Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cliche but...all good things come to an end

The Jaguars huddle up after the starter introductions. They are an incredibly classy, easy-going, down-to-earth bunch of young men. We are so lucky to have them in the B-B-E school system.

Final: Melrose Area 87, B-B-E 56. The Jaguars got worked tonight! This is what they've done to countless very good teams over the past 4 years. Remember MACCRAY only a few weeks ago? They have a really good team this year, and the Jaguars scorched the daylights out of them. It's okay to get a taste of it, as long as it's not at State! The outcome was reminiscent of the 2002 sub-section championship in which the Jaguars got worked over by a very fast, physical Ortonville Trojans team and lost 65-41. The first half did not go well at all on that night in Morris, while tonight the Jaguars were very competitive with Melrose. Ortonville went on to win Section 5A and compete at State, where they eventually lost to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in the 3rd-place game. Coincidentally, B-B-E beat HL-W-W in the final game of the regular season that year at H.H.H. Auditorium on a last-second rebound shot by Josh Eckstein.

I know one thing: I am very proud to cover this team. They are a fantastic group of young men. For the record...the direct win streak ended at 50 wins...50-0 in the last 50 games! Wow! The Jaguars had won 78 regular season games in a row dating back to February 4, 2010. A streak just a few days shy of three years! Whew! On that night they lost at Dawson-Boyd 77-72. More irony: that night was wicked cold just as tonight is! After the loss to the Blackjacks, the Jaguars reeled off 9 straight wins heading into the Sub-Section 6A-South playoffs, and after that they won every regular season game of the past two seasons. The 2010 playoffs ended in a 54-50 loss in the sub-section final to Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.

And...we all know how the playoffs went in the last two trips through Section 6A!

James Kuefler had a very strong game tonight. Shown is Kuefler going up for a coast-to-coast layup ahead of the Dutchmen defense with 9:44 left in the first half. His bucket made it Melrose 12, B-B-E 11. PHOTO BY HERMAN LENSING, Melrose Beacon
**Can't miss mentioning: Melrose senior guard Scottie Stone broke the single-game school record for points scored with 44 points. All told, he hit 8 three-pointers in the second half (possibly a state record?) and 10 overall in the game. B-B-E did a remarkable job holding him to 12 points in the first half...but the St. Cloud State University-signee went off for 32 points after halftime.

Here's the final moments of the first half... 

For the game, B-B-E shot 32% from the floor. A shooting percentage that low will make it tough to win on game night, unless you play absolutely incredible defense. Against Scottie Stone and Company tonight, that wasn't in the cards. The Dutchmen, officially, shot just over 50% (32-61) on field goals.

**Update near midnight: just saw that the B-B-E Dazzlers dance team tied for third place out of six teams at the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City invitational. A nice finish for the team as they prepare for the Section 4A playoffs this Saturday in Hawley. Other teams included are Bagley, Crosby-Ironton, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Frazee, Pelican Rapids, Pierz, Pine River-Backus, United Clay-Becker (Hawley, Lake Park-Audubon pairing) and Mahnomen/Waubun.

And a wrestling final score tonight: Kimball Area 43, B-B-E 22.

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Neck and neck game playing out

With 8:21 left in the first half, the Jaguars have a 13-12 lead in a shot clock game.

Here's the run out onto the court to start pre-game drills...

No word yet on the wrestling team at Kimball.

483 visitors here as of mid-way through the first half.

*Update from Kimball: with the heavyweight match about to begin, the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team has a slim 33-27 lead over Osakis.

***Halftime: Melrose Area 37, B-B-E 30.

The second half should start at about 20:25.



Gym is half full at the start of the B-squad game!

By the time I arrived at 18:50, with about 6 minutes left in the B-squad game, the gymnasium bleachers were filled to capacity.

Over 2,000 fans are in attendance!

The pre-game drill clock is hitting zero at 19:32.


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Eyes on the prize

The 2012 state champion trophy, shown sitting in the boys' basketball trophy case outside their gymnasium at the B-B-E elementary school this morning. Oh, the sweet memories!!!!
*Don't forget: tonight is BLUE and SILVER night in Melrose. Dress accordingly! (and warmly!)

I've thought long and hard about how it would feel if the Jaguars lose tonight's game. I go from being sanguine about it to being greedy. For heaven's sake, I woke up at 1am, 3am and 5:30am last night just from the nerves attributed to this game!

Heck yes, I want the winning streak to continue! At the same time, the Jaguars need to be battle-tested for the Section 6A playoffs...and if they're able to make it past Section 6A, then they have to be ready for the Class A state tournament.

I probably will get hate mail because of this opinion, but I would rate the Jaguars as slight underdogs going into the game. Face it, the game is on Melrose's court on a gymnasium that our crew hasn't played on in nearly 14 months. I do have to put a great deal of weight on B-B-E fans, as they need to absolutely overflow the visitors' side of the court!!!!

Tonight is certainly a night that prepares them for March Madness!

Speaking of which: carve out these dates on your calendar! Boys basketball section playoffs: Sub-section quarterfinal is Thursday March 7; sub-section semifinal is Saturday March 9; sub-section final is Tuesday March 12; Section 6A final is Friday March 15 in Morris.

**Added at 14:47 this'll want to take a look at this, which is coverage of last summer's B-B-E's home tournament where they squared off with Melrose Area in the championship game. Click to see video and other information...material you will only find right here...good stuff!

Sidebar: I can't miss mentioning that the Jaguars wrestling team will compete in perhaps the most important night of action on their winter schedule with a triangular at Kimball Area that also includes Osakis. All three teams are in Section 5A. Also tonight, the B-B-E Dazzlers dance team will compete at the A-C-GC Invitational in Grove City.

Here's the album of the B-B-E Dazzlers performing at halftime on Friday night at the Holdingford game:

And here's the basketball album from Friday night's game that also had John Millea (media specialist) with the Minnesota State High School League in attendance:

(Whew, 248 visitors at this blog already and the day's not half over!)

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Reminder about some chalk talk!!!

