Monday, January 31, 2011

Action shots from the BBE vs. Maple Lake girls basketball win on Friday night

A total of 120 photos from the girls basketball win on Friday night are at the Sauk Centre Herald website photo gallery:

Also, just heard, B-B-E is closing at 12:30pm today, in lieu of the blizzard that's heading our way in west central Minnesota. Bitter cold, strong winds, and three to four inches of light snowfall will all band together for a strong mid-winter punch for our area.

In other news, I just got the team scores for wrestling action on Friday night. At the Browerville/Eagle Valley dual tournament on Friday night, the Jaguars wrestling team won twice and lost once. Results were: Border West 53, B-B-E 14. B-B-E then beat up on West Central Area 62-16. The Jaguars beat the host B/EV Broncos 55-15 in the night cap, in an important match up against a team in Section 5A.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday area prep results

Area boys basketball results on January 29:
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 65, Osakis 32 (beginning next year, this will become a conference match up, when these neighbors meet one another in the Prairie Conference)
Windom Area 64, Montevideo 51
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 47, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 28

Area girls basketball results on January 29:
Osakis 46, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 43
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 46, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 41

Friday, January 28, 2011

A great night in Jaguar country - girls basketball and wrestling teams both pick up wins

Julie Hieserich driving against heavy pressure from the Irish defense early in the first half of tonight's game.

The Jaguars girls basketball team came back from a 24-27 halftime deficit to defeat visiting Maple Lake 49-46 in a Central Minnesota Conference game. The Jaguars trailed the entire first half and didn't pull in front until there was 11:19 left, when Maggie Gruber hit a shot down low to put her team up 34-33.

Up next for the girls basketball team: a short road trip to neighboring rival Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, next Tuesday night, for a non-conference game. The Jaguars are now 5-9 overall and 3-5 in the CMC.

Central Minnesota Conference results on Jan. 28:
Eden Valley-Watkins 44, Kimball Area 41
HL-W-W 47, Pierz 45 (CMC race is up for grabs))
Rockford 52, Holdingford 48 ...parity has forced its way into the CMC.

Near the end of this clip, Hieserich drains a three to get the Jaguars' offense moving in the first half, after they fell behind 12-2 vs. Maple Lake.

The Jaguars closed the first half with a 5-0 run to get within three, down 27-24 at the break.

Action from the final two minutes of the second half, up to 39 seconds remaining, when the Jaguars held a 48-46 lead.

Up in Browerville, the Jaguars wrestling team picked up two wins in a dual meet tournament. They lost to state-ranked Border West before defeating West Central Area and Browerville/Eagle Valley.

Border West is the favorite to win Section 6A this year. Against WCA, the Jaguars limited the Knights to wins in only three matches. The win over the Browerville/Eagle Valley Broncos is important for sub-section seeding purposes. The Jaguars (5-13) have a real shot at a #7 playoff seed and a play-in round home match for the beginning of the Section 5A team tournament in mid-February.

Area girls basketball result on Jan. 28:
Sauk Centre 72, Paynesville 32
Underwood 40, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 33 (OT)
Brandon/Evansville 52, Rothsay 37
Breckenridge 51, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 45
KMS 59, Lakeview 28
Maccray 68, Dawson-Boyd 58
West Central Area 54, Frazee 44
Upsala 64, Osakis 52

Area boys basketball result on Jan. 28:
Melrose Area 64, Mora 59
New London-Spicer 63, Foley 55
West Central Area 84, Frazee 51
Benson 66, Morris Area/C-A 55 (a huge sub-section and conference win for Roger Lindahl's sub-.500 Braves, who improve to 7-8)
Hancock 63, KMS 35 (Owls' first win of the year)
ACGC 69, YME 56
Montevideo 53, LPQV 35
Ashby 55, Brandon/Evansville 53 (B/E is in a tailspin)
Eden Valley-Watkins 67, Paynesville Area 52

Regarding the Benson win vs. MA/CA, the senior point guard for MA/CA is out with some type of ligament injury, according to Minnewaska head coach Phil Johnsrud. Coach Johnsrud and his Lakers squad is gearing up for a battle at Morris next Tuesday night. From what he's heard, Erickson is out for 2 to 3 weeks, a status that could change for the better or worse. Erickson, who was a talented quarterback for the last-ever Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross football team the past two years, helped lead MA/CA to a West Central South Conference championship last season and a 25-3 overall finish.

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Tonight - Friday: the Jaguars wrestling is at Browerville, Jaguars girls basketball hosts Maple Lake

Tip-off for the girls basketball game is at 7:30 at the high school.

The wrestling team began action at 4:00pm at Browerville high school. It is a dual meet format.

Check back later tonight for some results.

In the Smooth Magic 107 coaches' roundup program on Saturday (tomorrow) morning, the first guest interviewed will be Coach Montbriand, talking about his #2-ranked Jaguars boys basketball team.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A fast-paced game is underway at home, Jaguars boys basketball takes early lead vs. Holdingford, ultimately blow Huskers away 77-43

Racing out of the gate to early leads of 4-0, 8-2, and 13-6, the Jaguars boys basketball team is off to a great start against visiting Holdingford tonight in a Central Minnesota Conference game.

In this week's Class A state rankings, the Jaguars find themselves rising to the #2 spot out of 171 teams in that division of boys basketball in Minnesota. Sebeka is the top-ranked team.

The Huskers entered tonight's game with a 4-10 overall record, 2-4 (7th) in the CMC.

Halftime score: B-B-E 32, Holdingford 22.

True to form, the Jaguars were not happy with a 10-point lead at halftime and knocked any thought of an upset from the Huskers' minds with a 19-7 run over the first six minutes of the second half. Three pointers from the Huskers' Damon Westrich and Ben Schwanberg made it a 55-36 game with about nine minutes left, but the Jaguars found another gear in their game and closed out their seventh Central Minnesota Conference win on a 22-7 run.

Final score: B-B-E 77, Holdingford 43. Running time employed down the stretch, when the Jaguars (16-0) had opened up a 35-point lead. For the first time ever, the B-B-E Jaguars have started the conference schedule with a perfect 7-0 mark. The previous best mark of 6-0 was set first in 2001-2002 and then tied in 2008-2009. I'm not 100% sure but 99% sure that in the West Central South Conference, the best start in league play was 5-0 back in 1996-1997.

Outstanding radio coverage of the game was provided by Bill Dean and Don Leukam, broadcasting on 106.5 FM The Train out of Norway Lake/Sunburg.

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results on Jan. 27:
Maple Lake 62, Rockford 50
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 74, Kimball Area 61 (a solid win for the Lakers in Kimball)
Pierz 78, Eden Valley-Watkins 51 (12 Pioneers scored))

Notes from the Pierz vs. EV-W game last night...courtesy of the Little Falls radio announcer, Rick Grammond, the voice of the Pioneers..."Derek Streit was the lone Eagle to put up double figures, as he hit 4 three-pointers on his way to a season-best 14 point effort. 8th grader Brett Mattice scored 9 points, all from beyond the arc. The Eagles played their 2nd straight game without their top player, Peter Stenger, who remains sidelined with a knee injury suffered 2 games ago against Rockford. Stenger is averaging a double-double (10.6 rpg, 10.3 ppg). EV-W is 1-6 in the CMC and 4-11 overall. They travel to Paynesville for a border battle this Friday, then host the Jaguars on Tuesday."

Area girls basketball scores on January 27:
CMC score: Maple Lake 70, Holdingford 52 (don't believe that yet)
Sauk Centre 89, Albany 65 (wow!)
NL-S 77, Foley 28
Parkers Prairie 50, Brandon/Evansville 44 (Panthers get a scare in a Little Eight Conference battle against the arch-rival Chargers)
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 69, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 37
Mora 58, Melrose Area 40

Area boys basketball scores on January 27:
Sauk Centre 66, Albany 49
Rosholt (SD) 61, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 54 (OT) (The Warriors' 4-game win streak is halted)
Upsala 78, Swanville 27
Eagle Valley 56, Royalton 52
Battle Lake 63, Osakis 41

More to follow in the morning.

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Coming up for the Jaguars - boys basketball is on 106.5FM The Train tonight

Also, the Jaguars wrestling team travels to the Browerville/Eagle Valley Broncos Invitational on Friday, held at Browerville High School.

The Jaguars girls basketball team will host Maple Lake in a Central Minnesota Conference game on Friday.

On Saturday, the B-B-E Dazzlers danceline team travels to Swanville for a dance invitational.

Fun fact: after being limited to 53 points of offense against Paynesville on Monday night, the Jaguars boys basketball team is still averaging 75 points per game. They have a 24-point differential between their offense and defensive average a little over halfway through the regular season. Not too shabby!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Noteworthy - the price of one missed layup

At a future date, I'll add more detail to this.

In the 2001-2002 season, which was a very exciting and memorable year for the B-B-E Jaguars boys basketball team, one bad play was the difference between being Central Minnesota Conference champions and settling for a second place finish.

One play.

It ended up being a missed layup in one of their conference games in February that gave the Jaguars the second of their two CMC losses, in a season where they finished 12-2 in the conference. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted would finish 13-1 that year.

Since I've got your attention here, I want to add that tomorrow night's boys basketball game at home against Holdingford will be aired on 106.5 FM The Train. Both Bill Dean and Don Leukam will be providing the play-by-play coverage.

Blast from the past - January 30, 2002 - "Supercharged atmosphere" for the HLWW vs. BBE boys basketball game

One night after a crucial 70-51 win for sub-section rankings over Osakis, the #7-ranked (Class A) Jaguars boys basketball team hosted Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted at the BBE High School on January 30, 2002. The Osakis win gave the Jaguars a 13-0 record, setting a new record for basketball wins in a row at B-B-E.

HL-W-W came to town undefeated in the Central Minnesota Conference, along with the Jaguars. A sold-out crowd and two high-octane teams made for a "supercharged atmosphere" at the high school gymnasium.

Late in the second quarter, the Jaguars had built a 10 point lead over HL-W-W. The Lakers heated up in the final two minutes to close the gap to a 37-36 deficit.

The Lakers would go on a 12-2 run to stake a 59-48 lead going into the fourth quarter.

In the end, playing a fourth straight game on a weekday had taken its toll on the Jaguars, and once the fast-paced game was completed, a balanced, athletic Lakers team outlasted a determined, hustling Jaguar squad 85-69. The Lakers outscored the Jaguars 26-19 in the fourth quarter.

Seven HL-W-W players scored between nine and 18 points. They also out-rebounded the Jaguars by a 37-30 margin. The Jaguars made 10 three pointers, but it wasn't enough on this night, as they fell to 13-1 overall.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jaguars boys basketball improves to 15-0 after drubbing Hancock 69-27, Kimball knocks down Jaguar girls' hoops team 45-38, Wrestlers split at Rockford

With running time employed for the final half of the second period, the Jaguars boys basketball team defeated the host Hancock Owls 69-27 to move to 15-0 overall this season. After holding a 30-21 lead at halftime, the Jaguars came out with a vengeance and took the Owls out in knockout fashion, scoring a 21-1 run in the first seven minutes of the second half.

The Jaguars (6-0 CMC) will host Holdingford in their next action this Thursday night. The Huskers (4-10, 2-4 CMC) fell to Upsala (12-2) tonight in a non-conference border battle by a 71-53 final score.

Only six teams in Class A out of 171 remain undefeated this season in boys basketball, as Springfield lost tonight at Redwood Valley 72-68 in overtime. Battle Lake, who is in Sub-Section 6A-South, survived a stiff challenge in Brandon from Brandon/Evansville tonight in a Little Eight Conference clash by a 38-34 score.

In wrestling action tonight, the Jaguars wrestling team went 1-1 at the Rockford Triangular. They lost to Royalton/Upsala/Swanville 40-26 before defeating the host Rockets 39-25. Their next action is at the Pierz Triangular next Tuesday, February 1, against the host Pioneers and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

Final score in a home game tonight, the Jaguars girls basketball team fell to 4-9 overall with a tough 45-38 loss to Kimball Area. The Jaguars held a slim 18-16 halftime lead, took a few early leads up to a 23-23 tie, but the Cubs pulled away after that. The Cubs moved to 8-6 overall and 5-2 (2nd place) in the CMC. Up next, the girls basketball team looks to get back on track when they host Maple Lake (0-6 CMC, 6-8) this Friday night.

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results on Jan. 25:
Eden Valley-Watkins 55, Maple Lake 24
Pierz 75, Rockford 66
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 74, Holdingford 50

Area wrestling results on Jan. 25:
Minneota 35, Willmar 21
Willmar 34, BOLD 27
New London-Spicer 45, Paynesville Area 21
Osakis 47, Minnewaska 27

Area girls basketball results on January 25:
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 62, Ortonville 58
Osakis 48, Royalton 29
Hancock 67, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 34
BOLD 49, Yellow Medicine East 48
Montevideo 42, Minnewaska Area 33
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 66, Russel-Tyler-Ruthton 54
Albany 58, Melrose Area 47

Area boys basketball results on January 25:
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 66, Lac qui Parle Valley 61
Willmar 64, Rocori 61
Upsala 71, Holdingford 53
Redwood Valley 72, Springfield 68 OT (1st loss of the year for Springfield)
Melrose Area 61, Albany 55
Benson 73, Paynesville Area 57
Maccray 92, K-M-S 38
New London-Spicer 78, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 74
Montevideo 72, Minnewaska Area 59 (@ Montevideo)
Perham 63, West Central Area 13 (ouch! Perham is 12-0)

Both Jaguar girls and boys basketball lead at halftime tonight

Girls halftime score: B-B-E 18, Kimball 16. It's a defensive struggle, with the lead changing hands numerous times so far.

Boys halftime score: B-B-E 30, Hancock 21.

With 8:00 remaining in the game, and the clock in running time mode, the Jaguars have opened up a 62-23 lead over the winless Owls.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Jaguars boys basketball wins 53-33 over Paynesville in a typically difficult border battle between the neighboring schools

After leading 16-8 at halftime, the Jaguars boys basketball team built a double digit lead early in the second half and went on to win convincingly over the Paynesville Area Bulldogs in a non-conference border battle tonight. Now 14-0, the Jaguars have established a new record for consecutive wins in basketball at B-B-E. The previous record was set in 2001-2002 during a 13-0 start to the season.

