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Fri
07
Sep
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Ascheman, Mitteness lead Benson-KMS runners at Morris Area Invitational

Pictured are the medal winners for the BKMS team from the Morris meet -- Allie Mitteness (left), Brady Ascheman, Will Magaard, and JayEven McGee.

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams opened up the season last Tuesday at the Morris Area-CA Invitational at the Pomme de Terre Golf Course.  The Benson-KMS boys team finished fourth of 10 teams, while the girls team was ninth of nine teams.

The meet had been scheduled for Monday, but was pushed back a day due to rain.

Leading the way for the girls team was junior Allie Mitteness, who was 15th overall, while leading the way for the boys team was Brady Ascheman, who was 16th.
Back for her second year as the head coach of the Benson-KMS cross-country program is Samantha (Goff) VanHeuveln, a graduate of Benson High School, who was also a state relay gold medal winner in the 3200 meter relay for the BKMS track team.

Fri
07
Sep
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Girls tennis team tops MACCRAY for sixth win

Gracie Lenz returns a shot during a second singles’ win against MACCRAY last Tuesday afternoon in Benson.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team improved to 6-1 overall with a 6-1 victory over MACCRAY in the conference opener last Tuesday in Benson.

Olivia Hoffman and Hannah Andrews led a strong effort in doubles, while Sophia Curriel earned a 6-1, 6-0 win at first singles to give Benson-KMS another three points in the three singles’ matches.

The Fighting Braves, coached by Don Brehmer, were set to play at Morris Area/WCA, Tuesday (yesterday) before getting ready for a match at Minnewaska Area, Monday, Sept. 10 and a match at Montevideo, Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The Lakers are considered the WCC favorites this season, while Montevideo is also among the top teams in the conference.

Through seven matches, Hoffman and Andrews lead their team with perfect 7-0 records, while Gracie Lenz is 6-1, and four others have five victories....

 

Fri
07
Sep
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KMS runs past Benson in opener, 26-0

KMS junior quarterback Austin Deike (left) picks up some good yardage thanks to the blocks of his linemen, including Chris Moist (68).  The Saints built a 20-0 halftime lead on the way to a 26-0 win in the opener.

Saints rush for 376 yards and hold Braves to 48 total yards

Dylan Rudningen ran for a 36-yard touchdown on the fifth play of scrimmage for the Saints, giving a glimpse of what was to happen over the next two hours of football during the season opener between KMS and Benson Friday night on Brock Field.  Rudningen went on to gain 220 yards rushing and score four TD’s as KMS won the opener, 26-0.

There was nothing complicated about the win by the Saints.  KMS ran 60 plays from scrimmage and 56 were run, including 24 to Rudningen.  The Saints ended the game with 377 yards of total offense, while Benson, which ran just 28 plays from scrimmage, had 48 net yards.

It was a quick and clean game by both teams as only four penalties were called, there were no interceptions or lost fumbles, and only four passes were completed all game.

Fri
24
Aug
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Cross-country teams opens up season Monday, Aug. 27 at Morris Invite

Allie Mitteness returns as the leading runner for the girls cross-country team.

The Benson-KMS boys and girls cross-country teams are set to open up the 2018 season Monday, Aug. 27 at the Morris Invitational.
Despite losing four seniors to graduation, the Benson-KMS girls and boys cross-country teams should both have improved seasons this year.

The boys team lost state qualifier Jon Tostenson to graduation, but the team does return six seniors, two juniors, and one sophomore who saw action last year, along with a promising group of ninth-graders.

The girls cross-country team meanwhile, lost three athletes to graduation, but does return a good corps of experienced runners, including junior Allie Mitteness, who led the team in every race last season.

Last year’s cross-country season ended on a high note as Jon Tostenson earned the program’s third-straight cross-country state trip, placing 49th at the State Meet at St. Olaf....

 

Fri
24
Aug
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Benson to host 4-team scrimmage

Two players you’ll be hearing a lot about this season for the Benson football team are returning starting junior QB/safety Will Enderson (left) handing off to sophomore runningback/linebacker Adam Zosel, who started for Benson last year, but was lost to a season-ending injury in week two.

Benson is set to host a four-team scrimmage at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 on Brock Field.  Also set to take part are KMS, Lac qui Parle Valley, and Ortonville.  The scrimmage is for varsity and 9th-10th grade teams.

