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Benson boys end regular-season 0-25

Will Enderson tries to drive past KMS’ Brandon Rasmusson during a game at KMS earlier this season.

The Benson boys basketball team ended the regular-season with an 0-25 record after falling to Morris Area-CA (62-38) and Sauk Centre (62-32) last Thursday and Friday, respectively.

The Braves now get set for the start of the Section 3AA Tournament.  Benson was seeded eighth and was set to play at top-seeded Minnewaska Area at 7 p.m., Saturday.

The Section 3AA Tourney continues March 8, 10 and the 3AA title game at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 15 at SMSU in Marshall.

Following Minnewaska Area in the north half seedings are NLS, Redwood Valley, Morris Area, ACGC, Paynesville Area, Montevideo, and Benson.

The top teams in the other half of the draw are Fairmont (17-6) and Pipestone Area (14-10)....

 

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Five Saints and two Braves qualify to State Wrestling Meet

Dylan Stewart (right) came back to win a true-second match at 182.
Caleb Collins (top) earned KMS’ second section title at 145 pounds.

Mondor, Stewart qualify for Braves
 

The Benson wrestling team competed at the Section 5A Individual Wrestling Tournament, Saturday at Minnewaska Area, and two Braves went on to qualify for this week’s State Wrestling Tourney by placing second.

Junior Hunter Mondor went 2-1 at 120 pounds to place second, and he will be joined at state by junior Dylan Stewart, who went 4-1 at 182 pounds, earning a true-second victory.

The opening round of the Class A Tourney is set for 1 p.m., Friday at the ExCel Centre in St. Paul.

Just missing out on a state berth were Aaron Zosel and Jared Knutson.  Zosel lost by one point in the semifinals and went on to place fourth, while Knutson lost by two points in the semifinals and, after coming back to place third, missed out on a chance for a true-second match by one point.

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Ahrndt 16th at state on floor exercise

Mariah Ahrndt does a flip during her floor exercise routine at the State Meet.  Photos courtesy of MN Prep Photos.

Benson sophomore Mariah Ahrndt placed 16th on the Class A floor exercise during the Class A State Gymnastics Meet, Saturday at the University of Minnesota campus.

She was the first Benson-KMS gymnast to qualify to state in almost 10 years after placing fifth on the floor exercise at the Section 6A Gymnastics Meet, Saturday at Litchfield.

Cora Okeson, a junior from Detroit Lakes, won the floor exercise with a score of 9.675, while Katie Fahrenkamp, of Waconia, was second with a 9.55 score, winning a tiebreaker over two other gymnasts who had the same average score to place third and fourth.

Ahrndt had an average score of 9.35 to place 16th.  Her four scores from the judges were 9.4, 9.2, 9.45, and 9.3.  “Mariah did a great job and had a great time at the state meet,” coach Kathy Ahrndt said.  “She had the top score among all Section 6A gymnasts.”

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Braves fall in close game to NLS in 3AA opener

NLS’ Shea Oman drives to the basket while being guarded by Courtney McNeill as Kaitlyn Berreau (left), Abbie Mitteness, and Claire Ricard look on.

The Benson girls basketball team gave NLS a scare in the quarterfinal round of the Section 3AA Girls Basketball Tourney, Saturday, but a 13-0 run by the Wildcats midway through the second half turned a 32-29 deficit into a 45-29 lead for NLS, who went on to beat the Braves, 61-49.

Claire Ricard had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Benson, and Kaitlyn Berreau added 17 points.

“The girls came ready to play and we did a great job on defense and rebounding,” coach Jonas Grossman said.  “They had a couple of runs that hurt us, especially in the second half after we had cut their lead to three points.  Overall, I’m very happy with our effort.”

Earlier in the week, the Braves lost in double-overtime to Melrose, 55-47.  Benson ended the season with a 5-22 overall record, but the Braves were 2-2 to end the season and also gave NLS everything it could handle.

Wed
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KMS girls lose close games to RCW and MACCRAY

Dacotah Rohner (left), Morgan Lesteberg, Maret Gjerde, and Madison Rohner (14) defend for the KMS girls basketball team during a recent home game.

The KMS girls basketball team scored 66 points recently during a win over Dawson-Boyd, but the team scored a total of 79 points last week over two games, losing at home to MACCRAY, Thursday, 45-42, and also losing at Renville County West, Friday, 44-37.

The Saints, who fell to 5-20 overall, are set to close out the regular-season with a home game against Prinsburg, Monday, before getting ready for the Section 5A Tourney at a time and place yet to be determined....

 

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Pictured: Dacotah Rohner (left), Morgan Lesteberg, Maret Gjerde, and Madison Rohner (14) defend for the KMS girls basketball team during a recent home game. The playoffs start Monday, Feb. 26.

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Benson girls pull off wins on back-to-back nights

Courtney McNeill applies defensive pressure for the Braves during their win over Hancock.  McNeill had a great start with 10 points in the first seven minutes as Benson led early 22-7.

