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

Melrose Area is heading to a football section championship game for the first time since the 1990s after they crushed Annandale 30-6 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.

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!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Jaguar wrestling store closes on Sunday!

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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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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

(Video) What a start!

What a terrific way to start a football game! The B-B-E Jaguars football team stopped A-C-GC on fourth down at the B-B-E 17-yard line on the first possession of the first quarter. They turned around and drove 83 yards to score. Shown below is video from that first touchdown:

It was very difficult to see the game go so well for the Jaguars up to the last half of the fourth quarter. I have personally said to team members to keep their heads up and be proud of their effort last night.

Here's a photo gallery from the game:

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Friday Night Lights IX: stunned disbelief

Coach Moscho talks to his defensive unit with 49.5 seconds left in the game. A-C-GC just gained a first down, goal-to-go at the nine-yard line.

I don't even know what to say. I can't even bring myself to type the final score. I haven't decided how much I want to say about the game's ending. It was not right that time expired after our ball carrier was tackled but the game was ruled complete! It hurts. But even if we ran one final play from the 20-yard line, we still had to move the ball 20 yards to get the win.

How's this for irony? The B-B-E Jaguars football team lost tonight to A-C-GC by the same score that A-C-GC lost to the Jaguars in last year's section semifinal game.

The Jaguars got an impressive 241 rushing yards on 34 carries, but the Falcons were better yet with 369 rushing yards on 60 carries. A-C-GC had two turnovers compared to none for the Jaguars.

One thought quickly comes to mind: bring on the Prairie Conference! The Jaguars are coming guns blazing!

I just noticed this, which illustrates the immense strength of the schedule the Jaguars played this fall. In our lone non-conference game, against Class 2A Norwood-Young America, the Jaguars lost to a team that would eventually finish 7-1 and earn the number one playoff seed in Section 2AAA. NYA won their playoff opener 24-6 tonight over Medford.

Here's video of the last play of the game, with the Jaguars at the 50-yard line on third-down and eight. Just eight seconds were on the clock. I shifted just a bit off of Tanner Heinsius, who carried the ball for about 30 yards.

It's not worth whining about, but it does leave a bad taste in your mouth. No matter what, the Jaguars have to pick themselves up and look ahead to the 2015 season. Who's our first opponent? None other than Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City!

Section 4A football scores:
#5 Mayer Lutheran 26, #4 Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 6
#2 Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 30, #7 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 14 (the Fighting Saints trailed just 15-14 heading into the fourth quarter)
#5 Mayer Lutheran 26, #4 Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 6
#1 Minneapolis North 33, #8 Kimball Area 0

Other area football scores, playoff openers: 
Section 6AAA
Melrose Area 32, Litchfield 22
Annandale (six seed) 22, Montevideo (three seed) 13
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 42, Redwood Valley 13

Section 5AAA
Foley (seven seed) 29, Aitkin (two seed) 14
St. Cloud Cathedral (three seed) 32, Milaca (six seed) 18

Section 4AA
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 35, Spectrum 0 (Lakers are the number two seed)

Section 6A
Royalton 43, Prairie Valley 7

Section 6AA
Holdingford 47, Wadena-Deer Creek 0
Osakis 26, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 19 (first playoff win for the Silverstreaks since 2009)

Section 5AA
Minnewaska Area 38, Sauk Centre 24
Eden Valley-Watkins 41, Yellow Medicine East 8
BOLD 54, Benson 13

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Halftime, playoffs!

At halftime at ACGC's "cornfield" the B-B-E Jaguars football team has a 16-14 lead. Early in Q1 on ACGC's first possession the Jaguars stopped the Falcons on downs and then drove 83 yards to take an 8-0 lead with 6:43 ) left in the 1st quarter. The Jaguars are in business!

We are in shock as we filter out of the stadium. Not a happy ending.

I know this: our Jaguars would have gone 3-5 or 4-4 in the West Central Conference this year and had a home playoff game.

*Other scores:
Holdingford won 47-0.
Minnewaska trailed 22-8 at halftime before whipping Sauk Centre in a 38-22 win. The Mainstreeters finish 1-8.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Volleyball seeding is in

In a nutshell.

The number-one seeded B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team will host either fifth-seeded Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City or fourth-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins in the sub-section playoff opener this Friday at 7 p.m.

A-C-GC and EV-W square off in a play-in round match on Thursday night at Eden Valley.

More to follow later.

The defending section champion, Nevis, is the number-three seed in one of the North sub-section pods behind Sebeka and Pine River-Backus.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Coming tonight: photo galleries

I'm really behind on photo gallery uploads. I'm hoping to get a couple up tonight from recent volleyball and football action.

This is a big week coming up!!!!

Here's some Homecoming photos:


What's on deck this week

On deck in Jaguar Country:

Monday - the seeding takes place for the Section 5A volleyball teams, who are grouped into four "pods" with higher seeds getting first-round byes. The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team will being with a home playoff match on Friday.

Tuesday - the B-B-E Jaguars football team travels to A-C-GC (Grove City) to start the Section 4A playoffs. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Let's get a big crowd down there!! It's roughly a half hour to 40-minute drive.

Friday - the volleyball team hosts the playoff opener at 7 p.m. Other playoff dates are Tuesday, October 28 (at Long Prairie); Thursday, October 30 (Pierz); Saturday, November 1 (Pierz).

And don't forget to put Clue on your calendars in November! The B-B-E Theater Department's fall musical is November 20, 21, 22.

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