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Benson girls snap losing streak with 59-36 win over Paynesville

Abbie Mitteness (right) drives around a Minnewaska Area defender during the Braves’ 55-44 loss to the Lakers last week in Benson.  Benson came back three nights later to claim a 59-36 win over Paynesville on the home court.

The Benson girls basketball team snapped a long losing streak with a 59-36 victory over Paynesville, Friday night at home.  The Braves had opened up the week with a 55-44 loss to Minnewaska Area last Tuesday night and also lost to BOLD, Thursday, by a 73-43 score, but that was all forgotten after Benson dominated the Bulldogs to snap a 30-game losing streak.

Benson, now 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the WCC, played its first six games at home but now goes on the road for two games this week at ACGC, Tuesday (yesterday) and at Sauk Centre, Friday.  The Mainstreeters are the No. 1 ranked team in state Class AA....

 

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Benson-KMS gymnasts top Marshall in home opener

Makenna Kelley twists and flips her way over the vault during a home meet in Benson last week.  Kelley, a ninth-grader from KMS, placed third in the all-around with a score of 33.475 and was also fifth on the vault.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team continued its strong start to the 2017-18 season with a 131.675-121.975 victory over Marshall during a home meet at the Benson Armory, Thursday night.  Mariah Ahrndt won four of the five individual titles and teammate Makenna Kelley added a tie for first in the bars and a third-place in the all-around.

The Fighting Braves had opened up the season with a 133-point effort at the Marshall Invitational, winning the overall team title as well.  This week, the gymnasts have two meets, including one at Litchfield, Tuesday (yesterday) and another meet at home, Friday against Redwood Valley....

 

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Fri
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Dec
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KMS boys hoping for breakout year

Pictured above are the senior captains for the KMS boys basketball team, Brandon Rasmusson (left) and Josh Peterson, along with head coach Matt Fragodt.

The KMS boys basketball team is set to open up the season Friday, Dec. 1 at home against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.  The table appears set this year for the Saints to have a breakout year.  The Saints return all but two players from last year’s team, which went 5-22 overall.

The 2017-18 team will feature the return of four of five players who scored at least 199 points last year, and the top three rebounders.

Among the returning players is senior Josh Peterson, who was named the MVP from last year’s team after leading the Saints in scoring with 333 points and third in rebounding with 136 boards.

KMS, which had won just four games in the previous four seasons combined before last year, ended last season with three wins over the last seven games.

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MBA girls hockey team shut out twice at Marshall Tournament

MBA girls hockey goalie Abbey Hoffman (far right) did her best to keep her team in the game, but the Lady Storm still fell twice at the Marshall Tourney.  Also shown are Leah Thompson (17) and Megan Kirkeide.

The Morris-Benson Area Lady Storm went 0-2 at the Marshall Tourney, Friday and Saturday, losing to Minnehaha United in the first game, 10-0, and also being shut out in their second game against host Marshall, 8-0.

Minnehaha United won the four-team title with a 3-2 victory over Fargo Davies in the championship game, Saturday.

The Lady Storm, now 0-3 after also losing to Park Rapids in the season opener, 2-1, have only one game scheduled this week Saturday at Windom Area.  

MBA will play in Benson only four times this season, including the home opener at the Benson Civic Center Saturday, Dec. 16 against Fairmont.

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KMS hoping to get back to state for third-straight year

Pictured are the captains and coach of the KMS wrestling team.  From left to right are Dylan Rudningen, Caleb Collins, Will Magaard, Jon Tostenson, and coach Wes Haglund.  Not pictured, captain Ryan Torkelson.

The KMS wrestling team is hoping for another section title after winning the Section 5A team championship last year and earning a berth at state.

The Saints lost 10 wrestlers from last year’s team, including five or six starters, but KMS should be strong again led by three wrestlers who have already reached 100 career wins and another who should reach that milestone sometime late this season.

KMS was 16-5 overall last year, losing to Litchfield (36-30), Willmar (50-24), and West Central Area (39-18) during the season, and to Pierz (44-19) and Kenyon-Wanamingo (37-19) at state.  Four of those teams competed in the state tournament.

The Saints, who have reached state four times in the last nine years, including the last two-straight tournaments, also had six wrestles earn berths at state, including Derek Krieger who placed sixth, and Will Magaard and Dylan Rudningen, who both placed seventh.

Fri
24
Nov
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Peterson, Rasmusson, Rudningen earn All-District for KMS

Dylan Rudningen (right) runs for the Saints during an early-season game against Benson, getting great blocking from the rest of his teammates.  Rudningen was one of three Saints earning All-District honors this season and he was also selected as KMS’ Offensive MVP.

The KMS football team recently announced its season-ending awards following the 2017 season.  The Saints went 5-5 during the 2017 season, including a 3-4 mark within the Mid-State sub-district.

