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09
Oct
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Tennis team eliminated with 4-3 loss to LQP

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team was eliminated with a 4-3 loss at Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd, Friday at LQP Valley High School.  The match had been set for Thursday, but was pushed back a day due to weather.

Benson-KMS, which was seeded fifth in the eight-team section, ended the season with a 9-9 overall record, while LQP-DB moved on to face top-seeded Minnewaska Area in the semifinal Tuesday (yesterday) in Fargo.

The Fighting Braves still have the Section 6A Individual Tournament to go and members of the team will take part in the opening two rounds Wednesday (today) at Fargo.

Stacy Johnson will be playing singles for the Fighting Braves at the section individual tourney, and the doubles’ teams of Hannah Andrews-Susan Knutson, and Halle Bundy-Kaitlyn Berreau will also be competing, but the other singles’ entrant has yet to be decided...

 

Wed
09
Oct
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Benson volleyball drops pair of WCC decisions to BOLD and ACGC

The Benson volleyball team is looking at going on the road for the playoffs after dropping two conference matches last week.

The Braves lost at home to BOLD last Tuesday, 3-2, and also fell at Atwater-CGC, Thursday in Grove City, dropping Benson’s record to 7-13 overall and 2-9 in the conference.

The Braves went 8-15-1 overall last year and 5-9 in the WCC.  This year’s team was hoping to become the first Benson volleyball team since 2011 to finish the season with a winning record.  That year, the Braves went 16-9 in Shannon Schmidt’s first year as head coach, and the following season Benson was 11-11.

The Braves are set to close out the regular season with a match at Montevideo, Tuesday (yesterday), followed by a home match against Minnewaska Area, Thursday (tomorrow), and a contest at Morris Area-CA, Tuesday, Oct. 15 in the regular-season finale...

 

Wed
09
Oct
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The sweet taste of victory!

Braves snap 30-game losing streak with 32-12 victory over KMS during Battle for Swift County

The Benson football team broke a 30-game losing streak spanning three-plus years with a 32-12 victory over KMS, Friday night on Brock Field.  The Braves scored on the second-to-last play of the first half to go into halftime with a 20-12 lead and then dominated the second half, holding the Saints to only 43 second-half yards.

Abe Peterson and Will Enderson combined for four touchdowns for the Braves, who won for the first time since winning a three-overtime game at YME, Sept. 9, 2016, while Thomas Dineen opened up the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run.

Wed
02
Oct
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KMS football team holds off LPGE for 14-7 win

The KMS football team survived a scare from Long Prairie-Grey Eagle during a Mid State Blue football game in Murdock, Friday night.  The Saints’ defense came up big all night and helped KMS leave its home field with a 14-7 victory.

The win kept the Saints in a second-place tie with Browerville-EV in the Mid State Blue division, just one game behind Upsala-Swanville Area (4-0) and one game ahead of LPGE, Parkers Prairie, and Royalton (all 2-2).

Brandon Kallstrom and Masyn Olson scored rushing touchdowns for the Saints, while Christian Diederich had seven sacks for KMS, including one for a safety.

The Saints’ defense has given up just 42 points total in its last four games, but the KMS offense has scored just 48 points all season, including 14 points in each of its three wins this season.

Wed
02
Oct
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Benson volleyball team hoping to turn things around in final five matches

The Benson volleyball team fell twice last week to drop to 7-11 overall and 2-7 in the WCC.  The Braves opened up last week with a 3-0 loss at Melrose last Tuesday before coming home and playing a good match against Sauk Centre, Thursday, losing 3-1.

Sauk Centre leads the WCC with a 9-0 conference record with five matches to go, while Melrose Area is 7-2, Minnewaska area is 6-2, Morris Area-CA is 6-3, BOLD is 4-4, Benson is 2-7, ACGC is 1-8, and Montevideo is 0-9.

In Section 5A, Benson is currently seeded third in its five-team “pod”, but should have a chance to move past KMS to the second seed with a strong performance over its final five matches.  See Speaking of Sports column for more comments about Section 5A volleyball.

Wed
02
Oct
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Tennis team earns fifth seed for section tourney

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team closed out the regular-season by taking part in the WCC Individual Tourney, Saturday at Alexandria.  The Fighting Braves did great at the WCC Tourney with all but one of the entries going 2-1 during the full day of tennis, including Kaitlyn Berreau at third singles, Hannah Andrews and Halle Bundy at first doubles, and Amy Zniewski and Hannah Helms at second doubles, who all placed second.

Minnewaska Area, which went undefeated during conference play to earn the WCC title, also won all seven individual titles at the season-ending tourney.

Earlier in the week, the Fighting Braves fell 7-0 to Minnewaska Area last Tuesday night in Benson, and 7-0 at Osakis, Thursday.  The Lakers earned the top seed in the section, followed by Osakis, Montevideo, LQP-DB, Benson-KMS, Morris Area/WCA, MACCRAY, and YME.

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.”

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