Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday night football scores in Week One

The Minnewaska Area Lakers avenged a 40-7 playoff-opening loss at the hands of the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters when they traveled to Sauk Centre's O'Gara Stadium and built a 28-0 lead in the fourth quarter. Sauk Centre got two late and unimportant touchdowns to make the final score 28-12. Their last touchdown featured their varsity players battling the Lakers JV team with just 8/10ths of a second left.

Click here to read more on that game:

Other football scores /updates tonight:
Melrose Area 6, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 0 (halftime)
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 44, Ashby 0
Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Knights 31, Kimball Area 0
Browerville 27, Osakis 8
Montevideo 38, Benson 7
Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 29, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 6
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 39, Spectrum 8
Moorhead 18, Alexandria 13
Wadena-Deer Creek 22, West Central Area 6
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 34, Yellow Medicine East 7
Melrose Area 14, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 6
Paynesville Area 32, BOLD 13

Here's some photo albums of events from earlier in August: 


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Friday Night Lights I: Raiders shut out the Jaguars

Norwood Young America won 28-0 tonight over the Jaguars football team in the season opener. The Class AA Raiders held a 14-0 lead at halftime.

When the dust settled, the returning experience NYA brought to the game proved to be too much for the Jaguars, who are breaking in four new players on the offensive line plus a new quarterback and a whole new backfield. NYA's senior quarterback, Isaac Hormann, was a 1,000-yard passer as a sophomore and junior.

Considering all that, it's remarkable that the Jaguars were able to stay within striking distance by halftime. As rough as the offense may have been tonight, the defense clearly was up to par by making it a two-score game after the first half. I was as curious as anyone about how the Jaguars would look in the season opener, but judging from the initial reports I've gotten I have a lot of hope for what could happen this fall.

Now the Jaguars set their sights on Eden Valley-Watkins. The Eagles come to town for our home opener next Friday.

Scores from games involving Central Minnesota Conference teams:
Pierz 38, Milaca 21 (the Pioneers led 25-0 at halftime at Milaca, a Class AAA school that went 2-7 last year)
Maple Lake 42, Mora 6 (the Irish had 362 rushing yards! Wow)
St. Cloud Cathedral 14, Holdingford 6 OT
Rockford Area 17, Watertown-Mayer 7
Eden Valley-Watkins 28, Mayer Lutheran 14 (the Eagles jumped out to a 22-0 lead in the second quarter and had a 22-7 lead at halftime; their quarterback was sophomore Reese Jansen)

Area football scores in Week 1:
Albany 58, Belle Plaine 28
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 40, MACCRAY 7
Little Falls 43 Thief River Falls 40
Prairie Valley 36, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 6
Royalton 34, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 20
Minneota 62, Lakeview 6
Dawson-Boyd 42, Russel-Tyler-Ruthton 8
Verndale 45, Hancock 6

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(Video) Jaguars in action this week

From Tuesday night's volleyball home opener:

And from Wednesday's football practice:

Check back later tonight to find out how the season opener went for the Jaguars football team at Norwood-Young America.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Season opener is Thursday

Kickoff return drills today.
Linemen drills.
The Jaguars football team begins their season tomorrow night at Norwood-Young America. They've been working hard during the preseason and are as ready as they'll ever be for Friday Night Lights Part I. Turnout is a solid 45 in grades 9-12. Of that group, 19 are juniors and seniors who will be heavily relied on this year.

Tri-captains for the 2014 Jaguars are seniors Tommy Cebulla, Dalon Bitzan and Jordan Wosmek. Offensive linemen include Taylor Knight, Zach Walz, Shawn Felling, Adrian Belden and Ben Thompson. The entire backfield is basically brand new to the varsity level with the exception of Cebulla. Many of the first-year starters got varsity time last year in the blowout wins.

I've talked with quite a few of the varsity players and their coaches. They are very excited to get the season going. I'm very optimistic about how the season will go. They have the right attitude and will go out with guns blazing against the Raiders. Good luck Jaguars!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Karlee Kern served up a string of points at the end of game three, including an ace serve for match point against A-C-GC. Shown are her teammates giving her high fives as the Jaguars moved to 2-0.

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City became the latest team to fall at the hands of the Jaguars volleyball team. The Falcons lost in three games tonight by scores of 25-11, 25-12, 25-15.

A-C-GC is 0-2; they lost to Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart in their season opener on August 21. They're in a major rebuilding project after going 0-21 last season and have a new coach to break in as they look to end a 24-match losing streak.

The Jaguars have a break in action as they gear up for the Central Minnesota Conference opener next Thursday, September 4 at home when Eden Valley-Watkins comes to town.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Season opener!

Coach Weller had a lot to smile about tonight, shown here during a timeout taken by MA/CA with the Jaguars ahead 14-8 in game two. The Tigers had an early 5-1 lead but faded quickly after B-B-E went on a 5-0 run.
Not getting through! Katelyn Heinze goes up for a block.

Hailey Braegelman gets high-fives from her teammates right after getting a kill that ended game one in favor of the Jaguars by a 25-19 score tonight in Morris.

The Jaguars volleyball team won 3-0 tonight at Morris during their season opener. The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers, who advanced all the way to the Section 3AA championship last season, jumped out with 5 to 6-point leads in all three games but lost 25-19, 25-15, 25-22. B-B-E hasn't lost to Morris Area or MA/CA since 1998.

Here's some video from tonight in Morris:

Be sure to come out tomorrow night for their home opener against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City with the varsity match starting at 7:00pm.

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The 9th-12th grade roster for the Jaguars football team swelled to 43, up from 36 earlier last week.

On that list of 43 athletes, seven are seniors. The rest of the breakdown includes 12 juniors, 7 sophomores and 17 freshmen. The 17 freshmen enjoyed a rare 8-0 season last year on the 8th grade team.

I knew the team had a large crop of freshmen, but at 36 I was a little worried about the turnout. Now at 43, I'm definitely feeling better about it and am very excited to see the season get started. We'll know what they're made of on Thursday night, when the Jaguars travel to Class AA Norwood-Young America. The Raiders were a section finalist after an 0-7 start to the season. They beat Zumbrota-Mazeppa and Medford in last year's Section 2AA playoffs before losing to Pine Island 29-28 just one game short of the state tournament and finishing 3-8 overall. In 2012, they also went 1-7 in the regular season with a 2-8 finish; they were 1-1 in the Section 2AAA playoffs and a season-ending loss to state quarterfinalist Jordan. In 2011, NYA had a stellar 9-2 season including a 6-1 mark in the Minnesota River Conference (1st place). In the 2011 Section 4AA playoffs, NYA beat St. Agnes and Sibley East before losing 24-21 in the championship to Maple Lake. NYA went 7-3 in 2010 and competed in the Section 3AAA playoffs where they went 1-1.

Starting in 2015, the Jaguars will compete in what is currently known as the Prairie Conference, although I have no clue what the league will be called by the MSHSL. It includes Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Prairie Valley, Royalton, Upsala/Swanville Area, Browerville, Kimball Area and West Central Area.

Prairie Valley is a coop between Parkers Prairie and Eagle Valley schools. West Central Area is a huge consolidated district including Hoffman, Kensington, Barrett, Erdahl, Wendell and Elbow Lake.

Kimball Area and B-B-E will be replaced in the Central Minnesota Conference by Sauk Centre and Melrose starting in 2015.

And a final comment. I wholeheartedly agree with what B-B-E administrators have stated recently: the Jaguars should remain in the CMC for all other sports besides football. The changes in football have been brought forward by the MSHSL.

For the playoffs, I have no idea what group the Jaguars will be placed in for 2015. For 2014, this fall the Jaguars are still part of Section 4A, where they've competed since the fall of 2009 and have three section championship appearances. (Prior to 2010, the Jaguars played in just one section championship football game since the formation of the B-B-E Jaguars athletic program in 1988.)

Here's a score from "Week 0" of football:
Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 22, St. Clair 6 

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Terrace Mill Children's Theater

Here's the final moments of last night's play in Terrace and thank yous and other comments from the actors and directors of "The Mad adventures of Mr Toad"

And thank you to everyone who gives support in any way to the B-B-E theater and Fine Arts community!! It does not go unnoticed by the staff or students.


Remembering Tully - Part II

Anthony working to turn Sauk Centre's Bret Illies, who he beat by pin during the Jaguar quadrangular on February 2, 2006.

Anthony with his fellow Jaguar placewinners at the Jaguar Invitational on December 2, 2005. Tully advanced to the third-place match that night and won that match by fall with just seconds to spare in the second period to help his team finish in fourth place.

It's still so hard to believe. As painful as these times are, we should make sure to reflect on the good times. Even if it brings out more pain and more tears.

At B-B-E, Anthony was a three-sport athlete in junior high with football, wrestling and track and field. He continued his wrestling career through 11th grade and was part of the Jaguars wrestling varsity squad as a sophomore and junior. In his junior season, he was a full time starter and a key member of B-B-E’s 12-16 squad in the 2005-2006 season. It was a remarkable turnaround after the team only managed two dual wins in 2004-2005 due to multiple open weights.

As a junior, Anthony wrestled at 145, 152 and 160 pounds and finished with a fine record of 20-16. In the Section 5A individual tournament, he went 2-2 and took fourth place at 145 pounds.

Anthony was a guy who would do anything for his team, his coaches and his friends. Mild-mannered, easy-going, always looking for a joke to tell or a prank to pull, he left an impression on anyone who knew him that will never be forgotten.

He and Coach Vos are undoubtedly hanging out right now, watching over all of us from above.

Click on this link to see more pictures and a video clip from the 2005-2006 wrestling season:

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jaguars at Minnewaska Quad

Coach Olson gives a pep talk to Katie Boie during her singles match against Minnewaska Area.

The Jaguars girls' tennis team competed at the Minnewaska Area quadrangular today along with Parkers Prairie and Montevideo. Results will be posted later.

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