Monday, October 16, 2017

A road tune-up

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team got a tune-up on the road tonight and came home with a 3-0 sweep over Browerville. Game scores were 25-9, 25-11, 25-14 that improves their overall record to 14-13 going into the regular season finale.

Browerville, a sub-section opponent, falls to 5-18 with the loss.

The playoff map has been etched out for the Section 5A volleyball tournament. The playoff opener will be Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. for the top-seeded B-B-E Jaguars in the Sub-Section 5A-South quarterfinals. The second round for B-B-E would be on Tuesday, October 31 at 6 p.m. with a Halloween night semifinal match in Little Falls.

Next: parents and seniors night! the Jaguars host Pierz (14-11, 1-5) tomorrow night. See you all there!!


FCA Fifth Quarter event! this Wednesday

FCA ‘Fifth Quarter’

B-B-E FCA hosting event on Wednesday, October 18

On Wednesday, October 18 our local FCA Huddle will host a special Fifth Quarter Event after the home football game against Upsala/Swanville Area. All 9-12th grade youth are invited to the Brooten Lanes bowling alley from 9:30 to 11:00 p.m. The B-B-E FCA will pay for all bowling and for pizza for all. Come, play some foosball or pool, do some bowling, have some pizza and just hang out with friends.

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Trying to rebound here

Trying to rebound here on a sad day.

I had a brief moment of excitement earlier when I found out that the B-B-E Jaguars football team has climbed to No. 1 in the Section 4A rankings through Week Seven. That is incredible! They are ranked No. 9 in Class 1A, three spots ahead of Mayer Lutheran. Both teams are 6-1 and in the running for the true No. 1 seed for the upcoming section playoffs.

On to Wednesday night!!



(Video) Wrestling throwback

Then-seventh grader Adam Jaeger shown in a dual meet with A-C-GC on December 21, 2012. PHOTO BY CHERYL KAMPSEN.

(VIDEO) Here's then-seventh grader Adam Jaeger winning the 106-pound title at the season-opening Jaguar Invite on November 30, 2012. I found this video while scouring my archives for footage with the late Coach Rich Vos. Now Jaeger is a senior leader on the football team. My, how time flies!

It was a very exciting way to kick off the finals that night. The loss of Coach Vos was still very raw and very real, weighing on everyone's hearts and minds. He passed away just six weeks and three days prior to that night.


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Five years have passed

"We have suffered an unimaginable loss."

I dread news like this in every way imaginable.

Five years ago, almost to the hour (it was shortly before 9 a.m. that day), I was dumbfounded by the terrible news of Coach Rich Vos's bicycle-semi accident that took his life early that morning - Tuesday, October 16, 2012. I was sitting in the basement of the Sauk Centre Herald newspaper building preparing my stories for that week's issue. The newspaper would print in less than 24 hours. Suddenly, my editor, Bryan Zollman, appeared in my office at 8:46 a.m. He had a stunned look on his face. He was straight with me.

"Did you hear about an accident by Belgrade this morning?"

I said No, and he replied, "I just learned that Rich Vos was killed in a bicycle accident."

My heart and anything else inside me sank to the floor. My face went white, and I sat in stunned silence. It was the first death of a coach or student-athlete at B-B-E since March 2006, when one of our girls' golfers, Trista Monson, passed away after a courageous three-plus year battle with cancer.

Zollman paused, and then said he would step in and start gathering material for a story for the newspaper. He was friends with one of Coach Vos's assistant coaches, BJ Friedrichs, who I am guessing was Zollman's source for the news.

Click below to read my very first blog posting about the accident and its aftermath:

The fear of these tragedies keeps me up at night on many occasions throughout each school year. We are still sitting in the wake of losing 16-year old Austin Young last March. That haunts me to this day. After the Thursday night volleyball match of Homecoming this fall, I could not sleep. I think I slept about three hours that night. I kept thinking, "Will everyone get home tonight? Will everyone wake up where they should be in the morning? How will Friday go? Will we all get through Friday night?"

Coach Vos (left) and assistant coach Danny Borgerding at the Xcel Energy Center on March 2, 2012. They were matside watching Ross Rath compete in the Class 1A individual state tournament.

Jaguar Country has not been the same ever since that dark day in 2012. In the blink of an eye, our school was forever changed with the loss of a truly remarkable, caring, generous and loving gentle spirit that most students knew as "Mr. Vos". He was a warrior for our school and its students. Hundreds of B-B-E students over the years counted on him for advice, encouragement and support through what is never easy: high school. We were robbed by the accident. All schools need staff members like Coach Vos. Students depend on having such caring individuals in the classrooms and hallways. Of course, it was especially difficult for his widow, Beth Vos, herself a former student-athlete at B-B-E and the mother to their two young children.

