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Wed
07
Nov
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Saints fall in Section 4A finals to Lester Prairie-HT, 33-6 Bulldogs score first three touchdowns and hold KMS to 82 rushing yards

Dylan Rudningen, who had over 2,000 yards going into the game, was held to 55 yards on 24 carries, although he did complete one pass for another 37 yards.

The KMS football team was eliminated for the season with a 33-6 loss to Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity in the Section 4A championship game, Friday night at St. John’s University.

The Saints, who closed out the season with a 9-2 overall record, fell behind 20-0 before scoring their first and only touchdown.  KMS had several chances to tack on another score to pull even closer, but after coming up short, LP-HT scored two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the final score.

KMS, seeded first in the section, had opened up the tournament with a 63-20 victory over BBE and 28-12 win over fifth-seeded Kimball Area before losing to the Bulldogs at St. John’s.

Dylan Rudningen, who had over 2,000 yards rushing this season, was held to 55 yards on 24 carries.  He also completed one pass of 37 yards to Isaac Call, which came one play before Rudningen went over from the 8-yard line for the Saints’ only score of the game.

Wed
31
Oct
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Championship at National Derby won by BHS graduate

The winner of the 2018 National Dog Derby Championship, held in Sedalia, MO, Oct. 8-12 was “Seasides Got To Get Up And Try (Pink)”

The winner of the 2018 National Dog Derby Championship, held in Sedalia, MO, Oct. 8-12 was “Seasides Got To Get Up And Try (Pink)”.  The owner and handler for the dog is professional trainer Robbie Knutson (second from left), a graduate of Benson High School.  Robbie, wife Mikki (Kindelberger), formerly of Ortonville, and their children live in Evans, GA.  Robbie is the son of Randy and Joanne Knutson of Benson, and the grandson of Elsie Kill and Gloria Knutson, both of Benson.  “Pink” and owner Robbie will also be featured in the December issue of Retriever News.  Submitted photo.

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Wed
31
Oct
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McGee falls just short of state berth

JayEven McGee came within eight seconds of qualifying to the State Meet.

The Benson-KMS boys and girls cross-country teams competed at the Section 6A Cross-Country Meet at NLS, Thursday night.  As expected, Staples-Motley and West Central Area dominated the meets, while Benson-KMS placed 10th in the boys competition and 18th in the girls.

Just missing out on a state berth was Benson senior JayEven McGee, who ran a time of 17:05 over 5,000 meters (about 3.1 miles), which placed him 15th overall, just one place and eight seconds away from qualifying to state. McGee, who had the top time in six of nine meets for Benson-KMS this season, had a season-best 17:36 earlier this year before bettering that by 31 seconds at the section meet.

Wed
31
Oct
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Saints earn berth in 4A finals with 28-12 win over Kimball

Dylan Rudningen (22) was held out of the end zone by Kimball, but Alex Call and Titian Norton combined for three passing touchdowns during the Saints’ 28-12 win over Kimball Area, Saturday.

The KMS Saints earned a 28-12 win over Kimball Area in the Section 4A semifinals, Saturday in Murdock, advancing the Saints to the section finals set for 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2 at St. John’s University against second-seeded Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity.

Last year, the sixth-seeded Saints upset third-seeded LP-HT in the opening round of the section tourney, 26-7, before falling to second-seeded Mayer Lutheran in the semifinals, 42-7.

Kimball Area did its best to keep 2,000-yard rusher Dylan Rudningen in check, but it forgot about the KMS passing game, which came through with four passing touchdowns, including three from quarterback Alex Call to Titian Norton.

Kimball Area, which fell to KMS earlier this season 45-33, held leads of 6-0 and 12-7, but the Saints scored the final three touchdowns of the game to rally for the win.

Wed
31
Oct
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Braves end season with 33-13 loss at Minnewaska

Adam Zosel (32) runs for a short gain wi th the help of blocks from Jacob Wolter (78), Alex Wrobleski (65), Hunter Gonnerman (44), Alden Syltie (77), and others.

The Benson football team was eliminated for the season with a 33-13 loss at Minnewaska Area in the Section 5AA quarterfinals last Tuesday night.  The Braves were seeded seventh in the 7-team section, and the Lakers were seeded second.

The two teams also met up in the regular-season finale, six nights earlier, with the Lakers also winning that game 45-0.  This time, the Braves were in the game through halftime before Minnewaska Area expanded a 19-0 halftime lead to 33-0 on the first play of the fourth quarter.

“Overall, we played much better than our regular-season game against them one week earlier,” Benson coach Scott Gonnerman said.  “It still hurt our passing game not having Will Enderson at quarterback (injury), but we did get Jared Knutson back from an injury, and having three practices before the playoff game helped us.”

Fri
26
Oct
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KMS continues hot play with runner-up at Underwood Tourney

KMS players celebrate a point during a recent win in Kerkhoven.

The KMS volleyball team is peaking at the right time after 3-2 at the Underwood Tournament, Thursday, to place second of seven teams.  The Saints improved to 16-12 overall with the tourney results, and KMS also finished the Camden North Conference schedule with a 5-6 record to place second behind MACCRAY (8-3).

