Friday, February 29, 2008

Jaguars Boys Basketball Wins Big on Parents' Night at Home, 69-47 Drubbing over Kimball Area in CMC Play

The Jaguars move to 13-11 on the season while solidifying their chances of a top-four playoff seed in Sub-Section 6AA-East. After leading 31-20 at halftime, they gave up a 9-0 run to the Cubs to make it a 33-29 game. That was the closest the Cubs would get in the second half, though, as the Jaguars went up by as big as a 55-33 lead to win going away.

Other boys basketball scores:
**Wow! Melrose Area 72, Paynesville Area 33
**Wow! Maple Lake 55, Rockford 52
Eden Valley-Watkins 56, Holdingford 38
Osakis 46, Minnewaska Area 45

Melrose Area is now 14-10 on the season after their complete dismantling of Paynesville on the Dutchmen's home floor. Paynesville is 10-13 going into next week, and they will be 10-13 going into the sub-section seeding meeting next Wednesday night. Basically, there's no way they can catch the Jaguars for one of the top-four seeds. I don't want to say much more, for risk of jinxing our chances of a very good playoff seed going into the post-season.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Jaguars Girls Basketball Falls to 2nd-ranked Albany Huskies 82-52 in Sub-Section 19-AA Semi-Finals, End Record-Breaking Season 18-10

In this photo, Jaguars player Heidi Lensing is swarmed in the paint while battling for a rebound in tonight's game. The pressure was that intense for most of the first half.

The Jaguars trailed 40-14 at halftime. Yes, the Huskies are that good. They will take a 25-2 record into the sub-section championship game this Saturday night at St.John's University to face the winner of the Sauk Centre/New London-Spicer game. That game will be tonight and starts in about 5 minutes from now.

The Jaguars finish the 2007-2008 campaign with a final record of 18-10. This breaks the record of the previous second-best team at B-B-E in 1992-1993 that went 17-8. Interestingly, that team also was soundly beaten in their playoff exit, a Region 5A loss by a 69-34 score to New London-Spicer, who went on to finish 2nd in the Class A state tournament (2-class system).

I'll add more from this game and the A-C-GC game over the weekend.

In the 2nd game tonight at St.John's, New London-Spicer squeezed out a narrow 42-37 victory over Sauk Centre. NL-S advances to the sub-section championship game in girls basketball for the first time since 2005, when they lost to Rockford in the Section 5AA championship. They have had three straight semi-final exits (1-1 playoff record each year) until now. I'll add a bit more on that note over the weekend as well.

Other scores in girls basketball playoff action:
HL-W-W 56, Pierz 54
Eden Valley-Watkins 66, Litchfield 45
Minnewaska Area 46, Benson 32 ('Waska makes the Sub-Section 6AA-West finals)
West Central Area 52, Osakis 45 (WCA is 'Waska's opponent in the 6AA-West finals... both teams are 20-6 overall)

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Jaguars Girls Basketball Overwhelms A-C-GC in Sub-Section 6AA-East Quarterfinals 56-39, Advance to Face Top-Seeded Albany on Thursday at St.John's U

The Jaguars girls basketball team became the second-winningest team in B-B-E school history tonight by winning their sub-section opener over 5th-seeded Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (15-10). In the process, they also set a new school record for field goal percentage at 62% by going 24-of-39 from the floor against A-C-GC.

The Jaguars (18-9) advance to face state-ranked Albany on Thursday night at Sexton Arena in St.John's University. The Huskies (24-2) smoked Paynesville tonight by a score of 80-25 in another quarterfinal matchup.

According to the MSHSL website, our game would be at 6:30...the "early" game in the double-header at St.John's. That's what the brackets say online. However, it was announced after the game tonight that we would play against Albany at 8:00.

My gut says we play at 6:30.

The West Central Tribune reported on Wednesday that the game will be at 6:30 between our Jaguars and Albany.