I've spoken with Beth a few times this fall. We corresponded today, and I am happy to report her message, "Thank you! It's been a good day!" She now lives in the Metro Area, where she is continuing her career in education.

May her life and the lives of her children continue to be restored by God's loving grace.

Coach Vos always had is athlete's backs...he was always in their corner, 365 day a year!

The following night of the accident, our B-B-E Jaguars football team faced Eden Valley-Watkins on the home gridiron for their Week Eight match up to cap the regular season. After the game, which they won 26-6 to even up their record at 4-4, the players kneeled in a large circle just north of the east goal post, joined hands, and prayed the Lord's Prayer. (Video)

I was a puddle. I didn't even have the strength to recite the Lord's Prayer with them. I tried my best holding the videocamera steady without breaking down. A light mist came down over the entire second half. It was also very windy out of the north, pretty cold from what I remember...the wind noise blocks out most of the players' voices. Somehow on that night, our B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team and our football guys mustered the strength to compete in their respective sports to fulfill the regular season schedules. Earlier that night, the volleyball team swept visiting Eden Valley-Watkins.

Coach Vos was a player's coach. He fought in countless ways for his guys, during the season and out of the season. His efforts were instrumental in getting the wrestling room built in the south wing of the high school. He coached dozens of players to the state tournament during his head coaching years at B-B-E from 2001 through the 2011-12 season. The 2012-13 team was expected to deliver great things in the playoffs, and in some of his private conversations with others, he believed they would be the team to get B-B-E to the team state tournament.

Below, video from the 2012 state individual wrestling tournament:

Above, then-junior Patrick Rooney is shown in a successful wrestleback match. The win was called at the 2:46 mark on the video. After that, you can see coaches Vos and Friedrichs soak up the win.

I'm combing through more photos and video from that week in October 2012. This week's Bonanza Valley Voice will also include additional coverage of the five-year anniversary of losing Coach Vos.


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

(HD video) Fourth quarter battle: BBE v. KMS

"Let's get to work, boys!" the Jaguars get to work on offense at Murdock - PHOTO BY CHERYL KAMPSEN

With the game literally hanging in the balance, and the B-B-E Jaguars football team ahead by a slim 16-14 margin, K-M-S drove deep into Jaguars territory in the middle of the fourth quarter. The Fighting Saints were poised to regain the lead with first down on the eight-yard line. They got five yards on their first play to get to the three-yard line with three more plays to go. Outstanding goal-line defense by the Jaguars plus two K-M-S penalties resulted in a turnover on downs at the B-B-E 14-yard line with 6:45 left in the game.

On the next play, with B-B-E setting up their offense on their own 14-yard line, Isaiah Gilbert made the most of a wide-open lane to blast through and scored from 86 yards out! The hole was big enough to drive a Mack truck through. It was incredible! K-M-S's defense didn't have a chance.

See for yourself...

Just a little exciting! It was incredible. The Jaguars went from a decent chance at trailing 22-16 or 21-16 to having a 24-14 lead!


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sealing a district title!

Adam Jaeger (21) fought for nine difficult yards, shedding tacklers and carrying a couple others on this play. I don't recall all the details of what down it was, but it was a much-needed spark the Jaguars got in the first half after sputtering out of the gates against K-M-S.

Here's the epic interception by Parker Schwinghammer...Johnny-On-The-Spot deep in the flats! Catch it at the end of this video clip:

It was pure pandemonium after this interception. I think there were under 30 seconds left in the game. Quarterback Ryan Illies took a knee to wind off the remaining game clock. Tonight I'll dig into my notes and check out the times.

The B-B-E Jaguars football team is the Midstate District champions of Sub-District III! They can sew up the title all by themselves if they win next Wednesday night at home against Upsala/Swanville Area. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., so start making plans now to get to that game!!!!

Click here to read more on last night's game:

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Night Lights VII: a historic win for the B-B-E football program!

Above, the Jaguars huddle up prior to lining up for the game's opening kickoff at the SkyDome in Murdock.

This installment of Friday Night Lights VII hung in the balance until the final minute!! Not until Parker Schwinghammer hauled in one of the most incredible interceptions I have seen in high school football was this in the bag. The Fighting Saints were driving into B-B-E territory from midfield, and they had a long-shot pass that had a solid trajectory on Schwinghammer's position. With three K-M-S receivers within reach, Schwinghammer leaped in the air, grabbed the pigskin and was promptly smothered by the offensive players-turned-defensive players. He did not relinquish possession of the ball on the way to the turf in Murdock, and once the whistles blew on the play, it sewed up the win!

