Sunday, October 31, 2010

More scenes from Saturday night's section semi-final win for the Jaguars - plus scouting A-C-GC

Tucker Cebulla runs for some yardage in the first half at Lester Prairie. Photos courtesy of Aaron Schultz, Howard Lake Herald Journal.

The Jaguars played some great smash-mouth football on Saturday night. Here, Ben Borgerding plows his way ahead for a few yards at Lester Prairie.

After some scouting on Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, here is one item I came up with. When you follow the link, you'll be directed to a rural Minnesota prep sports blog that beats mine hands down. It's outstanding.

If you want to fast forward to the notes about A-C-GC, go right to the bottom to read two sports reporters' views on the Falcons' game with St.Agnes.

Follow this other link to read about A-C-GC's loss to Yellow Medicine East, back on October 1st when the Falcons were riding high at 4-1 and ranked #9 in Class A:

The Falcons are led by Mitch Tauer, their senior quarterback. He rushed for 266 yards (career high) at Montevideo on October 8. (A crazy amount of yardage for a quarterback) Read about that game here:|65|

By following this link, you'll load up a video of Mitch Tauer being interviewed by one of the Litchfield Independent newspaper's have to click on the video to get the control panel to show, then click play:

Fun fact #1: the Jaguars' 41-6 win on Saturday night marks the second-biggest margin of victory for a B-B-E football team. The best was a 41-0 win over Kimball Area in the 1997 playoff opener. The 35 point margin of victory ranks just above the 53-19 win over Ortonville in the 2006 playoff opener.

Fun fact #2: the combined regular season record of the regular season opponents who defeated Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity in 2010 is 30-2.

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Friday Night Lights Part IX - this is awesome! Jaguars win 41-6 and advance to the section final for only the second time in B-B-E history!

Patrick Rooney is brought down after a big run in the first half for the Jaguars. He punched in the first touchdown of the game on a 22-yard run only three minutes into the first quarter. Photo courtesy of Aaron Schultz, Howard Lake Herald Journal.

What a game tonight! The Jaguars football team had a simply incredible performance in Lester Prairie carry them to an overwhelming 41-6 win in the Section 4A semi-finals. After leading 21-6 at halftime, the #3-seeded Jaguars put the hammer down to shut out the Bulldogs in the second half.

The only other time a B-B-E football team won a section semi-final game was in 1997, when the #2 seeded Jaguars hosted #6 seed MACCRAY and beat the Wolverines 29-14. In the Section 5AA final that year (on Halloween Night), the Jaguars lost 14-12 in a truly heartbreaking game at Eden Valley.

One other noteworthy point, the game tonight was put into "running time" in favor of the Jaguars for the first time ever since the mercy rule was implemented.

Get a load of this final score: Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 69, St.Agnes 0. The Falcons (5-4 overall) led 37-0 after one quarter of play and 55-0 at halftime.

Up next for the Jaguars: a short trip to Grove City next Friday night, November 6, for the Section 4A championship against #1 seed A-C-GC. Kickoff is at 7pm at Falcons Field, which is set behind the A-C-GC High School with a nice backdrop of a Meeker County cornfield.

Stay tuned, more will follow on Sunday morning. Below are quite a few playoff results from tonight's action around rural Minnesota...this is very cool: even though Holdingford and Pierz lost tonight, the Central Minnesota Conference will still have three teams in section finals this year. This is the second year in a row that the CMC has three teams in section final games. Last year, it was Maple Lake, Pierz, and Eden Valley-Watkins.

Pierz had no business losing tonight to Ottertail Central (17-6 final score)...while Holdingford almost beat Breckenridge 12-7. So it's not that far of a stretch to consider that the CMC almost had five teams in section final games this year!

Section 5AA semi-finals:
BOLD defeated Morris Area 35-24 in a pretty big upset!
Eden Valley-Watkins 48, Yellow Medicine East 6 (YME scored the first 6 points of the game, EVW scored the last 48)

Section 4AA semi-finals:
Mayer Lutheran 22, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 14
Maple Lake 50, St.Paul Humboldt 14 (a big win for the Irish football program)

Section 6AA
Breckenridge 12, Holdingford 7 (Lumley was a nightmare tonight for Breckenridge, but the Cowboys prevailed)
Ottertail Central 17, Pierz 6 (a pretty big upset in my opinion)

Section 6AAA semi-finals:
New London-Spicer 43, Annandale 25
Albany 33, Litchfield 12

Section 3, nine-man:
Wheaton 28, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 12
Edgerton/Ellsworth 20, Hills-Beaver Creek 14

Section 5A semi-finals:
Dawson-Boyd 46, Maccray 6 (Blackjacks are on a mission)
Minneota 48, Canby 0

Section 2A semi-finals:
Springfield 32, Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 6 (Springfield is the #1 ranked team in Class A)
New Ulm Cathedral 49, Le Centre 17

Section 6A semi-finals:
Browerville 21, Upsala/Swanville Area 15
Barnesville 42, Royalton 0 (a rough ending to the Royals' season)

Section 8AAAA semi-finals:
Alexandria 34, Detroit Lakes 13

A note from the HLWW vs. Mayer Lutheran game...Aaron Schultz, who has provided me a handful of outstanding photos from tonight's game in Lester Prairie, gave me the following little tidbit about the Lakers' loss at Mayer this afternoon (a 2pm game), saying, "HLWW should have won that game. The Lakers were down 16-14 with just a few minutes left, and were driving when they were down 22-14. After a nice run that brought it inside Mayer's 30, the Laker runner fumbled, ending their chances. A rough way to end the season."

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Jaguars go up 7-0 after their first drive in Lester Prairie!

Patrick Rooney scored from 22 yards out on a sweep to the left, and after the Travis Westaby PAT was good, the Jaguars had a quick 7-0 lead in tonight's game.

Brandon Roelike made a touchdown-saving tackle at midfield to stop a potential kickoff return after the Jaguars scored. LP/HT will start the drive from the Jaguars' 44 yard line with about 3 minutes gone in the game.

The Bulldogs were held to a punt on their first drive of the game.

**Update at 8:46pm...the Jaguars have a 28-6 lead with 3:45 left in the third quarter.

**Update at 9:11pm...the Jaguars lead 41-6! They will win!

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Friday Night Lights Part IX for the Jaguars tonight, with a semi-final battle in Section 4A

I'll admit, I'm nervous heading into tonight, even though I'm about 4 hours away from Lester Prairie right now. I'm nervous because I know the Jaguars have a real shot at winning tonight's game against the Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity Bulldogs. The game is in semi-final action in Section 4A.

Tune in to all the action on Smooth Magic 107 FM. Either (1) on your radio dial at 107.1 FM or (2) online at through Windows Media Player.

