Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jaguars volleyball continues their dominance in the Central Minnesota Conference with a fast-paced sweep of Maple Lake

Maggie Gruber drops a kill down around a Maple Lake block attempt tonight.

The Jaguars volleyball team improved to 12-2 overall with a convincing win over Maple Lake tonight in a Homecoming match. The Irish entered the match with an impressive 13-3 overall record, but they wilted under the blistering attack of the Jaguars, who won by wide margins in games one and two, 25-11 and 25-16. A handful of non-starters saw action for the Jaguars in game three, which they won 25-20.

The Jaguars, now 4-0 in the Central Minnesota Conference, gear up for a very tough Willmar Cardinal Classic tournament on Saturday.

A photo album with pictures from the Maple Lake match has been fully uploaded to the Sauk Centre Herald website. The link is

In case you missed it, the link for the NL-S vs. B-B-E volleyball photo gallery is:

Central Minnesota Conference results:
Eden Valley-Watkins 3, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 1 (at Eden Valley)
Holdingford 3, Kimball Area 0 (at Holdingford)
Pierz 3, Rockford 0 (at Rockford)

*Current CMC volleyball standings, as of 9/30/10:
B-B-E (4-0)
Pierz (4-0)
Maple Lake (3-1)
Holdingford (3-1)
Eden Valley-Watkins (1-3)
Kimball Area (1-3)
HL-W-W (0-4)
Rockford (0-4)

A video clip from game two tonight...

Following the Maple Lake win, the traditional bonfire was held on the elementary school baseball diamond. Shown lighting it up is Mr. Marks, who has supervised the event since it started about 6 or 7 years ago.

**A quick radio broadcasting note from Smooth Magic 107 in Glenwood...their sports broadcaster, Dave McClurg, will be broadcasting the B-B-E Homecoming football game on Friday night. Pre-game coverage begins at about 6:45pm on 107.1FM or online at More on that will follow later.

In a non-conference girls tennis match at Melrose, the Jaguars girls tennis team dropped a dual against the Dutchmen by a 7-0 margin. It was reported that the Jaguars were much more competitive against Melrose compared to their meeting on August 31. In many cases, the Jaguars (6-13 overall) held leads during the sets but couldn't hang on to the momentum.

Melrose Area evened their record at 9-9 overall with the win. They finished the West Central North Conference schedule with a 3-3 record. The Dutchmen will most likely come in ranked #3 in Sub-Section 5A-West for playoff seedings, behind New London-Spicer and Benson/K-M-S.

Area volleyball results tonight:
#4 2A Wadena-Deer Creek 3, Sauk Centre 0 (Mainstreeters lose game one 32-30!)
Albany 3, Melrose Area 0
Mora 3, New London-Spicer 0
LP-GE 3, Foley 1
LQPV 3, Montevideo 1
A-C-GC 3, Benson 1 (Braves stung by 2nd straight WCCS loss)
Perham 3, West Central Area 0
Bertha-Hewitt 3, Staples-Motley 0
Sebeka 3, New York Mills 0
Osakis 3, Browerville 0
Upsala 3, Royalton 0
Parkers Prairie 3, Brandon/Evansville 0
Eagle Valley 3, Swanville 0
BOLD 3, Minnewaska Area 0
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 3, Breckenridge 0
Barnesville 3, Frazee 0
Minneota 3, Windom Area 1
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 3, Dawson-Boyd 0
Canby 3, MACCRAY 0
Willmar 3, Little Falls 0

**Coming up Friday's Friday Night Lights Part V when the Jaguars football team hosts Maple Lake for the 23rd annual B-B-E Homecoming game. Kickoff is at 7pm, with a Tailgating party running from 5pm to 7pm at the high school sports complex, sponsored by North American State Bank.

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Game Day - It's Jaguars vs. Irish in Central Minnesota Conference volleyball action tonight

The two teams square off in a home match for the Jaguars volleyball team tonight.

It'll be a dogfight, so bring your Jaguar spirit.

Both are 3-0 in the CMC, along with Pierz.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

So, right wing, where are your daggers pointed now? - regarding the recent decision that mediated teacher settlements are not for public discourse

Below are my thoughts regarding the story in today's St.Cloud Times, titled "Details of mediated teacher settlements are not for public review, state rules"

The direct link is:

In the story, you will read that the St.Cloud Times was pushing for release of a mediated teacher settlement in the recent negotiations between the St.Cloud School District and the teachers union.

What gets under my skin is how the right wing (Republicans) like to yell and scream how evil the media is in our country. How they're just a tool of the left, a mouth piece for the Democrats.

Where, oh where, Republicans, are your daggers pointed now? Are you still throwing rocks at the St.Cloud Times for their efforts discussed in this story?

Tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday) Tom Emmer has campaign stops planned in Willmar, Morris, and Alexandria. Countless times during his campaign, he has taken shots at the media because they were doing their job. They were reporting what he was saying and to his own fault, what he was saying was either not popular or it was factually incorrect. Damn that liberal media for pointing out when he is lying.

I'll be at his stop in Alexandria, despite his hatred of the media.

It gets old after awhile, when those of us working in the media put in 60-70 hour weeks on a regular basis, promoting what's going on in our area and doing all we can to tell the good news of our small towns, and all we get in return is a lot of "damn that liberal media, slanted journalism, worthless reporters, biased writing" from the Republican party.

If they think we journalists are doing such a terrible job at it, why don't they sign up for open media positions when they're available? I don't see Republicans beating down the door wanting to get into the newspaper business. What gives?


Monday, September 27, 2010

Jaguars Volleyball sweeps Osakis

The 7th-ranked Jaguars volleyball team swept Osakis tonight in a non-conference match. Game scores were 25-12, 25-21, 25-11.

The Jaguars are now 11-2 overall. Osakis is 5-8-3 after the loss.

Coming up next for the Jaguars volleyball team: one of the toughest matches of the season is this Thursday, when Maple Lake comes to town for a clash of Central Minnesota Conference unbeatens. The Irish are 12-3-1 overall with some impressive wins to their credit. The Coach Marty Kiebel-led team was the last one other than B-B-E to win the CMC title. Maple Lake was sole champions of the CMC in 2004 and 2005, and they tied with the Jaguars in 2006 for the crown. B-B-E was outright champions in 2003, while they shared the crown with Pierz in 2002.

Area volleyball results tonight:
Upsala 3, Onamia 0
Braham 3, Royalton 0
Bertha-Hewitt 3, Eagle Valley 0 (Bears improve to 15-3-1 overall)
Sebeka 3, Browerville 0
Kimball Area 3, Swanville 0
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 3, Holdingford 0
Hancock 3, West Central Area 1
Yellow Medicine East 3, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 2
Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 3, Central MN Christian 2

Area girls tennis results tonight:
Annandale 5, NL-S 2
LQPV/D-B 4, Melrose Area 3

Here's another clip from last week's win over NL-S.

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It's Homecoming week at B-B-E

All sorts of activities are taking place this week, with all the action culminating with a Tailgating party on Friday and the Homecoming game vs. Maple Lake.

On Tuesday, a Powder Puff football game will be held at the high school athletic complex at 7:00pm between the junior and senior classes. Following that, a movie will be played for all ages, including popcorn, right on the football field. Bring your families to this very unique event. School dress theme: Down on the farm.