Here's video of the epic interception!

It was a truly wild ride!! (More on that later)

The B-B-E Jaguars football team is District Champions! They last won a conference championship in 1988! Tonight at Murdock, the Jaguars defeated Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in an epic battle by a 24-21 score to claim at least a share of the Midstate, Sub-District III title. B-B-E is 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the sub-district. No team at B-B-E has ever won their first five games in a conference or district schedule.

B-B-E is 6-1 in football for just the third time in school history, joining the 1988 and 2013 squads in that light. The 1988 squad was the very first edition of the B-B-E Jaguars. They won their season opener over Bertha-Hewitt, then lost to Browerville to fall to 1-1. They reeled off seven wins in a row, claiming the Prairie Lakes Conference championship with a 4-0 record! In the Section 4B playoffs, they beat the Atwater-Grove City Blazers 13-8 in Belgrade in the quarterfinals before falling in the semifinals at No. 2-seeded Morris Area. That 8-2 final record stood as the best football record at B-B-E until 2013, when the Jaguars finished 9-2 overall and Section 4A runners-up.

Back to last night's game...
K-M-S scored on their second drive to go up 6-0 with 23 seconds left in the first quarter. The Jaguars countered in the final 90 seconds of the second quarter with a 29-yard scoring strike from Ryan Illies to Parker Schwinghammer, and B-B-E went into halftime ahead 8-6.

With 8:36 left in the third quarter, K-M-S scored to go ahead 14-8. Two big scoring plays then decided the game, with Adam Jaeger hauling in a 44-yard touchdown strike from Ryan Illies to regain the lead (Illies running for two points) and then Isaiah Gilbert blasting the K-M-S defense on an incredible 86-yard touchdown run (Kyle Felling PAT kick) to make it 24-14 with 6:34 left in the game.

The Jaguars outgained the Fighting Saints 312 yards to 267 yards, with a big difference coming through passing yards: 122 from Ryan Illies to 45 yards by Caleb Collins.

K-M-S fell to 4-3 overall with their second straight loss; in the sub-district, they are 3-3 and sit in a tie for fourth place with Parkers Prairie.

In second place in the sub-district is Royalton at 5-1. The Royals are on a four-game winning streak since they lost to B-B-E in Week Three. That night, the Jaguars held a powerful Royals offense to just eight points in a 24-8 win. Since then, Royalton has averaged 39 points per game! They will be very difficult to beat in the Section 7AA playoffs.

Third place is now held by Upsala/Swanville Area at 4-2.

Next week WE MUST PACK THE HOUSE and cheer on our Jaguars when they host Upsala/Swanville Area! Kickoff is at 7 p.m.! USA is 5-2 overall and will be very, very tough to beat.

This is CRAZY! The stars are aligning for our B-B-E Jaguars! Tonight the top seed in Section 4A, No. 8-ranked (AP state rankings) and previously undefeated Mayer Lutheran, lost to a No. 8-ranked (QRF) Blooming Prairie squad 28-27. In addition to that! Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity, who was hot on B-B-E's trail in the Section 4A standings, lost at home to a .500 Bethlehem Academy team by a 27-26 score tonight. Those losses are HUGE! The Jaguars now have a real shot at the No. 1 playoff seed in Section 4A by winning next week against USA! Regardless, the playoff road is tough as nails with as many as five Section 4A teams all having a real shot at winning three playoff games and going to state.

This game did not start out well at all! Here's video from the final minute of the first quarter:

Here's a video starting in the opening minute of the second quarter...with the Jaguars trailing 6-0 tonight...later in the clip, after the nine-minute mark, Isaiah Gilbert busts through a number of tacklers and had a huge gain from midfield to the K-M-S seven-yard line. Unfortunately that drive stalled out due to two penalties:

And video from the third quarter when the Fighting Saints regained the lead:

More to follow on Saturday.

Results from games on October 13 (Week Seven) involving Section 4A teams:
Blooming Prairie 28, Mayer Lutheran 27
Browerville 35, Kimball Area 32
Parkers Prairie 35, New York Mills 6
Royalton 35, Upsala/Swanville 8

Area football scores in Week Seven on October 13:
West Central Area/Ashby 40, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 14
Hancock 20, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 14
New London-Spicer 41, Little Falls 6
Renville County West 14, Hills-Beaver Creek 8
BOLD 54, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 0
Sauk Centre 39, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 8
Montevideo 35, Benson 12
Minnewaska Area 48, Osakis 13
MACCRAY 37, Fulda 36
Eden Valley-Watkins 39, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 6
Pierz 42, Paynesville Area 6
Ortonville 50, Lac qui Parle Valley 47
Melrose Area 28, Holdingford 19
Willmar 8, Becker 6

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B-B-E 8, KMS 6.

