Friday, November 17, 2017

(Video) Youth gathering in Willmar

Below is a video clip from a Lutheran youth gathering in Willmar on Friday night, with ELCA Southwest Minnesota Bishop Jon Anderson speaking. Anderson was raised on a Belgrade-area dairy farm and graduated from Belgrade high school in the 1970s. (The exact year fails me at this time)

Here's music by Bridge 33, the feature music group at the gathering:

It's been an interesting (good) night in Willmar! Trinity Lutheran church of Brooten along with the Big Grove/Crow River/Grace Lutheran parish have sent 24 junior high kids to the synod youth gathering. The keynote speaker later in the evening gave an outstanding and amazing speech (with a one-person skit) about bullying. I have much, much more to write about it.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fall musical

B-B-E's fall musical opens tomorrow! (Friday)

Read more at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper's website, and also in the last two issues (Nov. 9 and Nov. 16) of the newspaper.

They've been working hard to get things up to shape. I took in some of their dress rehearsal tonight, and they looked and sounded fabulous!!


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

All-American volleyball team

The University of Minnesota-Morris’s volleyball team’s career kill leader earned her second All-American honor to cap off a sparkling four-year career playing for the Cougars. Marissa Ekness, senior outside hitter, was named  by the American Volleyball Coaches Association to the Division III Honorable Mention All-American list for the second year in a row. Ekness graduates with repeat honors as an All-Region (Central Region) player and now All-American. In her four years at UMM, she compiled 1,717 kills.

Ekness was joined by fellow senior Katie Reitsma (Sauk Centre/Padua) on the All-American honorable mention list by the AVCA. Reitsma, a libero who also earned All-Region honors this fall, was the first Cougars player to eclipse the 2,000-dig mark. The new program mark is 2,024 digs. She led the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference in digs this fall with 694.

And the best part? Both stand out college athletes are ##HumbleAndKind, qualities that seem to be harder and harder to find in today's world.

Gustavus Adolphus College’s Nora Holtan (junior setter) and the University of Northwestern’s (St. Paul) Lindsey Peterson (senior hitter) were named to the first team, with Peterson earning her second All-American First Team honor. Other Minnesota players named All-American were Whitney Lloyd (senior middle blocker) of the University of St. Thomas, Kate Holtan (freshmen hitter) of Gustavus Adolphus, Leesa Malone (senior setter) of UNW-St. Paul, Megan Pekarek (senior setter) of the College of St. Bendict and Kristin Stern (senior middle blocker) of Bethel University.

If you missed the November 9 article on Ekness's battle with Stage III melanoma in the Bonanza Valley Voice, please be sure to read it! If you don't get the newspaper, you are cheating yourself!! I consider that story a "top 5" story out of the 4,000-plus stories that I've written since joining the newspaper industry in 2003. Aside from a couple errors, I consider it one of my masterpieces. As I told her earlier today, I have read the story at least 20 times since the newspaper printed - and it brings me to tears at least every other time.

Thank the Lord! That she has mastered the art of conquering every day!


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Monday, November 13, 2017

And so it begins!!!

Head coach Kristina Anderson gives a few instructions to her Jaguars prior to the start of opening-day drills. This will be her sixth season heading the program. Joining her at the varsity ranks are assistant coaches Carl Williams and Kevin Kuefler. Coach Kuefler is a 2011 B-B-E graduate.

The preseason has started for two of B-B-E's winter varsity sports. A few weeks ago, the B-B-E/Paynesville dance team began their preseason drills and workouts in preparation for their December 7 season opener at Albany.

Today, a veteran B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team with very high expectations gathered at the high school gym for the first preseason practice. Their opener is at home on November 28 against Melrose Area.

The boys' basketball and wrestling teams hold their first practice of preseason next Monday.

This is exciting! The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team is ranked No. 18 in Class 1A in the preseason Guillotine polls that were released last Friday. They are one of three Section 5A teams who made the polls. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville comes in at No. 12, while two-time defending section champion Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg is ranked No. 9.

The Jaguars have four wrestlers - two seniors - ranked in their respective weight classes: Canon Swanson, Tyler Bents, Adam Jaeger and Isaiah Gilbert.


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

More photo galleries

I'm getting caught up (slowly) on posting photos on the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper's SmugMug gallery:

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Veterans Day programs at B-B-E

A couple links with coverage by the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper on both our website and also on Twitter: (HD video included)

...and Twitter!

Today was conquered.


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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

(Video) Section finals, football semis

Shown is the majority of game one at the Section 5A final on Saturday night in Pierz. The final points are shown in a different video clip that I haven't posted yet.

I'll always wonder how the match would have turned out had the Jaguars pulled out a win in game one. That was one that got away from them!

Such is life!

Here's another video clip from the Section 4A semifinals between B-B-E and Upsala/Swanville Area:

It was one of the more memorable goal line stands I've seen for a B-B-E football team!

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