I'm guessing there's a 99% chance the game will take place. Please remind others to be smart while traveling tonight. Be prepared for an emergency, drive with caution and don't be rushed to arrive in Melrose before the game. Their parking lot (which is quite expansive) will be a three-ring circus!

B-B-E currently holds the longest active winning streak of any basketball team in Minnesota.

Some fun fun facts about the game: B-B-E has the top-rated defense in Class A at 44.2 points per game; Melrose Area has the third-best rated offense in Class AA at 75.8 points per game; the top two players for the Dutchmen are seniors Scottie Stone (27 points per game) and Isaac Sawyer (15 points per game);

I will post random updates to this blog at halftime and during the second half for those who can't sit by a computer or radio throughout the game. Otherwise...

Here's the "skinny" on the other game coverage I'm aware of: 
- Tom Elliot, sports editor at the St. Cloud Times, will be there
- Dave McClurg, sports broadcaster with Smooth Magic 107 of Glenwood, will announce on 107.1 FM
- Don Leukam and Bill Dean will announce on 106.5 FM the Train of Norway Lake-Sunburg
- Mark and Joyce Knoblauch will webcast and web-announce the game on

  • Here's Coach Duscha's post-game comments after their 90-61 win over Pierz on Tuesday night on BOB FM with Kirby Hemmesch announcing:

"These guys are so focused and prepared and determined. Very rarely do we have to get after them. We just had a few adjustments to make at halftime.

We needed to get back on defense and find Cullen Carter, because he was absolutely killing us in the first half. We needed to be stronger on our box outs. 

I wasn't worried at all about our offense. We typically talk very little about our offense. If we can get a defensive stop, I think we have a good chance of scoring on the other end.

Everything we talk about at halftime is usually predicated on defense.

(Kirby) On BBE in your own gym:

I talked to the guys in practice yesterday. I asked to raise their hands if somebody has told you about the Pierz game or asked you about it. Nobody raised their hands. I asked the same question about BBE and they all raised their hands. All 15 of them.

It was undeniable at the beginning of the year to look at this game and see something special coming. They're such a great program with such a great winning streak. I hope they don't lose tonight, which would take so much out of our game against them. I really don't think they'll lose tonight.

It could be one of the biggest crowds we've ever had in this gymnasiums. It should be a packed house with two great crowds and two great teams going after each other."

  • Here's Coach Duscha's post-game comments on Tuesday night with Mark Knoblauch of

(Mark) What's your guess on what the score will be?

I don't think it'll hit the 90s. Both teams are too good defensively. Especially them. They're better on defense than we are. It'll be tough for us to score. I think it'll get into the 70s.

It will be a shot clock game, although I don't know if that will be much of a factor. That's where both teams like to play. I don't think it will be a shoot out, though.

(Mark) The 1-3-1 worked vs. Pierz…but how about vs. BBE?

No matter what you run, you will have problems. If you run man, they have enough weapons to beat you. Same story with a zone. Whatever we're in, we'll have to do two things. (1) guard them and (2) rebound. It's so much easier said than done. Everyone talks about it. If we don't do that on Thursday it will be tough. 

A 36-minute game is a long time. We have a veteran crew with guys who have played in big games. They have too, and especially with them having experience in bigger games than we've had recently. They won't be in awe of the crowd. We hopefully won't be either.

The atmosphere should be wonderful. 

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B-B-E schools will be 2 hours late today

Here's where the day started for me around 7:15am!

For Thursday, January 31, school at B-B-E will start 2 hours late.

In taking a glance at, there's a west-northwest wind of 21 miles per hour in Glenwood. Windchill is 33 below zero! When I first saw the temperature of 8 below on my cell phone after I got the phone call from B-B-E at 5:28am, I thought "8 below isn't bad...the 2 hours late probably wasn't necessary"...well, yeah it is necessary with that wind.

Here's action from the final minute of the first half against Holdingford on Friday night:

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Mistakes by adults should have some level of consequences, especially if it embarrasses an entire community.

Doing so sets a good example for our children.

By the way, here's some coverage of tomorrow night's big game:

I don't know about anyone who's reading this, but I will get as much sleep tonight as I did the night before Thursday, March 24, 2011!!

**And to all B-B-E fans: it's Blue and Silver dress accordingly!!!

#1 B-B-E vs. #1 Melrose Area will be on two radio stations

You can catch the call of the game on 106.5 FM the Train of Norway Lake-Sunburg and also Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood. (Not BOB FM...they will have boys' hockey action.)
By the way, between the matches B-B-E had against Pierz and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Jaguars wrestling coach B.J. Friedrichs honored the 8 seniors on the team and the senior student manager. It was a touching moment and brought us a glimpse of the emotional times the team is enduring this season. The Jaguars defeated HL-W-W by a 43-21 score in the nightcap. They are 10-3 in duals this season heading into a hugely important triangular at Kimball on Thursday night. More on that will follow tomorrow. Osakis is the other team there.

The Jaguars welcome senior Austin Jaeger back to the huddle after he won the 138-pound match against Pierz by a pin in 19 seconds flat!

Also, hats off to the 14 B-B-E students who advanced from the Region meet to the State FCCLA meet. Great job!

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#1 B-B-E vs. #1 Melrose Area!

I just dug back in my memory banks and realized this is probably the most-hyped up regular season boys' basketball game that B-B-E has ever been involved in.

It reminds me of the talk about when B-B-E was set to host Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in mid-January of 2002. Both teams were highly ranked in Class A that season and entered the contest undefeated in the Central Minnesota Conference. The Jaguars were 13-0 when that game took place and hosted the Lakers in front of a packed crowd of over 800 fans.

HL-W-W won 81-64 after pulling away from the Jaguars late in the second half.

The top of the final 2001-2001 CMC standings showed:
HL-W-W (13-1)
B-B-E (12-2)

**2013 boys' basketball playoff dates: sub-section quarterfinal is Thursday March 7; sub-section semifinal is Saturday March 9; sub-section final is Tuesday March 12; Section 6A final is Friday March 15 in Morris.

