Sunday, September 21, 2014

(Video) BBE Jaguars football

Here's a clip from the win at Kimball in week three:

And some video from week four:


Prairie Conference tennis

Members of the B-B-E Jaguars girls' tennis team had a truly super Saturday this weekend.

Morgan Meyer and Erin Rooney at one doubles advanced to the championship match of the Prairie Conference girls' tennis tournament on Saturday. They were facing the one doubles team from state-ranked Osakis when the event was rained out. At two doubles, Jessica Raveling and Sonja Carson were playing for third place when that was rained out.

Three-doubles players Mallory Bents and Addy Wohlman took third place.

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle activities director Randy Swanson reported that the unfinished matches will be made up at a future date.

Other details will be posted later.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Night Lights IV: Huskers rule the turf

Multiple bad breaks going against the B-B-E Jaguars football team put them in a deep hole they couldn't recover from, and the result was a 47-6 loss. They take a 1-3 record to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted next week.

The first few minutes gave a preview of how the game would develop. After starting the game with possession of the ball, the Jaguars got eight yards of offense from the 34-yard line and punted from their own 42. The Huskers came up with a blocked punt and returned it to the B-B-E 17-yard line with 10:08 on the clock. A three-yard run and and eight-yard run set up a six-yard touchdown with 9:04 left in the first quarter. A good PAT made it 7-0. The Huskers proceeded to go up 21-0 with a third touchdown scored at the 1:41 mark in the first quarter. That score came on a 20-yard touchdown run, the only play of the Holdingford drive. The Huskers got possession of the ball at the B-B-E 20 after the Jaguars fumbled a punt return.

At halftime it was 35-0. The JV Jaguars came up with a fumble recovery that was returned to the Holdingford one-yard line late in the fourth quarter. Ryan Illies ran in the touchdown to bust up the shut out.

No word yet on HLWW vs. Pierz. The Pioneers clobbered HL-W-W 33-0 to stay undefeated on the season at 4-0 and move to 3-0 in the Central Minnesota Conference. They are in first place by themselves after Eden Valley-Watkins lost to Maple Lake tonight.

Sauk Centre and Melrose Area both lost.

Section 4A standings through week four (incomplete) with my power rankings included:
1st - Minneapolis North (3-0, they played tonight)
2nd - Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity (3-1)
3rd - Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (2-2)
4th - B-B-E (1-3)
5th - Mayer Lutheran (0-4)
6th - Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart (1-3)
7th - Kimball Area (0-4)
8th - Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (0-4)

**Jaguar team members and their fans, this is important: if the playoffs began today, the Jaguars would be the fourth seed in Section 4A and would host a first-round playoff game against Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart or Mayer Lutheran. I believe Mayer Lutheran would be ranked higher than BL-H-S right now based on strength-of-schedule, even though BL-H-S has one win compared to Mayer Lutheran having none. Our 1-3 record would probably be ranked just a little bit above where Mayer Lutheran would come in on the power rankings. Mayer Lutheran will finish with at least two or three wins and most likely get into the top four in the final section rankings. If Mayer Lutheran ends up with three wins and the Jaguars end up with three wins before playoffs, I believe Mayer Lutheran would be power ranked above the Jaguars but not by much. A realistic look suggests, if the Jaguars end up with a 3-5 record in the regular season, they would come in ranked fifth or sixth with a possibility of being ranked fourth if Mayer Lutheran ends up 2-6.

The players have to believe that there is a great deal left to play for, because that's the way it is. I haven't analyzed statistics or interviewed any of the coaches after tonight's game, so I can't comment on whether or not tonight was a step backwards or simply a night where they treaded water. If the Jaguars can continue improving, I truly believe they can make a run in the section playoffs.

Stay tuned.

Central Minnesota Conference football scores on Sept. 19 in week four:
Pierz 33, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 0
Rockford Area 45, Kimball Area 0
Maple Lake 29, Eden Valley-Watkins 21

Area football scores on September 19:
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 33, Sauk Centre 28 (Mainstreeters led 28-27 but gave up a touchdown in the middle of the fourth quarter)
Minnewaska Area 30, Melrose Area 12 (a successful Homecoming night for the Lakers)
Osakis 22, Wadena-Deer Creek 20
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 26, Prairie Valley 6
Martin County West 42, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 6
Albany Area 41, Milaca 14 
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 42, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 18
Willmar 37, Grand Rapids 7
New York Mills 39, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 23
Adrian 35, MACCRAY 14
Minneota 76, Canby 0 (!)
Dawson-Boyd 41, Lac qui Parle Valley 16 (will the Eagles ever beat their smaller neighbors to the south?)
New London-Spicer 20, Glencoe-Silver Lake 7 (a signature win for Coach Dan Essler's Wildcats)
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 32, Benson 22
Upsala/Swanville Area 46, Browerville 6
Royalton 34, West Central Area 0
Brandon/Evansville 8, Ortonville 6
BOLD 35, Montevideo 8
Paynesville Area 76, Yellow Medicine East 8
Watertown-Mayer 34, Norwood-Young America 13 (NYA's first loss of the season)

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Coming tonight, Friday Night Lights IV

Two teams that are 1-1 in the Central Minnesota Conference will battle tonight when the B-B-E Jaguars football team hosts Holdingford.

I'll post updates as much I am able to while I cover both the Sauk Centre and B-B-E home football games.

It'll be a busy night!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Huskers vs. Jaguars

The hometown fans salute the volleyball team after they finished with a win tonight against Holdingford and won game four 25-17.

