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Three earn All-Conference as gymnasts place second at WCC Gymnastics Meet

Mariah Ahrndt, shown performing on the uneven bars, placed second in the all-around at the WCC Meet.  She also ended the season with the most points of any WCC gymnast.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team recorded one of the best team scores in school history on the way to placing second at the WCC Gymnastics Meet, Saturday at Morris.  Benson-KMS recorded a 138.85 team total to place second behind Melrose, which scored 142.875.  

That is the best team score since the 2004-05 season when the Fighting Braves scored a school record 141.375.  In fact, that is the only season in school history when Benson-KMS scored better than the 138.85 team total, and this year’s WCC team total is unofficially the sixth-best team total in school history.

“It was great to have everyone back in the lineup, Saturday, and achieve a team high-score of 138.85,” coach Kathy Ahrndt said.  “Every team member performed outstanding routines on all four events to reach the season high.”

Mariah Ahrndt, Halle Hanson, and Makenna Kelley led the Benson-KMS gymnastics team at the WCC meet with top-five finishes in the all-around.  

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Benson claims two wins at home quadrangular

Mike Nagler (top) went 2-1 at the Benson quadrangular last week, including a 6-4 win over his Ortonville opponent above as the Braves also went 2-1 to improved to 9-12 for the season.

The Benson wrestling team ended the regular-season on a high note after winning 2-of-3 at the Benson quadrangular, Thursday night.  The Braves ended the season with a 9-12 overall record, but went 6-3 over their final nine matches.

The Braves topped Sauk Centre-Melrose (54-21) and Ortonville (48-30) in two of the matches at the quadrangular, but Paynesville edged Benson for the title, 42-39.

The Braves also earned the sixth seed in the upcoming Section 5A Team Wrestling Tournament.  Benson is set to face third-seeded KMS at 7 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) in Kerkhoven.

“We are peaking at the right time,” Benson co-head coach Scott Thompson said.  “We have been focusing on basic positions and the guys are catching on. We’re very excited for Tuesday (against KMS).  We’ll need to flip a few matches and it’ll be a great dual.”

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MBA boys fall to WDC and Prairie Centre

A Prairie Centre skater gets ready to unload a shot on MBA goalie Chase Engebretson as Hunter Gades (20) tries to come out to block the shot.

The MBA boys hockey lost twice last week to drop to 7-11-1 overall.  The Storm lost a close game at Wadena-DC last Monday night, 7-5, ending a three-game winning streak for the Storm, and MBA also fell to Prairie Centre, 8-1, in a game played Thursday night in Benson.

Only two regular-season games remain for MBA, which is set to open up the Section 6A Boys Hockey Tournament, Saturday.

The Storm were set to play at Breckenridge-Wahpeton, Tuesday (yesterday) and host Marshall, Thursday (tomorrow) in Benson before opening up the section tourney Saturday against an opponent yet to be determined.

MBA will earn the 10th seed and is most-likely set to play at the seventh seed, which could be Wadena-DC, Fergus Falls, or River Lakes.  St. Cloud Cathedral (17-5) and Sartell-St. Stephen (16-7) are the top two teams in the section.

The Section 6A Tourney continues Tuesday, Feb. 20, Feb. 24, and Thursday, March 1 with the championship in St. Cloud....

 

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Benson girls lose to pair of area powers

Abbie Mitteness sets up the Benson offense while members of the student section look on from behind.  Benson has home games remaining Feb. 15 (Hancock) and Feb. 20 (Melrose).

The Benson girls basketball team played a couple of the top teams in the area last week, which should help it get ready for the upcoming Section 3AA Tourney, set to begin Thursday, Feb. 22.

The Braves lost at Yellow Medicine East last Monday night, 91-54, and also fell to the state’s top-ranked Class AA team, Sauk Centre, 72-35, in a game played Friday in Benson.

The Braves fell to 3-19 overall and 1-10 in the conference with the two losses.  Only four more games remain on the regular-season schedule, including three this week.  Benson was set to play at BOLD, Tuesday, host Hancock, Thursday, and play at Montevideo, Friday.

 

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Braves can’t hold lead as YME rallies for 48-44 win

Sam Lundebrek (middle) pulls down a rebound before going up for a shot and being fould during the Braves’ 48-44 loss to YME last week.

The Benson boys basketball team just missed picking up its first win of the season during a 48-44 home loss to Yellow Medicine East last Monday night.  The Braves held the lead several times during the game, including midway through the second half, but the Sting held off Benson to earn its second victory of the season.

The Braves also lost at ACGC, Thursday, 71-30, putting Benson’s record at 0-21 overall and 0-10 in the WCC.