**2013 girls' basketball playoff dates: play-in round is Monday February 25; sub-section quarterfinal is Thursday February 28; sub-section semifinal is Saturday March 2; sub-section final is Tuesday March 5; Section 6A final is Friday March 8.

Time for a half-day long vacation. I'll be back posting on Thursday. I hope to see most if not all of the central-Minnesota-dwelling readers of this website at Melrose high school tomorrow night!!!

**Breaking news...alright I admit, it's hard to stay off of the computer during this exciting week...I just got the new state rankings from Minnesota Basketball News. As expected, Melrose Area moved from #2 last week to #1 this week. So...there you have it! It's #1 vs. #1 tomorrow night in Melrose.

Noteworthy: Upsala (15-0) climbed to #4 in Class A.

While I've got your attention, here's the link to a helpful guideline on how other countries treat drunk we do it in the U.S. is an utterly shameful joke:

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hot damn! No sleep from now to Thursday night!

Here's two final scores in boys' basketball action tonight:

Melrose 90, Pierz 61. Scottie Stone led the Dutchmen with 25 points as one of five Dutchmen players scoring in double figures. Others were Isaac Sawyer (20 points) along with Seth Noll, Ryan Elfering and Mitch Niehaus. The Pioneers had a 36-32 lead at halftime, with senior Cullin Carter leading the way for Pierz with 17 points by halftime.

Asked about the first half and the halftime deficit, Melrose head coach Ryan Duscha commented, "I told our guys to just settle down and play defense. We weren't getting back like we should have. And we also had to keep better track of (Cullin) Carter, who was tearing it up in the first half."

B-B-E 63, Eden Valley-Watkins 35.

Enough said!

Here's part of the post-game interview with BOB FM's Kirby Hemmesch and Coach Duscha...

Here's the final 40 seconds of the first half of the Holdingford game last Friday night...

At Maple Lake, the Jaguars girls' basketball team will play overtime against the Irish! Hailey Braegelman hit a shot to tie the game at 41-41 and send it into overtime. Final: Maple Lake 50, B-B-E 47.

*Coming Saturday: a very exciting youth wrestling tournament will be held at the B-B-E High School. The Little Jags wrestlers will compete in a full day of action against teams from around the area.

Central Minnesota Conference girls' basketball scores on Jan. 29:
Eden Valley-Watkins 52, Kimball Area 43 (at Kimball)
HL-W-W 71, Pierz 49 (at Howard Lake)
Rockford Area 59, Holdingford 55 (at Rockford)

Area boys' basketball scores on January 29:
Ashby 77, Parkers Prairie 57
Underwood 70, Brandon/Evansville 66
Watertown-Mayer 60, HL-W-W 59 OT! (at Howard Lake, how's that for a border battle? wow!)

Area girls' basketball scores on January 29:
Montevideo 48, Minnewaska Area 43
Upsala 77, Browerville 58
Osakis 54, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 37
BOLD 63, Paynesville Area 56
New London-Spicer 73, Melrose Area 40
Ortonville 64, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 49
Hancock 44, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 32

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B-B-E and Pierz wrestlers are going toe-to-toe

The Jaguars take the mat tonight before facing Pierz...

With the 145-pound weight class completed, the Pierz Pioneers and the B-B-E Jaguars are tied at 18-18 in a Central Minnesota Conference wrestling match. At 138 pounds, Austin Jaeger earned a pin in 19 seconds quick I didn't even get pictures of it.

Final: Pierz 46, B-B-E 25. Against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in their second match of the night, the Jaguars jumped out to a 24-0 lead with two pins and two forfeits in the first four weights.

At Eden Valley-Watkins, the Jaguars JV boys' basketball team won 44-41. At Maple Lake, the JV girls' basketball team lost a heart breaker 41-39 in overtime to fall to 12-4 on the season.

In the varsity boys' basketball game at EV-W, the Jaguars hold an 18-5 lead with 8 minutes left in the first half.

More to follow later.

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Jaguar wrestling triangular is underway

Pierz and HL-W-W are squaring off in the first match of the triangular hosted at the B-B-E High School tonight. After the 182-pound weight was completed, the Pioneers hold a 51-7 lead and have won 9 of the first 11 matches of the dual. The Pioneers are 21-2 in duals this season and have won 21 matches in a row after dropping their first two to Foley and Becker. Final: Pierz 69, HL-W-W 7. The Lakers had to forfeit the top two weights of the match.

The B-B-E vs. Pierz varsity match started at 6:40pm.

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Another sub-section championship trophy!

That will look great in the B-B-E High School trophy case!


Monday, January 28, 2013

A truly splendid B-B-E Speech team video!

Trying out a Facebook embed code for a B-B-E Speech video...NOTE: (1) You'll need a recent update to the Flashplayer on your computer and (2) you will have to hit "full screen" in the lower right corner once you click on the video interface, then it plays like a charm; otherwise it's blocked out and won't show up on your screen properly:

Once the video is posted to Youtube it'll be easier to share. That has got to be one of the coolest videos you'll ever watch. The B-B-E Speech Team's season starts on Saturday, February 9 with a meet at Moorhead.

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Girls' basketball game tonight is postponed

No game tonight against Ashby. It will be made up on Monday, February 18.


Brian Goodwin interview

This is a week old...interview done a couple mornings after the Jaguars defeated HL-W-W, during the 5th-6th grade boys' basketball tournament at the elementary school last Saturday...

Interesting: watching folks from Osakis and Alexandria complain about school not being 2 hours late. (Don't have to worry about that at B-B-E.)

Here's the photo gallery from the B-B-E Lions Family Fun Day held yesterday at the high school:

Coming tonight: a home girls' basketball game against Ashby, as well as the B-B-E Dazzlers dance team performing at halftime.

By the way, the Jaguars wrestling team went 3-0 on Friday night in the Browerville Duals to improve to 9-2 this season. Great job! They host an important Central Minnesota Conference triangular tomorrow night starting at 5:00pm. Other teams included are HL-W-W and Pierz.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hoping everyone is safe at home tonight

It's wicked bad out there on roads across central Minnesota.

