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Wed
13
Jan
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Post “Fab Five” era starts this Friday for girls basketball

The post “Fab Five” era starts for the Benson girls basketball program this season.  Gone are the starting five from last year, players who have started for the Benson girls basketball program for the past three seasons.

Also gone from last year’s team is Jonas Grossman, who was the head coach.   He will be replaced by Adam Foslien, who is also the head football coach at BHS and coached the C-squad boys basketball team last winter.

Last year, the Benson girls basketball team tied for the eighth most wins in program history.  The Braves went 16-12 overall last winter...

 

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Wed
06
Jan
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Highlights in sports from years gone by

With the start of the winter high school sports season delayed for another couple of weeks this winter, we’re bringing back the “Highlights from years gone by . . .” column through mid-January.

We hope you enjoy reading about the BHS and KMS student-athletes from the past in news stories taken from Monitor-News issues from one to 50-plus years ago.

I know it’s not quite the same as the actual competition this winter, but our hope is that Benson and KMS will be back competing on the basketball court, wrestling mat, at the gymnastics center, or on the hockey rink very soon.
Hang in there Benson and KMS student-athletes as well as coaches, parents and fans...

 

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Wed
06
Jan
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COVID, milestones, and wrestling named top stories of 2020

This past year has been a tough one for everyone, but among the hardest hit have been the student-athletes, who not only have been dealing with COVID-19 in the classroom, but have also had most of their sports canceled for the past year.

Benson and KMS student-athletes were able to complete their winter seasons last year, but the spring sports season was completely canceled, the fall sports season began late and ended early, and the current winter season has been postponed until at least the second week of 2021.

And so, without a doubt, COVID-19 is the top sports story of 2020, followed by a season of milestones last winter, a great wrestling season last year at KMS and Benson, a fantastic season of gymnastics, and a very successful season of Benson-KMS cross-country this past fall...
 

Wed
30
Dec
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McLaughlin sets Guinness Book of World Record

Had the barrel-chested Bensonite not been powerfully built from the waist up, it’s conceivable he would have fell short of the world record.  That wasn’t the case Saturday and Sunday in Jack’s Rec, however, as Mike McLaughlin, drawing on every ounce of strength and bit of endurance he had, smashed an existing world record.

If McLaughlin’s attempt becomes official, he will hold -- according to the Guinness Book of World Records ---- the world record for making the most pool balls in a 24-hour period.

During the 24-hour span from noon Saturday through 12-bells Sunday, McLaughlin dropped a total of 8,415 pool balls in the side and corner pockets.  He smashed the existing world record, according to Guinness by 169 balls.

When his record-setting ordeal was over at noon Sunday, McLaughlin said his feet aches, his legs hurt, his back and arms were numb.  “Just about everything hurt,” he explained...

 

Wed
30
Dec
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Highlights in sports from years gone by . . .

With the start of the winter high school sports season delayed by at least 3-4 weeks this winter, we’re bringing back the “Highlights from years gone by . . .” column for the month of December.

We hope you enjoy reading about the BHS and KMS student-athletes from the past in news stories taken from Monitor-News issues from one to 50-plus years ago.

I know it’s not quite the same as the actual competition this winter, but our hope is that Benson and KMS will be back competing on the basketball court, wrestling mat, at the gymnastics center, or on the hockey rink very soon.
Hang in there Benson and KMS student-athletes as well as coaches, parents and fans...

 

For more on this story, and to keep up on all the latest in area sports, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!

Wed
30
Dec
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Cain, Krieger, and Nichols named to All-Area honorable mention team

The West Central Tribune of Willmar came out with its All-Area volleyball teams for 2020 and two KMS volleyball players and one from Benson earned recognition on the honorable mention team.

Seven players, including three from Willmar, two from NLS, and one each from BBE and Litchfield, were named to the All-Area first-team.

Earning All-Area first-team honors were Litchfield senior setter Kristin Foley, BBE senior middle hitter Karissa Jones, Willmar junior setter Lydia Larson, NLS senior right side hitter Ashlyn Olson, Willmar sophomore outside hitter Sydney Schnichels, Willmar senior libero Abby Stark, and NLS senior outside hitter Aleah Zieske...

 

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Wed
23
Dec
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Nichols, Krieger, Gjerde earn All-Camden honors

It was a short season for Minnesota volleyball this season, but the KMS volleyball team made the most of it.  The Saints were able to play just 10 matches before the season was cancelled, but KMS won seven of those matches to earn the league title. 

The Saints started out 3-0 and then fell to Camden powers RTR, Tracy, and Minneota by 3-0 scores before winning their final four to win the Camden North title with a 7-3 record.  After starting out with three 3-1 wins, all the other matches this season for KMS were decided by 3-0 scores, except for a 3-2 win over MACCRAY that ultimately decided the Camden North title.

It was the third-straight winning season for the Saints, who previously won the Camden North title in 2015 when the team went 20-10 overall.  MACCRAY was second in the Camden North with a 4-3 record followed by Prinsburg and Lac qui Parle (both 2-7), Dawson-Boyd (1-10), and RCW (0-11)...
 

Wed
23
Dec
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Highlights in sports from years gone by . . .

With the start of the winter high school sports season delayed by at least 3-4 weeks this winter, we’re bringing back the “Highlights from years gone by . . .” column for the month of December.

We hope you enjoy reading about the BHS and KMS student-athletes from the past in news stories taken from Monitor-News issues from one to 50-plus years ago.

I know it’s not quite the same as the actual competition this winter, but our hope is that Benson and KMS will be back competing on the basketball court, wrestling mat, at the gymnastics center, or on the hockey rink very soon.
Hang in there Benson and KMS student-athletes as well as coaches, parents and fans...
 

For more on this story, and to keep up on all the latest in area sports, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!

Wed
23
Dec
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Berens, Cain, Doscher named to All-WCC team

The Benson volleyball team finished the 2020 season with an overall record of 4-8 after beating West Central Area in a three-game sweep at home to close out the season.  The Braves, who were 3-6 in the WCC,  started the season off 3-1, but then lost seven-straight matches before the season-ending win over WCA.

In the final WCC volleyball standings, only two teams finished the season with above-.500 records.  Sauk Centre finished as the top team with a 4-1 record, followed by Melrose Area (7-2), BOLD and Minnewaska Area (both 4-5), Morris Area-CA (4-6), Montevideo (2-3) and Benson (3-6).

It still hasn’t been decided whether Sauk Centre will be awarded the WCC title or not.  SC beat Melrose in their only meeting this fall, 3-0, while Melrose also lost a five-game match to Montevideo...

 

Wed
16
Dec
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Two Benson players earn All-Area football recognition

Two members of the 2020 Benson football team were recently honored by the West Central Tribune of Willmar by being named to the All-Area football team for 2020.  Sophomore fullback/defensive end Thomas Dineen was named to the 11-player All-Area team, while senior wide receiver/defensive back Abe Peterson earned recognition on the 11-member honorable mention team.

Both Benson players also earned All-District and Dineen was named the MVP Defensive Lineman in the district, and Peterson was named the MVP Defensive Back.

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