In the Section 4A Tourney, KMS was seeded sixth, but beat third-seeded Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity in the first round, 26-7, before losing to second-seeded Mayer Lutheran in the semifinals, 42-7.  

Mayer Lutheran went on to earn the section title and also won its first state tournament game to earn a semifinal game against undefeated Minneota, the winners of Section 3A.

BBE won  the Mid-State Blue sub-district with a 7-0 league mark, followed by Royalton at 6-1, Upsala-Swanville Area at 4-3, KMS, Parkers Prairie, and Browerville-Eagle Valley, all at 3-4, Kimball Area at 2-5, and New York Mills at 0-7.

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Zosel earns All-District and All-Section for Braves

Pictured from left to right are Matt Tolifson, a member of the All-Section 5AA team, Aaron Zosel, a member of the All-Section and All-District teams, and Sam Lundebrek, selected All-District honorable mention and Academic All-State.

The Benson football team recently ended its season with a loss at Minnewaska Area in the Section 5AA quarterfinals.  Benson ended the season 0-9, losing a tough double-overtime game at KMS to open up the season.

BOLD dominated the Mid-State sub-district this year with a 7-0 record.  The Warriors reached the Section 3A finals before falling to undefeated Minnesota, 35-22.

Tying for second place in the sub-district were ACGC, Minnewaska Area, and Sauk Centre, each with 5-2 records, while Morris Area was fifth at 3-4, Montevideo was 2-5, Osakis was 1-6, and Benson was 0-7.

The Braves had seven seniors, six juniors, seven sophomores, and three freshmen on this year’s varsity team.

Seniors lost to graduation are Aaron Zosel, Shane Flower, Devin Vergin, Kaden Schmidt, Shane Grussing, Matt Connolly, and Sam Lundebrek.

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Nov
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Tostenson, Mitteness lead cross-country teams during 2017 season

Jon Tostenson (left) runs during the Benson Invitational in early October.  Tostenson went on to earn a state berth and place 49th at the state meet.
Allie Mitteness was the leader for the Benson-KMS girls cross-country team in 2017.

The Benson-KMS boys and girls cross-country teams recently held their season-ending banquet.  The Fighting Braves ended the 2017 season 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, Nov. 4.

Coach of the cross-country team this year was Samantha (Goff) VanHeuveln, who graduated from BHS and was in her first year as head coach.  She earned a state track gold medal in the 3200 meter relay as a seventh-grader for Benson-KMS.

The Benson-KMS boys team had a great season, placing second at three meets (Lac qui Parle Invitational, Benson Invitational, and WCC Meet), and also placed third at the Melrose and Paynesville Invitationals, and fourth at two others.

Fri
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Nov
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Lady Storm open up season with 2-1 loss to PR

Hallie Watzke (7), who led MBA in scoring last year, had an assist on MBA’s only goal during the season opener.

The Morris Benson Area Lady Storm opened up the 2017-2018 season with a 2-1 loss to Park Rapids, Saturday night at the Lee Community Center in Morris.

The game was the first of 16 games scheduled for the Lady Storm this season.  MBA went 2-14 last season, but lost just one player from that team (Nicole Berens).

Among the players back this season are junior Hallie Watzke, who led the Lady Storm in scoring last year with 12 points, senior Megan Kirkeide, who was second with eight points, and junior Abbey Hoffman, who returns as the starting goalie for MBA this season.

The Lady Storm scored first against Park Rapids, but PR came back with the tying goal 14 minutes later and then scored the only goal of the third period to claim the 2-1 victory.

Next up for the Lady Storm is the Marshall Tournament, set for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24-25.

There are only four games scheduled for Benson this year -- Dec. 16, Jan. 4, Jan. 20, and Feb. 3....

 

Fri
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Nov
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Rudningen earns MVP for KMS volleyball team

Mallory Rudningen, who earned MVP honors for KMS this season, puts up a set for a teammate.

The KMS volleyball team finished the 2017 season with a 12-17 overall record after going 13-18 the season before.  The Saints were also 3-8 in the Camden North Conference for the second season in a row.  MACCRAY dominated the league race with an 8-3 Camden North mark, while KMS was tied with Dawson-Boyd for second, Lac qui Parle was fourth (2-9), and Prinsburg and RCW were tied for fifth (1-10).

The top three teams in the Camden South were Tracy Area (11-0), Minneota (10-1), and Canby (9-2), all ranked among the top 10 teams in state at least one time this year, including Minneota, which edged Tracy in the Section 3A championship to earn a berth at state.

KMS started out 7-5 with three-straight wins over RCW, LQP, and Dawson-Boyd, Sept. 12, 14, and 19, but then went 2-9 over its next 11 matches to fall to 9-14.  The Saints went 2-2 at the Underwood Tourney before going 1-1 in the Section 5A Tourney to finish 12-17.  

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