Friday, May 31, 2013

That's a wrap

...a wrap on the academic year at least. (Two varsity sports are still in play with upcoming state-tournament events.)

The 2012-13 year came to a close at B-B-E schools today.

Below, students give second-grade teacher Ms. Orton a final hug at the end of the school day...

And the traditional "wave good-bye" from the staff to students...


Elementary year-end awards given out - Math Masters video

Here is Ms. Field talking about the fifth grade group of Math Masters students...

What an awesome time to honor the students of the B-B-E elementary school!

Special education teacher Mrs. Weller will be missed by the students and staff of B-B-E.

There were a few teary-eyed moments this morning, especially when Mr. Gossen talked about the teachers retiring from the staff at B-B-E.

So goes the circle of life.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

B-B-E 6th grade class trip

Here's a glimpse of the 6th grade class's stop at the Science Museum...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Taylor Gregory is state-bound! Plus two girls' golfers!

Taylor Gregory shown in action at the Sub-Section 5A-20 meet on May 21.

Junior Taylor Gregory earned a trip to the Class A state track and field meet after a superb performance at the Section 5A meet earlier today at St. John's University. Gregory jumped a 5-03 (matching her career best) to earn a trip from sections to state.

She's the first B-B-E trackster to make it to state since 2009, when Heidi Lensing made a trip to the big meet. Lensing competed in the high jump and long jump that spring.

The boys' 4x100 and girls' 4x200 relay teams from B-B-E both earned season best times.

Coach Wiechmann reported that Jordan Gruendemann and Peyton Miller both earned repeat trips to the Class A state golf meet after today's Section 5A meet in Benson. As a team, the Jaguars girls' golf team finished third in Section 5A with a score only three strokes (408 to 405) off of second place. Ortonville won the meet, with Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart taking second and West Central Area placing fourth.

A great day for the Jaguars!

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Junior high fastpitch photos

Jordyn Steffensen catching a fly ball from her pitcher position.

Sarah Schmitz eyes a ball coming in for a connection with the bat.

Photos from last Friday's home double-header against Kimball Area that completed the regular season for the Jaguars junior high fastpitch team.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Honoring our Fallen Heroes

A scene from the Memorial Day program at the high school this morning.

At the V.F.W. Post in Belgrade after today's Memorial Day parade...

And from the program at the high school auditorium... 

Gathering for the parade after the program was complete... 

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Memorial Day programs are today

Programs are held in Brooten and Belgrade today.

At the high school, the program starts at 11:00am with a parade to follow.


Friday, May 24, 2013

Jaguar baseball cooled off by Patriots

A final score in Sub-Section 5A-West baseball: Upsala/Swanville Area 6, B-B-E 0.

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Photo galleries...

Here's from the sub-section track and field meet on Tuesday:

...and here's from the sub-section golf meet on Wednesday:

...and for those who have been following it...we are finally getting the keys to our new house! For school days, I'll get 40 minutes of time added to my day that is currently spent driving in the car.

We spent a little time at the Junior High fastpitch game at the new fastpitch softball diamond at the elementary school. The Junior High Jaguars were hosting Kimball Area in a double-header. Jordan Steffensen started and pitched the first game, while Kendall Kampsen was the starter in the night cap.

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Jaguar baseball begins playoff push today

Action from the fifth inning in game two of Monday's double-header in Elrosa...the Jaguars swept defending Central Minnesota Conference champion Maple Lake 3-1 and 7-5.

Good luck today to the Jaguars baseball team as they enter the Sub-Section 5A-West playoffs. With an 8-10 overall record, they travel to Upsala for a 4:30pm quarterfinal round game.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Still behind

Still behind on much of my sports work this week...and I was at ValleyFair all day today with the 6th grade Band group, Mr. Coppicus and Mrs. Halvorson.

Busy, busy, busy, busy!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Gutsy athletes! All Jaguar boys' and girls' golf team members advance to Section 5A

The Jaguars athletes and coaches gather outside the Minnewaska Golf Course club house, with rain still coming down, after they all punched tickets to next week's Section 5A meet in Benson.

For the second year in a row, all Jaguars boys' and girls' golf team members advanced from the Sub-Section 5A-North meet to sections. They both advanced to sections in 2008 as well.

What a day! It was extremely windy, cold and very wet. I was lucky enough to use a golf cart to hop around the course and snap pictures. The kids battled the elements and managed to shine when it really counted. The B-B-E community should be incredibly proud.

This is the first year ever that the Jaguars girls' golf team has won the sub-section championship. 

On the boys' side, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley won the team title. They won a tie-breaker over the Jaguars, who ended up tied on the team score for first place when the results were all added up.

**Web story added with the Sauk Centre includes a video of the trophy presentation:

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Jaguar girls' golf team: Sub-Section 5A-North champions!

Peyton Miller, Jayden Gossen and Coach Goodwin wait as the final girls' golf scores were turned in.

With their top two golfers taking first and second place, respectively, at today's Sub-Section 5A-North meet in Glenwood, the Jaguars girls' golf team earned the team championship on a cold, windy day.