Pre-game coverage has already started, at 6:30pm. Dave McClurg should be broadcasting by 6:50pm with his interviews of the coaches.

Good luck, Jaguars!

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Jaguars volleyball wins 12th straight playoff opener, beats Kimball in four games to move on in sub-sections

In their second tough battle with conference rival Kimball Area in the past two weeks, the Jaguars volleyball team eliminated the Cubs from playoffs with a 3-1 win tonight on the home court. Games one and two were won by the Jaguars 25-17, 25-13 before Kimball took game three in a tight 25-22 battle. The Jaguars put the hammer down in game four, winning 25-6 to improve to 24-2 overall heading into the sub-section semi-finals.

Since 1994 (17 seasons), the Jaguars have won 15 playoff openers, including their last 12 in a row.

Up next: a second home match for the Sub-Section 5A-West playoffs, when they host #2-seeded Upsala, next Tuesday night beginning at 8:01pm. Upsala, who defeated #3 seed Osakis tonight 3-0, is the 2010 Prairie Conference champion (10-0). They dethroned three-time defending champion Osakis this year, winning their first conference title since 2006.

Upsala was swept out of the sub-section playoffs in the quarterfinals last season by the Jaguars. The Cardinals have a much better punch on the volleyball court in 2010, earning a 23-1-1 overall record thus far and a #15 state ranking in the final regular season Class A state rankings (Oct. 18).

Section 5A volleyball results tonight:
Nevis 3, Onamia 1 (Onamia finishes 13-14-1)
Braham 3, Rush City 1
Sebeka 3, Browerville 0
East Central 3, Barnum 1
Upsala 3, Osakis 0

**Three important scheduling notes for the Jaguars...Glenwood's Smooth Magic 107 FM will be carrying the football game on Saturday night in Lester Prairie (6:45pm pre-game) as well as next Tuesday's volleyball match at home (6:45pm pre-match). Check out the Smooth Magic 107 website to see all the details and to learn about how to listen in to their coverage through the internet:

Bright and early tomorrow morning, Saturday, Smooth Magic will air an interview with Jaguars volleyball coach Kevin Weller beginning at 7:30am. Dave McClurg talked to Coach Weller on Thursday afternoon this week.

...I just noticed this on, not thinking it's true at this point! It would be an upset for the ages if it actually happened...

...and indeed, it's not true, at least according to the MSHSL website. There, the Section 3A brackets show Minneota winning 25-20, 25-12, 22-25, 25-20 over K-M-S. Though I have to credit the Fighting Saints (a .500 team) for at least getting one game from the #1 state-ranked Vikings.

Minneota (26-3) will take on #4 seed Maccray on Monday night at Southwest State University in the Sub-Section 3A-North semi-finals. Maccray (15-13) beat #5 seed Central Minnesota Christian School 30-28,25-22,15-25,25-14 tonight. CMCS finishes a fine season 18-12.

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What an incredible display of sportsmanship - at the Section 2AA cross country meet in Willmar on Thursday this week

Trevor Jahn of Osseo (on the right) helping up a fallen runner from Hutchinson during the Section 2AA cross country meet at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar on Thursday, Oct. 28. Photo by Paula Traphagen-Bossert of Mankato.

Read about this at the Minnesota State High School League's website under "John's Journal":

MSHSL reporter John Millea, formerly with the Star Tribune, has a wonderful story talking about what happened in the photo above, titled "A Great Story Of Sportsmanship".

Completely off that topic...two important notes:
(1) - Jaguars volleyball coach Kevin Weller's interview from Oct. 28 with Smooth Magic 107 (Glenwood) sports broadcaster Dave McClurg will be aired at 7:30am on Saturday morning, October 30.

(2) - Dave McClurg will be covering the Jaguars football playoff game in Lester Prairie on Saturday night (tomorrow). Pre-game coverage begins at 6:45pm.

Be sure to visit the Smooth Magic 107 website for details on playoff coverage, as well as how to tune in to their broadcast via the internet:

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Senior Grant Bell is state-bound in cross country!

Grant Bell approaches the finish line at the Little Crow Country Club in New London, taking fifth place out of 108 runners.

Grant Bell advanced to the state cross country meet after an outstanding performance in today's Section 6A meet in New London. Grant finished in fifth place with a time of 17:29.22, becoming the first boys' cross country runner at B-B-E to advance to the state tournament.

The 2010 Class A state cross country meet will be held on Saturday, November 6, at St.Olaf College in Northfield, MN. The boys' race, which lasts 5,000 meters, begins at 10:00am. (Girls run at 11am) An awards ceremony will take place approximately 30 minutes after the final race, around 11:30am.

Bell's fellow Jaguars cross country team members Jared Sorenson and Daniel Rooney finished 75th and 76th with times of 20:19.61 and 20.20.23, respectively.

The first loop is near completed, during the boys race of the Section 6A cross country meet. Near the front of the pack is Grant, while Jared and Daniel are seen running through about 40 seconds into the clip.

Section 5A play in round results tonight:
Kimball Area 3, Eden Valley-Watkins 2
Osakis 3, Royalton 0
Browerville 3, Eagle Valley 0
Braham 3, McGregor 0
Upsala 3, Swanville 0
Pine-River/Backus 3, Isle 0
Verndale 3, Menagha 1
Barnum 3, Cromwell 0
Onamia 3, Ogilvie 0
Braham 3, McGregor 0

The Jaguars volleyball team will host #5-seed Kimball Area tomorrow night (Friday) in the sub-section quarterfinals at 7:00pm. The Cubs improved to 11-12 overall after prevailing tonight in a five-game marathon in Eden Valley over their Highway 55 neighbors. Game five was won by the Cubs 15-12.

EV-W finished its season 11-13 overall.

EV-W lost a 3-2 match to Kimball during a Central Minnesota Conference match Oct. 7, but managed to beat the Cubs 2-1 during the Kimball Invitational on Oct. 9.

Breane Meierhofer had 16 kills to lead the Cubs. Kimball was also led by juniors Rachel Arnold, who had 50 set assists, and Steph Konz, who added 11 kills.

Area volleyball results in other playoff matches:
Section 6AA:
Albany 3, Pierz 1
LP-GE 3, Holdingford 2
Rocori 3, Paynesville 0
Sauk Centre 3, Staples-Motley 0
New London-Spicer 3, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (Wildcats win game five 15-13!)
St.Cloud Cathedral 3, Litchfield 1
Little Falls 3, Melrose Area 0

Section 5AA:
Rockford 3, Breck 0 (Rockets' first playoff win since 2007)
Maple Lake 3, Becker 0 (the Irish have a 20-7 record)

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sending a shout out to the Jaguars cross country team - they'll compete at the Section 6A meet tomorrow in 36 degree climate!

