Thursday, March 23, 2017

(Video) Human foosball

Here's a video clip from this past Saturday in Elrosa:


Additional coverage of this tournament was in the March 23 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper (pages 1 and 10).

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Speech represents at CMC meet

Check this out! Here's breaking news brought to you by the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper:
http://www.bonanzavalleyvoice.com/story/2017/03/02/bbe/b-b-e-speech-team-brings-it-at-conference-meet/431.html



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(Reposting) The Voice on KMGK radio!!!

The Bonanza Valley Voice has expanded into radio broadcasting...sort of...the newspaper has partnered with Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood to bring you "The Voice on KMGK" where the newspaper publisher and B-B-E Jaguars sports reporter/editor will visit with radio sports broadcaster Brady Erdmann for a 10 to 15-minute period each Friday morning.

The first show was on March 10, and the second one is on Friday, March 17 starting at about 9:15 a.m. This arrangement was set up back in February, and with the difficult March we've had so far, the promotion of the radio show fell by the wayside.

*The third radio show is on Friday, March 24, starting at about 9:15 a.m. 

This is a terrific extension of the radio station, and we will do our part to help promote the programs on Smooth Magic 107 FM that promote B-B-E and Brooten-area activities.

You can tune in with the "TuneIn" app on your SmartPhone, listen on your radio if you live close enough to Glenwood or use their website to listen in = http://www.kmgk1071.com


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Speech showcase!!! Next Monday


The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa speech team will host their annual Spring Speech Public Showcase on Monday, March 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the high school auditorium. This is a unique opportunity for community members to come out and have a close look at the talents of students involved in B-B-E’s powerhouse speech program!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Great memories

A glimpse of the student section at the sub-section championship game on March 7 at Melrose.

This rates as one of the more exciting winter sports seasons in my memory. Seeing the girls' basketball Jaguars make a run to the section championship - just their fourth appearance overall in school history in that game - was very fun. The boys' basketball team surprised many followers with 10 wins, and also the chance at getting at least three to four more than that. Our B-B-E/Paynesville dance team was excellent from start to finish. And of course, having four wrestlers get to state with two earning hardware was terrific.

Now we shift gears to spring!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day parade

CHeck it out:
http://www.bonanzavalleyvoice.com/story/2017/03/02/streaming/saint-patricks-day-parade/137.html

Food shelf month

I've had a few people ask me about what is happening now for Food Shelf month at B-B-E. In terms of what's currently being advertised in the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper... the big things right now are the Jaycees fundraiser (Page 7 in the newspaper) and also the North American State Bank food drive (Page 12 this week, they sponsored my color ink) and next week I'll have a picture of a donation from the Brooten bank that goes to the food shelf.

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Radio Friday at the Voice

The Bonanza Valley Voice has expanded into radio broadcasting...sort of...the newspaper has partnered with Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood to bring you "The Voice on KMGK" where the newspaper publisher and B-B-E Jaguars sports reporter/editor will visit with radio sports broadcaster Brady Erdmann for a 10 to 15-minute period each Friday morning.

The first show was on March 10, and the second one is on Friday, March 17 starting at about 9:15 a.m. This arrangement was set up back in February, and with the difficult March we've had so far, the promotion of the radio show fell by the wayside.

This is a terrific extension of the radio station, and we will do our part to help promote the programs on Smooth Magic 107 FM that promote B-B-E and Brooten-area activities.

You can tune in with the "TuneIn" app on your SmartPhone, listen on your radio if you live close enough to Glenwood or use their website to listen in = http://www.kmgk1071.com


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Transition period

Currently the sports department at the Bonanza Valley Voice has remaining work to wrap up winter sports coverage while also getting ready for spring.

We're also getting some much-needed rest.

Some exciting news (I think) for our B-B-E Jaguars track and field teams...after talking to the coaches on Thursday I learned that they have an ambitious goal of getting turnout to 40 members between the boys' and girls' squads. That hasn't happened in quite a few years for this program.

I haven't gotten a handle on turnout for the other spring sports...baseball and the golf teams don't hold their first practice until next Monday.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

(Video) An oldie but a goodie

I found this video from January of 2015 on my Youth Jaguars video archives. Austin Young (No. 33) was on the court in the final seconds of the game (he is lined up during a free throw attempt on the right block)...the 8th grade Jaguars won this game for a 3-0 start that season.


It blows me away how special these videos are today, now that Austin is no longer with us. Never in a million years would I imagine that we'd go through what we just went through - and continue to go through as the grieving continues.

Hearts are heavy.

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Social media

I thought this blog post was definitely worth sharing:
https://myrecruitingsolutions.com/student-athlete-loses-scholarship-due-social-media-posts/

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Some music

From worship at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooten yesterday morning (March 12). Pastor Steve Bovendam is shown on the guitar.


Hearts are heavy.

They'll remain heavy for weeks to come and probably much longer than that for those close to Austin Young.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Section 5A championship

At the half in Little Falls, Cromwell-Wright is ahead 45-13 against our B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team. The Jaguars trailed 16-0 before they got on the scoreboard.

The game is on both radio stations.

Final score: Cromwell-Wright 63, B-B-E 37. The Jaguars finish the season 21-9 overall, and they fought to the bitter end and have much to be proud of.

This has been the most challenging week in Jaguar Country since October of 2012 when we lost Coach Rich Vos. Tomorrow we will lay a student to rest.

It all seems so wrong.


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Boys of summer

A photo from the Quisberg Park diamond in Brooten on July 18, 2012:
Click to enlarge the photo for best viewing. Austin Young is on the far left, second from left.

The horror is on its way tonight and tomorrow.

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(HD video) Canon Swanson state quarterfinals

I had planned to post more state wrestling video last weekend, following my return from the state tournament. I actually have quite a bit of video to get online. Then the tragedy took place and sent the week into a tail spin. It's gonna take awhile to pick up the pieces of our shattered news organization.

Here's video of Canon Swanson in the Class 1A state quarterfinals on Friday afternoon, March 3:


May your Friday be great!

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Thursday, March 09, 2017

Final score

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team fought valiantly against a very good Parkers Prairie team tonight in the Sub-Section 6A-South quarterfinals. By halftime, the Panthers held a 33-30 lead. The Jaguars fought to a 39-39 tie early in the second half, but from there the Panthers size plus what was a very noticeable disparity in the willingness of the referees to call pushing fouls (as one example) took its toll on the Jaguars.

Final score: Parkers Prairie 70, B-B-E 53.

The Jaguars finish the season 10-17 overall, which is rather terrific considering that they started the season returning just 11 points per game of offense. They should be very proud of the season they had!

That's all for now. I am still emotionally spent.


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Radio

Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood will be in Parkers Prairie tonight! Pregame starts at approximately 6:45 p.m.

**With 2:40 left in the first half, Parkers Prairie leads 29-25. **Halftime: Parkers Prairie 33, B-B-E 30.

Something to celebrate

Some exciting news, a huge pick-me-up for our news organization this week:
http://www.bonanzavalleyvoice.com/story/2017/02/23/news/exciting-news/430.html

We needed this little boost today.

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(Video) Sub-section championship game

Here's video from the final two-plus minutes of the Sub-Section 5A-South championship game in Melrose on Tuesday:


Next is defending Section 5A champion Cromwell-Wright at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 10 at Little Falls high school. At stake is a berth in the Class 1A state tournament!

Here's a bit of advice a friend gave me earlier today:
Life is about falling. Living is about getting back up.


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