Other scores from Section 6AA:
Benson 66, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 61
Minnewaska Area 66, Breckenridge 45
New London-Spicer 35, Melrose 31
Osakis 58, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 50
Sauk Centre 59, Holdingford 38

There were no upsets in Section 6AA, as all home teams won. The closest game was in New London, where the 2nd-seeded NL-S Wildcats had trouble getting past 7th-seeded Melrose Area, winning 35-31. It was the third meeting this season between those teams, as they both are members of the West Central North Conference.

Other girls basketball playoff scores:
Class AA - Section 5 Girls Basketball
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 69, Foley 50
Pierz 68, Zimmerman 57
Watertown-Mayer 70, Rockford 60

Also, our Jaguars boys basketball team lost to state-ranked Rockford tonight by a score of 87-63. They host Kimball Area on Friday night for Parents' Night. That will be a fun game and a great atmosphere to take in a high school event. I expect the student section to be large and loud as is usually the case with basketball games held at their "home turf"...the high school gym.

Back to our girls basketball team, their 18-9 record is the 2nd-best record ever at B-B-E. In 1992-1993 the Jaguars went 17-8 after winning a sub-section championship in the old Section 5A (2-class system). It was Michelle Marthaler-Perkins' first season as head coach of the girls basketball program at B-B-E. The school record is 20-7, set in 1994-1995, after they had a deep run to the Section 5A Final game, winning a school-record four playoff games in the process. That was B-B-E's first section championship berth in any sport since the 1988 pairing of the two former schools.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Jaguars Boys Basketball Wins on Seniors Night, 75-64 Over Hancock

The Jaguars boys basketball team moved to 12-10 on the season with a 75-64 win against Hancock (5-15) on the homecourt. The four seniors on the roster were introduced in the starting lineup and gave big contributions in the win.

The Jaguars entertain state-ranked Rockford (21-1) tomorrow night.

The Jaguars girls basketball team hosts A-C-GC tomorrow night in the Sub-Section 6AA-East quarterfinals. Tip-off is at 7:00. The Falcons (15-9) will be tough as nails, but if the Jaguars win they would advance to the semi-final round on Thursday night at Bill Sexton Arena at St.John's University.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Sections, Day 2- Jaguars Wrestling Battles in Final Four & Wrestlebacks -- Austin Kampsen Drops Nail-Biter 6-5 in Semi's... None Advance to State

The Jaguars wrestling team found success and disappointment as Day 2 of Sections is underway today at Kimball.

Austin Kampsen battled hard in his semi-final match but fell 6-5. He will fight for all he's worth through the consolation bracket and hope for a True Second berth later today.

By 4:00pm, the only wrestler remaining in contention for a state berth was Austin Kampsen, who won his first wrestleback match. He needs two more wins (and another important item to happen) to advance to next week's State Tournament.

Cole Tensen, Travis Winter, Brent Gregory, and Brent Goodenbour will all wrestle for fifth place in their brackets. Five of 13 Jaguars will place in Section 5A.

**Update at 6:20pm... Austin Kampsen lost in his final wrestleback match, erasing his chances to go to "State" for his senior year. It was a heartbreaking loss to watch (a 5-2 decision to a Long Prairie-Grey Eagle wrestler). Cole Tensen and Travis Winter, and Brent Goodenbour all won their fifth place matches.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Jaguars Boys Basketball Picks Up Huge Boost in Section Standings, 65-60 Win over Osakis on the Homecourt.... Jaguars Wrestling in Action at Sections

Facing improbable odds at halftime, down 36-21, the Jaguars boys basketball team picked up their 11th win of the season in dramatic fashion, downing the Osakis Silverstreaks in the final minutes of the game with the fastbreak leading the way. Coming into the game, Osakis was the 2nd-ranked team in Sub-Section 6AA-West.

With the win, the Jaguars inch back over .500 to 11-10, going into the final five games of the season. They host Hancock (5-14) next Monday night for Seniors' Night.

