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Minnewaska Area rallies in second half to hand Benson girls 63-29 loss

Megan Amundson (3), Victoria Pagel (left), and Danielle Himley (behind Amundson) play defense for the Braves during a loss to Minnewaska Area last week in Benson.

The Benson girls basketball team played a strong first half against Minnewaska Area, Thursday, before the Lakers came roaring back in the second half to win the game in Benson, 63-29.

The Braves traveled to Hancock, Friday,  and the Owls had four players score in double figures on the way to a 68-48 non-conference win.

Benson, which fell to 0-6 in the conference and 0-10 overall, have two games scheduled this week, beginning with a game at NLS, Monday, and continuing with a game at Montevideo, Friday....

 

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Benson wrestlers sixth at Parkers Prairie Invite

Jared Knutson (left) controls his opponent on the way to a recent win.

The Benson wrestling team placed sixth at the Parkers Prairie Invitational, Saturday, while also coming home without any individual titles.

Park Rapids Area won the meet with 208.5 points, followed by Bertha-Hewitt with 175.5, Alexandria with 165.5, LPGE-Browerville with 145, and Staples-Motley with 143.  Benson meanwhile, had 122 points to place sixth, and had two wrestlers earn runner-up finishes -- Hunter Mondor at 113 and Aaron Zosel at 145.

The pace of the schedule picks up big time from here on as Benson was set to compete at BBE, Tuesday (yesterday), host Atwater-CGC, Thursday (tomorrow), and host a triangular with Paynesville and Minnewaska Area, Friday.

 

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Fri
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KMS boys miss out on great chance for win No. 2 with loss to YME Sting

Brandon Rasmusson (23) goes up before dishing off a pass to Weston Gjerde (13) during a recent home game for the Saints.

The KMS boys basketball team missed out on a great chance for its second win of the season during a game at Yellow Medicine East last week.  The Saints fell behind 25-20 by halftime and couldn’t quite catch up in the second half, losing the Camden Conference game in Granite Falls, 54-48.

“Sometimes, you just have those off nights and this was one of them,” coach Matt Fragodt said.  “We shot really bad, and this is one game I would love to have another shot at.  We just couldn’t find a way to put two shots together.  We would make a little run, but then miss our next four times down the floor.  It was just one of those nights.”

The Saints dropped to 1-6 in the Camden Conference and 1-10 overall with the loss.  KMS was also scheduled to host Minneota last Tuesday night, but that game was postponed to Thursday, Feb. 23 due to a winter storm that hit the state last week.

Fri
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Gymnasts top Morris Area and Marshall

Benson 9th grader Mariah Ahrndt won the all-around in two meets last week with scores of 35.0.

The Benson-KMS-Montevideo gymnastics team continued its strong season this year with two more wins last week.  The Fighting Braves hosted Morris Area for the Parent’s Night meet, Thursday, winning by a 134.3-124.3 score.  The meet had been scheduled for last Tuesday, but was pushed back two days due to weather.

Benson-KMS traveled to Marshall, Friday, and scored 133.25 points to win a dual with Marshall, 133.25-118.25.  Winning the all-around title in both meets was Mariah Ahrndt of Benson-KMS-Montevideo.

Benson-KMS is set to entertain the second-best Class A team in the state, Thursday (tomorrow) when Melrose comes to the Benson Armory, and the Fighting Braves also are set to host Litchfield-DC, Tuesday, Jan. 24....

 

Fri
20
Jan
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Benson boys fall to three-point onslaught by Morris Area Tigers

Zack Sonnabend puts a shot up over Morris Area sophomore Camden Arndt as Morris sophomore Jarret Johnson and Benson’s Nathan Habben (behind Johnson) look on during the Braves’ 65-49 loss to the Tigers on the home court, Friday.

The Benson boys basketball team fell to Morris Area-CA in a key WCC game, Friday night in Benson, 65-49.  

The Braves led early 14-9, but Morris Area-CA came back to claim a 35-21 lead by halftime and then outscored the Braves 30-28 in the second half.

Benson, which fell to 1-4 in the conference and 2-8 overall, also had a game at Montevideo scheduled for last Tuesday night, but that game was postponed due to weather and will be made up Tuesday, Jan. 31.

This week, the Braves were set to host KMS, Monday, before going on the road to face the WCC leading Melrose Dutchmen, Thursday.  After that, Benson comes home to host Sauk Centre and Hancock....

