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King Salmon in Alaska

Keith Skarsten (right) and his daughter, Kaely (left) caught a 24.8-pound King Salmon in May of 2016 while fishing near Ketchikan, Alaska.

Keith Skarsten (right) and his daughter, Kaely (left) caught a 24.8-pound King Salmon in May of 2016 while fishing near Ketchikan, Alaska.  “I very much enjoy fishing and spending time with my Dad anytime I can, and it was a great memory to catch this King Salmon with my father during a trip to Alaska,” Kaely said.  (Submitted photo.)

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Dec
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KMS boys should be much improved

Tanner Rohner (with ball) and Brandon Rasmusson (right) return as two of the leaders for the KMS boys basketball team this season.

The KMS boys basketball team is primed for a breakout season this year after winning just two games last season and one in each of the two previous seasons before that.

The Saints were set to open up the season Friday, Dec. 2 at MACCRAY, followed by a game at Prinsburg CMCS, Tuesday, Dec. 13 and the home opener with Renville County West, Friday, Dec. 16.

Seniors lost to graduation from last year’s team are Preston Mahlum, Ian Caldwell, Vincent Tillman, and Alexander Holtberg.  Back to lead the Saints again this year is head coach Matt Fragodt, who will be assisted by Justin Johnson, James Cortez, and Joey Bauman.

This year’s KMS boys varsity roster includes seniors Tanner Rohner and Jorge Zaldivar; juniors Brandon Rasmusson,  and Josh Peterson; and sophomores Regan Carlson and Weston Gjerde, Cade Melin, Connor Carlson, Coy Norton, David Finberg, Ethan Hauge, JT Driscoll, Kolby Lindquist, Noah Thorson, and Regan Carlson.

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Benson girls to host invitational

Amanda Nissen is back as the starting point guard for the Benson girls basketball team.

The Benson girls basketball team was set to get the season underway Tuesday, Nov. 29 at home against Osakis followed by the Benson Girls Invitational this Friday and Saturday.  The Benson girls have six home dates to open up the season before going on the road to start 2017.

The Braves went 1-25 last year, including an 0-14 mark within the WCC.  Benson’s only win last year was a 67-64 overtime win over Paynesville in the second-to-last game.  

West Central Area and MACCRAY are set to get the Benson Invitational underway at 6 p.m., Friday, followed by Benson versus Morris Area at about 7:45 p.m.  The game against Morris will also count as a WCC game.

The JV teams are also set to play with the WCA and MACCRAY JV teams meeting at 4 p.m. in the auxiliary gym and Benson and Morris Area playing at 6 p.m.

Fri
02
Dec
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Lady Storm fall twice at tournament

Pictured: Nicole Berens (16) is the only senior on this year’s MBA girls hockey team, which fell twice at the Marshall Invitational, Friday and Saturday.

The Morris-Benson Area Lady Storm fell to Fargo Davies in the first game of the Marshall Invitational, 6-0, Friday, before also losing to Marshall in the third-place game, Saturday, 5-0.

Minnehaha United edged Marshall in the other semifinal game, Friday, 1-0, and Fargo Davies edged Minnehaha United for the Marshall Tourney championship, 3-2.

MBA is now ready to come home for seven of the next eight games, including four at the Benson Civic Center and three at Morris.  The home opener in Benson for the team, coached by first-year head coach Abby Daly and assisted by former head coach Jim Berens, is set for Saturday, Dec. 3 against Windom Area.

MBA then gets set to host Park Rapids, Thursday, Dec. 8, and Crookston, Friday, Dec. 9 at the Lee Community Civic Center in Morris.

MBA lost four seniors from last year’s team and all were leaders for the team in a variety of ways -- Hanna Lindblad, Kelsey Rajewsky, Kayla Benson, and Kamri Kalthoff.

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Dec
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MBA boys fall to LDC in opener

Pictured: Shawn Aarhus (19) controls the puck for the MBA boys hockey team, which opened up the season with a loss at Litchfield-DC, Saturday.

The Morris-Benson Area boys hockey team opened up the season with a 12-0 loss at Litchfield-DC, Saturday.

The Storm managed just six shots on net during the loss, while LDC had over 20 shots each period.

The Storm are coming off a 2-21 season from a year ago, that included only a 3-0 win over Worthington and an 8-2 victory at Worthington.

MBA was set to host Windom Area in Benson, Saturday, Dec. 3, as part of a boy-girls hockey doubleheader, before hosting Willmar, Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The Storm, coached by Jeremiah Day and Tony Schultz, also lost eight key skaters from a year ago -- Taylor Staples, Kevin Meixel, Travis Engebretson, Cole Watzke, Colden Helberg, Chad Arndt, Garner Swenson, and Carl Ritzchke.

Three of those players were among the team’s top five scorers from a season ago, including Staples, who had 11 points, including a team-high seven assists; Meixel, who had eight points, and Engebretson, who had seven.

Fri
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Nov
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Dahl earns MVP honors for KMS football team

Brandin Dahl (left) gets a block from Regan Carlson during 2016 football action for the Saints, who went 5-5 overall during the 2016 season.