Boys basketball scores from tonight:
Melrose 54, Albany 44
Maple Lake 74, Litchfield 63
New London-Spicer 95, St. Cloud Cathedral 58
Sauk Centre 38, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 35
Upsala 53, Holdingford 47

The Jaguars wrestling team is in the midst of Day 1 of Individual Sections tonight at Kimball. Austin Kampsen and Cole Tensen are the remaining undefeated Jaguars, and both advanced to the semi-finals in their respective weight classes. I just got off the phone with Paul Rooney & Cheryl Kampsen, who both gave me a nice update. A large number of Jaguars are moving in the wrestlebacks tonight and hopefully tomorrow as well. With the Section 5A having 13 teams, the action tonight will go on tonight towards midnight (no kidding!)...and then pick up at 12:30pm tomorrow.

In the final game of their regular season, the Jaguars girls basketball team fell to Central Minnesota Conference powerhouse Eden Valley-Watkins in an 80-41 loss. The Eagles wrap up a perfect CMC season, their third such in the past four seasons. The Jaguars cap the best regular season in B-B-E history with a final 17-9 record, with a 9-5 CMC mark which puts them in third place. It is the best CMC finish ever for the Jaguars since joining the league in 1999.

Girls basketball scores from tonight:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 60, Rockford 49 (Rockford finishes 7-19, HL-W-W finishes 21-5)
Holdingford 72, Kimball Area 47
Maple Lake 43, Pierz 39

The Jaguars will host Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (15-9) next Tuesday night in a 7:00 game for the Sub-Section 6AA-East quarterfinals. The Jaguars are seeded #4 for the third straight season for playoffs, all in Class AA. They played in Class A from 2002 to 2005.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Jaguars Girls Basketball Sets New School Record For Regular Season Wins- 60-47 Win Against Hancock on Seniors' Night

The Jaguars are now 17-8, breaking the old record of 16-6 set in 1994-1995. They led 28-13 at halftime against the state-ranked Owls (19-4).

The Sub-Section 6AA-East playoffs begin next Tuesday night, and the Jaguars will host a first-round playoff game for the third straight season. They are seeded #4, and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City will come to town for the sub-section quarterfinals in a 7:00 game. A-C-GC is 15-8 after beginning the season 1-6! They have won 10 in a row going into their game tonight against Sauk Centre.

The Jaguars boys basketball team lost a CMC match up at Maple Lake tonight 59-37. The Jaguars fall to 3-7 in the CMC and 10-10 overall, while the Irish moves to 16-4 overall and 6-4 in the CMC.

Friday night the girls close out the regular season by hosting Eden Valley-Watkins. The boys team hosts Osakis (16-5) at the high school, with the Jaguars Danceline performing at halftime.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Action-Packed Thursday-Friday-Saturday Ahead for Jaguars Wrestling, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, and Danceline

(In alphabetical order)...

Boys Basketball:
Thursday @ Maple Lake (15-4, 5-4 CMC for 3-way 3rd place tie)
Friday HOME against Osakis (16-5)

Friday performance at halftime of the Osakis boys basketball game at the High School, It will be their final performance of the 2007-2008 season.

Girls Basketball:
Thursday HOME against Hancock (19-3)
Friday HOME against Eden Valley-Watkins (13-0 CMC, 21-3)

Friday at 5:00pm, Day 1 of Section 5A Individuals at Kimball Area High School
Saturday at 12:30pm, Day 2 of Section 5A Individuals at Kimball Area High School

May everyone have a safe and busy weekend cheering on our Jaguars!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Horrific Multi-Vehicle School Bus Accident in Cottonwood Near Marshall Claims Four Students - A Nightmare That is Hard to Comprehend

(Photos by Rae Kruger of the Marshall Independent)

A horrible van-truck-school bus accident claimed at least four young lives today at 3:25pm in Southwest Minnesota. I'll be posting information on this through the evening.

What I heard was that a minivan hit the school bus as the bus was traveling south on MN-Highway 23 in Cottonwood, and then the bus tipped on its side on the hood of a pickup truck.

It must have been an incredible impact to send the schoolbus to tip on its side.

