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24
Sep
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Benson football team drops to 0-4 with 32-22 loss

Benson and ACGC combined for one touchdown in the first half of their game Friday night at Grove City before the teams combined for seven touchdowns in a wild second half that ended in a 32-22 victory for the Falcons over the Braves in a WCC football battle.
ACGC led 19-0 and 32-8, but both times, Benson battled back to make things interesting.  The final touchdown came with 5:17 left in the game on a 65-yard pass play from Aaron Ahrndt to Josh Manzke.  However, when Benson failed to convert the two-point run, ACGC’s lead was still more than one touchdown, and the Falcons were able to pick up three more first downs and run out the final five minutes of the clock.
Benson fell to 0-4 with the loss and is set to host Morris Area-CA at 7 p.m., Friday for the annual Homecoming game.   Morris Area opened up the season with two losses, but has defeated YME and Sauk Centre the last two weeks.

Wed
24
Sep
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Girls tennis team falls to Melrose in close match

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team had a 3-1 week last week, beating West Central Area, Lac qui Parle-DB, and Montevideo by identical 5-2 scores before falling to Melrose Area by the same score, Friday in Benson.  
That wasn’t it for the team though, as the Braves also competed at the Litchfield Invitational, Saturday.
This week, the Braves are set to host Yellow Medicine East, Tuesday (yesterday) and play at Sauk Centre, Thursday (tomorrow) before taking part in the WCC Individual Tournament, Saturday at Montevideo.
Coming up is the Section 6A Team Tournament, set for Oct. 7, 9, and 10.  Right now, it appears Benson would be seeded fourth or fifth, depending upon its match with Sauk Centre this week, while Osakis, Minnewaska Area, and Melrose would be seeded in the first three spots.
Benson 5, West Central 2

Wed
10
Sep
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Braves sweep ACGC for second win

The Benson volleyball team improved to 2-1 overall with a three-game sweep of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Thursday night in Benson.  
The Braves stormed out to big leads in games one and two only to have the Falcons battle back each time.  However, in the third game, it was all Benson, which completed the 25-20, 25-17, 25-10 sweep.
Benson, 1-1 in the WCC South, was set to host Paynesville, Thursday (Sept. 11) before competing at a strong Minnewaska Area Tournament, Saturday.

Photo:  Sophie Ascheman (left) and Krista Motzko go up for a block attempt for the Braves during a win over ACGC last week as Madyson Krienke looks on from behind.

 

Wed
03
Sep
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Boys cross-country team fourth at Morris Invite

The Benson-KMS boys and girls cross-country teams opened up the 2014 season at the Morris Area Invitational last Monday night at the Pomme de Terre Golf Course in Morris.  
The Benson-KMS boys finished fourth of 12 teams at the Morris meet, while the girls did not have a complete team.  
The Benson-KMS boys cross-country team, coached by CeCe Terlouw and Micah Driscoll, includes seniors Taner Gimberlin, Matt Hoffman, and Nick Turnquist; junior Samuel Rosemeier; sophomores Devin Bundy, Jacob Webster, Josh Bailey, Philipp Weber, and Riley Johnston; ninth-graders Jacob Narragon and Jonathan Tostenson; and eighth-graders Brady Ascheman, Dylan Stewart, Ethan Peters, Henry Dammeyer, JT Driscoll, and JayEven McGee; and Derrick Halvorson.
The girls team meanwhile, includes senior Jessica Goff; junior Maddie Almen; sophomores Libby Peters and Serenity Driscoll; eighth-grader Ashley Tostenson; and Elizabeth Porter.

Wed
03
Sep
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Girls tennis team improves to 4-2 with win over MACCRAY

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team improved to 4-2 overall with a 4-3 victory at MACCRAY last Monday night.  The Braves won all three doubles’ matches and also pulled out a three-set win by Katie Samuelson at fourth singles for the deciding point.
Benson opened up the season with a 1-1 record at NLS followed by a 2-1 record at the Long Prairie-GE quadrangular.
This week, Benson was set to host Minnewaska Area, Tuesday (yesterday) on the high school courts, followed by a match at Morris Area-CA, Thursday (tomorrow).

