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Wed
07
Nov
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Braves’ Basketball Shot Club

Benson Braves Basketball Shot Club

Pictured are members of the Benson Braves Basketball Shot Club, who were recognized during a special recognition night held recently in the senior high cafeteria.  Guest speaker was Michael Felt, who shared the Hengstler-Ranweiler award with KMS’ Kevin Steinhaus in 2009 and went on to play at NDSU.  Pictured with Benson JV basketball coach Adam Jensen (back, left), making the Basketball Shot Club with over 10,000 shots during the offseason were (front row, left to right) Landon Skarsten (5th grade, 18,300 shots), Gavin Olson (5th, 10,300), Dylan Sanders (5th, 10,270), and Harold Habben (5th, 11,400).  Back -- coach Jensen, Matt Laumeyer (10th, 27,150), Will Enderson (11th, 13,800), Abe Peterson (10th, 16,800), Cole Hedman (10th, 16,290), Ben Peterson (10th, 14,350), and guest speaker Michael Felt.

Wed
07
Nov
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2018 girls tennis

Sophia Curriel returns a shot during 2018 girls tennis action.  A recap of the season will appear next week.

Pictured:  Sophia Curriel returns a shot during 2018 girls tennis action.  A recap of the season will appear next week.
 

Wed
07
Nov
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Senior Night game

Seniors on the Benson football team are introduced prior to the start of the Senior Night game.  Season statistics from the 2018 Benson football season will be published next week.

Pictured: Seniors on the Benson football team are introduced prior to the start of the Senior Night game.  Season statistics from the 2018 Benson football season will be published next week.

Wed
07
Nov
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Benson volleyball falls in five games to Royalton in Section 5A quarterfinals

Rachel Berens pounds a shot over the net during the Section 5A opener against KMS as Abbie Mitteness (left), Mariah Ahrndt (2), Maranda Wieber (9) and Abby Lundebrek (14) look on.

The Benson volleyball team rallied from two games down to win the next two games and force a deciding fifth game during its Section 5A quarterfinal match against Royalton last Tuesday at Long Prairie-GE High School.

However, unlike a match earlier when the Braves earned a 16-14 victory in the fifth game to beat the KMS Saints, this time, Royalton was able to regroup and the Royals went on to win in five games, 25-16, 25-18, 25-27, 21-25, 15-10, ending Benson’s 2018 season.

The Braves were seeded third in their “pod” of Section 5A, while Royalton was one of four top seeds.

Royalton improved to 22-6 overall with the win, while the Braves ended the season with an overall record of 8-15-1 after winning three of their final four matches.

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....
 

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