Thursday, October 31, 2013

Step III: BBE wins in four to claim SS title!

Waiting for their medals tonight.
Tessa Halvorson setting up her attackers in game one.
Coach Weller is shown giving instructions in the middle of game two tonight.
Becca destroyed the block attempt in this photo from early in game three.

The 6th-ranked Jaguars volleyball team smoked Royalton 25 to 10 in game four to win the school's 12th sub-section title in school history. They were sluggish to start game one and that appeared again in game three when they fell 25-23 after holding a 23-20 lead. Game two was no problem, though, when they won 25-13 (25-14 in game one).

The Jaguars (26-7 overall) picked up the pace in game four after trailing 3-2 and went on a smoking hot 9-0 run that removed every last bit of momentum and energy that Royalton (17-11-1) brought in their short 20-minute drive to Pierz. The Jaguars then led 18-6 and 21-8 before earning four of the last 6 points scored in the match.

Royalton was in plenty of trouble when reinforcements showed up!! Loved that crowd tonight.

Up next: red-HOT Nevis, who lit up Braham 3-0 in the SS-North championship earlier tonight. The Section 5A championship match will be held at 7:00pm in Pierz on Saturday night. The Bombers, who entered the match 22-5 overall, simply did not have it tonight. I was actually pretty shocked that Nevis took them apart like they did. Braham went 12-0 in the Great River Conference, which shows the type of competition in eastern Minnesota. (Sorry) Nevis is 20-9-2 overall. *Game scores in the Sub-Section 5A-North championship were 25-15, 25-14, 25-14.

Below, the end of tonight's exciting match and part of the post-match celebration!

**NOW we turn our attention to tomorrow night!!! Time to head home. We have the BIGGEST football game in school history coming up. It's gonna be GREAT! I will see you there hopefully.

Signing off until after 11:30.

Area volleyball playoff scores on October 31:
Sauk Centre 3, Melrose Area 0 (Dutchmen put up little resistance tonight)
Dassel-Cokato 3, Rocori 0
Maple Lake 3, DeLaSalle 2 (Irish are 22-8-1 overall)
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 3, New London-Spicer 0
Marshall Area 3, Jackson County Central 1
Minneota 3, Central MN Christian 0 
Henning 3, Battle Lake 0
BOLD 3, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 0
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 3, Murray County Central 0

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Jaguars win game one

25 to 14.

They took game two by a 25-13 score. Wow! Let's finish them off Jaguars!!!

Shown is the winner of my "Best Costume" award: the Joker!! Great job, Adrian!!!!

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Happy Halloween!

Unlike some Stearns County schools (i.e. - St. Cloud) we're not afraid of Halloween at B-B-E. Check out the "PC hogwash" in today's St. Cloud Times, where an article explains why some schools don't let the kids have Halloween in school. (It might offend someone)

Uuf Da!


Section 4A championship football game is in Sauk Centre

A panoramic view of the Sauk Centre football field near the 50-yard line. (Click on the photo for a better view)

What they had in Sauk Centre through the fall of 2011 / Spring 2012. This was completely renovated in 2012.

Cement being poured on August 14, 2012 for the foundation of the stadium bleachers and press box.

Shown is the press box in Sauk Centre getting the siding added on Sept. 26, 2012.

A photo of the Sauk Centre football stadium taken today.

B-B-E Jaguar fans have basically no excuse not to get to Sauk Centre tomorrow night, where district officials are rolling out the red carpet for fans in order to accommodate a huge crowd. I just heard that two additional portable bleacher sets are being added. That's on top of the regular stadium seating that holds 1,100.

The distance from the northern border of B-B-E (the B-B-E/Sauk Centre line) to the Sauk Centre football stadium is just 9.86 miles. It's the shortest distance a B-B-E team has ever had to play in a section championship. (Barely beating out the 2005 volleyball section final, when the Jaguars played in Melrose.)

Once again: the Section 4A football championship between the B-B-E Jaguars and Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity is Friday, November 1 with a 7:00 pm kickoff. Let's give the Jaguars a real home field advantage tomorrow!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Interesting: some enrollment figures for Section 5A volleyball

I thought perhaps that a fear existed that the Jaguars volleyball team may be bumped up to Class AA in the next section reclassification. Then I went and actually looked at the numbers and found that B-B-E is the 5th largest school in Sub-Section 5A-South. They are nowhere near being the biggest school in that sub-section. In the last "census" B-B-E had 166 students in grades 9-12. Fellow sub-section members Royalton, Eden Valley-Watkins, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and Kimball Area are all bigger schools.

