Sports

Thu
19
Dec
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Benson boys top BBE and upset Minnnewaska

The Benson boys basketball team won two more games last week to improve to 3-0 to start the season.  The Braves won a non-conference game at home last Tuesday night over BBE, 73-56, and then handed the Minnewaska Area Lakers their first loss of the season during a 68-61 win, Friday night in Benson.

“I was extremely happy with our team’s effort in both games this week,” coach Adam Jensen said.  “So far, we have had three different leading scorers in three games, which shows that any of our guys can have the hot hand on any given night.”

The Braves, coached by Adam Jensen, will face another big test Tuesday (yesterday) when they play at BOLD.  Benson is also set to host the Benson Invitational, Friday and Saturday with Hancock, ACGC, and MACCRAY also set to take part.

The Braves will play ACGC, Friday, in one semifinal game which will also count as a conference game.

Thu
19
Dec
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Lady Storm lose pair of close games

The MBA Lady Storm lost three games last week, including a 5-2 loss to Windom Area, Saturday in Benson.  Earlier in the week, MBA fell to Prairie Centre (6-4) and Princeton (9-2).

The Lady Storm, now 0-7-1 overall, have two road games set for this week beginning with a game at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday (yesterday) and a game at St. Peter, Friday.

Prairie Centre 6, MBA 4
The Lady Storm lost a close game against Prairie Centre last Tuesday night in Morris.  MBA held leads of 1-0, 3-2, and 4-3, but Prairie Centre scored the final three goals of the game to rally for the 6-4 win.

Taryn Picht had two goals for the Lady Storm, including the first one only 31 seconds into the game.  Prairie Centre would score the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead after one period.

Wed
11
Dec
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Peterson scores 32 as Braves open up season with victory

The Benson boys basketball team opened up the season with a 77-69 home win over Sauk Centre, Thursday night.  The win was also the first for new head coach Adam Jensen, who took over the reigns of the boys basketball program this year from former head coach Roger Lindahl.

The Braves had a great start, quickly building a double-digit lead, but Sauk Centre cut it to single digits early in the second half and eventually went ahead for the first time before Benson took back the lead and held on for the win.

Ben Peterson had 32 points to lead the Braves, going 6-of-10 from three-point range.  Benson shot 62 times from the field and 40 of them were three-pointers with the Braves making 15.

“It was an awesome win,” coach Adam Jensen said.  “We were red hot to start and were really aggressive defensively and got a lot of open looks.  I was extremely happy with our effort, especially in the second half when Sauk Centre took the lead...”

 

Tue
10
Dec
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McGeary and team claim titles at Morris Meet

With two of its top gymnasts only able to compete in two events due to lingering injuries, the Benson-KMS gymnastics team still won the five-team Morris Area Invitational title with 132.35 points, Saturday.

The Fighting Braves edged runner-up NLS by just over one point (131.1), while Detroit Lakes was third (121), Park Rapids fourth (115.5), and Morris Area fifth (111.25).

Mariah Ahrndt and Allie Mitteness, two of the team’s top gymnasts and seniors, were only able to compete on the uneven bars and balance beam, but ninth-grader Libby McGeary helped make up for their absence by winning the all-around with a score of 34.7 and also winning three of the four individual events.

The gymnasts, coached by Kathy Ahrndt, were set to compete at Litchfield-DC, Thursday (tomorrow) before coming home for the first meet in Benson, Thursday, Dec. 19 against Morris Area-CA...

 

Tue
10
Dec
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Magaard wins title as Saints 5th at Big Lake

The KMS wrestling team had a busy opening week of action, competing at a home quadrangular last Tuesday night and at the Big Lake Invitational, Friday.  The Saints went 1-2 at the home quadrangular, losing to ACGC (50-18) and NLS (39-30) while also beating Quad County (48-24).

At the Big Lake Tourney, KMS was fifth of 10 teams with Will Magaard winning the Saints’ lone title, Coy Gunderson placing second, and Chase Magaard and Masyn Olson finishing third.

This week, the Saints have one match, Friday at Kimball Area.

KMS quadrangular
The Saints opened up the season with a 1-2 finish at a home quadrangular last Tuesday night.  KMS beat Quad County in one dual, 48-24, but the Saints also fell to ACGC (50-18) and NLS (39-30) in the other two matches.

ACGC won the quadrangular with three victories, including a 45-20 win over NLS and a 64-6 rout of Quad County.

Tue
10
Dec
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Benson girls rout Montevideo before losing for first time against Simley

The Benson girls basketball team split a pair of games last week, winning at Montevideo last Tuesday night, 52-33, but falling to Simley at home, Friday, 41-24.

The Braves, 1-3 overall, have just one game scheduled this week.  Benson was set to play at BOLD, Thursday (tomorrow).  The Warriors are tied with Benson and Sauk Centre for first place in the WCC with 2-0 league records...

 

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Wed
04
Dec
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Braves rally past KMS girls, 51-44

The Benson girls basketball team won its second-straight game last Tuesday with a 51-44 win at KMS.  And, for the second-straight time the Braves had to rally for the win, erasing a 24-21 halftime deficit by outscoring the Saints 30-20 in the second half.

Claire Ricard had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Kaitlyn Berreau added 18 points for Benson, while Madison Rohner had 20 points and 22 boards for KMS and Morgan Lesteberg added 13 points.

The Braves have two more games this week, including a game at Montevideo, Tuesday (yesterday) and a game with Simley at home, Friday.  KMS meanwhile, was set to host MACCRAY, Monday before playing at Prinsburg, Thursday (tomorrow)...

 

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Wed
04
Dec
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Gymnasts set to compete at Morris Invite, Saturday

Mariah Ahrndt is back to lead a strong Benson-KMS gymnastics program in 2019-20.  Ahrndt has already earned five-straight All-Conference awards in gymnastics and was the second-ranked gymnast in the conference last year.

Ahrndt also competed in her second-straight state meet last year in the floor exercise, balance beam, and uneven bars.

Ahrndt, who just missed out on also qualifying to state in the all-around last season, had a high finish at state last season of 18th on the floor exercise with a score of 9.4.  She was also 32nd on the uneven bars with a score of 8.45, and was 35th on the balance beam with a score of 8.65.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team, coached by Kathy Ahrndt, was set to open up the season Saturday at the Morris Invitational followed by a meet at Litchfield, Thursday, Dec. 12, and the home opener, Dec. 19.

Wed
04
Dec
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Braves open up season with new coach and three-straight home games

The Benson boys basketball team will get plenty of home-cooking asit was set to open up the 2019-20 basketball season Thursday, Dec. 5 at home against Sauk Centre.

The Braves, coming off a 7-18 season from a year ago, have six of their first eight scheduled competitions at home, including the first three games, Dec. 5, Dec. 10 (BBE), and Dec. 13 (Minnewaska Area).

Seniors lost to graduation from last year’s Benson boys basketball team are Devon Liles, Eric Hoium, Hunter Gonnerman, Jonas Habben, Matt Ebnet, Matt Goossen, Matt Lenarz, Max Benson, Austin Ose, and Riley Grube...

 

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Wed
27
Nov
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Benson’s Ricard and KMS’ Johnson named to All-Area honorable mention team for 2019

Benson senior Claire Ricard and KMS senior Haylee Johnson were both named to the All-Area honorable mention team for the 2019 season.

The West Central Tribune of Willmar puts out an annual All-Area volleyball team and seven athletes were named to the All-Area first team and another 11 were named to the All-Area honorable mention squad...

 

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