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Five seniors lead Benson girls basketball in 2019-20

The Benson girls basketball team tied for the eighth most wins this season in program history.  The Braves went 16-12 overall this year, including a 6-8 mark within the WCC.

In 47 years of Benson girls basketball, only seven teams have finished with more wins and this year’s 16 victories ties with the 2005-06 team, the last Braves’ team to earn a WCC title, for the eighth-most wins.

The team also had the program’s first winning record since 2010-11 when the team was 20-8.

In fact, the 16 victories this year is two more than the previous six years’ win totals combined (7, 5, 0, 1, 1, and 0).

Benson was eliminated for the season with a 63-27 loss to New London-Spicer in the sub-section semifinals at Minnewaska Area High School.

The Wildcats went on to win the section title with a victory over Windom Area in the title game, 67-45, advancing to state for the 18th time in NLS school history.

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11
Mar
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Storm set record for wins with 20

The Morris-Benson Area boys hockey team set a record for most wins in a season this year, going 20-6 overall, including a 12-1 start.

The previous high for wins in a season was 19 set in 2005-06 and 2006-07 when the Benson boys hockey team went 19-4 both seasons.

In addition, Zach Bruns, a junior from Morris Area High School, became the first Benson or MBA boys or girls hockey player since 2015 to reach 100 career points.

He goes into his senior season with 115 career points and has a chance to climb into the top-five list of all-time high scorers for the boys hockey program, led by Tanner Picht with an incredible 203 career points.

The MBA boys hockey team, coached by Jeremiah Day with help from Tony Schultz, Jeff DeHaan, and John Schultz, ended the 2019-20 season with a 7-1 loss at Alexandria in the Section 6A quarterfinals, one game after beating Wadena-Deer Creek in the preliminary round of the tournament, 4-2.

Wed
11
Mar
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Four BKMS gymnasts earn All-WCC honors

Four members of the Benson-KMS gymnastics team earned WCC honors this year.  Mariah Ahrndt, Makenna Kelley, and Libby McGeary earned All-WCC honors, while Torie Andrews was among gymnasts on the honorable mention team.

Melrose’ Camryn Brinkman was the top gymnast for the second-straight year, helping the Dutchmen earn the WCC team title.

It was the sixth-straight All-Conference honor for Ahrndt, who was the second-ranked gymnast the last two years after ranking sixth as a seventh-grader, fifth as an eighth-grader, second as a ninth-grader, and first as a sophomore.  Ahrndt had the top floor exercise score this year in all WCC competitions with a 9.6, Jan. 27.

 

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Wed
11
Mar
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Picht and Sanasack are MVP’s for Lady Storm

The MBA Lady Storm went 0-21-1 this season, the first time in 22 seasons the program finished without a win, although it did earn a 2-2 tie with Fairmont, Nov. 27, a game the Lady Storm led late in the contest.

MBA ended its season with an 11-0 loss at River Lakes in the opening round of the Section 6A Girls Hockey Tournament, Thursday at Richmond.

MBA, coached by Abby Daly and assistant Mitch Bruns, will lose seniors Kellie Wilts and Hannah Zimmel to graduation, but returns the remainder of its team, including leading scorer Taryn Picht (13 goals and three assists), and starting goalie Leah Thompson.

Sophomore Taryn Picht was selected as the team’s MVP Defensive Player of the Year, while freshman Kortney Sanasack was chosen as the MVP Offensive Player of the Year, sophomore Corrie Erdahl earned the Most Improved Award, and ninth-grader Allison Michaelson was selected the winner of the Storm Award.

Wed
11
Mar
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KMS ends season with loss at West Central Area in Section 6A Tourney

The KMS boys basketball team was eliminated during the second round of the Section 6A Boys Basketball Tournament with an 89-53 loss to top-seeded West Central Area in the sub-section quarterfinals at Barrett, Thursday night.

The Saints had opened up the tourney with an 80-50 win at home against Ortonville in a preliminary-round game last Monday night.  KMS was seeded eighth in its half of Section 6A, while Ortonville was seeded ninth.

