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Fri
13
Jan
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Lady Storm pick up first win of season

Hallie Watzke (7) weaves her way through the Worthington defense.  She had one goal and three assists during the 5-2 win, giving her a team-high nine points for the season.

The MBA Lady Storm picked up their first win of the season with a 5-2 home victory over Worthington, Saturday at the Benson Civic Center.  MBA scored three goals in the first period to go up 3-0 and held on for the team’s first victory of 2016-2017.

One night earlier, MBA fell to Luverne, 7-1, despite outshooting the Cardinals 29-25.  Overall, the Lady Storm are 1-9.

“The girls played an excellent last two periods against Luverne and carried that through to today’s win over Worthington,” coach Abby Daly said.  “We came out ready to play and put some pucks on the net, hammering two goals in within the first two minutes of the game with a third one following shortly after.

“After winning the game, the girls stayed humble and congratulated the other team on a well-fought game, knowing what it’s like to be on the end of a tough loss and having a young group of girls.”

The only game on tap for the Lady Storm this week is a game at Fairmont, Saturday....

Fri
13
Jan
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Gjerde’s 40 leads KMS to win over RTR

Samantha Gjerde (10) goes airborne before sending a pass to a teammate.  Gjerde had 40 points during the Saints’ 73-57 win over RTR, Thursday.

The Saints went 1-2 during a busy week of action last week.  KMS, which stands at 4-6 overall and 1-2 in the Camden North Conference, opened up the week with a 73-51 loss at Tracy Area.  The Saints came back a couple nights later to beat Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, 73-57, but then ended the week with a 44-40 loss at home to Hancock.

It was the low point total of the season for the Saints, who have been held in the 40s for three of the first 10 games.

The Saints have another busy week on tap with games at Minneota, Tuesday and at Prinsburg, Thursday followed by a home game with Yellow Medicine East, Friday....

 

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Fri
13
Jan
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MBA boys fall short vs. Worthington

Tony Bruns makes a stop for the Storm during a 3-2 loss to Worthington, Saturday, as Blake Engebretson (9) and Hunter Gades (20) help out.  Bruns had 24 saves during the loss to Worthington after stopping 59 shots during a loss to Redwood Valley earlier in the week.

The MBA boys hockey team fell twice last week in a pair of home games to Redwood Valley, Thursday (8-1), and to Worthington, Saturday (3-2).

The Storm fell to 0-9 overall with the two losses heading into Tuesday night’s game at Wahpeton.  MBA is also set to host Wadena-DC in Morris, Thursday before playing at Fairmont, Saturday....

 

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Pictured: Tony Bruns makes a stop for the Storm during a 3-2 loss to Worthington, Saturday, as Blake Engebretson (9) and Hunter Gades (20) help out.  Bruns had 24 saves during the loss to Worthington after stopping 59 shots during a loss to Redwood Valley earlier in the week.

Fri
13
Jan
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KMS boys fall by three to Tracy

Josh Peterson drives toward the basket for KMS during a loss to RTR, Thursday, as Weston Gjerde (13) and Brandon Rasmusson (23) look on.

The KMS boys had a good week of basketball, but still ended up on the losing end of three decisions.  The Saints opened up last week’s action with a 55-52 loss to Tracy Area, and then fell to Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Thursday, 77-49, and to Hancock, Friday, 66-44.

The games against RTR and Hancock were part of a rare girls-boys basketball doubleheader in Kerkhoven.

KMS, which dropped to 1-8 overall and 1-5 in the Camden Conference, have another home game with Minnesota scheduled for Tuesday (yesterday) before the Saints go on the road for a game at YME, Thursday (tomorrow), and at Benson, Monday, Jan. 16....

 

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Fri
06
Jan
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KMS boys fall short of second win at tourney

Pictured are the two seniors on this year’s KMS boys basketball team, along with the head coach.  From left to right are Tanner Rohner, head coach Matt Fragodt, and Jorge Zaldivar.  The Saints have four-straight home games coming up over an 8-day span from Jan. 3-10.

The Saints missed out on a great chance to pick up win No. 2 at the Windom Area Holiday Tournament last week.  Instead, KMS fell to 1-5 overall with a pair of losses to Windom Area (64-43) and Heron Lake-Okabena (63-56).

In the other games of the tourney, Tracy routed Heron Lake-Okabena (85-53), but then fell to Windom Area in the title game, 53-47.  It was the first wins of the season for Tracy and HL-Okabena.

KMS is hoping to recharge during a four-game homestand coming up.  The Saints are set to host Tracy Area, Tuesday, RTR, Thursday, Hancock, Friday, and Minneota, Tuesday, Jan. 10....