...and a message from D-Mac!

And! Don't miss this, video from today's Lions Family Fun Day...soon moving to the Sauk Centre Herald website:

And here's one weather-related announcement from B-B-E schools from a student in the B-B-E FCCLA: FCCLA is 1 hour late tomorrow. Mrs. Hagemeyer called me at 10:10 pm on 1-27-13 and said that its running one hour that means bus from Brooten at 8:45 and Belgrade at 9am.

Here's the list (as of 11:10pm) of area schools that are 2 hours late on Monday, January 28:
K-M-S, Benson, Minnewaska Area, Morris Area.

I definitely enjoy the 4-day week at B-B-E and a day home with 2 of our 3 children while those roads thaw out.

While you're reading this, click on this next link for some very, very special coverage of our B-B-E boys' basketball team:

Look for the article titled "Building A Basketball Dynasty At Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa"

*Note: John Millea is a former Star Tribune sports writer who now works as a media specialist for the Minnesota State High School League. It was a huge honor to have him out at the game on Friday night!


Nearly a full house on hand for One-Act Play at Classic Co. Dinner Theater

The Adventures of Nikolai Nikolaevich! Subsection Champs! The group is shown outside the Morris Area High School auditorium following the trophy presentation on Saturday afternoon.

A great crowd was on hand last night at Classic Company Dinner Theater for the presentation of B-B-E's One-Act Play. The students were fresh off a Sub-Section Championship performance at Morris Area High School earlier in the day. Up in Sauk Centre, their One-Act Play won the Sub-Section 5A-20 title; they will host the Section 5A meet next Saturday, February 2.

B-B-E One-Act Play coach Lucy Lloyd, not far removed from the B-B-E high school theater stage herself as a former Jaguar thespian, pointed out just how sweet the win was for her cast and crew at Morris considering their one-act play was working on their own stage with their own equipment and lighting. Morris Area received runner-up honors and will also compete at Section 5A.

Great job! Competing is great but winning makes it even better.



Saturday, January 26, 2013

One-Act Play wins Sub-Section championship!

The BBE Theater Company is headed home from Morris with a well-deserved win in the Sub-Section 5A-18 one-act play meet.

Great job! They perform at Classic Company Dinner Theater tonight at 7:30pm.

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One of the saddest news stories you will ever read

Warning: you may cry and sob uncontrollably and then be overcome with anger after you read through this:

There are no words.

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Photo gallery from the Rockford loss in girls' basketball action

Click to view:

(258 photos included, with action from the C- and B-squad games)

...and the B-B-E Dazzlers dance team performing last night:

And BTW, good luck today to the B-B-E Theater Company's One-Act Play, as they compete at the Sub-Section 5A-18 meet in Morris. They are scheduled to take stage at 2:00pm at the Morris Area High School auditorium. Later tonight they'll perform the One-Act Play at Classic Company Dinner Theater (7:30pm) which is open to the public. They will take free-will donations to help subsidize the needs-list of the B-B-E Theater Company.

Also, good luck today to the B-B-E Dazzlers dance team as they compete in the Camden Conference Championships today at MACCRAY High School. They will take the floor a couple minutes after noon for their time on the schedule, just after the National Anthem.

Signing off now until this evening. It's going to be a long day.

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This is deeply disturbing

Click to read what I'm talking about:

What this article failed to mention is that Dana Schoen blew a .351 BAC the same night of the crash in which he killed a 5-month old baby from Marshall. The accident took place south of Starbuck on Highway 29 right at the first curve (curving southwest) south of town. Schoen is a native of Starbuck and has been a drunk his entire adult life.

What's classic is an excuse one of his acquaintances/friends posted on an article last summer after the crash..."Oh, but he had a rough childhood" - okay, so he had a rough childhood, does that mean the rest of us should sacrifice our safety and the safety of our families if we have to travel out on the road because for some inexplicable reason this guy somehow deserves freedom?

The monster in question: 38-year old Dana Schoen of Starbuck. Under a plea deal, Schoen pleaded guilty in December to three counts of criminal vehicular operation, a complete and utter abuse of our country's inept court system.

Schoen had 2 previous drunk-driving arrests in which his BAC was over .2 (in 2000 and 2005). He is a menace to society and should never see the light of day. I have some very pointed and angry questions for our state lawmakers and anyone else who's in power that thinks this is somehow okay or somehow a situation where we should just throw our hands up and say "we can't do anything about it".

Pure, unadulterated, utter B.S.!!!

*Note: part of the anger should focus on employees at Water's Edge in Starbuck, where Schoen was drinking prior to killing the baby boy that night. Actions have consequences!

Also: Schoen has been in chemical treatment before. It did not work. SHAME ON THE SYSTEM!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Jaguar boys are burying Huskers, Jaguar girls clip A-C-GC Falcons!

At halftime it's 38-11. Final: B-B-E 65, Holdingford 32. The starters were benched for good with 7 minutes left in the game after running time had gone into effect earlier in the half. It gave Holdingford a chance to run a mix of their starters and reserves against the top JV players for B-B-E. The Huskers finished with only 11 made field goals, and they were 8-for-13 at the free throw line. B-B-E (16-0) shot 49% from the floor.

In the girls' basketball game vs. ACGC it's a 21-15 deficit at halftime. *Update: with 34 seconds left the Jaguars are up by 2 points over the Falcons.

Final: B-B-E 60, A-C-GC 54!! Great job, Jaguars!! The girls' basketball team hosts Ashby (3-11, 2-6 Little Eight Conf.) this Monday night; also that night, the B-B-E Dazzlers dance team will perform at halftime.

Action from the boys' basketball game tonight:

Signing off now and getting back on at home.

At the Browerville Tiger wrestling dual tournament, senior Austin Jaeger won his 75th career match.

