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Dec
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Braves fall to BOLD 3-point onslaught

Max Peterson (31) weaves his way through a maze of BOLD players on the way to a layup during a loss to the Warriors last week on the home floor.  In the background is Zack Sonnabend.

The Benson boys basketball team had one bad stretch during a home game with BOLD last Tuesday night, and it was just enough to give the visiting Warriors a 77-69 victory over the Braves.

Benson trailed by 15 points late in the first half (33-18), before outscoring BOLD 51-44 the rest of the way, including a 9-4 edge to close out the first half and 42-40 margin in the second half.

Benson, which fell to 0-3 overall, was also set to host the CASE IH Boys Invitational Friday and Saturday with Breckenridge, ACGC, and MACCRAY, but the tournament was canceled due to a winter blizzard.

The game with ACGC, that was set to open up the tournament Friday, will be made up as a conference game, Friday, Jan. 6 in Benson....
    

Fri
09
Dec
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KMS girls win first two games

Members of the KMS girls basketball team stretch before the beginning of practice last Wednesday in the senior high gym.  In the middle giving instructions and talking about the previous night’s win over CGB is head coach Brady DeBaere.

The KMS girls basketball team opened up the season with two dominating wins over Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (73-47)  Tuesday, Nov. 29 and Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart (66-50), Friday, Dec. 2.

Sam Gjerde had 32 points and Katie Krieger added 20 during the win over CGB, while Gjerde had 21 points and Hanne Tebben added 13 during the victory against BLHS.

The Saints do not have any games scheduled this week due to the KMS High School Band’s trip to Pearl Harbor so the next game for KMS isn’t scheduled until Thursday, Dec. 15 at home versus Dawson-Boyd, which beat RCW in its conference opener, 62-52....

 

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Fri
09
Dec
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Benson girls fall twice at CASE Girls Invitational

Megan Amundson (3) plays tough defense against Osakis’ Lauren Savageau during the season opener in Benson.

The Benson girls basketball team opened up the new season with three losses at home last week.  The Braves fell to Osakis in the season opener last Tuesday night, 64-30, and also lost twice at the CASE Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament, Friday and Saturday, losing to Morris Area in the first game (60-30) and also falling to MACCRAY in the third-place game (48-36).

Morris Area topped West Central Area in the CASE title game, 55-33.

This week, Benson has two more home games with BOLD scheduled to visit BHS, Thursday, and Atwater-CGC coming for a game, Friday....

 

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Fri
09
Dec
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Lady Storm fall to Windom Area in home opener, 4-0

Hallie Watzke (7) skates upice with the puck during the home opener in Benson, Saturday against Windom Area.  The Lady Storm fell to 0-4 overall with the 4-0 loss.

The Morris-Benson Area Lady Storm were shut out for the third time in their first four games with a 4-0 loss to Windom Area, Saturday afternoon at the Benson Civic Center.

MBA is now set to host three-straight games at the Lee Community Civic Center in Morris -- Thursday against Park Rapids; Friday, Dec. 9 versus Crookston; and Thursday, Dec. 15 against Prairie Center, followed by a game in Benson, Saturday, Dec. 17 against Fairmont.

This year’s Lady Storm roster includes just 10 skaters:  senior Nicole Berens, juniors Whitney Demarais, Megan Kirkeide, and Abbey Hoffman; sophomores Hallie Watzke and Danielle Reuss; eighth-graders Rachel Berens, Libbey Pendill, and Leah Thompson; and seventh-grader Taryn Picht....

 

Fri
09
Dec
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Benson boys fall to NLS in season opener, 77-59

Layton Connelly drives on his NLS defender during the season opener for the Benson boys basketball team last week.

The Benson boys basketball team opened up the season with a 77-59 loss at home to New London-Spicer, Thursday night, Dec. 1.

NLS went on a big run midway through the first half to go from a tight 14-13 game to a 30-14 lead.  From then on, Benson kept pace with the Wildcats as NLS outscored the Braves only 47-45 from that point on.

The Braves are now set to play at Sauk Centre, Thursday, Dec. 8, followed by a game at home against BOLD, Tuesday, Dec. 13 and the Benson Boys Invitational, Dec. 16-17.

During the Benson Invitational, Breckenridge and MACCRAY are slated to meet in the first game at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, while Benson and ACGC square off in the second game at about 7:45 p.m.  The game with ACGC will also count as a WCC contest.
The two losers will meet in the third-place game at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, followed by the championship game...

 

Fri
02
Dec
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King Salmon in Alaska

Keith Skarsten (right) and his daughter, Kaely (left) caught a 24.8-pound King Salmon in May of 2016 while fishing near Ketchikan, Alaska.