 

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Fri
06
Jan
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KMS girls split games at Windom

Samantha Gjerde (left), who had 55 points during the two Windom Area tournament games, throws a pass to a teammate.

The KMS girls split their games at the Windom Area Tourney, Thursday and Friday.  The Saints opened up the tournament with a 67-57 loss to Fairmont, Thursday, but came back one night later to top Alden-Conger, 63-47.

In the other games, Windom edged Alden-Conger in the semifinals, 52-51, and Fairmont routed Windom Area for the title, 47-30.

The Saints, now 3-4 overall, have three games scheduled for the first week of 2017.  KMS was set to play at Tracy Area, Tuesday before hosting RTR, Thursday and Hancock, Friday....

 

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Pictured: Samantha Gjerde (left), who had 55 points during the two Windom Area tournament games, throws a pass to a teammate.
 

Fri
06
Jan
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Cold shooting leads to two losses for Braves at tourney

Max Peterson had a pair of good games for the Braves during the Redwood Valley Tourney.

The Benson boys basketball team fell to 1-6 overall with a pair of losses at the Redwood Valley Holiday Tournament, Thursday and Friday.

The Braves opened up the tourney with a 75-59 loss to the host Cardinals and then fell to Martin County West in the third-place game, 63-55.

Lakeview edged Martin County West in the other semifinals game, Thursday, 60-58, and Redwood Valley routed Lakeview for the title, 79-65.

Benson has two home games set for the first week of 2017.  The Braves were set to host Paynesville, Thursday (tomorrow) and ACGC, Friday....

 

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Pictured: Max Peterson had a pair of good games for the Braves during the Redwood Valley Tourney.

Fri
06
Jan
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Benson eighth at Braves Wrestling Classic

Adam Zosel went 2-1 to place second at 132 pounds for Benson’s top finish at the Braves Wrestling Classic.

The Benson wrestling team hosted the Braves Wrestling Classic, Friday, with 10 area teams taking part.  Tracy Area-Westbrook-Walnut Grove had just one individual champion, but added five runners-up, four fourths, four fifths and a sixth to place first with 202.5 points.

Canby, which had two champions and five third-place finishers, was second with 192.5 points, while Quad County was third with 167 points, and Benson was eighth with 109.5 points.

Adam Zosel had the top finish for Benson, placing second at 132 pounds, while Chase Young was third at 126 pounds, and four other Braves placed fourth.

The Braves are now set to compete at a triangular at BOLD, Thursday (tomorrow)  with Howard Lake-WW also competing, before preparing for a triangular at home, Tuesday, Jan. 10 with Paynesville and Minnewaska Area....

 

Fri
06
Jan
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MBA boys fall twice at invitational

MBA goalie Tony Bruns (30) makes a point-blank stop on a shot by Prairie Centre as Dylan DeToy (7), Mike Halvorson (10), and Logan Smith (3) help out during the Storm’s loss to PC during the Benson Invitational.

The MBA boys hockey team hosted Prairie Centre and Fairmont for a holiday tournament last week.  MBA fell to Prairie Center in the first game, Wednesday, 8-1, and also lost in a close game with Fairmont, Friday, 5-2.

In the other game, Prairie Centre won the three-team title with a 5-2 win over Fairmont.

MBA, 0-7 overall, has two more games scheduled in Benson this week, starting with a game against Redwood Valley, Thursday (tomorrow) and continuing with a game against Worthington, Saturday....

 

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Thu
29
Dec
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Tied at halftime, Braves can’t keep pace with YME in 2nd half

Courtney McNeill (5) dribbles upcourt for the Braves during a loss to YME last Tuesday night as Amanda Nissen (10) trails the play.

The Benson girls basketball team scored the final four points of the first half to go into halftime of its game last Tuesday night against Yellow Medicine East with a 23-23 tie.  However, the Sting outscored the Braves, 35-25, in the second half to pull out the 58-48 non-conference win.

Amanda Nissen had a season-high 24 points to lead the Braves against YME, including 5-of-12 from 3-point range.  However, the Saints had a big advantage from the free-throw line, making 18 free-throws for the game compared to just six for the Braves.

Benson fell to 0-6 with the loss, but it was still the high offensive point total for the Braves this season, and also the low amount points the defense has allowed through six games.

Benson, which does not have any games scheduled this week, is set to play at Sauk Centre in its next game, Tuesday, Jan. 3, followed by a game at Melrose Area, Friday, Jan. 6, and a game at home with Minnewaska Area, Thursday, Jan. 12....

 

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