Friday, January 20, 2017

Eagles too tough for Jaguars

An incredible 17-point, 13-rebound performance by sophomore Macie Kirckof was not enough for the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team in their home game with Eden Valley-Watkins last night. The Jaguars trailed 32-17 at halftime and were unable to get closer than 12 points in the second half.

Kirckof was one of just two Jaguars in double figures. Hailey Braegelman had 10 points.

Final: EV-W 60, B-B-E 46. The Eagles are tough as nails this season. They recently defeated Watertown-Mayer out of the Wright County West Conference...W-M just defeated New London-Spicer last night by a 62-47 score in New London.

JAGUAR FANS! Come out tonight (Friday) to cheer on our B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team in their home game against Pierz. *And the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team will be at the NL-S tournament that begins at 3:30 p.m. I am really hoping to get to both events tonight.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Seniors/Parents night

The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team won 53-21 over Benson tonight in a home dual meet that was also Seniors/Parents night. Through 126 pounds, the Jaguars shot out to a 24-0 lead with pins from Blaine Fischer, Canon Swanson, Tyler Jensen and Tyler Bents. The wrestling team's next action is on Friday at the New London-Spicer invitational (3:30 p.m.).

At Howard-Lake-Waverly-Winsted, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team lost a tough one 48-46. The Lakers had a 27-21 halftime lead.

At once-beaten Parkers Prairie, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team won in convincing fashion by a 45-24 score. The Panthers fall to 9-2, while the Jaguars are now 8-5. The 24 points is one of the best defensive performances in school history for B-B-E.

Read more about the basketball games in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice. (I did not have room to get in the Benson wrestling results.)

The schedule hasn't really let up around here. We put out a 12-page issue this week at the Voice and expect to do it again next week. I ask that everyone take the time to read my feature story on a Brooten woman who survived harrowing experiences in war-torn Europe in 1945-1946. It was one of the most difficult stories I've ever written. Her story includes many life lessons!!!

On Wednesday night this week, our news department will be covering a B-B-E "district goals" planning meeting for parents and community members. That begins at 6 p.m. at the high school. I plan on recording it on video, but not live streaming it. Stay tuned!


Saturday, January 14, 2017

(HD video) Speech season kicks off!

Here's part of the parents' meeting where B-B-E speech head coach Lucy Lloyd talks about the program and the upcoming 2017 season:

Read more in the January 19 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice!


(HD video) Varsity jazz squad at home meet

Here's video from Monday's home meet featuring the B-B-E/Paynesville varsity jazz squad:

Today has been a very exciting day as the B-B-E speech team is hosting their season-opening mock meet at the high school. Look for more on that in the January 19 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

(HD video) Paynesville tournament

Heading into the finals, the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team trails 184.5 to 177 to front-runner Paynesville.

**The Jaguars won it!!!! Read all about the night at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper's website and also in the January 19 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice...

Here's video from the 145-pound and 152-pound championship matches in Paynesville, where Isaiah Gilbert and Adam Jaeger both took first place:

...and at Howard-Lake-Waverly-Winsted, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team won 74-64 in a Central Minnesota Conference game. They led 32-19 at halftime. One problem the Jaguars have had all season is poor free throw shooting, but tonight that was not the case. They made 20-of-26 free throw shots for a 76 percent shooting clip.

Central Minnesota Conference girls' basketball scores on January 13:
Kimball Area 47, Holdingford 35  
Maple Lake 47, Paynesville Area 36    
Eden Valley-Watkins 63, Pierz 34

Area girls' basketball scores on January 13:
Battle Lake 46, Ashby 37
Hancock 68, Benson 48   
Sauk Centre 83, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 57    
Yellow Medicine East 70, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 45
New London-Spicer 70, Rockford Area 45
MACCRAY 51, Russel-Tyler-Ruthton 50

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(HD video) JV kick at home meet

HD video from Monday night! Courtesy of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

I'll be reporting from the wrestling tournament in Paynesville tonight! Pretty pumped for that!!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ice cold

Bill Dean (left) and Don Leukam provided play-by-play coverage tonight at Kimball.

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team struggled all night in a 54-36 loss at Kimball Area tonight. They trailed 24-11 at halftime.

At Pierz, the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team won 62-6 over Howard-Lake-Waverly-Winsted. In the second dual against the host Pioneers, the Jaguars lost 44-14 to get to 6-2 overall. Next is a Parents Night/Seniors Night home dual meet on Tuesday, January 17 against Benson, who is also a Section 5A team.

How is this for a very COOL piece of history! In this week's Bonanza Valley Voice that just hit the newsstands (Jan. 12 issue), I have a feature article on Mr. Wayne Schoeppach, who taught science from 1965 to 1992 at Belgrade, Belgrade-Elrosa and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa schools. For a brief period early in his career, he also taught shop (woods) and coached basketball. Tonight I learned that in his second year at Belgrade (1966-1967), Schoeppach coached Bill Dean in seventh grade basketball.

Bill Dean (Belgrade Class of 1972) was in Kimball tonight broadcasting the game with his trusty sidekick, Don Leukam.

Read all about Mr. Schoeppach on page four of this week's Voice!

Central Minnesota Conference boys' basketball scores on Jan. 12:
Eden Valley-Watkins 75, Maple Lake 54
Holdingford 64, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 49
Pierz 62, Paynesville Area 59 (two winless teams meet at Paynesville; the visiting Pioneers get the win and are 1-11 overall)

Area boys' basketball scores on January 12:
Battle Lake 69, Rothsay 32
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 55, Ashby 43
Renville County West 58, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 52
Ortonville 53, West Central Area 48
Parkers Prairie 62, Brandon-Evansville 57
Sauk Centre 47, Minnewaska Area 42 (the Lakers fall to 0-5 in the West Central Conference)
Minneota 57, Lac qui Parle Valley

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Catch The Train!

Tonight's B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball game at Kimball will be aired on 106.5 FM The Train of Norway Lake/Sunburg.

*Kimball Area won the B-squad game 43-40.

Here's a video clip showing the final 70 seconds of the MACCRAY win on December 28 in Willmar:

*Varsity game update: with under three minutes to go in the first half, Kimball Area has a 19-11 lead. Halftime: Kimball Area 24, B-B-E 11. Just three Jaguars have scored in the first 18 minutes of the game.

Update on the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team at the Pierz triangular tonight...the Jaguars started with a huge 60-6 win over an undermanned Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted team.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Early dismissal

B-B-E schools are dismissed at 10:15 a.m. this morning - Tuesday, January 10.

All after-school/evening activities are cancelled or postponed.

The varsity wrestling triangular at Pierz has been moved to Thursday, January 12. The varsity/JV/C-squad girls' basketball games at Maple Lake have been moved to February 16.

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Monday, January 09, 2017

Home dance meet was great

In the JV Jazz category, the B-B-E/Paynesville dance team took third place tonight out of eight teams at their home invitational.

Shown is video of the entire awards ceremony at the conclusion of the meet:

Read more at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website as well as the January 12 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice.

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