The schoolbus carried 28 students from the Lakeview school district, based in Cottonwood, MN near Marshall. Lakeview is in Section 5A in football, as is our Jaguars football team. They were the #5-seeded team and lost a 50-38 shootout at Renville County West in last fall's football playoff opener.

At 8:22 one of my sources in the Marshall area confirmed that four Lakeview students have died. Unconfirmed reports are that three were elementary age, and one was a middle-schooler. I'm not sure if any students remaining at the Sioux Falls, Marshall, or Granite Falls hospitals are still in critical condition.

**At 9:41 I found out that one of the students killed was a 7th grader, and one was a 4th grade student. Two teachers at Lakeview were parents of two of the four students killed in the crash. I know what it's like to lose someone in a sudden and shocking fashion, but to lose a child in a schoolbus accident is almost impossible to comprehend.

I just learned another sad, sad item = Two of the four students killed were brothers.

Weather conditions at helicopter locations grounded some of the air-rescue attempts.

This is un-imaginable.

Drive safely and buckle up! And pray for the Cottonwood-Hanley Falls-Wood Lake area.

The Jaguars girls basketball team's eight-game winning streak came to an end tonight when they hosted Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in a battle for second place in the Central Minnesota Conference. They lost 77-56, but at one point in the second half had the deficit down to 6. They will host Hancock and Eden Valley-Watkins on Thursday & Friday this week. Both are state-ranked teams.

Girls basketball scores:
Pierz 34, Kimball Area 32 (Oh so close...Kimball is still winless in the CMC)
Hancock 58, Central Minnesota Christian-Prinsburg 43 (Hancock is 19-3 going into their Thursday night match up with our Jaguars girls basketball team)

Boys basketball scores:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 57, Kimball Area 56 (HL-W-W holds onto 2nd place in the CMC)
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 73, Paynesville Area 57 (The Bulldogs continue their tailspin, as I predicted and hoped the Jaguars need to capitalize and keep winning as the season winds down over the next three weeks. They hold their fate in their own hands, and I feel if they can get to at least 14 or 15 wins they will have a shot at a first-round home playoff game. Paynesville began the season 4-0 and has gone 5-11 since, including a current 5-game losing streak.)
Rockford 64, Eden Valley-Watkins 61 (Close...but Rockford remains atop the CMC)

The River Lakes Stars boys hockey team fell in the Section 8AA quarterfinals tonight to top-seeded Roseau by a 13-0 score. The Rams are now 26-0 on the season! (That's not hockey country up there, is it?)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

River Lakes Stars Boys Hockey Advances in Section 8AA Playoffs with 3-2 Win Over Becker-Big Lake Today

The Stars hosted B-BL at the Paynesville Ice Arena on Saturday at 5:00. Their 3-2 win vaults them to the 8AA quarterfinal round, facing top-seeded Roseau next Tuesday at 7:00. That game will be held at Roseau, on the Canada-U.S. border. Becker-Big Lake finishes their season with a 5-20 record.

In boys baskeball action today, Pierz knocked off Braham on the Bombers' homecourt today 68-59. The Pioneers ended two streaks in the process, Braham's run of 55 straight home wins and their 15-game winning streak this season. Pierz moves to 12-9 overall while Braham is 17-4.

In wrestling playoff action today, Canby knocked off top-seeded Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in the Section 3A Championship match at the Dawson-Boyd High School. The final score was not close, 39-18. It reverses an earlier Lancers' loss to K-M-S in the Camden Conference Championship. It's a tough loss for K-M-S, as winning a state tournament trip far outweighs a conference trophy in the trophy case.

Canby takes a 23-2 record into "State", while K-M-S finishes their best wrestling season since 1988 with an 18-1 final record.

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (24-4) easily handled Paynesville Area (18-8) in the Section 5A Championship dual on Friday night, 43-19 final score. Hats off to the Falcons for their fourth straight team trip to the State Tournament. They will open with Frazee (13-5) in the Class A State Quarterfinals.