If they were a member of Sub-Section 5A-North, B-B-E would only be the 7th-largest in what would be a group of 12 schools. The biggest school in the volleyball Section 5A is Hinckley-Finlayson with a 9-12 enrollment of 220.

Needless to say, B-B-E will be in Class A volleyball for the foreseeable future.

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(Video) Rising to the challenge: another playoff win

The final ticks of the game:

Here's another photo from last night, showing the JV and C-squad volleyball Jaguars cheering:
Great job!

Hailey Braegelman setting up an attack in game three last night.

Here's the Sauk Centre Herald photo gallery from last night's playoff volleyball match (172 photos):

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Step II: Volleyball team wins by sweep!

Kinlee was all fired up in game three tonight, with the Jaguars prevailing 25-22 to end the match.

They had a lot of fun tonight. That's what you want to see in a team as they march into the playoffs!

Celebrating a kill by Jamie Meyer in game 2.

The Bears had little answer for B-B-E's powerful attack at the net tonight. Shown is Megan Weller knocking down a kill against a Bertha-Hewitt block attempt.

The Jaguars volleyball team lived up to expectations tonight by earning their second straight sweep to open the Sub-Section 5A-South playoffs. With the football team at home going through an important practice, the Jaguars played well and had outstanding support from their JV and C-squad counterparts.

Now 25-7 overall, the Jaguars play at Pierz on Thursday night at 7:30pm against tonight's Browerville vs. Royalton winner. **Update: the Royals upset the #1-seeded Browerville Tigers tonight in the late match in Long Prairie. The Tigers were the top team in Sub-District II. It was a wildly unbelievable match where the Royals prevailed in five sets: 25-13, 25-17, 16-25, 21-25, 16-14!!! Royalton is now 17-10-1 overall, while the Tigers end their season 19-7 overall. Browerville was the Prairie South Conference champion with an 8-3 record. Royalton was the runner-up in the Prairie North Conference with a 6-4 mark.

Game scores against Bertha-Hewitt were 25-22, 25-13, 25-22. The Bears had a solid senior setter but were fairly young otherwise. They have a superbly talented coach, however, in Janelle Bright (a Cyrus native) and had a spectacular season going 20-10-2 overall.

I've got more match notes to post after 11:00 tonight.

Here's action from tonight in Long Prairie:

More to follow later tonight after a school board meeting. (Not a great deal of fun but it pays the bills!) ... and it was a short meeting! Sometimes Karma works with you, not against you.

In Sub-Section 5A-North: Nevis beat Onamia 25-20, 25-18, 25-12; Braham beat Sebeka 26-24, 25-16, 25-19.

Area volleyball playoff results on Oct. 29:
Sauk Centre 3, Pierz 1 (Pioneers won game one 26-24)
Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 3, New Ulm Cathedral 2 (Mustangs win game five 15-13!)
Minneota 3, Dawson-Boyd 0
New London-Spicer 3, Redwood Valley 1
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 3, Litchfield 2 (Tigers upset #2-seeded Dragons, but I don't see them beating NL-S on Thursday in the sub-section championship; MA/CA or Morris hasn't been this far in the playoffs since 2001)
Melrose Area 3, Osakis 2! (Dutchmen take game five 15-10; they now face Sauk Centre in the sub-section title match)
Maple Lake 3, St. Anthony Village 1
Rocori 3, Albany 0
Battle Lake 3, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 1
BOLD 3, Mankato Loyola 1

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(Herald video) Senior High choir at fall concert

Here's the link to view the majority of the senior high choir performance last night:

And photos:

The B-B-E Area Jaycees Halloween Party last night was a tremendous success. Members of the B-B-E Dazzlers dance team helped run the various activities.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

A fabulous night for B-B-E's high school choir!

Molly Tengwall had a solo part in the final song of the night.
Shown are four members of the Acoustics performing tonight.

Wow! Just two nights after I was completely electrified by the Jaguar football team's performance, I took in the B-B-E high school's fall choir concert and was totally blown away. These kids were absolutely fantastic tonight. I was thoroughly impressed!! I should come to expect it though: B-B-E has wildly talented students!