Benson has four more regular-season games to pick up its first win.  The Braves were set to host Minnewaska Area, Tuesday  and Montevideo, Friday, before closing out the regular-season the following week with road games against Morris and Sauk Centre....

 

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Hanson leads gymnasts during loss to Hendricks

With teammate Mariah Ahrndt sitting out due to an illness, Halle Hanson led the Fighting Braves last week against Hendricks, placing second in the all-around.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team lost its last regular-season meet against Hendricks-RTR, Friday night in Benson, 136.35-132.575.  The Fighting Braves were competing without the services of their leading gymnast, sophomore Mariah Ahrndt, who was out with an illness.

Halle Hanson placed second in the all-around for Benson-KMS, while teammate Makenna Kelley was fourth.

The loss dropped the team’s record to 4-3 heading into this Saturday’s WCC Meet at Morris.  The Section 6A Meet is set for Saturday, Feb. 17 at Litchfield and the State Gymnastics Meet is set for Feb. 23-24 on the U of M campus.

“We are hoping to get our team healthy as we head into the postseason,” coach Kathy Ahrndt said.  “We have been hit hard by influenza.  Many of our athletes have been out sick for over a week.  We’re hoping to get our strength and stamina back before the tournaments....”

 

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KMS boys lose heartbreaker in overtime

Weston Gjerde (right) gets set to dish off an assist during a recent game against Benson.

The KMS boys basketball team split its two games from last week, winning a home game against Buffalo Lake-HS last Monday night, 69-48, but falling in overtime at Dawson-Boyd one night later, 78-74, after leading by five with 20 seconds left in regulation.

The Saints are 9-9 overall and 4-8 in the Camden North Conference heading into their final eight regular-season games.  KMS won four-straight games earlier this season, but otherwise, has not won or lost more than two games in a row.

KMS has three road games scheduled this week, beginning with a game at ACGC, Monday, at Wheaton-HN, Tuesday, and at MACCRAY, Friday....

 

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Braves still seeking first win after losses to Paynesville, BOLD

Austin Ose goes in for a layup just ahead of the block attempt by an opponent during a recent game in Benson.

The Benson boys basketball team is down to its last seven games to earn its first win of the season after losing twice last week.  The Braves lost at Paynesville, Thursday night, 57-47, and also fell to BOLD at home, Friday, 74-42.

The Braves are 0-19 overall and 0-9 in the WCC heading into their final six regular-season games, one at home against YME, Monday, Feb. 5, in what could be the best chance at a victory this season.  

The visiting Yellow Medicine East Sting are 1-15 overall this season with its only win coming against Tracy Area, which is 2-15 overall.

Benson is also set to play at ACGC, Thursday before coming home again the following week for two games....

 

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Knutson earns 100th win for Benson wrestlers during 49-21 loss to KMS

Jared Knutson (right) earned his 100th career win at KMS, Thursday, beating Michael Doubek, 4-3.
Jon Tostenson (right) controls Benson’s Mike Nagler during the Saints’ 49-21 victory, Thursday night in Kerkhoven.

The Benson wrestling team went 2-1 last week and also added another named to the 100-win club.  The Braves won both matches at the Barnesville triangular last Tuesday night, beating Barnesville (39-33) and Fertile-Beltrami (58-24).

Two nights later, the Braves lost a non-conference match at KMS, 49-21, in a match that saw Benson junior Jared Knutson record his 100th victory with a 4-3 win over KMS’ Michael Doubek.  A recap of the KMS match can be found in separate story.

Knutson became the 13th BHS wrestler to reach 100 wins.  The list includes his teammate, Aaron Zosel, who reached 100 wins earlier this season, and his uncle, Brian Knutson, who graduated in 2002 with 134 victories.  Knutson should have a great shot at making it among the top five by the time he graduates.

Benson is set to close out the regular season with a home triangular, Thursday (tomorrow) with Paynesville and Sauk Centre-Melrose....

 

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Benson earns fifth at WCC Team Tourney

Mason Abner (right) tries to bring down an opponent as co-head coach Scott Thompson (left) looks on.

The Benson wrestling team had five matches last week, going 2-3 overall.  The Braves, who improved to 5-10 overall, lost both matches at the Osakis triangular, Thursday, falling to Border West (41-27) and Osakis (35-33).

Two days later, the Braves hosted the WCC Team Tournament, won by ACGC with a 34-24 win over Minnewaska Area.  Benson went 2-1, winning the consolation title with a 45-27 victory over Sauk Centre-Melrose.

This week, Benson was set to compete at the Barnesville triangular, Tuesday before competing at KMS, Thursday....

 

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Pictured: Mason Abner (right) tries to bring down an opponent as co-head coach Scott Thompson (left) looks on.
 

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