Earlier in the night, the Jaguars B-squad team won 50-39 over the Bulldogs.

The Jaguars have little time for rest, as they gear up for a trip out west to Hancock on Tuesday night. The Owls are members of Sub-Section 6A-South with the Jaguars, so it will be an important game to set the tone for playoff seeding in March.

Tonight's game was aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood. D-Mac, as usual, provided outstanding coverage for the team, including very nice post-game interviews of Brady Koehler and Kirby Montbriand.

Player introduction prior to tip off tonight...the first 20 seconds are rough, I got there late and was putting my tripod on the camera after I started recording.

Tip off and the opening 30 seconds of the game...

Marshall Zachmann showing his support for the team, with his reaction below to one of many successful three point shots made in the second half by Brent Koehler.

Area boys basketball results on January 24:
St.Cloud Cathedral 64, Maple Lake 48 (A game featuring top teams in Sub-Section 5AA-North)
Dawson-Boyd 58, Ortonville 54
Ada-Borup 67, Norman County East 64
Albany 37, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 28

Area girls basketball results on January 24:
Sauk Centre 64, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 26
Barnesville 60, Asbhy 30
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 64, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 58 (A pretty big upset at Grove City between Sub-Section 2A-North teams, ACGC was ranked #47 on the QRF and BL-H-S was #15)
Brandon/Evansville 51, Park Christian 46
Battle Lake 57, Henning 43
West Central Area 56, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 30
New London-Spicer 63, Benson 46

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One of those enjoyable border battles is coming tonight between B-B-E and Paynesville Area

The last Paynesville Area boys basketball win over B-B-E was in the March 2008 Sub-Section 6AA-East quarterfinal round on a last-minute three pointer in a game that featured over 20 lead changes. The Jaguars led 69-66 on their home court before giving up two unanswered buckets to the Bulldogs after leading 69-66 in the final two minutes of the game. The Jaguars were seeded #4 that season, with the Bulldogs ranked #5 in the sub-section.

Generally speaking, when these teams meet you throw the records out the window at tip-off.

The game is on Smooth Magic 107 of Glenwood. (See more on that below.)


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Monday's home boys basketball game vs. Paynesville Area will be aired on Smooth Magic 107

Featuring a border battle between the Jaguars and Bulldogs, the boys basketball game on Monday night will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 of Glenwood. You can tune in at 107.1 FM on your radio or visit their website at and listen through Windows Media Player on your computer.

The following night on Tuesday (Jan. 25), the Jaguars girls basketball team's game against Kimball at home will be aired on The Train, 106.5 FM.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

BBE Dazzlers compete at the NL-S Dance Invitational today

The BBE Dazzlers High Kick squad performs below at the NL-S Dance meet today.
The beginning part of the BBE Dazzlers high kick competition at NL-S today.

A short wrestling update, at the NL-S wrestling tournament on Friday, Ross Rath won the 112 pound title to lead the Jaguars wrestling team. Rath won by fall in the semifinals (5:17) and then earned a 12-5 decision in the title match over Treyton Austvold of NL-S.

As a team, the Jaguars placed seventh, tied with Litchfield. They are next in action on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Rockford triangular. They will face the host Rockets as well as Royalton/Upsala/Swanville in two Central Minnesota Conference duals.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday night basketball results - Rockford gets past Kimball in boys basketball action

The only two I have right now...Sauk Centre's girls basketball team beat Melrose Area in Melrose 66-31.

Then at Sauk Centre, the Streeters boys basketball team lost a hard-fought battle to Minnewaska Area 66-60. The Lakers improve to 11-1 with the win. Sauk Centre falls to 10-5 overall.

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results on Jan. 21:
Rockford 76, Kimball Area 71
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 65, Maple Lake 40 (Just a guess, Mitch Wurm did not play tonight - he suffered a serious ankle injury earlier this week)
Holdingford 63, Eden Valley-Watkins 50

Area boys basketball results on Jan. 21:
Ortonville 50, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 46
Battle Lake 72, Parkers Prairie 42 (Battle Lake is 10-0)
New London-Spicer 53, Mora 45
Montevideo 59, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 51
Minnewaska Area 66, Sauk Centre 60

Area girls basketball results on Jan. 21:
West Central Area 56, Barnesville 52
Underwood 54, Ashby 26
Canby 54, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 49
Brandon/Evansville 57, Ortonville 47
New London-Spicer 53, Mora 45

Scenes from the B-B-E vs. Hancock girls basketball game on Monday night

Senior wing Ashley Kirckof on a short baseline jumper during the Jaguars' 9-2 run in the final two minutes of the first half.

Starter introductions...

B-B-E Dazzlers dance team travels to NL-S tomorrow

This Saturday, the B-B-E Dazzlers danceline team will compete at the NL-S Dance Invitational in New London. Doors open at NL-S High School at 11:00am. The welcome, introductions, and National Anthem are at 11:50am. The Varsity High Kick competition begins at 12:50pm, followed by Varsity Jazz Funk at 2:45pm. Awards are at 4:45pm.

The B-B-E Dazzlers will perform second in the Varsity Kick and Varsity Jazz rounds, following Albany both times. Tentative times for the Dazzlers are 1:50pm and 2:45pm.

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More from Monday night's girls basketball game vs. Hancock

In the closing couple of minutes of the first half during the B-B-E vs. Hancock girls basketball game, the Jaguars' defense picked it up and forced a turnover with 13 seconds on the clock.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Both Jaguar boys and girls basketball teams scorch the nets tonight win shootout wins, girls 79-76 vs. Rockford and boys 84-80 at Pierz

The Jaguars girls basketball team shook off a four-game losing streak in the Central Minnesota Conference with a high-scoring 79-76 win over visiting Rockford tonight. Senior post Maggie Gruber went 2-of-2 at the free throw line to ice the game with :03 ticks on the clock. Her free throws made it 79-73, before the Rockets launched a successful three pointer at the final buzzer. In the final half of the first half of the game, the Jaguars trailed 30-22 before going on a 12-0 run to seize control before halftime.
The Jaguars improve to 4-8 overall and 2-4 in the CMC. Rockford is 7-9 overall and 3-3 in the CMC. **A shocker at Kimball tonight, as the host Cubs defeat CMC front-runner and CMC unbeaten Pierz 62-53. Six games into the campaign for the CMC title, the Cubs are actually in the race at 4-2 (along with HL-W-W). Pierz is 5-1 in the league.

At Pierz tonight, the Jaguars boys basketball team is coming home with an 84-80 win. Glad to hear they picked up the "W", as Pierz is always a tough place to play at - no matter how good you are or how down they are. The Jaguars improve to 13-0 overall and 6-0 in the CMC. The 13 wins to start the season ties the 2001-2002 squad for the longest winning streak for B-B-E basketball.

Pierz (5-9 overall) falls into a virtual tie for second place in the CMC at 3-2. Other teams with two CMC losses are Kimball Area, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, and Maple Lake.

