Friday, January 19, 2018

NL-S tournament

Six members of the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team will compete for individual titles tonight at the 11-team New London-Spicer tournament. They are Blaine Fischer, Canon Swanson, Tyler Bents, Adam Jaeger, Isaiah Gilbert and Trevor Kern.

In the varsity team standings, before the consolation round was tallied, the Jaguars are in first place with 88 team points. New York Mills is in second place with 74.5 points. Hibbing is in third place with 70.5 points.

*Update: the first championship match started at 20:45. The Jaguars have 129 team points to remain in first place ahead of NYM, who has 115.5 points. Hibbing is in third with 101 points.

Also, at Paynesville, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team won 59-51 for their second win in a row. Parker Schwinghammer had an outstanding night with 25 points on 11-of-16 field goal shooting, five rebounds and four steals. As a team, the Jaguars shot a very hot 55 percent from the floor. B-B-E (5-9, 2-3 Central Minnesota Conference) has a huge Sub-Section 5A-South game coming on Monday on the home court, when Swanville comes to town. The Bulldogs (6-5, 4-2 Prairie Conference) are the second-ranked team in the sub-section, while the Jaguars sit in the fourth-place spot. A win for the Jaguars would be HUGE! Let's get a big crowd to cheer them on!

Here's video from Tyler Bents' match in the 138-pound finals, when he faced Sam Stageberg of NL-S:

**Update at NL-S: winning titles so far are Canon Swanson  (120) and Tyler Bents (138). Also winning titles were Adam Jaeger (152) and Isaiah Gilbert (160). Trevor Kern took second place at 170 pounds. Dylan Kampsen took second place at 132. The Jaguars won the title as a team. Great job!!

Next for the wrestlers: a triangular at Eden Valley-Watkins next Tuesday that also includes Section 5A rival Osakis (2-13). The EV-W Eagles are no longer in Section 5A; they are now in Section 4A along with Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Conference battle

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team survived a rough-and-tumble battle with Kimball Area tonight on the home court.

Final score: B-B-E 48, Kimball Area 42. The Cubs (7-8) led 7-0 out of the gates. At the half, the Jaguars (12-4) led 30-24.

Here's video from the end of the game:

Can't get more updates until late Friday night. Busy busy busy!


Tuesday scoreboard, and video

Here's a brief video clip from the end of the Parkers Prairie game on Tuesday night:

I was pretty much out of commission for most of Wednesday. It was a tough day. You can read more on why in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice that has a story in it regarding a 13-year anniversary that has weighed heavily on my this entire week.

Central Minnesota Conference boys' hoops scores on Jan. 16:
Kimball Area 73, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 56
Maple Lake 58, Paynesville Area 51
Eden Valley-Watkins 47, Holdingford 38

The lone varsity activity on Thursday night this week is a big home CMC game for our B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team. They host rival Kimball Area! These teams last met at Melrose Area high school last March in the Sub-Section 5A-South championship game. The Cubs are 7-7 overall and 4-2 in the CMC, just one game behind the Jaguars in the conference standings.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Road game at Pierz

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team trailed 36 to 28 at halftime at Pierz tonight. Final score: B-B-E 65, Pierz 58!! For the game, the Jaguars went 20-of-32 at the free throw line, while the Pioneers made four of seven shots at the line. Pierz attempted just two free throws in the second half.

At Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team lost their first dual 30 to 29 to Pierz. It was a huge heartbreaker. They rebounded with a 52-24 win over the Lakers to improve to 13-1 overall. They are now 4-1 in the CMC standings, while Pierz is 4-0.

The Pierz match was back-and-forth the entire way with multiple ties. After two weights: 3-3 tie! The Jaguars went up 6-3 with Canon Swanson's win by a 5-0 decision at 120 pounds. Sure enough, the Pioneers tied it at 6-6 with a decision win at 126.

B-B-E gained some traction with a win by pin (27 seconds) by Dylan Kampsen at 132. Tyler Bents added to that with another pin (2:42) at 138 for an 18-6 lead.

Pierz got a decision at 145, but Isaiah Gilbert earned a technical fall (20-5, 5:27) at 152 for a 23-9 lead. Adam Jaeger scored B-B-E's final points of the night with a win by forfeit at 160 for a 29-9 lead.

Pierz followed suit with a 3-0 decision win at 170, a win by fall at 182 and a 9-3 decision win at 195 to narrow the gap to 29-21. At 220, Pierz earned a win by fall, and then they sealed it with a 7-1 win by decision at 285 in a 30-29 win.

At home, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team won 51-27 over once-beaten Parkers Prairie. The Jaguars had an incredible second half after trailing 22-21 at halftime. Holy smokes! The Panthers entered the game with a 55-points per game average on offense, an 11-1 overall record and a perfect 6-0 mark in the Little Eight Conference. Parkers Prairie was ranked No. 23 in the latest Class 1A QRF rankings.

More to come much later tonight, probably after midnight! The January 18 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice has to be put to bed and prepared for the printing press.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

(HD video) Paynesville tournament finals

Below, video from Adam Jaeger's 152-pound championship match at Paynesville on Friday night:

On Friday in his first match of the night, Adam Jaeger earned his 150th career win. He is the career win leader at B-B-E.

Below, video from Trevor Kern's win at 182 pounds:

The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team is next in action on Tuesday, January 16 when they travel to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted for a Central Minnesota Conference triangular. Also at the CMC tri will be defending conference champion Pierz.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Paynesville tournament

The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team is at the Paynesville tournament tonight and has a huge lead over second-place Sartell-St. Stephen. With the finals yet to start, the Jaguars have 194.5 team points, while the Sabres are in second place with 163.5 points.

Paynesville sits in third place.

*Update: the Jaguars have eight wrestlers in their respective championship matches!! They are Blaine Fischer, Canon Swanson, Dylan Kampsen, Tyler Bents, Adam Jaeger, Isaiah Gilbert, Mark Jenniges and Trevor Kern.

Another three wrestlers are in the third place matches: Walker Bents, Tyler Jensen and Seth Roering.

Going for fifth place are Taiton Linder and Joe Thompson.

Below, video with Isaiah Gilbert earning his 100th career win! This took place in the semifinals at 160 pounds.

*Update: the Jaguars won the tournament! They had 247 points to take first place. Second-place Sartell-St. Stephen had 181.5 points, while third-place Paynesville had 157 points. Sauk Centre-Melrose was fourth at 136 points. Milaca-Faith Christian was fifth with 132 points. Barnesville was sixth with 121 points. In seventh place was Eden Valley-Watkins with 51 points. In eighth place was Spectrum with 38 points. In ninth place was Holdingford with 26 points. Multiple Jaguars took first, second or third place. It was a terrific night on the mats! Other updates will follow after 11 o'clock tonight, including individual finishes and video clips.

Below, video from the finals featuring the third-place match at 106 pounds; B-B-E's Walker Bents won the match in sudden-victory overtime! He earned a takedown for the win that is shown in the video:

Individual finishes tonight at Paynesville...
At 106, Walker Bents improved to 21-13 on the season with a third-place finish and an exciting sudden-victory, fourth-period 10-8 decision win over Paynesville Area's Craig Schmitz.
At 113, Blaine Fischer improved to 25-8 with a first-place finish and a win by pin (4:48) in the finals against Sartell-St. Stephen's Andy Heckman.
At 120, Canon Swanson improved to 27-2 with a second-place finish, losing a 7-2 decision to Sartell-St. Stephen's Jackson Penk. Penk is the No. 3-ranked wrestler in Class 3A at 120 pounds. Swanson, ranked in the top-10 in Class 1A at 120, finished in second place at the Paynesville tournament for the second year in a row with a finals loss to Penk. Their championship match was one of the finest of the evening, and the two shared a light moment of comeraderie in their post-match handshake that was to be remembered.
At 126, eighth-grader Tyler Jensen improved to 24-9 with a third-place finish and a win by pin (4:00) against Eden Valley-Watkins' Taylor Ludwig. He was the youngest of the six 120-pound placewinners, which included two sophomores, two juniors and one senior.
At 132, freshmen Dylan Kampsen improved to 20-8 with a second-place finish, losing a 10-3 decision in the finals to Paynesville's Shawn Rue, No. 4-ranked and a junior.
At 138, Tyler Bents improved to 27-6 with a first-place finish and a 9-1 major decision win over Sartell-St. Stephen's Sam Fernholz.
At 145, Taiton Linder improved to 11-18 with a fifth-place finish. He was one of just two sophomores in the top six at 145. The other four placewinners included a junior and three seniors.
At 152, Adam Jaeger improved to 13-0 with a first-place finish and a win by technical fall (5:48, 21-4) over Paynesville's Weston Roberg.
At 160, Isaiah Gilbert improved to 28-5 with a first-place finish and a win by fall (1:52) over Sartell-St. Stephen's Alex Moritz.
At 170, freshmen Mark Jenniges improved to 18-12 with a second-place finish. In the finals, Jenniges lost by fall (1:14) to Barnesville's Preston Snobl, a junior.
At 182, Trevor Kern improved to 23-11 with a first-place finish and a 13-1 major decision win over Sartell-St. Stephen's Jack Engle in the finals.
At 195, junior Thaniel Cebulla finished in sixth place and has a 7-20 record.
At 220, Seth Roering improved to 14-19 with a third-place finish and a win by pin (32 seconds) over Barnesville's Jackson Poepping. Roering won his quarterfinal match by fall (1:31) and also in the wrestlebacks by fall (2:28) to land a spot in the third-place match.
At 285, Joe Thompson improved to 9-15 with a fifth-place finish and a win by fall (55 seconds) over Spectrum's Jacob Kettelhodt.

...and check out extended coverage of the Jaguars at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website:

At home tonight, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team improved to 9-4 on the season with an 83-30 win over winless Paynesville Area in a Central Minnesota Conference game. The Jaguars led 45-15 at halftime. Macie Kirckof led the team with 19 points on 80-percent field goal shooting. Jenna Dingmann added 11 points while also shooting 80 percent from the floor!

Up next: a road game at non-conference Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Monday night. That game will be aired on 106.5 FM The Train of Norway Lake-Sunburg.

Central MN Conference girls' basketball scores on Jan. 12:
Eden Valley-Watkins 57, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 28
Maple Lake 50, Holdingford 48

Area girls' basketball scores on January 12:
New London-Spicer 70, Rockford Area 34 (NL-S earns their first Wright County West Conference win of the season after an 0-3 start in league play)
MACCRAY 36, Lakeview 30
Swanville 74, Bertha-Hewitt 53
New York Mills 62, Battle Lake 28
Minneota 76, Dawson-Boyd 49
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 59, Lac qui Parle Valley 58
Yellow Medicine East 77, CM-Christian 52
Sauk Centre 64, Minnewaska Area 38
Montevideo 58, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 36
BOLD 71, Melrose Area 60
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 49, Benson 31
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 62, Ortonville 38
West Central Area 70, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 66 OT

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Thursday, January 11, 2018


Every sports season, when a team starts to really get hot - and sometimes we have teams that get red hot at B-B-E ...when that happens I re-analyze what away events I'll get to. I have an insane schedule as it is owning the newspaper, covering news and also being my own sports reporter. I gotta say - it's time to re-analyze what wrestling events I'll get to as this season heats up.

I would really, really encourage others to do whatever it takes to get on the bandwagon and follow our Jaguar wrestlers. They are having a truly incredible season!!! And the best is yet to come as far as I'm concerned!!!

Here's what I've got on my calendar, hoping to work all of this into my schedule:
  • Friday, January 12 - the Jaguars are at the Paynesville tournament (4 p.m. tomorrow)
  • Friday, January 19 - the Jaguars are at the New London-Spicer tournament, where they will try defending their title from a year ago (3:30 p.m. start)
  • Friday, January 26 - the Jaguars are at the Browerville duals (5 p.m.) where the competition will be incredibly fierce! State-ranked Minneota, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville, Pierz and West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville will all be there.
  • Thursday, February 1 - a home triangular with Royalton/Upsala and also WCA/A/BE once again...that will be a very, very fun night that will wrap up the regular season schedule.
Then we get to the Section 5A team tournament...the Jaguars are all but a lock to have a home night for the opening round on Tuesday, February 13. If they win their quarterfinal match that night, they will compete again at home on Friday, February 16 in the Section 5A Final Four round. This year the Jaguars host that Final Four tournament. They last hosted it in 2013 when they competed in the semifinals (a close loss to Kimball Area).

My point is: get your butt to some or all of these wrestling events!! The full schedule was printed in the November 23 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice.

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ACGC quad! BOOM! So that happened!

The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team is 2-0 so far at ACGC. They beat Redwood/River Valley 40-33 and Section 5A rival Minnewaska Area 51-21.

Redwood-River Valley is a Class 2A co-op between the schools of Redwood Valley, Cedar Mountain and Springfield. They have one state-ranked wrestler: Tayte Harazin at 145 pounds. In the latest Guillotine poll, Harazin was ranked No. 10 in Class 2A. Harazin faced B-B-E's Tyler Bents; the result was a 4-2 decision in favor of Harazin.

Minnewaska Area is having their best season since 2011-2012 when they finished 7-15 overall. Last year they went 3-17, but this year they are off to a 6-7 start, which was their record coming into tonight. They finished 8-9 overall in 2009-2010. They were 10-10 in 2007-2008, and you'd have to go all the way back to 2006-2007 before they last had a winning dual meet record. This year they could very well finish above .500.

...back to the ACGC quad...
After the 126-pound match was in the book against ACGC, the Jaguars are trailing 12-6.

Adam Jaeger is B-B-E's new career win leader in wresting. Jaeger took hold of 2013 graduate Patrick Rooney's record with an 18-7 major decision win over A-C-GC's Taylor Fester in the third dual tonight.

*Update! BOOM! So that just happened! The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team is TWELVE-AND-O in dual meets! They defeated A-C-GC by a 32-30 score in the final match of tonight's quadrangular in Grove City. A late pin at 195 pounds by senior Trevor Kern (2:53 vs. Logan Sherwood) helped seal the deal and keep the Jaguars unbeaten in dual meets so far this season. Kern's pin made the score 32-21, but the match was not yet in the bag for B-B-E. Next was Thaniel Cebulla (first-year wrestler, a junior) squaring off with No. 10-ranked Tanner Berghuis at 220 pounds. Cebulla lost, but it was a 9-3 decision. Had he lost by a tech. fall or gotten pinned, the Jaguars would have ultimately lost the dual. As it shook out, the Jaguars then led 32-24 before the Falcons got a pin at 285 to close the gap to two points.

A-C-GC entered tonight's quadrangular with a 12-1 record and a very, very solid resume. Both A-C-GC and B-B-E were sitting in the "Lean and Mean" group in Class 1A of the Guillotine's December 22 state rankings. Tomorrow (January 12) the next round of state rankings will be released. I am very anxious to see where B-B-E ends up.

The A-C-GC win was not in the bag until some time between 9:30 and 10 o'clock tonight. In hindsight I should have made the trip to ACGC to take it in myself!! However, I planned all week to play in the pep band at tonight's home basketball game and also go watch the Jaguars in action at the nine-team Paynesville tournament tomorrow night - and they should do very well there, although I don't want to say any more and jinx it! They definitely left it all on the mat at ACGC and will have an incredibly tiny window to turn around and get their MoJo for tomorrow's action, which starts at 4 p.m. Teams involved with the host Bulldogs and our Jaguars include Barnesville, Eden Valley-Watkins, Holdingford, Sauk Centre/Melrose, Milaca, Sartell-St. Stephen and Spectrum.

Below, here's video from last week's Jaguar Invite. It features Tyler Bents in action against Minneota's Blake Reiss. Bents won 6-3 in this semifinal match before winning the finals by an 8-0 major decision over K-M-S's No. 8-ranked Jonathan Tostenson. It was a great night for B-B-E's state-ranked junior! He was ranked No. 5 in the latest Guillotine poll at 138 pounds and went over the 100-win mark for his career back on December 29 at the Rogers invitational.

On top of all that, here's where we sit for some of the team's career win leaders: Adam Jaeger surpassed 2013 B-B-E graduate Patrick Rooney's career win mark of 148 wins. Jaeger went 3-0 tonight to get to 149 career wins. Congratulations!!! And then we have Bents with over 100 wins. Last Friday at the home invitational, sophomore Canon Swanson went over 100 career wins, earning his 100th win in the semifinals. Tonight, senior Isaiah Gilbert went 2-1 at the quadrangular to get to 98 career wins. So in a nutshell, we're within grasp of having four wrestlers with over 100 career wins. That is incredible for a small school wrestling program!!!!

In my Pierz Pioneers watch...the Pioneers defeated Kimball Area 55-18 tonight in a Central Minnesota Conference wrestling dual. They are 8-6 overall in duals and 2-0 in the CMC. The Jaguars are 3-0 in the CMC standings at this point. One of Pierz's six losses is to Sartell-St. Stephen, a team that will be in Paynesville tomorrow.

At home tonight, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team lost 82-54 to Maple Lake.

No word yet on how the B-B-E/Paynesville Pirouettes dance team has fared at Minnewaska tonight. *Update! The Pirouttes jazz squad took first place!! Congratulations!

Central Minnesota Conference boys' basketball scores:
Eden Valley-Watkins 69, Paynesville Area 51
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 73, Pierz 55

Area boys' basketball scores on Jan. 11:
Melrose Area 61, Holdingford 47
Parkers Prairie 65, Ashby 48
Kimball Area 80, Swanville 39
Brandon-Evansville 62, Underwood 51
Hancock 82, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 44
Ortonville 74, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 42
Redwood Valley 79, Springfield 77 (Redwood Valley wins this epic border battle between two southwest Minnesota powerhouses...the Tigers entered the contest 10-0...what an insane atmosphere that had to have been at the Springfield high school gym! The Cardinals are now 7-5 overall)
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 62, Benson 32
Lac qui Parle Valley 72, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 55
Dawson-Boyd 73, Minneota 67
Lakeview 77, MACCRAY 67
CM Christian 57, Yellow Medicine East 47
Renville County West 66, Canby 54
Sauk Centre 67, Osakis 63 (Mainstreeters snap a three-game losing streak)
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 85, Montevideo 44
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 77, West Central Area 70

Stay tuned! We are on the way to -17 degrees tonight.

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B-B-E Sno-Daze dress-up days

See more information on B-B-E's Sno-Daze in this week's issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice, which includes a photo of the members of the royalty court.

Tuesday- Denim Day 

Wednesday- Mathlete vs Athlete Day

Thursday - Multiplicity (Dress alike as a group) Day

Friday- Dress in your Favorite Jaguar Activity Gear /Jaguar PRIDE  Day

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

CMC win, wrestlers remain unbeaten

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team won 59-27 at Pierz tonight to lift their record to 8-4 overall and 3-1 in the Central Minnesota Conference. They host Paynesville Area (0-13, 0-5) on Friday in another CMC game.

Central Minnesota Conference girls' basketball scores on Jan. 9:Maple Lake 59, Paynesville Area 23
Kimball Area 67, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 58
Eden Valley-Watkins 53, Holdingford 26

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team lost to Parkers Prairie 68-58 to fall to 3-8 overall. The Jaguars led 30-29 at halftime after trailing 29-24 late in the first half. The Jaguars host Maple Lake in a CMC game on Thursday this week.

Below is video from the closing minute of the first half against Parkers Prairie:

At Sauk Centre, the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team beat BOLD 63-9 and then Sauk Centre/Melrose 47-19 to improve to 9-0 in dual meets! Next is a quadrangular at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Thursday this week.

Area boys' basketball scores on January 9:
Watertown-Mayer 78, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 59
West Central Area 50, Ashby 43
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 58, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 56
Willmar 75, Fergus Falls 65
Nevis 58, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 54
Annandale 68, Paynesville Area 50
Hinckley-Finlayson 73, Rush City 54
Onamia 56, Ogilvie 33
Braham 87, East Central 55
Sisseton SD 74, Ortonville 67
Rothsay 52, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 43
MACCRAY 65, Canby 54
Renville County West 73, Yellow Medicine East 58
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 59, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 54
Lakeview 69, Lac qui Parle Valley 53
Russel-Tyler-Ruthton 85, Dawson-Boyd 67
Minneota 72, CM-Christian 43
Henning 56, Verndale 45
Pillager 63, Sebeka 60
Wadena-Deer Creek 66, Menahga 58, Bertha-Hewitt 57, New York Mills 50
Springfield 74, Wabasso 24 (Springfield scores their lowest output of the season...they are averaging 90.6 points per game and are 10-0!)
Royalton 56, Foley 46
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 50, Sauk Centre 37
BOLD 83, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 63
Melrose Area 74, Minnewaska Area 60
Montevideo 55, Benson 29
Browerville 63, Upsala 44
Osakis 59, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 46
St. John's Prep 69, Swanville 51

Area girls' basketball scores on January 9:
Foley 52, Royalton 43
Annandale 48, New London-Spicer 35
Parkers Prairie 57, Underwood 50
MACCRAY 76, Canby 65
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 59, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 25
Melrose Area 60, Osakis 51
Minnewaska Area 57, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 46
Lac qui Parle Valley 65, Lakeview 30
Minneota 68, CM-Christian 45
A-C-GC 44, Benson 42
Pillager 60, Upsala 57
WCA 67, Ortonville 59

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