Area boys' basketball scores on January 25:
Ortonville 78, Hancock 65
Sauk Centre 60, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 52 (Tigers led 33-22 at halftime)
Minnewaska Area 58, Benson 56 (that must've been an exciting border battle)
Melrose Area 78, BOLD 48

*Note, due to news I just read I will not be filling out this scoreboard or other notes from last night as I normally would. I'll be on the phone today (Saturday) with as many state lawmakers as I can get a hold of. More on that will follow.

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More coverage of last night's girls' basketball game vs. Rockford Area

Video taken by an AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone...

And taking the court last night...
 Offline until halftime of the boys' basketball game tonight!

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Join others for a chance at winning a free lunch at Classic Co. Dinner Theater today

Click to enlarge.

Stop by at or before noon and sign up for a drawing for the chance at having your lunch paid for by Sauk Centre Herald staff!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Jaguar girls' basketball team's late rally not enough against Rockford, Wrestlers drop CMC match at Holdingford

A scene from early in the first half, with Taylor Braegelman (15) passing to Peyton Miller. The Rockets played a solid first half defensively and limited B-B-E's open looks at the basket. Braegelman had a fine game tonight with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals to lead the Jaguars in scoring. Seven B-B-E players scored in the game.

 *Final score in a Central Minnesota Conference girls' basketball game: Rockford Area 56, B-B-E 47. The Jaguars outscored the Rockets 15-4 in the final 8 minutes of the game after trailing 52-32 in the middle of the second half. Rockford Area improved to 8-10 overall and 4-4 in the CMC; this is their third win in a row overall and also their third win in a row by single digits in the conference. Up next: a home game on Friday night against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (7-9, 5-4 West Central South Conf.)

Old photos by now but I haven't posted this link's the photo album from the girls' basketball team's loss to Kimball Area:  It may be awhile before I get tonight's album uploaded.

Good grief. I took 286 photos tonight. That's the most photos I've ever taken at a girls' basketball game...ever. More will follow in the morning.

At Holdingford, the Jaguars wrestling team fell to 6-2 overall with a 39-26 loss at Holdingford. Austin Jaeger recorded a pin at 138 pounds in only 63 seconds. The Jaguars are at Browerville on Friday night for a dual meet round-robin style tournament.

*Don't forget: the Jaguars boys' basketball team hosts Holdingford on Friday night. The Dazzlers dance team will perform at halftime.

Central Minnesota Conference girls' basketball scores on Jan. 24:
Pierz 67, Kimball Area 62 OT
*Eden Valley-Watkins 48, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 37 (Eagles take over 1st place in the CMC)
Maple Lake 63, Holdingford 53

Area girls' basketball scores on January 24:
Sauk Centre 53, Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta 22 (that's called making a statement in your conference)
BOLD 79, Melrose Area 49
Paynesville Area 51, Montevideo 32
Minnewaska Area 62, Benson 36
Underwood 59, Hancock 43

Area boys' basketball scores on January 24:
Melrose Area 38, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 26 (I bet LP-GE played a stall game tonight...they led 19-18 at halftime)
Benson 61, Hancock 42
Browerville 75, Osakis 29
MACCRAY 60, Canby 50
R-T-R defeated Dawson-Boyd in a nail-biter
Delano 81, New London-Spicer 61

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B, C Jaguar girls win on Parents Night

Both preliminary games were won by the Jaguars tonight against Rockford. The B-girls won 41-32. The C-squad girls won in exciting fashion by a 42-39 score. Sarah Schmitz salted the win with 2 free throws in the final minute.

At Holdingford in a Central Minnesota Conference wrestling contest, the Jaguars wrestling team has an early 6-4 lead over the Huskers with the first three weight classes completed.

Here's the end of the C-squad game tonight...

*At halftime: it's was a rough going in the first half, and now Rockford has a 29-12 lead as the 2nd half is about to begin at 20:30.

The Jaguar wrestlers lost at Holdingford. With 2 matches remaining, the Huskers have a 36-21 lead and are now 12-2 overall on the season. B-B-E travels to the Browerville Tiger duals tomorrow night starting at 4:00pm.

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Good luck to the Jaguar wrestlers tonight!

The Jaguars wrestle at Holdingford tonight against a very solid Huskers team that won their first 11 matches of the season before facing some tough opponents last week (Kimball Area and Foley) and getting tagged with a couple losses. B-B-E is 6-1 overall in duals and 1-0 in the CMC.

The winner remains in a first-place tie with Pierz (20-2 overall, 3-0 CMC) for the Central Minnesota Conference lead.

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B-B-E is 2 hours late

For Thursday, January 24, B-B-E schools are opening 2 hours late due to the cold weather. I tell you, it always blows my mind how schizo members of the public are. For example, school is 2 hours late at B-B-E and Sauk Centre. Countless people are complaining on Facebook that the kids should just go to school on time, and that it's Minnesota, and that we should be used to it...etc. I know for a fact that these same people who have nothing to do with the operation of a school district or working with young kids would howl in a heartbeat if they didn't call it 2 hours late that "those heartless bastards should know better than having a regular start on a cold day like today!"

Full-blown Schizophrenia!!!!

My two cents: if these people are so wise, and so smart, that they can second-guess every decision of a school district, they need to go get around 8 years of college-level education and submit applications to be a school superintendent.

For the record: at 5:37am in Glenwood today the temperature is 9 below zero, the wind is "ESE" at 9 miles an hour and the windchill is 26 below zero. I stepped outside and it actually doesn't feel all that horrible. But we don't have kids at the end of a driveway waiting for a bus pick up either.

Also, I just learned that tonight's home Jaguars girls' basketball game against Rockford Area is also Parents Night. It will be broadcast on 106.5 FM the Train of Norway Lake-Sunburg. (Thanks!)

