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Feb
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Braves fall to Morris Area-CA, 72-56

Will Enderson (left) uses a pick by Devon Liles (44) to get around an opponent and drive the lane during a recent game in Benson.

The Benson boys basketball team fell to 5-16 overall with a 65-46 loss at Morris Area-CA, Friday night.  The Braves, who are 3-11 in the WCC with one conference game to go, were also supposed to play at Ortonville last Tuesday night, but that game was cancelled due to weather.

Benson finished the season in seventh place in the WCC.  Melrose is 12-1 with one game to go, while BOLD is 10-1 with three league left to play.  This week, the Braves close out the regular-season with a home game against KMS, Monday, a game at Lac qui Parle, Tuesday (yesterday), and a game at home, Friday against Redwood Valley.

The Section 3AA opener is set for 7 p.m., Saturday, March 2 and it appears Benson will open up section play at Redwood Valley or Minnewaska Area...

Wed
20
Feb
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Calls lead KMS to win over MACCRAY

Alex Call (right) goes up a shot during a recent game in KMS.  Call had 18 points during a recent 63-52 win by the Saints.

The KMS boys basketball team had three games scheduled for last week, but was able to get just one game in due to weather.  The Saints won at MACCRAY, Friday, 63-52, raising their record to 9-9 and 6-5 in the Camden North Conference.

The battle for the Camden North title has turned into a battle as Lac qui Parle leads the conference with a 9-5 league mark, followed by RCW (8-5), Prinsburg (7-6), KMS and Dawson-Boyd (both 6-6) and MACCRAY (4-8).

The Saints have five games left on the regular-season schedule, including four this week.  KMS was set to play at Benson, Monday, host MACCRAY, Thursday (tomorrow), entertain LQP, Friday, and host Prinsburg, Saturday...

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Wed
20
Feb
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Ahrndt earns return trip to State Gymnastics Meet

Mariah Ahrndt earned her second-straight State Gymnastics berth at the Section 6A Meet, Saturday.

Mariah Ahrndt earned her second-straight trip to the State Gymnastics Meet after qualifying to the state meet in the uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise at the Section 6A Meet, Saturday at NLS High School. 

Ahrndt missed out on qualifying in the all-around, too, after scoring a 36.125 in the all-around to place fourth overall.

Willmar won the team title by almost five points over perennial power Melrose Area, while NLS was third, Litchfield-DC fourth, and Benson-KMS fifth of the 10 competing teams.

Benson-KMS’ score of 130.65 was the seventh time in 11 meets the Fighting Braves have scored 130 or more points.  The State Gymnastics Meet is set for Feb. 22-23 at St. Paul...

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Wed
20
Feb
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Benson wrestlers top Paynesville in first round, but fall to Lakers in semis

Adam Zosel earned a last-second reversal to win his match at 145 pounds, 11-9.

The Benson wrestling team went 1-1 during the Section 5A Team Wrestling Tournament last week, topping Paynesville at home last Wednesday, 41-19, but falling to second-seeded Minnewaska Area, Friday, in the “Final Four” in Benson, 49-18.  The Braves finished the season with a 13-10 overall record, the first winning record since 2008-09 when the team went 9-8 overall.

This was the first time since 1996 where Benson has been seeded in the top three in the section.  Top-seeded LPGE-Browerville routed BBE in  the other semifinals before beating Minnewaska Area in the finals, 37-25.

“Our guys wrestled very tough Friday night, but we just didn’t get the close ones to go our way,” coach Scott Thompson said.  “The effort from my guys was awesome and they all came to wrestle hard.  The team would like to thank the community for all of the support this week and all season; they certainly felt the love.”

Tue
12
Feb
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Braves place third in WCC and earn third in upcoming Section 5A Tournament

Jared Knutson (top) and Richard Jones wrestle during a recent match in Benson.  The Braves and Saints are set to open up the Section 5A Tourney this week.  Benson is set to host the “Final Four”, Friday at 5 p.m.

The Benson wrestling team went 2-2 to close out the final week of the regular season.  The Braves opened up last week’s action with a third-place finish at the WCC Team Tournament, beating United (39-32) and Morris Area (84-0), while also losing to eventual champion ACGC (54-15).

Benson, which finished the regular season with a 12-9 overall record, also wrestled at BBE, Friday, losing to the Jaguars 40-32.