The Benson Braves not only won their fourth and fifth games of the season last week, but they won on back-to-back nights, beating Hancock, Thursday night in Benson, 50-39, and coming back the next night at Montevideo to beat the Thunderhawks, 62-46.

The Braves, who fell to a strong BOLD team last Tuesday, 60-53, improved to 5-20 overall and 2-11 in the WCC with the two wins.  Benson was set to close out the regular-season, Tuesday (yesterday) with a home game against Melrose.

The Section 3AA Girls Basketball Tournament starts this week and Benson was seeded seventh and will play at second-seeded NLS at 7 p.m., Saturday, in the sub-section quarterfinals....

 

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MBA boys fall to Prairie Centre in 6A opener, 7-0

Chase Engebretson makes a nice save for the MBA Storm during a loss to Marshall last week in Benson.  Looking on behind is Hunter Gades (20).  The Storm were eliminated a few nights later with a 7-0 loss to Prairie Centre.

The MBA boys hockey team is done for the season after losing at Prairie Centre in the opening round of the Section 6A Boys Hockey Tournament, Saturday, 7-0.

The Storm, who also lost their last two regular-season games earlier in the week against Breckenridge-Wahpeton (7-1) and Marshall (5-1), ended the season with an overall record of 7-14-1, which is the most wins in the last three seasons.

MBA was seeded 10th in the section and Prairie Centre was seeded seventh.  The Section 6A Tourney continues Tuesday, Feb. 20, Saturday, Feb. 24, and Thursday, March 1 with the championship in St. Cloud.

The Storm will lose only two seniors to graduation from this year’s team -- Hunter Gades and Ashford Swenson....

 

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Feb
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Ahrndt earns state berth on floor exercise

Mariah Ahrndt capped an excellent season of gymnastics by earning a state berth in the floor exercise.

Mariah Ahrndt became the first Benson-KMS gymnast to advance to state in almost 10 years when she qualified for a state berth in the floor exercise at the Section 6A Gymnastics Meet, Saturday at Litchfield.

Willmar edged Melrose Area for the overall team title, while Greta Klaphake, of Melrose, won the all-around with a score of 36.65, edging two other gymnasts by two-tenths of a point.

However, Ahrndt finished sixth in the all-around (35.55) and Halle Hanson was seventh (34.45), and Ahrndt also earned the final state berth in the floor exercise by placing fifth with a score of 9.325.

The format for determining the state entrants was a little different this year.  Formerly, it was the top four in each event, regardless.  However, this year, the top three all-around gymnasts advance, along with the top three other gymnasts from each event.

Wed
21
Feb
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KMS tops Benson in section quarters, but falls in Section 5A championship

Aaron Zosel (top) applies pressure on KMS’ Aiden Miller, who tries his best to stay away from a pin with a back bridge.  Zosel kept up the pressure and eventually recorded a pin, but KMS still won the match and moved on to the “Final Four” where it edged BBE by one point in the semifinals, but lost to LPGE-Browerville in the finals.

The KMS wrestling team fell just short of qualifying to state for the third-straight season. The Saints went into the Section 5A Tourney as the third seed, but after beating Benson in the first round (48-24), the Saints upset No. 2-BBE in the semifinals, Friday at Belgrade, 31-30, but then lost to top-seeded Long Prairie-GE-Browerville in the finals, 42-15.

KMS ended the season with a 14-6 overall record and will lose three wrestlers to graduation, Ryan Torkelson, Jon Tostenson, and Caleb Collins.

The KMS wrestlers still have a chance to punch their ticket to state when they take part in the Section 5A Individual Tournament this Friday and Saturday at Minnewaska Area High School.

A recap of KMS’ Section 5A quarterfinal match against the Benson Braves can be found in separate story beginning on page 8B of this week’s paper....

 

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Three earn All-Conference as gymnasts place second at WCC Gymnastics Meet

Mariah Ahrndt, shown performing on the uneven bars, placed second in the all-around at the WCC Meet.  She also ended the season with the most points of any WCC gymnast.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team recorded one of the best team scores in school history on the way to placing second at the WCC Gymnastics Meet, Saturday at Morris.  Benson-KMS recorded a 138.85 team total to place second behind Melrose, which scored 142.875.  

That is the best team score since the 2004-05 season when the Fighting Braves scored a school record 141.375.  In fact, that is the only season in school history when Benson-KMS scored better than the 138.85 team total, and this year’s WCC team total is unofficially the sixth-best team total in school history.

“It was great to have everyone back in the lineup, Saturday, and achieve a team high-score of 138.85,” coach Kathy Ahrndt said.  “Every team member performed outstanding routines on all four events to reach the season high.”

Mariah Ahrndt, Halle Hanson, and Makenna Kelley led the Benson-KMS gymnastics team at the WCC meet with top-five finishes in the all-around.  

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