The neat thing I take out of it is how so many high school students are involved in so many activities. For example, I noticed quite a few volleyball players in the choir tonight who will be suited up for battle tomorrow night in the playoff match in Long Prairie. And then quite a few football players who will be suiting up Friday night for the HUGE section championship game in Sauk Centre. What a memorable week at B-B-E. As Jaguar fans, we are so lucky to be able to take it all in.

If you were unable to make it, you definitely missed out on something special. Luckily I was able to get a great deal of video. My photos didn't turn out the greatest, but I did manage to get about a dozen really great shots. By the morning you'll be able to view a photo album from tonight at the Sauk Centre Herald website photo gallery section:

Before noon on Tuesday I'll get the 19-minute long video from the senior high choir's performance posted here. It will be a video embedded in the Sauk Centre Herald website.

**Tuesday update: here's the link to view the majority of the senior high choir performance last night:

Here's the Sauk Centre Herald photo gallery...67 photos, roughly half are what I'd call "good" pictures:

Sure as heck I didn't bring a program home to tell me the names of all the songs performed.

Can't miss mentioning...the junior high choir sounded great as well.

Here's the Acoustics group performing tonight...the latter half includes Hanna Antonsen's terrific rendition of Cee Lo's hit song "Forget you" with the other singers accompanying:

More coming later.

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Volleyball gears up for semifinals!

The Jaguars volleyball team has played in a sub-section semifinal playoff match in every season since 2000. The only time they've lost a semifinal match in that period was in the 2001 season.

They go for a Sub-Section 5A-South championship berth tomorrow night at 6:00pm in Long Prairie. The opponent is the Bertha-Hewitt Bears.

Below, action from the Pierz win on October 10:

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

'Haunted Hallways' was terrific

Dang that was scary!!! I hope you made it. They did a really, really great job.

Here's a scene from the final seconds of last night's game...ACGC was on a 3rd-down play near midfield:


'Haunted Hallways' fundraiser is tonight! Come on out!

The third annual "Haunted Hallways" at B-B-E will be held on Sunday, October 27, 5-8 p.m. at the high school. This is a fundraiser hosted by the B-B-E high school Speech and Theater students with all the proceeds going towards the speech and drama programs. Please come out and support them!

Admission :
$6 for Adults
$5 for Students

Looks like a fun evening ahead with pancakes at St. Francis de Sales and then this fundraiser for our speech/drama programs.

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(Herald photo gallery) B-B-E 26, A-C-GC 22

Here's the Sauk Centre Herald photo gallery. I shot only 102 useable photos.

Loved those fans!! Great job last night!
Yesterday afternoon when I should've been paying attention to my battery situation (I'm not even going to begin to explain how bad things were with my electronics at the start of last night's game) ...instead I got into the LP/HT vs. North game. Once that was over I was in a mad rush to drive from my in-laws up to Belgrade with just minutes to spare before kickoff.

I'd have a lot less drama in my life with batteries that never needed charging.

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Success on turf this season

At Husky Stadium in St. Cloud on October 5.

The Jaguars football team has had two successful games on artificial turf this year. Both were hard-fought games, a 22-7 win at Rockford Area on September 27 and then a 20-19 overtime win over Maple Lake at SCSU's Husky Stadium on October 5.

We get a chance at a third win on turf this fall when the Jaguars face LP/HT on Friday in Sauk Centre.

I am going to be a little more emphatic than I was last week: please, please start making plans to get to Sauk Centre next Friday night. The Jaguars absolutely need a thousand or more B-B-E fans making the trip. There is no reason we can't do it!!! Make no mistake about it, LP/HT will be the toughest team the Jaguars have seen since going to Holdingford in Week 3. I don't know how an LP/HT vs. Holdingford game would turn out, but it is safe to assume at this point that the Jaguars will have their hands full considering what the Bulldogs bring to the table. They definitely need your support. Start talking today to your friends and neighbors and anyone else you know to get up to Sauk Centre next Friday. Even if you have friends who have never been to a high school game or haven't been to a game in a long while, our guys need their support!!

Kickoff is at 7:00pm. I'd plan to be there before 6:30pm to get a good seat. I'll be posting important information on O'Gara Field and their new football stadium over the next few days.

Back to last night...the Jaguars scored their last go-ahead touchdown with 39 seconds left in the third quarter. The good PAT kick made it 26-22 with over 12 minutes to go in the game.

With just 21 seconds left in the 2nd quarter, the Jaguars scored to move in front 19-16. On a two-point conversion attempt, the Falcons snuffed it out to keep that score standing at halftime. 