Wednesday's theme is favorite sports team, and on Thursday it's Celebrity look alike day.

Friday it's Jaguar Spirit Day (of course) and a Pep Fest is scheduled for 1:30pm at the high school gymnasium. Games, skits, and lots of displays of school spirit will be taking place.

The first annual Homecoming Tailgate Party begins at 5:00pm outside the football stadium. Bring the family and enjoy a hotdog, chips, and pop for only $2! Enjoy the music and stay for the football game. Homecoming dance to follow in High School Gym from 8-11pm.

* Sponsored by North American Bank of Belgrade, all proceeds go to Isaac’s Hope charity for childhood cancer research.

You can read all about Homecoming Week at B-B-E in this week's local newspapers.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

An awesome goal line stand plays out for the Jaguars

This took place in the second half of the B-B-E vs. Rockford football game on Friday night.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

This one was one of the toughest losses we've ever had in football

Tucker Cebulla runs for a few tough yards against Rockford tonight.

It rates right up there with last year's double-overtime loss to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

Instead of squaring their record at 2-2 overall, the Jaguars football team finished the first half of their season 1-3, after falling to Rockford 12-6 tonight.

The game had a thrilling ending - if you're a Rockets fan. It literally went down to the wire.

One point eight seconds on the clock, Jaguars ball, at the Rockets' five yard line. On the final play, the pass to Tucker Cebulla fell short and Rockford went home with the hard-fought win.

All is not lost, the sun will rise tomorrow, and the Jaguars will regroup for their best effort in the final half of the regular season. They have the talent and experience to win more games in 2010, and I am still very excited for the Section 4A playoffs. The thing about the playoffs, however, is that the Jaguars really need to get to 3-5 - and meeting that goal starts with being prepared for Week Five.

Up next for the Jaguars football team: In Week Five, Maple Lake comes to town for B-B-E's 23rd annual Homecoming game, next Friday, October 2. The Irish are 3-1 after beating up the Cubs tonight 47-8 in Kimball.

In the video clip, the Jaguars hold up defensively for the start of a valiant goal line stand in the final 30 seconds of the third quarter.

Both teams struggled to move the ball in the first half.

From late in the first half...

I've got some of my 100+ photos from the game uploaded to the Sauk Centre Herald website photo gallery. The link is:

Central Minnesota Conference football results:
Eden Valley-Watkins 27, Pierz 6
Holdingford 26, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 16 (Huskers led 14-3 at halftime, @ Howard Lake)
Maple Lake 47, Kimball Area 8

In Central Minnesota Conference games, Eden Valley-Watkins has won 30 in a row. Their last league loss was on Sept. 8, 2006 to Pierz.

Scores involving Section 4A teams:
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 27, Paynesville Area 6
Providence Academy/Heritage 20, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 0

Area football scores:
West Central Area 12, Wadena-Deer Creek 0
Royalton 43, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 0 (Royals rush for 354 yards!)
Browerville 27, Upsala/Swanville Area 12
Ottertail Central 35, Osakis 13 (Osakis is 1-3, OTC is 4-0)
Minneota 54, Canby 0
BOLD 35, Minnewaska Area 0 ('Waska hasn't scored since Week 1! Ouch)
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 27, Paynesville Area 6
Benson 38, LP-GE 8
Montevideo 21, Yellow Medicine East 0
Lac qui Parle Valley 9, Morris Area 7 (LQPV's first win since Oct 8, 2004 vs. Morris)
Mora 25, Sauk Centre 6
Albany 28, New London-Spicer 6 (NL-S's first loss since Nov. 14, 2008)
St.Cloud Cathedral 12, Foley 7
Milaca 52, Melrose Area 36

Some very random side notes... I don't think K-M-S has ever been 0-4 in football prior to this year, and to think, only two years ago they were Prep Bowl Champions. Knowing that K-M-S is 0-4 and looking pretty awful will take some of the sting out of tonight's loss by the Jaguars. Eden Valley-Watkins shut out their first three opponents this year, then routed Pierz tonight 27-6.

In Section 4A news...both West Lutheran and St.Agnes were idle in Week 4. They have only seven regular season games, since some of the teams in their conference folded this past summer.

9-man scores:
Bertha-Hewitt 48, Eagle Valley 20
Wheaton 50, Lincoln HI 7
Underwood 61, Ashby 8
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 55, Verndale 6
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 22, Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross 6

More will follow later - I have to start uploading video clips. Check back in the morning, you'll have plenty to check out.

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Tonight - Friday Night Lights Part IV coming as the Jaguars host Rockford in a must-win situation

Attempting to break a two-game slide, the Jaguars football team will take on the Rockford Rockets tonight in a home game featuring two teams fighting for their second win of the year.

Kickoff is at 7:00pm at the High School athletic complex.

A quick the Jaguars girls tennis team lost its first Prairie Conference match of the season in a 7-0 loss at undefeated Osakis.

More on that will follow later.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Jaguars volleyball improves to 3-0 in the CMC

The seventh-ranked Jaguars volleyball team upped its Central Minnesota Conference record to 3-0 on the season with a quick 25-12, 25-17, 25-17 sweep over visiting Rockford tonight on the home court. The Rockets fell to 4-12 overall and 0-3 in the CMC.

Parents' Night was also celebrated prior to the start of the match.

With the win, the Jaguars are now 10-2 overall heading into a non-conference match at Osakis next Monday night. Osakis is a sub-section rival, and while they are going through a rebuilding year they are always an opponent to be reckoned with
regardless of record.

Central Minnesota Conference Week 4 results:
Holdingford 3, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 1
Maple Lake 3, Kimball Area 0

Area volleyball results tonight:
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 3, Lac qui Parle Valley 0
Frazee 3, West Central Area 0
Upsala 3, Osakis 0
Paynesville Area 3, Minnewaska Area 0 (Bulldogs' first win of the season)
Sauk Centre 3, New London-Spicer 0

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

More clips from the Jaguars' sweep of NL-S on Monday night - Plus Tuesday night prep scores

The Jaguars improved to 9-2 overall with the convincing win over the Wildcats. A drawing is held in the video clip below, between games two and three.

...Did you know?...what volleyball program has the most wins since the beginning of the 2005 season? If you guessed anyone other than the B-B-E Jaguars, you'd be wrong.

Counting this season, the Jaguars have 123 wins to their credit. This puts them at the top of the list, having more wins in the past five years than any other volleyball team in Minnesota - regardless of class.

Area volleyball scores on Tuesday night:
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 3, Milaca 0
Albany 3, New London-Spicer 1
Sauk Centre 3, Melrose 0
Upsala 3, Eagle Valley 0
Osakis 3, Royalton 0
Browerville 3, Swanville 2
Monticello 3, Pierz 1
Maple Lake 3, Dassel-Cokato 1

Area girls tennis results on Tuesday night:
Melrose 6, Mora 1
Sauk Centre 5, St.Cloud Cathedral 2
New London-Spicer 5, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 2
Osakis 5, Pierz 2 (the Silverstreaks host our Jaguars on Thursday)

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Monday, September 20, 2010

It's a very successful night in Jaguar Country - Tennis improves to 2-0 in the Prairie Conference while Volleyball sweeps rival New London-Spicer

Oh, boy, those NL-S blockers don't stand a chance against that attack...

The Jaguars put up an impressive block tonight against the Wildcats.

