Wednesday, October 22, 2014

(Video) What a start!

What a terrific way to start a football game! The B-B-E Jaguars football team stopped A-C-GC on fourth down at the B-B-E 17-yard line on the first possession of the first quarter. They turned around and drove 83 yards to score. Shown below is video from that first touchdown:

It was very difficult to see the game go so well for the Jaguars up to the last half of the fourth quarter. I have personally said to team members to keep their heads up and be proud of their effort last night.

Here's a photo gallery from the game:

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Friday Night Lights IX: stunned disbelief

Coach Moscho talks to his defensive unit with 49.5 seconds left in the game. A-C-GC just gained a first down, goal-to-go at the nine-yard line.

I don't even know what to say. I can't even bring myself to type the final score. I haven't decided how much I want to say about the game's ending. It was not right that time expired after our ball carrier was tackled but the game was ruled complete! It hurts. But even if we ran one final play from the 20-yard line, we still had to move the ball 20 yards to get the win.

How's this for irony? The B-B-E Jaguars football team lost tonight to A-C-GC by the same score that A-C-GC lost to the Jaguars in last year's section semifinal game.

The Jaguars got an impressive 241 rushing yards on 34 carries, but the Falcons were better yet with 369 rushing yards on 60 carries. A-C-GC had two turnovers compared to none for the Jaguars.

One thought quickly comes to mind: bring on the Prairie Conference! The Jaguars are coming guns blazing!

I just noticed this, which illustrates the immense strength of the schedule the Jaguars played this fall. In our lone non-conference game, against Class 2A Norwood-Young America, the Jaguars lost to a team that would eventually finish 7-1 and earn the number one playoff seed in Section 2AAA. NYA won their playoff opener 24-6 tonight over Medford.

Here's video of the last play of the game, with the Jaguars at the 50-yard line on third-down and eight. Just eight seconds were on the clock. I shifted just a bit off of Tanner Heinsius, who carried the ball for about 30 yards.

It's not worth whining about, but it does leave a bad taste in your mouth. No matter what, the Jaguars have to pick themselves up and look ahead to the 2015 season. Who's our first opponent? None other than Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City!

Section 4A football scores:
#5 Mayer Lutheran 26, #4 Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 6
#2 Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 30, #7 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 14 (the Fighting Saints trailed just 15-14 heading into the fourth quarter)
#5 Mayer Lutheran 26, #4 Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 6
#1 Minneapolis North 33, #8 Kimball Area 0

Other area football scores, playoff openers: 
Section 6AAA
Melrose Area 32, Litchfield 22
Annandale (six seed) 22, Montevideo (three seed) 13
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 42, Redwood Valley 13

Section 5AAA
Foley (seven seed) 29, Aitkin (two seed) 14
St. Cloud Cathedral (three seed) 32, Milaca (six seed) 18

Section 4AA
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 35, Spectrum 0 (Lakers are the number two seed)

Section 6A
Royalton 43, Prairie Valley 7

Section 6AA
Holdingford 47, Wadena-Deer Creek 0
Osakis 26, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 19 (first playoff win for the Silverstreaks since 2009)

Section 5AA
Minnewaska Area 38, Sauk Centre 24
Eden Valley-Watkins 41, Yellow Medicine East 8
BOLD 54, Benson 13

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Halftime, playoffs!

At halftime at ACGC's "cornfield" the B-B-E Jaguars football team has a 16-14 lead. Early in Q1 on ACGC's first possession the Jaguars stopped the Falcons on downs and then drove 83 yards to take an 8-0 lead with 6:43 ) left in the 1st quarter. The Jaguars are in business!

We are in shock as we filter out of the stadium. Not a happy ending.

I know this: our Jaguars would have gone 3-5 or 4-4 in the West Central Conference this year and had a home playoff game.

*Other scores:
Holdingford won 47-0.
Minnewaska trailed 22-8 at halftime before whipping Sauk Centre in a 38-22 win. The Mainstreeters finish 1-8.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Volleyball seeding is in

In a nutshell.

The number-one seeded B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team will host either fifth-seeded Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City or fourth-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins in the sub-section playoff opener this Friday at 7 p.m.

A-C-GC and EV-W square off in a play-in round match on Thursday night at Eden Valley.

More to follow later.

The defending section champion, Nevis, is the number-three seed in one of the North sub-section pods behind Sebeka and Pine River-Backus.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Coming tonight: photo galleries

I'm really behind on photo gallery uploads. I'm hoping to get a couple up tonight from recent volleyball and football action.

This is a big week coming up!!!!

Here's some Homecoming photos:


What's on deck this week

On deck in Jaguar Country:

Monday - the seeding takes place for the Section 5A volleyball teams, who are grouped into four "pods" with higher seeds getting first-round byes. The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team will being with a home playoff match on Friday.

Tuesday - the B-B-E Jaguars football team travels to A-C-GC (Grove City) to start the Section 4A playoffs. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Let's get a big crowd down there!! It's roughly a half hour to 40-minute drive.

