Tonight at a big home Quadrangular involving four Section 5A teams, our Jaguars wrestling team performed well during three matches, including a nice 42-31 win over Trinity Lutheran. They also had strong performances in losses to Eden Valley-Watkins and #3-Class A state ranked Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. The highlight of the evening came in the very last match of the final dual, the heavyweight division involving the senior from ACGC, and the Jaguars' freshmen Jerry Villalbazo, who battled to the very end of the third period in a 4-3 loss that went to the final second.
It was an outstanding performance for the Jaguar freshmen, with the crowd noise reaching an overpowering level as fans and teammates stood to their feet through the final two periods. Jerry pulled into a tie at the beginning of the third period, 2-2, with a clasping penalty awarded his way. He then pulled into the lead, sending B-B-E fans into a frenzy, with an escape with 1:33 left. The lead was short-lived, however, as he gave up a takedown with 66 seconds left to fall behind 4-3 for the final score. He fought and fought through the final ticks for an escape or reversal, but it was not meant to be.
Meanwhile, at Kimball, the Lady Jaguars basketball team was throttling the Kimball Cubs 68-38 for their 10th win of the season, against seven losses. It also raised their Central Minnesota Conference record to 7-4. All 15 girls on the roster saw the floor. The B-squad Lady Jaguars also won, 54-18, to up their overall record to 13-3. The C-squad Lady Jaguars were also victorious.In other girls basketball action in the CMC...
A big win for Pierz over number-one CMC team Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted. The Pioneers hosted the first-place Lakers and won 59-48 to knock Howard Lake out of first place in the CMC. At Rockford, Maple Lake visited the Rockets, trying to break out of a five-game losing streak.
It did not happen tonight, as the Rockets handed the Irish their sixth straight overall and fourth straight CMC loss, 67-56.
Eden Valley-Watkins 64 (10-1, 17-3), @ Holdingford 44 (2-9 CMC, 4-14)
*With Howard Lake's loss to Pierz, the Eagles are now in first place by themselves in the CMC.*Updated Girls Basketball CMC standings: (CMC) overall
Eden Valley-Watkins (10-1) 17-3
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (9-2) 18-5
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (7-4) 10-7
Rockford (7-4) 12-8
Pierz (5-5) 13-7
Maple Lake (3-8) 9-13
Holdingford (2-9) 4-14
Kimball (0-11) 3-16Boys basketball action involving two Sub-Section 5AA-20 teams:
@ Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 81 (8-14), Paynesville Area 84 (12-5)Results from Saturday night action involving CMC teams:
@ Rockford 63 (16-5), Annandale 67 (15-4)
@ Little Falls 66 (12-7), Pierz 59 (14-4)
@ Pierz 51 (13-8), Hawley 59 (17-3)
@ Rockford 55 (13-8), Annandale 54 (8-12) Results from Monday night action:
WRESTLING, SECTION 5A: #1 seed ACGC 63, #8 seed Kimball 8
GIRLS BASKETBALL: New London-Spicer loses to Sauk Centre 44-41, both teams are tied in the West Central North Conference with 9-4 records. The Wildcats are 18-6 overall, while the Mainstreeters are 17-4.Next action for basketball and wrestling:
Tuesday, Feb 13...Lady Jaguars host Melrose (5-15), while the Jaguars wrestlers travel to Howard Lake for the Section 5A team wrestling opening round and quarterfinals. The Jaguars basketball team travels to Rockford.
Thursday, Feb 15...the Lady Jaguars basketball team travels to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted for a rematch against a Lakers team that gave the Lady Jags their worst beating in CMC play on January 23rd, 76-54. The Jaguars basketball team hosts the Upsala Cardinals (4-13) at the high school. The Cardinals are on a two-game winning streak, and they defeated our Jaguars in an upset last year 73-70 in overtime on the Upsala floor.
Friday, Feb 16...the Jaguars basketball team hosts Kimball (4-13) at the high school for the B-B-E Booster Club's "Pack the Stands" night. The Jaguars need to have their 20-0 football loss from last fall and the 54-34 drubbing on January 5th in their mind and give payback to the Cubs this Friday night.Special note: The Lady Jaguars basketball game on Saturday (Feb 17)
against Mayer Lutheran (11-11) at the elementary school will have a 1:00pm start time for the C/B-squad games, and then the Varsity will follow at about 2:30pm.This Jaguars Sports update brought to you by: