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29
Dec
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Benson wrestlers rally for win over Morris Area

Chase Young (top) controls his opponent during a 40-32 victory over Morris area last week for the Braves.

The Benson wrestling team picked up its first win of the season, Thursday night, beating Morris Area-CA-Hancock, 40-32.

Each team won seven matches during the dual, but Benson had five pins and one forfeit compared to two pins and one forfeit win for the Tigers.

This week, Benson is set to host the Braves Wrestling Classic at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 30.  Teams attending will be Canby, Border West, Crosby-Ironton, Fergus Falls, Minnewaska Area, Morris Area, Ortonville, and Quad County.  The finals will take place at about 4 p.m. and medals go to the top three wrestlers in each weight class and a trophy to the top team.

After that, the Braves are set to compete at a triangular at BOLD, Thursday, Jan. 5....

 

Fri
23
Dec
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KMS wrestlers top Kimball; 4th at Redwood River Riot

While other area teams took a few days off over the weekend because of the blizzard that hit the state, the KMS wrestling team competed at the 20-team Redwood River Riot Wrestling Tournament, Friday and Saturday.

KMS, which earned runner-up finishes by Dylan Rudningen, Derek Krieger, and Brandin Dahl, placed fourth of 20 teams at the Redwood Valley Tourney with 155 points, just one point away from third.  Litchfield had 201.5 points to win the team title.

Earlier in the week, the Saints routed Kimball Area in a home match, Thursday, 53-18, in its only dual match of the season.

This week, KMS has a tough triangular scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 20, with Litchfield and Willmar.  After that, the Saints have two weeks off to prepare for the BBE Tourney, Jan. 6....

 

Fri
23
Dec
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Dawson-Boyd rallies for 65-54 win over Saints

Dawson-Boyd rallied late in the first half and into the second to turn a 10-point deficit into an eight-point lead before holding on for a 65-54 victory over the KMS girls basketball team in a Camden North Conference game, Thursday, Dec. 15,  in Murdock.

DB, which improved to 4-2 overall, rallied late in the first half to cut a big deficit to two points (37-35) by halftime.  The Blackjacks kept things going in the second half, outscoring the Saints 14-4 to open up the second half, building a 49-41 lead.

KMS kept things close the rest of the way, but was unable to make up the deficit, eventually losing its first game of the season after opening up the year with two wins.

This week, KMS was set to play at Swanville, Tuesday (yesterday) before hosting state-ranked Wheaton-Herman-Norcross, Thursday, Dec. 22....

 

Fri
23
Dec
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Gymnasts fall short vs. Redwod

The Benson-KMS-Montevideo gymnastics team scored above 130 points during its meet at Redwood Valley last Tuesday night and a lot of times, that’s enough to earn a victory.

However, Redwood Valley scored 133 points to edge the Fighting Braves, while also placing first and second in the all-around.

Benson-KMS was set to host Paynesville, Thursday, Dec. 22 to close out the 2016 portion of its schedule before getting ready for 2017....

 

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Pictured: Mariah Ahrndt had the top score for the BKMS gymnasts during a meet at Redwood Valley last week.
 

Fri
23
Dec
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Braves fall to BOLD 3-point onslaught

Max Peterson (31) weaves his way through a maze of BOLD players on the way to a layup during a loss to the Warriors last week on the home floor.  In the background is Zack Sonnabend.

The Benson boys basketball team had one bad stretch during a home game with BOLD last Tuesday night, and it was just enough to give the visiting Warriors a 77-69 victory over the Braves.

Benson trailed by 15 points late in the first half (33-18), before outscoring BOLD 51-44 the rest of the way, including a 9-4 edge to close out the first half and 42-40 margin in the second half.

Benson, which fell to 0-3 overall, was also set to host the CASE IH Boys Invitational Friday and Saturday with Breckenridge, ACGC, and MACCRAY, but the tournament was canceled due to a winter blizzard.

The game with ACGC, that was set to open up the tournament Friday, will be made up as a conference game, Friday, Jan. 6 in Benson....
    

