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16
Feb
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Benson girls lose to pair of area powers

Abbie Mitteness sets up the Benson offense while members of the student section look on from behind.  Benson has home games remaining Feb. 15 (Hancock) and Feb. 20 (Melrose).

The Benson girls basketball team played a couple of the top teams in the area last week, which should help it get ready for the upcoming Section 3AA Tourney, set to begin Thursday, Feb. 22.

The Braves lost at Yellow Medicine East last Monday night, 91-54, and also fell to the state’s top-ranked Class AA team, Sauk Centre, 72-35, in a game played Friday in Benson.

The Braves fell to 3-19 overall and 1-10 in the conference with the two losses.  Only four more games remain on the regular-season schedule, including three this week.  Benson was set to play at BOLD, Tuesday, host Hancock, Thursday, and play at Montevideo, Friday.

 

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Fri
16
Feb
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Braves can’t hold lead as YME rallies for 48-44 win

Sam Lundebrek (middle) pulls down a rebound before going up for a shot and being fould during the Braves’ 48-44 loss to YME last week.

The Benson boys basketball team just missed picking up its first win of the season during a 48-44 home loss to Yellow Medicine East last Monday night.  The Braves held the lead several times during the game, including midway through the second half, but the Sting held off Benson to earn its second victory of the season.

The Braves also lost at ACGC, Thursday, 71-30, putting Benson’s record at 0-21 overall and 0-10 in the WCC.

Benson has four more regular-season games to pick up its first win.  The Braves were set to host Minnewaska Area, Tuesday  and Montevideo, Friday, before closing out the regular-season the following week with road games against Morris and Sauk Centre....

 

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Fri
09
Feb
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Hanson leads gymnasts during loss to Hendricks

With teammate Mariah Ahrndt sitting out due to an illness, Halle Hanson led the Fighting Braves last week against Hendricks, placing second in the all-around.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team lost its last regular-season meet against Hendricks-RTR, Friday night in Benson, 136.35-132.575.  The Fighting Braves were competing without the services of their leading gymnast, sophomore Mariah Ahrndt, who was out with an illness.

Halle Hanson placed second in the all-around for Benson-KMS, while teammate Makenna Kelley was fourth.

The loss dropped the team’s record to 4-3 heading into this Saturday’s WCC Meet at Morris.  The Section 6A Meet is set for Saturday, Feb. 17 at Litchfield and the State Gymnastics Meet is set for Feb. 23-24 on the U of M campus.

“We are hoping to get our team healthy as we head into the postseason,” coach Kathy Ahrndt said.  “We have been hit hard by influenza.  Many of our athletes have been out sick for over a week.  We’re hoping to get our strength and stamina back before the tournaments....”

 

Fri
09
Feb
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KMS boys lose heartbreaker in overtime

Weston Gjerde (right) gets set to dish off an assist during a recent game against Benson.

The KMS boys basketball team split its two games from last week, winning a home game against Buffalo Lake-HS last Monday night, 69-48, but falling in overtime at Dawson-Boyd one night later, 78-74, after leading by five with 20 seconds left in regulation.

The Saints are 9-9 overall and 4-8 in the Camden North Conference heading into their final eight regular-season games.  KMS won four-straight games earlier this season, but otherwise, has not won or lost more than two games in a row.

KMS has three road games scheduled this week, beginning with a game at ACGC, Monday, at Wheaton-HN, Tuesday, and at MACCRAY, Friday....

 

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Fri
09
Feb
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Braves still seeking first win after losses to Paynesville, BOLD

Austin Ose goes in for a layup just ahead of the block attempt by an opponent during a recent game in Benson.

The Benson boys basketball team is down to its last seven games to earn its first win of the season after losing twice last week.  The Braves lost at Paynesville, Thursday night, 57-47, and also fell to BOLD at home, Friday, 74-42.

The Braves are 0-19 overall and 0-9 in the WCC heading into their final six regular-season games, one at home against YME, Monday, Feb. 5, in what could be the best chance at a victory this season.  

The visiting Yellow Medicine East Sting are 1-15 overall this season with its only win coming against Tracy Area, which is 2-15 overall.

Benson is also set to play at ACGC, Thursday before coming home again the following week for two games....

