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Braves fall to Bulldogs in 3AA opener

The  Benson boys basketball team fell to Paynesville in the Section 3AA Boys Basketball Tournament opener in Benson, Saturday night, 73-63.

The Braves ended the season with a 15-12 overall record after losing for the second time this season to the Bulldogs, who moved on to face top-seeded Minnewaska Area in the sub-section semifinals, Thursday (tomorrow) in Willmar.

Benson was seeded fourth in the section tourney, while Paynesville was seeded fifth.

“It was a tough loss, that’s for sure, but the guys had a great season and Paynesville just played a little better than us tonight,” coach Adam Jensen said...

 

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Benson girls end season vs. NLS

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

The Braves, seeded fourth in its half of Section 3AA, had defeated fifth-seeded Minnewaska Area in the opening round in Benson, 39-38, but they were not match for the top-seeded Wildcats.

Benson had led the Lakers, 28-21 at halftime before scoring only 11 points in the second half.  Against NLS, the Braves cold shooting continued as Benson scored just seven points in the first half before adding 20 more points in the second half.

NLS, which improved to 26-1 overall, advanced to play EV-Watkins for the sub-section title.

Benson will lose five seniors to graduation, Claire Ricard, Kaitlyn Berreau, Abbie Mitteness, Abby Lundebrek, and Hannah Andrews...

 

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Benson and KMS wrestlers come home with medals

Thomas Dineen and Adam Zosel competed at the State Wrestling Tournament for the Braves, Friday and Saturday at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Dineen, a freshman, went 3-2 to place fifth at 182 pounds, while Zosel, a junior, went 0-1 at 152 pounds and was eliminated after the person he lost to fell in the quarterfinals.

Zosel went over 100 career wins this season and ended his junior year of wrestling with a 33-4 record.  He goes into his senior season with an unofficial 103-42 career mark, currently the 12th most wins for the Braves among the 14 100-win wrestlers.

Dineen meanwhile, finished 41-3 this year and will go into his sophomore season with an unofficial 59 career victories with an outside shot of reaching 100 career wins during his sophomore season.

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McGeary and Ahrndt compete at state meet

Two members of the Benson-KMS gymnastics team competed at the State Gymnastics Meet, Saturday at the University of Minnesota campus.

Senior Mariah Ahrndt was competing in her third state gymnastics meet, while teammate, freshman Libby McGeary was competing in her first state tourney.

Ahrndt competed in the uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise, while McGeary competed in all four events and the all-around...

 

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Benson boys end regular- season with 15-11 record

The  Benson boys basketball team finished the regular-season with a 15-11 overall record after going 1-2 during the final week of the regular-season.

The Braves beat Hancock last Tuesday night (63-60), but then fell at home to Lac qui Parle, Thursday (62-55), and at Melrose Area, Friday (78-66).

Benson was seeded fourth for the upcoming Section 3AA Tourney and was set to host fifth-seeded Paynesvile at 7 p.m., Saturday in Benson.  The Bulldogs beat the Braves in a close game about a month ago at Paynesville.

If Benson wins that game, it would play again Thursday most likely in Willmar against the winner of top-seeded Minnewaska Area and eighth-seeded Montevideo...

 

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Braves edge Lakers in playoff opener, 39-38

The Benson girls basketball team opened up the Section 3AA Tourney with a 39-38 victory over Minnewaska Area, Saturday night at home.  The Braves were seeded fourth in its half of the section and the Lakers were seeded fifth.

Benson led 28-21 at halftime before the two teams combined for only 28 points in the second half with the Braves scoring 11 points on seven free-throws and two field goals.

Benson, which fell to Hancock earlier in the week to end the regular-season (61-54), advances to the sub-section semifinals this Thursday at 6 p.m. at Minnewaska Area High School against top-seeded and state-ranked NLS.  Benson lost to NLS earlier this season, 68-33...

 

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Two Braves and three Saints earn state wrestling berths

Three KMS wrestlers and two members of the Benson wrestling team are headed to the State Wrestling Tournament after placing first or second at the Section 5A Tournament at Long Prairie-GE High School, Saturday.

Benson ninth-grader Thomas Dineen won the 182-pound section title with a pin in the finals against the top-seeded wrestler, while junior Adam Zosel finished second at 152 pounds and will also be advancing to the state tourney.

Dineen goes into the state tourney with a 38-1 overall record, while Zosel, who recently went over 100 career wins, is 33-3 for the season.

Dineen is set to face LCWM senior Avery Northquest (24-7) in the first round.  Trevor Eisfeld, of Tracy Area is the top seed with a 44-0 record.

Zosel is set to face Badger-GM senior Andy Dostal (43-5) in the first round, and the top two wrestlers are Willie VonRuden of Medford (19-1) and Zack Holtz of Kimball Area (32-0).

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Benson girls raise winning streak to six before losing at Melrose Area

The Benson girls basketball team won its fourth, fifth, and sixth-straight games last week before losing at Melrose, Friday, 66-60.  The Braves opened up last week with a 72-48 win against YME last Monday night, and then won at Osakis last Tuesday (64-58) before winning at MACCRAY, Thursday (56-44).

The Braves are 15-10 overall and 6-8 in the WCC with one regular-season game to go Monday at home against Hancock.

Benson earned the fourth seed in its half of Section 3AA and was set to open up the playoffs, Saturday at home against fifth-seeded Minnewaska Area.   The Braves split with the Lakers this season, losing at Minnewaska Area, but winning at home against the Lakers, Feb. 7.  If Benson wins that game, it would face top-seeded NLS in the next round...
 

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Enderson goes over 1,000 during home loss to Tigers

The Benson boys lost twice last week, dropping the Braves’ overall record to 14-9 heading into the home stretch of the season.  The Braves beat Yellow Medicine East last Monday night at home, 70-66, but then lost at home to Melrose last Tuesday, 68-51, and to Morris Area, Thursday, 80-70.

The two losses gave Benson a 5-6 record in its last 11 games after the Braves were 9-3, Jan. 9.

This week, the Braves close out the regular season with a game at Hancock, Tuesday (yesterday), a home game with Lac qui parle, Thursday (tomorrow), and a game at Melrose, Friday.

During last week’s action, Will Enderson became the seventh boy at BHS to reach 1,000 career points.  He earned his 1,000th point with a three-pointer late in the game against Morris Area and ended the game with a game-high 28 points.

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MBA boys open up playoffs with victory

The MBA boys hockey team closed out the regular-season with a split of games against Breckenridge-Wahpeton last Tuesday night (7-3 sin) and Becker-Big Lake, Thursday (6-5 loss).

The Storm earned the seventh seed in the Section 6A Tourney and opened up the postseason with a 4-2 win over 10th-seeded Wadena-DC, Saturday in Benson.

MBA, which improved to 20-5 overall, was set to face second-seeded Alexandria, Tuesday (yesterday).

In 25 seasons of Benson and MBA boys hockey, no team had earned 20 victories until this season...

 

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