Friday, February 27, 2015

State update

Tyler Bents' and Colby Schramel's seasons are done.

Adam Jaeger lost 10-3 and goes again tonight in the wrestle backs.

Two make quarterfinals!

Ben Feuerhake brought the heat and got a pin in the first minute of the first period of his heavyweight state opener. It was a great start to his second straight appearance at the state tournament.

How cool is this!

Ben Feuerhake joins Adam Jaeger as the two B-B-E Jaguar wrestlers advancing to the Class 1A state quarterfinals. They will wrestle at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Xcel Energy Center. It's the first time since 2013 that two Jaguars won quarterfinal-round matches at state.

Jaeger at 138 pounds got a quick takedown in the first period but trailed 3-2 at the first buzzer. He gave up an escape to fall behind 4-2 just 10 seconds into the second period but battled back. With 41 seconds left in the second period he got a takedown to tie it up and ride a 4-4 tie into the third period. An early escape in the third period put Jaeger ahead 5-4, and as the final buzzer sounded he iced it with a takedown for a 7-4 decision win.

Feuerhake won by pin (42 seconds) in the first period against a Barnesville wrestler.

Here's video from Jaeger's win!

If the guys who beat Tyler Bents and Colby Schramel both win their quarterfinal matches in the 5:30 p.m. round, Bents and Schramel will get a shot at staying alive with wrestleback matches in tonight's 7:30 p.m. round.

Thank you to Brooten Auto Parts for sponsoring this Jaguar sports state update!

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State wrestling

Adam Jaeger chatting with head coach Jack Mueller in the staging area after he won his opening match at the state tournament today at the Xcel Energy Center.

At 106 Tyler Bents lost 4-0 in his state opener.

At 138 pounds, freshmen Adam Jaeger earned an exciting 7-4 decision win against Barnesville senior Zac Anderson (34-6) in his opening-round state match. Jaeger will compete in the Class 1A state quarterfinals tonight.

At 145 pounds, junior Colby Schramel lost a 9-1 major decision in his state opener to senior Austin Skillings (28-6) of Frazee.

One more opener to go for B-B-E wrestlers at state with Ben Feuerhake coming at heavyweight. He's ranked seventh in the latest Class 1A Quillotine rankings.

Thank you to the Local Pantry, located along Highway 55 in Brooten, for sponsoring this state wrestling tournament update. Phone # 320-346-2570. They're now offering ridiculously good cheese curds from Redhead Creamery. And yes, they are indeed ridiculously good!!!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

A great start!

At Finlayson for the Sub-Section 5A-South quarterfinals, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team has a 9-5 lead with 12 minutes to go in the first half.

With seven minutes to go: 19-9 lead!

Halftime: B-B-E 28, East Central 12. According to my source, the Jaguars have taken three charges while on defense already. This is looking good from 130+ miles away!! Finish strong, Jaguars!!

With 13:45 left in the game, the Jaguars have a 36-16 lead.

From what I've heard, 106.5 FM The Train will carry Saturday night's game in Little Falls. The Jaguars will undoubtedly play Kimball Area for the third time this season. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.!!

Final: B-B-E 63, East Central 47!

Quick update...Saturday's game will be on The Train and Smooth Magic 107.

Thank you to JF Auto Repair of Brooten for sponsoring this Jaguar playoff update!

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Playoff game updates

I will post updates as often as I get them here on tonight's playoff game at Finlayson.

Hindsight is the realm of radio, we could have gotten a couple games tonight via Smooth Magic 107 and 106.5 FM The Train. As it turned out, both of those radio stations will be in New London tonight covering the Minnewaska / NL-S boys' basketball game in Sub-Section 6AA-South.

In hindsight, it would've been terrific if one of those two stations could've gone up to Finlayson. However, I can understand the stations wanting to make sure they cover the local teams before reaching out to carry our Jaguars.

Yesterday after doing a radio interview for the Saturday Prep Review in Glenwood, Smooth Magic 107 sports director Brady Erdmann said that if Minnewaska's boys' basketball team loses tonight, they will jump straight to carrying B-B-E on Saturday assuming the Jaguars beat East Central!!

Speaking of Saturday's Prep Review, put that on your calendar to tune in at 107.1 FM or to listen to a 42-minute long chat I had with Erdmann about the B-B-E wrestling team and both of our basketball teams. Out of the 42-minute recording, 28 minutes were devoted to the wrestlers. That show will air at 8 a.m. on Saturday, February 28. Don't miss out!

