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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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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
25
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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Feb
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Big run by Minnewaska gives Lakers 65-52 win over Braves in 3AA opener

Adam Lindahl tries to find a path to the basket, but has it blocked by a couple of Lakers during a 65-52 win by Minnewaska Area over Benson in the Section 3AA opening round. Lindahl had 20 points to lead the Braves.

Minnewaska used a 23-5 run toward the end of the first half and into the second half to beat the Benson boys basketball team in the Section 3AA opener, 65-52, Saturday night at Minnewaska Area High School.

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MBA PeeWees win District 15 title to advance to regions

MBA PeeWee Hockey Team

The MBA PeeWees competed in the District 15 Tournament, Feb. 12-14 in Long Prairie.  MBA entered the tournament as the top seed and lived up to its ranking by winning three-straight games to win the district title and one of two region berths.

MBA is set to open up the tourney against Crookston at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26 at Red Lake Falls...

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Thu
25
Feb
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Six Saints and four Braves earn trips to State Wrestling Meet

Mitch Koosmann (top) has been ranked all season and is currently ranked 10th in state at 170 pounds.  Koosmann won the 170-pound section title this year, beating Brandin Dahl of KMS in the finals, 1-0.
Karter VanHeuveln had little trouble in winning the 220-pound section title and earn a second-straight trip to state.  VanHeuveln (35-4 record) won all three section matches by pin.

A week after earning a berth in the “final four” teams of the section wrestling tournament for the first time in 22 years, the Benson wrestling team will send four wrestlers to the State Wrestling Tournament, set for this Thursday through Saturday at the ExCel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Advancing to the state tourney by virtue of placing in the top two of the Section 5A Individual Wrestling Tournament this past Friday and Saturday at Long Prairie-GE High School, were Jared Knutson at 138 pounds, Grant Ascheman at 145, Aaron Zosel at 152, and Mitch Koosmann at 170.

Mitch Koosmann (pictured, top) has been ranked all season and is currently ranked 10th in state at 170 pounds.  Koosmann won the 170-pound section title this year, beating Brandin Dahl of KMS in the finals, 1-0...

KMS meanwhile, will send six wrestlers to the individual state tourney in addition to sending the entire team for the Class A State Team Tourney, set to begin Thursday (tomorrow).

Wed
10
Feb
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KMS boys lose close games to RCW, ACGC

Layton Connelly picks up a loose ball for a steal during a win over KMS last week as Tanner Rohner (11) follows up the play.
Weston Gjerde (left) had a couple of big games for the Saints last week with 15 points one game and 10 assists the next.

The KMS boys basketball team played some of its best basketball of the season last week, but still came out on the losing end of three Camden games at Prinsburg last Monday night (69-30), at home to Renville County West in Murdock, Friday (64-50), and at Atwater-CGC, Saturday (87-64).

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Wed
10
Feb
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KMS wrestlers top Benson, 57-9

In one of the best matches of the contest, KMS’ Derek Krieger and Benson’s Grant Ascheman lock up in front of the Benson bench.  Ascheman went on to win the match 3-0.

The Benson wrestling team ended the regular-season with a 6-11 record after losing a non-conference match to KMS, Friday night in Kerkhoven, 57-9.  One night later, the Braves competed at the Morris Invitational, placing fourth of eight teams and also earning three individual titles by Hunter Mondor, Grant Ascheman, and Mitch Koosmann.

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Wed
10
Feb
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Strong first-half not enough for Benson girls at Litchfield

All eyes are on the loose rebound, including those of Amanda Nissen (middle), Danielle Himley (with mask), and Megan Amundson (right).

The Benson girls basketball team dropped three games last week, including non-conference losses to NLS at home last Monday night, 62-37, and a loss at Litchfield, Saturday, 57-33, sandwiched around a 69-32 thumping by Minnewaska Area in WCC play, Thursday night in Benson.

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Wed
03
Feb
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Saints drop Camden game to MACCRAY

Weston Gjerde (13) brings the ball upcourt for the Saints during their game against Benson last Tuesday night in Kerkhoven as teammate Tanner Rohner races to get into position.

The KMS boys lost two games last week to drop to 2-18 overall.  Only six regular-season games remain on the schedule for the Saints.
KMS opened up action last week with a 75-62 home loss to Benson last Tuesday night.  A recap of that game can be found in separate story beginning on page 1B.

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