Woods for second win

by John Fragodt

The MBA Lady Storm picked up their second win of the season last Friday at Lake of the Woods, 6-4.  The Lady Storm had scored just eight goals in their first eight games combined before erupting for six goals against Lake of the Woods.
Hanna Lindblad had two goals for MBA, while Hallie Watzke, Emily Walz, Kelsey Rajewsky, and Nicole Berens also scored for the Lady Storm.  MBA improved to 2-7 overall with the win and is also 1-1 in the Southwest Conference.
This week, MBA was set to play at Marshall, Thursday (tomorrow) and at Worthington, Saturday before playing at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Jan. 7.   The final five regular-season games for the Lady Storm are at home, including games in Benson Jan. 25 and Jan. 28.

 

Photo: Hanna Lindblad heads upice on a breakaway during a recent home game in Benson for the Lady Storm, who are set to play at Marshall, Thursday, Jan. 2, and at Worthington, Saturday.

Mon
23
Dec
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Benson girls fall to Ortonville, 63-57

The Benson girls basketball team came oh so close to picking up its first win before falling to Ortonville, 63-57, in a home game, Thursday night.  The Braves also lost to Atwater-CGC last Tuesday night, 68-32, and at Minnewaska Area, Friday, 71-32.
The Braves fell to 0-8 overall and 0-4 in the conference with the three losses and now have off until the new year.
Benson was set to play at Montevideo, Friday, Jan. 3 before playing at BOLD, Tuesday, Jan. 7, and at Hancock, Thursday, Jan. 9.  The game against Hancock could be one of the best chances at a win for the Braves as the Owls are 1-6 and fell to Ortonville by 10 points earlier this season.

Fri
06
Dec
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Benson boys top Saints, 67-22, for 2-0 start

The Benson boys basketball team improved to 2-0 for the season with a 67-22 rout of KMS last Tuesday night in Kerkhoven.  The Braves, who opened up the season with a 53-43 win over Lac qui Parle, led 42-11 by halftime and cruised to the road win.
Benson was set to play at Minnewaska Area, Tuesday, Dec. 3; at Eden Valley-Watkins, Thursday, Dec. 5; and at Morris Area-CA, Friday, Dec. 6.
The Braves are set to return to the Benson gym for the Benson Boys Basketball Invitational, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21 with MACCRAY, Breckenridge and Paynesville also set to take part

Fri
29
Nov
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Lady Storm play Willmar tonite (Friday)

The MBA Lady Storm opened up the 2013-2014 season with a 9-0 loss to Park Rapids followed by a 6-3 loss to Long Prairie-GE-Wadena-DC.  The Lady Storm did not have any games last week, but were set to compete at the Willmar Invitational this Friday and Saturday.  MBA was set to take on host Willmar in the late game Friday at 8 p.m.
The next home game for the Lady Storm is Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. vs. Windom.

Fri
29
Nov
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Benson and KMS football teams earn Silver academic awards; Goff named to individual All-State team

The Benson and KMS football teams both earned MSHSL Academic All-State Football Silver awards during the 2013 season.  KMS was one of nine winners in Class A, while Benson was one of eight winners in AA.  
KMS was coached this season by Eric Kauffmann and Benson was coached by Scott Gonnerman.  Area schools winning Gold Academic titles were Hancock in 9-man, Dawson-Boyd and MACCRAY in Class A, Minnewaska Area, and Minneota in Class AA, Montevideo and NLS in Class AAA, and Willmar in 5A, while also winning a Silver award was LQP in Class A.

Tue
19
Nov
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Boys basketball starts friday at home

The high school boys basketball schedule is ready to kick into gear this week as the Benson and KMS boys basketball teams get set to open up the 2013-2014 season with games Friday.  The opener is a little sooner than normal this year due to the Minnesota State High School League having to move the State Boys Basketball Tournament up a week due to scheduling conflicts at the Target Center.
The Braves are set to host Lac qui Parle in a non-conference game in Benson, Friday, while the Saints are set to play at Atwater-CGC the same night.  A few nights later, KMS is set to host Benson in a game in Kerkhoven, Tuesday, Nov. 26.  Both teams are coming off losing seasons.  Following is information about this year’s Benson and KMS boys basketball teams.
Benson boys basketball -- The Braves have 11 of their 25 games scheduled before Jan. 1, 2014, and the section tourney will begin in late February with the State Tourney moved up to March 12-15, one week ahead of the girls.

Fri
01
Nov
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Rosemeier places sixth to earn berth at State Cross-Country Meet

Bethany Rosemeier earned a berth at the State Cross-Country Meet after placing sixth at the Section 6A meet, Thursday at Long Prairie-GE.  She becomes the first cross-country runner to earn a berth for the Benson-KMS girls cross-country program since it re-started in the fall of 2006.
St. Cloud Cathedral won the girls and boys’ Section 6A team titles, while Long Prairie-GE edged Holdingford for second place in the boys’ competition, and Holdingford edged Litchfield for the runner-up spot in the girls’ race.
The top two teams advance to state, along with the top eight other individuals from the other teams.  Rosemeier placed sixth overall with a time of 15:40, which was just 31 seconds off the winning time of 15:09, posted by Mckenzie Holt of St. Cloud Cathedral.
The Benson-KMS girls were fifth overall of 19 teams, while the Benson-KMS boys were 12th.  Josh Bailey led the boys’ team with a 32nd place finish, missing a state berth by 42 seconds.

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