Here's a few missing notes from the LPHT/North football game yesterday.
I did not hear their first touchdown, but I gathered that it didn't take long for LP/HT to march down field to score after they snuffed out North to start the game. LPHT held North to 3-and-out on the game's first series.
LPHT had 2nd-and-goal on the North 5...but fumbled away the ball.
1st quarter, 3:37 left, North ball on their own 5. LPHT held them to no gain down to 3rd and 10. On 3rd and 10 North tried a pass, INC. On 4th down they punted, but it was a terrible punt and the Bulldogs brought it back to the 20.
1st quarter, 3:07 left: LPHT ball on the North 20. On the first play, Machemehl caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Heigl. They lined up for the trademark shift, Tesch walked in all alone for two points. 16-0 Bulldogs.
On North's 4th possession of the game, they started on their own 44-yard line after a good kickoff return with 2:42 left. At that point North's quarterback Johnson was 0-for-6 passing. North was held to 3rd-and-5. Johnson ran for North's first 1st down of the game at that point and crossed mid field to the LPHT 38-yard line.
1st-10 at B-38:  run of 3 yards
2nd-7:  NO GAIN on QB keeper
3rd-7:  Johnson flushed by blitz, INC pass
4th-7:  Johnson keeper, he gets free and runs for 30 yards.
1st-GOAL at B-5:  Josh Cunningham 5-yard touchdown reception (running back position) with 11:52 left in the second quarter.   16-8 was the score.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Friday Night Lights X: B-B-E Jaguars are section-final bound!!!

Although they stalled out and punted near midfield with under 2 minutes to go, the Jaguars managed to burn an incredible amount of clock with the game in the balance with a handful of first downs to limit ACGC's chances in the 4th quarter. I have to double-check my notes, but I believe the Jaguars started their final offensive series from their own 12-yard line with just over 7 minutes remaining. They burned over 5 minutes off of the clock by grounding-and-pounding the ball to get to where they are shown in the above photo.

The whole game was on the line in the final minute, when A-C-GC took over after a punt and had a fair distance left to go (60+ yards) in order to overcome the Jaguars. Fortunately, they did not!!!!

EVERY Jaguar who stepped on the field tonight played their hearts out. (The JV was great too cheering on the sidelines!) Shown are two Jaguars who were outstanding tonight. Jared Steffensen had a monster quarterback sack on the game's final play. Tommy Cebulla had some incredible rushes for key yardage throughout the game and especially in the 4th quarter. What a win!!! I am so proud of this team.

The 6th-ranked Jaguars football team had the biggest second-half of play for the entire season and came up with an incredible 26-22 win over 12th-ranked Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City tonight. They faced the toughest front-line of the entire season. The Falcons (7-3) were so completely dominant on the line of scrimmage that they out-gained B-B-E in rushing yards by a 278 to 67 margin in the first half. Who was ahead at the end of the game, though? (Us!) One thing that has me grinning ear to ear about is the thought posted quite a bit at that "B-B-E doesn't have much offense after Kollman"...Oh really! That is precious! I hope that folks keep thinking that. It is fine by me. I've been monitoring the chatter at that website's online football forum, and the naysayers are silent. Go figure.

If you want to get an idea of what damage the Jaguars can do, go to their next game.

Now 9-1 overall, the Jaguars will play in a section championship in the sport of football for just the 4th time in school history (1997, 2010, 2012, 2013)...that's four section final games in 26 seasons. That is absolutely mind-boggling considering that from 1989 to 2009, the Jaguars won only six playoff games. Six playoff wins in 21 seasons!! Not only that, but in 8 of those 21 seasons, they had such poor records they failed to make it to the playoffs. For the 13 seasons where they did make it to the playoffs from 1989 to 2009, the Jaguars went 6-13.

From 2010 to 2013, the Jaguars are 6-3 in the playoffs. In 1988, the first year of B-B-E Jaguar football, they went 1-1 in the Section 4B playoffs (13-8 win over Atwater-Grove City in Belgrade and then a 40-8 loss to Morris Area in Morris). Do the quick math and see this: the first 22 Jaguar football teams went 7-14 in playoff games. Now they have a shot at the program's 14th playoff win next Friday night.

