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Dec
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Call earns MVP quarterback, while two other Saints earn All-District

Six members of the KMS football team earned recognition on the All-District team for 2020.

Alex Call, Isaac Call, and Isaac Rudningen all earned placement on the All-District team for 2020, while Wylee Lottman, Rick Jones, and Brody Forsell were recognized on the honorable mention team.

In addition, Alex Call was also selected as the sub-district Quarterback of the Year.  He was 52-for-86 passing this season for 657 yards with five touchdowns, three interceptions, and was sacked eight times...

 

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Wed
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Dec
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Seven Braves earn All-District for 2020

The Benson football team recently released its awards for the 2020 season.  The Braves closed out the fall season with a 4-3 overall record after going 4-2 in the regular-season and losing their first playoff game to Upsala-Swanville Area.

Benson did win the Mid State Blue sub-district with a perfect 3-0 record, beating BBE (48-12), Browerville-EV (45-6), and USA (20-18 in overtime).  The Braves did not play KMS or Parkers Prairie due to COVID-19 protocol.

The first-place finish gave Benson 10 total All-sub-district selections as seven players earned All-sub-district and another three were selected to the honorable mention team...

 

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Wed
09
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...
 

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Wed
09
Dec
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Calls, Rudningen, Lottman, and Jones among leaders for KMS football team in 2020

The KMS football team ended the 2020 season with a 3-2 overall record.  The Saints had their season cut short following a 26-0 shutout win over BBE, Nov. 6.  Following the game, head coach Jason Fernholz informed the team that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and the team would be forced to cancel the rest of the season.

The Saints did finish with at least a .500 record for the fifth-straight season after going 5-5, 5-5, 9-2, and 5-5 the previous four seasons and this year’s seniors at least finished their high school careers with a victory, not something a lot of high school football players get to do.

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09
Dec
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Hedman, Petersons, Schmidt, Dineen, and Zosel among leaders for Braves in 2020

The Benson football team had a winning record for the first time since 2008 and also won four-straight games for the first time since that season.

All in all, it was a great season of football despite the Braves losing in the first round of the Section 4A playoffs.

The Benson football team started the 2020 season off with a 35-21 loss to BOLD, which had placed second at the state tourney the previous year....
 

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Wed
02
Dec
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Four earn All-WCC honors for Benson-KMS girls tennis team

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team recently released its All-Conference honorees for the 2020 season.  The Fighting Braves finished 7-6 this season, including a 5-2 mark in the WCC to finish third behind Minnewaska and Montevideo (both 6-1).

Earning All-Conference for the team were seniors Stacy Johnson, Susan Knutson, and Halle Bundy.  Johnson played first singles for the Fighting Braves and Knutson and Bundy teamed up at first doubles.  In addition, ninth-grader Elise Duncan, who played second singles all season, was named to the honorable mention team for 2020.

Coaching the team this year was first-year head coach Coleton Anderson.  He was very happy with the way his first year as head coach went and was satisfied with the way the season went...

 

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Dec
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KMS ends season with victory over Prinsburg

The KMS volleyball team swept Prinsburg CMCS in the season finale Friday, Nov. 20 at Prinsburg, 25-19, 25-16, 25-15.The win pushed the Saints’ final record to 7-3 overall and in the Camden North, giving KMS the unofficial conference 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, which fell to KMS in a five-game thriller, Nov. 2, 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).

In the Camden South, Minneota won the title with a perfect 11-0 league mark, followed by RTR (11-2), Canby and Tracy Area (9-3), YME (4-10), and Lakeview (3-4).  Key to the Saints winning the conference title was a 3-1 win over Canby in the second match of the season...

 

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Dec
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Benson volleyball team closes out season with win over West Central Area

The Benson volleyball team closed out the 2020 season with a three-game sweep at home over West Central Area, Friday.  The win snapped a seven-match losing streak for the Braves, who ended the season with a 4-8 overall record and 3-6 within the WCC.

The Minnesota State High School League canceled the remainder of the 2020 fall season due to COVID-19 concerns.  That means there will be no section volleyball tournament this season.

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)...

 

Wed
25
Nov
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KMS sweeps RCW for sixth victory

Canceled due to COVID-19, the KMS volleyball team finally got in a match, Thursday, and the Saints took advantage of the opportunity with a quick three-game sweep of Renville County West, 25-17, 25-15, 25-16.  It was the third-straight win for the Saints, who improved to 6-3 overall and in the Camden North with the win over RCW. 

One night later, the Saints swept Prinsburg in the regular-season finale, earning the conference title for the second time in six seasons after also winning in 2015.  A recap of that match will be highlighted next week.

MACCRAY, which fell to KMS in five games earlier this season, is 4-3 in the conference, while Prinsburg is 2-7, Lac qui Parle is 2-7, Dawson-Boyd is 1-10, and Renville County West is 0-10.  In the Camden South, top-ranked Minneota leads the way at 11-0, followed closely by RTR (10-2), Tracy Area (9-2), Canby (9-3), YME (4-9), and Lakeview (2-4)...

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Nov
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Benson volleyball team ends season with 4-8 record

The Benson volleyball team was hoping to close out the 2020 season with a victory after losing two more matches last week at MACCRAY last Monday, 3-0, and at home against BOLD, Thursday, 3-2.

The Braves started the season out 3-1, but fell to 3-8 overall and 3-6 in the conference with the two latest losses.  Benson’s victory over BOLD in game one snapped an 18-game losing streak for the Braves, who had lost six-straight matches by 3-0 scores before losing in five to the Warriors.

Benson was set to close out the regular-season this week, but a recent surge in COVID-19 forced the Minnesota State High School League to shut down the season Friday, meaning there will also be no section tourney.

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