Friday - the volleyball team hosts the playoff opener at 7 p.m. Other playoff dates are Tuesday, October 28 (at Long Prairie); Thursday, October 30 (Pierz); Saturday, November 1 (Pierz).

And don't forget to put Clue on your calendars in November! The B-B-E Theater Department's fall musical is November 20, 21, 22.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Jaguar wrestling store is open! (through Oct. 26)

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Here's a message from the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling coaches:
The Jaguar Wrestling online store is up and running. See the attached photo for details. Orders can be placed and paid for online by following the instructions on the flyer. All 7th-12th grade wrestlers are strongly encouraged to order the first two items (blue shirt and silver shorts) for practice. THE STORE WILL CLOSE ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26th. Thank you for you support!

The wrestling preseason starts one month from today!! Go Jaguars!!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Remembering a truly dark day

Coach Vos and Coach Friedrichs shown during the Section 5A individual wrestling tournament at the Minnewaska Area high school in February 2011.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012.

It was a day we will never forget in Jaguar Country. A dark, deeply difficult day for students, parents, teachers, school staff, administration and community members at B-B-E.

That day we lost Coach Rich Vos. He was everything you could have wanted in a teacher and coach: loyal, supportive, positive, helpful and generous. He both looked for and expected the best in his students and athletes. He didn't accept excuses. He was a no-nonsense type of person who knew how to connect with students just when they needed it the most. The school will never be the same. He was such a terrific role model and someone countless students looked up to.

Take a moment and say a prayer for Beth and their two children.

Here's some of what I wrote during that week, printed in the Oct. 18 issue of the Sauk Centre Herald.

In the blink of an eye on Tuesday morning, unimaginable tragedy struck Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.
In a bicycle/semi accident that took the life of Rich Vos, the B-B-E community lost a father, husband, coach, teacher, friend, neighbor and role model.
Coach Vos was more than just the head wrestling coach for the past 11 seasons. He was a church member, community volunteer, a family man and most of all, a well-respected math teacher.
As B-B-E Athletic Director and Principal Rick Gossen stated very eloquently in the West Central Tribune, the impact Vos had on the school and community reached far beyond his work with the Jaguar wrestling program.
"Rich was one of those guys, from an educational standpoint, had a lot going for him,” Gossen said in the Tribune. "As a math teacher, his students enjoyed him very much and as a coach there were a lot of kids in the school who were committed to him and the program. Guys who can do it in the classroom and on the court, in the wrestling room or on the field are hard to come by. He will be missed."
Here are a couple noteworthy figures: in only seven hours after it was created, a Facebook tribute page titled "R.I.P. Mr. Vos" accumulated 2,684 "likes" from visitors to the website. At the B-B-E Jaguar Sports blog that I created six years ago, a total of 3,777 visitors clicked by on Tuesday.
The previous one-day record at my blog was 859 visitors set on the opening day of the 2012 state boys' basketball tournament.
As I read through tributes given by B-B-E students about Vos, what really stands out are the comments given about how he got the most out of those in his math classes. The impact he had on those students will yield rewards for the rest of their lives.
From my perspective, Vos was an incredibly good-natured, friendly and hard-working teacher and coach at B-B-E, where he has worked since 1998. Vos was very passionate about the B-B-E wrestling program. He worked tirelessly to build up the youth wrestling program and get parents involved as volunteers in the system. He was also instrumental in leading the school to converting unused classroom space into a badly-needed wrestling practice facility.
B-B-E is a very closely-knit school district and community. We take immense pride in how hard we work, how hard we play and how much we help one another when times are tough.
The downside to living and working in a small community is that when tragedy strikes, it hurts a thousand times worse because everyone is considered like family.
In this difficult time, what is the best way to respond?
In the words of B-B-E English teacher Carol Sanders via Facebook, here's a few things we can do.
"Honor him...Learn your math. Take good care of your body. Love your children. Smile."

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Section 4A football playoffs

Video from the second half of the football game last Friday night:

Section 4A seeding (final):
1st Minneapolis North (7-1)
2nd Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity (5-3)
3rd Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (3-5)
4th Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart (2-6)
5th Mayer Lutheran (1-7)
6th B-B-E (1-7)
7th Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (1-7)
8th Kimball Area (0-8)

The B-B-E Jaguars football team will being the playoffs with a Section 4A quarterfinal game at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City high school in Grove City next Tuesday, Oct. 21 with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Above are the section seedings, with the top four seeds hosting the opening round of the section tournament.

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Celebrate my Drive! at B-B-E

Have you pledged today to Celebrate my Drive? You can help B-B-E schools! This teen driver's safety campaign runs Oct. 15-24 across the nation and encourages the message "2n2". This means 2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel. BBE has decided to participate due to the many benefits for our students and families. First, we will bring much attention and awareness for driver's safety and secondly, we can earn money for BBE Schools! We have a chance to win $100,000 or $25,000 grants. (We have 50 total chances for small schools.) Prizes are awarded to the schools that have the most pledges during the week of Oct. 15-24. In addition, the top small and large school can earn a concert from The Band Perry! For more details, check out or click on the link on our school website.

