Sports

Thu
02
Jan
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Gymnasts having great season; next home meets Jan. 21 and 27

Libby McGeary has been a key addition to the Fighting Braves varsity gymnastics team this year. 

She and KMS junior Makenna Kelley have placed first in the all-around in all three meets for the Benson-KMS gymnastics program with at least eight more competitions scheduled in 2020. 

The team has scored above 130 team points in two of its three meets this year with a high total of 135.675 at home, Dec. 19 versus Morris Area-CA. 

Next up for the gymnasts is the Marshall Invitational, Saturday, Jan. 4...

 

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Tue
24
Dec
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Benson boys suffer first loss versus BOLD

The Benson boys basketball team lost its first game last Tuesday night at BOLD, 89-66.  The Braves trailed 45-35 at halftime before being outscored 44-31 in the second half.  BOLD was recently ranked second in Class A and is 2-0 in the WCC.

BOLD had four players score in double figures, including Jordan Sagedahl with 26, while Will Enderson and Cole Hedman led the Braves with 19 and 18 points, respectively, but Benson was kept from having four players score in double figures for the first time this season.

The Braves were also set to host the Benson Invitational, Friday and Saturday, but results of the tournament were not available by presstime.

Coming up this week is the Redwood Valley Tournament, Friday and Saturday...
 

Tue
24
Dec
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Benson girls fall to SC and Melrose

The Benson girls basketball team fell below .500 for the season with a pair of conference losses last week.  The Braves, now 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the WCC, lost to state-ranked Sauk Centre last Tuesday night, 61-41, and also lost at home to Melrose Area, Thursday, 55-42.

The Braves have a couple weeks off to prepare for their next game, Thursday, Jan. 2 at home against Clinton-GB...

 

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Tue
24
Dec
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Benson wrestlers edge BOLD for first victory

The Benson team split a pair of matches at the Benson quadrangular last Tuesday, edging BOLD on the first match, 42-38, but falling to a strong Eden Valley-Watkins team in the other match, 48-30.

EVW beat Ortonville (59-16) and BOLD (57-21) to claim the four-team title, while BOLD also beat the Trojans (51-27) and Benson and Ortonville did not wrestle.

The Braves were also set to wrestle at Osakis, Thursday and at the Monticello Tournament, Saturday, but results of those two competitions were not received by presstime and will be highlighted next week.

Coming up this Saturday is the annual Braves Wrestling Classic...

 

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Thu
19
Dec
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More Bruns’ hattricks and more wins for Storm

The MBA boys hockey team raised its record to 5-1 with a pair of big wins last week over Willmar (9-3) and Windom Area (5-2).  Zach Bruns had two more hattricks during the two games, giving the Morris junior four-straight games of three goals.

The Storm, who have scored 35 goals over their last five games, were set to skate at River Lakes, Tuesday (yesterday) before coming home to Benson to host Prairie Centre, Thursday (tomorrow) and Luverne, Friday.

MBA 9, Willmar 3
Zach Bruns had his third-straight hattrick and six different MBA skaters scored at least one goal as the Storm improved to 4-1 with a 9-3 victory at Willmar last Tuesday night.

MBA trailed early 2-1 as Brady Loge scored for the Storm only 1:48 into the game, but Willmar tallied two goals over the first 5:21 for an early lead...

 

Thu
19
Dec
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Sauk Centre-Melrose wins final match to edge Benson wrestlers, 40-33

The Benson wrestling team lost a close dual with Sauk Centre-Melrose, Thursday, 40-33.  Benson trailed 34-33 going into the final match, but SC-Melrose earned a pin to silence the Benson crowd and leave the Benson gym with the narrow win.

The Braves had opened up the season at the West Central Area Invitational, Dec. 7, and this was the second competition of the season for the Benson wrestlers.

“It was a fun dual and we were able to get a lot of kids quality matches, which helps us develop our younger wrestlers, but I’m disappointed that it didn’t work out as a win,” coach Scott Thompson said.  “We have been bitten by the flu bug this week and that certainly didn’t help us last night as we had three starters out and another 3-4 that were wrestling through the flu bug.

“I’m very proud of my team for wrestling through sickness and also handling a loss to a lesser team well.”

Thu
19
Dec
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Benson boys top BBE and upset Minnnewaska

The Benson boys basketball team won two more games last week to improve to 3-0 to start the season.  The Braves won a non-conference game at home last Tuesday night over BBE, 73-56, and then handed the Minnewaska Area Lakers their first loss of the season during a 68-61 win, Friday night in Benson.

“I was extremely happy with our team’s effort in both games this week,” coach Adam Jensen said.  “So far, we have had three different leading scorers in three games, which shows that any of our guys can have the hot hand on any given night.”

The Braves, coached by Adam Jensen, will face another big test Tuesday (yesterday) when they play at BOLD.  Benson is also set to host the Benson Invitational, Friday and Saturday with Hancock, ACGC, and MACCRAY also set to take part.

The Braves will play ACGC, Friday, in one semifinal game which will also count as a conference game.

Thu
19
Dec
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Lady Storm lose pair of close games

The MBA Lady Storm lost three games last week, including a 5-2 loss to Windom Area, Saturday in Benson.  Earlier in the week, MBA fell to Prairie Centre (6-4) and Princeton (9-2).

The Lady Storm, now 0-7-1 overall, have two road games set for this week beginning with a game at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday (yesterday) and a game at St. Peter, Friday.

Prairie Centre 6, MBA 4
The Lady Storm lost a close game against Prairie Centre last Tuesday night in Morris.  MBA held leads of 1-0, 3-2, and 4-3, but Prairie Centre scored the final three goals of the game to rally for the 6-4 win.

Taryn Picht had two goals for the Lady Storm, including the first one only 31 seconds into the game.  Prairie Centre would score the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead after one period.

Wed
11
Dec
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Peterson scores 32 as Braves open up season with victory

The Benson boys basketball team opened up the season with a 77-69 home win over Sauk Centre, Thursday night.  The win was also the first for new head coach Adam Jensen, who took over the reigns of the boys basketball program this year from former head coach Roger Lindahl.

The Braves had a great start, quickly building a double-digit lead, but Sauk Centre cut it to single digits early in the second half and eventually went ahead for the first time before Benson took back the lead and held on for the win.

Ben Peterson had 32 points to lead the Braves, going 6-of-10 from three-point range.  Benson shot 62 times from the field and 40 of them were three-pointers with the Braves making 15.

“It was an awesome win,” coach Adam Jensen said.  “We were red hot to start and were really aggressive defensively and got a lot of open looks.  I was extremely happy with our effort, especially in the second half when Sauk Centre took the lead...”

 

Tue
10
Dec
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McGeary and team claim titles at Morris Meet

With two of its top gymnasts only able to compete in two events due to lingering injuries, the Benson-KMS gymnastics team still won the five-team Morris Area Invitational title with 132.35 points, Saturday.

The Fighting Braves edged runner-up NLS by just over one point (131.1), while Detroit Lakes was third (121), Park Rapids fourth (115.5), and Morris Area fifth (111.25).

Mariah Ahrndt and Allie Mitteness, two of the team’s top gymnasts and seniors, were only able to compete on the uneven bars and balance beam, but ninth-grader Libby McGeary helped make up for their absence by winning the all-around with a score of 34.7 and also winning three of the four individual events.

The gymnasts, coached by Kathy Ahrndt, were set to compete at Litchfield-DC, Thursday (tomorrow) before coming home for the first meet in Benson, Thursday, Dec. 19 against Morris Area-CA...

 

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