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Fri
06
Sep
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BKMS girls tennis team shuts out Morris/WCA

After competing in seven matches during the opening week of the season, the Benson-KMS girls tennis team had just one match last week, a 7-0 victory at home against Morris Area/West Central Area last Tuesday night.

The Fighting Braves improved to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in the WCC with the win.

This week, the tennis team has two matches scheduled beginning with a match at home against Montevideo, Tuesday (yesterday) and continuing with a match at Lac qui Parle/DB, Thursday (tomorrow).

Jonas Grossman is the head coach of the Benson-KMS girls tennis team this year, taking over for Don Brehmer, while Datriana Jensen is the JV/Jr. High coach...

 

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Fri
06
Sep
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Braves top KMS in four games, but fall to Melrose in second match

The Benson volleyball team split its first two matches of the season last week.  The Braves opened up the 2019 season with a 3-1 home victory over KMS, but Benson lost at home against Melrose Area in three games a few nights later.  Benson has a busy schedule this week with matches at Sauk Centre, Tuesday (yesterday), at BOLD, Thursday (tomorrow), and the Becker Tournament, Saturday.

KMS meanwhile, had just the one match last week at Benson.  This week, the Saints are set to play at state power Minneota, Tuesday (yesterday) before coming home for the home opener in Kerkhoven against Lakeview, Thursday (tomorrow).

Fri
06
Sep
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Late rally comes up short as Benson fall 28-20 to Morris in opener

The Benson football team opened up the season with a 28-20 loss at home to Morris Area-CA, Friday night on Brock Field.  The Braves battled back from a 21-6 deficit to pull to within 28-20 late in the game, but the Tigers were able to hold off the late charge by Benson to earn the victory in the battle between former WCC foes.

It was the first game for new head coach Adam Foslien, who took over for Scott Gonnerman as the new coach of the Braves.

“What an atmosphere at Brock Field, it was unbelievable, and the crowd was great; you could just feel the energy,” coach Adam Foslien said.  “I was so proud of our players and fans, and I hope every home game is like that.”

Morris Area scored one touchdown in each quarter, while the Braves scored 14 of their points in the final quarter, the final one coming with 3:41 left in the game...

 

Tue
27
Aug
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Volleyball teams open up season this week

The Benson volleyball team was set to open up the 2019 schedule with two-straight home matches, Tuesday, Aug. 27 against KMS and Thursday, Aug. 29 versus Melrose Area.  Benson went 8-15-1 overall last year after winning three of its final four matches.

“We are definitely looking to make a run at the section championship this season,” coach Shannon Schmidt said.  “We made a run in Section 5A last season, defeating KMS in a huge five-set match only to lose an equally-close match to Royalton.  We should have a solid team with a lot of talent, experience, and depth.”

Seniors lost to graduation from last year’s Benson volleyball team are Maranda Wieber, Paige Cain, and Matilyn Short.

However, the team does return most of its starting lineup from last season, including the top hitter (Claire Ricard), top servers (Zoe Doscher, Mariah Ahrndt, Abbie Mitteness, and Ellie Moesenthin), its top setters (Moesenthin and Ahrndt) and its starting libero (Mitteness)...

Tue
27
Aug
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Benson hosts Morris Area-CA and KMS plays at BOLD during opening week of football season

The Benson and KMS football teams are set to get their seasons underway this Friday at 7 p.m.  The Braves are set to host Morris Area-CA in the opener on Brock Field, while the Saints are set to play at BOLD, which placed second at state last fall.

Both teams have new coaches this season with Adam Foslien taking over for Scott Gonnerman at Benson and Jason Fernholz taking over the program at KMS from last year’s co-coaches, Matt Fragodt and Justin Johnson.

•  The Braves did lose eight players from last season -- Matt Goossen, Jared Knutson, Hunter Gonnerman, Riley Grube, Devon Liles, Alex Wrobleski, Cole Petrick, and Matt Ebnet.  Most of them were two-way players for the Braves so they will have a lot of holes to fill.

However, the team does return a lot of key players, including starting quarterback Will Enderson, leading receiver Matt Tolifson, runningback Adam Zosel, and the third-leading tackler Jacob Wolter...

 

Tue
27
Aug
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Girls tennis team 4-3 after opening week

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team had a busy first week, going 4-3 overall with triangulars at home, NLS, and Long Prairie-GE.  The Fighting Braves had opened up the season with two wins at the Benson triangular last Monday in matches that were recapped in last week’s paper.

Benson-KMS then played at NLS last Tuesday, but a triangular turned into a dual match with the Wildcats when Pipestone didn’t drive up north due to rain.  The Wildcats won that match, 6-1.  Two days later, Benson-KMS hosted a triangular with Morris Area-WCA and Annandale and the Fighting Braves edged the Tigers (4-3), but also fell to Annandale (6-1).

The week came to an end with a triangular at LPGE where Benson-KMS shut out the host team (7-0), but lost the other match to a strong Osakis team (6-1)...

 

Wed
21
Aug
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Learning how to swim!

A young boy takes advantage of some free time at the end of swimming lessons during the last of three sessions of summer swimming lessons at the Benson Outdoor Pool, July 29-Aug. 9...

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Wed
21
Aug
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Girls tennis team opens up season with victories

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team got the season underway Monday, Aug. 19 with a home triangular, beating both BBE and Parkers Prairie by 7-0 scores.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team is one of the most successful programs at BHS, going 14-4 overall last year for its sixth-straight winning season and 13th winning season in the last 15 years.

Jonas Grossman, the head coach of the Benson-KMS boys tennis team, is taking over for Don Brehmer, recently retired as head coach after 17 years and an unofficial coaching record of 215-111...

 

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Wed
21
Aug
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KMS, Benson to take part in scrimmage, Saturday

The Benson football team is set to host a four-team scrimmage at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 on Brock Field. 

Also set to take part are KMS, Lac qui Parle Valley, and MACCRAY. 

The scrimmage is for varsity and 9th-10th grade teams...

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Wed
14
Aug
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Local youth competes at Drive, Chip, Putt contest

Arnold Stelzer, the 9-year old son of Justin and Beth Stelzer of Benson, placed second at the local qualifying event and sixth at the sub-regional tournament for the National Drive, Chip, and Putt golf contest at Augusta, GA.

Arnold placed second overall in the age 7-9 boys’ division and first in the putting category during the Drive, Chip, and Putt local qualifier event, July 9 at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar. 

The top three overall winners from that event advanced to the sub-regional qualifying contest, which was set for Sunday, Aug. 11 at Braemer Golf Course in Edina.

At the sub-regional qualifier, in which the top two advance to the Regional contest, Stelzer placed sixth of 15 individuals.  He had a high individual finish of fourth in the drive portion of the contest...

 

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