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27
Jan
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Benson girls fall to NLS and Montevideo

Kaitlyn Berreau (right) tries to dribble past a couple of defenders during a game in Benson this year.

The Benson girls basketball team fell to 0-12 overall with a pair of losses last week to New London-Spicer (59-24) and Montevideo (55-36).  The Braves, who are also 0-7 in the conference, got a team-high eight points from Danielle Himley during the loss to NLS and Himley also led the team in scoring against Montevideo with 10.

Benson has three-straight road games coming up starting with a game at Ortonville, Monday, at Atwater-CGC, Thursday (tomorrow), and at Paynesville, Monday, Jan. 30.  The games against ACGC and Paynesville might provide the Braves with their best chances at picking up their first win this season....

 

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Fri
27
Jan
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KMS girls continue to struggle on offense with two more losses

Sam Gjerde (with ball) looks for a someone to pass to after taking an inbounds pass from Katie Krieger (right).

The KMS girls basketball had a tough week, losing a pair of conference games in two very different ways.  The Saints opened up last week’s action with a 42-40 loss at Lac qui Parle Valley, shooting 23 percent from the field and missing out on a great chance to break their current five-game losing streak.

Two nights later, KMS fell to the undefeated Canby girls basketball team, 83-44, the fifth-straight game the Saints have been held to under 50 points.

The Saints, 4-10 overall and 1-6 in the Camden North Conference, are set to host Lakeview, Tuesday (yesterday) and play at MACCRAY, Friday.  KMS will get another shot at LQP Valley, Feb. 10 in Kerkhoven....

 

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Fri
27
Jan
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Benson wrestlers rout Minnewaska, 54-24

Jared Knutson (top) controls his Minnewaska Area opponent, Friday in Benson, before eventually recording a pin in 3:29 during the Braves’ 54-24 victory.

The Benson wrestling team had a busy week with three matches over four nights.  Benson fell to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa last Tuesday night, 53-21, and also lost in a home match with Atwater-CGC, Thursday, 40-27.  However, the Braves came back to win the final match of the week, routing Minnewaska Area, 54-24.

Benson, which is now 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the WCC after the busy week, has another busy week of action scheduled this week starting with a triangular at Osakis, Thursday (tomorrow), which also includes Pierz, and the WCC Individual Tourney at ACGC, Saturday.

Top records for Benson are Adam Zosel (16-6), Hunter Mondor (13-5), Aaron Zosel (15-7), Ross Grussing (15-10), and Chase Young (10-6).
BBE 53, Benson 21

The Benson wrestling team dropped to 3-4 overall with a 53-21 loss at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa last Tuesday night.

Fri
27
Jan
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Braves top KMS in battle of Swift County

Layton Connelly goes up for a shot during Benson’s win over KMS.  Defending for KMS are Josh Peterson (left) and Brandon Rasmusson, while also shown for Benson are Nathan Habben (42) and Zack Sonnabend.

The Benson boys basketball team split a pair of games last week with KMS and Melrose.  The Braves opened up the week with a 64-39 non-conference win over KMS last Monday night in Benson, but then lost at WCC-leading Melrose Area, Thursday, 82-60.

The Braves are 3-9 overall and 1-5 in the WCC after last week’s action and heading into two-straight weeks with three games each.

This week, Benson was set to host Sauk Centre, Tuesday and Hancock, Thursday before going on the road for a game at BOLD, Friday.

Benson senior Layton Connelly has an unofficial 168 points this year, giving him an unofficial 959 points heading into this week’s action.  With 41 more points, he’ll become the sixth boy at BHS to reach 1,000 career points....

 

Fri
27
Jan
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Gymnasts set season-high 137.375 total during loss to state-ranked Melrose

Makenna Kelley-Wieland (left) begins her balance beam routine during the Fighting Braves’ meet with Melrose Area last week in the Benson Armory.  The gymnasts set a season-high point total against the state-ranked visitors.

The Benson-KMS-Montevideo gymnasts scored a season-high 137.375 points, but it still wasn’t enough to beat Melrose Area in a dual meet at the Benson Armory, Thursday night.

Melrose, ranked second in Class A, scored 149.275 points to clinch another WCC title.  Benson-KMS-Montevideo dropped to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the WCC with the loss.

It was the highest score for the Benson-KMS-Montevideo gymnastics program in over a decade, and you probably have to go back to the 2005 season to find a score that is higher.  The school record for the gymnastics program is 141.375 points, set Feb. 19, 2005 by Allison Johnson, Kristi Steinhaus, Carrie Hanson, Brittany Johnson, Sarah Hengel, and Jessica Ascheman.