The Jaguars trailed 6-0 in the first quarter, but a fabulous 29-yard catch by Parker Schwinghammer tied the game with 31 seconds left before halftime. Isaiah Gilbert ran in the conversion to put his team ahead 8-6.

Final score: B-B-E 24, KMS 21!!!!!


Game day!

Today is game day! Week Seven of the 2017 season is here for the B-B-E Jaguars football team. They have some payback on their mind as they prepare for a road trip to Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg territory tonight. The Jaguars take on the Fighting Saints at the Murdock SkyDome with a 7 p.m. kickoff for Friday Night Lights VII!!!

Last year B-B-E was humbled in defeat at Homecoming at the hands of K-M-S, who won 26-14 on their way to a 4-4 regular season. The Jaguars were 1-5 after that night, but that whole season is far in the rear view mirror today!

K-M-S is 4-2 overall after losing 19-6 at Parkers Prairie last week. The Jaguars are 5-1 overall. You can read more on last week's games in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

A better scouting report will be posted later this morning about K-M-S.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dig Pink volleyball night

The MACCRAY Wolverines showed some dynamite play while slugging it out with our B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team in a three-set win to move to 23-5 overall on the season. They are the No. 7-ranked team in Class 1A according to the QRF scale and showed why tonight.

The Jaguars did not play that well in game one but only lost 25-21. They had a terrific start in game two, leading 6-1 out of the gates, but ended up losing 25-19. MACCRAY turned it up a few notches and easily won game three 25-12.

Here's video from prior to the match:

Next for B-B-E is a road match at sub-section rival Browerville on Monday.

Central Minnesota Conference volleyball scores on October 12:
Kimball Area 3, Holdingford 0
Paynesville Area 3, Pierz 0
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 3, Eden Valley-Watkins 0

Area volleyball scores on October 12:
Willmar 3, Fergus Falls 1
Maple Lake 3, Dassel-Cokato 0
Albany 3, St. Cloud Cathedral 0
Royalton 3, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0
Osakis 3, Upsala 0
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 3, Benson 0
Montevideo 3, BOLD 2
Melrose Area 3, Minnewaska Area 0
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 3, Sauk Centre 2 (MA/CA wins game five 15-13 in a battle of first-place West Central Conference teams at Morris)
Henning 3, Verndale 0
Menahga 3, Pillager 0
Wadena-Deer Creek 3, Sebeka 0
West Central Area 3, Hancock 1



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Volleyball recap, Dig Pink is coming!

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team lost 3-0 at Maple Lake on Tuesday night to slip to 4-2 in the Central Minnesota Conference and 13-12 overall. Game scores were 25-14, 25-15, 25-13.

The Jaguars now gear up for Dig Pink night on Thursday this week when they will promote and raise funds for breast cancer research through the Side Out Foundation while also taking on MACCRAY in a non-conference match. The Wolverines are 22-5 overall, on pace with last year's team who went 25-6 overall. They are 8-3 and sole, repeat champions in the Camden North Conference.

The Dig Pink® Rally is the Side-Out Foundation’s October event that brings together volleyball players across the nation to raise funds for breast cancer research, demonstrate the power of teamwork, and show support for people with the disease. Money raised through Dig Pink®supports Side-Out’s game-changing cancer research and programs to develop the whole player.
Dig Pink® events can be organized at the local, county, city or state level. Although Side-Out’s Dig Pink® events began as volleyball specific events, participants do not have to be volleyball players/coaches or even athletes at all. The events are supported by middle/high school and college students nationwide.

Volleyball scores on October 10 involving matches with CMC teams:
Eden Valley-Watkins 3, Upsala 0
Paynesville Area 3, Central Minnesota Christian-Prinsburg 0
Holdingford 3, Royalton 2

Below is video from the third quarter at New York Mills last Friday:

Hope to see many of you at the volleyball match tomorrow!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Slay the dragon!

Tonight will be quite a night of volleyball at Maple Lake. The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team travels an hour east down Highway 55 to face the undefeated and top-ranked (Class 2A) Irish. A win would lift the Jaguars into a first-place tie for the Central Minnesota Conference lead.

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