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Volleyball team splits with Monte and Waska

The Benson volleyball team split two WCC matches last week and has only one more scheduled date before the start of the Section 5A Volleyball Tourney.

The Braves shut out Montevideo last Tuesday night, but then fell in three games at home to Minnewaska Area, Thursday.  Benson is 8-14 overall and 3-10 in the WCC heading into this Tuesday’s (yesterday) match at Morris Area-CA to close out the regular-season.

Sauk Centre clinched the WCC title last week and is 13-0 overall with one match to go, while Melrose Area is 10-3, BOLD and Morris Area are both 8-5, Minnewaska is 7-6, Benson is 3-10, ACGC is 2-11, and Montevideo is 1-12.

Wed
16
Oct
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It’s two in a row for the Braves!

It took one play for the Benson Braves football team to take control of its Homecoming game with Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Friday night.  Matthew Tolifson took the opening kickoff and, after bobbling the ball and picking it up off the ground, raced 94 yards basically untouched for a 94-yard kickoff return, giving Benson a quick 7-0 lead on the way to a 33-0 Homecoming win.

It was the first Homecoming victory for Benson since 2011 when the Braves edged ACGC, 30-22.  It’s also the first two-game winning streak for the Braves since early in the 2012 season.

“What a great way to celebrate Homecoming on a snowy Brock Field,” said an elated Benson head coach Adam Foslien  “We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game than by returning the opening kickoff.  That set the tone for the entire night.”

Wed
16
Oct
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Boys cross-country team second at Benson Meet

The Benson-KMS cross-country program hosted the Benson Invitational last Monday at the Benson Golf Course.

The Benson-KMS boys took advantage of the home meet by placing second behind Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd in a field that included most of the WCC teams.

Will Magaard placed seventh for Benson-KMS, while Jaron Furney was 14th and Landon Thompson 17th to lead the Fighting Braves to the runner-up finish behind the state-ranked LQP-DB team.

In the girls competition, Minnewaska edged LQP-DB for first place, while Morris Area-CA was a close third and Benson-KMS was seventh.  Leading the way for the girls team were Allie Mitteness in 23rd and Natalie Jorschumb in 35th...
 

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Wed
09
Oct
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Cross-country teams race at Montevideo

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams both placed fourth at the Montevideo Invitational last Tuesday at the Crossings Golf Course in Montevideo.

Natalie Jorschumb was sixth and Allie Mitteness 15th to lead the Benson-KMS girls team, while Will Magaard was seventh and Jaron Furney was 16th to lead the BKMS boys squad.

The cross-country teams were set to host the Benson-KMS Invitational, Monday, Oct. 7 at the Benson Golf Course before getting ready for the postseason.

The Section 6A Cross-Country Meet is set for Thursday, Oct. 24 at Pierz and the State Cross-Country Meet is set for Saturday, Nov. 2 at St. Olaf College.

Bethany Rosemeier (2013) was the last Benson-KMS girl to qualify for the state meet, while in the last 13 years, Ben Murphy (2008), Josh Bailey (2015 and 2016), and Jon Tostenson (2017) have qualified for the boys cross-country program...

Wed
09
Oct
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Tennis team eliminated with 4-3 loss to LQP

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team was eliminated with a 4-3 loss at Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd, Friday at LQP Valley High School.  The match had been set for Thursday, but was pushed back a day due to weather.

Benson-KMS, which was seeded fifth in the eight-team section, ended the season with a 9-9 overall record, while LQP-DB moved on to face top-seeded Minnewaska Area in the semifinal Tuesday (yesterday) in Fargo.

The Fighting Braves still have the Section 6A Individual Tournament to go and members of the team will take part in the opening two rounds Wednesday (today) at Fargo.

Stacy Johnson will be playing singles for the Fighting Braves at the section individual tourney, and the doubles’ teams of Hannah Andrews-Susan Knutson, and Halle Bundy-Kaitlyn Berreau will also be competing, but the other singles’ entrant has yet to be decided...