While I've got your attention, I can't forget to mention that the Jaguars wrestling team is in action at the NL-S tournament on Friday. The next day, this Saturday, the B-B-E Dazzlers danceline team will compete at the NL-S Invite. More details on that will follow on Friday.

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results on Jan. 20:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 45, Eden Valley-Watkins 38
Kimball Area 62, Pierz 53 (wow)

Area girls basketball scores on January 20:
Melrose Area 56, Brandon/Evansville 47
New London-Spicer 77, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 40
Paynesville Area 62, Holdingford 49
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 62, Park Christian (Moorhead) 41
Browerville 46, Osakis 45 (A tough Prairie Conference loss for the Silverstreaks)
Battle Lake 64, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 39

Area boys basketball results on January 20:
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 43, Brandon/Evansville 37
Barnesville 61, West Central Area 45
St.Cloud Cathedral 58, Albany 57
A-C-GC 66, Paynesville Area 51 (Bulldogs are 0-12)
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 58, Foley 48
Sauk Centre 73, Melrose Area 57 (An important sub-section win for the Streeters)
Bagley 85, Ada-Borup 77

Good grief! Just checked the temperature, and it's 21 below zero outside right now. Thank God, no wind to speak of, though.

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Jaguars girls basketball trail early vs. Rockford then lead 45-39 at halftime

The score is 18-13 advantage Rockets after they scored a three-point play with under 12:00 left in the first half.

With under 7:00 left, the Jaguars trailed 30-26 after scoring a 4-0 run.

**Update at 9:00...with 1:26 left, the Jaguars hold a slim 75-73 lead. It'll go down to the wire!

Up in Pierz, the Jaguars boys basketball team is duking it out with the Pioneers in a Central Minnesota Conference game.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jaguars boys basketball team buries Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted - Final score 71-48

The #4-ranked Jaguars boys basketball team has built a 46-21 lead heading into the second half at Howard Lake. Final score: B-B-E 71, HL-W-W 48. Impressive if you ask me! Coming into the game, HL-W-W was rated #31 out of 127 teams in the QRF rankings for Class AA on, only two spots behind New London-Spicer. This was a high quality win for the Jaguars. Another little nugget to ponder: in the last three years, the Jaguars have only three conference losses, with two of them coming during their trip to HL-W-W.

With all that said, I have to get this off my chest, it's terribly frustrating that NL-S isn't on the Jaguars' schedule! I do know for a fact it is because NL-S is afraid of losing to the Jaguars. And I know damn well that Jayme Moten wouldn't hit nine threes against the Jaguars either. (Eat crow, Wildcat fans)

The Lakers fall to 2-2 in the Central Minnesota Conference and 9-4 overall. Tonight is the first time since January 28, 2005 that the Jaguars have won at HL-W-W's house. In that meeting, the Jaguars beat the Lakers 41-39, avenging a loss suffered in their first meeting on December 14, 2004 in a 61-58 final in Belgrade that marred a 4-0 start to the Jaguars' season that year.

The 12-0 start by the Jaguars this season ties the 1996-1997 squad for the second-best winning streak to start a season. Fourteen seasons ago, the Jaguars started 12-0, then went 5-5 the rest of the regular season while finishing 8-4 (2nd) in the West Central South Conference and then also second in the Section 5A tournament.

The Jaguars have another strong test coming this Thursday, when they travel to Pierz for another CMC showdown against a very good Pioneers squad. Pierz was nipped by Kimball tonight by two points, no surprise considering what Kimball did against the Jaguars last week.

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results on January 18:
Kimball Area 56, Pierz 54 (Pioneers definitely miss the guys who are out for two weeks)
Maple Lake 66, Holdingford 41

Notes on the Kimball vs. Pierz game, courtesy of Little Falls radio sports broadcaster Rick Grammond: The Kimball Cubs handed the Pierz Pioneers their first loss in the CMC with a 56-54 win in Kimball tonight. Pierz jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game, but then went ice cold from the field and Kimball got their offense going, rattling off 13 consecutive points to grab the lead. Kimball led 24-19 at halftime. The Pioneers battled back, led by the hot hand of Preston Weber, eventually taking a 41-40 lead with about 3:30 left to play. Credit the Cubs, though. They run a disciplined half court offense and hit some key free throws down the stretch. Neil Helgeson led Kimball with 14 while Dillon Menson had 10. Weber led all scorers with 29, including 22 in the 2nd half. In his last 3 games, Weber has scored 27, 32 and now 29. Caleb Janson had another double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Pierz is now 3-1 in the CMC and 5-7 overall.

Area boys basketball results on January 18:
New London-Spicer 65, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 59 (Both teams were undefeated in the West Central North Conference coming into the game, held in New London)
Montevideo 71, Redwood Valley 63 (Thunderhawks survive a good test from the Cardinals)
Royalton 64, Osakis 57
Melrose 77, Paynesville 55
Brandon/Evansville 45, Ortonville 39
Parkers Prairie 54, Verndale 43
Sauk Centre 84, A-C-GC 68 (a big output for the Streeters)
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 51, Underwood 39

Area girls basketball results on January 18:
Minnewaska Area 40, Osakis 33 (Lakers pick up 1st win of the season, they are 1-11)
Hancock 79, Henning 39
Sisseton (S.D.) 53, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 17 (Ouch!)
Battle Lake 56, Brandon/Evansville 34
Rockford 67, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 53
Sartell 55, Alexandria 53 OT
Pierz 74, Foley 48
Maple Lake 47, Milaca 23
Paynesville Area 68, Swanville 41
St.Cloud Cathedral 57, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 53
Sauk Centre 64, Holdingford 30
Melrose Area 59, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 28

Another clip from the first half of last night's girls basketball game...they host Rockford on Thursday night in a CMC game.

The Rockford Rockets girls basketball team is 7-8 overall and 3-2 in the Central Minnesota Conference. They beat Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 67-53 tonight to snap a two-game losing streak.

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Jaguars vs. Lakers showdown in the Central Minnesota Conference is underway

Check back around 8:45pm to see some updates from the game!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Jaguars girls basketball comes back from 16 points down to trail 31-22 at halftime vs. Hancock, ultimately loses 63-40 to state-ranked Owls

The Jaguars girls basketball team fell behind by as many as 24 points in the second half, though, as Hancock won for the 12th time this season against no losses. The Owls are looking for a top two seed in Sub-Section 6A-South, and tonight they showed no reason why they shouldn't be considered one of the teams to beat in Section 6A.

The Owls jumped out to leads of 8-0 and then 29-13 before the Jaguars closed out the first half on a 9-2 run.

Fifth-ranked Hancock was helped by 21-of-23 shooting from the free throw line. For the Jaguars, junior Shyan Kuefler had a huge night, getting 19 points and 9 rebounds.

In this clip below, Shyan Kuefler forces a jump ball on a Hancock inbounds pass. Later, Raeann Sorenson slashes into the lane for a layup to cut into a big Hancock lead. With 6:36 left in the first half, Hancock was up 25-13.

Kuefler, along with Ashley Kirckof, earn points at the line for the Jaguars in the first half tonight.

