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Wed
13
Sep
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Braves fall to Mainstreeters, 34-14

Will Enderson rolls out left after faking a handoff to Matt Tolifson (2) as Kaden Schmidt (74), Aaron Zosel (34) and other Braves provide blocks.

Sauk Centre scored 22 first-quarter points and the Braves lost their starting runningback to season-ending injury during a 34-14 home loss to the Mainstreeters, Friday night on Brock Field during the annual Father-Son Night for Benson.

Sauk Centre scored on its first three possessions of the game, the final one coming with 26 seconds left in the first quarter, to build up an early 22-0 lead.  The Braves got their first touchdown in the second quarter, but Sauk Centre scored twice more to go up 34-6 before both teams unloaded the bench.

“Sauk Centre’s size and running attack made us commit nine defensive players to the box (five linemen and four linebackers) early in the game,” Benson coach Scott Gonnerman said.  “By having success running the ball, it allowed them to have success with their play-action passing game to their tightends.

“We knew going into the game we needed to stop their running game.  Unfortunately, we were not able to do that.....”

 

Wed
06
Sep
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Cross-country teams compete at Morris and LQP-DB

Will Magaard runs for the Benson-KMS boys cross-country team during the meet at Morris Area last Monday.  The teams are set to compete at Long Prairie-GE and NLS this week.

Cross-country teams compete at Morris and LQP-DB

 

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams opened up the season at the Morris Area Invitational last Monday afternoon and the Lac qui Parle Invitational, Thursday.

Jon Tostenson and Allie Mitteness led their respective teams in both meets as the Benson-KMS boys had a high finish of second place at the LQP-DB Invitational, just behind the champion Eagle team.

This week, Benson-KMS does not have any meets as it gets ready for two more meets next week, Monday, Sept. 11 at Long Prairie-GE, and Thursday, Sept. 14 at the NLS Invitational.

at Morris Invitational
The Benson-KMS cross-country teams, under the guidance of first-year coach Samantha VanHeuveln, opened up the season at the Morris Invitational last.......

Wed
06
Sep
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KMS Celebrates a Win

Members of the KMS volleyball team celebrate after earning the final point of its four-game win over Benson last week.

Members of the KMS volleyball team celebrate after earning the final point of its four-game win over Benson last week.
 

Wed
06
Sep
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Minnewaska edges girls tennis team, 5-2

Amy Zniewski puts away a shot at the net during a third doubles match against Minnewaska last week in Benson.

Minnewaska edges girls tennis team, 5-2

 

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team split a pair of matches to open up the conference schedule last week.

Benson-KMS shut out MACCRAY to open up last week’s action last Tuesday night and then hosted Minnewaska Area, Thursday, with the Lakers pulling out a 5-2 decision.

Benson-KMS, now 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference, has two more matches this week, beginning with a home match against Morris Area, Tuesday (yesterday) and continuing with a match at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Thursday (tomorrow).

Through the early portion of the schedule, Susan Knutson, Stacy Johnson, Anna Samuelson, and Gracie Lenz all lead the Fighting Braves with 4-2 record.

Benson-KMS 7, MACCRAY 0
The Fighting Braves improved to 3-2 overall with a 7-0 sweep at MACCRAY last Tuesday night.
 Benson-KMS gave up just.......

Wed
06
Sep
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KMS volleyball rallies for 3-1 win over Braves

Claire Ricard (11) hits the ball over the net for Benson during a match against KMS last week.

KMS volleyball rallies for 3-1 win over Braves

 

The Benson volleyball team pulled out a fourth-game 31-29 decision over Minnewaska Area, Thursday to give the Braves their first victory of the season.  Earlier in the week, the Braves fell to KMS in four games in the season opener last Tuesday in Benson, 25-11, 20-25, 22-25, 14-25.

