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Tennis team tops YME in opener, 7-0

Alissa Maurer returns a shot during a straight-set win at fourth singles vs. YME, helping Benson-KMS earn a 7-0 sweep in the first round of playoffs.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team swept Yellow Medicine East in the first round of the Section 6A Girls Tennis Team Tournament last Wednesday in Benson, 7-0.  The match had been scheduled for Thursday, but was moved up a day because of the cold weather moving in later in the week.

Benson-KMS, which improved to 14-3 overall, moves on to face second-seeded Osakis in the Section 6A “Final Four”, set for 10:30 a.m., Tuesday (yesterday) at Courts Plus in Fargo.  

Top-seeded Minnewaska Area and fifth-seeded LQP-DB are set to play earlier in the morning and the Section 6A championship match is set for 1 p.m. the same day.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team, which finished the WCC scheduled in second place behind Minnewaska Area, is also set to take part in the Section 6A Individual Tourney, Wednesday, Oct. 10 and 16.  

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Volleyball team hopes to turn things around soon

Claire Ricard (left) and Abby Lundebrek go up for a block against Melrose.

The Benson volleyball team was swept in a pair of WCC matches last week against Melrose last Tuesday night at home, and at Sauk Centre, Thursday.  It was the fifth and sixth-straight losses for the Braves, who fell to 5-13-1 overall and 3-8 in the WCC.

Benson played some very good volleyball last week, but couldn’t quite match up with Melrose and Sauk Centre, which are two of the top three teams in the WCC this season.

The Braves have only three more regular-season matches left on the schedule, beginning with a match at league-leading BOLD, Tuesday (yesterday) and a home match with ACGC, Thursday.  The final regular-season match is set for Tuesday, Oct. 16 at home against Montevideo....
 

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ACGC routs Braves on Homecoming

Will Enderson (left) tries to bring down ACGC quarterback Michael Trebil as Sam Grussing (53) and Alden Syltie (77) come up to help out.  ACGC scored 34 points in the second half to claim a 54-19 victory.

The Benson football team gave up 34 points in the third quarter to turn a close 20-0 game into a 54-12 lead for ACGC as the Falcons went on to claim a 54-19 victory over the Braves during the 2018 Homecoming football game.

The Falcons piled up 504 yards of offense and ran 85 plays during the game using their quick-fire offense.  Benson meanwhile, had just 119 total yards on only 41 plays from scrimmage as the Braves managed just one first down and 14 net yards in the first half alone.

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05
Oct
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Benson volleyball team falls to Lakers in five

Claire Ricard (left) and Abby Lundebrek combine for a block during a recent home game for the Braves.

The Benson volleyball team lost a heartbreaking five-game match with Minnewaska Area last Tuesday night, 25-19, 25-27, 25-23, 12-25, 16-14, and the Braves also lost at Morris Area in three games, Thursday, 25-15, 25-10, 25-11.

In the match against the Lakers, the Braves actually won more points, 108-103, but Minnewaska Area was able to pull out key wins in games three and five.
Against Morris Area-CA, things weren’t nearly as good as the Tigers outscored the Braves 75-36.

Benson has a tough week scheduled for this week as the Braves are set to face two of the top three teams in the WCC, beginning with a match at home against Melrose Area, Tuesday (yesterday) and continuing with a match at Sauk Centre, Thursday (tomorrow).

During the match with Melrose, it will also be “Dig Pink Night” and BHS will unveil its new sports scoreboard in the senior high gym....

 

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Cross-country teams compete at two meets

JayEven McGee (middle) competes at a recent cross-country meet for the Fighting Braves.

The Benson-KMS boys cross-country team placed second at the Paynesville Invitational last Tuesday night.  Melrose won the team title with 43 points, while Benson-KMS was second in the 10-team field with 65 points.

Leading the way for the Fighting Braves was JayEven McGee, who was third overall.

In the results that follow is also a recap of the Milaca “Mega Meet” Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 22.  The Benson-KMS were 12th of 26 teams and the girls were 20th of 24 teams.

Only two regular-season meets remain for the Benson-KMS cross-country teams, including the Montevideo Invitational, set for Tuesday (yesterday), and the Benson Invitational, set for Monday, Oct. 8 at the Benson Golf Course....