Hopefully many of you can make the 65-70 mile trip tomorrow to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School, three miles south of Howard Lake. There, the Lakers will host our Jaguars boys basketball team in a showdown between top teams in the Central Minnesota Conference. While I doubt the team is, I sure am nervous about it! Hopefully the Jaguars are in top form and come back home with a win.

Area boys basketball scores on January 17:
Minnewaska Area 70, Albany 55 (Lakers win a battle between top Section 6AA teams)
Browerville 54, Parkers Prairie 50
Ortonville 72, Benson 55
Maccray 83, Lac qui Parle Valley 55
Ulen-Hitterdal 64, Fertile-Beltrami 59
Battle Lake 62, Henning 39 (Battlers are 9-0)
Litchfield 79, Melrose Area 70

Area girls basketball scores on Jan. 17:
Browerville 70, Swanville 56
Benson 66, West Central Area 62 Benson remains the top team in Sub-Section 6AA-West)
Upsala 79, Kimball Area 59

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Jaguars girls basketball is on Smooth Magic 107 on Monday night

The Jaguars girls basketball team's game against visiting Hancock will be broadcast on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood on Monday night.

If you can't get 107.1 on your radio dial, you can tune in by visiting their website at


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Jaguars boys basketball blasts 7-1 Brandon/Evansville by 30+ points

In a non-conference game between sub-section opponents, the Jaguars boys basketball team made a big statement with an 85-51 win over visiting Brandon/Evansville in an afternoon game today. They've still got a long ways to go to being at playoff form, but today's game was a step in the right direction. They'll need to bring the same type of performance for their next game, at Howard Lake next Tuesday. (See more on that below)

At halftime, the Jaguars (11-0) had built a 38-21 lead. The Chargers (7-2) would get no closer than 16 points in the second half. The Jaguars made a racket out of the Chargers' transition defense, taking it down court with break neck speed at every opportunity.

The Chargers only other loss was on January 4 to West Central Area in two overtimes, 71-66.

Up next for the Jaguars: their toughest test in conference play so far, when they travel to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Tuesday in a Central Minnesota Conference game. The Lakers are 2-1 in the CMC and 9-3 overall.

A host of updates for the girls basketball and wrestling teams can be found further below.

Area boys basketball results on January 15:
EVW 55, ACGC 49
Bertha-Hewitt 54, Royalton 35
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 58, Staples-Motley 30

Area girls basketball results on January 15:
Bertha-Hewitt 36, Royalton 17
Frazee 52, West Central Area 49
Barnesville 63, Brandon/Evansville 45
New London-Spicer 61, Litchfield 34

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More from the Paynesville Tournament

Heavyweight round opening match at Paynesville on January 14, with BBE's Matt Petersen and Zach Gibson from Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta/Hancock. Gibson, a junior, entered the tournament with a 15-1 record. Petersen, a sophomore, was competing in the first varsity action of his career.

Junior Daniel Rooney at the Paynesville Tournament, winning his opening round match by pin at 140 pounds against Brandon Bratsch of Renville County West/Maccray.

Click here to go to a photo gallery at the Sauk Centre Herald website with pictures from the Paynesville Tournament:

Final team standings at Paynesville: (1) Paynesville 173 (2) Holdingford 165 (3) Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran 149 (4) Morris Area/Hancock/Chokio-Alberta 142.5 (5) Becker (6) B-B-E 129.5 (7) Maccray/RCW 125 (8) Sartell-St.Stephen 102.5


Friday, January 14, 2011

Jaguars girls basketball trails 39-26 at halftime at Pierz - Final score: 74-50 loss

With 9:38 left in the first half, the Jaguars girls basketball team trailed 22-10.

The Pioneers had jumped out to a big early lead, then the Jaguars cut it to a 10-7 deficit. Pierz went on a 12-0 run to blow the game open with a 22-7 lead. Brittany Roelike helped break the Pioneers' run when she fed Erin Anderson in the paint for the Jaguars' second field goal of the game.

At the 3:00 mark in the first half, the Jaguars had kept pace with Pierz for a period of time to trail 34-23.

The Jaguars scored the first five points of the second half to cut the deficit to 39-31. The Pioneers put the throttle down, though, to go up 61-44 with six minutes remaining.

Final score: Pierz 74, B-B-E 50.

Pierz improves to 9-4 overall and 5-0 in the CMC. They lead the conference alone with an unblemished record. The Jaguars fall to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the CMC. They are effectively knocked out of the conference race with this loss. Of course, they still have plenty of season to play for and the sub-section race could get interesting if they can heat up and get to .500 or better heading into March.

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results on Jan. 14:
Eden Valley-Watkins 46, Holdingford 40
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 53, Maple Lake 44
Kimball Area 53, Rockford 46 (a nice win for the Cubs, they haven't beaten the Rockets since the 1990s)

A final note, tonight's game was aired on Smooth Magic 107 of Glenwood, with outstanding coverage provided by sports broadcaster Dave McClurg. Thanks, Dave!

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball standings on Jan. 14:
Pierz (5-0)
Kimball Area (3-2)
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (3-2)
Rockford (3-2)
Holdingford (2-2)
Eden Valley-Watkins (2-2)
B-B-E (1-4)
Maple Lake (0-5)

Area boys basketball results on January 14:
St.Cloud Catheldral 77, Melrose Area 75
Benson 81, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 44
Albany 79, Pierz 64
Montevideo 58, BOLD 44
Breckenridge 64, West Central Area 62 OT
New London-Spicer 62, Sauk Centre 59 (what a difference a year makes for the Streeters, although it's still not enough to nip the Wildcats in a conference battle)

Area girls basketball results on January 14:
BOLD 48, Montevideo 45
Upsala 78, Browerville 57

Games involving Section 6A boys basketball teams on Jan. 14
Ulen-Hitterdal 55, Norman County East 44
Ortonville 80, Hancock 51
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 65, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 39
Ada-Borup 75, Norman County West 44
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 50, Barnesville 45

Games involving Section 6A girls basketball teams on Jan. 14:
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 46, Brandon/Evansville 39
Barnesville 42, Underwood 39
Parkers Prairie 78, Battle Lake 46

**Don't miss out on Jaguar boys basketball action on Saturday afternoon, when they host the once-beaten Brandon/Evansville Chargers (7-1) in a 2:30pm matinee. The Chargers' lone loss is to West Central Area in a 71-66 double-overtime battle on January 4. They lead the Little Eight Conference with a 4-0 record, joining Battle Lake (8-0) at the top of the standings.

The Chargers average 63.8 points per game on offense, while on defense they give up an average of 47.5 points per game.

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Jaguars get five wrestlers into the semifinals at the Paynesville Tournament

Junior Daniel Rooney won by pin in his opening round match tonight in Paynesville.

Sophomore Patrick Rooney wins his opening round match via pin in Paynesville tonight.

In an eight-team tournament invitational at Paynesville Area tonight, the Jaguars wrestling team has landed five matmen in the semifinals.

Austin Jaeger, Ross Rath, Daniel Rooney, Patrick Rooney, and Tyler Tensen battled in the 6pm semifinal round.

Teams competing with the host Bulldogs and the Jaguars are Becker, Holdingford, Renville County West/Maccray, Morris Area/Hancock/Chokio-Alberta, Sartell, and Watertown-Mayer.