The Jaguars Danceline team will not perform at Tuesday's home girls basketball game. They will be performing on Friday at the Osakis boys basketball game at the high school.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Jaguars Boys Basketball Buries Holdingford 62-33, Jaguars Girls Basketball Wins at Osakis 59-45 for 8th Straight Win

Both basketball squads won tonight in home-and-away action by impressive fashion, with the girls winning at Osakis (15-7) and the boys defeating Holdingford (2-17) at the high school. The Osakis Silverstreaks are the 2007-2008 Prairie Conference Champions, 12-0 in that league. They'd be at best a .500 team in the Central Minnesota Conference. Tonight's game was their final home game of the season. Our girls basketball team has now won eight games in a row, and they have won 13 of their past 17 games. I'm almost certain, but I will double-check, that no previous B-B-E girls basketball team has had an 8-0 streak during their season. What our girls team is doing this season is very impressive. They currently are 9-3 in the Central Minnesota Conference in a tie for second place with Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted. The Jaguars host the Lakers next Tuesday night.

Both squads have winning records, with the boys at 10-9 and the girls at 16-7. The last time both squads had winning records during the middle-to-latter part of the basketball season was in 1997-1998.

An interesting boys basketball score= Maple Lake 66, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 51. The Jaguars lost close battles with both of those teams. Maple Lake (15-4) is having one of the best boys basketball seasons in their school history, and our Jaguars travel to their house next Thursday, February 21. All four of their losses have come in CMC action.

Other boys basketball scores:
Eden Valley-Watkins 53, Kimball Area 48
Rockford 82, Pierz 58 (game held at St.Cloud State)
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 86, Benson 76

Area girls basketball scores:
Minnewaska Area 57, Benson 49
Sauk Centre 56, Paynesville Area 23
Yellow Medicine East 48, Montevideo 47

Updated CMC Boys Basketball Standings, with league records in parentheses:
Rockford (6-1) 17-1
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (7-3) 13-7
Eden Valley-Watkins (5-3) 12-6
Maple Lake (5-4) 15-4
Pierz (5-4) 11-9
Kimball Area (4-5) 9-11
B-B-E (3-6) 10-9
Holdingford (0-10) 2-17

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Jaguars Girls Basketball Wins Over Kimball Area 67-34

The Jaguars girls basketball team is on a roll, winning their last 7 games while scoring 63 or more points in each win. Their season record moves to 15-7 overall after tonight's win, while tying the record for the second-best regular season in B-B-E history. (The 1996-97 version went 15-7 in their regular season before going 1-1 in the Section 5A playoffs) The Jaguars are also 9-3 in the CMC, the best record ever in the conference since joining in 1999. The most conference wins by any girls basketball team at B-B-E is 10, by the 1994-1995 and 1990-1991 teams that both went 10-4 in the West Central South Conference

They now prepare for a short road trip to always-tough Osakis tomorrow night, to face the 14-6 Silverstreaks in non-conference action.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Busy Night in Jaguars Country- Road Win at Melrose for Girls Basketball, Close Losses for Boys Basketball and Wrestling

The Jaguars wrestling team fell to Holdingford in a close matchup for the Section 5A opener tonight at Paynesville, losing by a final 38-31 margin to the Huskers. They have over a week of practice to prepare for the Section 5A individual tournament, on Fri-Sat February 22-23 at Kimball Area High School.

The Jaguars girls basketball team won at Melrose Area by a 65-52 final score, for the 14th win of the season against seven losses. It marks a tie for the second-best regular season of any B-B-E girls basketball season, as the 1992-1993 edition went 14-7 during their regular season. The record is 16-6, set in 1994-1995.

The Jaguars boys basketball team lost 66-60 to CMC second-place Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (13-6, 7-2 CMC) on the home floor tonight. The K-2nd elementary danceline group performed at halftime with the Jaguars varsity danceline team. The boys host Holdingford this Friday night, and the 4th-6th grade danceline will join their varsity counterparts for halftime that night.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Jaguars Boys Basketball Team Wins a Rough Battle With Neighboring Melrose Area 52-50

The Jaguars defeated the Melrose Area Dutchmen in a tight game that went down to the wire, with the home team pulling through near the end with free throws by Jordan Beier and Alex Thompson sealing the deal.