At 4pm for the start of the Section 6A cross country meet, the temperature will be a "balmy" 36 degrees. Yikes!

Only one other time have I covered a sporting event in weather that cold, on October 25, 2003 in Wabasso. That time, the Jaguars football team was competing against the state-ranked Rabbits in the Section 5A semi-final. Final score was Wabasso 46, B-B-E 14. The wind chill was around 10 degrees that afternoon!

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So how far will they go? Let's come out and cheer them on to a deep playoff run!

The Jaguars volleyball team opens up playoffs this Friday night at home against the winner of the Kimball vs. Eden Valley-Watkins play in match in Sub-Section 5A-West. The quarterfinal round match begins at 7pm.

Here's a couple clips from their win at Morris on October 4.

Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta was good enough to earn the number two seed in Sub-Section 3AA-North. They were a solid competitor on October 4, when the Jaguars volleyball team swept them in three fast-paced games. MA/CA finished the regular season 16-8 overall and 8-4 (3rd) in the West Central South Conference.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Area football playoff opener results

In the only game played tonight in Section 4A, St.Agnes won 21-16 in a tight contest over #5 seed West Lutheran.

Saturday's semi-final match ups in Section 4A:
#1 seed Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City hosts #4 seed St.Agnes.
#2 seed Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity hosts our #3 seeded Jaguars football team in Lester Prairie.

Big kudos to the Central Minnesota Conference, as the top five teams in the conference all won their quarterfinal openers in Sections 4AA, 5AA, and 6AA. What can I say? The CMC is one of the best mid-size football conferences in Minnesota.

Also, 38 seasons of winning football came to and end tonight in Willmar, when the host Cardinals beat the Hutchinson Tigers 21-7 in Section 2AAAA.

(Hutch was above-.500 every year for 38 years until now)

Section 5AA:
Morris Area 26, Benson 0
BOLD 27, Minnewaska Area 0
YME 26, LQPV 16 (a mild upset)
Eden Valley-Watkins 42, Paynesville Area 12

Section 6AA:
Ottertail Central 12, West Central Area 0
Breckenridge 42, Wadena-Deer Creek 0
Pierz 34, Osakis 8
Holdingford 46, Crosby-Ironton 12 (Lumley must have had a wild night running up and down the field in Crosby)

Section 4AA:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 34, Montgomery-Lonsdale 0
Maple Lake 24, Kimball Area 0

Section 5A:
Canby 29, Russel-Tyler-Ruthton 3
Minneota 55, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 7
Maccray 16, Lakeview 0
Dawson-Boyd 44, Ortonville 13

Section 6AAA:
New London-Spicer 20, St.Cloud Cathedral 0
Litchfield 15, Foley 6
Albany 18, Melrose Area 0

Section 6A:
Browerville 15-0 over Lake Park-Audubon
Barnesville won via forfeit 2-0 over Parkers Prairie
Royalton 20, Pillager 6 (a nice win for the #5 seed Royals, who avenged a 16-14 loss to the Huskies on Oct. 1)
Upsala-Swanville Area 23, Pine River-Backus 0

Section 5AAA:
Holy Family Catholic 52, Rockford 0 (Rockford's win over B-B-E propelled them into the playoffs as a #8 seed, and they were promptly slaughtered by the #5 ranked team in Class AAA)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Jaguars volleyball finishes regular season 23-2 after sweeping Melrose Area tonight

The seniors team up for a block attempt against the Dutchmen tonight. Photo by Herman J. Lensing, Melrose Beacon. (Thanks, Herman!)

In their first meeting with the neighboring Melrose Area Dutchmen since 2007, the Jaguars volleyball team made quick work of their final regular season match in a 3-0 sweep.

See the next post below this to read more on the Jaguars' post-season schedule, which begins this week Friday at home.

Area volleyball scores:
Buffalo 3, Maple Lake 1 (Buffalo is 22-4, a very solid AAA team)
Kimball Area 3, Litchfield 2
West Central Area 3, Ashby 1
Lac qui Parle Valley 3, Minnewaska Area 0
New London-Spicer 3, Dassel-Cokato 1

Section 3A scores:
Renville County West 3, Lincoln HI 0
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 3, Dawson-Boyd 0

Note: Maple Lake is the #2 seed in Sub-Section 5AA-North. Pierz is ranked #7 in a very stacked Sub-Section 6AA-North that is led by Sauk Centre (#1) and Albany (#2).

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Jaguars volleyball - number one seed for the fourth year in a row

Earlier this afternoon, the Jaguars volleyball team earned the top seed in the southwest pod of Section 5A for the fourth straight year. They will host the winner of the Kimball vs. Eden Valley-Watkins match this week Friday at 7:00pm.

If the Jaguars win on Friday, they will host a sub-section semi-final match next week Tuesday, Nov. 2. The match would begin at 8:01pm to allow for voting precincts to close.

2010 Sub-Section 5A-Southwest pod seedings:

1st - BBE. 2nd - Upsala. 3rd - Osakis. 4th - EV-W. 5th - Kimball Area. 6th - Royalton. 7th - Swanville.

Section 5A schedule: October 28 - play in round. October 29 - sub-section quarterfinals. November 2 - sub-section semi-finals (high seeds host). November 4 - sub-section championship. November 6 - section championship. The sub-section and section championship games will be hosted at Pierz Healy High School, where the Jaguars are no strangers.

On pins and needles all day - waiting for the volleyball seedings to come in

Today by 4:00pm, I'll have the Section 5A seedings and playoff pairings.

The Jaguars are almost a sure bet for the top seed in their corner of the section - but you never know.

Stay tuned.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Playoffs hits top gear this week for the Jaguars

Playoff action will heat up considerably
for the Jaguars athletic program this week.

Thursday: the cross country teams compete at the Section 6A meet at Little Crow Golf Course in New London. (4:00pm start)

Friday: the volleyball team hosts a Sub-Section 5A-West quarterfinal match at 7:00pm. A win would advance them to a semi-final match, again at home, next week Tuesday (Nov. 2) beginning at 8:01pm due to elections.

Saturday: the football team travels to Lester Prairie for a semi-final battle in Section 4A against Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity. (7:00pm kickoff) The section championship is on Friday, November 5, at 7:00pm in Grove City, assuming A-C-GC is not upset in their semi-final game.

Competing at the Section 6A cross country meet are the following teams: Ottertail Central, Ortonville, Paynesville Area, St. John's Prep, Sauk Centre, West Central Area, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross, Benson, Breckenridge, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta, Minnewaska Area, New London-Spicer, Albany, Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, Holdingford, Litchfield, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

More scenes from the Jaguars' win at Kimball

The Jaguars defense rolls over a Cubs ball carrier...