Scott Gonnerman, back for his 18th year as head coach of the Braves this fall, will be assisted this fall by Roger Lindahl (defensive coordinator), Jason Wolter (offensive coordinator), Jonas Grossman (9th-10th), Mark Grussing (9th-10th), Adam Jensen (7th-8th), Tom Foley (7th-8th), and Adam Nokleby (volunteer coach).

The Benson football team is set to open up the 2018 season at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31 at home against the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Fighting Saints.  It will also be Father-Son Night for the Braves.

The Benson football team has 42 players listed on its varsity roster for grades 9-12.  That number includes eight seniors, seven juniors, 14 sophomores, and 13 freshmen....

 

Fri
24
Aug
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Girls tennis team opens up season with home triangular

Amy Zniewski returns a shot at third doubles during the Braves’ opener, Monday morning.
Stacy Johnson returns a backhand during fourth singles’ action against Parkers Prairie, Monday morning.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team opened up the 2018 season with a home triangular Monday, Aug. 20 against Parkers Prairie and Wadena-Deer Creek.  Results of the matches were not available by presstime.

Benson is also set to compete in three other competitions the first week, including a triangular at NLS, Tuesday, Aug. 21 (with Pipestone), a home triangular with Annandale and Morris Area-CA, Thursday, Aug. 23 (tomorrow); and the LPGE triangular (with Parkers Prairie), Friday, Aug. 24.  That gives Benson a potential eight matches before the start of school.

The girls tennis team is coming off a 10-7 season from a year ago, and the team should win even more matches this season despite losing two players from last year’s team.

Benson-KMS, coached by Don Brehmer and Mary Weckwerth, returns eight of the 10 starters from last year’s team, which also went 5-3 during the WCC schedule.

Fri
10
Aug
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Coed softball makes a return

In a close play at second, Adam Nokleby (left) arrives at second base just ahead of the throw to the Schwieter’s Ford secondbaseman.

After a few years off, the coed softball league is attempting a comeback this season.
 

Pictured: In a close play at second, Adam Nokleby (left) arrives at second base just ahead of the throw to the Schwieter’s Ford secondbaseman.
 

 

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Fri
10
Aug
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Time for football

Helping out with a runningback drill in the picture above were volunteer coaches Hunter Gonnerman (left) and Adam Zosel.

Players in grades 1-4 met from 8-9 a.m. and participants in grades 5-8 went from 9-10:15 a.m. four days last week during the annual summer football camp put on by Benson head football coach Scott Gonnerman.  Helping out with a runningback drill in the picture above were volunteer coaches Hunter Gonnerman (left) and Adam Zosel.

The elementary and junior high football camp gave participants a great chance to get an early jump on the 2018 football season.

 

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Fri
03
Aug
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“Putt, chip, and drive . . .”

Young participants of the Little Linkers Golf League (grades 2 and above) watch as one of the players tries to make a long putt during last week’s session Thursday morning.

Pictured: Young participants of the Little Linkers Golf League (grades 2 and above) watch as one of the players tries to make a long putt during last week’s session Thursday morning.  The final day of this year’s Little Linkers league play is Thursday, Aug. 2.
 

 

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Fri
27
Jul
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Five Benson High School students attend first-ever National Trap Shooting contest in Michigan

Pictured are Benson High School’s five national qualifiers to the National Trap Shoot competition in Michigan.  From left to right are Jared Kurksoky, Hunter Mondor, Brady Ascheman, Devon Liles, and AJ Klassen.

Benson had five students who qualified for and attended the first-ever national trap shooting event held in Mason, MI, recently. The clay target league has spread across the United States and is now made up of kids from twenty other states in addition to Minnesota, with about 25,000 kids participating nationwide.

The national shoot was made up of kids who scored high enough averages in the regular season to qualify them to shoot in the national tourney. “For these kids to even make the national level qualifying level is a great accomplishment,” coach Andy Abner said.

Attending the national trap shoot was the Benson team of AJ Klassen, Devon Lilies, Hunter Mondor, Brady Ascheman, and Jared Kurkosky. Three of the five  (Klassen, Liles, and Mondor) shot in the individual competition.

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