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Storm at 3-3 after wins over Willmar, Fairmont

Peyton LeClair covers up the puck as Michael Halvorson (19), Kolby Goff (9) and a pair of Wilmar skaters converge on the MBA net.

The MBA boys have won three of their last four games to improve to 3-3 for the season.  The Storm won a home game against Willmar last Tuesday night, 4-2, and also won at home against Fairmont, 3-0.

And, in a report that came too late for last week’s paper, MBA also won an overtime game at Bagley-Fosston, Dec. 7, 5-4.  Brady Loge scored the tying goal with 2:25 left in the game and then Kolby Goff got the gamewinner 23 seconds into overtime for the one-goal win.

Brady DeHaan, Brady Loge, and Parker Klemm all had a goal and assist for MBA against Bagley-Fosston, while Goff and Reece Kuseske both had one goal, Matt Tolifson had two assists, and Jack Riley had one assist.  Brady Bachman stopped 21 shots in net to earn the win.

This week, the Storm were set to host Prairie Centre, Thursday (tomorrow) before taking a break for the holidays.  The Benson Tournament is set for Dec. 27-28...

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Ahrndt leads gymnasts to win over LDC

Ali Johnson is congratulated by coaches Kathy Ahrndt (left) and Julie Carroll after completing a no-fall 7.9 routine on the beam for second place.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team continued its successful season with a 133-127.675 victory over Litchfield-Dassel-Cokato, Friday night at the Benson Armory.

The Fighting Braves improved to 3-0 overall heading into this Thursday night’s contest against Morris Area, also at the Benson Armory.

Mariah Ahrndt led the Benson-KMS gymnasts against LDC with five individual titles, including a 35.3 in the all-around, while Makenna Kelley was second in the all-around and uneven bars, Allie Mitteness was second on the floor, and Ali Johnson was second on the balance beam.

After the meet against the Tigers, the gymnasts have two weeks off to prepare for the Marshall Invitational, Saturday, Jan. 5...

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Benson girls fall to BOLD and NLS

Claire Ricard and BOLD’s Makenna Steffel (13) battle for a rebound as Abbie Mitteness (4), Abby Lundebrek, Kaitlyn Berreau, and Hannah Andrews (far right) look on for Benson.

The Benson girls basketball team ran into two of the stronger teams in the area last week and the result was a pair of lopsided defeats.

The Braves, who fell to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the WCC, lost at home to BOLD last Tuesday night, 71-41, and also fell at NLS, Thursday, 81-39.

Benson has two winnable games at home this week as the Braves are set to host Redwood Valley, Thursday (tomorrow) and Atwater-CGG, Friday before taking some time off for the holidays...

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PICTURED: Claire Ricard and BOLD’s Makenna Steffel (13) battle for a rebound as Abbie Mitteness (4), Abby Lundebrek, Kaitlyn Berreau, and Hannah Andrews (far right) look on for Benson.
 

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Lady Storm top Fairmont for third win

Karlie Bruns (7) goes back to retrieve the puck as Taryn Picht (2) holds off an opponent.

The MBA girls hockey team earned its third victory of the season, Saturday in Benson, with a 5-3 win over Fairmont.  The Lady Storm improved to 3-9 overall as Taryn Picht had her team’s first hattrick of the season with three goals.

Earlier in the week, MBA was shut out by Prairie Centre, 11-0.  Still, the Lady Storm have scored 13 goals in their last four games after scoring four goals in the first eight games.

MBA has two home games scheduled this week.  The Lady Storm were set to host Detroit Lakes, Thursday (tomorrow) at Morris and host St. Peter, Friday in Benson...

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PICTURED: Karlie Bruns (7) goes back to retrieve the puck as Taryn Picht (2) holds off an opponent.
 

Tue
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Dec
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KMS boys open up season 2-0

Pictured above from left to right for the KMS boys basketball team, which is 2-0 to start the season, are head coach Matt Fragodt, and senior captains Regan Carlson, Weston Gjerde, and Ethan Hauge.

The KMS boys basketball team opened up the season with two big wins over Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart (64-31) and Dawson-Boyd (60-56) last week.

The Saints, who were 15-13 overall last year, are hoping to stay above .500 this season and compete for the Camden North Conference title.

This week, KMS was set to play at Prinsburg CMCS, Thursday (tomorrow) and at BBE, Friday, before coming home again Tuesday, Dec. 18 for a game with Renville County West.

KMS 64, BLHS 31

The Saints opened up the season with a commanding 64-31 win at Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart last Monday night...

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Lady Storm edge Park Rapids in OT

MBA goalie Leah Thompson (right) makes a save for the Lady Storm during the season opener in Benson.  MBA is set to host another game in Benson this Saturday vs. Fairmont.