Ben Borgerding's nine-yard touchdown run capped off the Jaguars' second scoring drive of the game at Kimball. The clock showed 10:35 on it in the fourth quarter when they scored here.

Photos from the game, numbering 133, can be viewed at the Sauk Centre Herald photo gallery at

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

50,000 page views

Tonight at 19:30 hours, this sports website crossed the vaunted 50,000 hit mark. Just five days after the four-year anniversary was accomplished for the website's creation (October 16, 2006), that lofty mark was met.

Today the site has had 73 unique visitors and climbing as of 19:40.

Click here to see this blog's very first post, regarding the Jaguars football team. The site was set up in order to rev up B-B-E Jaguar fans in lieu of the 2006 playoffs.

The single-day unique visitor record of 181 was established on Friday, November 7, 2008, when the Jaguars volleyball team slugged it out with Windom Area in the Class A state semi-finals. The result was a heartbreaking 3-2 loss.

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First half action at Kimball for the Jaguars football team

The Jaguars held the Cubs to three and out on their first possession.

In a crucial possession, where the Jaguars were backed up deep in their own territory after a Kimball punt in the first quarter, Patrick Rooney converted a 2nd-and-10 into a first down to get the offense rolling.

The Jaguars picked up some nice yardage in a late second quarter drive, but it was not enough to break up the scoreless first half.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Friday Night Lights Part VIII - Jaguars whip the Cubs 26-6

Kyle Rosengren and Connor Goodwin (#61) bring the heat on the Kimball quarterback in the third quarter, after the Jaguars took a 7-0 lead to start the second half of play tonight.

In a must-win situation to end the regular season, the Jaguars football team overcame a sluggish, error-prone first half to defeat the host Kimball Area Cubs 26-6. The win puts the Jaguars at 2-6 overall heading into the playoffs. Below is a Section 4A update and the playoff schedule.

The first half of play was very ugly on both sides of the ball, as the score stood at 0-0 at halftime. The Jaguars' first nice drive almost ended in a touchdown, but the ball was fumbled right on the goal line. That set the tone for the first two quarters.

The Jaguars came out firing in the second half and lit up the scoreboard on their way to a 26-0 lead.

The Jaguars celebrate the win after a post-game huddle with the coaches. It was good to finally get a win after six losses in a row.

Results in games involving Section 4A teams:
Minnewaska Area 31, A-C-GC 22 (Falcons blow a 22-6 halftime lead)
Providence Academy/Heritage 49, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 6
St.Agnes 34, West Lutheran 14

Here is the Section 4A standings heading into playoffs...this is the seeding:
1st - ACGC
2nd - LP/HT
3rd - B-B-E
4th - St.Agnes
5th - West Lutheran

Section 4A round one next Tuesday will involve West Lutheran traveling to St.Agnes for the quarterfinal round (their third meeting of the season).

Section 4A round two will involved the Jaguars traveling to Lester Prairie on Saturday, October 30 for one of the semi-final games. The other semi-final game will involve the St.Agnes/West Lutheran winner traveling to #1-seed A-C-GC in Grove City.

The two winners will meet in the Section 4A championship at the highest seed remaining. That game will be held on Saturday, November 5 at 7:00pm.

  • A few notes on Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity... the LP/HT Bulldogs have been in a precarious situation, with their athletic conference (MN Christian Athletic Association) dropping football programs in grand fashion this year, now down to a total of five. They have had to play some of their conference opponents twice this year, plus schedule Minneota in Week Seven, just to fill out the schedule.

Their losses have been to quality teams. (Much like the Jaguars' losses to Pierz, EV-W, etc.) Against Providence Academy/Heritage, they trailed 7-0 halfways through the fourth quarter in a 20-0 loss in Lester Prairie on Sept. 24. PA/H soundly thrashed LP/HT tonight in a 49-6 outcome, which makes you wonder if LP/HT is in a tailspin or if PA/H is simply that much more improved since Week Four.

Also, another team that blanked LP/HT was New Life Academy, who is 5-1 going into tomorrow's game. NLA barely beat Kimball Area in Week One, defeating the visiting Cubs 7-6.

Then last week, LP/HT was thrashed by defending Class A champion Minneota 62-0.

I'll have more notes on LP/HT going into next week. It's a whole week and a half until the Jaguars will face the Bulldogs in the Section 4A semi-finals.

Central Minnesota Conference results in Week Eight:
Pierz 14, Holdingford 8 (a battle at Pierz)
Eden Valley-Watkins 45, Rockford 19
Maple Lake 20, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 13 (a battle in Maple Lake)

Area football scores in Week Eight:
Albany 35, St.Cloud Cathedral 0
New London-Spicer 44, Foley 22
Yellow Medicine East 32, Paynesville Area 6 (Bulldogs finish 2-6)
BOLD 31, Montevideo 6
Morris Area 62, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 14
Milaca 40, Sauk Centre 22 (Streeters finish 1-7 and miss the 6AAA playoffs)
Willmar 49, Fergus Falls 14
Browerville 20, Osakis 6
Royalton 42, Parkers Prairie 7
Upsala/Swanville Area 47, United North Central 12
Benson 7, Lac qui Parle Valley 6
Melrose Area 23, Mora 12
Wheaton 77, Ashby 16 (ouch!)
Minneota 65, Ortonville 7
Glencoe-Silver Lake 37, Hutchinson 7 (a rough border battle for the Tigers)

Some random football notes after the regular season is completed... Paynesville Area finished a rough 2-6 season, with their highlight being a 34-22 win over Class 3A Montevideo in Week 5 on their home field. They will open Section 5AA playoffs by driving 10 miles down Highway 55 to Eden Valley, where the Eagles will soundly whip them.

Hutchinson has had 38 seasons in a row where they have finished either 5-5 or better. This is only the second time in the past 38 seasons where they have finished 4-4 in the regular season. They are a sophomore-dominated lineup and will certainly be a force next season. The Tigers, who were beat up on by their neighboring rivals (G-SL) in a 37-7 loss tonight, open the Section 2AAAA playoffs at Willmar (5-3) next Tuesday night.

Benson played the spoiler tonight, tearing out the hearts of Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles football fans, as they won on their home Brock Field tonight by a 7-6 score. The Eagles had to settle for a second-place tie in the West Central South Conference at 5-2 (with BOLD). They could have tied Morris Area (6-1 WCCS, 6-2) for the title with a win over the Braves tonight. Benson finishes 3-5 going into the Section 5AA playoffs, which also includes Morris Area and LQPV.