That playoff history should give you an idea of why I have been hollering and yelling on this blog about tonight being a huge, huge game. It really means a lot to see the hard work of both the players and coaches result in them becoming a very good football team. It is immensely rewarding to see their hard work pay off with regular season and playoff wins. Only time will tell how good they are and how deep they can stretch out this playoff run.

With a new school record for wins under their belt, the Jaguars face Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity for the Section 4A championship. That HUGE HUGE game is next Friday at O'Gara Field in Sauk Centre (on the turf!). Kickoff is at 7:00pm, Friday, November 1. The Bulldogs are 7-3 overall and are playing lights-out football. Read further below on this blog to learn about their game earlier today at Minneapolis North.

I will be up for HOURS tonight writing about this game. This is incredible for our school, community and our team!!! The game ended a half hour ago and the adrenaline is STILL banging away. Our Jaguars just defeated a stacked, loaded and fabulously talented football team. It's amazing.

One quick note: the Jaguars had a KEY stop in the middle of the 4th quarter. The Falcons got as far as the 12-yard line after they turned over the ball on downs. Also, the fact that it was a home game wouldn't have been possible if our high school field wasn't in the great condition it is. It is a very well-built football field. Other schools (Minnewaska) haven't been as lucky during the wet, cold October we've endured.

Random: A-C-GC scored first on a 31-yard field goal attempt with 6:11 left in the first quarter. They stopped the Jaguars on the game's opening drive with 10:09 on the clock.

These parts of the first half were fun: Trey Heinsius had an 82-yard touchdown reception with 3:04 left in the 2nd quarter. B-B-E was trailing 9-6 at that point, but his TD and the following PAT kick put the Jaguars ahead 13-9. B-B-E scored earlier in the 2nd quarter (9:50 left) on a running play by Tommy Cebulla. So after A-C-GC went up 9-0, the Jaguars scored 13 unanswered points. The Falcons regained the lead at 16-13, but the Jaguars scored one more time in the 2nd quarter on a 52-yard catch by Trey Heinsius to go up 19-16 at halftime.

**Here's a short video clip from that sequence...7:25 left in the game, the Falcons had 4th down and 8 to go on the B-B-E 12-yard's what happened:

What a day for the Central Minnesota Conference! Pierz came up with a HUGE upset win by taking down host Foley 23-12 tonight. The Falcons were the #1 seed. Holdingford won 48-18 against an over-matched Pelican Rapids team in Section 6AA; they led 28-10 at halftime. As I posted this afternoon, both Maple Lake and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted won Section 4AA semifinals. Those two teams will meet for the section championship. That is incredible!!!

Paynesville Area ripped Sauk Centre 46-8 on their home field to advance to the Section 5AA championship game. I knew the Mainstreeters were underdogs, but I honestly did not see that coming since Sauk Centre played incredibly well in their playoff opener. Melrose Area lost 42-26 to favored Annandale, but the Dutchmen had their best football season since 2004. Back in 2004, the Dutchmen went 7-3 overall and 1-1 in the Section 6AAA playoffs. Going 2005 to 2012 without a playoff win has been tough on their program, but they are definitely on the rebound.

I'll be getting video posted starting at and other game notes to follow after 11:00. I am a little
buzzed on adrenaline even an hour and 20 minutes after the game was over. The final horn went off at 21:12.

Here's the Sauk Centre Herald photo album from last night's volleyball win with 105 photos:

While I'm still on my "looking back" kick, I added up the number of wins and losses B-B-E football teams have had since the Jaguar athletic program was formed in August 1988. That cumulative record is 69-171. (Tonight was the 69th football win at B-B-E.) Their playoff record is 13-17, while they've missed making the playoffs in 8 of the school's 26 seasons.

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Holy smokes!!!!

At halftime: B-B-E Jaguars 19, A-C-GC Falcons 16. The Jaguars are getting badly outplayed from every statistical category except (1) passing yards and (2) the overall score.

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The big game is almost here

The temperature is 43 degrees with very calm conditions and 45 minutes to go before kickoff tonight. With the sun about to set, I expect the temp to drop off a few more degrees. It will be a cold, frigid night. At least it's not windy and it's not snowing!

I will try my best to post a halftime score and then a third-quarter score. The nerves are starting to kick in. This game is HUGE! It will easily rate in the Top-Five for all B-B-E football games I've watched. I can hardly contain my excitement for this one, and I sincerely hope you are able to watch it firsthand.