The MBA girls hockey team edged Park Rapids in overtime last week to earn its second victory of the season.  The Lady Storm took a 4-2 lead, but Park Rapids forced overtime with two late goals before Hannah Zimmel scored the gamewinner in overtime.

One night later, MBA hosted Crookston in Morris and the Lady Storm lost 6-3 to fall to 2-8 overall.

This week, MBA was set to host Prairie Centre in Morris, Tuesday (yesterday) before hosting Fairmont at the Benson Civic Center, Saturday.

MBA 5, Park Rapids 4, ot

The Lady Storm earned their second win of the season with a 5-4 overtime victory over Park Rapids, Thursday night at Morris.

MBA also secured its first victory of the season, Nov. 17 at Park Rapids, 3-2...

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Benson girls top Bulldogs, 53-39

Abbie Mitteness (left) and Hannah Andrews apply tough, half-court defense pressure during an early-season win for the Braves.

The Benson girls basketball team split a pair of games last week, winning at Paynesville last Tuesday night in a non-conference game, 53-39, but losing at Sauk Centre two nights later, 64-31.

Benson 53, Paynesville 39

Kaitlyn Berreau, Claire Ricard, and Abby Lundebrek combined for 49 points to lead the Benson girls to a 53-39 victory at Paynesville last Tuesday night.

The Braves, 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the WCC, have two more games scheduled for this week, beginning with a home game against BOLD, Tuesday (yesterday) and continuing with a game at NLS, Thursday (tomorrow)...

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Benson wrestlers rout SC-Melrose for first win

Thomas Dineen (left) wrestles during a quick pin at 220 pounds during the Braves’ win over SC-Melrose.

The Benson wrestling team had a busy week last week, competing in a home triangular, Thursday, and also competing at the Willmar Tournament, Saturday.

The Braves split their matches at the triangular, beating Sauk Centre-Melrose in the first match, 63-15, but also losing to Detroit Lakes in the final match of the night, 66-6.

At Willmar, Benson placed sixth and KMS was third in a meet dominated by the host Cardinals, who won nine of the 14 individual titles on the way to 243 points with St. Cloud in second with 141.5 points.

Coy Gunderson (106 pounds), Will Magaard (126), and Jared Carlson (145) won titles for the Saints, with Chase Magaard (113) and Richard Jones (182) placing second, while for Benson, Wyatt McGee (160 pounds) and Alden Syltie (22) both placed second to lead the way.

The only competition for Benson this week is the BOLD triangular, Friday, which also includes a strong Wabasso-Red Rock Central team...

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Braves end losing skid with win over Montevideo

Matt Goossen (middle) drives toward the basket during Benson’s 71-64 victory over Montevideo last Tuesday night in Benson.  The win broke a 28-game losing streak for the Braves.  The Benson girls also won the same night over Paynesville, which was the first time in nearly six years the two teams won the same night.

The Benson boys basketball team snapped a long losing streak with a 71-64 victory over Montevideo last Tuesday night at home.  The Braves led for most of the game, and held on for the win, which ended a 28-game losing streak for the Benson boys basketball program.

The Braves also played at Paynesville, Friday, and stayed with the host Bulldogs for most of the game before Paynesville increased a 26-25 halftime lead with 45 points in the second half to earn a 71-56 non-conference win.

The Benson boys are set to host the Benson Boys Basketball Invitational this Friday and Saturday.  The Braves are set to host ACGC in one game, Friday, while MACCRAY and Hancock meet in the other game.

The two losers will play at 6 p.m., Saturday and the winners will play for the championship at about 7:30 p.m., Saturday...

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KMS girls open up season with two wins

Pictured above from left to right are KMS captains Madeline Stallings, Kourtni Strandberg, Katie Krieger, and Mallory Rudningen, and head coach Justin Johnson.

The KMS girls basketball team opened up the 2018-19 season with a pair of wins.  The Saints, who were 7-21 overall last season, beat Atwater-CGC to open up the season, Thursday, 64-43, and also won at home against Dawson-Boyd the next night, 55-42.

Taking over as head coach of the program is Justin Johnson, who takes over for Brady DeBaere.  Johnson will be assisted by Dwayne Riley, Philip Hauge, and Tracy Herzog.  “I am very excited for the opportunity to coach these girls,” coach Justin Johnson said.  “I think there is a lot of potential here with this team, both now and in the future.”

The Saints lost only one player from last year’s team, Dacotah Rohner, so KMS should have a great chance at moving above .500 this season.

Lac qui Parle won the Camden North Conference title last year a 14-2 record, followed by MACCRAY (11-5), Dawson-Boyd (6-10), KMS (4-12), Prinsburg CMCS (3-13), and RCW (1-15).

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