A few notes after hearing some final results: Tyler Tensen (119) and Patrick Rooney (160) earned individual titles at the Paynesville Area tournament. Patrick won 8-3 in his championship match. Ross Rath (112) earned a championship match berth, but lost a title bid in a 6-1 decision. Daniel Rooney (140) also fell in his championship match, falling in a 3-1 decision. Thanks to Junior High Coach Paul Rooney for that late night report!)

Sophomore Matt Schmitz tussle with Victor Lumley of Holdingford in his opening round match at Paynesville.

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Jaguar wrestlers go 1-1 at Osakis Triangular

The Jaguars wrestling team picked up a big win over United North Central 48-25 to earn their fourth team win of the season.

In the first dual of the triangular, Osakis beat UNC 39-36. UNC is a pairing of Sebeka and Menagha which also takes place in football.

In the nightcap, the Jaguars built an 18-point lead at 33-15 heading into the final three weight classes against Osakis. The Silverstreaks earned a third period pin at 189 and then won two pins at 215 and 285 to force a 33-33 tie.

Osakis won on criteria, whereby they scored the first points in 8 matches and B-B-E scored the first points in 6 matches. I'm not sure how far down on the tiebreaker criteria that is, but I know it isn't near the top of the list.

Today, the Jaguars will compete at the Paynesville Area Tournament beginning at 4:00pm.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jaguar girls basketball travels to Pierz tomorrow night (Friday) - Coverage can be heard by Smooth Magic 107

You can listen to the girls basketball game on Friday night by tuning in online via your computer via your Windows Media Player program by visiting the Smooth Magic 107 website Once you open up their website, click on one of the blue "headset" links. That should open up Windows Media Player and get the broadcast going on your computer. You'll need a good internet connection to make it work.

Click here to read a story on the Pierz vs. Maple Lake girls basketball game:

Another update...Coach Hagen will be interviewed on Smooth Magic 107 at 7:30am on Saturday morning in the Coaches' Roundup show.


Jaguar boys survive their toughest test of the season to win 70-68 in overtime against Kimball

In a very low-scoring overtime period, the Jaguars boys basketball team went five-for-six from the free throw line to edge the lone bucket by Kimball, a three pointer with under 10 seconds left. Final score: B-B-E 70, Kimball Area 68. The game was tied at 65-65 after regulation was complete.

In the final minute of the overtime period with the Jaguars up 67-65, Brady Koehler delivered his third blocked shot of the game. Moments later, Kevin Kuefler was fouled hard at mid court with 16.2 seconds left. He went to the line and sank two double bonus free throws to give his team a four point cushion. The Cubs showed their perseverance when Cameron Hunt drained a long three pointer to close the gap to one. Then with two seconds left, Brady Koehler was fouled and went 1-of-2 on double bonus shots to put the Jaguars up by two. The Jaguars had only five team fouls at that point, so they committed an intentional foul to break up the action with .4 seconds left. The Cubs were unable to get a shot off on their final inbounds play and were sent home with their fourth loss of the year.

The Jaguars, who led 36-35 at halftime, are now 10-0 overall and 4-0 in the Central Minnesota Conference, while Kimball falls to 6-4 and 2-2 in the CMC. On Saturday, once-beaten Brandon/Evansville comes to town to face the Jaguars in a home non-conference game. The Chargers (7-1) are also in Sub-Section 6A-South.

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results on Jan. 13:
Pierz 75, Rockford 59
Maple Lake 51, Eden Valley-Watkins 26
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 68, Holdingford 32

As far as the Pierz fiasco goes, this is confirmed: Out for two weeks (four games) for the Pioneers boys basketball team will be 2 senior captain starters, 1 sophomore starter, 1 senior bench and 1 junior bench. Apparently all five contribute heavily to the varsity team, but it apparently didn't affect them in their big win over visiting Rockford tonight.

A standing-room only crowd was on hand in Clara City tonight, with the visiting Montevideo Thunderhawks defeating the Maccray Wolverines 64-57. A quote from a bystander, "The Hawks never trailed. Not a seat in the house was open, a lot of emotion with a playoff atmosphere."

In New London at "Fort Knox", the visiting Sauk Centre Mainstreeters girls basketball team handed the Wildcats their second loss of the season by a 61-48 final margin. The 'Cats led 32-28 at halftime.

Area boys basketball scores from January 13:
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 50, Parkers Prairie 42
Minnewaska Area 74, Benson 41
Browerville 61, Osakis 53
Ashby 79, Eagle Valley 63
Upsala 60, Royalton 40
Battle Lake 58, Underwood 37 (Battle Lake is 8-0)
Brandon/Evansville 71, Rothsay 28 (B/E is 7-1, the Jaguars host them on Saturday)

Area girls basketball scores on Jan. 13:
Yellow Medicine East 60, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 41
Pelican Rapids 67, West Central Area 66
Sauk Centre 61, New London-Spicer 48
Hancock 48, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 46
Benson 70, Minnewaska Area 29
BOLD 51, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 46
Underwood 42, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 38

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Jaguars are in trouble against Kimball, come back from seven points down to force overtime!

With about 12 minutes left in the game, the Jaguars boys basketball team trailed 47-44.

The visiting Cubs built the lead as high as seven points with under seven minutes left.

More to follow, hopefully they can pull out the win!

Update at 9:05pm...we have overtime underway right now against Kimball.

The Cubs blew a seven point lead in the final three minutes of regulation, with the Jaguars tying the game at 65-65 when the second half ended.

Stay tuned for the results from overtime!

Tonight - Wrestlers compete at Osakis Triangular, Boys basketball hosts Kimball Area in a game that will be aired on The Train

The Jaguars wrestling team (3-8 dual record) will compete against the host Osakis Silverstreaks and the United North Central Warriors. The Jaguars will wrestle in the second and third duals of the night, at 6:30 against UNC and 8pm against Osakis.

UNC is 0-4 in duals, while Osakis is 6-3. UNC's four losses were: Blackduck/Cass Lake/Bena 24-46, Park Rapids Area 36-45, United Clay Becker 36-39, and Walker/Hackensack/Ackley/Nevis 32-40. At the Perham "Barrel O' Fun Invitational", UNC placed just ahead of Sauk Centre/Melrose on January 8: New London-Spicer 263.0, Mille Lacs 169.5, Detroit Lakes 140.5, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis 133.0, Perham 129.0, New York Mills 128.0, United North Central 87.0, Sauk Centre-Melrose 79.0, Roseau 53.5.

In a home game tonight, the Jaguars boys basketball team will entertain Kimball Area in a Central Minnesota Conference match up. The Cubs are 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the CMC.
The Train, 106.5 FM, will be carrying the B-B-E vs. Kimball game.

Check this out, from the St.Cloud Times today: Five basketball players from Pierz Healy High School have been suspended from school for three days for an alleged hazing incident.

Superintendent George Weber says the Pierz boys basketball team was on its way home from a game in Maple Lake when one of the players reported that he was inappropriately touched and felt violated. The Brainerd Dispatch reports the student was not touched sexually.

Weber says the five students were suspended Monday through Wednesday and will return to school today. The boys will not be able to play in any basketball games for two weeks.

