Wednesday, October 29, 2014

(Video) Last night's calamity

In case you missed it, here's a short video clip from game two last night:

Just for sentimental value, I took a look back in online sports archives and found this from the 2010 volleyball season. That was the last year the Jaguars advanced to the state tournament.
It was fun to remember that season.


B-B-E's technology initiative

It's terribly exciting to learn recently about B-B-E's technology initiative that's soon being implemented where all 5th-12th grade students will receive mobile devices (iPads or Chromebooks) as a part of their education. Currently the only nearby schools I know that have this type of idea in place are Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and West Central Area.

Did you know? Out of the 534 public school districts (which includes charter schools) in Minnesota, almost one-third of them already have a one-to-one hand held device initiative in place with their students or are asking taxpayers to vote to support such an idea.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Step II is a bust

The players on the court react following the conclusion of the second playoff match.

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team played from behind for most of the night and never gained enough footing to challenge Verndale in a 3-0 loss. Game scores were 15-25, 21-25, 24-26.

Not good.

For me an added tough blow was that University of Minnesota-Morris head volleyball coach Chad Braegelman, who I went to college with back in the late 1990s at UMM, was in attendance and witnessed what transpired. All I could say to him is that I didn't recognize the team that donned the blue and white jerseys.


Rough start

Not off to a good start against Verndale tonight.

Update: the errors that plagued the Jaguars in game one never really went away and the season is over. For the record, the scores were 15-25, 21-25, 24-26.

We are shell-shocked in Jaguar Country. I am dumbfounded by this loss! We haven't been 1-1 in sub-section volleyball since 2001.

I'm signing out for the night.

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A quick note: Dmac will be in Long Prairie tonight with radio coverage of volleyball.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

(Video) Fall Choral concert

Here's video from tonight:

Great job!

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(Video) B-B-E vs. EVW volleyball

More from Friday night's volleyball playoff opener:


Sunday, October 26, 2014

National Anthem performed by students

The National Anthem was performed by B-B-E choir students on Friday night.

Here's post-match video featuring Kendall Kampsen, who did an outstanding job both on the court and in the interview:

Coach Weller shown with his team, giving instructions in the huddle while the Jaguars rallied from behind in game two

 And here's video of the National Anthem:

Wow!! What can I say? We are very lucky to have such talented students at B-B-E!!! I'm very excited to see their talents on display on Monday night (October 27) when the B-B-E high school choirs perform at 7:30 p.m. Come out and show your support!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Football updates, including ACGC vs. LPHT

The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons lost 20-14 tonight to LPHT, the defending section champions. ACGC was driving into LPHT territory and had a final play at the LPHT 30 yard line, but with 6 seconds left the final play was an incomplete pass.

It was a wild game. The Bulldogs led 13-7 at halftime and scored on their first drive of the third quarter to go up 20-7. A pure defensive struggle played out from that point on. Early in the fourth quarter, ACGC caught a huge break when LPHT fumbled a hand off with around 10 minutes left in the third quarter and came up with possession at the Bulldogs 19-yard line. Derek Dengerud soon scored with 9:45 left, and with a good PAT kick it was 20-14.

The teams traded possessions once each, and LPHT started a drive from their own 30-yard line with six minutes to go. ACGC forced the Bulldogs to punt and then started a last-ditch effort at tying or taking the lead with just 2:32 left in the game from their own 20-yard line. With an 80-yard field to work on, the Falcons managed to drive inside Bulldogs territory but ultimately ran out of time.

In the other Section 4A semifinal, top-seeded Minneapolis North blew away Mayer Lutheran in a 58-22 win. The Crusaders, just 2-7 going into the game, were in a 7-7 tie with the Polars after the first quarter ended. North advances to the section championship game as a member of Section 4A for the first time.

**Huge news: the Central Minnesota Conference has four teams advancing to section championship games! Holdingford, Maple Lake, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Pierz. And Eden Valley-Watkins had a 19-12 lead over heavily-favored Paynesville Area at halftime.

In Section 6AAA, New London-Spicer beat Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 48-30, although the Tigers led 15-14 at halftime.

Melrose Area is heading to a football section championship game for the first time since 2001 after they crushed Annandale 32-6 in the Section 6AAA semifinals. The Dutchmen take on NL-S (the defending champion) in the championship game, the date of which is yet to be announced.

NL-S lost in a wild Prep Bowl game last November.

*A little historical nugget: in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001, Melrose Area advanced to a section football championship game every year. Every one of those years, Albany ended their season.

Holdingford won 48-8 to advance to their third straight Section 6AA championship game. That's all the information I have from that section.

Still digging up other scores around the area...stay tuned!

Other area playoff scores:
Pierz 49, Mora 0
Holdingford 48, Osakis 8
Rocori 41, Albany 30
HL-W-W 28, St. Agnes 12
Maple Lake 68, Brooklyn Center 14
Paynesville Area 46, Eden Valley-Watkins 33
BOLD 41, Minnewaska Area 12
Underwood 39, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 6
Canby 46, Wabasso 6
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 16, Mountain Lake Area 8
Dawson-Boyd 48, Lac qui Parle Valley 0
Minneota 48, United South Central 7
Adrian 21, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 14
Upsala/Swanville Area 34, New York Mills 6
Royalton 28, Pine River-Backus 8
Moorhead 30, Alexandria 0
Norwood-Young America 49, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 12

Friday, October 24, 2014

Jaguar wrestling store closes on Sunday!