Wed
06
Sep
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Saints edge Braves in two OT’s, 34-28

Matt Tolifson (2) stiff-arms KMS’ Brandon Rasmusson (14) before scooting around right end to complete a 57-yard touchdown pass from Will Enderson to open up the scoring, Friday night at Murdock

Saints edge Braves in two OT’s, 34-28

 

Both teams had their chances, but only one team would leave the Murdock football field as the winner and the other was destined to leave disappointed.

The Benson Braves rallied from an early 15-8 deficit to go up 28-22, but the KMS Saints rallied with a late touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Caleb Collins to Weston Gjerde to tie up the score and then scored the winning touchdown in the second overtime when Collins ran around right end from the three-yard line on fourth down, giving the Saints the hardearned 34-28, double-overtime victory.

Total yardage for the game was fairly close as KMS held a 336-253 advantage in total yards, but Benson got 155 of its yards on only three plays and was held to just 98 yards in its other 41 plays combined.

Thu
31
Aug
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Cross-country teams set to open up this week

Pictured above from left to right are the captains and coach of the Benson-KMS cross-country teams.  From left to right are Jon Tostenson, Amiah Akerson, coach Samantha VanHeuveln, Megan Tollefson, and JayEven McGee.

Cross-country teams set to open up this week

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams are set to open up the 2017 season Monday, Aug. 28 at the Morris Invitational. The Fighting Braves are also set to compete at the Lac qui Parle Invitational, Thursday, Aug. 31, while among the other major meets of 2017 is the Benson Invitational, Monday, Oct. 9, the Section 6A Meet at Long Prairie-GE, Thursday, Oct. 26, and the State Boys and Girls Cross-Country Meet at St. Olaf College, Saturday, Nov. 4.
Besides the fact that the cross-country teams lost four boys and four girls from last year’s team due to graduation, the program will have a new coach this year after the co-coaches both resigned last year.
Taking over as the new coach is Samantha (Goff) VanHeuveln, a graduate of Benson High School and Jamestown College.
VanHeuveln won a gold medal in the.........

Thu
31
Aug
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Saints fall to Kimball in opener

Haylee Johnson, who had a team-high nine kills during the opening match, pounds a spike across the net as Morgan Lesteberg (left) and Katie Krieger (behind) prepare for a return.

Saints fall to Kimball in opener
 

The KMS volleyball team opened up the season with a 3-1 loss at home to Kimball Area, Friday night in the Kerkhoven gym.
The Saints also ended the 2016 season against Kimball, losing to the Cubs in the Section 5A Tourney semifinals in four games.
“Overall, it was a good start,” KMS head coach Joquel Molenaar said.  “We definitely didn’t play clean; had lots of unforced errors on our part, which killed our momentum throughout each game and made it more difficult to win.  If we clean up our game and find a way to score, this will be a strong volleyball team.”
The Saints lost several key starters from last year’s team, but does return a good........

Thu
31
Aug
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Saints, Braves to open up season, Friday in Murdock

KMS quarterback Caleb Collins tries to get off a pass while evading a couple of Lac qui Parle defenders during a four-team scrimmage in Benson, Saturday morning.

Saints, Braves to open up season, Friday in Murdock

The Benson Braves and KMS Saints are set to meet up in the 2017 high school football opener at 7 p.m., Friday in Murdock.  The Saints are coming off a 5-5 season from a year ago, while the Braves were 1-8 last year.
Both teams play in the Mid-State sub-district, with the Saints playing in the red division and the Braves playing in the white.  KMS lost five seniors to graduation from last year’s team, while the Braves lost 13 key seniors.
This will be the second-ever meeting between the Swift County schools.  The first took place in........

 

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Thu
31
Aug
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2017 Benson Football Team

Pictured above are members of the Benson football team, set to open up the 2017 season this Friday at 7 p.m. at KMS (Murdock).

Pictured above are members of the Benson football team, set to open up the 2017 season this Friday at 7 p.m. at KMS (Murdock).

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