Below, the Jaguars finish off the Wildcats in game two of tonight's home volleyball match by a 25-14 score.

Tonight on the home tennis courts at the High School athletic complex, the Jaguars girls tennis team picked up a nice 5-2 win over Parkers Prairie in a Prairie Conference match.

The Jaguars improve to 6-10 overall and 2-0 in the Prairie. The Panthers fall to 2-11 overall.

A quick note about the girls tennis team, they will not be at the Prairie Conference tournament this weekend. The tournament was planned well after the schedule was set for B-B-E earlier this season.

Up next for Jaguars girls tennis: a short drive up to Osakis on Thursday to face the pre-season favorite Silverstreaks in a Prairie Conference dual match. Osakis is 11-0 in duals thus far, including a 6-1 win over New York Mills in a conference match held today.

Later in the evening tonight, the Jaguars volleyball team swept neighboring rival New London-Spicer to the delight of a packed home crowd. The Jaguars improved to 9-2 overall with the sweep.

Up next for Jaguars volleyball: a home match against Rockford in CMC action this week Thursday. It will also be Parents' Night for the team. A nice gesture, because let's face it - our athletic programs would not exist without the parents' support.

I also have to add - it never gets old watching us beat NL-S!

Area volleyball scores tonight:
Upsala 3, Kimball Area 0
Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 3, Howard Lake-Wavelry-Winsted 2
BOLD 3, Redwood Valley 2
Canby 3, Benson 0
Holdingford 3, Royalton 0

Area girls tennis results:
LQPV/DB 5, Minnewaska 2
Pipestone 4, MACCRAY 3
Benson/K-M-S 4, Melrose 3
Montevideo 7, Morris/CA 0

With the Benson/K-M-S win over Melrose tonight, the Fighting Braves have all but locked up the #1 seed for the Sub-Section 5A-West playoffs. They defeated NL-S early in the season. NL-S and Melrose face off this week Thursday, in a match that will probably determine who will be the #2 seed.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Coming Monday for the Jaguars - also added - the latest state volleyball rankings

The Jaguars volleyball team hosts New London-Spicer in a border battle, while the Jaguars girls tennis team hosts Parkers Prairie in a Prairie Conference match.

Parkers Prairie girls tennis is 2-10 overall, while the Wildcats' volleyball is 4-5.

  • As follows is the latest Class A state rankings, released earlier today: 1 - Minneota 2 - Bethlehem Academy 3 - Wabasha-Kellog 4 - Martin County West 5 (tie) - Mayer Lutheran and Nevis 7 (tie) B-B-E and Windom Area 9 - Canby 10 - Win-E-Mac 11 - Mabel-Canton 12 - Northern Freeze 13 - Heritage Christian 14 - Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 15 - Deer River 16 - Sebeka 17 - MACCRAY

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Around the area on Saturday... NL-S volleyball takes 7th at Minnewaska Tournament

From around the area on Saturday...a light roundup of volleyball action...

First, at the 18th annual Minnewaska Area Tournament, the Hancock Owls won the title by going 4-0 on the day. New London-Spicer who travel to face the host Jaguars volleyball team tomorrow night (Monday), had a disappointing 1-3 performance in matches and took 7th place.

Benson (3-1) placed second, followed by Perham (3-1). Osakis (2-2) finished fourth, ahead of the Lakers (2-2). Brandon-Evansville (1-3) placed sixth, followed by New London-Spicer (1-3) and Ortonville (0-4).

NL-S is 4-5 overall and 3-2 in the West Central North Conference.

At the Sauk Rapids tournament, Wadena-Deer Creek, one of the top teams in Class AA this year, won top honors. Sauk Centre finished in 9th place.

Friday, September 17, 2010

**Get up bright and early on Saturday morning to tune into Smooth Magic 107's interview of Jaguars football coach Chris Moscho

Smooth Magic 107's sports broadcaster Dave McClurg reported to me earlier today the following,

"Coach Moscho's interview will be airing around 7:30 tomorrow morning, and we'll also be uploading the interview later to our Streaming Station link at"

Thanks for the tip, Dave!

If you can't get 107.1 FM on your radio, you can visit their website and tune in through your computer. Click on the blue "listen" logo on their daily broadcast schedule.


Friday Night Lights Part III - Jaguars drop CMC contest at Howard Lake 28-7

Jaguars' quarterback Brady Koehler lets the ball fly at Howard Lake in the 28-7 loss to the host Lakers. Photo courtesy of Aaron Schultz, Howard Lake Herald Journal. (Thanks, Aaron)

Well, I'll say one thing, at least they weren't West Central Area out at #10-ranked (Class 2A) Breckenridge tonight, where the Knights lost 59-0 to the Cowboys in a game that had steady rain the whole time. (I heard Breckenridge scored on the opening kickoff.)

Or they could be in Royalton's shoes, as they lost their best player, literally the heart and soul of their team in Zach Lanners to an injury in Week 2, and they lose to Ottertail Central tonight 35-0...on their home field no less after receiving the #6 ranking in Class A earlier this week in the state polls.

That's no solace to the team or coaches, however, as they fully expected to go into Lakers' country at Howard Lake and play a competitive football game with a positive outcome.

Fueled by five B-B-E turnovers, the Lakers rolled up a 28-0 lead at halftime. The Lakers' first touchdown of the game was from 26 yards out on a fumble recovery in the first quarter. The Jaguars (0-2 CMC, 1-2 overall) scored on a 26-yard touchdown reception from Koehler to Kevin Kuefler in the third quarter for their lone touchdown of the game. Kuefler also earned the Jaguars' lone interception of the game.

HL-W-W improved to 1-1 in the CMC and 1-2 overall.

Read more on the game in next week's local papers.

Up next for the Jaguars football team: a home game in Week 4 against Rockford, who will be looking for a little payback after losing the last two meetings with the Jaguars. (31-13 in '08 and 16-8 last year) Tonight Rockford was at Maple Lake and I assume the Irish destroyed the Rockets. *They did, by a 46-7 margin.

Central Minnesota Conference football results, Week 3:
Eden Valley-Watkins 21, Holdingford 0 (at Holdingford)
Pierz 40, Kimball Area 12 (at Kimball, Pierz led 20-6 at halftime)
Maple Lake 46, Rockford 7

Games involving Section 4A teams...the section includes B-B-E, A-C-GC, LP/HT, West Lutheran, and St.Agnes.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 20, Lac qui Parle Valley 12
Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 35, West Lutheran 0
Providence Acad./Heritage Lions 47, St.Agnes 0

Area football scores:
Sauk Centre 14, St.Cloud Cathedral 7 (a huge win for the Streeters)
Browerville 33, Pillager 13
Ottertail Central 35, Royalton 0
Albany 50, Mora 0
New London-Spicer 18, Melrose Area 6
Milaca 34, Foley 7
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 20, Perham 6
Minneota 47, Lakeview 0
MACCRAY 49, Renville County West 8
Morris Area 40, Minnewaska Area 0 (Lakers are blanked for the second week in a row)
United North Central 14, Osakis 12
Staples-Motley 28, Warroad 12
Alexandria 27, Fergus Falls 7
Upsala-Swanville Area 47, Parkers Prairie 7
New York Mills 26, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 13 (K-M-S is 0-3)
Montevideo 26, Benson 20
BOLD 26, Yellow Medicine East 0
Paynesville Area 30, LP-GE 15
Pelican Rapids 20, Wadena-Deer Creek 6
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 20, Perham 6

Nine-man scores:
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 66, Hancock 14
Bertha-Hewitt 36, Verndale 14
Underwood 46, Eagle Valley 16
Hillcrest Lutheran 52, Ashby 0

Section 4A football standings:
Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity (2-1)
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (2-1)
B-B-E (1-2)
St.Agnes (0-3)
West Lutheran (0-3)

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Pack up the vans and cars for Howard Lake tonight!

