Friday, May 29, 2015

Saints update

Tonight's amateur baseball game in Elrosa is rained out.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Desk clearing

Here's a list of random notes.

On the "help wanted" front:

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In amateur baseball news:
The Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team hosts a game on Friday night.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Working it at sections

Kinlee Swanson is headed to the Class 1A state track and field meet! She jumped a career-best this morning at the Section 5A meet in Collegeville. Her best jump was 17 feet and one-half inch. No other member of the B-B-E Jaguars track and field teams made it through to state.

A golf report from Benson is coming soon.

**Video from the awards ceremony:

**Update: awesome news! Three members of the B-B-E Jaguars girls' golf team punched tickets to the Class 1A state meet today. Peyton Miller, Alyssa Dalen and Jaden Gossen are moving on. The team, unfortunately, lost to BOLD 357 to 345 but will come home with a Section 5A runner-up trophy for their efforts. Dalen shot an 86, Miller shot an 87 and Gossen fired a 91 before winning a playoff hole against a Canby player.

Sending three girls to the state golf meet is a first for the program.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Amateur baseball: two more wins for Elrosa

Under the lights on Saturday night, the Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team picked up an exciting 5-4 win in their home opener over Richmond. The following afternoon at Farming, the Saints won a high-scoring game by a 15-11 score.

Now 4-0 in the Stearns County League North standings, the Saints are at Meire Grove on June 7 for a league game.

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(Video) Games Lake Park church service

Video from Sunday's worship at the park, featuring special music with the song 'Battle Hymn of the Republic'

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Remembering those who served with great honor

And in case you missed it, Memorial Day program information is on page four of the May 21 Bonanza Valley Voice.


A special accomplishment

Logan Schwinghammer, a first-year member of the B-B-E Jaguars track and field team, ran a flawless race on Tuesday at New London-Spicer high school on his way to earning the Sub-Section 5A-20 championship in the 3200 run.

Here's video of the final seconds of his race plus reaction to his first-place finish:

He and five other teammates compete at the Section 5A meet on Wednesday at St. John's University.

Speaking of the Jaguars, here's the link you should bookmark to see the Bonanza Valley Voice spring sports photo galleries. It currently has 10 albums:

Speaking of photo galleries, did you miss the Sunburg Syttende Mai parade? Here's that photo gallery:

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Baseball playoffs update

It was quite a night for the Central Minnesota Conference on Friday.

In the Sub-Section 5A-West quarterfinal round, the last part of single-elimination in the bracket, sixth-seeded Kimball Area roughed up third-seeded Pillager in a 13-2, five-inning win. Ninth-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins also won big, beating up top-seeded Browerville in a 12-2 win.

Fourth-seeded Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg beat fifth-seeded St. John's Prep 4-3. The only higher-seeded team that won was Upsala/Swanville Area. The second-seeded Patriots beat seventh-seeded Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 12-6.

Here's the teams advancing into the double-elimination portion of the tournament: USA, Kimball Area, EVW and KMS.

It was tough to see these scores. If the Jaguars had beaten EVW, a lot of hopeful baseball fans believed we had a shot at beating Browerville. That would've set up the very short trip to Sunburg this Tuesday, May 26 for the sub-section semifinals against KMS. I see no reason why Jacob Weller, our starter in Thursday's playoff opener, couldn't have started that night. Weller one-hit the Fighting Saints in a complete game on May 8 in a 7-0 shut out win. Following that out, the Jaguars would've landed a spot in the sub-section finals, a game they have played in just one time in school history (1995, a loss to Dassel-Cokato in the two-class system).

If they made it all the way to the sub-section finals, they would've played either USA or Kimball, teams they've beaten this season.

*Don't forget about the upcoming Memorial Day programs in Jaguar Country. See all the details on page four of this week's Bonanza Valley Voice.


Friday, May 22, 2015

(Video) Sub-Section track and field

Finally got some video uploaded from Tuesday's track and field meet. And what a meet it was!

Here's reaction after Jen Boyle took second in the 800 run:

Here's video from the long jump field event with junior Taylor Knight:

And below is the Bonanza Valley Voice photo gallery with 80+ photos from Tuesday night:

I hope for the same level of sunshine and beautiful conditions at next Wednesday's Section 5A track and field meet at St. John's University.

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Setting a bad example

To Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner: please instruct your deputies to drive the correct way when they're on the property of our B-B-E elementary school. Shown in the photo above is the exit to this side street. I know it's not marked, as I believe the "exit only" sign was taken down during repaving in 2014. I'll cut your deputies some slack up to this point.

Every other adult or teenage driver who visits our school manages to drive correctly and - especially during school hours or when buses are in their loading zone - know that this is a one-way street. Law enforcement should know that too. Often children are seen biking on this side street; sometimes it's baby strollers, or else it's simply parents dropping kids off and heading on their way to work. A driver going the wrong way on this street creates a dangerous situation.

And another thing, tell your deputies how to park their cars. They set a bad example when they park their squad cars nose to nose along a sidewalk. It just looks bad, especially when other children can see that taking place. What are your deputies trying to do? I fully believe that members in law enforcement should set a good example, especially to children.

I have personally seen a deputy squad car driving the wrong way down this side street during "dusk" hours. I am NOT impressed.

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