Here are some fantastic scores to report from Section 4AA today:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 23, St. Agnes 20 (#4 seed clips #1!)
Maple Lake 27, Concordia Academy 21 (#3 seed beats #2!)

Holdingford (6AA) and Pierz (5AAA) have 7:00 kickoffs tonight. Stay tuned!

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What a game playing out in Minneapolis. Wow.

Disclaimer: I hope no one on the B-B-E football team reads doesn't matter guys! Get your head on ACGC, the only thing in your universe right now.

North's Josh Cunningham, running back, caught a 5-yard touchdown pass with 11:52 on the clock in the first quarter. Their quarterback was flushed but ran in the two-point conversion pass. The touchdown was the first successful reception for North.
Second quarter, 11:52: LPHT 16, North 8.
LPHT started their next drive on their 26-yard line. It's the first time in the game where they've had the length of the field to start a series.
1st-10: 1-yard gain
2nd-9: a big 19-yard catch by Machemehl to the LPHT 45-yard line.
1st-10 @ B-45: 2' run
2nd-8: Heigl keeper for 3 yards
3rd-5: Heigl is flushed, runs, gets a couple yards but is short.
4th-3: Bulldogs are going for it from their 47-yard line. Tesch bulls forward and gets a couple extra with a big gain!
1st-10 @ N-44: Tesch reaches the corner, gets a good block and gains a bunch of yards. He has 7 carries so far for 35 yards.
2nd-3: Tesch gets a 3-yard gain to convert! He blasted into a pile of defenders.
1st-10 @ N-34: Tesch runs for 5 yards.
2nd-5: Heigl uses trickery and carries, looked like Tesch had it...Heigl gains 16 yards!
1st-10 @ N-11: Heigl under center, hand off to Tesch, he's around the right side for a touchdown!      6:59 the Bulldogs score on a rushing touchdown.  Machemehl PAT kick with the trademark "shift"...ball snapped right to Tesch who walks in the 2-pt conversion.
2nd quarter 6:59: LPHT 24, North 8.

North started the next possession on their 37-yard line.
1st-10 at N-37: INC pass.
2nd-10: Cunningham has a hole and crosses midfield to the LPHT 48' with a huge 15-yard gain.
    6:15 left, timeout LPHT.
1st-10 at B-48: reception to the Bulldogs 41-yard line.
2nd-3: Bulldogs snare an interception! Nathan Anderson successfully fights for the ball with 5:31 left in the second quarter.
1st-10 at B-21:  Heigl is sacked in the back field for a 5-yard loss.
 2nd-15: Machemehl fumbles on an end-around play, Polars recover.
POLARS ball on the LPHT 13' line.
1st-10 at B-14: Hampton reception to the 7-yard line
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? -GOAL at B-7: Johnson in shotgun, he runs in a quarterback keeper from 3 yards out.
Polars score on a Johnson QB keeper from three yards out. On the 2-point conversion, Johnson looking to pass, but it's intercepted.
2nd quarter 3:33:  LPHT 24, North 14.

Wow! This is an incredible game.
BULLDOGS take over from their 30-yard line after the kickoff with 3:24 left.
1st-10 at B-30: Stibal 3' gain.
2nd-6: Heigl breaks free and runs for a 67-yard touchdown!!! Wow!
Two-pt. conversion coming, they shift, Machemehl shifts to the right, Polars bite, Tesch moves forward with the ball but the Polars were able to stop him this time.
2nd quarter 2:38: LPHT 30, North 14.

POLARS ball after the kickoff with 2:30 left from their 31-yard line.
1st-10 at N-31: Johnson keeper for 3 yards.
2nd-7: Johnson in shotgun, they look down field, Keyon Thomas almost gets a reception but can't hold on to the ball.
3rd-7:  ?Mathias? catches the ball for a 9-yard gain. His first catch of the day.
1st-10 at N-43: Johnson keeper after being flushed, brought down at the 47-yard line but there's a flag on the play after a North holding infraction.
96 seconds to go before halftime.
1st-a bunch ... a huge interception by Machemehl!!!! an LPHT pick on a jump ball! They have a minute left on the clock with a long field.