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The day after the Pierz blow out: B-B-E takes over #1 in latest state rankings

*Breaking news: B-B-E's boys' basketball team has taken over #1 on this week's MN Basketball News state rankings in Class A. On a mostly unrelated note, Pierz has a new head coach this season, that being Matt Poepping. He is a 2006 Pierz Healy graduate and played boys' basketball for the Pioneers; they were ranked as high as #2 in Class AA during his senior season and eventually won a share of the CMC crown with Rockford (12-2 record). Currently he is also an assistant Pioneers football coach and works as a Kids Korner Paraprofessional at Little Falls (Lindbergh Elementary).

Here's the B-B-E Dazzlers performing at Yellow Medicine East this past Saturday taken by a Dance mom (thanks!)

The B-B-E Dazzlers dance team compete in the 2013 Camden Conference Championships this Saturday at the MACCRAY High School in Clara City. The Dazzlers high kick squad performs at 12:05pm, and they will go up against 7 other teams in the Camden Conference.

More news: tonight there will be no religion classes at St. Donatus, St. Francis de Sales, & Ss. Peter & Paul, Trinity Lutheran/West Lake Johanna Lutheran Church.

-23 for a low tonight!!!

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B-B-E One-Act Play to perform at Classic Co. Dinner Theater!

From Classic Co. Dinner Theater's Facebook page (link: )
On Stage, Saturday Jan 26 at Classic Company Dinner Theater: B-B-E HS One Act Play "The Atomic Adventures of Nikolai Nikolaeovich." 7:30PM. Freewill Admission at the door.
The public is invited to attend, and dining is optional. Anyone wishing to eat before or after the show is encouraged to make reservations by calling 320-346-2323.
The B-B-E One-Act Play cast and crew competes at the Sub-Section 5A-18 meet this Saturday at the Morris Area high school auditorium/theater. They are scheduled to perform at 2:00pm and compete against Morris Area, Hancock, Benson and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.

Just north of Morris, the Sub-Section 5A-17 meet will be held at the West Central Area high school auditorium in Barrett. Schools included are Wheaton, Chokio-Alberta, WCA and Brandon/Evansville.

The Section 5A meet is on Saturday, February 2 at Sauk Centre High School. Sauk Centre hosts the Sub-Section 5A-20 meet this Saturday.

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Belgrade Lions Family Fun Day is Sunday

The 12th annual Belgrade Lions Family Fun Day will be held at the B-B-E High School this Sunday, January 27 from 1:00 to 3:00pm.

Proceeds raised from the event will go towards community projects and B-B-E school activities.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Do the happy dance! Final: B-B-E 75, Pierz 42

What a huge whooping of a fellow Central Minnesota Conference rival! The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team out-muscled and out-hustled the host Pierz Pioneers in every way tonight. B-B-E shot 8-for-14 at the free throw line compared to 3-for-4 by the Pioneers. B-B-E led the entire way, and Pierz needed 5 minutes and 48 seconds of the first half before they scored their first points.

Pierz fell to 8-7 overall and 4-2 in the CMC.

Final in girls' basketball action: state-ranked Sauk Centre 69, B-B-E 33. The Jaguars host Rockford Area this Thursday in a Central Minnesota Conference game.

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball scores on Jan. 22:
HL-W-W 67, Maple Lake 60 (at Howard Lake)
Rockford Area 76, Kimball Area 56
...and Eden Valley-Watkins won at Holdingford

Area boys' basketball scores on January 22:
Melrose Area 85, Sauk Centre 62 (Mainstreeters fall apart in the 2nd half)
Perham 71, Battle Lake 59 (Perham, #18 on the Class AA QRF, is no slouch, but they do have a 52-47 loss to NL-S)
Redwood Valley 58, MACCRAY 52 
Minnewaska Area 77, Paynesville Area 50
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 64, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 57
Little Falls 63, Albany 61 OT
Ulen-Hitterdal 53, Norman County West 41

Area girls' basketball scores on January 22:
Upsala 70, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 61
Eden Valley-Watkins 52, Minnewaska Area 28
Hancock 56, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 40
Underwood 44, Brandon/Evansville 36
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 63, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 43

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JV Jaguar boys' hoops win at Pierz

The JV Jaguars boys' basketball team won 48-38 at Pierz in the preliminary game of tonight's contest between B-B-E and the Pioneers.

The varsity game is on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood. (Thanks, D-Mac!)

*Update: with 6 minutes left in the first half of the varsity game, the Jaguars are up 26-14 over Pierz. At halftime: B-B-E 38, Pierz 22.

At Melrose, the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters boys' basketball team has a 31-30 lead! Sauk Centre's Patrick Knoblauch guarding Scottie Stone has resulted in Stone scoring 8 points in the first half. He entered the game with a 28-points per game scoring average.

At home, the Jaguars girls' basketball team trails 19 to 11 with 6 minutes left in the first half.

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Scenes from Saturday's basketball tournament

Paris Mitchell driving into the lane against Melrose Area in the B-B-E 6th grade White team's opening game.
More coming later today.

A reminder: the B-B-E Dazzlers dance team will perform at halftime of tonight's girls' basketball game (at home) against Sauk Centre.

Good luck to the boys' basketball team at Pierz...that will be a very tough game.

Action from HL-W-W in the final minute:

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Monday, January 21, 2013

2 hours late

Around 7:30 tonight the call went out that school is 2 hours late on Tuesday, January 22.




From "Today's high was -7 degrees fahrenheit at 1:45 p.m. when conditions were sunny."

The B-B-E teaching staff had an in-service day on their usual "day off" from teaching. It was pure bliss that B-B-E students didn't have to attend school today. The mercury is forecast to dip to around 25 below zero tonight!

After I've cranked out a ridiculous number of newspaper stories later tonight, I will resume posting video and photos to this site.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Photo gallery from Howard Lake

From last Thursday's conference show down at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted high school:

And a clip from the B-B-E Blue (Boys) 6th grade team's 25-19 win over Benson in a consolation semifinal game on Saturday morning at their home tournament:

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Youth basketball teams finding success this morning

One of the Jaguar elementary girls' basketball teams had a 19-2 lead at halftime in action today at K-M-S high school. I later heard that the lead grew to 30-3 in the second half. They were playing the host Fighting Saints team.

At the elementary in a boys' basketball tournament, the B-B-E 6th grade blue squad earned a 25-19 win over Benson. They had a 16-10 lead at halftime, let the lead shrink to two points and then had a nice push at the end to get a little breathing room before the final buzzer.

Good luck to the Jaguar elementary wrestlers at a tough team tournament in Alexandria today!

Video from Thursday night...last minute of the first half at HL-W-W...

Have a safe weekend! The arctic blast coming our way won't have much mercy on folks traveling or working / playing outside.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Stellar! Jaguar wrestlers are 3rd at NL-S!

It was a great night for the Jaguars wrestling team at the New London-Spicer tournament, as they ended up taking third place behind Lakeville South and the champion Wildcats.

Patrick Rooney and Tyler Tensen won their respective weight brackets, while Josey Tensen was runner-up in a tough field at 120 pounds. Alex Schramel had a very strong showing and got second place in his bracket. Matt Schmitz took third place, while varsity rookies Ben Thompson and Ben Feuerhake both got fourth place.

The Jaguars tallied 174 team points, while Lakeville South had 180. NL-S earned somewhere in the low 200s.

At a triangular in Pierz, the Paynesville Area Bulldogs lost 53-12 to the Pioneers (17-2).

*Just saw this: is reporting that Brandon-Evansville's boys' basketball team defeated Battle Lake in the Evansville gymnasium by a 53-50 score tonight. I don't believe it and have to see it from another source. Also, this I do believe...another boys' basketball score in a make up game tonight: Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 70, Holdingford 28.

Also, on Saturday morning at 7:30am, Coach Anderson of B-B-E's girls' basketball team will be on Smooth Magic 107 for an interview with D-Mac.

Alright...good grief...the Battlers blew a 40-22 halftime lead! Wow!

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Jaguar girls trail early to Kimball Area

With 10 minutes left in the first half, Kimball Area is up 17-5. At halftime, the Cubs had a 30-19 lead. Final score: Kimball Area 51, B-B-E 33. Up next: the Jaguars host Sauk Centre on Tuesday.

Becca Gruber led the Jaguars with 10 points.

Becca Gruber goes up for two points in the second half tonight. She had plenty of Kimball defense to contend with.

Central Minnesota Conference girls' basketball scores on January 18:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 70, Holdingford 41
Rockford Area 56, Pierz 53
Eden Valley-Watkins 76, Maple Lake 47

Area girls' basketball scores on Jan. 18:
Sauk Centre 73, Melrose Area 47 
Paynesville Area 41, Minnewaska area 38 OT (Bulldogs outscore Lakers 5-2 in the extra period)
Osakis 56, West Central Area 39
Underwood 77, Ashby 38
Waconia 58, New London-Spicer 53

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Good luck to the Jaguar wrestlers at NL-S, girls' basketball is home

...and tomorrow, the B-B-E Dazzlers dance team competes at Yellow Medicine East in Granite Falls.

Tonight the Jaguars girls' basketball team hosts Kimball Area in a Central Minnesota Conference game. They look to get a little revenge with the Cubs after they dropped the conference opener in Kimball 38-33.

The Jaguar wrestlers are at a tough tournament in New London beginning at 3:30pm today.

Here's the tip-off from last it while you can!

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Jaguars survive stiff challenge at HL-W-W

This was the closest the Lakers got to the Jaguars tonight...score shown with 2 minutes left in the 1st half.

At halftime, the Jaguars boys' basketball team had a 29-25 lead over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted. The first half was close the entire way...just how the second half played out. The Lakers never led, although they cut the halftime deficit down to 29-27 with a little less than two minutes gone after halftime. It was also down to two points at 37-35 with 13:36 left.

Final: B-B-E 58, HL-W-W 52. In the last 12 minutes, the Lakers got no closer than 5 points. Although...they got the deficit down to 5 on numerous occasions. Trey Heinsius led the Jaguars with 23 points while coming in with a 9 point scoring average. HL-W-W's Cody Painschab led his team with 22 points; he entered the contest with a 17.9 point scoring average. Heinsius earned a double-double while hauling down 12 rebound on top of his scoring prowess. He hit two key three-pointers early in the second half while the Lakers were mounting a strong challenge to B-B-E's slim lead.

Trey Heinsius cutting to the basket against pretty strong defense by the Lakers; the HL-W-W student section was fantastic in support of their team (shown in back).

The teams shot an awfully close field goal percentage: 19-for-57 for the Jaguars and 19-for-60 for the Lakers. B-B-E went 17-of-29 at the line compared to HL-W-W's 9-of-15 mark at the charity stripe.

Action from the second half with under three minutes to go...both teams get great plays in the paint...

B-B-E (14-0) now owns the record for the most wins in a row in the CMC for a boys' basketball team. That magic number is 45. They tied the old record of 44 set by HL-W-W from 1999 to 2002 with their win at Rockford Area last week. I've been closely (and privately) watching their current conference winning streak continue through all of last season and now cautiously into this year. It's been an amazing ride to say the least!

Up next: a trip into Morrison County to face always-tough Pierz next Tuesday night. See below on what the Pioneers did tonight in order to get a win over Kimball Area on their home court. There may be more parity in the CMC than I initially thought.

(And thanks, Holt Motors of Cokato, for the free wireless internet! I had no luck getting online at the HLWW high school.)

Central Minnesota Conference boys' basketball scores on January 17:
Pierz 54, Kimball Area 45 (OT! Pioneers get a half court buzzer beater at the end of regulation to tie it at 41-41!!)
Rockford Area 72, Eden Valley-Watkins 68 (@ Rockford)
Maple Lake 62, Holdingford 53 (@ Maple Lake)

Area boys' basketball scores on Jan. 17:
Melrose Area 85, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 70
Sauk Centre 74, Montevideo 44
Benson 48, LQPV 45 OT
Browerville 49, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 48 (2 OT!)
BOLD 55, Minnewaska Area 50
Osakis 36, Eagle Valley 32 (Silverstreaks get their first win)
West Central Area 58, St. John's Prep 51
Upsala 76, Swanville 69 (what an excellent border battle; Bulldogs put the scare in a very good Cardinals team)
Dawson-Boyd 63, Ortonville 60 !

