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Fri
05
Jan
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Benson boys fall twice at Redwood Valley Tourney

Will Enderson (dribbling) tries to dribble past defense pressure during an early-season game in Benson.  Enderson had a season-high 16 points during a loss to MCW last week.

The Benson boys basketball team competed at the Redwood Valley Tournament, Wednesday and Thursday, losing both games.

Benson fell to Redwood Valley in the first game, Wednesday, 67-50, and also lost to Martin County West in the third-place game, Thursday, 70-59.  Lakeview edged Redwood Valley for the tournament title, 66-55.

The 59 points is a season-high for the Braves, who had been held under 40 points in four-straight games leading up to the Redwood Tourney.

Benson fell to 0-7 overall and 0-2 in the WCC heading into this week’s action, which includes a game at BOLD, Thursday (tomorrow), and a game at home against Lac qui Parle, Saturday....

 

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05
Jan
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KMS wrestling tops list of Top Stories of 2017

The KMS wrestling team’s state tournament trip last season was selected as the Top High School Sports Story of 2017.

KMS High School dominated the list of the Top High School Sports Stories of 2017.  The KMS wrestling team was selected as the top story, followed by the KMS softball team, Sam Gjerde winning the H-R award, Jon Tostenson earning state berths in track, cross-country, and with the KMS wrestling team, and the recent terrorist threat at the CASE-IH Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament.

Following is a look at the top-five stories, followed by other memorable stories and events from the past year.

#1-KMS wrestlers back to state
The KMS wrestling team’s trip to the state tourney was selected as the top sports story of the year again as the Saints qualified to their second-straight state tourney last year, going 1-2 at state to place sixth.  KMS lost to Pierz in the first round (44-19), but came back to edge Pipestone (37-36) before losing to Kenyon-Wanamingo in the consolation finals (37-19).

Fri
05
Jan
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Zosel, Knutson, Evenson lead Benson to fifth place at Braves Wrestling Classic

Preston McGee (right) competes for the Benson wrestling team at the Braves Wrestling Classic last week.

The Benson wrestling team hosted the Braves Wrestling Classic, Friday, placing fifth of 10 teams.  Tracy Area won the overall title with 237 points, edging Canby  by 20 points for the team title.

Aaron Zosel, Jared Knutson, and Grant Evenson led the Braves at the tournament with third-place finishes, while Adam Koosmann and Mike Nagler were  both fourth, and Brady Ascheman and Dylan Stewart were both fifth.

Zosel went 3-1 at 145 pounds and is now five wins away from reaching 100 victories for his career.  Knutson (13-2) and Zosel (12-3) lead the Braves in wins this season.

Next up for Benson is a match at Morris Area-CA-Hancock, Friday, Jan. 5....

 

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Thu
21
Dec
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ACGC rallies for win over Benson girls, who also lose to state-ranked Sauk Centre

Kaitlyn Berreau (right) dishes off to a teammate during a recent game in Benson.  The Braves opened up the season with six-straight home games before having two road games last week.  Benson is set to host NLS, Thursday (tomorrow).

The Benson girls basketball team dropped a pair of conference games last week to Atwater-CGC and Sauk Centre.  The Braves, who fell to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in the WCC, opened up the week with a close 53-45 loss at ACGC last Tuesday night.

Benson led that game 25-23 at halftime, but the Falcons rallied in the second half to pull out the win.

Later in the week, the state’s No.1-ranked Class AA team, Sauk Centre, held the Braves to just 20 points during a 69-20 loss at Sauk Centre.

Benson has just one game scheduled this week, Thursday (tomorrow) at home against NLS.  After that, the Braves have some time off to prepare for a game, Tuesday, Jan. 2 at home against Clinton-GB....

 

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Thu
21
Dec
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Terrorist scare cancels one night of CASE-IH Holiday Boys Tourney

Austin Ose (10), Will Enderson, Matt Connolly, Sam Lundebrek, and Jonas Habben (right) defend against a Breckenridge player during the Braves’ loss to the Cowboys, Saturday during the CASE-IH Holiday Tourney.

The Benson boys basketball team ran into a strong Breckenridge team, Saturday, during the CASE-IH Holiday Tournament.  The Braves fell behind 59-19 by halftime and Breckenridge went on to an 88-36 victory.

The two games Friday were called off due to a terrorist threat phoned in from the Fargo-Moorhead area that night.  The call came during the first semifinal game between Breckenridge and MACCRAY, Friday night, forcing that game and the next game between ACGC and Benson to be cancelled and the entire BHS gym evacuated.