West Central Area earned the top seed in KMS’ half of Section 6A, while Parkers Prairie, Hancock, and Ashby are the other top-four seeds.  In the other half of the section, the top four seeds are Henning, NCE/U-H, Mahnomen/Waubun, and New York Mills.

WCA took a 38-17 halftime lead and got its lead up to 26 points (45-19) early in the second half before coasting to the victory.

KMS, which ended its season with a 9-17 overall record, will lose seniors Chris Moist, Kyler Johnson, and Titan Norton.

Wed
04
Mar
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Braves fall to Bulldogs in 3AA opener

The  Benson boys basketball team fell to Paynesville in the Section 3AA Boys Basketball Tournament opener in Benson, Saturday night, 73-63.

The Braves ended the season with a 15-12 overall record after losing for the second time this season to the Bulldogs, who moved on to face top-seeded Minnewaska Area in the sub-section semifinals, Thursday (tomorrow) in Willmar.

Benson was seeded fourth in the section tourney, while Paynesville was seeded fifth.

“It was a tough loss, that’s for sure, but the guys had a great season and Paynesville just played a little better than us tonight,” coach Adam Jensen said...

 

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Wed
04
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Benson girls end season vs. NLS

The Benson girls basketball team was eliminated for the season with a 63-27 loss to New London-Spicer in the sub-section semifinals, Thursday at Minnewaska Area High School.

The Braves, seeded fourth in its half of Section 3AA, had defeated fifth-seeded Minnewaska Area in the opening round in Benson, 39-38, but they were not match for the top-seeded Wildcats.

Benson had led the Lakers, 28-21 at halftime before scoring only 11 points in the second half.  Against NLS, the Braves cold shooting continued as Benson scored just seven points in the first half before adding 20 more points in the second half.

NLS, which improved to 26-1 overall, advanced to play EV-Watkins for the sub-section title.

Benson will lose five seniors to graduation, Claire Ricard, Kaitlyn Berreau, Abbie Mitteness, Abby Lundebrek, and Hannah Andrews...

 

Wed
04
Mar
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Benson and KMS wrestlers come home with medals

Thomas Dineen and Adam Zosel competed at the State Wrestling Tournament for the Braves, Friday and Saturday at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Dineen, a freshman, went 3-2 to place fifth at 182 pounds, while Zosel, a junior, went 0-1 at 152 pounds and was eliminated after the person he lost to fell in the quarterfinals.

Zosel went over 100 career wins this season and ended his junior year of wrestling with a 33-4 record.  He goes into his senior season with an unofficial 103-42 career mark, currently the 12th most wins for the Braves among the 14 100-win wrestlers.

Dineen meanwhile, finished 41-3 this year and will go into his sophomore season with an unofficial 59 career victories with an outside shot of reaching 100 career wins during his sophomore season.

Wed
26
Feb
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McGeary and Ahrndt compete at state meet

Two members of the Benson-KMS gymnastics team competed at the State Gymnastics Meet, Saturday at the University of Minnesota campus.

Senior Mariah Ahrndt was competing in her third state gymnastics meet, while teammate, freshman Libby McGeary was competing in her first state tourney.

Ahrndt competed in the uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise, while McGeary competed in all four events and the all-around...

 

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Wed
26
Feb
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Benson boys end regular- season with 15-11 record

The  Benson boys basketball team finished the regular-season with a 15-11 overall record after going 1-2 during the final week of the regular-season.

The Braves beat Hancock last Tuesday night (63-60), but then fell at home to Lac qui Parle, Thursday (62-55), and at Melrose Area, Friday (78-66).

Benson was seeded fourth for the upcoming Section 3AA Tourney and was set to host fifth-seeded Paynesvile at 7 p.m., Saturday in Benson.  The Bulldogs beat the Braves in a close game about a month ago at Paynesville.

If Benson wins that game, it would play again Thursday most likely in Willmar against the winner of top-seeded Minnewaska Area and eighth-seeded Montevideo...

 

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