 

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Tennis team claims 2nd in WCC

Gracie Lenz leads the Benson-KMS girls tennis team with a 17-2 overall record heading into the playoffs.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team topped Sauk Centre, Thursday, 6-1, to claim second place in the final WCC standings.  The Fighting Braves also competed at the Litchfield Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 22, but the conference tournament, Saturday at Alexandria was canceled due to weather.

That means Benson-KMS finished the regular-season with a 13-3 overall record and 7-1 mark within the WCC after going 10-7 last season.

The Fighting Braves also earned the third seed in the Section 6A Girls Tennis Tournament and were set to host Yellow Medicine East in the first round, Thursday (tomorrow) in Benson.  

The winner advances to the Section 6A “Final Four”, set for Tuesday, Oct. 9.  The Section Individual Tourney is set for Oct. 10 and 16.  Minnewaska Area and Osakis earned the top two seeds...

 

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BOLD handles Braves with ease during 78-8 thrashing in Olivia

The yards were hard to come by Friday night at Olivia as evidenced by Hunter Gonnerman’s short gain above against the tough BOLD defense.  The Warriors, ranked first in state, led 62-0 at halftime on the way to the 78-8 win.

The Benson football team ran into the state’s top-ranked Class AA football team, Friday night, and the result was a 78-8 thumping at the hands of the BOLD Warriors in a game played at Olivia.

BOLD, which improved to 5-0 overall, didn’t score its first touchdown until 4:47 had elapsed in the game, but the Warriors went on to score 62 points over the final 19:13 of the first half to go into halftime with a 62-0 lead and then scored the first touchdown of the second half to build its lead to 70-0.

Hurting the Braves were seven total turnovers (three fumbles and four interceptions).  Benson had just one turnover (interception) over the first three games, but has 10 turnovers (three fumbles and seven interceptions) in the last two games combined.

Fri
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Sep
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KMS dominates USA during 28-14 victory

Christian Diederich kicks the extra-point for the Saints as Weston Gjerde (7) does the holding.

The Saints scored 22 points in the second half to turn a 6-6 halftime tie into a 28-14 victory at Upsala-Swanville Area, Friday night.

KMS, which improved to 1-1 in the sub-district and 2-1 overall, dominated the game with 461 yards of offense, including 303 yards rushing on 34 carries by Dylan Rudningen, who now has 712 yards rushing through three games with nine touchdowns.

The Saints are set to celebrate Homecoming week this week with a home game against Kimball Area, Friday in Murdock....

 

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Pictured: Christian Diederich kicks the extra-point for the Saints as Weston Gjerde (7) does the holding.

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Sep
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Benson volleyball team earns 5th at Waska Invite

Abbie Mitteness goes low to return a shot against Sauk Centre as Matilyn Short (left) and Beth Cain look on.  The Braves lost in three games.

The Benson volleyball team kept busy last week, playing six matches over five days.  The Braves opened up the week with a 3-0 loss to Sauk Centre, last Tuesday night at home.  Benson also fell in three games at home to BOLD, Thursday, before the Braves went 1-2-1 at the Minnewaska Area Tourney, Saturday, to place fifth.

The Braves, now 2-7-1 overall, were set to go on the road for two weeks.  Benson was set to play at ACGC, Tuesday (yesterday), at Montevideo, Thursday (tomorrow), and at the Lakeview Tournament, Saturday....

 

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Pictured: Abbie Mitteness goes low to return a shot against Sauk Centre as Matilyn Short (left) and Beth Cain look on.  The Braves lost in three games.

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Sep
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Osakis rebounds from slow first half to rout Benson Braves, 56-8

Matt Goossen (right) makes a great catch along the sidelines during the Braves’ loss to Osakis.  Goossen had seven catches for 74 yards.

For the second week in a row the Benson football team gave up eight touchdowns.  This time, however, the Braves came through with just one of their own, resulting in a 56-8 loss to Osakis during a battle between sub-district teams in Benson, Friday night.

Jacob Backes, of Osakis, also became the second runningback in a row to rush for four touchdowns.  Backes had 194 yards rushing on only eight carries, scoring on TD runs of 49, 7, 43, and 55 yards.

“We started out with a nice drive to open the game and were able to move the football through the air with short passes, but were unable to get across the goalline in the first quarter,” Benson head coach Scott Gonnerman said.  “Will Enderson did a nice job of reading the defense and making some quick throws to different wide receivers.  Jared Knutson, Matt Tolifson, and Matt Goossen all had early catches in the game for us.  Osakis did a great job in the second half.”

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