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Montevideo edges Benson on last-second 3-pointer

The Benson boys basketball team went 1-1 last week, putting its overall record at 1-3 and conference mark at 0-2.  The Braves opened up last week with an 80-49 home win over CGB, Thursday night, but one night later, the Braves fell to Montevideo, 66-64, as the Thunderhawks hit a 3-pointer as time expired for the exciting win.

Benson has two more home games scheduled for this week, beginning with a game against Minnewaska Area, Tuesday (yesterday) and continuing with a game against Sauk Centre, Friday...

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Wed
27
Jan
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Gymnasts open up season with win

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team opened up the season with a dominating win at Long Prairie-GE, Friday.  The Fighting Braves placed 1-2-3 in the all-around and scored 128.275 points to easily top LPGE.

Libby McGeary, who qualified to state last year as a freshman, won the all-around with a total of 34.975, while her teammates, Makenna Kelley (31.95) and Torie Andrews (30.65) placed second and third, respectively.

Benson-KMS is set to compete at Morris Area, Friday.  The Fighting Braves are still hoping to get into their new home at the Benson Athletic Center for the home opener, Friday, Feb. 19 against NLS...
 

 

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Wed
27
Jan
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Braves fall to Melrose Area in home opener

The Benson boys basketball team fell to 0-2 with a 75-55 loss at home to Melrose Area, Friday night.  The Dutchmen stormed out to an early lead of 20-2 and led 48-18 by halftime before the Braves came roaring back in the second half.

The Braves hope to pick up win No. 1 this week with home games against Clinton-GB, Thursday (tomorrow) and Montevideo, Friday.

This year’s Benson boys basketball varsity roster includes seniors Ben Peterson, Abe Peterson, Cole Hedman, Sam Lenarz, Sam Grussing, Matt Laumeyer, Pat Minchow, and Austin Grube; juniors Brandonn Traut, Dylan Ascheman, Isaac Minchow, Chaden Carroll, and Jalen Anderson; sophomore Juan Espinoza; and ninth-grader Blake Brehmer...

 

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Wed
27
Jan
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Benson girls lose pair of close games to open up year

The Benson girls lost their first two games of the season last week, but put up a good fight both times.  The Braves, with first-year head coach Adam Foslien at the helm, lost at home to BOLD last Monday night, 59-52, in a game the Braves trailed early by over 20 points before rallying to within a handful of points late in the game.

Three nights later, the Braves fell at Melrose Area, 37-32, scoring just 12 first-half points and turning the ball over 24 times.

This week, Benson was set to host Lac qui Parle, Monday, and ACGC, Tuesday (yesterday) before taking a week to prepare for its next road game, Tuesday, Feb. 2 at BOLD...
 

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Wed
20
Jan
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Benson boys fall to LQP Valley in season opener

The Benson boys basketball team opened up the season with an 83-62 loss at Lac qui Parle Valley, Saturday.  The Braves trailed 38-27 at halftime before giving up 45 points to the Eagles in the second half.

Back to lead the Braves again this year is second-year head coach Adam Jensen.  BOLD won the WCC with a 13-1 record last year.  Placing second last year in the WCC was Melrose (11-3), followed by Minnewaska Area (10-4), Morris Area-CA and Benson (both 7-7), Sauk Centre and ACGC (both 4-10), and Montevideo (0-14).

This year’s Benson boys basketball varsity roster includes seniors Ben Peterson, Abe Peterson, Cole Hedman, Sam Lenarz, Sam Grussing, Matt Laumeyer, Pat Minchow, and Austin Grube; juniors Brandonn Traut, Dylan Ascheman, Isaac Minchow, Chaden Carroll, and Jalen Anderson; sophomore Juan Espinoza; and ninth-grader Blake Brehmer...

 

Wed
20
Jan
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Benson wrestlers win title at BOLD triangular

The Benson wrestling team opened up the season with a pair of wins at the BOLD triangular, Saturday.  The meet had been scheduled for Friday, but was pushed back a day due to weather.

The Braves beat Paynesville (51-29) and BOLD (47-30), while Paynesville beat BOLD for second place, 48-30.  There were a total of 11 matches that were forfeits during the two matches, including seven against Paynesville.

During the win over BOLD, Benson trailed 24-23 before Nathan Bolduc and Adam Zosel had back-to-back first-minute pins to put the Braves ahead for good.

Next up for the Braves, coached by Scott Thompson, is the Melrose triangular, Thursday (tomorrow) followed by a triangular at Osakis, Thursday, Jan. 28...

 

Wed
20
Jan
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KMS boys lose opener and leading scorer

The KMS boys basketball team had its chances to pick up its first win of the season in the season opener, Saturday at RTR, but the Saints had a tough stretch at the end of both halves and RTR was able to hold off the Saints for a 72-63 win.

The KMS boys basketball team should have another successful season in 2020-21 after going 9-17 last year and losing just three players from the team through graduation.

“It was a tough first game,” head coach Matt Fragodt said.  “We didn’t take care of the ball very well and had a lot of unforced errors. We also got into foul trouble right away. It was hard to lose Isaac Call and Isaac Rudningen for most of the first half because of fouls. Our young players had to really step up...”

 

Wed
20
Jan
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KMS girls open up season with loss to RTR

The KMS girls basketball team opened up the season with a 52-39 loss at home to Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Saturday.  It took the Saints six minutes to score their first points of the season and KMS trailed late in the first half 22-11 before scoring the final five points of the half.

KMS, coached by Justin Johnson, was set to host Lakeview, Monday before playing at Tracy Area, Thursday (tomorrow).

RTR 52, KMS 39

A cold-shooting first half led to a loss for the KMS girls basketball team in its season opener, Saturday in Kerkhoven.  The Saints shot under 20 percent from the field, including just 3-of-18 from three-point range during a 52-39 loss to the RTR Knights...

 

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Wed
13
Jan
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Hedman and Petersons set to lead Benson boys

The Benson boys basketball team had a disappointing end to last year’s season, losing their last three games to finish 15-12 overall.  It was the first winning season for the Benson boys basketball program since 2011-12 when the team finished 18-10.

However, the Braves had hoped to go further in the playoffs.  Benson earned a first-round playoff game at home against Paynesville, but came out on the losing end of a 73-63 decision.

Gone from last year’s team, which was 7-7 in the WCC, are Will Enderson and Jacob Wolter.  Enderson reached 1,000 career points late last year and at least two other Benson olayers could hit that milestone for the Braves this season...

 

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Wed
13
Jan
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Time for a fresh start for Benson-KMS gymnastics

The Benson-KMS gymnastics program gets a fresh start this season after losing two long-time varsity gymnasts and also bein only weeks away from christening their new gymnastics center just north of the high school.

Mariah Ahrndt and Allie Mitteness are lost from last year’s team, and Ahrndt was a six-time All-Conference awardwinner who also qualified to state three times.

That leaves two major openings for the younger gymnasts and with 34 gymnasts on this year’s team, there will be plenty of competition for the remaining varsity spots...

 

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