Did you know?...the following Class A teams could actually qualify for 9-man action in the playoffs, due to "free and reduced lunch" students lowering their athletic enrollment classification: Minneota, Rushford Peterson, Randolph, Sleepy Eye, Parkers Prairie, Dawson-Boyd, Fulda, Sleepy Eye St. Mary's, and Wabasso. For a variety of reasons, all of them have chosen to "opt up" to Class 1A.

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Update on Section 4A standings, in lieu of Friday Night Lights Part VIII, which is essentially a playoff game for the Jaguars

So here's what I've got for Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity, who the Jaguars have been in a battle with for the #2 playoff seed down the regular season stretch:
Week 1 win over 2A Red Lake (5 points), loss to 2A North Cedar (1 point), win over 1A West Lutheran (4 points), loss to 3A Providence (1 point), win over 1A St.Agnes (4 points), loss to 2A New Life Academy (1 point), loss to 1A Minneota (0 points) ... total: 16 points. Loss tonight means 17 points, win means 23 points.

A-C-GC: Loss to 3A Milaca (1 point), three wins over 2A schools (15 points), loss to 2A YME (1 point), win over 3A Montevideo (6 points), loss to 2A BOLD (1 point). 24 points total.
Win vs. 2A Minnewaska tonight means 29 points, loss means 25 points

B-B-E, a little easier - one win over 2A West Central Area and then six losses to 2A/3A schools for a total of 11 points. Loss tonight means 12 points, win means 16 points.

St.Agnes: four losses to 2A or 3A schools (4 points) plus a win over West Lutheran for 8 points. Win tonight vs. West Lutheran means 12 points, loss means 8 points.

West Lutheran: three losses to 2A/3A schools (3 points). Win tonight means 7 points total, loss means 3 points total.

Here is the good news: The Jaguars control their own destiny as far as gaining a first-round bye. If they beat Kimball they lock up the #3 seed. If they lose, they may end up in a tie with St.Agnes in the points total. I wouldn't want to flirt with tie-breakers. There's your rally cry for the team. Kimball is a playoff game! It's that simple, if they beat Kimball it is worth a section quarterfinal win.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Jaguar volleyball clinches CMC title outright with a 3-1 win at Kimball tonight

Holding onto number seven in the most recent Class A state rankings, just released yesterday, the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team dispatched the Kimball Area Cubs tonight in a four-game win after dropping the first game 25-22.

After somewhat sloppy play in game one that went to the Cubs, the Jaguars (22-2 overall) picked up their game and took the next three games to finish 7-0 in the Central Minnesota Conference this year. It is the fourth year in a row they have won the CMC title outright. Five seasons ago, they shared the title with Maple Lake with 6-1 records.

In the history of B-B-E, the Jaguars volleyball team has won or shared 10 conference titles, with seven of them coming with perfect league records. Their first volleyball title came in 1994, when they went 14-0 in the West Central South Conference.

Kimball Area, who is also in Section 5A, finished the CMC schedule with a 3-4 record, while they fell to 9-12 overall.

Central Minnesota Conference results in Week Seven:
Pierz 3, Holdingford 0
Eden Valley-Watkins 3, Rockford 1
Maple Lake 3, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 1 (held Monday night at ML)

Final 2010 Central Minnesota Conference standings:
1 - B-B-E (7-0)
2 - Maple Lake (6-1)
3 - Pierz (5-2)
4 - Holdingford (4-3)
5 - Kimball Area (3-4)
6 - Eden Valley-Watkins (2-5)
7 - Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (1-6)
8 - Rockford (0-7)

Area volleyball scores tonight:
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 3, A-C-GC 2
Benson 3, Montevideo 0
Yellow Medicine East 3, Paynesville Area 0
Bertha-Hewitt 3, Sebeka 0
Browerville 3, Staples-Motley 0
Barnesville 3, West Central Area 0
Underwood 3, Parkers Prairie 2
Melrose Area 3, Foley 2
Sauk Centre 3, Milaca 0 (Streeters clinch share of WCCN title)
Albany 3, St.Cloud Cathedral 2 (Huskies clinch share of WCCN title)
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 3, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 1

Don't forget...Wednesday night is Friday Night Lights Part VIII, when the Jaguars football team travels to Kimball for the final game of the regular season. Stay tuned for more.

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Pack the caravans and car pools for Kimball tonight and Wednesday night

The Jaguars volleyball team and football team will be facing off with the Kimball Area Cubs tonight and tomorrow night, respectively.

The volleyball team is attempting to clinch the Central Minnesota Conference title outright, coming into the match with a 6-0 record in the league. They have won the last four conference titles, three being solo crowns.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Another clip of the B-B-E Pep Band at halftime of the Eden Valley-Watkins game on Friday night

Brady Koehler makes the hand off to Brandon Roelike during the Eden Valley-Watkins game. Let's just say, it was a rough day at the office for the Jaguars.

Remember to visit the Sauk Centre Herald website to see photo galleries of a few Jaguar varsity events from this fall.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Jaguars volleyball vs. Eden Valley-Watkins - thrilling game three action below

...and a clip from halftime of the B-B-E vs. EV-W football game.

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Coming tonight (Sunday) ...footage from the final minutes of the wild game three between B-B-E and EV-W volleyball

In case you weren't there and missed the wild, entertaining game three between the Jaguars and Eagles on Thursday night, you can watch the final minutes of the match tonight.

I'll also have the schedule for this week's Jaguar varsity activities posted. They have a modified schedule due to MEA weekend.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Night Lights Part VII: EV-W shuts out the Jaguars - Coach Moscho will be on Smooth Magic 107 on Saturday morning

The Jaguars are in pursuit of an Eagles' ball carrier in this shot from the opening minutes of the third quarter tonight.

The final score was 49-0, which was the score at halftime. The Jaguars football team will come back from this game, as a win in Week 8 and then more in the playoffs will erase this from their memory. It was nice to see the JV squad get quite a bit of time in the second half with no question what the game's outcome would be. Coach Moscho and his gang have a talented crew coming up through the ranks.

The Jaguars fumbled their first three possessions, and each time the Eagles made them pay with touchdown drives. Turnovers, plus the Eagles' ability to stop the run, are what led to the big loss.

The Jaguars (1-6, 0-5 CMC) regroup for a trip to Kimball next Wednesday night. It will be the final game of the regular season, and a must-win situation for the Jaguars if they want to hold onto a top-three playoff seed in Section 4A. Kimball lost tonight 32-0 to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

The current top seed in Section 4A, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, lost on their Homecoming night in Grove City to neighboring and conference rival BOLD. Final score: Warriors 33, Falcons 15.

Central Minnesota Conference results in Week Seven:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 32, Kimball Area 0
Pierz 14, Maple Lake 7
Holdingford 29, Rockford 7

Results in Week Seven involving Section 4A teams:
BOLD 33, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 15
New Life Academy 49, West Lutheran 8
Providence Academy/Heritage Christian 52, St.Agnes 16
Minneota destroyed Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 62-0 (ouch)

Here's a video clip from late in tonight's game, where the JV squads were duking it out.