Fri
09
Dec
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KMS girls win first two games

Members of the KMS girls basketball team stretch before the beginning of practice last Wednesday in the senior high gym.  In the middle giving instructions and talking about the previous night’s win over CGB is head coach Brady DeBaere.

The KMS girls basketball team opened up the season with two dominating wins over Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (73-47)  Tuesday, Nov. 29 and Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart (66-50), Friday, Dec. 2.

Sam Gjerde had 32 points and Katie Krieger added 20 during the win over CGB, while Gjerde had 21 points and Hanne Tebben added 13 during the victory against BLHS.

The Saints do not have any games scheduled this week due to the KMS High School Band’s trip to Pearl Harbor so the next game for KMS isn’t scheduled until Thursday, Dec. 15 at home versus Dawson-Boyd, which beat RCW in its conference opener, 62-52....

 

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Fri
09
Dec
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Benson girls fall twice at CASE Girls Invitational

Megan Amundson (3) plays tough defense against Osakis’ Lauren Savageau during the season opener in Benson.

The Benson girls basketball team opened up the new season with three losses at home last week.  The Braves fell to Osakis in the season opener last Tuesday night, 64-30, and also lost twice at the CASE Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament, Friday and Saturday, losing to Morris Area in the first game (60-30) and also falling to MACCRAY in the third-place game (48-36).

Morris Area topped West Central Area in the CASE title game, 55-33.

This week, Benson has two more home games with BOLD scheduled to visit BHS, Thursday, and Atwater-CGC coming for a game, Friday....

 

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Fri
09
Dec
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Lady Storm fall to Windom Area in home opener, 4-0

Hallie Watzke (7) skates upice with the puck during the home opener in Benson, Saturday against Windom Area.  The Lady Storm fell to 0-4 overall with the 4-0 loss.

The Morris-Benson Area Lady Storm were shut out for the third time in their first four games with a 4-0 loss to Windom Area, Saturday afternoon at the Benson Civic Center.

MBA is now set to host three-straight games at the Lee Community Civic Center in Morris -- Thursday against Park Rapids; Friday, Dec. 9 versus Crookston; and Thursday, Dec. 15 against Prairie Center, followed by a game in Benson, Saturday, Dec. 17 against Fairmont.

This year’s Lady Storm roster includes just 10 skaters:  senior Nicole Berens, juniors Whitney Demarais, Megan Kirkeide, and Abbey Hoffman; sophomores Hallie Watzke and Danielle Reuss; eighth-graders Rachel Berens, Libbey Pendill, and Leah Thompson; and seventh-grader Taryn Picht....

 

Fri
09
Dec
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Benson boys fall to NLS in season opener, 77-59

Layton Connelly drives on his NLS defender during the season opener for the Benson boys basketball team last week.

The Benson boys basketball team opened up the season with a 77-59 loss at home to New London-Spicer, Thursday night, Dec. 1.

NLS went on a big run midway through the first half to go from a tight 14-13 game to a 30-14 lead.  From then on, Benson kept pace with the Wildcats as NLS outscored the Braves only 47-45 from that point on.

The Braves are now set to play at Sauk Centre, Thursday, Dec. 8, followed by a game at home against BOLD, Tuesday, Dec. 13 and the Benson Boys Invitational, Dec. 16-17.

During the Benson Invitational, Breckenridge and MACCRAY are slated to meet in the first game at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, while Benson and ACGC square off in the second game at about 7:45 p.m.  The game with ACGC will also count as a WCC contest.
The two losers will meet in the third-place game at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, followed by the championship game...

 

Fri
02
Dec
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King Salmon in Alaska

Keith Skarsten (right) and his daughter, Kaely (left) caught a 24.8-pound King Salmon in May of 2016 while fishing near Ketchikan, Alaska.

Keith Skarsten (right) and his daughter, Kaely (left) caught a 24.8-pound King Salmon in May of 2016 while fishing near Ketchikan, Alaska.  “I very much enjoy fishing and spending time with my Dad anytime I can, and it was a great memory to catch this King Salmon with my father during a trip to Alaska,” Kaely said.  (Submitted photo.)

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