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Tue
24
Mar
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Braves earn two All-WCC basketball picks

Two members of the Benson boys basketball team were named to the All-Conference team for 2014-2015.  
Named to the WCC South All-Conference team for this season are senior guard Aaron Ahrndt and sophomore guard Layton Connelly.
They were joined on the 11-member All-WCC South team by three players from league champion ACGC, and two each from Paynesville, BOLD, and YME.
ACGC won the WCC South this year with a 10-5 league mark, while BOLD was 7-6, Paynesville was 4-11, YME was 3-11, and Benson was 3-13.
In the WCC North, Sauk Centre (13-2) and Melrose Area (11-2) tied for the title, followed by Montevideo (9-6), Minnewaska Area (7-9), and Morris Area-CA (6-8).  
Melrose Area went on to win the Section 6AA title and won three games at state to also earn the Class AA state championship.

Fri
20
Mar
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BHS “We Day” group to host Staff vs. Student fundraiser basketball game, March 24

The Benson High School “We Day” group is set to host a fundraiser basketball game between BHS staff and current seniors Tuesday, March 24.
Pre-game activities are set to begin at 6:15 p.m. with the tip-off of the game set for 7 p.m.  Admission is $2 for all ages, but $1 with a food shelf donation.
All proceeds from the event will be donated with the majority of the donations going to the Swift County Food Shelf.

Fri
20
Mar
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Ascheman, Berreau, Wieber, Zosel and Koosmann top Benson wrestling team

The Benson wrestling team announced the season-ending awards at its annual wrestling banquet Sunday at the Benson Bowler.  The Braves went 8-13 this season, earning the second-most wins for the program in last 10 years and most since a 9-8 record in 2008-2009.
The Braves picked up wins over Prairie Valley, Minnewaska Area, Ortonville twice, Paynesville twice, Howard Lake-WW, and BOLD, while also losing close matches to Sauk Centre-Melrose, and Morris Area-CA.  
Benson also picked up two tournament wins, placing first at the five-team Braves Wrestling Classic and the 11-team Parkers Prairie Invitational.
“We had an improved season with a great core of returning wrestlers, including five seniors that went a combined 86-87,” said head coach Randy Weber.  “Special thanks to our managers for doing all the behind-the-scenes work to keep the team running smoothly; Kali Geyer, Brayden Haugen, Madisen Wieber, and Mackenzie Kurkosky.”

Wed
25
Feb
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Three gymnasts earn All-WCC for Benson-KMS

Three members of the Benson-KMS gymnastics team were named to the 12-member All-Conference gymnastics team for 2014-2015.  The honor is determined from the regular-season as well as the WCC Tourney.
Earning All-Conference honors for Benson-KMS were KMS junior MiKaylie Hagen, Benson seventh-grader Mariah Ahrndt, and Benson ninth-grader Halle Hanson.
Hagen was fourth overall in the conference, behind three Melrose gymnasts, while Ahrndt was sixth and Hanson was 11th.
Just missing out on an All-Conference award was Benson sophomore Sophie Ascheman, who was 14th overall, while also earning points during the conference schedule were sophomores Carlie Lenz and Hannah Hanson, and junior Courtney Johnson.
Lydia Butkowski, of Melrose Area, was the top gymnast in the WCC this season and earned 127 points, while teammate Mady Brinkman was right behind with 123 points, and another Melrose gymnast, Kayla Austing, was third with 96.5 points.

Wed
25
Feb
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Storm top Fairmont, but fall to Hutch in next round

The Morris-Benson Area boys hockey team opened up the Section 3A Boys Hockey Tournament with a 5-4 overtime victory over Fairmont last Tuesday night in Morris, giving the Storm their fourth-straight victory.
One game later however, the Storm were eliminated with an 8-1 loss at second-seeded Hutchinson, Thursday night.  During that game, MBA took an early 1-0 lead and were tied at 1-1 through one period before Hutchinson scored seven goals on 37 shots in the second period to win by a rout.
MBA ended the season with a 10-17 overall record, which included a 4-5 mark in the Southwest Conference to finish third.
Seniors lost from this year’s team include Taner Gimberlin, Corey Goff, Brennden DeHaan, Bo Olson, Eric Johnson, Nate Vipond, Matt Hoffman, Bo Gullickson, Tyler Bergman, Brandon Gosson, Kyle Schwendemann, and Matt Ohren.
Gimberlin led the team in scoring with 54 points on team-highs of 27 goals and 27 assists, giving him 112 career points.

