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Wed
02
Oct
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Royalton dominates second half on way to 34-7 win over Braves

After being held to only 89 yards and one touchdown in the first half, Royalton erupted for 268 yards and four scores in the second half to beat the visiting Benson Braves, 34-7, Friday night during Royalton’s Homecoming.

Benson meanwhile, had 128 yards of offense in the first half, but was held to just 101 yards in the second half as Royalton dominated the Mid State Blue division game in front of its home crowd.

Hurting Benson were four turnovers, including three in the first half.  Also hurting the Braves this season is an inability to run the football.  Against Royalton, Benson ended the game with 17 net yards on 18 attempts, which included two sacks for minus-10 yards.

Thu
26
Sep
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Braves win consolation title at Lakeview Tournament

The Benson volleyball team lost two conference matches last week, but came back Saturday to go 3-2 to earn the consolation championship at the Lakeview Tourney.  The Braves, who are 7-9 overall and 2-5 in the WCC, lost at Minnewaska Area in four games last Tuesday and also lost in a four-game battle in Benson against Morris Area-CA, Thursday.

The Braves lost their first two matches at the Lakeview Tourney to BBE (2-0) and Lakeview (2-0), but came back to beat Montevideo (2-0) in their final pool play match and then won both of their consolation bracket matches against Edgerton (2-1) and RCW (2-0) to earn the consolation title.

Thu
26
Sep
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Girls tennis improves to 9-6 with three-win week

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team had a 3-1 week last week, winning Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday before losing to a very strong Litchfield team, Saturday.  The Fighting Braves improved to 9-6 overall, including a 5-2 record in the WCC after beating Melrose Monday (4-3), Sauk Centre Tuesday (7-0), and MACCRAY Thursday (6-1).

The meet Saturday was scheduled as the Litchfield Invitational, but due to rain, it was shortened to just one match against Litchfield at the indoor courts at Sartell...

 

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Thu
26
Sep
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After leading early 14-6, Braves fall to Browerville-Eagle Valley, 36-14

For one quarter, it looked like the Benson football team would end its long losing streak and leave the Browerville-Eagle Valley football field with its first win over three years.

However, after scoring on its first two possessions, the Braves would not score again as Browerville-EV rallied from early deficits of 7-0 and 14-6 to beat Benson in a Mid-State Blue division game, Friday night, 36-14.

The loss lowered the Braves’ overall record to 0-4, while Browerville-EV improved to 3-1 overall. 

“You couldn’t script a better start to the game offensively,” coach Adam Foslien said.  “Our first two drives resulted in touchdowns and we got the momentum early.  We continued to move the football the rest of the game, but we just missed on some other big scoring chances (including a fumble) that could’ve have had a big impact on the result.”

Wed
18
Sep
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Tennis team tops YME for sixth win

Benson-KMS swept all three doubles’ matches on the way to a 5-2 victory over Yellow Medicine East last Tuesday night in Granite Falls.  The win pushed the team’s overall record back above .500 (6-5) and evened its WCC record at 2-2.

The Fighting Braves were also set to compete at Melrose Area, Thursday, but that match was postponed to a later date due to rain...

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Wed
18
Sep
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Ricard, Mitteness lead Braves to wins over ACGC and Montevideo

The Benson volleyball team earned two home conference wins last week, topping ACGC in three games last Tuesday and edging Montevideo in four games, Thursday.

The Braves improved to 4-5 overall with the two wins and 2-3 in the WCC to tie with Morris Area-CA for fifth place in the WCC behind Sauk Centre (5-0), BOLD (4-1), Minnewaska Area (3-2), and Melrose Area (3-2).

Benson also moved into second place in its six-team Section 5A “pod” with the two wins.  BBE (6-3) is currently first, but all the other five teams are below .500.

This week, the Braves will get some big tests with a match at Minnewaska Area scheduled for Tuesday (yesterday), a match at home with Morris Area-CA set for Thursday (tomorrow), and the Lakeview Tournament, Saturday...
 

Wed
18
Sep
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Braves fall to 0-3 with 40-6 loss to Upsala-Swanville Area

Upsala-Swanville Area scored on four-straight possessions from just before the end of the first quarter until early in the second half to turn a 0-0 game into a 28-6 lead on the way to a 40-6 victory over Benson during a Mid State Blue division game on Brock Field, Friday night.

Benson had its chances early, but failed to capitalize and USA went on to dominate the final three quarters in improving to 3-0 for the season.

“Us not scoring on our second drive gave them a big momentum boost,” Benson head coach Adam Foslien said.  “We had the play call we wanted, but unfortunately, we didn’t execute.”

With the loss, the Braves fell for the 28th-straight game, tying the Benson football teams from 1972-75 for the longest losing streak in BHS football history (see Speaking of Sports on page 3B).

Wed
11
Sep
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Benson volleyball drops to 2-5 after tough week

The Benson volleyball team had a tough week last week, going 1-4 overall, as the team continues to adjust to life without one of its top players, Mariah Ahrndt, who was injured during the team’s second match at Melrose Area.

The Braves fell to Sauk Centre and BOLD by 3-0 scores last Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, and then went 1-2 at the Becker Tournament, Saturday.

The team is 2-5 overall heading into this week’s home matches with ACGC, Tuesday (yesterday) and against Montevideo, Thursday (tomorrow).

“It looks like our captain and three-year starter Mariah (Ahrndt) will still be out a few more weeks with a high ankle sprain,” coach Shannon Schmidt...

 

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Wed
11
Sep
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Late rally falls short again as Braves fall to Long Prairie-GE, 28-20

The Benson football team dropped its second-straight 28-20 decision to open up the 2019 football season.  The Braves played at Long Prairie-GE, Friday, and just like its first game against Morris Area-CA, Benson fell behind early, battled back within range, but then fell short with the 28-20 decision.

The Braves come back to Benson for this Friday night’s game against Upsala-Swanville Area, which is off to a 2-0 start.  Game time is 7 p.m. on Brock Field...

 

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Wed
11
Sep
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Girls tennis team loses pair of 5-2 decisions

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team lost two 5-2 decisions last week in conference play.  The Fighting Braves fell 5-2 at home against Montevideo last Tuesday, and also lost 5-2 at Lac qui Parle-DB, Thursday.

Benson-KMS fell to 5-5 overall and 1-2 in the WCC with the two losses.

This week, the Fighting Braves have two more road conference matches, playing at Yellow Medicine East, Tuesday (yesterday), and at Melrose Area, Thursday (tomorrow)...

 

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