BULLDOGS ball from their own 26-yard line.
1st-10 at N-26:  Jazz BaIRD catch at the 50, he gets to North's 41-yard line! A 33-YARD catch for Baird's first catch of the day.
1st-10 at N-41: Stibal catches a pass from Heigl, his first reception of his varsity career, he gets 8 yards.
2nd-2 at North's 33-yard line:
34 seconds left, timeout Bulldogs.
2nd-and-2:  Tesch breaks free, he's pushed out of bounds past the 20-yard was a reception for 13 yards...25 seconds left.
1st-10 at North's 20:  Machemehl in motion, he almost caught it after turning but dropped it, great coverage by North......21 seconds left.
2nd-10: Heigl rolls right, he flips a pass to Machemehl for a 5-yard reception to increase the shot of at least getting a field goal.
3rd-5 at North 15:  Machemehl coming from the left, Tesch right...Heigl moves to the left and tucks it in, trying to get out of bounds, he gets to the 10-yard line but might be just short...nope, he gets the first down.
1st-GOAL at North's 9 1/2 yard line with 4 seconds left. Do they go for a touchdown or field goal? Bulldogs take the field and set up a field goal attempt. Ball at the 17-yard line for a 27-yard attempt. Snap good, Heigl holds, and it's a good field goal.    
HALFTIME: LPHT 33, North 14.

**Here's a score from St. Agnes high school, where Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted is playing in the Section 4AA semifinals...with just the 4th quarter remaining, the Lakers are in a 14-14 tie!

Bulldogs will start the 2nd half with the ball.
John Williams 2-point conversion pass (he's #66 in the program) after Machemehl 90-yard kickoff return. Wow.
41 to 14 Bulldogs lead just seconds into the 3rd quarter.

North having trouble on the ensuing kickoff...they went backwards but got a few back then ultimately will start the ball on their 25-yard line.
(11:31 left)
1st-10 at N-25: K. Thomas smothered by LPHT defense, loss on the play.
2nd-11: Johnson looking to pass, flushed, flag on the play, North holding penalty.
2nd-22 on the Polars 13: Thomas reception for 7 yards
3rd-15: Johnson back to pass, flushed, rolls right, gets free, Bulldogs miss him...Johnson gets 5 yards dodging numerous Bulldog defenders.
4th-10: PUNT

BULLDOGS field the kickoff with Heigl at the B-37, he moves out to the 39 and is tackled, 8:57
1st-10 at B-39: Jared Stibal runs up the middle for a big gain of 9 yards.
2nd-1: Stibal unable to get the 1st down, Polars tighten up, loss of yards.
3rd-4: Stibal again and he gets the first down to the 50.
1st-10 at the 50: Tesch finds a hole, dives forward for a first down.
1st-10 at North's 40:  ?? missed the play
2nd-4:  Tesch up the right side, finds a hole, he's free and hits the corner for a 15' gain.
1st-10 at N-21:  Andrew G. looking for room, gets a few yards
2nd-? :  Stibal short gain
3rd-2: drive up the middle by #12 to convert and get goal-to-go on the 4-yard line.
1st-GOAL on the North four: nowhere to go for a running back
2nd-GOAL on North four: Heigl keeper, flips it to Nathan Anderson for a reception of 4 yards for a touchdown!    47-14, PAT good.
3rd quarter, 3:10 left: LPHT 48, North 14.

More to follow after 5:00, including the final score. **Update: with 6:34 left, the Bulldogs have a 54-20 lead.

With North's starters playing out the rest of the game, they scored with no time left on a 20-yard pass play to make the final score 54-26.

Time for all of us to get to Belgrade!!!!


Get to the game!

Have I gotten the message across yet? Kickoff against ACGC is at 7:00 at the B-B-E high school stadium. Bring every last person you are able to. Our Jaguars football team deserves to have a HUGE hometown crowd for the final home game of the year!

At Minneapolis, LPHT held North to a three-and-out on their first 2 drives today. Whew. The Bulldogs scored on their first drive to go up 8-0 with 7:18 left in the 1st quarter.

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And video

From game three and the end of the match tonight:


Friday, October 25, 2013

Step I: B-B-E 3, Eden Valley-Watkins 0

Celebrating a kill by Ashley Trustheim (left), which resulted in a 24-15 lead in game three tonight.

Huddling up for an EV-W timeout in game one after the Jaguars got hot and went up 18-12.

The mission for earning playoff hardware got off to a great start tonight, when the Jaguars volleyball team swept Eden Valley-Watkins 25-15, 25-19, 25-16 in front of a large, supportive hometown crowd. It's their 24th win of the season against seven losses. EV-W finished 9-17.

