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Zosel and Dineen lead Benson wrestling team in 2019-20

The Benson wrestling team announced its season-ending awards recently and among the awardwinners for the 2019-20 season were Adam Zosel, Thomas Dineen, Nathan Bolduc, Teegan Hogrefe, Alden Syltie, and Eh do la Wah.  The Benson wrestling team closed out the recently-completed season with a 7-18 overall record, which included a 1-5 mark within the WCC.

The Braves started out fast, going 3-2 in their first five matches, but injuries and illnesses took a toll over the final two months of the season as Benson lost six-straight matches to drop to 3-8 overall and then went 4-10 over its final 14 matches.  Benson earned the seventh seed in the 10-team Section 5A Tourney and beat 10th-seeded Ortonville in the first round (54-21) before losing to second-seeded BBE in the quarterfinals (71-9).

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Bruns, Engebretson are MVP’s for MBA

The MBA boys hockey team finished the season with the most wins in school history.  The Storm went 20-6 this season, including a 12-1 start.  This is the first time in 25 seasons the Benson, or MBA, boys hockey team has finished the season with at least 20 victories.

The Storm recently had their season-ending banquet at which time the team announced the season-ending awards.

Junior Zach Bruns earned the Offensive Player of the Year award, while senior goalie Chase Engebretson was selected for the Defensive Player of the Year award.

Bruns had a team-best 60 points this season and also surpassed 100 career points this season.  He will go into his senior season with 115 career points, which ranks him ninth on the all-time points list headed by Tanner Picht with 203 points.

Engebretson has been the starting goalie for several years and was in net this year for 22 games, going 19-3 overall.

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Enderson earns MVP for Braves

The Benson boys basketball team had one of the best seasons in the last decade, going 15-12 overall, including a 7-7 mark within the WCC.  The Braves started out fast and loud, going 3-0 to start the season, including big wins over Sauk Centre (77-69) and Minnewaska Area (68-61), and were 9-3 after the first dozen games.

However, the schedule got a lot tougher in the second half of the season as Benson went 6-9 to close out the year, including losses in five of the last six games and a 73-63 home setback to Paynesville in the Section 3AA opening round.

Paynesville fell to the Lakers in the next round and Minnewaska Area also beat Redwood Valley in the sub-section finals before losing to Jackson County Central in the Section 3AA finals.  Benson was seeded fourth in its half of the section tourney, while Paynesville was seeded fifth, Minnewaska was first, Redwood Valley was third, and Jackson CC was first in the south half of the section.

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Ahrndt and McGeary are co-MVPS for gymnastics

Mariah Ahrndt and Libby McGeary, who qualified for the State Gymnastics Meet this season, were named co-winners of the MVP award for the BKMS gymnastics team.

That was among the awards handed out at the season-ending banquet Sunday, Feb. 16 with coach Kathy Ahrndt leading the way.

Ahrndt, who earned six-straight All-Conference awards during her career, also qualified to three state meets, while McGeary, in her first year of high school gymnastics, earned WCC honors this season and also qualified to state in the all-around.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team finished the season with a 5-2 record, including a 2-1 mark within the WCC.

The high score of 138.9 points set during the section tourney is possibly the sixth-best team score in school history and the best score since the 2004-05 season when the team set the current team record of 141.375...

 

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“Donkey Basketball”

Ryan Thompson, a two-time state gold medal winner for Benson in wrestling, shows off his basketball skills during the Donkey Basketball Game, Thursday...

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Five seniors lead Benson girls basketball in 2019-20

The Benson girls basketball team tied for the eighth most wins this season in program history.  The Braves went 16-12 overall this year, including a 6-8 mark within the WCC.

In 47 years of Benson girls basketball, only seven teams have finished with more wins and this year’s 16 victories ties with the 2005-06 team, the last Braves’ team to earn a WCC title, for the eighth-most wins.

The team also had the program’s first winning record since 2010-11 when the team was 20-8.

