Thursday, September 29, 2016

Volleyball vs. the Irish

Number one-ranked Maple Lake won 3-1 tonight.

Been busy...!

Just a bit!

As readers of the Bonanza Valley Voice will see when they get the latest issue, I threw a great deal of energy at the feature story on Herman and Delores Kampsen for this week's paper (Sept. 29). And what a story it was! I managed to fit in three pictures with the story (two in color), one photo having none other than Johnny Cash in it. (Yes, THE Johnny Cash)

If you haven't subscribed to the newspaper, you are missing out. You are really cheating yourself out of something that I believe is really, really great! If you live near Brooten or Belgrade you can get a copy for 75 cents at RJ's Mini-Mart, Mike's Market and Rooster's Bottle Shop (all in Brooten) or at Micki's C-Store or L & L Family Foods (both in Belgrade).

The link to sign up for the printed newspaper is:

To the 920 subscribers to the newspaper and the 60 to 70 folks who grab it on a newsstand, THANK YOU! You are all GREAT!

On the radar this week is tonight's home volleyball match with Maple Lake and tomorrow's road game at West Central Area high school in Barrett.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Volleyball in Willmar

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team had a strong showing at the Willmar Cardinal Classic tournament today. In pool play they started out the morning with an exciting 2-1 win over the neighboring rival New London-Spicer Wildcats. They swept Lakeview in the second round and then won 2-1 over Central Minnesota Christian-Prinsburg.

In the playoff semifinals, the Jaguars lost to Albany to finish the day with a 3-1 record. They are now 8-8 overall on the season.

Next: perhaps one of the biggest matches of the season on Thursday, September 29, when the state-ranked Maple Lake Irish visit our home gymnasium for a Central Minnesota Conference battle. Maple Lake is ranked no less than number one in Class 2A. They are 15-1 overall and were just tagged with their first loss of the season today when Kenyon-Wanamingo defeated them in the Class 2A Showcase tournament championship in Burnsville. The K-Y Knights are ranked No. 3 in the latest Class 2A polls and are 21-1 overall.

Currently Maple Lake and Kimball Area (10-7 overall) are the last undefeated teams in the CMC.

Needless to say, Thursday night's home match is HUGE!

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Night Lights III: flying high in Ottertail County!

The B-B-E Jaguars football team just shocked the 10th-ranked and previously-undefeated Parkers Prairie Panthers on the road by a 27-20 score. They led 21-0 at halftime and withstood many challenges in the second half before pulling out the most exciting regular-season wins since the 2013 season. It's the first regular-season win for B-B-E over a state-ranked team since they beat Class 3A Pierz 20-13 on October 12 in the 2013 season in what I recall as the "Mud Bowl" on our home field.

Junior back Isaiah Gilbert, who ran for two of B-B-E's four touchdowns in the game, had a truly breakout night with 203 rushing yards on 26 carries. The Jaguars had a punishing ground game with 273 rushing yards to go with 17 passing yards. They had a terrific 50-percent efficiency mark on third downs (5-of-10) which will win a lot of high school football games. Parkers Prairie wasn't far off the mark either, as they converted four of 10 third down plays for first downs. Each team had one lost fumble, and the Panthers also gave up an interception that set up B-B-E's third touchdown of the game late in the second quarter.

The Panthers narrowed the 21-0 halftime deficit to 21-14 in the third quarter, but the Jaguars tacked on another touchdown midway through the fourth quarter when Ryan Illies ran it in from one yard out for a 27-14 lead.

Read all about the exciting win and see the full bevy of statistics in the next issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper. The Section 4A standings will also be published - right now the Jaguars sit in sixth place out of seven teams.

Next for Week Four: the Jaguars travel up Highway 55 to West Central Area high school to face the WCA/A Knights. They lost tonight in Murdock by a 12-9 score and are very talented but have no wins to show for it. I still rate them a very quality team that will be tough to beat.

Mid-State, Sub-District 3 football scores in Week Four on Sept. 23:
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 12, West Central Area/Ashby 9 (the game, played in Murdock, was tied 6-6 at halftime)
Royalton 30, Kimball Area 0
Upsala/Swanville Area 21, Browerville/Eagle Valley 14

Area football scores on September 23:
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 34, MACCRAY 12
Rothsay 36, Underwood 20
New London-Spicer 32, St. Cloud Cathedral 6
Alexandria 56, Willmar 12

Hancock 26, Renville County West 8
Brandon/Evansville 45, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 8
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 24, Montevideo 0
Paynesville Aera 30, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 16 (Bulldogs get in the win column)
Holdingford 26, Maple Lake 22 (the Huskers trailed 22-6 at halftime, but by the start of the fourth quarter that deficit shrunk to 22-19)
Minneota 34, Dawson-Boyd 28 OT! (game played at Minneota)
Melrose Area 35, Rockford Area 14
Yellow Medicine East 16, Sauk Centre 7
Sibley East 53, Mayer Lutheran 30
Pierz 35, Eden Valley-Watkins 20
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 34, Minnewaska Area 14
Albany 19, Little Falls 0
Ottertail Central 42, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0
Osakis 46, Wadena-Deer Creek 6
BOLD 26, Benson 0

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Battle in Ottertail County

The B-B-E Jaguars football team is ahead in the second quarter at Parkers Prairie. At halftime the Jaguars are leading the Panthers 21-0. Isaiah Gilbert ran in the first two touchdowns, and in the final minute of the half Ryan Illies scored from three yards out.

