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KMS volleyball third at Underwood Tourney

The KMS volleyball team closed out the regular-season with a third-place finish at the Underwood Tournament, Thursday.  The Saints went 1-2 during pool play and then won a tiebreaker to earn a berth in the third-place match, which KMS won over Wheaton/Herman-Norcross in three games.

The Saints finished the regular season with a 7-20 record, going 6-8 over their final 14 matches to end the season on a high note.

The Section 6A Tourney is set to begin this week and the Saints are set to host a preliminary round match, Monday.  KMS earned the seventh seed in its sub-section and was set to host 10th-seeded Ashby (2-25) at 7 p.m., Monday with the winner moving on to face second-seeded Wheaton-HN at 7 p.m., Wednesday (tonight) in the sub-section quarterfinals...

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27
Oct
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Duncan and Helms win Section 3A doubles title and state berth

Senior Hannah Helms and sophomore Elise Duncan became the third doubles’ team at Benson or Benson-KMS to earn a berth at the State Girls Tennis Tournament.  Helms and Duncan won the Section 3A Individual Doubles’ Tourney with four-straight wins despite coming as the sixth seed.

Duncan, who is 7-17 overall this year playing mostly first singles, and Helms, who is 15-10 playing mostly second singles, will open up state action Thursday (tomorrow) and Friday at the Read-Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

Mackenzie Weber and Abby Fragodt were the first to qualify to state doubles in 2006 and 2007 for the Benson or Benson-KMS girls tennis program, placing fourth and third overall during the Class A Tourney, while Lauren Alsaker and Catherine James qualified to state doubles in 2009, going 1-2 at state...

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27
Oct
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Braves fall to ACGC in regular-season finale; to play at KMS in 4A opener

The Benson football team fell to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City last Wednesday night during the annual MEA football game, 42-6.  The Braves played without at least three of its starters during the game and also faced the task of battling wind, rain, and cold.

Benson stayed close through most of the first half before the Falcons scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to take charge of the game.

ACGC, which improved to 3-5 overall, outgained the Braves 364-39 and also had 11 first downs compared to just three for Benson, which was playing without Thomas Dineen, Brady DeHaan, and Ayden Ehmcke, all two-way starters, along with battling injuries for other players as well...

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Wed
20
Oct
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Helms and Duncan advance to Section 3A Individual semifinals

Only two players stayed alive after the first two rounds of the Section 3A Individual Tennis Tournament, Thursday at Sioux Falls, SD.

The Fighting Braves had four entries in the Section 3A Tourney with Lily Miller and Milgo Abdi playing singles, and Hannah Helms-Elise Duncan, and Eleanor Habben-Bella Quisberg competing in doubles.

Miller and Abdi both fell in the opening round, while Habben and Quisberg won their first match before losing to the top seed in the quarterfinals, and Helms and Duncan won both of their matches to advance to this week’s “Final Four” at Gustavus Adolphus, Tuesday (yesterday)...

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Benson-KMS cross-country teams host meet at Kerkhoven Golf Club

Landon Thompson was third overall at the Benson-KMS Invitational Cross-Country Meet last Tuesday at Kerkhoven.  Thompson led the Fighting Braves to a fourth-place finish in the boys competition, while teammate Jacob Gareis was 11th.

In the girls race, Natalie Jorschumb led the Fighting Braves in 12th place and Erica Bakke was 16th as Benson-KMS finished fifth overall of 10 teams in the home meet.

State-ranked Minnewaska Area won the girls meet by eight points over Wadena-DC, while LQP-DB placed first in the boys meet, edging out Sauk Centre by 11 points for first (49-60)...

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Braves snap losing streak with shutout

Five different players scored touchdowns for the Braves during a 37-0 win at home against Maple Lake, Friday night.  In addition, kicker Alberto Vargas had seven points, going 4-for-5 on extra-points and adding a 30-yard field goal for Benson’s final score.

The win pushed the Braves’ overall record to 3-4 heading into Wednesday night’s (tonight) game at Atwater-CGC to close out the regular-season.

Benson is also set to open up the Section 4A Tournament, Tuesday, Oct. 25.  The Braves will be seeded anywhere from third through fifth, but most likely, the Braves will earn the fourth or fifth seed and play KMS in the quarterfinals, either in Benson or in Murdock...

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Wed
13
Oct
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Girls tennis team earns two upsets in section tourney before losing in finals

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team ended the team portion of its season the same way it ended the regular-season; with a disappointing loss to the Morris Area/WCA Tigers.

The Fighting Braves fell to Morris Area, 4-3, in the regular-season finale to fall to 5-7 and then lost to the Tigers in the Section 3A finals, 6-1, last Wednesday at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Benson-KMS, seeded fifth, beat fourth-seeded Lac qui Parle/DB in the opener last Monday night at LQP Valley High School, 4-3, and also upset top-seeded Luverne at Gustavus earlier last Wednesday, 4-3, before having the season end with the loss to the Tigers, who were seeded second...

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13
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KMS football team falls to state-ranked Kimball Area

The KMS football team fell to 1-5 overall with a 50-6 loss at Kimball Area, Friday night.  The Saints trailed just 8-6 after one quarter, but the Cubs scored the final 42 points of the game to improve to 6-0 for the season.

Kimball and BOLD are currently tied for first in the sub-district with 6-0 records, followed by Upsala-Swanville Area (5-1), BBE (4-2), Browerville-EV (3-3), Benson and ACGC (both 2-4), KMS and Maple Lake (both 1-5), and LPGE (0-6).

The Saints are currently the fifth seed in Section 4A, but have a chance to move up to fourth if they can beat ACGC this Friday at 7 p.m. in Murdock, and at LPGE to close out the regular-season, Wednesday, Oct. 20.  See Speaking of Sports for more playoff scenarios...

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Oct
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Benson volleyball holds off ACGC for fifth victory

The Benson volleyball team swept ACGC at home last Tuesday night to snap a long losing streak in best-of-five matches.  The Braves also hosted the Morris Area Tigers, Thursday, losing in three games.

Benson improved to 5-19 overall and 1-8 in the WCC after last week’s action and only two weeks remain in the regular season before the start of the Section 6A Tourney.

Benson was set to host league-leading Sauk Centre, Tuesday (yesterday) before playing at BOLD, Thursday (tomorrow) and closing out the regular-season Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Melrose Area...

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BOLD stays undefeated while handing Braves third-straight loss

The Benson Braves played a great first half against the state-ranked BOLD Warriors Friday night in Benson, but the Warriors dominated the second half on the way to a 36-9 victory.

Benson trailed just 14-9 and had several chances to score late in the first half.  However, BOLD kept the Braves from scoring, and then outscored Benson 22-0 in the second half.  In fact, Benson had just 16 offensive plays from scrimmage and no first downs in the second half.

The Braves fell to 2-4 with the loss, while BOLD stayed perfect at 6-0 and is tied with Kimball Area for first place in the Mid State 3 sub-district...

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