They have no rest in sight as they take on the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers (12-6, 6-2 CMC) on Tuesday night in another home game at the high school.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Jaguars Boys Basketball To Host Melrose Area on Monday Night.. Jaguars Wrestling Opens Section 5A Playoffs at Paynesville on Tuesday vs. Holdingford

The Jaguars wrestling team (9-10) will face off with CMC rival Holdingford on Tuesday night at the Paynesville Area High School on Tuesday night at 5:30 to open up the playoffs. They are seeded #10, while the Huskers are #7.

A win over the Huskers would bring the Jaguars to the section quarterfinal round, which will be held later the same night against the host Bulldogs, the 2-seed.

The Jaguars boys basketball team hosts Melrose Area on Monday night. The Dutchmen are 10-7 overall.

On Tuesday, the Jaguars girls basketball team (13-7, 8-3 CMC) travels to Melrose to face the Dutchmen (7-12 overall).

Friday, February 08, 2008

Jaguars Girls Basketball Buries Rockford in the Rockets' Gym 74-49

After staking a double-digit lead over the Rockets in the first half, the Jaguars girls basketball team (8-3 CMC, 13-7) smoked Rockford on the road by a 74-49 margin. They led 21-12 after 10 minutes of play and 36-22 at halftime.

The win marks the first season that they will go above .500 in the Central Minnesota Conference, as they can do no worse than an 8-6 record if they lost their final three games of the league season. They have Kimball, Eden Valley-Watkins, and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted left on the schedule for CMC opponents. They should beat Kimball, they have a strong chance of beating HL-W-W, and an outside shot at beating EV-W.

By the way, last night in this same gymnasium in boys basketball, usual CMC doormat Kimball beat the undefeated (16-0 going into the game) Rockford Rockets by a 58-55 margin. I still can't believe it. The Cubs are 8-9 overall. Rockford is 16-1 and was the 2nd-ranked team in Class AA going into this week of play.

I just talked to Coach Mike Tauber (head coach) of the Rockets' boys basketball team. He said the following about last night's loss, "I sat two of my starters for disciplinary reasons, and Kimball played well. They are much tougher than they were 2 or 3 years ago. We had a hard time adjusting to a new lineup.

We have a tough playoff road with Mayer Lutheran, Foley, and Glencoe, but we hope to survive the section and do some damage at state. We also have a very strong Hawley team on our schedule before playoffs." (The Hawley Nuggets are 14-2)\

Scores from around the area, including CMC girls basketball games:
Holdingford 37, Pierz 35
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 77, Kimball Area 39

Boys basketball scores:
New London-Spicer 63, Sauk Centre 47

The Jaguars wrestling team fell in a close dual with Eden Valley-Watkins, and then lost to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in the final match of the Triangular on Friday night. Here are the scores I have:

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 62, Eden Valley-Watkins 6
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 57, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 11
Eden Valley-Watkins 34, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 30

EV-W is 10-9 overall, with two of their dual meet wins coming in close battles with our Jaguars. The Section 5A playoffs open up next Tuesday night. The Jaguars were seeded #10 in a 13-team section, even though they had a winning record as of the seeding meeting (9-8). It shows how ultra-tough the section is. I'll post more information on that later tonight.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Jaguars Boys Basketball Team Mounts Furious Comeback Against Maple Lake... Falls Short in a 54-50 Loss

The Jaguars fell to 8-8 overall with this tough loss to CMC opponent Maple Lake, who moves to 12-4 on the season. They have three more home games on the horizon, beginning next week with Melrose Area coming to town. The Dutchmen are 10-7 overall and 6-3 (3rd place) in the West Central North Conference.

On Friday the wrestling team is at the Eden Valley-Watkins Quad, and the girls basketball team will play at Rockford.