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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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Step I: Eagles push the Jaguars through four sets

The Jaguars celebrate earning match point tonight while advancing in the playoffs.

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team won an exciting playoff match by a 3-1 margin tonight. After Eden-Valley-Watkins won game one 25-21, the Jaguars reeled off three wins in a row to advance to next Tuesday's semifinal round in Long Prairie.

The Jaguars have now won every playoff opener since 1999! Wow! Going back as far as I can remember, here's the years up to 1999 that the Jaguars also won volleyball playoff openers: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997. They now have a 16-match winning streak in playoff openers.

Game one brought a nice start for the Jaguars who jumped ahead 8-3. The Eagles lifted up their play by a mile and took the next seven points in a row to gain the lead. Tessa Halvorson's ace serve put the Jaguars ahead 11-10, but they gave up four points in a row and eventually fell behind 19-13 with a shell-shocked appearance. They fought back to a 20-18 deficit with an ace serve by Hailey Braegelman, but the Eagles went up 24-19 before getting the four-point win.

The Jaguars proceeded to win the next three games 25-16, 25-10, 25-20.

Want a stroll down memory lane the last time the Jaguars had to dig deep to pull out a playoff-opening win? It wasn't that long ago...just two years ago in fact against Osakis.

Here's the end of game three:

Up next: the sub-section semifinals
The third-seeded Verndale Pirates will be the opponent for the Jaguars on Tuesday. Verndale, now 21-9 overall, beat second-seeded Upsala 3-1. The Cardinals, who finished 18-7, had a solid ranking of 22nd in the Class 1A QRF scale; their noteworthy losses were to Osakis and Browerville in Prairie Conference action.

I don't know much about Verndale other than they have a ranking of 48th in the Class 1A QRF scale. I honestly did more scouting throughout the season on Upsala, figuring we'd eventually have to go through them to advance out of the sub-section. Time to throw out my notes and start over. I have a hunch without doing much digging that Verndale is a quality opponent and will present a tall task for the Jaguars in round two. In a nutshell: 48th on the QRF is not impressive, but knocking out Upsala in four games is. Clearly, the Pirates want to have a say in who becomes the Sub-Section 5A-South champion.

Verndale finished 4-2 (third) in the Park Region Conference behind champion Henning (23-6, 6-0) and runner-up Sebeka (21-7, 5-1). Sebeka is a number-one seed in Sub-Section 5A-North and ranked a very good 15th in the Class 1A QRF scale.

I haven't seen a score from the Nevis vs. Pine River-Backus match in the north sub-section. Nevis has won their sub-section every year since 2008 and won the section title every year since 2011. **Update: wow, I'm actually a little surprised, but Nevis took out PR-B in four games tonight at Pine River. That's a heck of a win for the Tigers. **Update: after further review, I see that Nevis had defeated PR-B on Sept. 4 in Pine River in the Northland Conference opener. Nevis (14-16 overall now) went on to finish 6-0 in the Northland Conference and win the championship alone. PR-B finished second in their conference and then 21-6 overall after losing tonight.

Section 5A volleyball playoff scores on October 24:
Sebeka 3-0 over Menagha (25-14, 25-23, 25-11)
Onamia 3-0 over Hinckley-Finlayson (25-11, 25-20, 25-13)
Braham 3-0 over Ogilvie (25-14, 25-12, 25-13)
Nevis 3-1 over Pine River-Backus (25-18, 25-20, 22-25, 25-20)
Kimball 3-1 over Royalton (25-24, 15-25, 25-22, 25-21)
Browerville 3-0 over Swanville (25-20, 25-18, 25-14)
Verndale 3-1 over Upsala

Pine River-Backus was rated 19th in the latest QRF Class 1A rankings, which to me is very good. (The Jaguars are tied at ninth by the way.) So tonight we saw a team rated 22nd and 19th both taken out of the playoffs by lower-rated teams. Anything can happen in when it's sudden-death action!

Stay tuned for more updates!

While you're here, click on this link and read up on the Jaguar wrestling clothing store. Their orders are being taken through the weekend, but it closes down on Sunday!

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(Video) Football playoffs

This was from the second half, when Ryan Illies knocked down a two-point conversion pass to keep the Jaguars on top of the Falcons at 22-20.


Eden Valley-Watkins

We get Eden Valley-Watkins tonight. The Eagles won their play-in round match of the Sub-Section 5A-South volleyball tournament last night. They face our B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team tonight on our home court at 7 p.m. The pep band will play tonight before and during the match.

Volleyball playoff scores from October 23:
* Eden Valley-Watkins def. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 25-19, 25-21, 25-7
* Hinckley-Finlayson def. East Central, 25-9, 25-22, 25-23
* Menahga def. Pillager, 3-1
* Ogilvie def. Isle, 25-14, 25-18, 25-20
* Swanville def. Bertha-Hewitt, 25-21, 16-25, 25-19, 25-22
* Verndale def. Eagle Valley, 25-19, 25-9, 25-15

Over in Section 3AA, New London-Spicer beat Benson in four games, 25-11, 25-16, 25-27, 25-8.

In Section 5AA, Maple Lake beat Rockford in three games, 25-15, 25-14, 25-8.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Volleyball playoffs

Write this down on your calendars!

Friday, October 24: sub-section opener at home at 7.
Tuesday, October 28: second round at Long Prairie
Thursday, October 30: third round at Pierz
Saturday, November 1: fourth round at Pierz]

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