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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.

Thu
08
Jan
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KMS wrestlers win another team title at BBE Tourney

The KMS wrestling team earned three individual titles on the way to winning its fourth tournament title of the season, Friday at the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Holiday Tourney.
The Saints totaled 166 points to beat BBE for first place by 22 points.
Winning titles for KMS were Jordan Engler at 152 pounds, Zach Carlson at 170, and Karter VanHeuveln at 195, while three others were second, three were third, and two were fourth.
This week, the Saints were set to wrestle at Wabasso, Tuesday (yesterday) before competing in the Osakis Tourney, Friday.  Also coming up is the KMS Tournament, Friday, Jan. 16.
 

Thu
08
Jan
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Benson wrestlers win team title at Braves Classic

The Benson wrestling team captured the team title at the Braves Wrestling Classic, Saturday, winning seven of the 14 individual titles in the process.
The Braves, who are 4-3 in dual meets, had 252.5 points to win first place by over 100 points over runner-up Fergus Falls (147.5), while Ortonville was third with 132.5 points, Minnewaska Area was fourth with 121, and Mahnomen-Waubun was fifth with 76 points.
Winning titles for Benson were Wyatt McGee at 120 pounds, Chase Young at 138, Grant Ascheman at 145, Matt Wieber at 182, Trevor Berreau at 195, Tyler Smith at 220, and Dakota Watkins at 285 pounds.
“It was a great team effort,” Benson head coach Randy Weber said.  “We thought if we wrestled well, we had a chance to win, and the guys really stepped up with great effort.

Fri
19
Dec
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CNH plans to leave Civic Center, city has options

CNH has given the City of Benson notice that it will be vacating the space it has leased for the past 11 years in the north one-third of the Civic Center.
That lease has provided $26,000 in revenue annually that has been used to improve the south portion of the building that houses the indoor skating rink that is primarily used for the Benson Public Schools hockey program. Over the years, the funds have helped build locker rooms and a heated viewing area as well as pay for ongoing repairs.
Last February, the council approved the Civic Center board moving ahead with improvements to the facility that could total between $245,000 and $370,000. It was expected that the lease payment along with the $4,022 in real estate taxes paid by CNH would help pay for the improvements. The city has been forwarding those tax payments to the Civic Center.

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