Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2-0

Karlee Kern served up a string of points at the end of game three, including an ace serve for match point against A-C-GC. Shown are her teammates giving her high fives as the Jaguars moved to 2-0.

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City became the latest team to fall at the hands of the Jaguars volleyball team. The Falcons lost in three games tonight by scores of 25-11, 25-12, 25-15.

A-C-GC is 0-2; they lost to Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart in their season opener on August 21. They're in a major rebuilding project after going 0-21 last season and have a new coach to break in as they look to end a 24-match losing streak.

The Jaguars have a break in action as they gear up for the Central Minnesota Conference opener next Thursday, September 4 at home when Eden Valley-Watkins comes to town.


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Season opener!

Coach Weller had a lot to smile about tonight, shown here during a timeout taken by MA/CA with the Jaguars ahead 14-8 in game two. The Tigers had an early 5-1 lead but faded quickly after B-B-E went on a 5-0 run.
Not getting through! Katelyn Heinze goes up for a block.

Hailey Braegelman gets high-fives from her teammates right after getting a kill that ended game one in favor of the Jaguars by a 25-19 score tonight in Morris.

The Jaguars volleyball team won 3-0 tonight at Morris during their season opener. The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers, who advanced all the way to the Section 3AA championship last season, jumped out with 5 to 6-point leads in all three games but lost 25-19, 25-15, 25-22. B-B-E hasn't lost to Morris Area or MA/CA since 1998.

Here's some video from tonight in Morris:


Be sure to come out tomorrow night for their home opener against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City with the varsity match starting at 7:00pm.
 

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43

The 9th-12th grade roster for the Jaguars football team swelled to 43, up from 36 earlier last week.

On that list of 43 athletes, seven are seniors. The rest of the breakdown includes 12 juniors, 7 sophomores and 17 freshmen. The 17 freshmen enjoyed a rare 8-0 season last year on the 8th grade team.

I knew the team had a large crop of freshmen, but at 36 I was a little worried about the turnout. Now at 43, I'm definitely feeling better about it and am very excited to see the season get started. We'll know what they're made of on Thursday night, when the Jaguars travel to Class AA Norwood-Young America. The Raiders were a section finalist after an 0-7 start to the season. They beat Zumbrota-Mazeppa and Medford in last year's Section 2AA playoffs before losing to Pine Island 29-28 just one game short of the state tournament and finishing 3-8 overall. In 2012, they also went 1-7 in the regular season with a 2-8 finish; they were 1-1 in the Section 2AAA playoffs and a season-ending loss to state quarterfinalist Jordan. In 2011, NYA had a stellar 9-2 season including a 6-1 mark in the Minnesota River Conference (1st place). In the 2011 Section 4AA playoffs, NYA beat St. Agnes and Sibley East before losing 24-21 in the championship to Maple Lake. NYA went 7-3 in 2010 and competed in the Section 3AAA playoffs where they went 1-1.

Starting in 2015, the Jaguars will compete in what is currently known as the Prairie Conference, although I have no clue what the league will be called by the MSHSL. It includes Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Prairie Valley, Royalton, Upsala/Swanville Area, Browerville, Kimball Area and West Central Area.

Prairie Valley is a coop between Parkers Prairie and Eagle Valley schools. West Central Area is a huge consolidated district including Hoffman, Kensington, Barrett, Erdahl, Wendell and Elbow Lake.

Kimball Area and B-B-E will be replaced in the Central Minnesota Conference by Sauk Centre and Melrose starting in 2015.

And a final comment. I wholeheartedly agree with what B-B-E administrators have stated recently: the Jaguars should remain in the CMC for all other sports besides football. The changes in football have been brought forward by the MSHSL.

For the playoffs, I have no idea what group the Jaguars will be placed in for 2015. For 2014, this fall the Jaguars are still part of Section 4A, where they've competed since the fall of 2009 and have three section championship appearances. (Prior to 2010, the Jaguars played in just one section championship football game since the formation of the B-B-E Jaguars athletic program in 1988.)

Here's a score from "Week 0" of football:
Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 22, St. Clair 6 


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Terrace Mill Children's Theater

Here's the final moments of last night's play in Terrace and thank yous and other comments from the actors and directors of "The Mad adventures of Mr Toad"



And thank you to everyone who gives support in any way to the B-B-E theater and Fine Arts community!! It does not go unnoticed by the staff or students.