Mon
16
Feb
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BKMS gymnasts shut out from state tourney berths; Melrose claims title

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team finished fifth of nine teams at the Section 6A Gymnastics Meet in New London, Saturday.  Melrose, ranked second in the state, continued its stronghold on the section championship with a score of 146.85 points to edge third-ranked Willmar (142.575) for the championship.
Those two teams also dominated the individual state qualifiers as well, while Benson-KMS finished fifth with a 129.2 team total and was shut out from any state berths.
“The girls performed well-executed routines during a great competition,” coach Kathy Ahrndt said.
NLS also had a strong team and was third with 136.525 points, while Dassel-Cokato was fourth with a 130.6 score.
The top team and top individuals from each event qualified for the State Gymnastics Tournament, set for Feb. 20-21 at RiverCenter in St. Paul.

Wed
11
Feb
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Ahrndt, Hagen lead BKMS to second place at WCC meet

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team earned its third-best score of the season during the WCC Meet in Benson, Saturday.  As expected, Melrose Area won the meet with a score of 147.725, but Benson-KMS was second with a score of 131.325.
Melrose dominated the meet, winning all four events, but Benson seventh-grader Mariah Ahrndt earned fourth place in the all-around with a personal best of 34.325 and KMS junior MiKaylie Hagen was sixth with a score of 33.375.
Earning All-Conference for the Fighting Braves, based on a complete season of gymnastics, were MiKaylie Hagen, Mariah Ahrndt, and Halle Hanson, while Sophie Ascheman earned honorable mention.  More about the conference team will appear in the coming weeks.
Next up for the gymnasts is the Section 6A Gymnastics Tournament, set for Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14 at New London-Spicer High School.

Wed
11
Feb
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Gimberlin goes over 100 during 6-4 win over Redwood

The MBA boys hockey team had a pair of big wins last week, beating Redwood Valley last Monday night in Benson, 6-4, and then winning at Prairie Center, Thursday, 5-1.
The Storm are 3-1 in their last four games and 6-5 in their last five as they improved to 8-16 overall and closed out the Southwest Conference schedule with a 4-5 record.
Taner Gimberlin had seven points over those two games to go over 100 career points.  He had three points against Redwood Valley to reach 100 points exactly, and then added four more in the win at Prairie Center to tie with his brother, Brody, to tie for 10th place on the all-time MBA or Benson boys list.
MBA, which is hoping to earn a first-round playoff game at home Tuesday, Feb. 17, was set to close out the regular-season with a game at Wadena-Deer Creek, Tuesday (yesterday).

Wed
04
Feb
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Storm top Breck-Wahpeton for sixth win

The MBA boys hockey team went 1-2 last week, falling to Marshall last Tuesday night in Benson (3-0); winning at Breckenridge-Wahpeton, Thursday (7-2), and losing at Red Lake Falls, Friday (4-2).
The Storm, 6-16 overall, are currently tied with Windom for third place in the Southwest Conference with 3-5 records behind league-leading Luverne (7-0) and Marshall (8-1).
With only three regular-season games to go, MBA was set to host its final regular-season game in Benson, Monday against Redwood Valley followed by a game at Prairie Center in Sauk Center, Thursday (tomorrow).
Taner Gimberlin, who leads the Storm with 39 points this year, has an unofficial 97 career points with at least four games to go, giving him a great shot at reaching 100 for his career.

Wed
04
Feb
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BHS gymnastics closes regular season with win

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team closed out the regular-season schedule with a 127.875-122.275 victory over Morris Area-CA last Tuesday night in the Benson Armory.
The win pushed the team’s overall record to 7-1 and conference mark to 3-1.  The only loss for the Fighting Braves this season was to Melrose, rated second in the state.
MiKaylie Hagen edged a gymnast from Morris Area for the all-around title with a score of 33.375, while Mariah Ahrndt, Sophie Ascheman, and Halle Hanson were third, fourth, and fifth in the all-around.
Next up is the WCC Gymnastics Tournament, set to take place at Benson High School this year.  The Fighting Braves will host the event at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7.  Also coming up is the Section 6A Gymnastics Tournament, set for Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14 at NLS.

Photo:  Halle Hanson does her dismount from the beam during a meet last week at the Benson Armory.

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