 

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Fri
09
Feb
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Knutson earns 100th win for Benson wrestlers during 49-21 loss to KMS

Jared Knutson (right) earned his 100th career win at KMS, Thursday, beating Michael Doubek, 4-3.
Jon Tostenson (right) controls Benson’s Mike Nagler during the Saints’ 49-21 victory, Thursday night in Kerkhoven.

The Benson wrestling team went 2-1 last week and also added another named to the 100-win club.  The Braves won both matches at the Barnesville triangular last Tuesday night, beating Barnesville (39-33) and Fertile-Beltrami (58-24).

Two nights later, the Braves lost a non-conference match at KMS, 49-21, in a match that saw Benson junior Jared Knutson record his 100th victory with a 4-3 win over KMS’ Michael Doubek.  A recap of the KMS match can be found in separate story.

Knutson became the 13th BHS wrestler to reach 100 wins.  The list includes his teammate, Aaron Zosel, who reached 100 wins earlier this season, and his uncle, Brian Knutson, who graduated in 2002 with 134 victories.  Knutson should have a great shot at making it among the top five by the time he graduates.

Benson is set to close out the regular season with a home triangular, Thursday (tomorrow) with Paynesville and Sauk Centre-Melrose....

 

Fri
02
Feb
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Benson earns fifth at WCC Team Tourney

Mason Abner (right) tries to bring down an opponent as co-head coach Scott Thompson (left) looks on.

The Benson wrestling team had five matches last week, going 2-3 overall.  The Braves, who improved to 5-10 overall, lost both matches at the Osakis triangular, Thursday, falling to Border West (41-27) and Osakis (35-33).

Two days later, the Braves hosted the WCC Team Tournament, won by ACGC with a 34-24 win over Minnewaska Area.  Benson went 2-1, winning the consolation title with a 45-27 victory over Sauk Centre-Melrose.

This week, Benson was set to compete at the Barnesville triangular, Tuesday before competing at KMS, Thursday....

 

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Pictured: Mason Abner (right) tries to bring down an opponent as co-head coach Scott Thompson (left) looks on.
 

Fri
02
Feb
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KMS boys 8-8 after win over CGB

Weston Gjerde (middle) floats through the lane during a game earlier this season against Benson while being guarded by Matt Connolly (22), Jonas Habben (32) and Will Enderson.

The KMS boys basketball team split its two games last week, winning a non-conference game at Clinton-GB last Tuesday night, 67-59, but falling in a close game at Lac qui Parle, Thursday, 55-52.

The Saints are 8-8 overall and 4-7 in the conference heading into this week’s games, which includes a home game with Buffalo Lake-HS, Monday, and a game at Dawson-Boyd, Tuesday....

 

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Pictured: Weston Gjerde (middle) floats through the lane during a game earlier this season against Benson while being guarded by Matt Connolly (22), Jonas Habben (32) and Will Enderson .

Fri
02
Feb
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Gymnasts fall short vs. NLS

Torie Andrews performs on the floor exercise during a recent home meet against Melrose.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team dropped to 4-2 overall with a 137.95-134.125 loss at New London-Spicer last Tuesday night.

It was the fourth-straight meet the Fighting Braves have scored above 130 points and the seventh time in eight meets, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Wildcats, who are also part of Section 6A.

Benson-KMS is set to host its final home meet in Benson, Friday, Feb. 2 versus Hendricks before getting ready for the WCC Meet, Saturday, Feb. 10 at Morris....

 

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Pictured: Torie Andrews performs on the floor exercise during a recent home meet against Melrose.

Fri
02
Feb
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Magaard reaches 100 wins during victory over NLS

Will Magaard (top) became the 36th KMS wrestler to reach 100 career wins last week against NLS.

The KMS wrestling team added another wrestler to the 100-win club last week as sophomore Will Magaard reached his 100th career win during a 50-22 victory over NLS last Tuesday night in Kerkhoven.

Magaard, who became the 36th KMS wrestler to reach 100 career wins, was also one of five KMS wrestlers earning championships during the Alexandria Wrestling Tournament, Saturday.  Just a sophomore, Magaard could have a chance to crack the KMS top-five by the time he graduates.

He was joined on the top stand of the victory podium by Jared Carlson, Jon Tostenson, Caleb Collins, and Ryan Torkelson.  The Saints placed third of seven teams at the Alexandria Tourney in a meet won by Detroit Lakes and the host team placing second.

KMS, which improved to 10-5 overall with the win over the Wildcats, is set to host Benson for a match in Kerkhoven, Thursday....

 

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