In fact, the 16 victories this year is two more than the previous six years’ win totals combined (7, 5, 0, 1, 1, and 0).

Benson was eliminated for the season with a 63-27 loss to New London-Spicer in the sub-section semifinals at Minnewaska Area High School.

The Wildcats went on to win the section title with a victory over Windom Area in the title game, 67-45, advancing to state for the 18th time in NLS school history.

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Storm set record for wins with 20

The Morris-Benson Area boys hockey team set a record for most wins in a season this year, going 20-6 overall, including a 12-1 start.

The previous high for wins in a season was 19 set in 2005-06 and 2006-07 when the Benson boys hockey team went 19-4 both seasons.

In addition, Zach Bruns, a junior from Morris Area High School, became the first Benson or MBA boys or girls hockey player since 2015 to reach 100 career points.

He goes into his senior season with 115 career points and has a chance to climb into the top-five list of all-time high scorers for the boys hockey program, led by Tanner Picht with an incredible 203 career points.

The MBA boys hockey team, coached by Jeremiah Day with help from Tony Schultz, Jeff DeHaan, and John Schultz, ended the 2019-20 season with a 7-1 loss at Alexandria in the Section 6A quarterfinals, one game after beating Wadena-Deer Creek in the preliminary round of the tournament, 4-2.

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Four BKMS gymnasts earn All-WCC honors

Four members of the Benson-KMS gymnastics team earned WCC honors this year.  Mariah Ahrndt, Makenna Kelley, and Libby McGeary earned All-WCC honors, while Torie Andrews was among gymnasts on the honorable mention team.

Melrose’ Camryn Brinkman was the top gymnast for the second-straight year, helping the Dutchmen earn the WCC team title.

It was the sixth-straight All-Conference honor for Ahrndt, who was the second-ranked gymnast the last two years after ranking sixth as a seventh-grader, fifth as an eighth-grader, second as a ninth-grader, and first as a sophomore.  Ahrndt had the top floor exercise score this year in all WCC competitions with a 9.6, Jan. 27.

 

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Picht and Sanasack are MVP’s for Lady Storm

The MBA Lady Storm went 0-21-1 this season, the first time in 22 seasons the program finished without a win, although it did earn a 2-2 tie with Fairmont, Nov. 27, a game the Lady Storm led late in the contest.

MBA ended its season with an 11-0 loss at River Lakes in the opening round of the Section 6A Girls Hockey Tournament, Thursday at Richmond.

MBA, coached by Abby Daly and assistant Mitch Bruns, will lose seniors Kellie Wilts and Hannah Zimmel to graduation, but returns the remainder of its team, including leading scorer Taryn Picht (13 goals and three assists), and starting goalie Leah Thompson.

Sophomore Taryn Picht was selected as the team’s MVP Defensive Player of the Year, while freshman Kortney Sanasack was chosen as the MVP Offensive Player of the Year, sophomore Corrie Erdahl earned the Most Improved Award, and ninth-grader Allison Michaelson was selected the winner of the Storm Award.

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KMS ends season with loss at West Central Area in Section 6A Tourney

The KMS boys basketball team was eliminated during the second round of the Section 6A Boys Basketball Tournament with an 89-53 loss to top-seeded West Central Area in the sub-section quarterfinals at Barrett, Thursday night.

The Saints had opened up the tourney with an 80-50 win at home against Ortonville in a preliminary-round game last Monday night.  KMS was seeded eighth in its half of Section 6A, while Ortonville was seeded ninth.

West Central Area earned the top seed in KMS’ half of Section 6A, while Parkers Prairie, Hancock, and Ashby are the other top-four seeds.  In the other half of the section, the top four seeds are Henning, NCE/U-H, Mahnomen/Waubun, and New York Mills.

WCA took a 38-17 halftime lead and got its lead up to 26 points (45-19) early in the second half before coasting to the victory.

KMS, which ended its season with a 9-17 overall record, will lose seniors Chris Moist, Kyler Johnson, and Titan Norton.

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