THANKS to Belgrade Hardware Hank for sponsoring this sports update!


CHS Prairie Lakes in Elrosa collecting food

CHS Prairie Lakes in Elrosa is participating with the Central Harvest States (CHS) Country Operations Harvest for Hunger campaign. CHS Prairie Lakes in Elrosa, as well as other CHS Prairie Lakes sites in central Minnesota, will be collecting cash, grain, and food donations to support our local and regional food shelves, from March 1-20.

Also at CHS Prairie Lakes in Elrosa, they will host a human foosball tournament on March 14 and will be doing Harry’s Pizza sales as well.


Stay tuned to the Bonanza Valley Voice for more updates.

And a brief state wrestling tournament update: Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City went 0-2 in the team tournament today at Xcel Energy Center. Pierz also finished 0-2. West Central Area beat Pierz 38-28 in the consolation semifinals and will wrestle for fifth place today at 5 p.m. against #4-seeded Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Area.

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Central Square in Glenwood hosts Billy McLaughlin

Click on the graphic for best viewing.

Get your tickets asap before they sell out! This will be a fabulous show. I'd go myself if it didn't overlap with the sub-section speech meet that same evening.

Call 320-634-0400 to purchase your advance tickets for $18 each. Visit the Central Square website for more information at


Post Prom announcement

After a self-imposed two-day vacation from the Jaguar Sports blog, I'm back in the saddle. Here's the latest.

B-B-E's Post Prom is right around the corner on Sat. April 25.  Post prom is put on by the parents of juniors and seniors.  The Post prom committee is looking for parent volunteers of junior and senior students to help on Friday, April 24 to set up and then on Sat. April 25 to stay up from 11 PM to 5:30 AM to help with games, store, food and other activities.  

If anyone would like to make a monetary or gift donation to post prom please let us know.

Parents of 10th grade students are also welcome to help at post prom and see what we do.  Track concessions this spring will be for 2016 prom so we are in need of volunteers from 10th and 11th grade parents.

Post prom meeting will be held on Monday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Coops Corner in the back meeting room.

Please call or text Beth Kollman 320-815-3274 or Mary Tensen 320-424-2579 with any questions.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Let's get these criminals

Please spread the word and help teach a lesson to these criminals that crime does not pay!!!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Golf position opening


Saturday, February 21, 2015


Payton Van Beck not only knock down the game-winning field goal, but he also drained valuable free throws throughout the nail biter of a game.

Here's a video from Maple Lake high school on Saturday afternoon. It does not get any better than this in the world of basketball! You can't beat it...check out the buzzer-beater shot in this video by Payton Van Beck that gave the 8th grade boys' basketball Jaguars a 38-36 win over Kimball Area in the third-place consolation game of the Central Minnesota Conference tournament.

And it helps to let the video reload a couple times on the browser for best viewing.

In the quarterfinals, the 8th grade Jaguars beat Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 33-31 after being in a 15-15 tie at halftime. In the semifinals, the Jaguars met a very talented and tall Rockford team and lost 37-26.

More coverage from this game will be in the Bonanza Valley Voice next week.

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Section champion

Ben Feuerhake, a junior, successfully defended his number-one seed at heavyweight in the Section 5A individual tournament.
Tyler Bents receiving his second-place medal in the 106-pound bracket tonight in Kimball.

Tyler Bents became the youngest members of the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team to qualify for the state tournament since Travis Rath (Class of 2009) went as an eighth grader in 2005.

Here's how the day ended up, with the place winners for the Jaguars listed below; state entrants are underlined:
106: Tyler Bents 2nd
120: Josey Tensen 3rd
126: Kaleb Voss 3rd
138: Adam Jaeger 2nd
145: Colby Schramel 2nd
152: Isaiah Gilbert 6th
160: Steven Mady 4th
182: Ben Thompson 3rd
195: Joe Reller 4th
220: Cody Rust 6th
285: Ben Feuerhake 1st 

The opening round of the Class 1A state individual wrestling tournament starts at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 27 at Xcel Energy Center. I am ecstatic about getting to cover four Jaguars at the state meet!!!!! It can't come soon enough.

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Snow-Week semi-formal

C.K. Photography was on hand taking formal portrait photos of couples and groups such as the freshmen shown above.

You can't help but be impressed by the turnout at the resurrection of a time-honored tradition at high schools across the U.S. For years B-B-E has gone without a semiformal/formal Snow-Week dance in the winter months. In talking to school staff tonight, we were guessing the school hasn't had such an event since prior to 2005.


