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Braves edge Lakers in playoff opener, 39-38

The Benson girls basketball team opened up the Section 3AA Tourney with a 39-38 victory over Minnewaska Area, Saturday night at home.  The Braves were seeded fourth in its half of the section and the Lakers were seeded fifth.

Benson led 28-21 at halftime before the two teams combined for only 28 points in the second half with the Braves scoring 11 points on seven free-throws and two field goals.

Benson, which fell to Hancock earlier in the week to end the regular-season (61-54), advances to the sub-section semifinals this Thursday at 6 p.m. at Minnewaska Area High School against top-seeded and state-ranked NLS.  Benson lost to NLS earlier this season, 68-33...

 

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Wed
26
Feb
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Two Braves and three Saints earn state wrestling berths

Three KMS wrestlers and two members of the Benson wrestling team are headed to the State Wrestling Tournament after placing first or second at the Section 5A Tournament at Long Prairie-GE High School, Saturday.

Benson ninth-grader Thomas Dineen won the 182-pound section title with a pin in the finals against the top-seeded wrestler, while junior Adam Zosel finished second at 152 pounds and will also be advancing to the state tourney.

Dineen goes into the state tourney with a 38-1 overall record, while Zosel, who recently went over 100 career wins, is 33-3 for the season.

Dineen is set to face LCWM senior Avery Northquest (24-7) in the first round.  Trevor Eisfeld, of Tracy Area is the top seed with a 44-0 record.

Zosel is set to face Badger-GM senior Andy Dostal (43-5) in the first round, and the top two wrestlers are Willie VonRuden of Medford (19-1) and Zack Holtz of Kimball Area (32-0).

Wed
19
Feb
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Benson girls raise winning streak to six before losing at Melrose Area

The Benson girls basketball team won its fourth, fifth, and sixth-straight games last week before losing at Melrose, Friday, 66-60.  The Braves opened up last week with a 72-48 win against YME last Monday night, and then won at Osakis last Tuesday (64-58) before winning at MACCRAY, Thursday (56-44).

The Braves are 15-10 overall and 6-8 in the WCC with one regular-season game to go Monday at home against Hancock.

Benson earned the fourth seed in its half of Section 3AA and was set to open up the playoffs, Saturday at home against fifth-seeded Minnewaska Area.   The Braves split with the Lakers this season, losing at Minnewaska Area, but winning at home against the Lakers, Feb. 7.  If Benson wins that game, it would face top-seeded NLS in the next round...
 

Wed
19
Feb
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Enderson goes over 1,000 during home loss to Tigers

The Benson boys lost twice last week, dropping the Braves’ overall record to 14-9 heading into the home stretch of the season.  The Braves beat Yellow Medicine East last Monday night at home, 70-66, but then lost at home to Melrose last Tuesday, 68-51, and to Morris Area, Thursday, 80-70.

The two losses gave Benson a 5-6 record in its last 11 games after the Braves were 9-3, Jan. 9.

This week, the Braves close out the regular season with a game at Hancock, Tuesday (yesterday), a home game with Lac qui parle, Thursday (tomorrow), and a game at Melrose, Friday.

During last week’s action, Will Enderson became the seventh boy at BHS to reach 1,000 career points.  He earned his 1,000th point with a three-pointer late in the game against Morris Area and ended the game with a game-high 28 points.

Wed
19
Feb
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MBA boys open up playoffs with victory

The MBA boys hockey team closed out the regular-season with a split of games against Breckenridge-Wahpeton last Tuesday night (7-3 sin) and Becker-Big Lake, Thursday (6-5 loss).

The Storm earned the seventh seed in the Section 6A Tourney and opened up the postseason with a 4-2 win over 10th-seeded Wadena-DC, Saturday in Benson.

MBA, which improved to 20-5 overall, was set to face second-seeded Alexandria, Tuesday (yesterday).

In 25 seasons of Benson and MBA boys hockey, no team had earned 20 victories until this season...

 

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Wed
12
Feb
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Magaard wins 200th as KMS improves to 13-12

The KMS wrestling team closed out the 2019-20 regular-season in style after going 2-0 last week with wins over EVW (42-31) and Big Lake (37-36).  The Saints also competed at the St. Croix Invitational and Morris Area Invitational over the last week, placing second both times in very strong meets.

Will Magaard earned his 200th career win at the LDC triangular, Thursday, joining Kevin Steinhaus and Zachary Carlson as the only Saints to claim at least 200 wins in their high school careers.

The Saints were seeded fifth for the upcoming Section 5A Team Tourney and were set to wrestle at fourth-seeded Paynesville at 7 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) with the winner moving on to the “Final Four”, Friday at Minnewaska Area High School...

 

Wed
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Feb
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Gymnasts second at WCC Meeet

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team placed second of four teams at the WCC Gymnastics Meet, Saturday at Melrose.

The host Dutchmen won the meet with a score of 145.65, while Benson-KMS was second at 137.85, its third-highest point total of the season.

Based on results from the regular season and WCC Tourney, four members of the gymnastics team earned postseason honors.

Mariah Ahrndt, Libby McGeary, and Makenna Kelley all earned All-Conference this season, while Torie Andrews earned honorable mention.  It was the sixth-straight All-WCC honor for Ahrndt.

This week, the Benson-KMS gymnastics team is set to compete at the Section 6A Tourney at Howard Lake-WW.  The top team and top individuals from each of the events will earn a trip to the State Gymnastics Meet, set for Feb. 21-22 at the University of Minnesota.
Ahrndt has qualified to the last two state tournaments...
 

Wed
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Feb
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Ricard and Berreau go over 1,000 points as Benson girls stay hot

The Benson girls basketball team is one of the hottest teams in the area, having gone 8-2 in its last 10 games, including five of its last six. The Braves beat Paynesville (72-52), ACGC (58-40), and Minnewaska area (50--43) last week, giving Benson a 12-9 overall record and 6-7 conference mark heading into its final five games of the season.

During last week’s action, Clarie Ricard became the fifth girl at BHS to reach 1,000 career points during the win over Paynesville. 

Teammate Kaitlyn Berreau joined her Monday night during a home win over YME.  Berreau needed six points for 1,000 and made a driving layup with about six minutes left in the first half to join Ricard on the 1,000-point club.

Other players with 1,000 career points are Emma Peterson (1,589), Abby Fragodt (1,498), Emily Jensen (1,134), and Missy Giese (1,001).

Wed
12
Feb
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Zosel reaches 100 career wins as Braves earn seventh seed for tourney

The Benson wrestling team hopes to turn things around this week during the Section 5A Team Wrestling Tournament and the following weekend at the Section 5A Individual Tourney.

During action over the last week, the Braves went 1-2 at the Blaine quadrangular, Feb. 1; went 0-3 at a quadrangular in Benson last Tuesday, and 1-1 at the WCC Team Tourney, Thursday at Minnewaska Area High School.

That gave the Braves an overall record of 6-17 and earned Benson a seventh seeded heading into Tuesday’s (yesterday’s) Section 5A opener against 10th-seeded Ortonville at 5 p.m. at #2-BBE.

Benson easily beat Ortonville earlier this year so a quarterfinal matchup against BBE appears likely at 7 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday).  LPGE-Browerville was seeded first, followed by BBE, Minnewaska Area, Paynesville, and KMS in the top five.

Wed
05
Feb
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KMS boys top Camden North leader MACCRAY

The KMS boys basketball team knocked off league-leading MACCRAY, Thursday night at home, 71-55.  The win was the sixth in the last 10 games for the Saints, who improved to 6-10 overall and 5-7 in the conference.  Earlier in the week, the Saints fell to Lakeview, 69-57.

Three games are on tap this week beginning with a game Monday at Prinsburg CMCS, now tied with MACCRAY for the Camden lead at 10-2, followed by home games with BLHS, Thursday (tomorrow) and Renville County West, Friday...

 

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