Senior Jordan Gruendemann fired an 89 to win the individual sub-section championship. Sophomore Peyton Miller earned second place with a 91.

 As a team, the Jaguars advance to the Section 5A meet next Wednesday in Benson.

**Update at 6:00pm...and what do you know, the Jaguars boys' golf team is advancing to the Section 5A meet as well! They tied for first place in the team standings today at sub-sections but lost the title on a tiebreaker.

More to follow.

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Off to sub-section golf

Had to pack up for the'll be another wet day.

No time to blog this morning. My apologies.

Ross Rath approaching the finish line while running the fourth leg of the Sub-Section 5A-20 4x100 relay race; he and his relay team won the event with a time of 47.64 seconds. Off to Section 5A!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Wow! It was a wet night but the Jaguars turned it on for Sub-Section track and field

A total of 13 members of the Jaguars track and field teams advanced from today's Sub-Section 5A-20 meet.


Sub-Section 5A-20 track and field is at B-B-E today

Action begins at 3:00pm.

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Good grief! Jaguar baseball sweeps Maple Lake

Defending Central Minnesota Conference baseball champion Maple Lake came to Elrosa only one game out of first place in the conference on Monday night, but when the dust settled they went home completely out of contention for a share the 2013 title.


Enter the B-B-E Jaguars, who put together the finest evening of baseball this year and proceeded to pick up 3-1 and 7-5 victories over the Irish. They now have four wins in a row, the first such winning streak since late in the 2011 season.

The Jaguars, just one game under .500 as playoffs are set to begin, take an 8-10 overall record (5-9 CMC) into the Sub-Section 5A-West tournament. See below for playoff info.

Great job, Jaguars!

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Jaguar baseball gets #6 seed

They'll open up at #3 seeded Upsala/Swanville Area at 4:30pm on Friday for the Sub-Section 5A-West quarterfinals.

More to follow later.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Jaguar baseball team splits with Kimball Area

The Jaguars baseball team went 1-1 against Kimball Area on Thursday in a double-header and now entertain Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in a sub-section match up today in Elrosa.

They sit at 5-10 overall with three games left on the regular season schedule. They host conference front-runner Maple Lake next Monday in a double header to close out the regular season.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Jaguar golfers both take second at CMC meets

More updates will follow later.

The girls' golf team hosts a CMC meet at Prairie View on Friday.

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B-B-E Area Jaycees holds Pitch, Hit and Run baseball contest

Gathered up before the base running contest.

Rounding third base.

Four local winners ages 7-14 earned the right to advance to the Regional contest in Foley on Saturday. Great job to all participants!

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Photo album link to elementary musical and band concert + elementary Field Day photos

From last Wednesday, May 8 at the elementary school:

A few of those photos are included in the B-section of this week's Sauk Centre Herald.

And here's a couple photos from the 6th grade Track and Field Day competitions at the B-B-E high school. All elementary grades have held these contests, which is almost a rite of passage each spring at many area elementary schools.
An open race.

Tug of war competition.

Spring is finally here!! It won't be long and it'll be summer.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Three Jaguar track and field team members earn All-Conference

All-Conference honors were earned by Ross Rath, Kinlee Swanson and Alex Evenson at Tuesday's Central Minnesota Conference championships at Pierz Healy High School.

More will follow later. Currently I am buried under a mountain of work following and reporting on this issue:

As a result, my work on B-B-E Jaguar sports will be lacking for now.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Jaguars suffer tought loss in game one at Pierz

The Jaguars baseball team lost 8-6 in the first game tonight at Pierz in a Central Minnesota Conference double-header. The Pioneers took a 6-0 lead in the first inning before the Jaguars scored three times in the third and three more in the fifth to tie it at 6-6.

In game two, the Pioneers hold an 11-1 lead after four and a half innings. Final: Pierz 11, B-B-E 1 in five innings.

Prairie View Community Golf Course was hosting a CMC boys' golf meet today. It was a blustery to say the least. Many drives got hung up in the air and sent sideways or even backwards.

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Jaguar baseball is on the air today

Tune in to Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood and also online at The web broadcast is by Rick Grammond, the voice of Pioneer sports.

They play at Pierz in a double-header starting at 4:00pm.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Jaguar baseball splits games at first annual Max Bats Invitational

Game one: B-B-E 9, Minnewaska Area 8...the Jaguars trailed 6-4 in the early innings before rallying.

Game two: state-ranked Browerville 6, B-B-E 5.

On Monday the Jaguars boys' golf team hosts a Central Minnesota Conference meet at Prairie View Golf Course. Good luck, Jaguars!!

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

B-B-E's B.P.A. Broadcasting team takes third at nationals!

B-B-E's Business Professionals of America (BPA) Broadcasting team just took third place at the National meet today in Orlando, FL. Team members include Carl Knutson, Joe Reller, Cody Lenarz and Riley Schumann. Great job!

Knutson and Lenarz also participated with teammate Katie Hieserich in the On Torch Awards, a leadership program, at the BPA National meet.


Friday, May 10, 2013

Jaguar baseball knocks off Sauk Centre

Final in Elrosa tonight: B-B-E 5, Sauk Centre 3.