Keith Skarsten (right) and his daughter, Kaely (left) caught a 24.8-pound King Salmon in May of 2016 while fishing near Ketchikan, Alaska.  “I very much enjoy fishing and spending time with my Dad anytime I can, and it was a great memory to catch this King Salmon with my father during a trip to Alaska,” Kaely said.  (Submitted photo.)

Fri
02
Dec
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KMS boys should be much improved

Tanner Rohner (with ball) and Brandon Rasmusson (right) return as two of the leaders for the KMS boys basketball team this season.

The KMS boys basketball team is primed for a breakout season this year after winning just two games last season and one in each of the two previous seasons before that.

The Saints were set to open up the season Friday, Dec. 2 at MACCRAY, followed by a game at Prinsburg CMCS, Tuesday, Dec. 13 and the home opener with Renville County West, Friday, Dec. 16.

Seniors lost to graduation from last year’s team are Preston Mahlum, Ian Caldwell, Vincent Tillman, and Alexander Holtberg.  Back to lead the Saints again this year is head coach Matt Fragodt, who will be assisted by Justin Johnson, James Cortez, and Joey Bauman.

This year’s KMS boys varsity roster includes seniors Tanner Rohner and Jorge Zaldivar; juniors Brandon Rasmusson,  and Josh Peterson; and sophomores Regan Carlson and Weston Gjerde, Cade Melin, Connor Carlson, Coy Norton, David Finberg, Ethan Hauge, JT Driscoll, Kolby Lindquist, Noah Thorson, and Regan Carlson.

Fri
02
Dec
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Benson girls to host invitational

Amanda Nissen is back as the starting point guard for the Benson girls basketball team.

The Benson girls basketball team was set to get the season underway Tuesday, Nov. 29 at home against Osakis followed by the Benson Girls Invitational this Friday and Saturday.  The Benson girls have six home dates to open up the season before going on the road to start 2017.

The Braves went 1-25 last year, including an 0-14 mark within the WCC.  Benson’s only win last year was a 67-64 overtime win over Paynesville in the second-to-last game.  

West Central Area and MACCRAY are set to get the Benson Invitational underway at 6 p.m., Friday, followed by Benson versus Morris Area at about 7:45 p.m.  The game against Morris will also count as a WCC game.

The JV teams are also set to play with the WCA and MACCRAY JV teams meeting at 4 p.m. in the auxiliary gym and Benson and Morris Area playing at 6 p.m.

Fri
02
Dec
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Lady Storm fall twice at tournament

Pictured: Nicole Berens (16) is the only senior on this year’s MBA girls hockey team, which fell twice at the Marshall Invitational, Friday and Saturday.

The Morris-Benson Area Lady Storm fell to Fargo Davies in the first game of the Marshall Invitational, 6-0, Friday, before also losing to Marshall in the third-place game, Saturday, 5-0.

Minnehaha United edged Marshall in the other semifinal game, Friday, 1-0, and Fargo Davies edged Minnehaha United for the Marshall Tourney championship, 3-2.

MBA is now ready to come home for seven of the next eight games, including four at the Benson Civic Center and three at Morris.  The home opener in Benson for the team, coached by first-year head coach Abby Daly and assisted by former head coach Jim Berens, is set for Saturday, Dec. 3 against Windom Area.

MBA then gets set to host Park Rapids, Thursday, Dec. 8, and Crookston, Friday, Dec. 9 at the Lee Community Civic Center in Morris.

MBA lost four seniors from last year’s team and all were leaders for the team in a variety of ways -- Hanna Lindblad, Kelsey Rajewsky, Kayla Benson, and Kamri Kalthoff.

Fri
02
Dec
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MBA boys fall to LDC in opener

Pictured: Shawn Aarhus (19) controls the puck for the MBA boys hockey team, which opened up the season with a loss at Litchfield-DC, Saturday.

The Morris-Benson Area boys hockey team opened up the season with a 12-0 loss at Litchfield-DC, Saturday.

The Storm managed just six shots on net during the loss, while LDC had over 20 shots each period.

The Storm are coming off a 2-21 season from a year ago, that included only a 3-0 win over Worthington and an 8-2 victory at Worthington.

MBA was set to host Windom Area in Benson, Saturday, Dec. 3, as part of a boy-girls hockey doubleheader, before hosting Willmar, Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The Storm, coached by Jeremiah Day and Tony Schultz, also lost eight key skaters from a year ago -- Taylor Staples, Kevin Meixel, Travis Engebretson, Cole Watzke, Colden Helberg, Chad Arndt, Garner Swenson, and Carl Ritzchke.

Three of those players were among the team’s top five scorers from a season ago, including Staples, who had 11 points, including a team-high seven assists; Meixel, who had eight points, and Engebretson, who had seven.

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