 

Wed
09
Oct
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Benson volleyball drops pair of WCC decisions to BOLD and ACGC

The Benson volleyball team is looking at going on the road for the playoffs after dropping two conference matches last week.

The Braves lost at home to BOLD last Tuesday, 3-2, and also fell at Atwater-CGC, Thursday in Grove City, dropping Benson’s record to 7-13 overall and 2-9 in the conference.

The Braves went 8-15-1 overall last year and 5-9 in the WCC.  This year’s team was hoping to become the first Benson volleyball team since 2011 to finish the season with a winning record.  That year, the Braves went 16-9 in Shannon Schmidt’s first year as head coach, and the following season Benson was 11-11.

The Braves are set to close out the regular season with a match at Montevideo, Tuesday (yesterday), followed by a home match against Minnewaska Area, Thursday (tomorrow), and a contest at Morris Area-CA, Tuesday, Oct. 15 in the regular-season finale...

 

Wed
09
Oct
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The sweet taste of victory!

Braves snap 30-game losing streak with 32-12 victory over KMS during Battle for Swift County

The Benson football team broke a 30-game losing streak spanning three-plus years with a 32-12 victory over KMS, Friday night on Brock Field.  The Braves scored on the second-to-last play of the first half to go into halftime with a 20-12 lead and then dominated the second half, holding the Saints to only 43 second-half yards.

Abe Peterson and Will Enderson combined for four touchdowns for the Braves, who won for the first time since winning a three-overtime game at YME, Sept. 9, 2016, while Thomas Dineen opened up the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run.

Wed
02
Oct
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KMS football team holds off LPGE for 14-7 win

The KMS football team survived a scare from Long Prairie-Grey Eagle during a Mid State Blue football game in Murdock, Friday night.  The Saints’ defense came up big all night and helped KMS leave its home field with a 14-7 victory.

The win kept the Saints in a second-place tie with Browerville-EV in the Mid State Blue division, just one game behind Upsala-Swanville Area (4-0) and one game ahead of LPGE, Parkers Prairie, and Royalton (all 2-2).

Brandon Kallstrom and Masyn Olson scored rushing touchdowns for the Saints, while Christian Diederich had seven sacks for KMS, including one for a safety.

The Saints’ defense has given up just 42 points total in its last four games, but the KMS offense has scored just 48 points all season, including 14 points in each of its three wins this season.

Wed
02
Oct
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Benson volleyball team hoping to turn things around in final five matches

The Benson volleyball team fell twice last week to drop to 7-11 overall and 2-7 in the WCC.  The Braves opened up last week with a 3-0 loss at Melrose last Tuesday before coming home and playing a good match against Sauk Centre, Thursday, losing 3-1.

Sauk Centre leads the WCC with a 9-0 conference record with five matches to go, while Melrose Area is 7-2, Minnewaska area is 6-2, Morris Area-CA is 6-3, BOLD is 4-4, Benson is 2-7, ACGC is 1-8, and Montevideo is 0-9.

In Section 5A, Benson is currently seeded third in its five-team “pod”, but should have a chance to move past KMS to the second seed with a strong performance over its final five matches.  See Speaking of Sports column for more comments about Section 5A volleyball.

Wed
02
Oct
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Tennis team earns fifth seed for section tourney

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team closed out the regular-season by taking part in the WCC Individual Tourney, Saturday at Alexandria.  The Fighting Braves did great at the WCC Tourney with all but one of the entries going 2-1 during the full day of tennis, including Kaitlyn Berreau at third singles, Hannah Andrews and Halle Bundy at first doubles, and Amy Zniewski and Hannah Helms at second doubles, who all placed second.

Minnewaska Area, which went undefeated during conference play to earn the WCC title, also won all seven individual titles at the season-ending tourney.

Earlier in the week, the Fighting Braves fell 7-0 to Minnewaska Area last Tuesday night in Benson, and 7-0 at Osakis, Thursday.  The Lakers earned the top seed in the section, followed by Osakis, Montevideo, LQP-DB, Benson-KMS, Morris Area/WCA, MACCRAY, and YME.

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