Sunday, July 23, 2017

(HD video) BVD baseball

Here's a video clip showing the end of the Bonanza Valley Days youth baseball tournament championship game between the B-B-E 3rd-4th grade Jaguars and New London-Spicer. The Jaguars won 4-2 to claim the title on Friday, July 7.

In other youth baseball news, the Elrosa Saints Little Dipper baseball team won their Stearns County League semifinal game tonight against St. Martin by a 4-2 score. The Saints advance to the championship game and will host Farming next Sunday, July 30 at 5:30 p.m. In the other SCL semifinal game tonight, Farming defeated Freeport 9-4.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Busy day coming

Tomorrow is a big day for the Bonanza Valley Voice, as we are preparing to cover this exciting event at Big Grove Lutheran church:

Much has suffered in the newspaper in the past few weeks with coverage of this church celebration and also Bonanza Valley Days has consumed the majority of the resources of the newspaper's news and sports departments. Being able to be part of a church's 150th anniversary won't come along very often in my journalism career.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Saints fall to Silverstreaks

New Munich defeated Elrosa 2-1 tonight in a Stearns County League North amateur baseball game. The Saints (10-2 SCL-North) travel to Meire Grove on Sunday to wrap up the regular season with a 1:30 p.m. contest against the fourth-place Grovers.

On Wednesday, the Saints hosted defending Class C state champion Raymond in an exhibition game. Elrosa defeated the Rockets 10-4 to improve to 18-6 overall.

More to follow on Saturday night.

Don't forget that Big Grove Lutheran church celebrates their 150th anniversary on Sunday! Details have been published in the last 5 or 6 issues of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

17-U playoffs

The B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team finished as runners-up in the six-team West Central 17-U playoffs. They went 1-1 in the tournament held tonight in Osakis. In the semifinals, the Jaguars beat Brandon/Evansville 6-2. In the championship, the Jaguars lost 13-3 in four innings.

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Legion baseball tournament

Elrosa's Saints Field is one of two host sites for the Legion District VI baseball tournament that runs Thursday through Saturday.

The B-B-E Jaguars Legion team opens the tournament in Elrosa at 10:30 today (Thursday ) against No. 1 seeded Pierz. You can listen to the game live at

*Update: the opening game between B-B-E and Pierz got underway at 11:12 a.m.

*Update: Through four innings complete, Pierz held a 6-4 lead.

Final score: after getting the deficit down to 6-5, the Jaguars went on to lose a tough battle with top-seeded Pierz by an 8-5 score. B-B-E plays in the elimination bracket at 4 o'clock today.

More updates to follow!

**Game two: Holdingford defeated the Jaguars 9-8 in nine innings with a walk-off sacrifice-fly RBI ending the game.

And here's a video clip from the opening night of 'Peter Pan' in Terrace last night...featured here is 2016 B-B-E graduate Riley Schumann (Captain Hook) and 2007 B-B-E graduate Lucy Lloyd (Smee) with the video showing parts of Act I.

You can read more and view photos and another video from the opening night at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website:

Thank you for supporting the wonderful activities for the youth of the Bonanza Valley/B-B-E area!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fastpitch playoffs

The B-B-E Jaguars 17-U fastpitch team will be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed for the upcoming league playoffs, which is set for Thursday night this week at Osakis. The Jaguars will play at 6 p.m. in Osakis against either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed, depending on a coin flip that will determine the top two seeds. Osakis and B-B-E tied for the regular season championship with 7-3 records. This is the first regular season championship for the fastpitch program since the spring of 1989, when the very first B-B-E Jaguars team won the Prairie Conference title.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Little Dipper playoffs

Following their playoff opener, the Saints high five one another after giving high fives to the Roscoe players.

The Elrosa Saints Little Dipper baseball team defeated Roscoe 11-0 to open up the Stearns County League playoffs tonight. The Saints scored in every inning but the sixth and advance to the Final Four round for at least the fourth year in a row.

Below is video from tonight's game:

Next: the SCL semifinals at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 23 at Saints Field, when they face the winner of the No. 4 vs. No. 5 seed quarterfinal game.


(Video) Water Days fireworks

Here's video from the tail end of the fireworks at the New London Water Days celebration on Saturday. I was parked near Goat Ridge Brewing in downtown New London. Goat Ridge is a premier business advertiser for the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

It was a very busy, hectic weekend! Starting in Elrosa on Friday night, then the B-B-E Jaycees golf on Saturday, a trip to New London on Saturday night, then Big Grove Lutheran church on Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon brought a trip to Terrace to kick start my coverage of the Terrace Mill Children's Theater production of 'Peter Pan'. That musical will be held on Wednesday and Thursday this week, July 19-20.

The Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team defeated Farming 16-6 on Saturday night to clinch sole possession of the Stearns County League North division title.

As always, stay tuned for more coverage in the upcoming issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Magic number to one

Out of their three remaining Stearns County League games on the schedule, the Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team needs just one win to clinch the SCL-North title outright. The magic number is down to one after the Saints defeated Meire Grove 11-4 on Friday night in a division battle with the fourth-place Grovers. Aaron Vogt started for Elrosa and pitched six innings while picking up the win. The Saints led 6-2 when Austen Hadley took the mound to close in relief. Other highlights include Cody Eichers hitting a solo home run to power the offense.

Below is video from the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Saints put up three runs on five hits:

Elrosa is 16-6 overall and 9-1 in the SCL-North with a virtual three-game lead over Spring Hill (8-4) and New Munich (7-4). The Silverstreaks are the only SCL team to beat Elrosa so far this season. New Munich comes to town on Friday, July 21.

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