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Braves dominate second half on way to 33-7 win over H-F

For the second-straight week the Benson football team scored over 30 points and earned a victory.  And, for the first time since early in the 2012 season, the Braves sport a winning record after improving to 2-1 overall.

After having its game with Parkers Prairie called off due to COVID-19 at PP, the Braves played at Hinckley-Finlayson, Friday night, and Benson took advantage of the opportunity by turning a 13-7 halftime lead into a 33-7 victory.

Thomas Dineen had 180 yards rushing, Cole Hedman passed for 72 yards, and Abe Peterson had four receptions for 78 yards, one interception for a touchdown and also was third on the team with four tackles.

“Our guys did a great job of adjusting all week to everything,” coach Adam Foslien said.  “There were many unknowns this week, but lots of memories will come out of this game.  Plus, getting home at 1:15 a.m. is much easier after a win.”

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28
Oct
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Benson volleyball team earns first two victories

The Benson volleyball team had a great week of action, winning two matches to improve to 2-1 for the season.

The Braves were supposed to host Morris Area last Tuesday, but that match was moved to Saturday due to a winter storm that hit the state.  And, Benson was supposed to host Sauk Centre, Thursday, but that match was postponed and instead, Montevideo was scheduled to play the Braves.

Well, Benson earned a 25-21, 25-22, 25-23 shutout of Montevideo, Thursday, for its first win and then edged Morris Area-CA in a thriller, Saturday, 22-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-18, 15-13, rallying from a 2-0 deficit.

Benson has two big tests scheduled this week beginning with a match at BOLD, Tuesday (yesterday) and at Melrose Area, Thursday (tomorrow)...
 

Wed
28
Oct
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Girls tennis will lose five from this year’s team

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team edged Morris Area/West Central Area in the third place match of the Section 6A Tourney last Tuesday night, 4-3.

That closed out a 7-6 season from a year ago for the girls tennis program, giving it the 14th winning season in the last 17 years.

Morris Area-CA had defeated Benson-KMS twice earlier this season by 4-3 scores, but the Fighting Braves were able to turn the tables in the third meeting...

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Wed
21
Oct
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Benson-KMS closes out season at section meet

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams raced at the Section 6A Cross-country Meets last week with the boys team running last Tuesday at Long Prairie-GE High School and the girls team racing Thursday at NLS.

Staples-Motley and West Central Area dominated the boys field with 12 runners from those two schools finishing among the 19 overall runners.  Landon Thompson was the top runner for the Benson-KMS boys with a time of 18:56 to finish 33rd.  The Fighting Braves were 15th overall in the team scoring.

Staples-Motley and West Central Area also placed first and second in the girls meet with Benson-KMS placing 12th.  Isabel Wirth was the Fighting Braves’ top runner, placing 31st with a time of 22:09.

“It didn’t go as well as we had hoped, but overall it was a great season and we are looking forward to all the great things they will do next season,” coach Samantha VanHeuveln said following the boys race.

Wed
21
Oct
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Braves shut out by Waska in volleyball opener

The Benson volleyball team opened up the season with a three-game home loss to Minnewaska Area last Tuesday night.  The Braves battled strong in the first game, but the Lakers took control midway through the second game and went on to a 25-21, 25-16, 25-13 victory.

The Braves had two more home matches scheduled for this week, including a match against Morris Area-CA, Tuesday (yesterday) and a contest against Sauk Centre, Thursday (tomorrow), but the match versus SC has been postponed until Nov. 13.

The Benson volleyball team, coached by Shannon Schmidt, closed out the 2019 season with a 9-16 overall record, which included a 3-11 mark within the WCC.  Gone from last year’s team are Claire Ricard, Abbie Mitteness, Mariah Ahrndt, Kara Kannegiesser, and Abby Lundebrek...

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21
Oct
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Braves scored 42 points in first half on way to 48-12 win over BBE

The Benson football team had an offensive explosion Friday night, scoring 48 points and totaling 484 yards of total offense on the way to a 48-12 rout at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Friday night.

The Braves scored 42 of their points in the first half and didn’t turn the ball over all game.

The dominating victory evens Benson’s record at 1-1 heading into this Friday night’s home game at 7 p.m. at Hinckley-Finlayson.  Benson thought it was hosting Parkers Prairie this week, but PP had some COVID-19 issues so the game was called off and Benson scheduled the game at the H-F Jaguars instead...
 

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Wed
14
Oct
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Benson football team opens up season with 35-20 loss to BOLD

The Benson football team opened up the 2020 season with a 35-20 loss at home to BOLD, Friday night on Brock Field.  The Braves played with the Warriors for most of the game, but two interception returns for touchdowns, along with a long touchdown run to open up the second half, were too much to overcome.

BOLD, which lost in last year’s Class A title game to Blooming Prairie, scored the first three touchdowns to go up 21-0 early in the third quarter, but the Braves would outscore the Warriors 20-14 the rest of the way as Benson’s offense found success in the second half.

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14
Oct
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Girls tennis team to play for third place in section meet after falling to Osakis, 6-1

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team has one more match left this season after losing at top-seeded Osakis in the Section 6A semifinals last week, 6-1. 

The Fighting Braves have a chance to finish above .500 this season when they were set to face Morris Area/West Central Area in the Section 6A third-place match, Tuesday (yesterday) at Morris.  This will be the third meeting between the two teams this season with Morris Area winning the first two matches, 4-3.

Benson-KMS had opened up the Section 6A Tourney with a 7-0 win at home over MACCRAY.  The Fighting Braves were initially seeded fifth in the 8-team section field, but with Montevideo having to end its season due to COVID-19, Benson-KMS moved up to the fourth seed and hosted the fifth-seeded Wolverines instead...

 

Wed
14
Oct
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Boys cross- country team edges Melrose for WCC title

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams competed at the WCC Meet at Sauk Centre, Thursday, and both teams ran exceptionally well, according to their coaches, with the boys team winning the WCC team title by one point over Melrose in an exciting finish and the girls team placing in a tie for second in the girls competition.

“The WCC Meet went extremely well for both varsity teams,” said an elated coach Samantha VanHeuveln.  “We were missing our No. 2 guy (Jacob Gareis) due to an injury, but the team rallied together and did their part to bring home the trophy, and the girls also surprised everyone by tying for second behind a strong Minnewaska Area team.”

The Section 6A Boys Cross-Country Meet was set for Tuesday (yesterday) at LPGE, while the girls’ teams are set to compete at NLS, Thursday (tomorrow).  The MSHSL decided recently that there would be no state meet this fall...

 

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14
Oct
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Saints manage just five first downs during 28-0 opening game loss at Kimball Area

Kimball Area scored early and often on the way to a 28-0 win over the KMS football team, Friday night in Kimball.

Kimball Area scored one touchdown in the first quarter, two more in the second, and then added a 34-yard pass for a fourth touchdown in the final quarter.

KMS meanwhile, generated just 62 yards of total offense on 39 plays,  compared to 17 first downs and 71 total plays by Kimball...

 

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