The B-B-E Pep Band did a great job before the game and at halftime (shown here at halftime).

Area football scores:
Minnewaska Area 29, Paynesville Area 26 (P'ville drops Homecoming in a wild back-and-forth affair)
Upsala-Swanville Area 18, Royalton 12
Pelican Rapids 47, West Central Area 7
Milaca 20, Mora 12
Osakis 34, K-M-S 13 (K-M-S is 1-6, only two years removed from a state title, and they won't beat Ottertail Central next week...meaning they'll finish 1-7 after going 2-6 last year)
Albany 47, Foley 0
Little Falls 32, Alexandria 31
Minneapolis South 38, Minneapolis North 26 (North loses to its crosstown rival in the last time the two teams will play, as North will close next year)
Melrose Area 41, Sauk Centre 26
Ottertail Central 33, Parkers Prairie 6
Lac qui Parle Valley 48, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 16
Browerville 27, New York Mills 0
New London-Spicer 36, St.Cloud Cathedral 20
Breckenridge 43, Warroad 24
Staples-Motley 20, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 14
Hutchinson 18, Litchfield 7
Dassel-Cokato 36, Glencoe-Silver Lake 30 (OT!!)
Morris Area 54, Montevideo 22
Springfield 39, Wabasso 6
Maccray 30, Lakeview 20

Nine-man scores:
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 20, Verndale 12
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 47, Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross 38
Wheaton 51, Bertha-Hewitt 8
Lincoln HI 49, Eagle Valley 34
Brandon/Evansville 38, Underwood 28

**Be sure to tune in if you're awake and not working on fall harvest, to Smooth Magic 107 on Saturday morning. You can listen online by visiting their website: and listening via Windows Media Player. KMGK sports broadcaster Dave McClurg will air his interview with Coach Moscho.

"Moral Support" ... Coach Moscho and a gang of his fans from Spring Hill, many of whom were in his wedding party on Sept. 25.

Here's the link to the Sauk Centre Herald Streeters sports blog, where you can read a few notes about tonight's Sauk vs. Melrose game: <--- Also a website you should bookmark! More will follow early Saturday morning. This Jaguars sports update is brought to you by:

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Jaguars volleyball clinches share of the CMC title! It's a "five-peat"

A very excited Jaguars volleyball team is shown celebrating achieving match point tonight, vs. Eden Valley-Watkins...after they took game three 28-26.

The seventh-ranked Jaguars volleyball team clinched a share of their fifth straight Central Minnesota Conference title with a 25-10, 25-12, 28-26 win over Eden Valley-Watkins tonight. They are now 21-2 overall and 6-0 in the CMC.

Game three was a pure barn burner! More on that will follow later.

This marks the fifth year in a row that the Jaguars have won or shared the CMC title. Since joining the CMC in 1999, the Jaguars have won or shared the title eight times.

Eden Valley-Watkins fell to 1-5 in the CMC and 10-11 overall.

Up next: a trip to Kimball to face the Cubs in the final CMC match of the season, next Tuesday night. Kimball Area swept HL-W-W tonight; they are 8-11 overall and 3-3 in the CMC.

Central Minnesota Conference volleyball standings through Week Six:
B-B-E (6-0)
Maple Lake (5-1)
Pierz (4-2)
Holdingford (3-3)
Kimball Area (3-3)
Eden Valley-Watkins (1-5)
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (1-5)
Rockford (0-6)

Visit the Sauk Centre Herald website to see the photo gallery with 70 photos from tonight's volleyball match:

Check out the huge crowd - many donning pink in honor of "Dig Pink" night.

A clip from the break between games one and two tonight...

Here's a video clip from the final few minutes of game two, won by the Jaguars 25-12.

Central Minnesota Conference results tonight:
Kimball Area 3, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 0
Maple Lake 3, Pierz 2 (what a match that must've been...held in Pierz, where the Pioneers blew a two-game lead and lost the fifth game 15-12)
Holdingford 3, Rockford 0

Area volleyball scores tonight:
Willmar 3, Sartell 2
Albany 3, Milaca 0
Sauk Centre 3, Foley 2 (a gutsy win for the Mainstreeters, who remain in first place in the West Central North Conference)
Benson 3, Minnewaska Area 0
Mora 3, St.Cloud Cathedral 0
Royalton 3, Swanville 2
A-C-GC 3, Yellow Medicine East 1
Maccray 3, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 2
BOLD 3, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 1 (BOLD wins their first West Central South Conference title since 2005, when they joined the league and went 12-0)
K-M-S 3, Lac qui Parle Valley 0
Benson 3, Minnewaska Area 0
NL-S 3, Dassel-Cokato 0
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 3, Park Christian 0

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Jaguar volleyball hosts Eden Valley-Watkins tonight, Football hosts the Eagles tomorrow night

Tonight's volleyball match will honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, being designated "Dig Pink" night for the Jaguars.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Senior Grant Bell places third at the Central Minnesota Conference Championships, earns All-Conference Cross Country award

Performing in his final Central Minnesota Conference cross country race, B-B-E senior Grant Bell took third place with an unofficial time of 17:48 on Tuesday afternoon at Pierz.

Bell has had nothing less than a stellar cross country career at B-B-E, after transferring from St.Cloud Cathedral when his mom, Bobbi Bell, became Pastor at Big Grove/Crow River Lutheran Churches. As a sophomore in 2008, Bell placed fifth at the CMC championships in Kimball. Last year he finished as conference runner-up, and this year he earned All-CMC status for the third year in a row.

Bell and teammates Jared Sorenson and Daniel Rooney now gear up for the Section 6A race, which will be on October 28 at New London's Little Crow Golf Course.

Below, Jared Sorenson and Grant Bell back in 2008 at Kimball, after Grant earned his first All-CMC plaque.

This marks the first time in B-B-E history since the program was founded in 1991 that a male cross country runner has won three all-conference awards in cross country.

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Knutson/Reller duo falls in sub-section semi's

Against a very good Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg doubles team, Amy Knutson/Kelly Reller lost 6-7 (3-7 tiebreaker), 0-6 in the Sub-Section 5A-West semi-final round today at the New London-Spicer high school tennis courts.

Playing an absolutely outstanding first set, they had B/K-M-S on the ropes, coming back from one point deficits up to a 3-4 score to win two straight points and lead 5-4. In the tiebreaker, they trailed 3-5 before B/K-M-S scored the final two points to take the first set.

**Update on Thursday morning...Against the Trulock/Kienitz doubles team from Maccray, Knutson/Reller lost 3-6, 2-6, in the third-place match.