Benson 4, MACCRAY 3
The Braves lost at first through third singles, but still picked up the 4-3 victory thanks to a three-set win by Katie Samuelson at fourth singles and straight-set victories by the three doubles’ teams.
 

Wed
03
Sep
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Braves fall to BOLD in key WCC matchup

The Benson volleyball team followed up their three-game sweep of Lac qui Parle in the opener last Monday night with a four-game loss to BOLD, Thursday at home.  Benson won the first game between two of the top teams in the WCC South, but the Warriors would rally to win the final three games to complete the 20-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-19 victory.
This week, Benson is set to host ACGC, Thursday (tomorrow) before playing at YME, Tuesday, Sept. 9.

BOLD 3, Benson 1
The Braves struggled with accuracy and consistency, Thursday during a match with the BOLD and the result was a four-game loss to the 2013 league champions.
Benson won the first game, 25-20, but BOLD won the next two matches.

Wed
03
Sep
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Kickoff return sparks Montevideo to 38-7 win over Braves in opener

by John Fragodt

Wed
27
Aug
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Cross-country teams open up season

The Benson-KMS boys and girls cross-country teams are set to open up their seasons Monday, Aug. 25 at the Morris Invitational followed by the Lac qui Parle Invitational, Thursday, Aug. 28.  Coming up later in the year is the Benson Invitational, set for Monday, Oct. 6 on the Benson Golf Course.
The cross-country teams are coached by CeCe Terlouw and volunteer assistant, Micah Driscoll.  This year’s boys cross-country roster includes seniors Taner Gimberlin, Matt Hoffman, and Nick Turnquist; junior Samuel Rosemeier; sophomores Devin Bundy, Jacob Webster, Josh Bailey, Philipp Weber, and Riley Johnston; ninth-grader Jacob Narragon; and eighth-graders Brady Ascheman, Dylan Stewart, Ethan Peters, Henry Dammeyer, JT Driscoll, and JayEven McGee.
The boys team lost four members of last year’s team -- Grant Molden, Isaac Zurn, Zach Maurer, and Joe Eix -- but should still have a chance to place high at meets thanks to the return of its top runner, Josh Bailey.

Wed
27
Aug
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Braves sweep LQP in volleyball opener

The Benson volleyball team opened up the 2014 season with a three-game sweep over Lac qui Parle, Monday night in Benson.  
The Braves, coached by Shannon Schmidt, Sarah Lundebrek, and Miranda Bonk, are coming off a 10-16 season from a year ago that included a 6-7 mark within the WCC South to give Benson a second-place finish in the conference behind BOLD, which finished 11-2 in league competition.
The Braves struggled early in the first game, falling behind 10-6 and 16-13, but Benson regrouped to take command of the match, winning in three games, 25-21, 25-18, 25-22.
This week, Benson is set to host BOLD, Thursday (tomorrow) before taking a week off to prepare for a home match with Atwater-CGC, Thursday, Sept. 4.  
A match with Montevideo, that was previously scheduled for the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 2, has been moved back to Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Wed
27
Aug
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Braves kick off season Friday at Montevideo

The Benson football team is ready to kick off the 2014 season with a game at Montevideo at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29.  The Braves are coming off a 1-8 season from a year ago.  Benson lost 14 players from last season, including its top linemen, its punter and kicker, five of its top six receivers, and its top eight leading tacklers.
However Benson, coached by Scott Gonnerman, Roger Lindahl, Mark Grussing, Jonas Grossman, Dan Stiel, Chad Carroll, Matt Larson, Adam Foslien, and volunteer coaches, Tom Foley, Andrew Rustad, and Adam Nokleby, does have four returning starters on offense and only one on defense.
The Braves are playing in the 10-team WCC again this year for football.  Benson plays Montevideo, Sauk Centre, ACGC, BOLD, Morris Area, YME, Paynesville, and Melrose Area, but does not play Minnewaska Area.
The home opener for the Braves is set for 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5 against Sauk Centre, which is also Father-Son Night.

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