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Nov
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Saints shut out BBE in finale, 26-0

The KMS football team dominated BBE on the way to a 26-0 shutout, Friday night at Belgrade.  The win gave the Saints a 3-2 overall record after five weeks, but KMS also found out the same night that its season is over.

Coach Jason Fernholz discovered late in the game that he had tested positive for COVID-19.  He left the game at that time, but after the game, he gave his team the bad news that the season for the Saints is over.

KMS’ last regular-season game against Benson this week has been canceled, and the Saints will also be forced to miss their first playoff game the following week, meaning the 2020 season is over...

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Volleyball team falls to Waska and Montevideo

The Benson volleyball team is trying to get its groove back after losing its second and third-straight matches last week.  The Braves, who were 3-1 at one point after winning three-straight, have now fallen to 3-4 at the midway point in the regular-season.

The Braves fell in three games to Montevideo last Monday night, a team Benson had beaten in four games 11 nights earlier, and Benson also lost by a 3-0 sweep at Minnewaska Area, Thursday.

Melrose Area is 5-0 in the WCC through the early portion of the schedule, while Sauk Centre is 3-1, Minnewaska Area, Benson, and Morris Area are all 3-4, Montevideo is 1-2, and BOLD is 1-4...

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Benson earns thrilling 20-18 overtime win over USA

Three clutch plays in overtime helped the Benson football team win its fourth-straight game with a 20-18 overtime victory over Upsala-Swanville Area, Friday night on Brock Field in Benson.

The Braves faced fourth down in overtime when Cole Hedman lofted a 10-yard pass to Abe Peterson for the touchdown and Peterson followed with a two-point pass to Thomas Dineen on a broken play to put Benson up 20-12.

USA scored on fourth down to pull within two points of Benson, but on the two-point try, Kellen Schmidt stopped USA quarterback Carter Johnson cold at the one-yard line to give the Braves the 20-18 win...

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Wed
04
Nov
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Braves win third-straight with 45-6 rout of B-EV

The Benson football team is on a roll.  Averaging 42 points a game in its last three outings, the Braves won their third-straight game Friday at Browerville, beating the previously-unbeaten Tigers, 45-6.

The Braves led 24-6 in a dominant first-half performance and then added 21 points in the fourth quarter while holding the high-scoring B-EV offense to just six total points.

“Wow, what an unbelievable game,” head coach Adam Foslien said.  “Our guys were up to the challenge, and man did they respond, winning dominantly on both sides of the football.  To go on the road and beat two state ranked teams in consecutive weeks says a lot about this football team, which has won three-straight road games.”

Benson is now 3-1 heading into this Friday’s 6 p.m. home game against Upsala-Swanville Area, which fell to KMS this past Friday, 12-8.  The game is also Senior Night for the Braves...

 

Wed
04
Nov
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Benson volleyball tops BOLD in five games

The Benson volleyball team had its three-match winning streak snapped  with a 25-20, 25-11, 25-14 loss at Melrose Area, Thursday night.  Two nights earlier, the Braves beat BOLD in a five-game thriller, which was Benson’s second-straight match decided in five sets.

Benson, which improved to 3-2 overall, was set to host Montevideo Monday.  The match was originally canceled due to COVID-19 protocol at Montevideo, but later, both schools received the go-ahead to play the contest.   The Braves are also set to play at Minnewaska, Thursday (tomorrow) followed  by away matches at Osakis, Tuesday, Nov. 10, and at Morris Area-CA. Thursday, Nov. 12.

Melrose currently leads the WCC with a 4-0 league mark, followed by Sauk Centre (2-0), Benson (3-2), BOLD, Morris Area, and Minnewaska Area (all 1-3), and Montevideo (0-1).

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Cross-country teams announce awards

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams had a very successful season with the boys team wining five-straight meets during the middle of the season and the girls team placing second at five meets, including a tie for second in the WCC Cross-Country Meet.

“It didn’t go as well as we had hoped at sections, but overall, it was a great season and we are looking forward to all the great things they will do next season,” coach Samantha VanHeuveln said following the section meets.

Possibly the most exciting memory from the cross-country season is the boys team’s WCC title, which came down to a sprint toward the finish by Jacob Stallings, who passed two runners at the end to give Benson-KMS the team title by one point over Melrose Area...

 

Wed
28
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Braves dominate second half on way to 33-7 win over H-F

For the second-straight week the Benson football team scored over 30 points and earned a victory.  And, for the first time since early in the 2012 season, the Braves sport a winning record after improving to 2-1 overall.

After having its game with Parkers Prairie called off due to COVID-19 at PP, the Braves played at Hinckley-Finlayson, Friday night, and Benson took advantage of the opportunity by turning a 13-7 halftime lead into a 33-7 victory.

Thomas Dineen had 180 yards rushing, Cole Hedman passed for 72 yards, and Abe Peterson had four receptions for 78 yards, one interception for a touchdown and also was third on the team with four tackles.

“Our guys did a great job of adjusting all week to everything,” coach Adam Foslien said.  “There were many unknowns this week, but lots of memories will come out of this game.  Plus, getting home at 1:15 a.m. is much easier after a win.”

Wed
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Oct
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Benson volleyball team earns first two victories

The Benson volleyball team had a great week of action, winning two matches to improve to 2-1 for the season.

The Braves were supposed to host Morris Area last Tuesday, but that match was moved to Saturday due to a winter storm that hit the state.  And, Benson was supposed to host Sauk Centre, Thursday, but that match was postponed and instead, Montevideo was scheduled to play the Braves.

Well, Benson earned a 25-21, 25-22, 25-23 shutout of Montevideo, Thursday, for its first win and then edged Morris Area-CA in a thriller, Saturday, 22-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-18, 15-13, rallying from a 2-0 deficit.

Benson has two big tests scheduled this week beginning with a match at BOLD, Tuesday (yesterday) and at Melrose Area, Thursday (tomorrow)...
 

Wed
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Girls tennis will lose five from this year’s team

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team edged Morris Area/West Central Area in the third place match of the Section 6A Tourney last Tuesday night, 4-3.

That closed out a 7-6 season from a year ago for the girls tennis program, giving it the 14th winning season in the last 17 years.

Morris Area-CA had defeated Benson-KMS twice earlier this season by 4-3 scores, but the Fighting Braves were able to turn the tables in the third meeting...

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Wed
21
Oct
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Benson-KMS closes out season at section meet

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams raced at the Section 6A Cross-country Meets last week with the boys team running last Tuesday at Long Prairie-GE High School and the girls team racing Thursday at NLS.

Staples-Motley and West Central Area dominated the boys field with 12 runners from those two schools finishing among the 19 overall runners.  Landon Thompson was the top runner for the Benson-KMS boys with a time of 18:56 to finish 33rd.  The Fighting Braves were 15th overall in the team scoring.

Staples-Motley and West Central Area also placed first and second in the girls meet with Benson-KMS placing 12th.  Isabel Wirth was the Fighting Braves’ top runner, placing 31st with a time of 22:09.

“It didn’t go as well as we had hoped, but overall it was a great season and we are looking forward to all the great things they will do next season,” coach Samantha VanHeuveln said following the boys race.

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