The Benson vs. ACGC game will be made up later this winter as a conference game, and there was no official winner to the Holiday Tournament.

Benson has two more tough games this week before the Christmas break.  The Braves are set to play at NLS, Thursday (tomorrow), and at Minnewaska Area, Friday....

 

Thu
21
Dec
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Benson-KMS gymnasts top 130 points again during win over Litchfield-DC

Halle Hanson performs on the balance beam for the Benson-KMS gymnastics team as other members look on.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team won its second dual meet in a row, winning at Litchfield-Dassel-Cokato last Tuesday night, 131.625-128.525.

The Fighting Braves have scored above  131 points in each of their first three competitions.

Mariah Ahrndt continued her strong showing early this season by winning all five individual events, including a 34.875 in the all-around, while Makenna Kelley was second in the all-around with a 33.7 total.

The gymnasts were also scheduled to compete at Redwood Valley, Friday, but that meet was postponed to a later date this season.

Benson-KMS was set to compete at Morris Area-CA, Thursday (tomorrow) before taking two weeks off from competition for the holidays....

 

Thu
21
Dec
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Storm hockey team tops Fairmont for second win

Pictured: Parker Klemm (3) goes all out to try and stop a Fairmont skater from getting into the MBA zone.

The Morris-Benson Area boys hockey team had a great week last week, earning a tie with Willmar last Tuesday night and also routing Fairmont in the home opener in Benson, Saturday, 9-4.

The Storm have already scored 22 goals through five games this season after scoring 24 total goals in 21 games last year.

MBA improved to 2-2-1 overall, giving the team twice as many wins as the Storm had last year in going 1-20 overall.

Zach Bruns leads the team with 12 points through five games, including nine goals.  Jack Riley had seven points, while Kolby Goff and Hunter Gades both have six, and Matt Tolifson has five.

The only game scheduled for this week is a game at Prairie Center, Thursday (tomorrow)....

 

Thu
21
Dec
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Team United uses seven pins to top Benson wrestlers in home opener

Brady Ascheman (top) works to control his United opponent during a loss by the Benson Wrestling team, Thursday night in the home opener.  Benson is set to host the Braves Wrestling Classic, Friday, Dec. 29.

The Benson wrestling team ran into a strong United team, Thursday in Benson, and the result was a 61-15 loss to the combined team of Lac qui Parle, Dawson-Boyd, and Montevideo.

The Braves won just three matches, including two by forfeit.  United meanwhile, won 11 matches, including seven by pins.

It was the first dual match for Benson, which was set top take part in a quadrangular involving another area school that has combined forces with other schools.

YME was set to host the quadrangular, Tuesday (yesterday), which also involves BBE and Luverne.  A few years ago, YME combined with MACCRAY and RCW to form Quad County for wrestling only.

After the Quad County quadrangular, the Braves will have off for a few days to get ready for the Benson Invitational, Friday, Dec. 29....

 

Fri
15
Dec
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Benson girls snap losing streak with 59-36 win over Paynesville

Abbie Mitteness (right) drives around a Minnewaska Area defender during the Braves’ 55-44 loss to the Lakers last week in Benson.  Benson came back three nights later to claim a 59-36 win over Paynesville on the home court.

The Benson girls basketball team snapped a long losing streak with a 59-36 victory over Paynesville, Friday night at home.  The Braves had opened up the week with a 55-44 loss to Minnewaska Area last Tuesday night and also lost to BOLD, Thursday, by a 73-43 score, but that was all forgotten after Benson dominated the Bulldogs to snap a 30-game losing streak.

Benson, now 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the WCC, played its first six games at home but now goes on the road for two games this week at ACGC, Tuesday (yesterday) and at Sauk Centre, Friday.  The Mainstreeters are the No. 1 ranked team in state Class AA....

 

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Fri
15
Dec
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Benson-KMS gymnasts top Marshall in home opener

Makenna Kelley twists and flips her way over the vault during a home meet in Benson last week.  Kelley, a ninth-grader from KMS, placed third in the all-around with a score of 33.475 and was also fifth on the vault.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team continued its strong start to the 2017-18 season with a 131.675-121.975 victory over Marshall during a home meet at the Benson Armory, Thursday night.  Mariah Ahrndt won four of the five individual titles and teammate Makenna Kelley added a tie for first in the bars and a third-place in the all-around.

The Fighting Braves had opened up the season with a 133-point effort at the Marshall Invitational, winning the overall team title as well.  This week, the gymnasts have two meets, including one at Litchfield, Tuesday (yesterday) and another meet at home, Friday against Redwood Valley....

 

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