Section 5A wrestling

The Jaguars stand at attention during the National Anthem this morning at Kimball Area high school.

Getting pins in their openers today in Kimball were Kaleb Voss (126) and Adam Jaeger (138). Jonah Voss also won in a decision.

Ben Feuerhake won his semifinal match.

Tyler Bents is state-bound at 106 pounds!! Great job!

And at 138 freshmen Adam Jaeger is state-bound!

And Colby Scramel is state-bound at 145 pounds!

Then some tough news...
Josey Tensen, Isaiah Gilbert and Steven Mady will not advance to state.

Another update: Ben Feuerhake joins an elite group of B-B-E athletes with a second straight trip to the state tournament! He is the 285-pound section champion.

Altogether the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team is sending four guys to the Class 1A state tournament!! What a terrific day for the program!! The individual state tournament runs Friday and Saturday, February 27-28.

It's been a wild day. It started at the section wrestling tournament before continuing 16 miles down Highway 55 at Maple Lake high school at the site of the Central Minnesota Conference junior high boys' basketball tournament. Our 8th grade Jaguars took third place out of eight teams. They won the last game on an incredible jump shot by Peyton Van Beck!! Yeah, video will be posted of that later tonight!

Then the day finished up at the Snow-Week semi-formal dance at the high school. A total of 77 students were signed up and in attendance at the dance. What an outstanding showing from the B-B-E student body!! It sure beats sitting at home watching TV. Photos of random couples at the dance will appear in the Feb. 26 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

11 wins

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team earned their 11th win tonight at Holdingford by a 49-34 score in Central Minnesota Conference action. Their 11-2 record in the CMC ties the 2008-2009 team for the most conference wins in a single season in school history.

Six years ago the team finished third (11-3) in the CMC and then went 1-1 in the Sub-Section 6AA-East playoffs while finishing 18-9 overall.

Next for the Jaguars (16-8) is the final game of the regular season when they host Pierz for Seniors Night next Friday, Feb. 27.

Getting back to that fan bus for the playoff game next Thursday, the school needs at least 45 people to sign up in order to make the bus feasible. Cost is $20 (gate admission is extra) per person. Contact Jodi at the elementary school office to sign up. You can e-mail her at and then pay on Tuesday when the office reopens.

Saturday is a big day!!! I hope you're making tracks to Kimball to support our B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team!! Eight Jaguars are seeded in the top three of their brackets!! If you can't make the trip, I will be blogging updates throughout the afternoon and evening on what happens.

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Very proud

I was very happy to see a strong response from the B-B-E student body to the upcoming semi-formal Snow-Week dance tomorrow night. Kudos to the student leaders who resurrected this time-honored tradition!

Smelt fry

Mmm! It's as good as advertised at Shells on Main in Belgrade. Don't miss out! They serve until 8 tonight. Their ad is on page three of this week's Bonanza Valley Voice.

Fan bus for playoffs!

This is a great idea: the school has lined up an option for a coach fan bus for next Thursday's playoff game in Finlayson. I will post all the details later, but you can contact the elementary school office to get signed up. Ask for Jodi.


Buzzer beater!

Hailey Braegelman (right) shown during a Snow-Week Coronation program game on Tuesday. Also shown is fellow basketball team member Mary Dak.

Hailey Braegelman's five-foot jump shot just beat the buzzer and gave the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team a 52-50 win at Paynesville Area last night. Holy moly! The Jaguars led 24-22 at halftime. Braegelman and Katelyn Heinze both led the Jaguars with 12 points each. Now 16-8 overall, the Jaguars travel to Holdingford tonight. Paynesville is 8-13.

Rockford beat the boys' basketball team 72-43 last night.

Area girls' basketball scores on February 19:
Pierz 59, Maple Lake 50
Browerville 59, Osakis 53
Hancock 59, Benson 33
LP-GE 52, Royalton 41
Upsala 49, West Central Area 44
New London-Spicer 36, Litchfield 28
CMCS 74, K-M-S 65
LQPV 52, Dawson-Boyd 50 (4 OT! for the Camden North Conference championship)

This sports update is sponsored by the support of the Local Pantry of Brooten:

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Girls win

They won at Paynesville

The boys lost at home to Rockford.

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(Video) B-B-E Snow-Week coronation

Here's video from Tuesday morning:

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