During the meet with Melrose, Benson ninth-grader Mariah Ahrndt scored 36.4 points to place third overall with a personal best score that is only a half-point away from Sara Wilcox’ school record of 36.9.

Fri
20
Jan
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Minnewaska Area rallies in second half to hand Benson girls 63-29 loss

Megan Amundson (3), Victoria Pagel (left), and Danielle Himley (behind Amundson) play defense for the Braves during a loss to Minnewaska Area last week in Benson.

The Benson girls basketball team played a strong first half against Minnewaska Area, Thursday, before the Lakers came roaring back in the second half to win the game in Benson, 63-29.

The Braves traveled to Hancock, Friday,  and the Owls had four players score in double figures on the way to a 68-48 non-conference win.

Benson, which fell to 0-6 in the conference and 0-10 overall, have two games scheduled this week, beginning with a game at NLS, Monday, and continuing with a game at Montevideo, Friday....

 

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Fri
20
Jan
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Benson wrestlers sixth at Parkers Prairie Invite

Jared Knutson (left) controls his opponent on the way to a recent win.

The Benson wrestling team placed sixth at the Parkers Prairie Invitational, Saturday, while also coming home without any individual titles.

Park Rapids Area won the meet with 208.5 points, followed by Bertha-Hewitt with 175.5, Alexandria with 165.5, LPGE-Browerville with 145, and Staples-Motley with 143.  Benson meanwhile, had 122 points to place sixth, and had two wrestlers earn runner-up finishes -- Hunter Mondor at 113 and Aaron Zosel at 145.

The pace of the schedule picks up big time from here on as Benson was set to compete at BBE, Tuesday (yesterday), host Atwater-CGC, Thursday (tomorrow), and host a triangular with Paynesville and Minnewaska Area, Friday.

 

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Fri
20
Jan
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KMS boys miss out on great chance for win No. 2 with loss to YME Sting

Brandon Rasmusson (23) goes up before dishing off a pass to Weston Gjerde (13) during a recent home game for the Saints.

The KMS boys basketball team missed out on a great chance for its second win of the season during a game at Yellow Medicine East last week.  The Saints fell behind 25-20 by halftime and couldn’t quite catch up in the second half, losing the Camden Conference game in Granite Falls, 54-48.

“Sometimes, you just have those off nights and this was one of them,” coach Matt Fragodt said.  “We shot really bad, and this is one game I would love to have another shot at.  We just couldn’t find a way to put two shots together.  We would make a little run, but then miss our next four times down the floor.  It was just one of those nights.”

The Saints dropped to 1-6 in the Camden Conference and 1-10 overall with the loss.  KMS was also scheduled to host Minneota last Tuesday night, but that game was postponed to Thursday, Feb. 23 due to a winter storm that hit the state last week.

Fri
20
Jan
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Gymnasts top Morris Area and Marshall

Benson 9th grader Mariah Ahrndt won the all-around in two meets last week with scores of 35.0.

The Benson-KMS-Montevideo gymnastics team continued its strong season this year with two more wins last week.  The Fighting Braves hosted Morris Area for the Parent’s Night meet, Thursday, winning by a 134.3-124.3 score.  The meet had been scheduled for last Tuesday, but was pushed back two days due to weather.

Benson-KMS traveled to Marshall, Friday, and scored 133.25 points to win a dual with Marshall, 133.25-118.25.  Winning the all-around title in both meets was Mariah Ahrndt of Benson-KMS-Montevideo.

Benson-KMS is set to entertain the second-best Class A team in the state, Thursday (tomorrow) when Melrose comes to the Benson Armory, and the Fighting Braves also are set to host Litchfield-DC, Tuesday, Jan. 24....

 

Fri
20
Jan
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Benson boys fall to three-point onslaught by Morris Area Tigers

Zack Sonnabend puts a shot up over Morris Area sophomore Camden Arndt as Morris sophomore Jarret Johnson and Benson’s Nathan Habben (behind Johnson) look on during the Braves’ 65-49 loss to the Tigers on the home court, Friday.

The Benson boys basketball team fell to Morris Area-CA in a key WCC game, Friday night in Benson, 65-49.  

The Braves led early 14-9, but Morris Area-CA came back to claim a 35-21 lead by halftime and then outscored the Braves 30-28 in the second half.

Benson, which fell to 1-4 in the conference and 2-8 overall, also had a game at Montevideo scheduled for last Tuesday night, but that game was postponed due to weather and will be made up Tuesday, Jan. 31.

This week, the Braves were set to host KMS, Monday, before going on the road to face the WCC leading Melrose Dutchmen, Thursday.  After that, Benson comes home to host Sauk Centre and Hancock....

 

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