The Jaguars are in a timeout below, midway through the second quarter against Holdingford last Friday night.

It's Friday Night Lights Part III for the Jaguars football team, as they travel to south of Howard Lake, for their second conference battle of the season.

Kickoff is at 7:00pm, at the new HL-W-W High School, located three miles south of Howard Lake on Wright County Road #6.

The Jaguars are 1-1, with high hopes on a strong performance and a return trip home with a 2-1 record later tonight.

The HL-W-W Lakers have opened the 2010 season with two competitive losses to very good competition (Norwood-Young America and Pierz).

If for some reason you can't make it to the game, check back later tonight for the results.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Jaguars girls tennis drops a tough battle with MACCRAY - Jaguars Volleyball sweeps HL-W-W

High five in doubles action tonight.

The Jaguars girls tennis team will have to wait until next week to get their sixth win of the season, as they dropped a non-conference dual match to the MACCRAY Wolverines today on the home courts.

Coach Westrom employed a revamped lineup in order to have a better effort against the Wolverines, who defeated the Jaguars on August 30 by a 5-2 score. Even though the Jaguars hustled and gave a great effort, the outcome was the same tonight.

Up next for the Jaguars girls tennis team: on Monday the Jaguars face Parkers Prairie in a Prairie Conference match.

An update from Howard Lake... the Jaguars volleyball team took the first game in tonight's conference match against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 25-17. The Jaguars won game two 25-8! Game three went to the Jaguars as expected, by a comfortable 25-12 margin. They improve to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in the Central Minnesota Conference.

HL-W-W is 3-6 overall and 0-2 in the CMC.

You wanna hear some kind of crazy? Tonight at the High School football field, the Jaguars 9th grade football team battled to a 6-6 tie with neighboring rival New London-Spicer. During the girls tennis match I visited briefly with Coach Paul Rooney, who leads the 9th grade and JV teams with Shane Radermacher. While I arrived too late to get some pictures of the game, which made me quite upset with myself, I was happy to find out that the Jaguars defense actually skunked the NL-S offense for all four quarters of play. NL-S scored their touchdown via special team, on the opening kickoff.

Not too shabby, considering that NL-S brought 36 players to town, while the Jaguars dressed 15 freshmen for the game.

Central Minnesota Conference volleyball results:
Pierz 3, Kimball Area 0
Maple Lake 3, Rockford 0
Holdingford 3, Eden Valley-Watkins 2

Area volleyball results:
Albany 3, St.Cloud Cathedral 0 (the Huskies shake things up in the West Central North Conference)
Yellow Medicine East 3, Paynesville Area 1
Mora 3, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 2
Pelican Rapids 3, West Central Area 1
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 3, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 0
Melrose Area 3, Foley 2
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 3, Morris Area 2
Osakis 3, Swanville 0
Sauk Centre 3, Milaca 0
Windom Area 3, Marshall Area 2
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 3, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 2

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Kicking his heels up - running with the pigskin like it's no one else's business - in the rain no less!

Love this sequence of shots...

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Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted volleyball season preview

By Aaron Schultz, Sports Editor, Howard Lake Journal

In 2009, the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers volleyball team finished the season with a 13-13 overall record.

“We grew a lot last season as a team, and really came together and played hard,” head coach Christin LaMott said.

LaMott, who is entering her third season as the Lakers’ head coach, has six years of coaching experience, overall.

This year, LaMott will be assisted by Melanie Lawrence, Tanya Remer, and Leah Jenzen.

Heading into 2010, the Lakers bring back a strong core of players from last year, and are looking to improve on their .500 record from a season ago.

Captains for this year’s team are three of the four returning starters for HLWW – Mia Kohn, Kaylee Erickson, and Ellie Arvidson.

The fourth returning starter for the Lakers is Abby Schlueter.

The two starters that the Lakers lost to graduation from a season ago were Maggie Horstmann and Sharayah Clos. “Maggie and Sharayah were our two middles last year, and they had been with me for two years, and were our height,” LaMott said.

While the Lakers did lose two key players to graduation, they will be bringing back two athletes that lettered a season ago – Becca Luhman and Heather Lehner.

The Lakers will be missing that size in the middle, but will look to make up for it with quickness.

“Our girls want to come together as a team, and play the best ball they can,” LaMott said. “We are not very tall, but understand that we have to compensate for that in all the other things we do. We won’t give up.”

Although the Lakers won’t have the height in the middle this year, they do have a number of very quick players.

“The girls go after everything, and don’t want a ball to drop,” LaMott said. “We have strong hitters, and setters, who know what to do with the ball.”

Overall, the Lakers have 48 girls out for volleyball in grades nine through 12.

Breaking it down, there are six seniors, 10 juniors, 13 sophomores, and 19 freshmen.

In 2009, the Lakers finished with a 4-3 Central Minnesota Conference record.

For HLWW to improve on that conference mark this year, they will have to beat the teams they should beat, and find a way to top one, or maybe all, of the favorites in the conference.

Those favorites include Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Maple Lake, and Kimball.

When playoff time rolls around, the Lakers will once again be in Section 6AA.

Last year, the Lakers fell in the opening round of sections to St. Cloud Cathedral, which should be tough once again.

HLWW did get off on the right foot in 2010, as they defeated section rival Dassel-Cokato in four games Tuesday.

Look for complete details of that win in the game story on the front of the sports pages.

This week, HLWW will host Annandale Tuesday, Sept. 7, and then travels to Pierz Thursday, Sept. 9.

The Lakers will host their annual invite Saturday, Sept. 11 starting at 9 a.m.

With plenty of talent and experience coming back this season, look for the Lakers to make plenty of strides in what should be a pretty fun season of HLWW volleyball.

Section 6AA teams: Albany, Annandale, Dassel-Cokato, Holdingford, HLWW, Litchfield, Little Falls, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Melrose, New London-Spicer, Paynesville, Pierz, Rocori, St. Cloud Cathedral, Sauk Centre, and Staples-Motley.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

More from Friday night's action - Plus info about Thursday night action in Jaguar Country

B-B-E vs. Woodbury in the opening match of the Southwest Volleyball Challenge.

The Jaguars elementary team played at halftime of the B-B-E vs. Holdingford varsity game on September 10, in wet and soggy conditions.

