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Fri
21
Oct
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Tennis team falls to Osakis in 6A semis

Olivia Hoffman (left) and Rose McDonald (right) compete at a recent home match for the Braves, who fell to Osakis, 4-3, in the Section 6A Team Tourney at Sartell.  Up this week is the Section 6A Individual Tourney.

The Benson girls tennis team was eliminated with a 4-3 loss to Osakis in the Section 6A semifinals last Wednesday at Fitness Evolution in Sartell.

The Braves closed out the team portion of their season with a 16-3 overall record, which included a 7-1 WCC record, good enough for second place.

Osakis also beat Benson in the regular-season finale one week earlier by a 5-2 score.  Two of Benson’s three losses this season were 4-3 decisions and the other was the 5-2 loss to Osakis.

Minnewaska Area, which edged Benson earlier this year (4-3) to win the WCC title, went on to earn its second-straight state tournament berth with a 6-1 win over Osakis in the Section 6A finals.

Fri
21
Oct
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Field goal and onside kick propel Minnewaska to 30-7 win over Braves

Brett Sulier (on ground) hangs on to a Minnewaska Area runner as Aaron Zosel (34), Ross Grussing (79), and Mason Abner (30) come up to halp out, and Sam Lundebrek (84) and others look on from at right.

The Benson football team is down to its final regular-season game after losing at home to Minnewaska Area, Friday night on Brock Field, 30-7, during the annual Senior Night and Parents’ Night.  The Braves showed a lot of promise when they pulled out a 28-26 triple-overtime victory at YME, but since that time, the Sting have gone on to go 4-1, while Benson has lost five in a row.  

Benson was tied with Minnewaska Area late in the first half, 7-7, after scoring a touchdown with 58 seconds left, but the Lakers raced down the field and kicked a field goal to go up 20-7, and then added 20 more points in the second half to win going away.

Fri
14
Oct
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Montevideo dominates second quarter on way to 27-7 victory over Braves

Brett Sulier (44) goes up the middle of the Montevideo defense for some hardearned yardage during the Braves’ 27-7 loss, Friday.  Identified for Benson are Matt Gandsey (58), Shawn Aarhus (73), and Zack Sonnabend (far right).

The Benson football team missed out on a great opportunity to move up in the Section 5AA standings, losing at home to Montevideo in the annual Homecoming game for BHS, 27-7.

The Braves and Thunderhawks both came into the contest with 1-4 records, but Montevideo dominated from the start, going up 27-0 before Benson finally scored in the fourth quarter.

Benson is now tied with Sauk Centre, Paynesville, and Minnewaska Area for fourth place in Section 5AA with 1-5 records.  The Braves are set to host Minnewaska Area at 7 p.m., Friday, before playing at Sauk Centre in the regular-season finale, Wednesday, Oct. 19.
EV-Watkins (5-1), Osakis (4-2), and ACGC (3-3) will be the top three seeds in the section, but the other four teams are battling for the fourth seed and a home playoff game, Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Fri
14
Oct
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Cross-country teams compete at Monte

Members of the Benson-KMS boys cross-country team take off at the start of the Benson Invitational, Monday in Benson.  Identified for Benson-KMS from left to right are JayEven McGee, Jacob Stallings, Jon Tostenson, Josh Bailey, and Brady Ascheman.  The boys placed second behind LQP-DB.  Complete results will appear next week.

And now, the real season begins!

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams competed at the Montevideo Invitational last Tuesday afternoon, with the boys team placing second behind Marshall, and the girls team running sixth in a meet dominated by Marshall, which had its top five runners place first through fifth.

Only one regular-season meet remains for the Fighting Braves; the Benson Invitational, which was set for Monday at the Benson Golf Course.

After that is the WCC Invitational, Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Melrose; the Section 6A Meet at NLS, Thursday, Oct. 27; and the Minnesota State Boys and Girls Cross-County Meet at St. Olaf College, Saturday, Nov. 5...

 

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Fri
07
Oct
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Saints fall to Parkers Prairie, 14-12

Caleb Collins (left) has to go low to grab a snap from center.  Collins completed 3-of-10 passes and ran for 33 yards during a 14-12 loss to Parkers Prairie, Friday.

The Saints came within three points of winning their third-straight game, but instead, KMS fell to Parkers Prairie, 14-12, in the Saints’ annual Homecoming game, Friday night in Murdock.

Both teams had two touchdowns, but Parkers Prairie added two extra-point kicks, while the Saints went empty on their two conversion attempts.

KMS, which falls to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the Mid-State District, held a 13-6 edge in first downs and 256-182 in total yards, but the Saints hurt themselves with nine penalties and one lost fumble.

“The story of this game was too many penalties, including many on mental mistakes, along with some close spots that didn’t go our way,” KMS head coach Eric Kauffmann said.  “This is a hard one to swallow.  We had two close short-yardage plays near our end zone that really cost us, both coming up short of a first down by an inch.  This a game of inches and it proved that again tonight.”

Fri
07
Oct
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Tennis team 15-1 with one regular-season match to go

Olivia Hoffman returns a shot at the net during a third-doubles’ win over YME last week in Benson as Rose McDonald looks on from behind.

The Benson girls tennis team is 15-1 overall heading into its final regular-season match of the season against Osakis, Monday in Benson.

The Braves beat Yellow Medicine East (6-1), Milbank, SD (5-4), and Lac qui Parle (5-2) last week to raise their record to 15-1 overall and 7-1 in the WCC to finish second behind Minnewaska Area (8-0).

The match against Osakis will also determine the second seed in the upcoming Section 6A Tourney, set to begin Monday at Fitness Evolution in Sartell.

Benson also competed in the WCC Individual Tourney, Saturday, and earning championships for the Braves were Sophia Curriel at fourth singles, and Grace Ricard and Olivia Hoffman at second doubles...

Thu
06
Oct
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Braves drop to 1-4 with 28-19 loss at ACGC

The Benson football team outgained the Falcons by 70 yards during their sub-district showdown in Grove City, Friday night, and also registered their first interception of the season, but ACGC used an early return of a fumble for a touchdown, 203 yards rushing, and several costly Benson penalties to beat the Braves in a key section game, 28-19.

Benson went up 7-6 with a touchdown pass from Layton Connelly to Max Peterson and pulled to within 14-13 at the end of the first half when Ty Hedman hit Peterson for a 90-yard scoring play.

ACGC went up 28-13 with the first two touchdowns of the second half, but Benson had one last chance when Brett Sulier hauled in a 45-yard pass from Connelly for a touchdown, but when the extra-point kick failed, the Braves were too far back with only a few minutes left in the game.

Wed
21
Sep
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Saints top Kimball 8-7 for first win

Brandin Dahl picks up some yardage for the Saints during a scrimmage against Ortonville earlier this fall.  KMS earned its first win of the season, Friday at Kimball Area, 8-7.

The KMS football team pulled out an 8-7 victory at Kimball Area, Friday, picking up its first win of the 2016 season in the process.  The Saints trailed 7-0 at halftime before scoring on a one-yard run by Caleb Collins in the third quarter, and Collins also connected up with Weston Gjerde for the winning two-point conversion.

It was an even game between the two teams as both teams had eight first downs and KMS gained 185 total yards on 52 plays compared to 195 yards on 55 plays for Kimball, which dropped to 0-3 overall.

“A win is a win, no matter how you look at it,” KMS head coach Eric Kauffmann said.  “We knew going into the game that they were going to have a hard time running the ball against us, so we practiced against the pass all week and made some changes and it paid off.”

Wed
21
Sep
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Gjerde injured as KMS falls in five games to Canby

Alexandra Walsh (5) spikes past a block attempt at the net during a early match for the Saints this season.  At right for KMS is Katie Krieger.  The Saints split their matches last week, sweeping DB and losing in five games to Canby.

The KMS volleyball team suffered a couple of tough blows last week as the Saints lost in five games to Canby, Thursday, in a match that also saw senior setter Sam Gjerde go down with a knee injury.

The Saints opened up last week’s action with a three-game sweep of Dawson-Boyd last Tuesday night, but two nights later, KMS fell to Canby in five games, 16-25, 25-19, 20-25, 30-28, 15-8, while also losing Gjerde to an injury that could impact the remainder of the season for the Saints.

KMS, which dropped to 8-2 overall and 3-1 in the Camden Conference, is still in a three-way tie for first place in the Camden North Conference with Prinsburg CMCS and MACCRAY.

The Saints have three matches this week, including a home match with Prinsburg, Tuesday (yesterday).  KMS also is set to play at Kimball Area, Monday, and at YME, Thursday (tomorrow)...

 

Wed
21
Sep
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Tennis team improves to 11-1 with win over Morris

Grace Ricard stretches for a shot at the net during second doubles’ action as teammate Olivia Hoffman looks on from behind.  The girls tennis team improved to 11-1 last week, while Ricard and Hoffman improved to 12-0.

The girls tennis team just keeps rolling along as the Braves topped Morris Area last Tuesday night in Morris, 5-2, to improve their record to 11-1 overall and 4-1 in the WCC.

The Braves fell to Minnewaska Area during their previous match, Sept. 8, ending a 10-match winning streak to open up the season, but Benson didn’t waste any time starting a new one at the expense of the Tigers.

Benson can still earn a co-share of the WCC title if Melrose tops Minnewaska Area when the two teams meet Sept. 27.  

The Braves also have a shot at the second seed in the Section 6A Team Tourney behind Minnewaska, but that will depend upon the outcome of an Oct. 3 matchup at home against Osakis.

Grace Ricard and Olivia Hoffman, who have played mostly second doubles, continue to lead the girls tennis team with 12-0 records, while Rose McDonald and Cassie Fugleberg are both 10-2, Kellie Enderson is 9-3, and Gracie Grussing and Olivia Vergin are both 8-4.

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