Game one: 25-14 win against Holdingford.
Game two: the Jaguars turned a 6-5 lead into a 17-10 lead, then fell back to an 18-16 lead before pulling away for a 25-18 win.
Game three: the Huskers came back from deficits of 12-5 and 20-11 to tie it at 23-23 and then earn the final two points to win 25-23.
Game four: the Jaguars built an early 12-4 lead and then 19-13 before cruising to a 25-17 win.

Next for the Jaguars volleyball team is a road match at Howard Lake next Thursday.

Due to technical difficulties, I won't be able to get more video posted from the volleyball match until some time this weekend. ##technologyfail

Here's video from the end of game two tonight:

At Long Prairie, the Jaguars girls' tennis team lost a heartbreaker 4-3 after holding a 3-2 lead. They finish the Prairie Conference schedule in third place with a 3-2 record. Next is the Prairie Conference tournament back at the LP-GE high school on Saturday.

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(Photo gallery) B-B-E vs. Kimball football

Ben Thompson (51)  made a great open-field tackle in the second quarter on Kimball receiver Dunkin Westrich, causing the football to spring loose. The Cubs caught a huge break when the ball literally bounced straight back into Westrich's arms even though it bounced on the turf about five feet away.
The Jaguars defensive line and linebacking corp will have to step up their game considerably against a powerful Holdingford running attack for Friday Night Lights IV. In week three, the Jaguars gave up over 200 rushing yards to the 0-3 Cubs.

Here's the Sauk Centre Herald photo gallery link from last Friday night:

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

B-B-E grad on WCCO

Here's a screen shot of Carl Knutson on WCCO news tonight while visiting with a WCCO news reporter on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus.

Carl Knutson, B-B-E Class of 2013, was part of a news broadcast on WCCO news tonight. The segment called "Good Question" featured discussion of the transformation of the artificial turf at TCF Bank Stadium, home of the Golden Gophers football team and the Minnesota Vikings. Carl asked one question regarding how paint is removed from the field when changing between Gophers and Vikings markings.

In visiting with his dad last summer, I learned how Carl got involved with the Big 10 Network and sports broadcasting with the University of Minnesota Gophers. To see him on a prime time news show is cooler yet!

Great things happen when you're part of the B-B-E Speech program!!!! (Carl was an incredibly successful state speecher for B-B-E while a member of the speech team)

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Parents' Night win!

Sonja Carson gets a high five from Coach Olson after she and two-doubles partner Jessica Raveling won the third set and give the Jaguars a 2-1 lead in points against WCA.

A three-set win at two-singles by Morgan Pastian gave the Jaguars girls' tennis team a 4-1 lead and a nice conference win over West Central Area on Parents' Night. The match started out with WCA getting a win at three singles and the Jaguars winning at three doubles. B-B-E's second point came from a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win by Jessica Raveling and Sonja Carson at two doubles, and the lead stretched to 3-1 with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win by Katie Boie at four singles.

Morgan Pastian slugged out a three-set win at two singles by scores of 6-0, 2-6 and 6-1 to hand her team the win. The final score was 6-1.

It's the fourth team win of the season for the Jaguars, who play at Long Prairie on Thursday. That will complete the dual matches for the Prairie Conference schedule.

In junior high football action, the 7th grade Jaguars beat Holdingford 26-0, while the 8th grade Jaguars lost a tough battle by a 30-18 score. They trailed 16-6 at halftime but scored in the third quarter to make it 16-12. After the Huskers took a 24-12 lead, the Jaguars scored another touchdown to make it 24-18. They had the ball and were threatening to tie the game, but the Huskers came up with a pick-six play for the final score.

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Homecoming 2014

The 26th annual Homecoming week at B-B-E schools is September 30 to October 3.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Tire slashers

I've heard reports of unknown thugs slashing tires of cars in the city of Brooten. Break-ins and thefts have also been taking place.

Here's what I know:
1. the thugs are awfully dumb in how they've operated
2. they've slashed the wrong tires of cars of people I wouldn't mess with
3. stupid criminals get caught

Keep your eyes and ears open and report anything you may know about these crimes to the police.

If I caught anyone trespassing on my property, my baseball bat would break their legs. I wouldn't be able to explain how the bat would do such a thing, but it would happen.


Volleyball vs. Minneota

Against state-ranked Minneota, the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team fell in three games 25-21, 25-18, 25-23 tonight in a non-conference match hosted by Ridgewater College in Willmar. In game three, a late comeback from a 21-14 deficit fell just short at the end.

Next is a home match on Thursday against Holdingford. The B-B-E Pep Band will play prior to the match.

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If you can't get to tonight's volleyball match, you can watch it online at


Sunday, September 14, 2014

(Herald video) Jaguars beat Cubs!

Here's the end of the game, which had an exciting finish, on Friday night:

Up next is a tough, tough game at home against Holdingford on Friday, Sept. 19.

Also, the next Smooth Magic 107 FM sports broadcast for the Jaguars is on September 30 when Sauk Centre's volleyball team comes to town. Thanks, D-Mac!

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Photo gallery web link

Here's the web link to bookmark and check each week for Sauk Centre Herald photo galleries from Jaguar varsity sports this fall. It appears that I'm finally able to catch up and stay up to date on the uploads. Progress!

A total of 147 photos were added from the Kimball football game.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

(Herald video) Jaguars vs. Cubs

Here's the PAT kick (it was short) after the Jaguars tied the game last night in Kimball:

I always have much, much more spring in my step after the Jaguars football team wins on Friday night! Great job!

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