Sunday, October 11, 2015

(Video) B-B-E Hall of Fame

Here's part of the speech given by B-B-E Hall of Fame inductee George Borgerding last night in Padua:


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Busy day! ending at HOF banquet

From game two of the match against Alexandria today.
Coach Weller talking to the team between games one and two against Alexandria. The Cardinals won easily in game one by a score of 25-17 but lost to the Jaguars 25-22 in game two.

In a tournament loaded with talent and high-power teams from around Minnesota, the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team went 2-2 today. All four of their matches went the full three games, culminating with a tough 15-13 game-three loss to Alexandria in the third-place match.

Dean DeKok speaking at tonight's HOF banquet in Padua. He is a 1962 graduate of Brooten High School.

Fast-forward a couple of hours, and I found myself at the Padua Pub taking in the first-ever Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa all-school Hall of Fame banquet. It was quite the event!! I have video to upload but won't get it posted until late tonight. I especially enjoyed meeting the HOF inductees who were present as well as their families.

Inducted to the B-B-E Hall of Fame are: Dean DeKok, Michele (Marthaler) Perkins, Dick Nelson, Sherwood Sagedahl, George Borgerding, Dennis Weimerskirch, Ralph Halvorson and the late Gregory Mohs.

Visiting with Margie Marthaler was a special treat!!! She has had a front-row seat to some incredible moments in Brooten Buccaneer school history.

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Football playoffs

Early indications suggest that the B-B-E Jaguars football team will have a first-round home playoff game. Seeding is not finalized, though. Stay tuned for updates. The first playoff game is Wednesday, October 14 at 7 p.m.

**Update: the Jaguars (4-4) indeed have a home playoff game. They are the fourth seed and will host fifth-seeded Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity (4-4) on Wednesday night to start the Section 4A playoffs.


Friday, October 09, 2015

Friday Night Lights VIII: Winning ugly

It was anything but pretty, and in fact, some observers would have called it down right ugly. The result is what matters most, though, and that's something to walk away feeling good about as the B-B-E Jaguars football team climbed back to .500 on the season with a 14-0 shut out win against Kimball Area on Homecoming night.

The Jaguars defense had a great night, not only shutting out Kimball but holding them to under 100 yards of total offense (91 actually). The Cubs ran 41 plays good for 39 rushing yards and 52 passing yards. On the other side of the ball, while they struggled at times to convert third down, the Jaguars had 260 yards of total offense with 183 coming on the ground and 77 through the air. They were 7-of-15 on third-down conversions and two-of-four on fourth down conversions.

Kyle Felling caught an eight-yard pass in the second quarter for B-B-E's first touchdown. Isaiah Gilbert scored on a two-yard run in the third quarter to make it 12-0. The extra-point conversion was ran in by Felling to make the final score 14-0.

The Jaguars are 4-4 overall and now wait for the QRF computer to decide their fate for the upcoming Section 4A playoffs. The seedings will be computed some time on Saturday.

This year's B-B-E football team is just the seventh team in school history to win four or more regular season games. (1988, 1993, 1997, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015) That's seven teams in 28 years of Jaguar football who have gone 4-4 or better before heading into the playoffs.

The Cubs finish the regular season with an 0-8 record for the second year in a row. They've lost 27 games in a row dating back to the 2012 playoffs, when they lost in the semifinals of Section 4AA to Maple Lake.

Mid-State District, Sub-District 3 scores on October 8/9:
Browerville/Eagle Valley 35, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 8
Upsala/Swanville Area 31, West Central Area/Ashby 18
Royalton 25, Parkers Prairie 8

Area football scores in Week Eight on Oct. 9:
Pierz 49, Holdingford 7
Paynesville Area 48, Melrose Area 24
Montevideo 20, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 13 OT
BOLD 53, Yellow Medicine East 0
Sauk Centre 16, Benson 13
Rockford Area 26, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 14
Minneapolis North 47, St. Agnes 0
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 35, MACCRAY 30
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 28, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 24
Minnewaska Area 35, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 14 (Minnewaska clinched their sub-district title outright with a 7-0 record; they are 7-1 overall)
Renville County West 11, Brandon/Evansville 8
New London-Spicer 59, Milaca 6
Becker 42, Albany 6
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 33, Mayer Lutheran 14
Osakis 28, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 20 

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The Jaguars won 14-0. It wasn't pretty! They led at halftime 6-0.

