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Thu
27
Feb
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District 15 Champions - PeeWee Storm hockey

The Benson-Morris area Storm PeeWee hockey team won the District 15 championship, which was held in Park Rapids.

They went into overtime with Alexandria before winning the berth.

The Peewees will advance to the Regional Tournament in Blaine this weekend - Feb 28 - Mar 2.

Team members are: Chase Warzecha, Jack Riley, Zach Bruns, Chase Engebretson, Kellen Erdahl, Kolby Goff.  Back Row: (coach) Chris Riley, Micah Summer, (coach) Brian Erdahl, Matthew Tolifson, Zander Perowitz, Tyler Buss, Jake Riley, Hunter Gades, Michael Ruona, Parker Klemm, Michael Halvorson, (coach) Coby Bruns.

Thu
27
Feb
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KMS wrestling team sends four wrestlers to State

The KMS wrestling team will send four wrestlers to the State Wrestling Tournament after they placed first or second at the Section 3A Individual Wrestling Tournament, Friday and Saturday at Pipestone Area High School.
Earning state berths for the Saints were Cody Peters at 126 pounds, Nick Meyer at 145, Zach Carlson at 160, and Chase Norton at 195 pounds.  Peters and Carlson won titles for KMS, while Meyer and Norton were second.
KMS also had four wrestlers place third, each finishing one win away from a state berth after losing true-second matches, and another two were fourth and two others were fifth.
In all, the Saints had 12 of their 14 wrestlers place in the top five of their respective weight class, and KMS wrestlers went a combined 35-22 against some of the toughest competition in the state.

Thu
06
Feb
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Wrestlers run into section powers

The Benson wrestling team ran into three of the toughest teams in the section and the result was three losses for the Braves, who dropped to 4-13 overall and 1-6 in the conference heading into the final week of the regular-season.
Benson fell to Wabasso-RRC (63-14) and Minneota (73-0) during a triangular in Benson last Tuesday night, and then lost at Canby, Saturday, 66-6.
The Braves are set to close out the regular-season with a home match against Minnewaska Area, Tuesday (yesterday) and the Morris Invitational, Saturday.  Coming up the following week is the Section 3A Team Tournament, set to begin Thursday, Feb. 13.

Benson triangular
The Braves struggled at a home triangular last Tuesday night, losing to Wabasso-Red Rock Central (63-14) and Minneota (73-0) while winning just 3-of-28 overall matches.

Thu
06
Feb
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Benson girls fall to NLS and BOLD

The Benson girls basketball team fell twice last week, lowering the team’s overall record to 0-17 and conference mark to 0-10.
The Braves fell to NLS last Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup, 67-34, and then were routed by league-leading BOLD, Friday in Benson, 73-43.
Benson has two games scheduled this season, including a game at Morris Area-CA, Monday, and a game at home against Melrose, Thursday (tomorrow).  The Braves then go on the road for a game at KMS, Monday, Feb. 10, and at Osakis, Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Thu
06
Feb
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The Benson-KMS gymnastics team won its seventh meet

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team won its seventh meet of the season, winning at Morris Area-CA, Friday night, 125.025-121.3.
The Fighting Braves closed out the conference schedule with a 3-1 record, losing only to Melrose, and are 7-2 overall heading into their final meet of the regular-season Monday at Ortonville.
Benson-KMS is also set to compete at the WCC meet at Morris, Saturday, Feb. 8, and then gets ready for the Section 6A meet, Saturday, Feb. 15.

Wed
22
Jan
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Lady Storm top Lake of Woods for third win

The MBA Lady Storm picked up their third win of the season, beating Lake of the Woods for the second time this season, 2-1, in a game played Friday night in Morris. The Lady Storm, who improved to 3-10 overall, also had a game scheduled for Saturday against Worthington, but that game was postponed due to weather and the new makeup date was not known by presstime. This week, MBA is set to host Luverne in Benson, Saturday.   The Lady Storm also have another game in Benson, Tuesday, Jan. 28 against Marshall.

 

Photo: Nicole Berens (16) chases after a loose puck for the Lady Storm as Kayla Benson (2) tries to catch up.  The Lady Storm topped Lake of the Woods last week, 2-1, for their third win of the season.  Berens and Benson had the goals for MBA.

Wed
22
Jan
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Benson basketball teams have tough season

The Benson boys basketball team dropped to .500 for the third time this year, losing a 66-48 decision at Paynesville last Tuesday night, putting the team’s overall record at 7-7.  The Braves, who started out 3-0, have also been 5-5 and 6-6.  
Benson was also set to host ACGC, Thursday, but that game was postponed due to cold and snow.  The game will be made up as part of a girls-boys doubleheader, Friday, Feb. 14 in Benson.  On that day, the B-squad teams will take to the court at 4:30 p.m., followed by the girls varsity game at 6 p.m. and the boys game at about 7:45 p.m.
On tap this week for the Braves is a game Thursday (tomorrow), when the Braves are set to host Hancock.  Friday, Benson entertains Montevideo.

GIRLS BASKETBALL - Tough season

Wed
22
Jan
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KMS wins Braves Classic as Benson finishes second

The Benson wrestling team had a great week, going 2-1 at the Osakis quadrangular, Friday night, and then placing second of six teams at the rescheduled Braves Wrestling Classic, Saturday.  At the Benson Tourney, senior Bryce Goff notched his 75th career win with a first-round win over a wrestler from KMS.
The Saints team won the overall title at the Benson Tourney, earning 10 individual championships on the way to the team title.
The Braves, who improved to 4-7 overall with the two wins at Osakis, were also set to compete at a triangular at Paynesville last Thursday, but that meet was postponed to Thursday, Jan. 23, making for a very busy week for the Benson wrestlers.

Photo: Bryce Goff (left) wrestles against KMS’ Alex Froehlich during the Benson Tourney.  Goff placed second for Benson, which was also second in the team compeittion, while Froelich was fifth wrestling independently.

Fri
17
Jan
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Benson grad gets on set of ESPN GameDay

ESPN’s College GameDay show is the country’s premier college football program. It travels the country each fall following the big name teams and key matchup among teams vying for a national Division I championship.
But last September the GameDay show made an appearance in Fargo, N.D., to highlight the nation’s best small college team – the Bison of North Dakota State University (NDSU). It was just the fourth time, and first since 2008, that the GameDay show traveled to a city to feature a FCS game.
Ranked number one in the nation in their division and looking for a third consecutive national championship, the Bison were becoming a national story.

Tue
31
Dec
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Highlights in sports from years gone by

by John Fragodt, Sports Director
(Thirty years ago -- 1983) -- The Benson boys basketball team lost its third-straight game with a 43-42 loss to Long Prairie.  Benson trailed 42-39 with 10 seconds left in the game when Greg Peterson went to the line for a one-and-one.  He made the first, but intentionally missed the second.  However, Long Prairie got the rebound and was immediately fouled.  Long Prairie made one free-throw to go up 43-40, offsetting Eric Peterson’s basket just before the buzzer.
James Thompson led the Braves with 12 points, while Eric Peterson had 10 points and Greg Peterson, held without a basket for the final 19 minutes, had nine points and six boards, Joe Hanson had five points, and Jim Lindahl had four.

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