This marks the third year in a row that Coach Westrom and her Jaguars girls tennis program has had a doubles team advance to the sub-section final four round.

Helping build a little excitement for tomorrow night's Jaguars volleyball's a video clip from the final game of the Maple Lake match two weeks ago. The Jaguars host Eden Valley-Watkins in a key CMC match tomorrow night, in the team's "Dig Pink" match where they honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Knutson/Reller doubles team advances to Sub-Section 5A-West semi-final round

With a favorable seed and a strong quarterfinal performance in their division of the Sub-Section 5A-West individual tournament, Jaguars girls tennis players Amy Knutson and Kelly Reller advanced to the Final Four round on Tuesday with a dominating 6-1, 6-0 win over Kylie Bengston/Erica Norris of New London-Spicer.

The Knutson/Reller duo continues action today in the semi-finals, held at New London-Spicer high school.

Section 5A girls tennis final four round on Monday:
Annandale 5, Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 2 (semi-finals)
Annandale 4, Glencoe-Silver Lake 3 (championship)

Area volleyball scores on Tuesday night:
Albany 3, Mora 0 (Mora is knocked out of the WCCN lead)
Sauk Centre 3, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0
Milaca 3, New London-Spicer 0
Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 3, Kimball Area 1
Upsala 3, Osakis 0 (Upsala wins Prairie Conference title outright)
Alexandria 3, Willmar 1
Melrose Area 3, St.Cloud Cathedral 1 (a huge win for Melrose)
Zimmerman 3, Maple Lake 1
BOLD 3, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 0
Paynesville Area 3, Lac qui Parle Valley 0
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 3, Benson 0
Browerville 3, Eagle Valley 0
Yellow Medicine East 3, Minnewaska Area 0
Hancock 3, Ortonville 0

*Noteworthy: The Melrose win over St.Cloud Cathedral knocks the Crusaders out of first place in the West Central North Conference. There was a virtual tie for first place that included four teams going into last night's action.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Jaguars volleyball wins 20th match of the season in a 3-0 sweep over Minnewaska Area

On Seniors' Night, the eighth-ranked Jaguars volleyball team came out with a hard-earned 3-0 win over non-conference Minnewaska Area on the home court tonight.

Every season since 2003, the Jaguars (20-2) have now won 20 or more matches. Following is the regular season record since 2002 for the Jaguars: 16-8, 23-3, 24-2, 25-3, 23-3, 26-1, 24-5.

Since 2005, no other volleyball program in Minnesota - in any class - has won as many matches as the Jaguars.

Tonight's match was aired on Smooth Magic 107. Following the win, Dave McClurg interviewed the two sophomore starters for tonight's match, Taylor Braegelman and Brittany Roelike.

Once again, thanks for the coverage, Dave!

On Tuesday (tomorrow) the Jaguars cross country teams will compete at the Central Minnesota Conference championships at Pierz. Six members of the Jaguars girls tennis team will play in the first day of the Sub-Section 5A-West individual tournament. That event concludes on Wednesday, held both days at New London-Spicer High School beginning at noon.

Area volleyball scores tonight:
Morris Area 3, West Central Area 0
Minneota 3, Maccray 1
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 3, Hankinson (ND) 0
Holdingford 3, Swanville 0
Hancock 3, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 1
Eden Valley-Watkins 3, Royalton 0

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Jaguars volleyball is on the air tonight vs. Minnewaska Area

Tonight, the Jaguars girls tennis team hosts Minnewaska in a non-conference match that will also be aired on Smooth Magic 107 of Glenwood.

You can tune in at 107.1 FM on the radio or online at Pre-match coverage begins at 7:15pm, led by Smooth Magic 107 sports broadcaster Dave McClurg. If you can't get the station on your radio dial, you can visit the website and open up Windows Media Player by clicking on the "listen" logo, allowing you to hear the coverage through your internet connection. What a neat way to follow the Jaguars, from anywhere in the world!

Below is D-Mac in his Twins garb at Target Field last weekend when the Twins lost to Toronto 2-1.

Below, D-Mac interviews a couple Jaguars after their win at Morris last Monday, just one day after his trip to Target Field. (We sure put on the miles, don't we Dave?)

From anyone associated with the Jaguars athletic program - Thanks for the coverage, Dave!

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Weekend roundup - Jaguars girls tennis finishes runners-up at Prairie Conference tournament

With another strong showing on the tennis courts on Saturday at Long Prairie, the Jaguars girls tennis team took second place honors at the Prairie Conference tournament. Earning the title was #7-state ranked Osakis.

The Prairie Conference tournament format consisted of a separate bracket at each of the seven positions (first though fourth singles and first through third doubles) with points awarded for matches won at each position. Osakis, who is 17-0 and ranked seventh in Class A, was the tournament winner with a total of 27 points, followed by B-B-E with 17, Parkers Prairie with 14, and WCA with 11.

The Jaguars had Jordan Gruendemann place second at third-singles and Morgan Pastian place second at four-singles. Myranda Zarbok and Mackenzie Winter took second at three doubles. Another doubles team took second place at two doubles, but I don't have their names at the present time.

This week the Jaguars girls tennis team competes in the individual round of Sub-Section 5A-West, coming up on Tuesday and Wednesday at noon at the NL-S high school courts in New London.

Area volleyball results:
The Sauk Centre Mainstreeters improved to 19-5 overall with a championship performance at the Perham Invitational, which had a total of 16 teams competing. The Streeters defeated #12-ranked (Class AA) Dilworth-Glydon-Felton in the title match.

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle lost to Nevis in the finals of the Nevis tournament.

Pierz went 2-2 at the Mora Invitational.

Eden Valley-Watkins, who comes to town to face the Jaguars on Thursday night in a CMC match, won the Kimball Area tournament.

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Friday, October 08, 2010

Jaguars football is in the battle of the year at Pierz - down 12-0 late in the first half... Final: Pierz 33, B-B-E 0

The Jaguars football team is fighting their tails off trying to stay in the game at Pierz, holding them to two touchdowns in the game's first 20 minutes.

With about two minutes remaining, the Pioneers lead 12-0 on their Homecoming night.

Pierz (4-1) is the #9-ranked team in the latest Class AA state rankings.

**Update at 9:20pm...thanks to the Little Falls radio station for e-mailing me the final score. It was pretty bad news, however. The Pierz Pioneers handed the Jaguars their first shutout loss of 2010. Final score: Pierz 33, B-B-E 0.

It is the fourth straight year that the Jaguars have been shut out by Pierz. In 2006, the Pioneers defeated B-B-E in Pierz 34-12.

Here's a quick shout out to senior Grant Bell, who took runner-up honors in the boys' varsity division at the BOLD/BL-H-S cross country meet in Olivia on Thursday afternoon. He finished with a time of 17:18.