 

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Fri
13
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Braves top Paynesville for second win

Matt Connolly (right) plays defense for the Braves against Paynesville, Thursday night in Benson.  The Braves topped the Bulldogs, 54-41, for their second win of the season.

The Benson boys basketball team split a pair of games last week with Paynesville and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

The Braves, now 2-7 overall and 1-3 in the WCC, edged Paynesville in a non-conference game in Benson, Thursday, 54-41, but one night later, the Braves fell to ACGC at home, 87-50.

The 87 points was a season-high allowed by the Benson defense this year, and the Braves have also scored above 60 points in only two of the season’s first nine games.

This week, Benson was set to play at Montevideo, Tuesday (yesterday) before hosting Morris Area, Friday, and KMS, Monday, Jan. 16....

 

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Fri
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Lady Storm pick up first win of season

Hallie Watzke (7) weaves her way through the Worthington defense.  She had one goal and three assists during the 5-2 win, giving her a team-high nine points for the season.

The MBA Lady Storm picked up their first win of the season with a 5-2 home victory over Worthington, Saturday at the Benson Civic Center.  MBA scored three goals in the first period to go up 3-0 and held on for the team’s first victory of 2016-2017.

One night earlier, MBA fell to Luverne, 7-1, despite outshooting the Cardinals 29-25.  Overall, the Lady Storm are 1-9.

“The girls played an excellent last two periods against Luverne and carried that through to today’s win over Worthington,” coach Abby Daly said.  “We came out ready to play and put some pucks on the net, hammering two goals in within the first two minutes of the game with a third one following shortly after.

“After winning the game, the girls stayed humble and congratulated the other team on a well-fought game, knowing what it’s like to be on the end of a tough loss and having a young group of girls.”

The only game on tap for the Lady Storm this week is a game at Fairmont, Saturday....

Fri
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Jan
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Gjerde’s 40 leads KMS to win over RTR

Samantha Gjerde (10) goes airborne before sending a pass to a teammate.  Gjerde had 40 points during the Saints’ 73-57 win over RTR, Thursday.

The Saints went 1-2 during a busy week of action last week.  KMS, which stands at 4-6 overall and 1-2 in the Camden North Conference, opened up the week with a 73-51 loss at Tracy Area.  The Saints came back a couple nights later to beat Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, 73-57, but then ended the week with a 44-40 loss at home to Hancock.

It was the low point total of the season for the Saints, who have been held in the 40s for three of the first 10 games.

The Saints have another busy week on tap with games at Minneota, Tuesday and at Prinsburg, Thursday followed by a home game with Yellow Medicine East, Friday....

 

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Fri
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MBA boys fall short vs. Worthington

Tony Bruns makes a stop for the Storm during a 3-2 loss to Worthington, Saturday, as Blake Engebretson (9) and Hunter Gades (20) help out.  Bruns had 24 saves during the loss to Worthington after stopping 59 shots during a loss to Redwood Valley earlier in the week.

The MBA boys hockey team fell twice last week in a pair of home games to Redwood Valley, Thursday (8-1), and to Worthington, Saturday (3-2).

The Storm fell to 0-9 overall with the two losses heading into Tuesday night’s game at Wahpeton.  MBA is also set to host Wadena-DC in Morris, Thursday before playing at Fairmont, Saturday....

 

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Pictured: Tony Bruns makes a stop for the Storm during a 3-2 loss to Worthington, Saturday, as Blake Engebretson (9) and Hunter Gades (20) help out.  Bruns had 24 saves during the loss to Worthington after stopping 59 shots during a loss to Redwood Valley earlier in the week.

Fri
13
Jan
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KMS boys fall by three to Tracy

Josh Peterson drives toward the basket for KMS during a loss to RTR, Thursday, as Weston Gjerde (13) and Brandon Rasmusson (23) look on.

The KMS boys had a good week of basketball, but still ended up on the losing end of three decisions.  The Saints opened up last week’s action with a 55-52 loss to Tracy Area, and then fell to Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Thursday, 77-49, and to Hancock, Friday, 66-44.

The games against RTR and Hancock were part of a rare girls-boys basketball doubleheader in Kerkhoven.

KMS, which dropped to 1-8 overall and 1-5 in the Camden Conference, have another home game with Minnesota scheduled for Tuesday (yesterday) before the Saints go on the road for a game at YME, Thursday (tomorrow), and at Benson, Monday, Jan. 16....

 

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