The superintendent says school officials have been talking with high school students about inappropriate behavior and making sure that the students don’t hold any animosity.

Click here to see another story, with much more depth, at the Morrison County Record newspaper website:

The suspension of the players was effective as of Monday this week, January 10 and will last for two weeks. The Pierz Pioneers are set to host the Jaguars on January 20. No word yet on if any of the five players are integral parts of the Pioneers' varsity team.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

More from the Osakis boys basketball game - The Train (106.5 FM) will carry the Jaguars vs. Kimball on Thursday

The Jaguars started out strong defensively and took every opportunity to push the ball down court with lightning speed against Osakis on Monday night.

On Thursday night this week, the Jaguars boys basketball team will host Kimball Area in a Central Minnesota Conference game. You can listen to the game on 106.5 FM the Train, with Bill Dean providing play-by-play coverage.

B-B-E Dazzlers Jazz Funk squad at Alexandria this past weekend

The B-B-E Dazzlers competed at the 15th annual Alexandria Danceline Invitational on January 8.

The B-B-E Dazzlers Danceline team will travel to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City this weekend for their second competition of the season.

The A-C-GC Danceline Invitational begins at 12:00pm noon on Saturday, Jan. 15. Other teams competing with the Jaguars and host Falcons include Melrose Area, Paynesville Area, Swanville.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Jaguars girls basketball team's furious comeback bid falls short to Holdingford - Jaguars wrestlers lose close one at Holdingford

Junior Raeann Sorenson led the Jaguars with 22 points and two three pointers tonight against Holdingford.

Early in the first half tonight, the Jaguars girls basketball team trailed visiting Holdingford 14-5.

The Huskers expanded on a 31-24 halftime lead to go up 48-30 with seven minutes left in the game. The Jaguars made a run at them down the stretch, but it was not enough.

Final score: Holdingford 58, B-B-E 54. The Huskers improved to 2-2 in the CMC and 5-5 overall.

B-B-E, who fell to 1-3 in the CMC and 3-6 overall, will travel to CMC front-runner Pierz on Friday night. That game will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood. Visit their website to listen to the game online:

The Jaguars wrestling team battled Holdingford on the road on Tuesday night in a CMC dual. They started out strong, building a 15-3 lead that included two pins by Ross Rath ((112) and Tyler Tensen (119). After Holdingford came back to win five straight matches and go up 28-15, the Jaguars earned a pin (Dillon Knutson, 171) and a forfeit (Erik Swenson, 189) to build a slim 31-28 lead. The Huskers won the final two matches with a pin and a technical fall to win their 10th dual meet of the season. Final score: Holdingford 39, B-B-E 31.

The wrestling team is in action on Thursday night at the Osakis Triangular, which also includes United North Central. (UNC is a pairing between Sebeka and Menagha) The Jaguars face UNC at approximately 6:30pm, followed by the Osakis match up at 8pm. Osakis is 5-3 in duals this year.

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results on Jan. 11:
HL-W-W 78, Kimball Area 53
Rockford 51, Eden Valley-Watkins 49
Pierz 59, Maple Lake 46 (Pierz leads the CMC at 4-0)

Central Minnesota Conference wrestling results on Jan. 11:
Eden Valley-Watkins 46, Royalton-Upsala/Swanville 18

Area girls basketball results on January 11:
Sauk Centre 66, Mora 47
Brandon/Evansville 40, Ashby 37 (OT)
Melrose Area 50, Milaca 33
Eagle Valley 55, Osakis 48
Parkers Prairie 84, Henning 46
Ortonville 61, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 46
Hancock 37, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 29 (Warriors play the Owls tough in Wheaton, where Hancock trailed 17-12 at halftime)
Benson 63, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 55
Paynesville Area 59, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 55 (a nice conference win for the Bulldogs)
Upsala 70, St.John's Prep 31

Area boys basketball scores from January 11:
Minnewaska Area 58, Lac qui Parle Valley 54 (Lakers trailed until 3:09 left in the game)
Upsala 66, Kimball Area 47
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 49, Ashby 41 (Arrows play the Comets tough on their home floor)
Benson 80, A-C-GC 49
HL-W-W 54, Litchfield 49
Eagle Valley 53, Parkers Prairie 29
Sisseton (SD) 60, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 49
Campbell-Tintah-Fairmount 71, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 53
Brandon/Evansville 53, Underwood 34
Maple Lake 46, St.John's Prep 38
Ada-Borup 55, Ulen-Hitterdal 51 (OT battle of top Sub-Section 6A-North teams)
Sauk Centre 54, Mora 46
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 77, Paynesville Area 43
Montevideo 68, YME 50
BOLD 72, K-M-S 31
Henning 60, Menagha 56
Melrose Area 75, Milaca 51

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Jaguars boys, girls basketball both win tonight by wide margins

The Jaguars line up during the National Anthem, played by the Osakis High School pep band tonight.

The Jaguars boys basketball team posted a 68-39 win at Osakis, while improving to 9-0 overall. Osakis, who is in Section 6AA, fell to 2-8 with the loss. The boys basketball team hosts Kimball Area on Thursday night this week in a Central Minnesota Conference game. The Cubs are 6-2 overall and 2-1 in the CMC, one game behind the Jaguars in the standings.

In Osakis tonight, the Jaguars jumped out to early leads of 7-0, 13-1, and 15-3 to take control of the first half. Osakis showed its grit by battling back to a 21-13 deficit, but the Jaguars would not let them get any closer as they pulled away for a 40-27 lead at halftime.

In the second half, both teams traded baskets, beginning with a three pointer by Kirby Montbriand, before the Jaguars went on a 12-0 run to break the game wide open. Osakis never threatened the rest of the way, as the Jaguars' defense held them to 12-of-40 shooting from the field for the game.

Great coverage was provided by D-Mac with Smooth Magic 107 of Glenwood.

The Jaguars girls basketball team won 62-41 over visiting Paynesville Area. The Bulldogs led 28-24 at halftime. The Jaguars (3-5, 1-2 CMC) host Holdingford tomorrow night in a Central Minnesota Conference game. The Huskers are 1-2 in the CMC and 4-5 overall.

The Jaguars wrestling team travels to Holdingford for a dual meet on Tuesday night. The Jaguars are 3-7 in dual meets this season, with Holdingford at 9-3. Paynesville Area was to be involved in a triangular with the two teams, but they recently backed out.

Action from the first half tonight in Osakis.

Area boys basketball results on January 10:
Minneapolis Roosevelt 55, Rockford 50
Maccray 69, Yellow Medicine East 52
Melrose Area 71, Holdingford 49
Foley 51, Eden Valley-Watkins 34

Area girls basketball results on January 10:
Hancock 58, Maccray 36
Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 68, BOLD 61
Yellow Medicine East 41, Minnewaska Area 24
Staples-Motley 62, West Central Area 48
Upsala 81, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 48

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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Jaguars boys basketball at Osakis will be on Smooth Magic 107 on Monday night

The Jaguars face the Class 2A Silverstreaks in Osakis on Monday night in a non-conference game. They will be attempting to run their unbeaten streak to nine straight games since the beginning of the season.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars girls basketball team will host neighboring rival Paynesville Area on Monday at 7:30pm. The Jaguars' game at Pierz on Friday night this week will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 of Glenwood.


