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Wed
18
Oct
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Braves drop to 0-7 with 35-12 loss to Montevideo

Hunter Gonnerman (44) and Devin Vergin (70) come up to make a tackle of a Montevideo ballcarrier during the Braves’ 35-12 loss, Friday night.

The Benson and Montevideo football teams met in Montevideo, Friday, but it was the Thunderhawks who left the field with their first win of the season after beating the Braves, 35-12.

Benson scored the first touchdown of the game, but Montevideo scored the next four to take command of the game.

The Braves fell to 0-7 overall and 0-6 in the sub-district heading into the regular-season finale at 7 p.m., Wednesday (today) at home against Minnewaska Area.

The first round of the Section 5AA playoffs is set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24 and right now, it appears the Braves will be heading to Paynesville, Sauk Centre, or Minnewaska Area for a quarterfinal game.

Right now, Paynesville, SC, Minnewaska Area, and ACGC are all 5-2 and tied for first in the section.  SC and ACGC play this week, while Minnewaska Area has the tiebreaker edge over ACGC with a win over the Falcons earlier this year, and SC has the edge over the Lakers....
 

Wed
18
Oct
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Benson falls to BOLD and ACGC

Claire Ricard (11) and Beth Cain (6) go up for a block attempt during the Braves’ four-game loss to BOLD last Tuesday night as Anna Gosson (10) looks on from behind.

Benson falls to BOLD and ACGC

 

The Benson volleyball team dropped a pair of winnable matches last week to drop into a tie for sixth place in the WCC with one regular-season match to go.
The Braves, who fell to 6-17 overall and 3-10 in the WCC, fell to BOLD last Tuesday night at home, 17-25, 25-13, 25-22, 25-14 and then were swept at ACGC, Thursday, 25-19, 26-24,..........

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Claire Ricard (11) and Beth Cain (6) go up for a block attempt during the Braves’ four-game loss to BOLD last Tuesday night as Anna Gosson (10) looks on from behind.
 

 

Thu
12
Oct
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KMS volleyball team 2-3 at Subway Classic to place sixth

Lexy Swanson (13) and Alexandra Walsh (5) go up for a block attempt as Mallory Rudningen (left) looks on from behind.

KMS volleyball team 2-3 at Subway Classic to place sixth

The KMS volleyball team had another busy week of play, competing in two conference matches during the week and also playing five matches at the SMSU Subway Classic in Marshall, Saturday.
The Saints fell to Minneota and MACCRAY in three games last Tuesday and Thursday night, respectively, but KMS did rebound to go 2-3 at the Subway Classic to place sixth in its division.
The Saints are now 9-13 overall and 3-7 in the Camden North heading into its final two regular-season dates, including a match at RTR, Tuesday (yesterday) and the Underwood Tournament, Saturday, Oct. 19.
MACCRAY is 8-2 in the Camden North and clinched the league title with one match to go, while the Saints are guaranteed to finish second.

Thu
12
Oct
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Saints fall to Parkers Prairie, 19-6

The Saints lost at Parkers Prairie, Friday, 19-6.  The Saints, who fell to 4-2, were set to play at BBE this week.  Above, the KMS team runs a reverse to Dylan Rudningen (22).  Identified are Josh Peterson (66), Ryan Torkelson (33), Weston Gjerde (3), and Caleb Collins (handing off).

Saints fall to Parkers Prairie, 19-6

Thu
12
Oct
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Girls tennis team ends regular-season 10-6; to face Montevideo in 6A opener

Emma Heinzig stretches to return a shot at the net during a win at first doubles for the Braves.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team closed out the regular season with a win and loss last week.  Next up is the Section 6A Tourney.  The Fighting Braves edged Wadena-DC last Tuesday night at home, 5-2, but then fell to a strong Osakis team, Thursday at Osakis, 7-0.

The Braves, who ended the regular season with a 10-6 record, were seeded fifth for the upcoming Section 6A Team Tennis Tournament, set to begin Monday, Oct. 9 at Sta-Fit Athletic Club in Sartell (formerly Fitness Evolution).

Osakis earned the top seed and was set to face eighth-seeded MACCRAY at 9 a.m., while Benson-KMS and fourth-seeded Montevideo were set to play at 10:30 a.m., third-seeded LQP-DB and sixth-seeded YME will play at noon, and No. 2-Minnewaska Area and seventh-seeded Morris Area meet at 1:30 p.m.