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Remembering Tully - Part II

Anthony working to turn Sauk Centre's Bret Illies, who he beat by pin during the Jaguar quadrangular on February 2, 2006.

Anthony with his fellow Jaguar placewinners at the Jaguar Invitational on December 2, 2005. Tully advanced to the third-place match that night and won that match by fall with just seconds to spare in the second period to help his team finish in fourth place.

It's still so hard to believe. As painful as these times are, we should make sure to reflect on the good times. Even if it brings out more pain and more tears.

At B-B-E, Anthony was a three-sport athlete in junior high with football, wrestling and track and field. He continued his wrestling career through 11th grade and was part of the Jaguars wrestling varsity squad as a sophomore and junior. In his junior season, he was a full time starter and a key member of B-B-E’s 12-16 squad in the 2005-2006 season. It was a remarkable turnaround after the team only managed two dual wins in 2004-2005 due to multiple open weights.

As a junior, Anthony wrestled at 145, 152 and 160 pounds and finished with a fine record of 20-16. In the Section 5A individual tournament, he went 2-2 and took fourth place at 145 pounds.

Anthony was a guy who would do anything for his team, his coaches and his friends. Mild-mannered, easy-going, always looking for a joke to tell or a prank to pull, he left an impression on anyone who knew him that will never be forgotten.

He and Coach Vos are undoubtedly hanging out right now, watching over all of us from above.

Click on this link to see more pictures and a video clip from the 2005-2006 wrestling season:

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jaguars at Minnewaska Quad

Coach Olson gives a pep talk to Katie Boie during her singles match against Minnewaska Area.

The Jaguars girls' tennis team competed at the Minnewaska Area quadrangular today along with Parkers Prairie and Montevideo. Results will be posted later.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tully the wrestler

A photo taken on December 2, 2005. Anthony placed 3rd at the season-opening Jaguar Invite.

It's been a difficult day for many people in Jaguar Country today. We celebrated the life of Anthony Tullis, 2007 graduate, at First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake. Hundreds attended. All will miss him dearly.

The more stories you hear about him, the more you realize he was truly one of a kind.

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Reviewing some football numbers

The Jaguars football team has a roster with 36 players on it in grades 9 through 12. It's the second-smallest roster in school history. In 2004, the program had just 35 players in grades 9-12. In this year's group, six are seniors, including leading starting quarterback candidate Dalon Bitzan. Last year's second-string quarterback (a sophomore last year), Austin Trustheim, did not come out for football this year.

Other seniors with Bitzan on the team include Josey Tensen, Tommy Cebulla, Jordan Wosmek, Tanner Halvorson and Shawn Felling. Just one of the six seniors is a lineman, so to say the Jaguars are breaking in a new line is a huge understatement. In that respect, they have a deep crop of candidates for the offensive and defensive lines. It's a matter of seeing where they fit in the puzzle.

Numbers are especially strong in the eighth grade, where they have a turnout of 20 for the football team. In seventh grade, they have a turnout of 13.


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Grand jury

I described the shooting by Lake Gilchrist last week to a retired Minnesota State Patrol officer today. He retired in 1999 at the end of a 31-year career serving east central Minnesota.

He said that a Grand Jury will review all the evidence presented by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Pope County Sheriff's Office and then decide if charges should be pressed and what type of charges. The BCA will review text messaging, phone call logs as well as Facebook and other social media accounts while also looking at results of the toxicology reports and material gathered at the scene of the shooting as well as oral interviews.

These comments of his stood out while we talked, "Law enforcement and the judicial system takes the loss of life very seriously in any case where someone takes the life of another person. It doesn't matter what the past history is of the deceased or the circumstances of what happened. They will get to the bottom of it. Many of the questions people may have right now about what happened will be answered once the Grand Jury has reviewed everything. Right now there's very little information that can be released in a case like that."

Click here to read more on what a Grand Jury is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_jury

Here's more specific information on Minnesota's Grand Jury:
Hennepin County keeps a grand jury impaneled at all times. Each grand jury serves a term of four months, typically meets one day each week, and focuses almost exclusively on homicide cases.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Remembering Tully 09/02/1988 - 08/13/2014

A recent photo of Tully with his beloved dog Bear.

A celebration of the life of Anthony Tullis will take place next week Tuesday and Wednesday, August 19-20.