Benson did earn the third seed in the upcoming Section 5A Team Tournament.  As expected, Long Prairie-GE-Browerville was seeded first, followed by Minnewaska Area, Benson, BBE, KMS, and Paynesville.  The seedings were determined before BBE edged Benson, Friday night.

Tue
12
Feb
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Lady Storm eliminated by Alexandria

Goalie Leah Thompson and defenseman Libbey Pendill look out toward the blueline after Thompson stopped a shot by the opponents during a recent home game this season.

The MBA Lady Storm were eliminated for the season with a 19-0 loss at Alexandria in the opening round of the Section 6A Girls Hockey Tournament.  The Lady Storm were seeded seventh and the Cardinals were seeded second in the 7-team section.

Alexandria outshot the Lady Storm 75-3 with Leah Thompson stopping 56 shots in net for MBA, which ended the season with a 3-20 overall record one year after winning just one game.

Taryn Picht and Kortney Sanasack led the team with 11 points this season with Picht leading the way with 11 goals and Sanasack registering a team-high six assists...

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Tue
12
Feb
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Gjerde reaches 1,000 points during loss to DB

Weston Gjerde (13) is congratulated by head coach Matt Fragodt and his teammates after scoring his 1,000th point last week in Kerkhoven.

The KMS boys basketball team fell to 8-9 overall with a 73-61 loss to Dawson-Boyd last Tuesday night in Kerkhoven.

During the game, Weston Gjerde became the eighth KMS boy to reach 1,000 points.  Gjerde needed four points to reach 1,000 career points, and he sank a three-pointer late in the first half to join the list of 1,000-point players.  At that time, the game was stopped, he was congratulated by coaches and teammates, and he ran up into the stands to award the game ball to his parents.

He joins Chuck Lierman (1,425 points), Ken Gregoire (1,245), Justin Laughlin (1,220), Josh Peterson (1,174), Cole Berget (1,085), Taylor Freetly (1,070), and Steve Gulsvig(1,016) on the 1,000-point scoring list for KMS...

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Tue
12
Feb
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Ahrndt second in all-around at WCC Meet

Mariah Ahrndt, shown performing on the vault, scored 36.25 in the all-around to place first last week during a meet against NLS.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team scored above 130 points for the third and fourth-straight times last week.  The gymnasts lost a close meet with NLS last Monday night in Benson, 135.25-132.325 to end the regular season with a 4-3 overall record.

The Fighting Braves also competed at the WCC Meet at Melrose, Friday, scoring 133.35 points to finish second behind Melrose (142.5).

Next up for the Benson-KMS gymnastics team is the Section 6A Meet, set for Saturday at NLS.  The top individuals and top team qualify to the State Gymnastics Meet, set for Feb. 22-23 at St. Paul...

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Tue
12
Feb
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Goossen and Enderson lead Benson boys to 63-54 win over Lakeview

Cole Hedman (20) races downcourt while being guarded by a Lakeview player during the Braves’ victory over the Lakers last week in Benson.

The Benson boys basketball team earned its fifth win of the season with a 63-54 victory over Lakeview last Monday night in Benson.  The Braves had two games later in the week, losing at Melrose last Tuesday night, 64-45, and also losing at Minnewaska Area, Friday, 67-44.

The Braves, who are 5-15 overall and 3-10 in the WCC, have two road games scheduled this week, including a game at ORtonville, Tuesday (yesterday), and at Morris Area-CA, Friday.  Benson also rescheduled a game with KMS that had been postponed from earlier due to weather.  The Braves and Saints are set to meet up Monday, Feb. 18...

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Wed
06
Feb
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Berreau leads Benson girls to two wins

The Braves’ defense has been great all season, but especially good during Benson’s recent winning streak.  Above, Kaitlyn Berreau (3) goes after a loose ball as Hannah Andrews (13), Beth Cain (33), and Olivia Hoffman (22) look on.  Benson is set to host Melrose, Friday.

The Benson girls basketball team has won three games in a row after beating Lakeview (52-50) and ACGC (65-56) last week.  The Braves improved to 7-13 overall and 3-7 in the conference heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

Kaitlyn Berreau had a big week for the Braves with 19 points during the home win over Lakeview, Thursday, and 30 more during the victory at ACGC, Friday.

This week, Benson was set to play at CGB, Monday, at Montevideo, Thursday (tomorrow), and host Melrose, Friday...

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