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Hockey pairing between Benson and Morris Area has paid off nicely

Last year was the 26th season of hockey at Benson High School and the 20th season of the MBA sports coop.  BHS went it alone for a handful of years before pairing with Morris Area to form the MBA Storm and Lady Storm prior to the start of the 2001-02 season.
It’s been a very successful sports pairing for Benson and Morris Area.  Overall, 14 boys have reached at least 100 career points and seven girls have also reached that milestone.
Boys hockey -- The Benson boys hockey team has had 13 winning seasons, three .500 seasons, and 10 losing seasons in 26 seasons of high school hockey.  The Braves had two of their best seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07 when the team went 19-4 both seasons.
Two seasons ago the program set a school record for victories in a season on the way to a 20-6 record, breaking a six-season losing streak for the boys program.  This year’s team was 13-5.

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01
Dec
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Collins, Haats earn All-Camden honors

The KMS volleyball team started off slow in 2021, but went on to win seven of its final 16 matches to finish the season 8-21, which included a 0-11 record in the always-tough Camden Conference.  The KMS volleyball team swept Ashby in the opening round of the Section 6A Volleyball Tournament, but then fell to second-seeded Wheaton/Herman-Norcross two days later in four games to end its season.
MACCRAY won this year’s Camden North title with a 9-2 league record, followed by Prinsburg (7-4), RCW (5-6), Dawson-Boyd (3-8), Lac qui Parle (2-9), and KMS (0-11).
Minneota, which earned the Camden South title with an 11-0 record, beat MACCRAY in three games for the overall Camden title.  In second place in the Camden South was Canby (9-2), followed by Tracy Area (8-3), RTR (7-4), YME (4-7), and Lakeview (1-10).

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Dec
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Four seniors back to lead Benson girls basketball team in 2021-22

The Benson football team held its season-ending football banquet recently at which time it announced the postseason awards and honors.
The Benson football team closed out the 2021 season with a 20-0 loss at KMS in the Section 4A quarterfinals.  The Braves came into the game as the fifth seed while the Saints were seeded fourth thanks to a 27-14 win over Benson earlier in the season.
Upsala-Swanville Area (6-2) earned the top seed and a first-round bye in the Section 4A Tourney, followed by BBE (5-3), Browerville-EV (4-4), KMS, Benson, Parkers Prairie, and LPGE.  
BBE went on to earn the section title with a win over USA, but then lost in the state quarterfinals.
The Braves went 3-6 this year.  Benson was shut out in the season opener at Kimball (42-0), but then came back to rout Long Prairie-GE (42-14) and BBE (40-12) in two of the most well-played games of the season for Benson.

Wed
17
Nov
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MBA Lady Storm open up season with home loss to Prairie Centre

The MBA Lady Storm opened up the 2021-22 season with a 6-0 loss to Prairie Centre, Thursday night at the Lee Community Center in Morris.
MBA, coming off a 1-14 season from a year ago, outshot the visitors, 44-23, but the PC goalie kept all 44 shots out the net to give her team the shutout win.
The Lady Storm are set to host Willmar, Thursday (tomorrow) in Benson before skating at Princeton, Tuesday, Nov. 23.
 

 

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Slaughter, Himley, McGeary among Benson stat leaders

The Benson volleyball team ended the season with a 25-10, 25-9, 25-8 loss to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the Section 6A round-of-16.  The Braves were seeded eighth in their half of the section and beat ninth-seeded Ortonville in four games before losing to top-seeded BBE in the next round.
Benson, coached by first-year head coach Laura Mitteness, finished the season 6-23 overall, which included a 1-11 mark in the WCC.

 

 

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Rudningen, Cortez, Kallstrom lead KMS football team in 2021

The KMS football team won three of its final five games to finish 3-7 this season.  The Saints started out 0-4 with losses to BBE (26-0), Browerville-EV (47-12), Upsala-Swanville Area (52-28), and BOLD (34-14), but KMS got its first win with a 27-14 home victory over Benson.
The Saints fell to Kimball Area (50-6) in the next game and then played one of their best games during a 28-22 victory over ACGC before closing out the regular-season with one of its poorest games during a 12-8 loss at Long Prairie-GE, which was the only win of the season for the Thunder.
 

 

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Nov
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Helms is All-WCC and Habben is honorable mention for girls tennis

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team ended the season with a 7-8 overall record and 4-4 mark in the West Central Conference.
The highlights of the season were a state tournament berth by the doubles’ team of Hannah Helms and Elise Duncan, along with a runner-up trophy from the Section 3A Girls Tennis Tournament.
Earning All-Conference this season for the Fighting Braves was Hannah Helms, who played mostly second singles for Benson-KMS before moving to doubles in the postseason, while selected to the honorable mention team was Eleanor Habben, who played first doubles.
 

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03
Nov
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Thompson places sixth at 6A meet to earn state berth

Landon Thompson placed sixth with a time of 17:31 at the Section 6A Cross-Country Meet to earn a berth at the State Cross-Country Meet this Saturday at St. Olaf College.
Thompson, a senior becomes the first Benson-KMS runner to earn a state berth since 2017 when Jon Tostenson competed at the state meet for the Fighting Braves....
 

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03
Nov
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Duncan, Helms go 0-2 at state tennis tourney

Hannah Helms and Elise Duncan competed at the State Girls Tennis Tournament last week at the Read-Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
Helms, a senior, and Duncan, a sophomore, played singles for the entire regular-season before switching over to doubles for the postseason.
Helms and Duncan went 4-0 at the Section 3A Tourney to win the doubles’ title and become the third doubles’ team at Benson or Benson-KMS to earn a trip to state.
At state, the Benson-KMS duo lost both of their matches in straight sets to end their seasons.  Helms finished the year with a team-best 15-12 record playing mostly second singles, while Duncan was 7-19 this season at first singles. ....

 

Picutre is BHS tennis player Hannah Helms

Wed
03
Nov
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Kallstrom, Cortez, and Rudningen lead KMS to 20-0 win over Braves

A 69-yard punt and two long touchdown runs were the difference in the game as KMS beat Benson in the Section 4A opener last Tuesday night in Murdock, 20-0.
It was the second time the Saints have beat the Braves this season as KMS improved to 3-6 heading into a game at Upsala-Swanville Area later in the week, while Benson ended the season 3-6 overall after losing five of its last six games.
Upsala-Swanville Area (6-2) earned the top seed, followed by BBE (5-3), Browerville-EV (4-4), KMS, Benson, Parkers Prairie, and LPGE.  The Section 4A championship game is set for 12:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5 at the FargoDome.
“I’m very pleased with the win over Benson,” KMS head coach Jason Fernholz said.  “And, this Saturday’s game at USA will be even tougher with a trip to the championship game at the FargoDome on the line.”
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