Click below to listen to a video of a B-B-E student talking about the Celebrate my Drive competition at Trinity Lutheran Church on Sunday:

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Section 4A football

Here's the updated football standings in Section 4A. The last game I didn't get a score on, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity hosting Medford, was posted this morning. The Bulldogs beat the winless Tigers (0-8) 20-14 to finish the regular season 5-3 overall. They will come in as the number-two seed in the section.

Section 4A rankings (final):
1st Minneapolis North (7-1)
2nd Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity (5-3)
3rd Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (3-5)
4th Mayer Lutheran (1-7)
5th Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart (2-6)
6th B-B-E (1-7)
7th Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (1-7)
8th Kimball Area (0-8)

The B-B-E Jaguars football team is on a collision course with Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. I am fairly confident that the order I have above is the order the QRF seeding will show once that's finalized later today.

The Jaguars and Falcons have met in the football playoffs in 2010, 2012, 2013 and now 2014. It will be an intriguing match up when we travel to Grove City next Tuesday! It gets more dramatic from there!! A win over A-C-GC (and I'll post my thoughts on our odds of beating them later) will set up a trip to Lester Prairie on Saturday, October 25 for the semifinals. LP/HT will run roughshod over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in their playoff opener and set up another huge rivalry game. LP/HT and B-B-E have met in the football playoffs in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, with the Bulldogs holding a 3-2 advantage in that series. The Jaguars knocked out LP/HT in the section semifinals in 2010 and 2012.

While I'm hoping for an upset in our playoff opener game at Grove City, I predict the chalk will hold on the rest of the games and the number one, two and four seeds will win in the quarterfinals.

Stay tuned.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Friday Night Lights VIII: so long to the CMC

In the last-ever game played in the Central Minnesota Conference by our B-B-E Jaguars football team, the Pierz Pioneers did just about anything they wanted in a 46-0 win to end the regular season undefeated for the first time since 2006. The Pioneers, ranked fourth in Class 3A, had a total of 525 rushing yards compared to 112 by B-B-E. They also held a 21 to six edge in first downs while clinching the 2014 CMC title by themselves. Maple Lake finished in second place (6-1) after they beat up Holdingford tonight.

In the third quarter, the Jaguars had all starters pulled after they fell behind 21-0 at halftime. They came out of the game injury-free, which to me is a huge win in itself.

In spite of tonight's loss, the future is extremely bright for the Jaguars! I am terribly excited for the scheduling changes that are coming our way. That bright future starts with the playoff opener next Tuesday night. Basically, we'll never have to knock heads with Class 3A schools and likely will rarely, if ever, play a Class 2A school in football. I can confirm that the 2015 and 2016 football seasons include only Class 1A schools. The list of teams we'll play in football in the regular season, not in any particular order, is: Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Royalton, West Central Area, Prairie Valley (Parkers Prairie/Eagle Valley coop), Browerville, Upsala/Swanville Area and Kimball Area.

Read more below on the playoff outlook.

Here's my Section 4A watch:
Mayer Lutheran lost their game tonight 20-19 to visiting LeSueur-Henderson to finish 1-7. However, they likely will remain at the number-four spot in the section standings unless Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart manages to win their last regular season game.

*Updates: BL-H-S got shredded by visiting (#7 ranked) Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 56-0. Osakis had a late 29-6 lead against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. It appears that the Jaguars will hold at number six in the section standings and start the playoffs at Grove City next Tuesday night. The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons blew a 12-point lead against Class 3A Montevideo tonight in a 28-26 loss.

Osakis beat visiting K-M-S 29-14. Eden Valley-Watkins had a 34-0 lead against Kimball Area late in the third quarter, sending the Cubs on their way to an 0-8 record. (The Eagles actually led 27-0 at the end of the first quarter.)

Section 4A rankings (incomplete):
1st Minneapolis North (7-1)
2nd Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity (4-3)
3rd Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (3-5)
4th Mayer Lutheran (1-7)
5th Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart (2-6)
6th B-B-E (1-7)
7th Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (1-7)
8th Kimball Area (0-8)

Central Minnesota Conference football scores in week eight, Oct. 15:
Maple Lake 35, Holdingford 8
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 20, Rockford Area 6

Area football week eight scores, Oct. 15:
BOLD 28, Sauk Centre 7 (Mainstreeters finish the regular season 1-7)
Melrose Area 29, Benson 15
Paynesville Area 52, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 34
New London-Spicer 20, Dassel-Cokato 13 (the Dan Essler-coached Wildcats win the Wright County West Conference title and earn the top seed in Section 6AAA with a first-round bye)
Browerville 42, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 7
Alexandria 33, Fergus Falls 6 
Montevideo 28, A-C-GC 26 
Minnewaska Area 54, Yellow Medicine East 17
Lac qui Parle Valley 19, Canby 12 

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Volleyball playoffs

The seeding for volleyball teams in Sub-Section 5A-South will be next Monday morning.