Area girls' basketball scores on Jan. 17:
BOLD 75, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 58
Underwood 50, Battle Lake 41

Area wrestling scores on Jan. 17:
Kimball Area 33, Holdingford 30 (match was tied 30-30 entering the heavyweight round)
Royalton/Upsala 54, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 21
A-C-GC 55, Paynesville Area 12 on this to read more about a unique fundraiser idea put into action at NDSU in support of 2009 Eden Valley-Watkins graduate Hannah Linz and her battle with a recurrence of Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Please continue praying for her and her family in these tough times.

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January 16, 2009

I remember that night. I was heading from Glenwood to Belgrade before was set to travel with a group of friends to the Roscoe Bar and Grill for darts and pizza.

My Chevy Lumina had trouble making it to Sedan, however, as the alternator blew up about 2 miles west of Sedan on Highway 55. Luckily it was a Chevrolet, and as a rule it could not leave me on the side of the road - especially considering the temperature was heading past 30 below zero that night!

I was able to limp the car into Sedan, park on the north side of the train tracks and walk the last 100 feet or so to Rooney's Bar.

Fast forward four years, and we're heading to another night like that next Monday - with temperatures approaching 30 below that night!

This album sure took awhile to get posted...over a week in fact...from the B-B-E Dazzlers dance team invitational at the high school on January 7:

No more updates until halftime tonight at the HL-W-W high school.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bring on the Lakers!

Winners of 44 straight games in the Central Minnesota Conference dating back to December of 2009, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team is geared up for a trip to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted high school south of Howard Lake tomorrow night. The HL-W-W Lakers (7-3) are the other undefeated team in the conference, as both squads sport a 3-0 mark in the league.

Something has to give, so be sure to get your car pools in order and make the trip to the game!

About the Lakers: they are led by two players who average double figures in scoring. At the top is Cody Painschab at 17.9 points per game and then Alex Smith with 11.2 points per game. Painschab shoots 42 % from the floor, while Smith hits at a 38 % clip in field goals. As a team, HL-W-W can score at a pretty solid clip at 65.8 points per game.

Here's a clip from the MACCRAY game not shared yet:

Go Jaguars!!

**Added Thursday case you missed this, here's a link to a game recap from two nights ago, when Battle Lake ran roughshod over the Ashby Arrows:

For Battle Lake, their two new transfers haven't worked fully into the lineup yet. When these teams meet in Ashby on February 15, we'll learn a great deal about both of them.

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Hailey Braegelman's three-point play vs. Holdingford

In the video, Hailey Braegelman earned a tough three-point play in heavy traffic on the right block against Holdingford last Thursday the final two minutes of the game:

By the way, have you figured out your car pool yet to Howard Lake tomorrow night?

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Strength in the middle boosts Jaguar matmen vs. Lakers

Boosted by two pins at the middle weights of 138 and 145 pounds, the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team got just what they needed in order to overcome an inspired challenge from a struggling Minnewaska Area team last night. In the end, B-B-E won 39 to 30 to raise their record to 6-1 heading into this Friday's NL-S Tournament.

The Lakers, who entered last night's match with a 4-8 dual meet record, had given up as many as five forfeits in action last week. They had that down to three forfeits against the Jaguars, although B-B-E also had a forfeit at heavyweight along with Minnewaska.

Below, action from Ross Rath's last completed match, where he beat a K-M-S wrestler 5-1 in the first round of the Jaguar Invite on January 4...Rath lost his second match by injury default and has not competed since...

Other teams coming to NL-S on Friday include Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale, Eden Valley-Watkins, Lakeville South, Minnetonka, Princeton and Redwood Valley/Cedar Mountain.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Jaguar wrestlers defeat Minnewaska Area

Final in a non-conference section match up of bordering wrestling rivals: B-B-E 39, Minnewaska Area 30.It's the first dual meet of the January schedule for B-B-E; they are now 6-1 overall and 3-1 against Section 5A opponents. Up next: a wrestling invitational at New London-Spicer beginning at 3:30pm this Friday afternoon.

At Pierz in the first half, the Jaguars girls' basketball team is in a 21-all tie tonight with the Pioneers.*Note: their game against A-C-GC has been moved up 6 days to January 25 in order to allow all B-B-E basketball fans to get to Melrose and cheer on our boys' basketball team! That night, January 31, the wrestlers will be at a triangular at Kimball Area.

At Pierz...another update: after they played a superb first 18 minutes, a 30-24 halftime lead did not hold up for the Jaguars, and the Pioneers went up by a double-digit margin in the closing minutes. Final: Pierz 54, B-B-E 41. The Jaguars fall to 0-6 in the Central Minnesota Conference. 

Central Minnesota Conference girls' basketball scores on Jan. 15:
Rockford Area 51, Kimball Area 43
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 53, Maple Lake 31
Eden Valley-Watkins 66, Holdingford 32

Area wrestling scores on January 15:
Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 46, Sauk Centre-Melrose 26

Area boys' basketball scores on January 15:
Sauk Centre 46, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 45 OT!
Staples-Motley 77, Osakis 66 
Albany 71, Mora 66 
Litchfield 58, Annandale 55
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 68, Eden Valley-Watkins 61
New London-Spicer 65, Glencoe-Silver Lake 63
Little Falls 80, St. Cloud Cathedral 71
Kimball Area 60, Paynesville Area 42
Ortonville 66, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 56
Willmar 58, Marshall 47 (Marshall had won their last 11 games coming into this section match up)     
St. John's Prep 52, Minnewaska Area 49

Area girls' basketball scores on January 15:
Parkers Prairie 48, Osakis 39
Sauk Centre 58, Montevideo 29
A-C-GC 65, Melrose Area 57
NL-S 73, Glencoe-Silver Lake 59 (Taylor Thunstedt has 50 points!)

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