The KMS football team had a great season in 2016, going 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the Mid-State Blue sub-district.  The Saints were 0-2 to start the season, but then won five of their next seven games to improve to 5-4 before falling to top-seeded Minneapolis North in the Section 4A semifinals, 40-14.

The Saints opened up the section tourney with an 8-6, double-overtime win over Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity, before losing to the top-ranked team in Class A, the Mpls. North Polars.

Royalton and Upsala-Swanville Area tied for the Mid-State Blue sub-district title, followed by Browerville-Eagle Valley, KMS, and Parkers Prairie, all at 4-3, West Central Area and BBE at 2-5 each, and Kimball Area at 0-7.

Of those teams, Royalton and Browerville-EV went on to earn berths in the state tourney.  KMS beat Browerville-EV in the regular-season finale, 27-6, but one game earlier, the Saints were shut out by Royalton, 29-0.

Fri
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Nov
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Nichols, Gjerde, Krieger, and Everson among stat leaders for KMS volleyball

Molly Jeppesen (16) and Alexis Lamecker (10) go up for a block against ACGC in the Section 5A opener this fall.

The KMS volleyball team finished the 2016 season with a 13-18 overall record, but you could also say the team finished 12-6, if you count the matches where the team played at full strength.  Either way you look at it, the Saints had a great season, finishing with a 3-8 mark within the always-tough Camden North Conference.

The Saints were 8-1 at one point in the season before losing a five-game match to Canby, Sept. 15, the same night senior Sam Gjerde went down with an injury.  She wouldn’t return until the Underwood Tourney, where KMS went 1-3 overall.  In the section tourney, KMS topped ACGC in four games, and BBE and Browerville-EV in three-game sweeps before having the season end with a four-game loss to Kimball Area in the sub-section finals.  Kimball Area went on to sweep Braham in three games for the Section 5A title and a berth at state.

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Nov
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Bailey, Peters are MVP’s for cross-country

Josh Bailey (right), Jon Tostenson (middle) and other Benson-KMS boys cross-country runners run along the path leading to the 12th tee box during the Benson Invitational this season.  Most of the runners tried to avoid the gravel and pebbles by running on the grass.

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams had great seasons in 2016, including a second-straight state berth for Benson senior Josh Bailey.The boys team had an especially great season, placing second at four meets and third at one other.

The boys team was second of nine teams at the Benson Invitational, second of eight teams at the Montevideo Invitational, second of five teams at the Melrose Invite, and second of nine teams at the Long Prairie-GE Invitational.

The boys team went on to place fourth at the WCC Meet and ninth of 21 teams at the Section 6A Meet.

The girls team meanwhile, had a top finish of fifth at the Melrose Invitational and WCC Meet before placing 19th at the Section 6A Meet.

Josh Bailey highlighted the season for the Benson-KMS cross-country program, placing sixth overall at the section meet to earn a second-straight berth at the State Meet.

Fri
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Nov
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KMS falls in four games to Kimball in sub-section finals

Pictured: Halie Nichols comes up to bump a serve during Section 5A Tournament action in Kerkhoven as Tori Everson (9), Morgan Lesteberg, and libero Katie Krieger (1) look on.

The KMS volleyball team moved into the sub-section finals with a 25-22, 25-15, 25-20 victory over Browerville-Eagle Valley last Tuesday night at Little Falls.  The Saints had already opened up the Section 5A Tourney with a four-game win over ACGC and a three-game sweep of one of the four top-seeds in the section, BBE.

With the win over Browerville-EV, the Saints moved on to face second-seeded Kimball Area for the sub-section title.  Kimball Area upset top-seeded Verndale one round earlier.

In that match, KMS won the first set against Kimball, Thursday in Little Falls, but Kimball rallied to win the last three to earn a 20-25, 25-21, 25-21, 27-25 victory.  Kimball went on to sweep Braham for the Section 5A title and advance to the state tourney, set for this Thursday through Saturday.

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Bailey 71st at State Cross-Country Meet

Pictured: Benson senior Josh Bailey (front) competed in his second-straight State Cross-Country Meet this past Saturday at St. Olaf, placing 71st overall.

Josh Bailey competed at the Minnesota State Boys and Girls Cross-Country Meet at St. Olaf College, Saturday, placing 71st overall in a time of 17:24.

Bailey was competing in his second-straight state meet after also qualifying last fall as a junior.  He placed sixth at the previous week’s Section 6A Meet at New London-Spicer, and also placed second at four other meets for the Fighting Braves this fall.

Declan Dahlberg, of Mounds Park Academy, won the Class A boys title with a time of 15:56.9, edging the second place runner by two-tenths of a second, and the third-place runner by four-tenths of a second.

Mora won the boys team title by six points over Perham (93 to 99).  Perham’s last runner placed 36th, but with a time one  second better could have placed 32nd and moved up four points.  Mora’s last runner was 44th, but with a time 1.4 seconds slower, would have placed 47th, losing three points and giving Perham the title.

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