Tully's visitation will be from 5:00 to 9:00pm on Tuesday at First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake in rural New London. The funeral will be at 2:00pm on Wednesday also at First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake. His family asks that people wear something camouflage to remember his love for the outdoors.

Anthony is a 2007 graduate of B-B-E and leaves behind countless grief-stricken family members across Jaguar Country.

Here's a four-second video clip from December 2, 2005. At 8:21pm that night, Tully and his fellow Jaguar wrestlers are heading back to the mats in preparation for the finals round of the season-opening Jaguar Invite. He was gearing up for the third-place match in the 145-pound bracket, where he faced Darren Berg of Eden Valley-Watkins. And lo and behold, Tully pinned Berg in a time of 3:57 while helping his Jaguars take fourth place that night.


Tully shown with Coach Vos and Coach Schmitz during one of his matches at a home quadrangular on February 2, 2006. He was a member of the varsity squad during his junior year of high school.
Tully vs. Bret Illies of Sauk Centre (145) at the B-B-E Quad on February 2, 2006.

Tully is shown after getting a win during that February 2, 2006 quad when he beat Sauk Centre's Bret Illies with a pin in 4:40 at 145 pounds. The Jaguars fell 41-34 to the Mainstreeters.


Now is a time for everyone to remember Tully and all the warm, wonderful memories everyone has of him. May he find peace and comfort with those who have passed before him, including Coach Vos. Whatever demons he was battling are a thing of the past. We can all find comfort knowing his incredible love and passion for life and his friends and family will live on in everyone who knew him.

Regardless of what happened on that dark night, it was an unimaginable tragedy for the families involved and the rest of Jaguar Country. We're all confused and mourning at varying levels depending on how well we knew those involved and their families. The only way our community will get through it is to pray, comfort one another and give it over to God.

R.I.P. Anthony Tullis September 2, 1988 - August 13, 2014

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Another police report

This backs up the account I was given last night on what happened on Wednesday night in the Gilchrist Township shooting.

The police report added this information:
Once law enforcement personnel responded to the 9-1-1 call about the shooting Wednesday night, they found a woman outside the home. The deceased person, Anthony Tullis, was inside the home. The woman admitted she shot him.

The report added that the woman said she was forced into a bedroom and assaulted for over five hours. The source I have says she was bruised "from head to toe". Also in the account I heard, the gun didn't just magically appear right before the shooting. The gun had been a part of the five hour-ordeal that the woman went through.

My take:
What stands out for me is this: the woman is not and never was in custody. She was questioned after the shooting, but the cops didn't have evidence at the time to detain her. If evidence of manslaughter or murder existed, she'd be in custody. It's a terribly unpleasant thought to think that the domestic violence story above is true. After a thorough review of the evidence charges could still be pressed. The system has to work through it.

Also, it's a huge understatement to say that hard feelings and feelings of anger are racing through our community right now. Unanswered questions. Confusion. Speculation. Continued rumors. It'd be helpful if people calmed down and had patience while more information is released by law enforcement. On Facebook, I was horrified to read one statement by an individual from Pillager, MN who suggested the woman who shot Tullis should essentially watch her back...and other comments I can't repeat on here. What the hell is that all about? How sick and twisted is that? The fact is she's barely an adult and also has a family who cares deeply for her and needs support and prayers to get them through this.

As I said yesterday, please continue praying for Tullis's family. In a small town and a small school, we should set an example of compassion for those who are in mourning and who are recovering from a tragedy that could be ripped out of a day time soap opera story line. It's sickening. But we don't live in a perfect world. We have to cope with the cards we're dealt and make the most of the lives we're given. We can rise above this. We can comfort one another and do whatever we have to do to help those who are hurting and pray for healing.

When I hear about funeral arrangements, I'll post that ASAP.

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Season-opener!

Cassandra Hoppe is one of four seniors on this year's girls' tennis team; she holds the number-one singles spot.

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' tennis team picked up an exciting and down-to-the-wire 4-3 win today in their season opener. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Upsala-Swanville Area and the Jaguars battled to a 2-2 tie, then split the next two points which set up the dramatic ending at number-one singles.

Cassandra Hoppe, B-B-E's one-dubs player, ultimately picked up a two-set win with a second-set tiebreaker to clinch the win for the Jaguars.

And some video from one-singles action:


Up next is a triangular at Melrose Area next Wednesday. The other team is Becker.

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