(HD Video) BBE vs. USA football & Homecoming Pep Fest

Here's hi-def footage down the stretch in a late touchdown drive in the second quarter at Swanville last week:

Here's the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper photo gallery from the Sept. 24 Prairie Conference girls' tennis match between B-B-E and Long Prairie/Grey Eagle-Upsala/Swanville Area.

Here's medium-quality video footage from today's Homecoming Pep on the blog link to see the video..."musical chairs" with the royalty court begins at about the 5:30 mark...:

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Thursday, October 08, 2015


Ashley Trustheim and Karlee Kern put up a wall to slow the attack of Kimball's Caitlin O'Brien.

A perfect 5-0 mark is the record in the Central Minnesota Conference for the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team. They won their 14th match of the season in three games over visiting Kimball Area. The Jaguars trailed 11-9 in game one before dropping the hammer and surging ahead to score 14 of the next 16 points to earn a 23-13 lead. In game two, the Cubs led 17-13 before wilting against an overpowering B-B-E service game. The Jaguars led 21-9 before subbing down quite a bit.

Game scores were 25-15, 25-21, 25-17.

Next is the Alexandria tournament starting at 9 a.m.

**Don't miss out on the North American State Bank tailgating party to kick off the night on Friday prior to the Homecoming football game. It begins at 5:30 p.m. on the east side of the high school.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

(Videos) B-B-E Powder Puff Homecoming football game

The seniors (coaches, players) gather at the end zone.
The juniors confer after the third quarter ended with Coach Jacob Weller giving instructions.

After the senior girls led 9-2 at halftime, they survived a spirited and valiant comeback effort by the junior girls to win the 2015 B-B-E Homecoming Powder Puff football game by a 13-8 score. At the start of the fourth quarter, the juniors narrowed the gap to a 9-7 deficit.

Here's two videos, one showing the pregame and start of the game, and then the post-game celebration by the seniors. I was impressed by the effort of both teams!

And the post-game celebrating:

Two days of Homecoming are in the book. Two more to go!

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(Video) Post-match volleyball interview

Here's a post-match interview after the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team swept Paynesville Area:

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(HD video) Jaguar Country enjoys FUND run

(Below) Video from one of the color stations and then near the finish line. Note when Superintendent Bullard gets involved in the action around the 7-minute mark!

Here's some video taken before the first annual B-B-E Color FUND Run began earlier this afternoon:

Well-DONE!!! Great job to everyone who made this event a huge success!!!! Fundraising amounts and other information on the event will appear in next week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

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(HD video) Jaguars vs. Bulldogs

Here's where game two went into extra points last night in front of a full house. What an awesome night, an awesome Jaguars team and an awesome crowd!!!!!

Time to get to the B-B-E Color FUND run!!


Tuesday, October 06, 2015


Here's video from tonight:

The Paynesville Area Bulldogs were swept away tonight by the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team, keeping the Jaguars on top of the Central Minnesota Conference. The biggest thrills came in game two, when the Jaguars rallied from an 18-13 deficit to take a 23-21 lead before winning 26-24. Read all about the match in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

It was a fun night on a day where we kicked off Homecoming. Next is the Kimball Area at home on Thursday night. The Cubs (14-4 overall) just beat Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in four games tonight to improve to 4-1 in the CMC. Their only losses in best-of-five matches are to Litchfield and Maple Lake. Make NO mistake: they will be tough as nails.

Area volleyball scores on October 6:
New London-Spicer 3, Rockford Area 0 (Wildcats win their fifth in a row)
Royalton 3, Holdingford 1
Sauk Centre 3, Melrose Area 1
Pierz 3, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0
BOLD 3, Montevideo 1
Canby 3, Central Minnesota Christian-Prinsburg 0
Braham 3, Ogilvie 0
Henning 3, Underwood 2
Minnewaska Area 3, Benson 0 (Lakers win game five by a 17-15 score)
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 3, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 0
Kimball Area 3, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 1
Mayer Lutheran 3, Maple Lake 1

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Homecoming coronation

The 27th annual B-B-E Homecoming coronation was held this morning at the high school gymnasium with the 7th-12th grade student body in attendance. After a fun game of "Family Feud", Taylor Knight and Haley Van Beck were named the B-B-E Homecoming King and Queen.

*Update: here's the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper photo gallery from the coronation:

Here's a 17-minute video clip from the coronation events:

Homecoming activities continue throughout the week at B-B-E. Please refer to page one of last week's (Oct. 1) issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice to read about them.

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Sunday, October 04, 2015

(HD Video) Jaguars make a red-zone stand

From the second half on Friday night: