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Wed
06
Nov
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Saints win quarterfinal match, but fall to BBE in Section 5A semis

The KMS volleyball team reached the Section 5A semifinals before losing to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Thursday at Little Falls, 25-12, 25-23, 25-18.  BBE went on to beat Walker-Hackensack Area for the section title two nights later in a five-game thriller.

The Saints, who ended the season 17-12 overall, beat Benson in its first section match in four games and also routed Browerville-Eagle Valley in three games last Tuesday night at Long Prairie-GE High School, 25-14, 25-12, 25-7 to reach the semifinals.

The Saints were seeded second in its “pod” of Section 5A.  BBE goes into the state tourney with a 21-8 overall record.

“We were playing our best volleyball in the playoffs and that’s what you work for all season,” coach Joquel Molenaar said.  “Benson was such a tough match in the playoff opener and we were happy to get by them, but you always want more.

Fri
01
Nov
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KMS tops Benson in four games in section tourney

The Benson volleyball team won its first Section 5A match over Kaleidoscope Charter School, but the Braves’ season came to an end one night later with a 3-1 loss to KMS in the round-of-16, Friday night in Kerkhoven.

The Braves ended the season with a 9-16 overall record and 3-11 mark within the WCC, while KMS improved to 16-11 and was set to move on to face Browerville-Eagle Valley at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) at Long Prairie GE-High School.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s Benson volleyball team are Claire Ricard, Mariah Ahrndt, Kara Kannegiesser, Abby Lundebrek, and Abbie Mitteness.

The Section 5A Tourney continues Oct. 31 at LPGE and Little Falls, and the championship match is set for 7 p.m., Nov. 2 at Little Falls High School...
 

Fri
01
Nov
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Cross-country teams end season at sections

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams closed out the 2019 season by competing at the Section 6A Cross-Country Meet at Pierz, Thursday afternoon.

Staples-Motley won the girls title by 13 points over runner-up Albany, while the West Central Area boys were also victorious by 20 points over runner-up Staples-Motley.

Also advancing to state with the members of the first and second-place teams were the top eight runners from all the other teams.  Will Magaard missed out on a state berth by four places, or 25 seconds, while Natalie Jorschumb, who was 42nd in the girls meet and Allie Mitteness, who was 43rd, led the Benson-KMS girls team, but were over a minute off the state-qualifying pace.

The 2019 State Boys and Girls Cross-Country Meet is set for Saturday, Nov. 2 at St. Olaf College...
 

Fri
01
Nov
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Braves win 4A opener, but fall in semifinals

Mayer Lutheran scored 20 points in the first quarter on the way to a 39-14 victory over Benson in the Section 4A semifinals, Saturday at Crown College in St. Bonafacius.

The Braves stayed fairly even with Mayer Lutheran after the opening period, but the damage had already been done and Benson’s season ended with a 3-7 overall record...

 

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Fri
01
Nov
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Braves upset USA in 4A opener, 35-12

In one of the most exciting Benson football games in the last decade, the Braves rallied from a 12-0 deficit to upset the third-seeded Upsala-Swanville Area Patriots last Tuesday night in Swanville, 35-12.

The Braves scored on two long touchdown passes from Will Enderson to Matthew Tolifson, but also scored on two long fumble recoveries by Abe Peterson and Adam Zosel, and tacked on a fifth touchdown late on a long run by Thomas Dineen.

Benson won despite running only 34 offensive plays and registering three total first downs compared to 13 first downs and 72 total plays for the Patriots.  The Braves did not have a first down in the opening half, but the defense shined on this night, taking advantage of the second-straight week where Benson was playing a team that lost its starting quarterback.

Wed
23
Oct
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Benson volleyball to open up sections at home

The Benson volleyball team closed out the regular-season with a 3-0 loss at Morris Area-CA last Tuesday night.  The Braves closed out the regular-season with an 8-14 overall record and 3-11 mark within the WCC to place sixth in the final standings.

Sauk Centre won the league title with a perfect 14-0 record, followed by Melrose Area at 11-3, BOLD and Morris Area at 9-5 each, Minnewaska Area at 7-7, Benson at 3-11, ACGC at 2-12, and Montevideo at 1-13.

Benson also will be seeded third in its “pod” of Section 5A when the final seedings come out this week and the Braves will open up the section tourney at 7 p.m., Thursday (tomorrow) at home against Kaleidoscope Charter School (2-18 record)...

 

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Wed
23
Oct
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Boys cross-country team second at WCC Meet

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams competed at the WCC Cross-Country Meet at the Pomme de Terre Golf Course near Morris.

The Benson-KMS boys finished as runners-up behind Melrose Area, while Montevideo was third, Morris Area was fourth, Sauk Centre fifth, and Minnewaska Area sixth.

In the girls competition, Minnewaska Area edged Morris Area-CA by five points for the team title, while Melrose was third, Sauk Centre fourth, Benson-KMS and Montevideo tied for fifth, and BOLD-BLHS was seventh.

Will Magaard placed third for the Benson-KMS boys, while Jaron Furney was sixth and Landon Thompson was ninth.  They all earned All-Conference for the Fighting Braves, while Jacob Stalling, who was 22nd, earned honorable mention.

For the Benson-KMS girls, Allie Mitteness placed 14th to earn placement on the honorable mention team...

 

Wed
23
Oct
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Braves lose final regular-season game, 30-20

For the second week in a row, the Braves had a big play for a touchdown early in the game, but this time, Parkers Prairie was able to rally for a 30-20 win at home over the visiting Benson Braves last Wednesday night.

Mason Abner returned a fumble 63 yards for the opening score, giving Benson an early 8-0 lead only 5:01 into the game.

The Braves still led 14-8 after one quarter, but Parkers Prairie, which improved to 5-3 overall, went on to outscore Benson 22-6 the rest of the way.

Hurting the Braves were four sacks for minus-46 yards and three interceptions.

The Braves had a chance to tie it up with 2:35 left in the third quarter when Will Enderson and Ben Peterson teamed up for a 79-yard touchdown pass, but the Braves failed to add the two-point conversion and Parkers Prairie would go on to score the final touchdown.

Wed
16
Oct
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Volleyball team splits with Monte and Waska

The Benson volleyball team split two WCC matches last week and has only one more scheduled date before the start of the Section 5A Volleyball Tourney.

The Braves shut out Montevideo last Tuesday night, but then fell in three games at home to Minnewaska Area, Thursday.  Benson is 8-14 overall and 3-10 in the WCC heading into this Tuesday’s (yesterday) match at Morris Area-CA to close out the regular-season.

Sauk Centre clinched the WCC title last week and is 13-0 overall with one match to go, while Melrose Area is 10-3, BOLD and Morris Area are both 8-5, Minnewaska is 7-6, Benson is 3-10, ACGC is 2-11, and Montevideo is 1-12.

Wed
16
Oct
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It’s two in a row for the Braves!

It took one play for the Benson Braves football team to take control of its Homecoming game with Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Friday night.  Matthew Tolifson took the opening kickoff and, after bobbling the ball and picking it up off the ground, raced 94 yards basically untouched for a 94-yard kickoff return, giving Benson a quick 7-0 lead on the way to a 33-0 Homecoming win.

It was the first Homecoming victory for Benson since 2011 when the Braves edged ACGC, 30-22.  It’s also the first two-game winning streak for the Braves since early in the 2012 season.

“What a great way to celebrate Homecoming on a snowy Brock Field,” said an elated Benson head coach Adam Foslien  “We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game than by returning the opening kickoff.  That set the tone for the entire night.”

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