Game one started awfully rough for the Jaguars, and after a troublesome 0-6 start, they clawed back to get within one point on an ace tip by Hailey Braegelman for a 7-6 score. An ace serve by Haley Van Beck tied it at 9-9, and a block by Megan Weller put them on top for good 11-10. After the Eagles tied it at 11-11, a 12-2 run followed including some great serving by Randi Gafkjen, kills from Becca Gruber and Taylor Gregory and an ace serve from Weller.

The Jaguars were cooking to start game two, and they built a 5-0 lead before the Eagles knew what hit them. Wouldn't you know it, once EV-W got their bearings straight, they gave a good challenge and cut the lead down to one point, 7-6. An ace block by Jamie Meyer helped the Jaguars get a 5-1 run rolling. EV-W got it down to one point another time, 14-13, but the Jaguars wore them down and had a 21-15 lead going before both teams got four points the rest of the way.

In game three, the Jaguars got out to a 4-0 lead and never let the Eagles get closer than two points from there. Hailey Braegelman served up six straight points for a 14-6 lead. Katelyn Heinze's ace block put the Jaguars up 22-13 before both teams scored three points for the 25-16 final score.

The Jaguars had 11 missed serves on the night. That's one area they will have to tighten up a bit if they want to make a deep push in the playoffs.

Tessa Halvorson readies a serve against the Eagles tonight.

Up next: Bertha-Hewitt at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle high school next Tuesday (Oct. 29) at 6:00pm. The Bears (20-8-2) swept Park Region Conference rival Verndale tonight in a playoff border battle tonight.

Royalton supplied a mini-upset in Sub-Section 5A-South when they beat #2-seed Kimball Area 3-1. The Royals advance to face #1-seeded (the other pod) Browerville in the other semifinal match next Tuesday in Long Prairie. Game scores were 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21.

Browerville ended Upsala's season by game scores of 25-21, 25-15, 25-16. The Tigers were regular season champions of the Prairie South Conference.

I have to give a shout-out to the B-B-E Pep Band. You were awesome!

Terrific fan support has been a hallmark of this volleyball season, not unlike what we've seen every fall at B-B-E.

By the way, D-Mac will carry tomorrow night's football game!

Sub-Section 5A-North volleyball scores on Oct. 25:
Nevis 25, 25, 25 - #5 seed Pillager 19, 13, 14
Onamia 3, Isle 1
Sebeka 3, Pine-River Backus 0
Braham 3, Hinckley-Finlayson 0

Area volleyball scores on October 25:
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 3, Montevideo 0
Litchfield 3, Benson 0
New London-Spicer 3, Minnewaska Area 1
Osakis 3, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0
Melrose Area 3, Holdingford 0
Pierz 3, Little Falls 1
Sauk Centre 3, Staples-Motley 0
Albany 3, HL-W-W 0
Battle Lake 3, West Central Area 2

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Jaguars sweep in playoff opener

The Jaguars volleyball team swept EVW 25-15, 25-19, 25-16 tonight. They play next at Long Prairie next Tuesday night at 6:00pm against Bertha-Hewitt. The Bears swept Verndale in their playoff opener tonight.

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We have an awesome pep band!

Members of the B-B-E Pep Band are shown performing at halftime on Tuesday night.

The B-B-E music program gets a work out with Pep Band performing at playoff games on the horizon as well as the Monday night Fall Choir concert. Come out and support not only the Jaguar athletic program but also our Fine Arts kids as well! Many do double-duty, being both athletes and musicians! Way to go Jaguars!

Holy cow am I excited for tomorrow's game!  Kickoff in Belgrade is at 7pm. BE THERE!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Volleyball playoffs set to begin!

The Jaguars volleyball team hosts the playoff opener tomorrow night at 7:00pm.

Here's action from tonight's practice:

It will be an interesting trip through the sub-section and section playoffs next week!

We had a simply terrific crowd on Tuesday night!

**Here's the Sauk Centre Herald photo album from Friday Night Lights IX:

Section 5A volleyball results on October 24:
Upsala 3, Swanville 0
Verndale 3, Eagle Valley 0
Isle 3, Ogilvie 1
Pillager 3, Menagha 2
Hinckley-Finlayson 3, East Central 0
Royalton 3, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 1
Eden Valley-Watkins 3, St. Cloud Christian 0

Area volleyball playoff results on October 24:
Rockford Area 3, Providence Academy 0
Underwood 3, Hancock 2
Maple Lake 3, Blake 0

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