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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....

 

Fri
02
Feb
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Ortonville rallies for 59-53 win over Braves

Will Enderson (23) goes flying through the air past a couple of Ortonville defenders on the way to a left-handed layup during the Braves’ 59-53 loss to Ortonville, Thursday night.

Benson boys fail to win first game despite holding late lead
 

The Benson boys basketball team dropped three games last week, although they had a good chance to earn their victory of the season during one of the games.  The Braves opened up last week’s action with a 64-27 loss at home to Melrose last Tuesday night, but came back two nights later to play a tough Ortonville team strong before losing late, 59-53.

The week came to an end with a 61-45 loss at Lakeview, which dropped the Braves’ overall record to 0-17 and WCC mark to 0-8.

Benson was set to play at Paynesville, Thursday before hosting BOLD, Friday, and then hosting YME (1-13 record), Monday, Feb. 5 in what could be the Braves’ best chance at picking up a win this season....

 

Fri
26
Jan
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BKMS gymnasts split home meets

With the Melrose Area gymnasts looking on after they had completed the balance beam, Mariah Ahrndt goes airborne on the floor exercise.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team split a pair of conference matches last week against Long Prairie-GE-Browerville and Melrose.

The Fighting Braves topped LPGE, 136.6-124.6 last Monday night in Benson but three nights later, Benson-KMS fell to state-ranked Melrose 140.05-134.2
Benson-KMS, 4-1 overall in dual matches, was set to compete at NLS, Tuesday (yesterday).  The final home match is set for Friday, Feb. 2 vs. Hendricks....

 

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Pictured: With the Melrose Area gymnasts looking on after they had completed the balance beam, Mariah Ahrndt goes airborne on the floor exercise.

Fri
26
Jan
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Lady Storm fall to Windom Area, 5-0

MBA Lady Storm goalie Abbey Hoffman (right) tries to cover up the puck as two Windom Area skaters poke at the puck and Hallie Watzke (7) and Megan Kirkeide (14) help out for MBA.

The MBA girls hockey team fell to 1-13 overall with a 5-0 home loss to Windom Area, Saturday at the Benson Civic Center.  

Windom scored two in the first and three more in second period and handed the Lady Storm their third shutout of the season.

In the results that follow is a boxscore of the 3-2 loss at Fairmont, Saturday, Jan. 13, which was received too late for last week’s paper.  Eighth-grader Taryn Picht had both goals for MBA.

This week, the Lady Storm are set to host Crookston, Friday at the Lee Community Center in Morris.  The final home game in Benson is Saturday, Feb. 3 versus Worthington....

 

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Fri
19
Jan
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Saints top Benson in battle for Swift County

Brandon Rasmusson (23) goes up a shot insde as Noah Thorson (33), Jonas Habben (32), Weston Gjerde, Hunter Gonnerman (30), and others look on during the Saints’ 62-32 victory, Thursday night in Kerkhoven.
Matt Connolly (22) hauls down a rebound in front of teammate Sam Lundebrek and KMS’ Josh Peterson (35).

The Benson boys basketball team dropped two more decisions last week to fall to 0-11 overall.  The Braves, who are also 0-4 in the WCC, lost at Montevideo last Tuesday night, 55-29, and at KMS, Thursday, 62-32.

After scoring 50 and 59 points in back-to-back games in late December, the Braves have been held under 40 points in their last four games.

Benson has three home games scheduled this week, beginning with a game against Morris Area-CA, Tuesday, and continuing with ACGC, Thursday, and Sauk Centre, Friday....

 

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