This weekend when the wind is howling outside with the Gazillion-degree-below-zero windchills, I'll post information about Central Minnesota basketball and wrestling teams. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Jaguars Girls Basketball Defeats Maple Lake in Home Game Tonight

The girls basketball team raised their record to 12-7 on the season, including 7-3 in the Central Minnesota Conference. The 12 & 7 wins in both respects ties the most regular season wins overall and in the conference since B-B-E joined the CMC in 1999. They are without a doubt on a roll, having gone 10-3 since December 18th.

On Friday they travel to Rockford (1-8 CMC, 5-13).

The B-B-E High School Drama department will present "Phantom of the Op'ry" on three nights this week, Friday at 7:00, Saturday at 7:00, and Sunday in a 1:30 matinee performance, on the High School Theater Stage. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and are available at the door.

For more information, visit the B-B-E drama department's website at

Again, apologies for not getting advertising up, I should have that up and running by the week's end.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Sometimes, Sports Just Don't Matter ... Bus-Semi Accident Results in Minor Injuries, The Angels Were Busy Today!

I have limited information on this accident, but it was reported on the evening local news that a bus-semi accident involving a B-B-E bus took place today. Five students were riding on the bus, and in an incredible miracle, no one was seriously injured, including the bus driver. Because of the bad road conditions, apparently the bus slid through an intersection on Highway 71 and was T-boned by a semi! That's all I have. Thank God the kids could walk away from the accident.

The boys basketball team was in Benson tonight. Tomorrow I'll post information from that game. Right now, it just doesn't matter.

**Update on Tuesday night**
The boys basketball team defeated Benson by a 70-52 margin. Benson is 7-8 overall, while the Jaguars are 8-7. It was a great win for the team as they prepare for more Central Minnesota Conference action on Thursday when they host Maple Lake. I think they have put the tough month of January, when they went 2-5, behind them. On Tuesday night the girls basketball team hosts Maple Lake (3-6 CMC, 8-11 overall). They travel to Rockford on Friday night for another CMC tilt. The wrestling team is idle until Friday when they travel to Eden Valley-Watkins for a Quad.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Jaguars Boys Basketball Wins Thrilling Come-From-Behind Game at Pierz in CMC Action... Senior Wrestler Austin Kampsen Wins 100th Match of His Career

Celebrating the win...

On Friday night, the Jaguars boys basketball team squared their record at 7-7 with a dramatic 64-60 win at Pierz, their first such road win since 2005. They moved to 2-4 in the Central Minnesota Conference.

Pierz is 9-7 overall and 3-3 in the CMC.

The Jaguars' comeback was fueled in the final minutes of the second half with a huge 22-2 run that turned a 54-38 deficit into a 60-56 lead. The Pioneers tied the game at 60-all before a 4-of-4 performance at the free throw line from Jared McCleary and Jordan Beier put the Jaguars ahead in the final minute.

The boys basketball team travels to Benson (7-7) on Monday night for a non-conference game against the Roger Lindahl-led Braves team. They host Maple Lake (11-4) in a key Central Minnesota Conference game next Thursday night at the high school.

The Jaguars girls basketball team earned their 11th win of the season (11-7 overall) on the road at Upsala on Friday, 68-37. The Cardinals fell to 8-11 overall, and they are tied for second place in the Prairie Conference at 7-3 with Browerville.

Wrestling Scores from last Thursday/Friday night:
EV-W 51, Melrose 25
EV-W 31, B-B-E 29
B-B-E 64, Melrose 4 (The Dutchmen gave up 6 forfeits!)
B-B-E 39, Sauk Centre 29

Also, congradulations to senior Austin Kampsen for his 100th and 101st wins of his wrestling career, earned last Friday night at the Melrose Triangular.

I am unable to post advertising, because my laptop died. (Yes, it is indeed dead) Once I retrieve my files from that hard drive, I will be back in business with posting local advertising on this site, although it will be much more difficult working without a laptop. It's anyone's guess when I'll be getting a new one.

Enjoy the mild weekend!