Central Minnesota Conference results in Week Six:
Eden Valley-Watkins 42, Kimball Area 6
Maple Lake 18, Holdingford 7
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 13, Rockford 6 (OT!)

Results involving Section 4A teams:
St.Agnes 26, West Lutheran 22 (both teams were winless coming in)
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 51, Montevideo 34 (a big win for the Falcons)
New Life Academy 29, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 0 (NLA is a good 2A team)

Other area scores at halftime:
Little Falls 35, Fergus Falls 0 (Flyers' Homecoming night, just 12 miles from Pierz)
Minnewaska Area 15, Benson 15 (two minutes before halftime)

**A crazy Homecoming game is playing out at Benson, where the visiting Minnewaska Lakers were dominated on the stats sheet by the Braves at Brock Field, the visitors held on a goal line stand in the final minutes. Benson had goal to go, driving as deep as the two yard line. A missed Benson field goal (wide left on a 20-yard attempt by Cody Jaeger) left the score at Minnewaska 28, Benson 26 with just over two minutes left.

Benson had 28 first downs, Minnewaska had 11. Benson racked up 473 yards of offense, and Minnewaska had 231 yards of offense. Benson ran 81 plays, Minnewaska ran 37. The Lakers were plus-1 in the turnover department - the key statistic in the game. (3 Benson turnovers were converted into touchdowns by Minnewaska)

Other noteworthy games: New London-Spicer destroyed visiting Milaca tonight 54-13. That's just crazy.

Updated Section 4A football standings/point totals through Week Six:
1 - ACGC (23 points)
2 - LP/HT (14 points)
3 - B-B-E (10 points)
4 - St.Agnes (6 points)
5 - West Lutheran (1 point, they have two losses to 9-man teams)
Key: Win vs. 1A worth 4 pts, Win vs. 2A worth 5 pts, Win vs. 3A worth 6 pts, Loss vs. 1A worth 0 pts, Loss vs. 2A or 3A worth 1 point.

Area football results in Week Six (final scores):
Upsala/Swanville Area 23, Osakis 12
Little Falls 42, Fergus Falls 7 (Flyers' first Homecoming win since 2003)
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 26, United North Central 12 (Fighting Saints' 1st win)
Lac qui Parle Valley 17, Yellow Medicine East 0 (LPQV, on their Homecoming night, wins a share of the West Central South Conference title for the first time since 1992)
Dawson-Boyd 28, Minneota 20 (a shocking upset loss for the #1-ranked Vikings, who were on a 19-game winning streak)
Minnewaska Area 28, Benson 26
Staples-Motley 52, West Central Area 3 (WCA's two-game winning streak ends in a thud)
Browerville 43, Royalton 25
Albany 38, Melrose Area 12
BOLD 49, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 14
New London-Spicer 54, Milaca 13 (wow)
Sartell 39, Willmar 37
Morris Area 73, Paynesville Area 20 (not sure if that's correct!?)

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Tonight - Friday Night Lights Part VI

Members of the Jaguar football team stand at attention during the National Anthem prior to the Homecoming game last Friday night. They have the toughest test so far of the season when they travel to Pierz tonight for Week Six action.

In their toughest test of the season tonight, the Jaguars football team travels to Pierz in a Central Minnesota Conference game. The Pioneers have rolled over many of their opponents this year, including Rockford last week in a 53-7 blowout. They are 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the CMC.

Current Section 4A standings:
1 - Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (3-2)
2 - Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity (3-2)
3 - B-B-E (1-4)
4 - St.Agnes (0-4)
5 - West Lutheran (0-5)

Just for's the Section 6AA point standings:
1. Breckenridge 32
2. Pierz 27
3. OTC 27
4. Crosby-Ironton 19
5. Holdingford 18
6. West Central Area 12
7. Osakis 10
8. Wadena-Deer Creek 8
9. Long Prairie/GE 1

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Jaguars volleyball team makes quick work of a 3-0 sweep at Pierz tonight - Girls tennis falls in sub-section semi's

Wasting little time in getting the job done and taking out Pierz in three sets tonight, the Jaguars volleyball team improved to 5-0 in the Central Minnesota Conference with a 25-13, 25-9, 25-18 win over the Pioneers.

In a match that took just under one hour, two teams battling for the top spot in the CMC locked horns in front of a rowdy Homecoming crowd, complete with the Pioneers Pep Band performing, at Pierz Healy High School.

The Jaguars improve to 19-2 overall, while Pierz falls to 13-8. The CMC title is by no means wrapped up for the Jaguars, as they still have tough matches remaining in the league against Eden Valley-Watkins (home on Oct. 14) and at Kimball Area (there on Oct. 19).

Up next for the #8-ranked Jaguars volleyball team: a home match next Monday night against our neighbors to the west, Minnewaska Area, in a non-conference match. The Lakers are 8-14 overall and 1-7 in the West Central South Conference.

Real briefly...the Jaguars girls tennis team had an outstanding showing against an 18-4 Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg team in the Sub-Section 5A-West semi-final round. Even though they lost 6-1, the match was filled with tiebreakers and super tiebreakers, as the Jaguars had B/K-M-S on the ropes at many times.

Next week they participate in the Sub-Section 5A-West individual tournament on Tuesday.

Here are a few links for some of my recent photo albums from the past week...

B-B-E vs. Maple Lake volleyball:

B-B-E vs. Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta volleyball:

B-B-E vs. Maple Lake football:

Central Minnesota Conference results in Week Five:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 3, Rockford 0
Maple Lake 3, Holdingford 0
Kimball Area 3, Eden Valley-Watkins 2

Area volleyball scores tonight:
Osakis 3, Royalton 1 (Silverstreaks are 8-1 in the Prairie Conference, 10-11-3 overall)
Sauk Centre 3, St.Cloud Cathedral 1 (at Sauk Centre)
A-C-GC 3, Lac qui Parle Valley 0
Foley 3, New London-Spicer 1
Brainerd 3, Willmar 2
Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 3, Springfield 2
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 3, Paynesville Area 0
Bertha-Hewitt 3, Menagha 0
Upsala 3, Eagle Valley 0
Minnewaska Area 3, Montevideo 1
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 3, CMCS 2 (a big win for the Fighting Saints)
Minneota 3, Canby 0 (Vikings win battle of ranked Class A powers)
Hancock 3, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 1

There's now a virtual four-way tie for first place in the West Central North Conference, after the Mainstreeters defeated the Crusaders. Mora, Albany, Cathedral, and Sauk Centre all have two conference losses.

More will follow early Friday morning, including notes on Friday Night Lights Part VI, when the Jaguars football team travels to Pierz tomorrow night.

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