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Gymnasts fall to Hendricks

Halle Hanson performs on the uneven bars for the Benson-KMS-Montevideo gymnasts, set to compete at the WCC Meet at Melrose, Saturday.

The Benson-KMS-Montevideo gymnastics team scored over 137 points for the third-straight meet last week, but still lost at Hendricks, Friday, 139.9-137.8.

The 137.8 score is still among the top 10 scores ever posted by the Fighting Braves’ gymnastics program, and just off the season-high of 137.875 points set the previous meet against Litchfield-DC.

Benson-KMS, which finished the regular-season with a 6-3 record, now gets ready for the WCC Meet at Melrose, Saturday, Feb. 11, and the Section 6A Tourney at Willmar, Saturday, Feb. 18.  The State Gymnastics Meet is set for Feb. 24-25 at the U of M....

 

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KMS wrestlers rout Benson, 65-6

Dan Lenarz (left) battles KMS’ Michael Doubek at 195 pounds during the Saints’ win over Benson last week.  Doubek won this match, 6-2.

Saints show they are the top team in Section 5A again

The Benson wrestling team fell to 5-7 overall with a 65-6 home loss to KMS, Thursday night.  The Saints, ranked sixth in state Class A, won the first 13 matches before Ross Grussing closed out the contest with a forfeit win for the Braves.

It was also Alumni Night, Poster Night, and Senior Night for the Braves, who have just three regular-season matches remaining before the start of the Section 5A Tourney.
Benson was set to compete at Ortonville, Tuesday before coming home for a triangular with YME and Norwood Young-America, Friday, and competing at the Morris Invitational, Saturday....

 

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Fri
03
Feb
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Gymnasts set another season high

Mariah Ahrndt is pictured on the floor exercise during the home finale last week against Litchfield-DC.

The Benson-KMS-Montevideo gymnastics team put on another great show last Tuesday night during a Senior Night home meet with Litchfield-DC.  The Fighting Braves scored a season-high 137.875 points during the meet to easily beat the visiting Dragons, and give them back-to-back 137 point efforts after BKMS had scored 137.375 points the previous meet during a loss to Melrose Area.

“We finished our home portion of the season with another team high last night with a 137.875 score; it was a great team effort,” coach Kathy Ahrndt said.  “Everybody is doing their job right now for the team, and the girls are all very supportive of each other.”

Just how good is 137.875 points.  Well, unofficially of course, only seven times in school history has a Benson, or Benson-KMS gymnastic team scored more than that; and six of those came during the 2004-2005 season when the gymnasts set the school record with a score of 141.375 points, Feb. 19, 2005 at the section meet.

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MBA Storm down to final six games after losses to Willmar and B-W

MBA goalie Tony Bruns makes a point-blank save against Willmar with the help of Mitchell Dufault (12) and Blake Engebretson (9).

The MBA is down to its final six regular-season games to earn its first victory of the season.  Last week, the Storm fell to Willmar (6-1) and Breckenridge-Wahpeton (6-0), putting their overall record at 0-14.

The Storm, who have scored just 14 goals all season, will have their best chance to pull out a victory this week.  MBA was set to host Little Falls in Morris, Friday, before traveling to Worthington, Saturday.

Earlier this season, MBA fell to Worthington at home, 3-2, in its closest game of the season.  Dylan DeToy leads the Storm with nine points this season, while Kolby Goff and Logan Smith have six points each....

 

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Connelly goes over 1,000 points during Braves’ win over Hancock

Layton Connelly (middle) became the sixth Benson boy to reach 1,000 career points during a win over Hancock, Thursday.

The Benson boys basketball team had a 1-2 week, beating Hancock in a non-conference game in Benson, Thursday (71-56), but also losing at home to Sauk Centre last Tuesday night (58-44) and at BOLD, Friday (80-72).  The Braves dropped to 4-11 overall and 1-7 in the WCC after last week’s action.

During the game with Hancock, Layton Connelly became the sixth boy at BHS to reach 1,000 career points, joining Aaron Lindahl (1,658), Daniel Fragodt (1,466), Adam Jensen (1,330), Sam Peterson (1,315), and Jacob Fahl (1,126).

This week, Benson has three more games scheduled beginning with a game at Montevideo, Tuesday (yesterday) and continuing with a game at YME, Thursday (tomorrow), and at Minnewaska Area, Friday.  After that, only five more games remain on the regular-season schedule....

 

Fri
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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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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.

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