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18
Sep
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Tennis team tops YME for sixth win

Benson-KMS swept all three doubles’ matches on the way to a 5-2 victory over Yellow Medicine East last Tuesday night in Granite Falls.  The win pushed the team’s overall record back above .500 (6-5) and evened its WCC record at 2-2.

The Fighting Braves were also set to compete at Melrose Area, Thursday, but that match was postponed to a later date due to rain...

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Wed
18
Sep
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Ricard, Mitteness lead Braves to wins over ACGC and Montevideo

The Benson volleyball team earned two home conference wins last week, topping ACGC in three games last Tuesday and edging Montevideo in four games, Thursday.

The Braves improved to 4-5 overall with the two wins and 2-3 in the WCC to tie with Morris Area-CA for fifth place in the WCC behind Sauk Centre (5-0), BOLD (4-1), Minnewaska Area (3-2), and Melrose Area (3-2).

Benson also moved into second place in its six-team Section 5A “pod” with the two wins.  BBE (6-3) is currently first, but all the other five teams are below .500.

This week, the Braves will get some big tests with a match at Minnewaska Area scheduled for Tuesday (yesterday), a match at home with Morris Area-CA set for Thursday (tomorrow), and the Lakeview Tournament, Saturday...
 

Wed
18
Sep
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Braves fall to 0-3 with 40-6 loss to Upsala-Swanville Area

Upsala-Swanville Area scored on four-straight possessions from just before the end of the first quarter until early in the second half to turn a 0-0 game into a 28-6 lead on the way to a 40-6 victory over Benson during a Mid State Blue division game on Brock Field, Friday night.

Benson had its chances early, but failed to capitalize and USA went on to dominate the final three quarters in improving to 3-0 for the season.

“Us not scoring on our second drive gave them a big momentum boost,” Benson head coach Adam Foslien said.  “We had the play call we wanted, but unfortunately, we didn’t execute.”

With the loss, the Braves fell for the 28th-straight game, tying the Benson football teams from 1972-75 for the longest losing streak in BHS football history (see Speaking of Sports on page 3B).

Wed
11
Sep
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Benson volleyball drops to 2-5 after tough week

The Benson volleyball team had a tough week last week, going 1-4 overall, as the team continues to adjust to life without one of its top players, Mariah Ahrndt, who was injured during the team’s second match at Melrose Area.

The Braves fell to Sauk Centre and BOLD by 3-0 scores last Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, and then went 1-2 at the Becker Tournament, Saturday.

The team is 2-5 overall heading into this week’s home matches with ACGC, Tuesday (yesterday) and against Montevideo, Thursday (tomorrow).

“It looks like our captain and three-year starter Mariah (Ahrndt) will still be out a few more weeks with a high ankle sprain,” coach Shannon Schmidt...

 

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Wed
11
Sep
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Late rally falls short again as Braves fall to Long Prairie-GE, 28-20

The Benson football team dropped its second-straight 28-20 decision to open up the 2019 football season.  The Braves played at Long Prairie-GE, Friday, and just like its first game against Morris Area-CA, Benson fell behind early, battled back within range, but then fell short with the 28-20 decision.

The Braves come back to Benson for this Friday night’s game against Upsala-Swanville Area, which is off to a 2-0 start.  Game time is 7 p.m. on Brock Field...

 

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Wed
11
Sep
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Girls tennis team loses pair of 5-2 decisions

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team lost two 5-2 decisions last week in conference play.  The Fighting Braves fell 5-2 at home against Montevideo last Tuesday, and also lost 5-2 at Lac qui Parle-DB, Thursday.

Benson-KMS fell to 5-5 overall and 1-2 in the WCC with the two losses.

This week, the Fighting Braves have two more road conference matches, playing at Yellow Medicine East, Tuesday (yesterday), and at Melrose Area, Thursday (tomorrow)...

 

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Fri
06
Sep
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BKMS girls tennis team shuts out Morris/WCA

After competing in seven matches during the opening week of the season, the Benson-KMS girls tennis team had just one match last week, a 7-0 victory at home against Morris Area/West Central Area last Tuesday night.

The Fighting Braves improved to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in the WCC with the win.

This week, the tennis team has two matches scheduled beginning with a match at home against Montevideo, Tuesday (yesterday) and continuing with a match at Lac qui Parle/DB, Thursday (tomorrow).

Jonas Grossman is the head coach of the Benson-KMS girls tennis team this year, taking over for Don Brehmer, while Datriana Jensen is the JV/Jr. High coach...

 

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Fri
06
Sep
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Braves top KMS in four games, but fall to Melrose in second match

The Benson volleyball team split its first two matches of the season last week.  The Braves opened up the 2019 season with a 3-1 home victory over KMS, but Benson lost at home against Melrose Area in three games a few nights later.  Benson has a busy schedule this week with matches at Sauk Centre, Tuesday (yesterday), at BOLD, Thursday (tomorrow), and the Becker Tournament, Saturday.

KMS meanwhile, had just the one match last week at Benson.  This week, the Saints are set to play at state power Minneota, Tuesday (yesterday) before coming home for the home opener in Kerkhoven against Lakeview, Thursday (tomorrow).

Fri
06
Sep
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Late rally comes up short as Benson fall 28-20 to Morris in opener

The Benson football team opened up the season with a 28-20 loss at home to Morris Area-CA, Friday night on Brock Field.  The Braves battled back from a 21-6 deficit to pull to within 28-20 late in the game, but the Tigers were able to hold off the late charge by Benson to earn the victory in the battle between former WCC foes.

It was the first game for new head coach Adam Foslien, who took over for Scott Gonnerman as the new coach of the Braves.

“What an atmosphere at Brock Field, it was unbelievable, and the crowd was great; you could just feel the energy,” coach Adam Foslien said.  “I was so proud of our players and fans, and I hope every home game is like that.”

Morris Area scored one touchdown in each quarter, while the Braves scored 14 of their points in the final quarter, the final one coming with 3:41 left in the game...

 

Tue
27
Aug
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Volleyball teams open up season this week

The Benson volleyball team was set to open up the 2019 schedule with two-straight home matches, Tuesday, Aug. 27 against KMS and Thursday, Aug. 29 versus Melrose Area.  Benson went 8-15-1 overall last year after winning three of its final four matches.

“We are definitely looking to make a run at the section championship this season,” coach Shannon Schmidt said.  “We made a run in Section 5A last season, defeating KMS in a huge five-set match only to lose an equally-close match to Royalton.  We should have a solid team with a lot of talent, experience, and depth.”

Seniors lost to graduation from last year’s Benson volleyball team are Maranda Wieber, Paige Cain, and Matilyn Short.

However, the team does return most of its starting lineup from last season, including the top hitter (Claire Ricard), top servers (Zoe Doscher, Mariah Ahrndt, Abbie Mitteness, and Ellie Moesenthin), its top setters (Moesenthin and Ahrndt) and its starting libero (Mitteness)...

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