They need to keep it rolling in the second half!!!!

***Late in the fourth quarter, here's the score! 27 to 14 Jaguars!

Area scores:
Melrose Area 35, Rockford Area 14 (final)
YME 16, Sauk Centre 7 (final)


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Color FUND Run!

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The second annual B-B-E Color FUND Run is Wednesday, October 5 during Homecoming week. It takes place at the B-B-E high school. The fun begins shortly before 1 p.m. when students, staff and community members gather on the property on the north side of the football stadium. Grades 7-12 and community members will run at 1 p.m.; at 1:30 p.m. grades 3-6 and parents will run; and at 1:40 p.m. the preschool students through second grade with accompanying parents will run.

*NOTE: if you register for the run before the end of the day, Friday, September 23, you can ensure getting a t-shirt. Anyone can register and/or donate online at Remember that a donation does not equal registration.

Click to view this at the best size...this was on page two of the Sept. 10, 2015 Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper issue. It explained the "nuts and bolts" of the first Color FUND run.

My July 7, 2016 issue (printed right before BVD) had a story on page 10 that gave a preview of the 2016 Color FUND run. It explained a great deal of information on the "why are we doing this?" question - not only can students participate in the fundraising, but it gives any private party (person, family, business) the chance to donate directly to a fund that is divided out to multiple student groups benefitting multiple age levels in the school district in both buildings.

It is imperative that members of the public in the Bonanza Valley area - even those who don't have students in the local school system - subscribe to the Bonanza Valley Voice. This is the most inexpensive (just $18 a year) way you can stay informed on what is happening on the local level. Here's the link to do just that =

Let me phrase it a different way: for less than 5 cents a day, you can stay up to date on what is happening across the multiple towns across the Bonanza Valley area - including, but not limited to, what is going on with the happenings of the B-B-E school district.

Here's a glimpse of last year's event, during the prize giveaway near the end of the event:

Here's a link where you can see some online coverage (and a large photo gallery) from the 2015 Color FUND Run at B-B-E:
. The October 15, 2015 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice had a full page of color photos from the event.
Thank you for supporting B-B-E schools!

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Brady is in Osakis tonight calling the volleyball match. The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team won an exciting game one 25-23, but Osakis has a 19-12 lead in game two. Final: B-B-E 3, Osakis 1. The Jaguars are 5-7 overall and have a tough day ahead of them on Saturday in Willmar. They begin the Willmar tournament at 9 a.m. against New London-Spicer.

Osakis entered the match with a 5-0 record in the Prairie Conference; they fall to 8-7 overall.

Area volleyball scores on September 22:
New London-Spicer 3, Dassel-Cokato 2
Willmar 3, Brainerd 1
Yellow Medicine East 3, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 1 (YME entered the match 1-11 overall; this is K-M-S's fourth loss in a row after an 8-1 start to their season)
Pierz 3, Eden Valley-Watkins 0
Paynesville Area 3, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 2 (@ Howard Lake)
Maple Lake 3, Holdingford 0
Hancock 3, Ashby 0
Melrose Area 3, Benson 1
MACCRAY 3, Lakeview 0 (MACCRAY is 14-2 overall, best start to their volleyball season in quite awhile)
Kimball Area 3, Royalton 0
Sauk Centre 3, Minnewaska Area 0
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 3, West Central Area 1
Verndale 3, Menagha 0
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 3, Montevideo 2
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 3, BOLD 0

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Another win

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team defeated Albany 3-1 on Monday night for their third straight win.

Also on Monday, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' tennis team lost 6-1 to Annandale. The Cardinals, coming from the rugged Wright County Conference, are 9-6 overall on the season.

Now buried neck deep in producing the Sept. 22 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Friday Night Lights III: costly mistakes

Too many lost fumbles cost the B-B-E Jaguars football team a chance at beating the state-ranked Browerville/Eagle Valley Tigers on Friday night in the second home game of the season.

Below is video from the end of the first half:

Next is a game against state-ranked Parkers Prairie (3-0) at Parkers Prairie on September 23. The Panthers beat state-ranked (No. 7) Upsala/Swanville Area 32-21 in Week Three.


Saturday, September 17, 2016


The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball JV team went undefeated today at the Eden Valley-Watkins tournament for first place. In the same tournament, the Jaguars C-squad volleyball team made it to the finals before losing to Litchfield to take second.

Very awesome!