The Underwood Tourney was the final regular-season event for the Saints, who now look forward to the Section 5A Tourney.

The Saints earned the second seed in its “pod”, giving KMS a first-round playoff match at home at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26 against the third-seeded Benson Braves.

If the Saints can win that match, they would play again at 6 p.m, Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Long Prairie against most-likely Royalton.  The Section 5A semifinals are set for 6 p.m, Thursday, Nov. 1 at Little Falls and the championship match is slated for 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 at Little Falls....
 

Fri
26
Oct
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KMS tops Royalton 29-8 to earn title and top seed

Dylan Rudningen (22) picks up some big yardage during the 2018 opener against Benson.  The Saints beat Royalton last week to earn the sub-district title and top seed in Section 4A.  Also identified for KMS are Regan Carlson (64), and Chris Moist (68).

The KMS football team earned co-share of the Mid-State Blue sub-district title after knocking off previously-unbeaten Royalton, Friday night in Murdock, 29-8.  The Saints and Royalton both finished the sub-district schedule with 6-1 records and KMS also improved to 7-1 overall to claim the top seed in the upcoming Section 4A Football Tournament.

Dylan Rudningen ran 40 times for 171 yards and four touchdowns, giving him 1,762 yards for the season and 28 touchdowns.

The Saints surprisingly dominated the Royals, despite going into halftime tied at 8-8.  KMS held a 276-105 edge in total yards and 20-6 in first downs, keyed most by a 4-0 advantage in turnovers.

Finishing third in the sub-district were Upsala-Swanville Area and Kimball Area (both 4-3), while Browerville-Eagle Valley and Parkers Prairie were tied for fifth with 3-4 records, New York Mills was seven at 2-5, and BBE was 0-7.

Fri
26
Oct
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Braves top Montevideo in regular-season finale

Claire Ricard (left) had 14 kills and two blocks during the Braves’ win over Montevideo.  Above, she pounds a ball over the net as teammates Mariah Ahrndt and Ellie Moesenthin look on.

The Benson volleyball team closed out the regular-season with one of its best matches of the season.  The Braves won their second-straight match last Tuesday night in Benson with a 25-21, 25-15, 23-25, 25-15 victory over Montevideo, putting the Braves in sole possession of fifth place in the final WCC volleyball standings.

It was also Senior Night during the Montevideo match and Paige Cain, Maranda Wieber, and Matilyn Short were recognized as seniors for the Braves before the match.

“We finished strong on our home court tonight,” coach Shannon Schmidt said.  “Rachel Berens had a career high 12 kills tonight, with six of them coming in the first set, and Claire Ricard had 14 kills and two blocks.  It was really a great team effort and a great win to cap off our regular season.  We have just the momentum we need heading to playoffs. And a lot of our players are peaking at the right time.”

Fri
26
Oct
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Braves close out regular-season with 45-0 loss to Minnewaska Area

Cole Hedman (81) tries to evade a would-be Minnewaska Area tackler after hauling in a pass.  Identified from left to right in back of Hedman are Adam Zosel (32), Alden Syltie (77), and Alex Wrobleski (65).
Hunter Gonnerman (44) rambles around left end during the Braves’ loss to Minnewaska Area last Wednesday night.  The two teams were set to be back at it Tuesday (yeserday) for the first round of the Section 5AA playoffs.

The Benson football team ended the regular-season with an 0-8 record after losing by a shutout at Minnewaska Area in the regular-season finale last Wednesday night, 45-0.

The Braves will travel back to Minnewaska Area this week for the start of the Section 5AA Tourney as Benson earned the seventh seed and Minnewaska Area was second, meaning the Braves open up sections at 7 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) at Minnewaska Area High School.

This is the second-straight season Benson has closed out the regular-season and opened up the section tourney in back-to-back weeks against Minnewaska Area.

“Minnewaska proved they deserved the second seed in our section, and the Lakers also finished second behind BOLD in our sub-district,” Benson coach Scott Gonnerman said. 

Fri
12
Oct
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KMS earns 5-game win over MACCRAY

Mallory Rudningen (3) and Lexy Swanson (14) go up for a block attempt during a recent match in Kerkhoven.  The Saints topped Kimball, Monday, to improve to 10-7.

The KMS volleyball team earned a five-game win over MACCRAY, Thursday night in Kerkhoven.  The win by the Saints kept the team’s title hopes alive as KMS improved to 5-5 in the Camden North Conference with one match to go, and the Wolverines fell to 6-3.

Earlier in the week, the Saints lost in three games to state-ranked Minneota.

The Saints are now 9-7 overall and 5-5 in the conference with four scheduled competitions left in the regular-season.

KMS was set to play at Kimball, Monday and home RTR, Tuesday (yesterday) before closing out the regular season with two tournaments, one Oct. 12-13 at SMSU and the final one at Underwood, Thursday, Oct. 18.

If MACCRAY loses its final two matches against Tracy and RTR and the Saints beat RTR in their final Camden Conference match, the two teams would be co-champs.  Hurting KMS earlier this season was a five-game loss at home to RCW....

 

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