A photo album containing 42 pictures from the Jaguar Elementary football scrimmage featured in the video above has been uploaded to the Sauk Centre Herald's website gallery. The link is:

Tuesday night area prep volleyball results:
BOLD 3, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 0
Montevideo 3, Paynesville Area 2 (T-Hawks won game five 15-13)
Melrose Area 3, New London-Spicer 0 (that surprises me)
Canby 4, CMCS 1
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 3, Litchfield 1
Hancock 3, ECHO Charter 0
St.Cloud Cathedral 3, Mora 2
Sauk Centre 3, Foley 0
Albany 3, Milaca 0
Zimmerman 3, Pierz 0 (Pioneers are 7-2 overall)
Maple Lake 3, Annandale 1 (Irish are 7-1 overall)

Tuesday night area prep girls tennis results:
Benson/K-M-S 5, LQPV/DB 2
YME 7, Morris/CA 0
Orono 4, Litchfield 3
Foley 5, NL-S 2
Sauk Centre 4, Melrose Area 3 (a good border battle)

**Coming up Thursday night in Jaguar Country...
The Jaguars Girls Tennis team will be vying for their sixth win of the season, as they are preparing to host MACCRAY in a non-conference match at the high school athletic complex at 4:30pm.

The Jaguars stand at 5-9 overall and 1-0 in the Prairie Conference, while MACCRAY is 1-10 overall and 0-4 in the Southwest Conference. The Jaguars really need a win in this match, as both teams are in Sub-Section 5A-West.

The Jaguars Cross Country team will run at the Little Crow Golf Course south of New London, in a huge cross country meet. It will include Albany, Annandale, B.O.L.D., Benson, Eden Valley-Watkins, Holdingford, Litchfield, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Lac qui Parle Valley, MACCRAY, Milaca, Minnewaska Area, Morris Area, Ottertail Central, Paynesville, Renville County West, Sauk Centre, St. Cloud Cathedral, West Central Area, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross, Yellow Medicine East, Breckenridge, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, Ortonville, and Saint John's Prep.

The Jaguars Volleyball team will travel to Howard Lake, where they take on the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers in a Central Minnesota Conference match at 7:30. The Lakers are 3-5 overall and 0-1 in the CMC, while the Jaguars stand at 7-2 overall and 1-0 in the CMC.

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Jaguars girls tennis team tags West Central Area with first Prairie Conference loss of the year

In a historic girls tennis match yesterday at the High School athletic complex, the B-B-E Jaguars handed the once-beaten West Central Area Knights their first conference loss of the season. It marked the debut of the Jaguars in the Prairie Conference, which was resurrected this season after B-B-E and WCA joined the league. (Including Osakis, New York Mills, and Parkers Prairie)

The Jaguars won the first four matches to seal the win, while the Knights won the final three for a final team score of 4-3. WCA head coach Doug Racoczy reported that one of the first four matches could have gone either way.

The Knights, fell to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Prairie Conference. The Jaguars improve to 5-9 overall and 1-0 in the Prairie.

Up next for the Jaguars: another home match, this Thursday, when the MACCRAY Wolverines come to town at 4:30pm for a non-conference meeting between Sub-Section 5A-West rivals. It will be a key match in terms of post-season seeding. The Wolverines are 1-10 overall, with their lone win coming over B-B-E on August 30 at the Benson/K-M-S triangular.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Jaguars volleyball sweeps Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg

The #7-ranked B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team picked up their 7th win of the season tonight, after sweeping non-conference Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 25-11, 25-17, 25-19 on the home court.

Up next for the Jaguars volleyball team: a road trip to the very new Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted high school, for their second Central Minnesota Conference match against the Lakers, this week Thursday night. The Lakers are 2-5 overall and 0-1 in the CMC.

Area volleyball results:
Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 3, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 0
A-C-GC 3, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 2
Benson 3, Minnewaska Area 2
Redwood Valley 3, MACCRAY 0
Upsala 3, Royalton 0
Osakis 3, Browerville 0
Eagle Valley 3, Swanville 2
Henning 3, Ashby 0
Underwood 3, Brandon/Evansville 1
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 3, Ortonville 0
Battle Lake 3, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 2

Area girls tennis results:
New London-Spicer 7, MACCRAY 0
Redwood Valley 6, Yellow Medicine East 1
Benson/K-M-S 6, Minnewaska Area 1

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Jaguars Volleyball moves up to #7 in the just-released Class A coaches' poll

CLASS 1A just released at mid day today...

1. Minneota (8) 197
2. Bethlehem Academy (5) 187
3. Wabasha-Kellogg 149
4. Canby 137
5. Martin County West 115
6. Mayer Lutheran 113
7. B-B-E 88
Nevis 88
9. Windom 79
10. Win-E-Mac 74
Mabel-Canton 74

Others receiving votes: Heritage Christian (19), Northern Freeze (17), Ada-Borup (13), Kittson Central (6), MACCRAY (6), Deer River (6).

Thanks to Tom Elliot, St.Cloud Times Sports Editor, for the tip on this!

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Jaguars punch in their second touchdown against Holdingford (video)

The Jaguars scored their second touchdown of the game on a quarterback sneak by Brady Koehler, making it 29-14 in the fourth quarter of B-B-E's game against Holdingford on Friday night.

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Scenes from Friday night - Jaguars elementary football and Jaguars volleyball in Marshall

Running for yardage in the Blue vs. Silver elementary football scrimmage.

Here's part of the Jaguars elementary football intrasquad scrimmage at halftime of the B-B-E vs. Holdingford game.

Game one is getting underway here in the B-B-E vs. Woodbury match.

Below, the Jaguars and Royals battle in a close game two that went to Woodbury.

Monday scheduling notes for the Jaguars:

Cross Country - they run at Long Prairie at 4:30 at the LP Golf Club.

Volleyball - they host Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (4-3) in a non-conference match.

Girls tennis - they host West Central Area in what will be the Jaguars' Prairie Conference opener. (4:30pm at the high school athletic complex) The WCA Knights are 4-1 in duals so far this season, including a 1-0 mark in the Prairie Conference. They defeated New York Mills in a close 4-3 match on August 27.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remember the fallen - 9/11/01

Remember the fallen on this day - 9/11/01 - may they never be forgotten nor their deaths be in vain as we celebrate our freedoms and rejoice in America's unequaled liberties. Photo taken outside the Cyrus Fire Department late this afternoon.

God Bless America!

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Wow, what a day for the Jaguars volleyball team! as they finish with a 3-2 record at the Southwest Volleyball Challenge

After splitting their pool play matches last night, the Jaguars Volleyball team went 2-1 today against very tough competition at the 32-team Molten Southwest Volleyball Challenge in Marshall.

Match #1 - Burnsville sweeps the Jaguars in two close games.

Match #2 - the Jaguars win an overtime set against Belle Plaine, taking game three by a 15-12 score. The Tigers, who entered the tournament as the #7-ranked team in Class AA, took the first game 25-15. The Blue and Silver fought back to win game two 25-22 to force the extra set.

Match #3 - the Jaguars capped their outstanding showing at the tournament by sweeping Class AAA Owatonna, who had knocked off the #1-ranked AAA team on Friday night (Lakeville North) in a 2-0 sweep. Owatonna entered Day 2 of the tournament with a 6-1 overall record.

The Jaguars won the second set by a 27-25 score. What a match that would've been to watch. They are now 6-2 overall going into Monday night's home non-conference match against a very good Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg squad.

Check back later for more updates from the action in Marshall today.

Over a hundred photos from Friday night's Woodbury match is being uploaded to the Sauk Centre Herald website photo gallery. The link is: They're not world-class photos, but there are a few gems in the bunch.

Up next for the Jaguars Volleyball team: a home match on Monday night against K-M-S. The Fighting Saints finished as runners-up at the Browerville Tournament today, improving to 4-3 overall. In pool play they beat Browerville 2-1, then swept Eagle Valley and Henning to get to the title match, where they lost via sweep to Bertha-Hewitt.

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Jaguars Volleyball in a battle at Marshall, down 20-19 in game one vs. Burnsville - end up falling in straight sets

The team celebrates winning game one against Woodbury in their opening match on Friday night in Marshall.

In game one against Burnsville in their opening match of the Molten Southwest Volleyball Challenge today in Marshall, the Jaguars volleyball team fell 25-22 in a hard-fought battle against a very good Blaze squad.

**Update later in the day...Burnsville won game two by a 25-22 margin.

The Jaguars will play a total of three matches today.

Stay tuned.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday Night Lights Part II - Jaguars Football drops CMC opener 29-14 to Holdingford under wet conditions

Back in Belgrade, the Jaguars Football team lost 29-14 to visiting Holdingford after staging a fourth quarter comeback that fell short. They trailed 14-0 at halftime.

The Jaguars (1-1) will travel to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in Week 3, facing the 0-2 Lakers who will be very hungry for their first win. HL-W-W lost in Week 1 to host Norwood-Young America 21-6 and then to Pierz tonight 14-0. NY-A and Pierz are both 2-0.

Their game with the Jaguars will be the Lakers' home opener at their nearly-new football stadium at their nearly-new 9th-12th grade high school, located about three miles south of Howard Lake on Wright County #6. More information on the Lakers will be posted sometime next week.

Here's action from late in the first half, showing what Holdingford did right on offense - run, run, and run some more. Their star running back, senior Victor Lumley, is shown making a big gain.

Another clip from late in the first half, with the Jaguars playing defense.

Other Central Minnesota Conference football scores tonight:
Pierz 14, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 0 (at Pierz)
Rockford 19, Kimball Area 8 (at Rockford)
Eden Valley-Watkins 28, Maple Lake 0 (I thought the Irish had a shot in this game, which was held in Eden Valley)

Games involving Section 4A teams:
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 56, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0 (wow)
New Life Academy 29, St.Agnes 12 (Aggies are 0-2)

Area football scores for Week 2:
New London-Spicer 28, Mora 14 (in Mora, battle of ranked AAA teams)
Albany 39, Sauk Centre 0 (Streeters get whooped in their home opener)
Foley 28, Melrose Area 6
Benson 26, Paynesville Area 22
Upsala/Swanville Area 12, Pillager 6
Morris Area 28, BOLD 0
Milaca 30, St.Cloud Cathedral 20
Royalton 28, Osakis 8
Lakeview 34, Ortonville 19
Browerville 36, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 14
Yellow Medicine East 20, Minnewaska Area 0
Breckenridge 26, Pelican Rapids 7
Wheaton 18, Brandon/Evansville 6
Minneota 69, Fulda 0
Lac qui Parle Valley 16, Montevideo 13
Ottertail Central 50, New York Mills 20
Alexandria 24, St.Cloud Tech 0
Brainerd 32, Willmar 18
Staples-Motley 38, Wadena-Deer Creek 0
Hutchinson 42, Mound-Westonka 0 (35-minute rain delay in this game)
Waconia 20, Glencoe-Silver Lake 14 (G-SL's first loss in their new stadium)
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 32, Dawson-Boyd 27

It was a rough night for this area in football, with the following teams all losing on their home fields: Paynesville, B-B-E, Sauk Centre, Willmar, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Osakis.

More will follow on Saturday morning. I've got loads of video clips from both the Woodbury volleyball match, the Jaguars football game, and the football halftime entertainment - the Jaguar elementary football team had an intra-squad scrimmage.

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Jaguars Volleyball goes 1-1 on opening night of the Southwest Minnesota Challenge in Marshall

The Jaguars Volleyball team suffered their first loss of the season tonight, losing in an incredibly close battle with #2-ranked Class AA Marshall Area. Though the Jaguars were swept in two games, they lost both by 25-23 margins. Not only is Marshall the defending champion of this tournament, they were also Class AA champions in 2009.

The Jaguars (4-1 overall) began the evening with an overtime win over Class 3A Woodbury, winning the third set by a 15-13 score. The Royals lost a 3-2 match against Bethlehem Academy earlier this week (Sept 7).

At 9:30am on Saturday morning, the Jaguars will lock horns with Class AAA Burnsville in the first of three matches. The Blaze (3-2 overall) swept Bemidji on Friday night 2-0 before losing to Hopkins 2-0.

At stake is a high placing in the 9th-16th place bracket in the 32-team field.

Marshall Area opened tonight's action with a 2-0 sweep over Southwest Star Concept, winning both sets by identical 25-11 margins. They were shell-shocked when they found themselves in the battle of their lives while trying to get past the Jaguars about two hours later.

Woodbury went on to defeat Southwest Star Concept 25-16, 25-14 to improve to 3-4 overall. SSC fell to 1-3.

At the fifth annual Molten Southwest Volleyball Challenge tonight, the Jaguars duked it out with a tough Class AAA Woodbury squad in the opening match. Shown is game point for the first set, which was won by the B-B-E Jaguars.

Another clip from game three vs. Woodbury.

Information on the Burnsville Blaze volleyball team...the Blaze (3-2 overall) defeated a visiting Woodbury team on August 31 in their season opener in a five-game marathon - game scores were 25-18, 25-23, 20-25, 18-25, 15-9.

Burnsville's first loss of the season was in a 3-0 sweep to Cretin-Derham Hall.

The Marshall Independent has a story on the B-B-E vs. Marshall match up, check back on Saturday to read more on that.

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Coming tonight: Holdingford vs. B-B-E Football in Belgrade - Molten Southwest Volleyball Challenge in Marshall for the Jaguars Volleyball team

The Jaguars football team has their chance at starting the football season 2-0 for only the third time in B-B-E history, when they host Holdingford tonight at 7:00pm in the Central Minnesota Conference opener.

Holdingford is in search of their first win, after losing 21-20 in a nailbiter last week to Class AAA Holy Family Catholic.

In 1997, the Jaguars started 2-0 after beating Kimball Area and Lac qui Parle Valley in their first two games of the season, on their way to a 7-4 finish (Section 5AA runners-up). In 2006, the Jaguars started 2-0 after beating Ogilvie and Rockford, only to drop their final six games of the regular season and finish 3-7 after a 1-1 showing in Section 5A.

Below is the welcome message in the programs for this weekend's 32-team volleyball tournament in Marshall, MN. It is the largest volleyball tournament in the Upper Midwest.

The Jaguars volleyball team opens the tournament tonight at 5:00pm at the Marshall Area High School at 5:00pm against Class AAA Woodbury.

On behalf of everyone in Marshall we’d like to welcome you to the 2010 Molten Southwest Minnesota Challenge high school volleyball tournament. This year marks the 5th annual. The Molten Southwest Minnesota Challenge is the largest high school volleyball tournament in the Midwest. In fact, this 32-team event is larger than the Minnesota State Tournament. The 32-team tournament this season is twice as large as any other high school tournament in Minnesota. Teams from Minnesota and North Dakota will play at both Marshall High School and Southwest Minnesota State University.

The Southwest Minnesota Challenge was founded early in 2005 with the completion of the new High School in Marshall. The tournament was created by former MHS assistant volleyball coach, Jon Hegerle and current MHS head volleyball coach, Dan Westby. In 2006 & 2007, the tournament consisted of 16 teams. The field was expanded to 32 teams in 2008.

We’re very excited about the tournament field we’ve been able to assemble this year. The teams competing this year have over 150 state tournament appearances between them. Seven of the teams entered in this year’s Southwest Minnesota Challenge were participants in their respective state tournaments a year ago while three advanced to the state finals. The host team, Marshall, won their third state championship last season. Eighteen teams entered in the tournament this year were ranked in the top ten in their respective classes, including all three #1 ranked teams in Minnesota.

The people of Marshall and the business community in town have been very supportive in joining our volleyball program in this endeavor. Their financial support has been staggering. Our entire volleyball program at MHS owes them many thanks for their gracious contributions.

We hope you enjoy your time in Marshall and we hope your team finds the Molten Southwest Minnesota Challenge to be a great competitive experience. We hope this tournament is as much fun to participate in as it has been to put together.

Best of luck!
The Marshall Coaching Staff

Tournament-opening matches in Marshall tonight:
At Marshall High School (at either 5pm or 6:15pm):
B-B-E vs. Woodbury, Southwest Star Concept vs. Marshall, Hopkins vs. Lincoln HI, Bemidji vs. Burnsville, West Fargo (ND) vs. Belle Plaine, St.Michael-Albertville vs. LeSueur-Henderson, Andover vs. BOLD, Northfield vs. Totino-Grace.

At Southwest State University (at either 5pm or 6:15pm):
Owatonna vs. Yellow Medicine East, Waconia vs. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, Lakeville North vs. Litchfield, Fergus Falls vs. Minneota, Holy Family Catholic vs. Wayzata, Tartan vs. Eastview, Russel-Tyler-Ruthton vs. Hutchinson, Canby vs. Bloomington Jefferson.

The host Marshall Area Tigers are the defending champions of the event.

Below is a couple paragraphs from the Marshall Independent today.

Marshall (2-2, 0-1 Southwest Conference) will move on from one tough test to another as the Tigers take part in the Molten Southwest Minnesota Challenge, which begins today in Marshall. As the defending tournament champions, Westby said the Tigers will have their hands full fighting through what he said is the best field that the tournament has ever had.

"If you look at the top teams in Class 3A, most of them are here this weekend," Westby said. "If we end up locking horns with any of them, that's going to be difficult. But we've got five opportunities to compete hard and if we do that, win or lose, we'll be fine."

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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Jaguars Volleyball wins conference opener tonight

The Jaguars volleyball team defeated visiting Holdingford tonight, winning three of four games to improve to 3-0 on the young season.

The Jaguars went up 2-0 in games before the Huskers (1-2, 0-1 CMC) won the third set by a 25-17 margin. Coach Weller went deep on the bench, as twelve Jaguars all put down attacks in the match, nine of whom recorded at least one kill.

Game scores were 25-12, 25-17, 17-25, 25-12.

Other Central Minnesota Conference volleyball opener results:
Kimball Area 3, Rockford 0
Maple Lake 3, Eden Valley-Watkins 1
Pierz 3, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 1

Area volleyball scores:
Osakis 3, Eagle Valley 0
Royalton 3, Browerville 1
Bertha-Hewitt 3, Verndale 0
Sauk Centre 3, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 1
Hancock 3, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 0
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 3, Brandon-Evansville 2
CMCS 3, Renville County West 2
BOLD 3, A-C-GC 2
NL-S 3, Milaca 0
YME 3, Minnewaska Area 2
Benson 3, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 2
LQPV 3, Paynesville Area 1
St.Cloud Cathedral 3, Melrose Area 0

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First A.P. Minnesota state rankings are released for Prep Football

Here's Class A: (notice who's "receiving votes"!) Essentially, the Jaguars football team is ranked #22 in Class A, which has around 64 teams.

1. Minneota (7) (1-0) 70
2. Fosston (1-0) 66
3. Barnesville (1-0) 53
4. Mahnomen (1-0) 29
(tie) Springfield (1-0) 29
6. Royalton (1-0) 24
7. Browerville (1-0) 22
8. Barnum (1-0) 21
9. Dawson-Boyd (1-0) 20
10. Wabasso (1-0) 16

Others receiving votes: Red Lake County 13, Goodhue 12, Le Center 11, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 11, Adrian 10, Blooming Prairie 8, East Central 8, New Ulm Cathedral 5, Pillager 4, Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 3, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo 3, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 2.

Class 2A
1. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (8) (1-0) 87
2. Luverne (1-0) 68
3. Eden Valley-Watkins (1-0) 65
4. Moose Lake/Willow River (1-0) 64
5. Pierz (1) (1-0) 54
6. Southland (1-0) 37
7. Caledonia (1-0) 31
8. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (1-0) 16
9. Pelican Rapids (1-0) 11
10. Jackson County Central (1-0) 10

Others receiving votes: Lewiston-Altura 9, Osakis 8, Saint Paul Humboldt 6, Breckenridge 6, Triton 6, Ottertail Central 3, Deer River 3, BOLD 3, Braham 3, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 3, Maple Lake 1, Frazee 1.

Keep in mind, the fact that the Jaguars football team is receiving votes in Class A will mean nothing if they don't come out and compete hard with a very good Holdingford team tomorrow night, and all the respect they've earned by getting state poll votes will quickly vanish.


Jaguars Cross Country Invitational held today at Prairie View Community Golf Course - Bell takes 8th

Below, three members of the Jaguars Varsity boys team start out in their race tonight at the Prairie View Community Golf Course.

Here is a short video clip from the start of the varsity boys race tonight.

The girls varsity race included state-ranked teams from Albany and New London-Spicer.

B-B-E senior Grant Bell took eighth place with a time of 17:36.

Albany won both the boys and girls varsity races for the second year in a row.
Boys' division results: (1) Albany 40 (2) Redwood Valley 81 (3) Morris/Chokio-Alberta 87 (4) Sauk Centre 88 (5) Montevideo 119 (6) Paynesville Area 170 (7) New London-Spicer 182 (8) St. John’s Prep 233 (9) BOLD 244 (10) B-B-E, Royalton incomplete.

Girls' division results: (1) Albany 32 (2) Montevideo 100 (3) Redwood Valley 122 (4) Sauk Centre 132 (5) Holdingford 138 (6) New London-Spicer 145 (7) Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball 194 (8) Morris/Chokio-Alberta 237 (9) B-B-E, Paynesville Area, Minnewaska, incomplete.

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Jaguars girls tennis conference opener is rained out - Cross Country meet goes on as scheduled

The Jaguars girls tennis team will have to find another date to host New York Mills, as the courts were too wet and the rain did not let up at match time today at the High School athletic complex.

The rain did not stop the Jaguar Cross Country Invitational from taking place, as the Prairie View Community Golf Course grounds were more than able to take the rain that's fallen today and still have good or excellent running conditions.

Later tonight I'll be adding information about the fifth annual Molten Southwest Minnesota Volleyball Challenge, which the Jaguars volleyball team has been invited to. It starts tomorrow night (Friday) at 5:00pm at the Marshall Area High School, when the Jaguars will take on Class AAA Woodbury. A total of 32 teams are competing, and all will play five matches, with two on Friday night and three coming on Saturday.


A real brief update on a new idea while it's still fresh in my mind

This is in response to the story in today's West Central Tribune talking about the possible shakeup in the West Central Conference.

The West Central Conference has 18 teams, split into halves of nine schools each. With the WCC-North possibly losing four teams, it brings about the possibility that Minnewaska and Paynesville would have to be shifted to the WCC-North to make it an even seven apiece.

  • **My idea:
West Central South Conference - YME, MACCRAY, BOLD, Montevideo, LQPV, A-C-GC.

West Central Conference Central - B-B-E, Benson, West Central Area, Morris, Minnewaska, Paynesville Area.

West Central Conference North - Staples-Motley, LP-GE, Sauk Centre, Albany, Melrose, New London-Spicer.

The idea is to bring the entire league back to 18 teams, but split them up along geographic lines. It is foolish to send Paynesville down to Montevideo every season of basketball, but they travel to Melrose every other year, as one example.

The good thing about having six-team conferences is that, you have more room to schedule neighboring schools for non-conference match ups. In the case of this new West Central Conference, you have 12 other schools who are all in the same boat - looking for neighboring schools for non-conference games.

With B-B-E, they can pick up LP-GE, MACCRAY, NL-S, Melrose, Sauk Centre, A-C-GC ... for non-conference games. They can even play some of them twice in a season if they want to. But for God's sake, cut down on the long trips. Taxpayers won't put up with it.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Annual B-B-E Jaguar Cross Country Invitational is Thursday - Jaguars girls tennis and volleyball also host home matches

The annual B-B-E Jaguars Cross Country meet is tomorrow (Thursday) beginning at 4:30pm at Prairie View Community Golf Course. A total of 16 teams will be competing, including the host Jaguars, Albany, B.O.L.D., Benson, Eden Valley-Watkins, Minnewaska Area, Montevideo, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta, New London-Spicer, Paynesville Area, Redwood Valley, Renville County West, Royalton, Saint John's Prep, Sauk Centre, and Holdingford.

It's a great chance for you to come out and cheer on your Jaguar long distance runners.

The Jaguars girls tennis team hosts their Prairie Conference opener this Thursday at the High School Athletic Complex beginning at 4:30pm against New York Mills.

The NYM Eagles are 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the Prairie Conference.

The Jaguars volleyball team opens Central Minnesota Conference action on Thursday with a home match against Holdingford.

The Huskers are 1-1 overall. On October 22 last season, the Jaguars traveled to Holdingford and defeated the Huskers 25-16, 25-12, 25-14. The last time the Jaguars did not sweep Holdingford in volleyball was October 11, 2007. Holdingford has not defeated B-B-E in volleyball since the Jaguars' first year they joined the CMC, back in 1999.

That streak should continue through this season - although the Huskers will be a formidable opponent and can't be taken lightly. Below is a preview of their team, courtesy of the newspaper from Little Falls.

  • Holdingford Huskers volleyball preseason preview
Huskers volleyball returns four starters
Courtesy of Brice Lehner, Morrison County Record sports editor

The Holdingford volleyball team returns four starters this year following a 9-18-1 season (2-5 Central Minnesota Conference) last year.

Huskers coach Brenda Payne will see seniors Anna Bernstetter and Alyssa Kostreba and sophomores Haley Huls and Jena Volkers return this year.

Bernstetter, a middle hitter, had 164 kills, 267 digs and 33 aces last season. Kostreba is the team’s setter and Huls and Volkers are outside hitters.

Volkers had 104 kills last year.

Over this next weekend I'll be adding team capsules/previews for other Central Minnesota Conference volleyball teams.

A side note, in case you missed it...a photo album with 178 pictures from the B-B-E vs. WCA football opener last Friday night has been uploaded to the Sauk Centre Herald's online photo gallery.

The link is:

I also did more research today and found out that I was wrong about season-opening wins for B-B-E in football. Dang it, I hate when that happens. They have in fact won seven season openers in 23 years of B-B-E football. The years were 1988 (the one I missed), 1990, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2007, and 2010. In 2000, they lost to Ortonville in the season opener, and in 2002, they beat the Trojans 13-8 in Week 1.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Jaguars girls tennis falls in a 5-2 match to New London-Spicer; Tuesday night prep results below

It's just harsh.

The Jaguars girls tennis team had a battle going against visiting New London-Spicer on Tuesday night in a non-conference match between two sub-section rivals.

In the end, two close matches that were up for grabs went the way of the Wildcats, as they won 5-2. Had those matches gone the other way, the Jaguars would've sent the Wildcats on the short trip back down Highway 71 as 4-3 losers.

Number one doubles players Amy Knutson and Kelly Reller won a close tiebreaker in the second set to win 6-3, 7-6 (9-7). Daisha Meyer also won a tiebreaker, at number three singles, to win in straight sets 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

Mattea Eckstein and Nicole Dokken, playing at number two doubles, fell after a super tiebreaker 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Jordan Gruendemann and Mackenzie Winter lost a super tiebreaker match, with two sets having tiebreakers themselves, in a 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3) marathon at number three doubles.

It's quite remarkable how Coach Westrom has gotten her young varsity squad to compete at such a high level, going toe-to-toe with the likes of New London-Spicer. With this tough loss, the Jaguars are now 4-9 overall going into their Prairie Conference opener this Thursday at the High School Athletic Complex beginning at 4:30pm against New York Mills.

The NYM Eagles are 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the Prairie Conference.

Area girls tennis results from Tuesday night, September 7:
Matches involving Sub-Section 5A-West teams Melrose Area 5, St.Cloud Cathedral 2 (Dutchmen inch over .500 to sit at 6-5 overall). Benson/K-M-S 5, Montevideo 2. Luverne 7, MACCRAY 0.

Sauk Centre 7, Mora 0 (Mainstreeters are 11-1 overall)
Foley 6, LP-GE/USA 1

Area volleyball results from Tuesday night, September 7:
St.Cloud Cathedral 3, Sauk Centre 1 (a WCCN clash of the titans goes to the Crusaders in their first meeting)
Maple Lake 3, Watertown-Mayer 0
Minneota 3, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 0
Royalton 3, Kimball Area 1
Rockford 3, Marantha Christian 0
Upsala 3, Pillager 1
Annandale 3, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 0
Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 3, Eden Valley-Watkins 0
BOLD 3, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 2
New London-Spicer 3, Foley 2 (at Foley, NL-S wins game five 15-7)
A-C-GC 3, LQPV 0
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 3, Paynesville Area 0
Benson 3, Yellow Medicine East 1
Brandon-Evansville 3, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 2
Pierz 3, Crosby-Ironton 2
Nevis 3, Menagha 0
Hancock 3, Henning 0
Minnewaska Area 3, Montevideo 0
Albany 3, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 1

**Noteworthy: Tuesday night volleyball result in Woodbury...The host Woodbury Royals almost knocked off the defending Class A champion Bethlehem Academy Cardinals, ultimately falling in a 3-2 non-conference loss. Game scores were 24-26, 25-22, 27-25, 22-25, 15-9.

Bethlehem Academy had just swept defending Class AA champion Marshall Area last Thursday on their home court.

The Royals (2-2 overall) are the first-round opponent for the Jaguars volleyball team at the Southwest Minnesota Volleyball Challenge, coming this Friday at the Marshall Area High School. (Sept. 10) More on that will follow this week. Stay tuned.

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