Jaguars boys basketball improves to 8-0 with an 85-72 win at Rockford

Connor Goodwin led all scorers at Rockford with 22 points.

The Jaguars boys basketball team is now 3-0 in the Central Minnesota Conference. Rockford, a team dominated by juniors this season, fell to 2-8 overall with the loss.

They travel to Osakis (2-7) on Monday night for a non-conference game against the Class AA Silverstreaks.

More will follow later.

Area boys basketball results on Jan. 8:
Maccray 66, BOLD 50
Underwood 71, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 42
Breckenridge 54, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 35
Montevideo 67, Dawson-Boyd 36
Hawley 79, West Central Area 50

Area boys basketball results on Jan. 8:
Staples-Motley 68, Osakis 39
Underwood 41, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 37
Benson 62, Montevideo 54

Benson Wrestling Invitational results on Jan. 8:
Border West 218.5, Fergus Falls 183.5, Benson 161.5, Barnesville 133.0, Minnewaska Area 127.5, Breckenridge/Cambell-Tintah 127.0, Mahnomen/Waubun 105.0, Ortonville 32.0

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Saturday, January 08, 2011

A great start to the season for the B-B-E Dazzlers Danceline team at today's Alexandria Invitational

The final shot of the Jazz Funk squad's performance during the Class A competition in Alexandria today.

The B-B-E "Dazzlers" Danceline team competed in both the High Kick and Jazz Funk categories in the Class A division at the 15th annual Alexandria Danceline Invitational today. Both performances were outstanding, especially for their first competition of the season.

The Dazzlers competing in the High Kick competition today in Alexandria.

Check next week's local newspapers for more from today's danceline meet.

The Jaguars Danceline team's next competition is next Saturday (Jan. 15) at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

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Jaguars danceline to open the season today at Alexandria Invitational - first competition is at 12:15pm - Boys basketball travels to Rockford tonight

The danceline meet began at 10:30am today at Jefferson High School in Alexandria.

The Jaguars boys basketball team will play its CMC game at Rockford tonight, Saturday. It was scheduled for last night but school was let out early, forcing all evening activities to be postponed.

Here's a link to the photo gallery at the Sauk Centre Herald website of the B-B-E vs. Maple Lake boys basketball game on Jnauary 4:

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results on Jan. 7:
Pierz 71, Maple Lake 42 (Pierz outclassed the Irish in every phase of the game in Maple Lake - my thoughts: watch out for the Pioneers)
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 65, Eden Valley-Watkins 42
Kimball Area 58, Holdingford 50

In Maple Lake, Pierz led 38-28 at halftime and limited the Irish to four second half field goals. The Pioneers stretched their lead to 67-37 in the game's final minutes. Read more from the game later.

Area boys basketball results on Friday night, January 7:
Sauk Centre 58, Milaca 45
St.John's Prep 53, Osakis 42 (Osakis is 2-7, they host the Jaguars on Monday night)
Henning 53, Verndale 41
Upsala 77, Browerville 55

Area girls basketball results on Friday night, January 7:
Pierz 68, Aitkin 42
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 51, Kimball Area 46 OT
New London-Spicer 69, Albany 50
Melrose Area 69, Holdingford 50
Sauk Centre 64, Milaca 26
Bertha-Hewitt 54, Menahga 37
Pillager 51, Henning 43
Underwood 50, Battle Lake 46

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Friday, January 07, 2011

School is let out early, evening activities are canceled

Highway 71 south of Elrosa, north of Skunk Creek, around 3:30 on Friday afternoon.

Highway 55 is wicked out west.

Another blizzard is raging across the west central Minnesota area.

The wrestling invitational and boys basketball game have both been canceled. The wrestling most likely won't be rescheduled, but the boys basketball game at Rockford will be made up at a later date.

Hopefully tomorrow straightens out and the danceline meet at Alexandria will still take place.

More action from Tuesday night's basketball games for the Jaguars

Under 6:00 left in the game, BBE vs. Maple Lake.

About 12 minutes left in the first half, BBE vs. Melrose Area.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Jaguars girls basketball is in a dogfight at Eden Valley tonight in a Central Minnesota Conference clash, ends up losing 44-34

The Jaguars girls basketball team is trying to snap a three-game losing streak tonight, while they are on the road at Eden Valley-Watkins in a CMC game.

With five minutes left in the first half, the Jaguars are tied with the Eagles 13-13.

Halftime score at Eden Valley: Eagles 23, Jaguars 18.

For the second game in a row, the Jaguars were limited to 16 second-half points, as they ended up losing 44-34 to the Eagles tonight. They are now 1-2 in the CMC and 2-5 overall. EV-W improves to 4-8 overall and 2-1 in the CMC.

More will follow in the morning.

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results on January 6:
Kimball Area 49, Maple Lake 35
Rockford 54, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 50
Pierz 71, Holdingford 48

Area boys basketball results on January 6:
St.Cloud Apollo 55, Little Falls 46 (I was really hoping the Flyers would knock off the Eagles "dream team" of Apollo's players used to be at Holdingford until he cheated the MSHSL rules and open enrolled in St.Cloud as a junior.)
Bertha-Hewitt 60, Henning 32
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 79, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 50
Montevideo 78, Benson 51
BOLD 62, Paynesville Area 40
New London-Spicer 57, Albany 51
LP-GE 83, St.Cloud Cathedral 57
Minnewaska Area 82, Yellow Medicine East 60

Area girls basketball results on January 6:
MACCRAY 57, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 44 (upset win for the Wolverines)
Perham 63, West Central Area 49
Parkers Prairie 85, Browerville 29
Upsala 76, Eagle Valley 40
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 50, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 31
Osakis 59, Swanville 36

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This is truly awesome - NBC will be in Sauk Centre on Monday to interview one of the co-owners of the Sauk Centre Herald

NBC is coming to Sauk Centre on Monday, January 10th to interview Sauk Centre Herald Editor and Publisher Dave Simpkins on what people think about President Obama and the changes he has tried to put in place. This interview is to be aired during the State of the Union Address.

Stay tuned for more details!


Wednesday, January 05, 2011

More from Tuesday night's action on the basketball courts for the Jaguars

Senior Julie Hieserich slashing to the basket against Melrose.

The Jaguars went up 18-14 with under seven minutes left in the first half against Melrose. Their lead did not last until halftime, though.

The tip off between the Jaguars and Dutchmen. Moments later the Jaguars scored on a close baseline bucket by Maggie Gruber.

From the second half of the Maple Lake game...

Click here to see a photo gallery of action from the BBE vs. Melrose girls basketball game:

Both the girls and boys basketball teams will be in action again this week, in Central Minnesota Conference games. The girls travel to Eden Valley-Watkins on Thursday night, while the boys make the long trip to Rockford on Friday.

The Jaguars wrestling team is in action on Friday, when they host an 8-team tournament beginning at 3:30pm.

The Jaguars danceline team opens their 2011 season with the first competition of the year, at Alexandria, this Saturday at Jefferson High School. Read more on their squad further below as well as in this week's local newspapers.

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