The Jaguars improve to 3-6 overall, while Sauk Centre is now 3-4.

The Max Bats baseball invitational starts at 10:00am tomorrow at Saints Field! Now if only the weather would deliver some sunshine tomorrow.

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Jaguar baseball drops two to HLWW, track and field has good showing in Albany

Thursday night sports notes:
Taylor Gregory won the girls' high jump event with a best leap of 5 feet, 3 inches. Great job!

A newcomer to the track and field team, Alex Evenson, finished fourth in the girls' 100 hurdles event.

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted won two games in Elrosa over the Jaguars baseball team.

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Golfers compete in wet conditions on Wednesday

A scorecard of 85 by Jordan Lewis was the top result for the Jaguars boys' golf team at Benson yesterday, while in rural Sauk Centre, Peyton Miller shot a 93 to pace the Jaguars girls' golf team at Greystone. Up next: both teams travel to Kimball Area for Central Minnesota Conference action.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Breaking: senior Patrick Rooney earns D-Mac's Male Athlete of the Year award

In a group of outstanding male athletes from Osakis, Alexandria, Minnewaska Area and B-B-E, our very own Patrick Rooney earned the Athlete of the Year award presented by Smooth Magic 107 FM's Dave McClurg at the radio station's athletic banquet tonight.

Video from tonight:

More will follow later.

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'Granny Awards' musical and 5/6 grade spring band and choir concert held

One scene of the 'Granny Awards' musical today at the elementary school.

Video coming later from the musical performance today.

Below, video from the 6th grade speech meet held yesterday:

More to follow later.


Jaguar boys' golf third at Maple Lake

At Albion Ridges Golf Course in rural Annandale on Tuesday, the Jaguars boys' golf team missed out on a tie for second place by one stroke at the third Central Minnesota Conference meet of the season. Rockford Area won the meet with a 160, followed by Osakis with a 172 and B-B-E with a 173.

Carl Knutson led the Jaguars with a 41.

The team sits in third place with three meets to go before playoffs.

Here's the link to the photo gallery from Monday's baseball double-header (just 1 1/2 innings of game one) against Holdingford.

Coach Illies goes over strategy with Dalon Bitzan during game one on Monday.

...and here's a picture of the B-B-E sixth grade classes after their annual spring speech meet on Tuesday afternoon.
Gathered after the meet's awards ceremony in the elementary auxiliary gymnasium.

Mr. Hadley's class won the traveling trophy for the fourth year in a row.

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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Huskers take both games in baseball double-header

Game one: Holdingford 9, B-B-E 4
Game two: Holdingford 9, B-B-E 2

The Jaguars host HL-W-W on Thursday in Elrosa starting at 4:00pm for another double-header.

  • And from the B-B-E school Facebook page:
The 5th and 6th grade spring band concert and musical is this Wednesday, May 8th at 2:30 pm. They are presenting the show "The Granny Awards." This show is a hilarious play on the Grammy's and circles around fairy tale characters. Don't miss it!

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Monday, May 06, 2013

Saints Field hosts Jaguar baseball double-header!

The Jaguars baseball team (2-2) looks to move up in the Central Minnesota Conference standings when they host Holdingford in Elrosa today at 4:00pm in a double-header.

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Friday, May 03, 2013

Great news...Jaguar girls' golf take second at Rockford meet

At Corcoran on Friday during an afternoon where sleet and rain was making a mess of things, the Jaguars girls' golf team took second place in the second Central Minnesota Conference meet of the year.

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Two shows this weekend at Classic Co. Dinner Theater

Don't miss out!

And an update on the track meet yesterday...both of the Jaguars boys' and girls' track teams defeated a number of area schools in the 14-team meet in NL-S. It's really terrific to see that happen.

The girls' team beat Sauk Centre, Melrose Area, Minnewaska Area and MACCRAY/RCW, while the boys' team beat Minnewaska Area, A-C-GC, Paynesville Area, Melrose Area and MACCRAY/RCW.

Also worth noting: the boys' 4x800 relay team of Tyler Tensen, David Rodgers, Jared Sorenson and Patrick Rooney won that event (9:25.13).


Thursday, May 02, 2013

Jaguars compete at Little Crow track and field invitational; boys' golfers 3rd at CMC opener

Ross Rath burning down the track in the 200 open. He finished with a stellar time of 24.24.

It was a cold afternoon/evening for a track and field meet, but the wind died down just enough to make it bearable. The sunshine sure helped too.

The sun shined with all its might but at times could not overcome the cold and wind at NL-S.

At Rockford Area, the Jaguars baseball team won 5-4 and lost 8-4 in a Central Minnesota Conference double-header.

In their CMC opener for the season, the Jaguars boys' golf team took third place. Jackson Gregory, a junior, took second individually by carding a 40. Jordan Lewis shot a 44, followed by Austin Trustheim's 48 to round out three Jaguars shooting in the 40s.

Central Minnesota Conference baseball scores on May 2:
Maple Lake 10, EV-W 0
Maple Lake 7, EV-W 1
Holdingford 6, Kimball Area 0
Holdingford 5, Kimball Area 4

More to follow later.

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