The quarterfinal winners move on to the Section 6A “Final Four”, Wednesday, Oct. 11 (today) at the same location.

Thu
12
Oct
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Benson falls to Melrose and SC in three games each

Claire Ricard and Anna Gosson (right) go up for a block attempt as Abbie Mitteness (3) looks on from behind.

The Benson volleyball team ran into two of the top teams in the WCC last week and the result was a pair of three-game loss to Melrose Area and Sauk Centre.

The Braves, who fell to 3-8 in the WCC and 6-15 overall, lost a match at Melrose last Tuesday night, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19, and then fell in three games to Sauk Centre in Benson, Thursday, 25-9, 25-13, 25-12.

Sauk Centre, Melrose Area and Morris Area-CA all currently lead the WCC with 10-1 records.  Morris is set to face Melrose and Sauk Centre this week, while Melrose and Sauk Centre also square off in the regular-season finale, Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Sauk Centre......

 

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Thu
12
Oct
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Braves fall to ACGC in Mud Bowl, 26-0

Mason Abner (with ball) goes up the middle for a short gain during the Braves’ 26-0 loss at ACGC, Friday night on a wet and muddy ACGC field.

The Benson football team fell to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Friday night, 26-0, leaving the Braves still searching for their first win of the season with only two regular-season games to go.

Benson recovered two fumbles and recorded four sacks on the wet and muddy Grove City field, but ACGC’s running offense was too much to overcome as the Falcons scored one touchdown in each quarter and ended the game with advantages of 19-5 in first downs, 325-75 in total yards, and 68-41 in plays from scrimmage.

“We played well in the first half, but field position was not in our favor,” Benson head coach Scott Gonnerman said.  “After ACGC scored in the first quarter, we were not able to sustain any long drives and change field position.  ACGC meanwhile, took advantage of some turnovers and really forced us to have to drive 70-80 yards, which would prove to be difficult with the wet, muddy field.”

Wed
04
Oct
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Saints lose to Camden matches

Mallory Rudningen (3) goes up for a block during a home match for the Saints this year as Katie Krieger (left) and Morgan Lesteberg (8) look on.

The KMS volleyball team had a disappointing week of play last week, losing a pair of four-game matches to Prinsburg and Yellow Medicine East.

KMS lost at Prinsburg last Tuesday night, 25-17, 27-25, 18-25, 25-22 as the Bluejays earned their first win of the season at the expense of the Saints.  Two nights later, KMS lost a home match with YME, 25-13, 25-9, 23-25, 25-17, giving the Saints their third-straight loss.

KMS fell to 3-5 in the Camden North Conference and 7-8 overall with the pair of losses.  This week won’t be any easier as the Saints were set to play at Minneota, Tuesday (yesterday) before hosting the Camden North-leading MACCRAY Wolverines, Thursday (tomorrow).........

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Wed
04
Oct
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KMS routs NY Mills for Homecoming

Weston Gjerde (with ball) picks up some yardage during a game earlier this season.  He had 63 yards rushing  during a 36-0 win over NYM.  Identified providing blocks for Gjerde above are Regan Carlson (64), Christian Diederich (74), Josh Peterson (66), Caleb Collins (3), and Caleb Heidelberger (63).

KMS routs NY Mills for Homecoming
 

Wed
04
Oct
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BOLD dominates Braves during 68-0 Homecoming win

Matt Tolifson (2) returns a kickoff for Benson during a game against BOLD, while getting blocks from Cole Petrick (66) and other Braves.

The BOLD Warriors put on one of the finest displays of dominant football this sportswriter has ever seen during a 68-0 thumping of the Benson Braves, Friday night during BHS Homecoming on Brock Field.
 

BOLD scored on 12 of its 13 possessions during the game, going up 27-0 after one quarter and 54-0 by halftime.  The only time the Warriors didn’t score was their first possession of the second half when they drove to the Benson 4-yard line and faced fourth-and-goal, but were stopped for a four-yard loss by Sam Lundebrek and Matt Tolifson.
 

Benson had just 35 net yards of offense in 32 plays and one first down, and that came on a penalty.  BOLD meanwhile, had 602 yards of offense and 15 first downs.
 

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