Sports

Wed
20
Jan
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KMS boys lose opener and leading scorer

The KMS boys basketball team had its chances to pick up its first win of the season in the season opener, Saturday at RTR, but the Saints had a tough stretch at the end of both halves and RTR was able to hold off the Saints for a 72-63 win.

The KMS boys basketball team should have another successful season in 2020-21 after going 9-17 last year and losing just three players from the team through graduation.

“It was a tough first game,” head coach Matt Fragodt said.  “We didn’t take care of the ball very well and had a lot of unforced errors. We also got into foul trouble right away. It was hard to lose Isaac Call and Isaac Rudningen for most of the first half because of fouls. Our young players had to really step up...”

 

Wed
20
Jan
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KMS girls open up season with loss to RTR

The KMS girls basketball team opened up the season with a 52-39 loss at home to Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Saturday.  It took the Saints six minutes to score their first points of the season and KMS trailed late in the first half 22-11 before scoring the final five points of the half.

KMS, coached by Justin Johnson, was set to host Lakeview, Monday before playing at Tracy Area, Thursday (tomorrow).

RTR 52, KMS 39

A cold-shooting first half led to a loss for the KMS girls basketball team in its season opener, Saturday in Kerkhoven.  The Saints shot under 20 percent from the field, including just 3-of-18 from three-point range during a 52-39 loss to the RTR Knights...

 

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Wed
13
Jan
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Hedman and Petersons set to lead Benson boys

The Benson boys basketball team had a disappointing end to last year’s season, losing their last three games to finish 15-12 overall.  It was the first winning season for the Benson boys basketball program since 2011-12 when the team finished 18-10.

However, the Braves had hoped to go further in the playoffs.  Benson earned a first-round playoff game at home against Paynesville, but came out on the losing end of a 73-63 decision.

Gone from last year’s team, which was 7-7 in the WCC, are Will Enderson and Jacob Wolter.  Enderson reached 1,000 career points late last year and at least two other Benson olayers could hit that milestone for the Braves this season...

 

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Wed
13
Jan
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Time for a fresh start for Benson-KMS gymnastics

The Benson-KMS gymnastics program gets a fresh start this season after losing two long-time varsity gymnasts and also bein only weeks away from christening their new gymnastics center just north of the high school.

Mariah Ahrndt and Allie Mitteness are lost from last year’s team, and Ahrndt was a six-time All-Conference awardwinner who also qualified to state three times.

That leaves two major openings for the younger gymnasts and with 34 gymnasts on this year’s team, there will be plenty of competition for the remaining varsity spots...

 

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Wed
13
Jan
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Post “Fab Five” era starts this Friday for girls basketball

The post “Fab Five” era starts for the Benson girls basketball program this season.  Gone are the starting five from last year, players who have started for the Benson girls basketball program for the past three seasons.

Also gone from last year’s team is Jonas Grossman, who was the head coach.   He will be replaced by Adam Foslien, who is also the head football coach at BHS and coached the C-squad boys basketball team last winter.

Last year, the Benson girls basketball team tied for the eighth most wins in program history.  The Braves went 16-12 overall last winter...

 

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Wed
06
Jan
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Highlights in sports from years gone by

With the start of the winter high school sports season delayed for another couple of weeks this winter, we’re bringing back the “Highlights from years gone by . . .” column through mid-January.

We hope you enjoy reading about the BHS and KMS student-athletes from the past in news stories taken from Monitor-News issues from one to 50-plus years ago.

I know it’s not quite the same as the actual competition this winter, but our hope is that Benson and KMS will be back competing on the basketball court, wrestling mat, at the gymnastics center, or on the hockey rink very soon.
Hang in there Benson and KMS student-athletes as well as coaches, parents and fans...

 

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Wed
06
Jan
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COVID, milestones, and wrestling named top stories of 2020

This past year has been a tough one for everyone, but among the hardest hit have been the student-athletes, who not only have been dealing with COVID-19 in the classroom, but have also had most of their sports canceled for the past year.

Benson and KMS student-athletes were able to complete their winter seasons last year, but the spring sports season was completely canceled, the fall sports season began late and ended early, and the current winter season has been postponed until at least the second week of 2021.

And so, without a doubt, COVID-19 is the top sports story of 2020, followed by a season of milestones last winter, a great wrestling season last year at KMS and Benson, a fantastic season of gymnastics, and a very successful season of Benson-KMS cross-country this past fall...
 

Wed
30
Dec
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McLaughlin sets Guinness Book of World Record

Had the barrel-chested Bensonite not been powerfully built from the waist up, it’s conceivable he would have fell short of the world record.  That wasn’t the case Saturday and Sunday in Jack’s Rec, however, as Mike McLaughlin, drawing on every ounce of strength and bit of endurance he had, smashed an existing world record.

If McLaughlin’s attempt becomes official, he will hold -- according to the Guinness Book of World Records ---- the world record for making the most pool balls in a 24-hour period.

During the 24-hour span from noon Saturday through 12-bells Sunday, McLaughlin dropped a total of 8,415 pool balls in the side and corner pockets.  He smashed the existing world record, according to Guinness by 169 balls.

When his record-setting ordeal was over at noon Sunday, McLaughlin said his feet aches, his legs hurt, his back and arms were numb.  “Just about everything hurt,” he explained...

 

Wed
30
Dec
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Highlights in sports from years gone by . . .

With the start of the winter high school sports season delayed by at least 3-4 weeks this winter, we’re bringing back the “Highlights from years gone by . . .” column for the month of December.

We hope you enjoy reading about the BHS and KMS student-athletes from the past in news stories taken from Monitor-News issues from one to 50-plus years ago.

I know it’s not quite the same as the actual competition this winter, but our hope is that Benson and KMS will be back competing on the basketball court, wrestling mat, at the gymnastics center, or on the hockey rink very soon.
Hang in there Benson and KMS student-athletes as well as coaches, parents and fans...

 

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Wed
30
Dec
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Cain, Krieger, and Nichols named to All-Area honorable mention team

The West Central Tribune of Willmar came out with its All-Area volleyball teams for 2020 and two KMS volleyball players and one from Benson earned recognition on the honorable mention team.

Seven players, including three from Willmar, two from NLS, and one each from BBE and Litchfield, were named to the All-Area first-team.

Earning All-Area first-team honors were Litchfield senior setter Kristin Foley, BBE senior middle hitter Karissa Jones, Willmar junior setter Lydia Larson, NLS senior right side hitter Ashlyn Olson, Willmar sophomore outside hitter Sydney Schnichels, Willmar senior libero Abby Stark, and NLS senior outside hitter Aleah Zieske...

 

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