Friday, December 30, 2016

Goodhue tournament

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team lost 58-39 to the defending Class 1A state champions, the Goodhue Wildcats, in the championship game of the Goodhue tournament on Thursday night.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Willmar, Goodhue tournaments

Coach Anderson addresses his team during a second-half timeout in the MACCRAY game.

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team won tonight over MACCRAY in the second round of the Bremer Bank Holiday tournament in Willmar. Final: B-B-E 68, MACCRAY 64.

Here's video from the second half in Willmar:

And at Goodhue, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team beat Sleepy Eye 62-59. The Indians entered the game with a 6-1 record and a 47-points per game defensive average. On Thursday this week, the Jaguars (5-3 overall) take on the tournament hosts, the Goodhue Wildcats, with a 4:45 p.m. tip off. The Wildcats have a very impressive resume, sporting a 9-2 overall record and a No. 3 ranking in the latest QRF rankings in Class 1A.

Goodhue beat Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 77-54 in their game today.


Monday, December 26, 2016

(Video) Boys' basketball takes it to Upsala

Here's video from the final minute of the Upsala game on December 20 last week:

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team competes in the Bremer Bank Holiday tournament in Willmar this week. The first game is at 2 p.m. on Tuesday against New London-Spicer. Next is MACCRAY on Wednesday with an approximate time of 5:30 p.m. for tip-off. I have confirmed that the NL-S game will be aired on both Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood and 106.5 FM The Train of Norway Lake/Sunburg. (THANK YOU, RADIO CREWS!)

Meanwhile, at Goodhue, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team has two games on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

(Video) Riding in style!

The Brooten Fire Department brought Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus to downtown Brooten for Santa Day on December's a little video:

Merry Christmas!!!!

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Thursday, December 22, 2016


The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team just dismantled Sauk Centre-Melrose 47-16!!! They had a 41-10 lead before Seth Roering won with a pin in the third period at 220. Earlier, Jonah Voss trailed his entire match before sticking his guy in the third period.

The Jaguars are now 5-1 in duals. Next is the Jaguar Invitational on January 6 at the B-B-E high school. You should make plans to be there!!!

Both basketball teams lost tonight.

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Tonight's boys' basketball game at Minnewaska Area will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM.

Updates: the boys' basketball Jaguars fell behind 19-1 right off the bat. It was not pretty.

By halftime!!! The Jaguars have a 34-32 lead over the Lakers.

(Video) 'Joy to the World' & 'Jingle Bells"

Members of the B-B-E high school band shown performing at the Bonanza Valley State Bank today.

'Tis the season to be in the Christmas spirit!!

Shown below is a video of the final hymn sung during the Sunday School Christmas program at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove Lake.

And here's the B-B-E senior high band performing "Jingle Bells" at Bonanza Valley State Bank this morning:

Lots of CHRISTMAS in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Basketball teams sweep

Both varsity basketball teams defeated Upsala tonight. In a home game, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team won 63-48. Ryan Olmscheid led the attack with a career-high 28 points.

At Upsala, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team won 54-34 after limiting the Cardinals to just 16 points in the second half.

Read more on both wins in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice.

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The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team has built a 37-15 lead at halftime tonight against Upsala in a home contest.

At Upsala, our B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team is ahead 24-18.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Dress up days this week at B-B-E

Students at the B-B-E high school will be in the Christmas spirit this week! Here are the dress-up days:
Monday- PJ Day
Tuesday- Red/Green Day, Santa hats and reindeer antlers
Wednesday- Winter Gear Day
Thursday- Ugly Christmas Sweater

PLUS the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team will have home cooking on Tuesday night this week when they host Upsala in a non-conference game. Two nights later, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team also has a non-conference game at home when Osakis comes to town.

Here's the Bonanza Valley Voice archive link to watch the B-B-E K-4 elementary Christmas program, which was held last week on Thursday: (NOTE: after the advertisement concludes, it takes quite awhile for the video to spool up.)

OH BY THE WAY, we're at 1,006 subscribers now at the Voice!


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Big Bear tournament, Day II

After the second day of action was complete, the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team finished in eighth place in the final standings at the Big Bear tournament. They earned 112.5 team points in the field of 39 teams. It was a remarkable performance for the Jaguars in their first-ever appearance at this prestigious tournament.

Here's how the brackets shook out for Jaguars who placed: at 113 pounds, Canon Swanson took third; at 126, Tyler Bents took fourth; at 145, Isaiah Gilbert took sixth; at 152, Adam Jaeger took second place after suffering his first loss of the season in the championship match; at 182, Dalton Guzier placed sixth.

Here are the top 12 teams in order:

1.) Hutchinson/Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart (193.5)
2.) Thief River Falls (150.5)
3.) West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville (139.5)
4.) Staples-Motley (136.5)
5.) Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena (132)
6.) Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie (130.5)
7.) Park Rapids (121)
8.) B-B-E (112.5)
9.) Mounds View (109)
10.) Hibbing (101.5)
11.) Detroit Lakes (101)
12.) Barnesville (99)

Here's video from the win against Paynesville on December 9, with the clip starting during the 145-pound match:

As always, read more in next week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

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Outstanding on day one

In their first-ever appearance at the Big Bear tournament, the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team is sitting in fifth place out of 39 teams after the first day of action. That is awesome! They currently trail Thief River Falls (first place, 118.5 points), Hutchinson, Park Rapids and Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie.

B-B-E is one of the smallest schools in this tournament, which is hosted by Cass Lake-Bena high school.

These Jaguars went 3-0 on the first day to help push the team so high in the standings: Canon Swanson, Tyler Bents, Isaiah Gilbert and Adam Jaeger. Stay tuned on Saturday for more updates!

And look for a full story on the tournament in the Dec. 22 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Conference loss

Maple Lake won 43-38 tonight over our B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team. It was a very rough first half for the home team. With just under 10 minutes left, the Irish had a 9-0 lead.

The other varsity teams were idle tonight.


Radio tonight

The girls' basketball game against Maple Lake will be aired on 106.5 FM The Train out of Norway Lake/Sunburg.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tuesday night results

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team beat visiting Pierz 56-44 last night. They host Maple Lake on Thursday night.

At Hancock the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team lost 48-45 in a nailbiter.

The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team went 1-1 at the Albany triangular, suffering their first loss of the season by a 33-30 score to Becker.

I did not get everything published that I wanted to in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper. Even though it was a whopping 14 pages, I ran out of room to wrote about the boys' basketball game and wrestling results from Albany.

Not to mention that I ran out of time. The newspaper has been growing by leaps and bounds in the past two months or so. It's consumed all my spare energy.

It's been a rush though! We will get to 1,000 subscribers by this weekend!!!!

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Santa Claus and more in Brooten!

Today's the big day in Brooten! All the activities' details were on page 13 of this week's Bonanza Valley Voice and on page 10 of last week's Bonanza Valley Voice.

I was just in Elrosa and saw over 40 kids get some time with Santa Claus at the parish center. The Elrosa Commercial Club and Elrosa Baseball Club did a fantastic job organizing activities and treats for everyone.

What a great day! IN SPITE of the bitter cold, the Christmas spirit is alive and well across the Bonanza Valley!

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Friday, December 09, 2016

Two wins!

Canon Swanson battling for the Jaguars at 126 pounds, where he got a pin against Paynesville.

The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team won two matches in home conference action tonight! They started out by thrashing the Kimball Area Cubs with a final score of 50-16. Paynesville Area also defeated Kimball when those two teams met in the second dual of the night. In the third dual, the Jaguars took on the Bulldogs in a classic border battle match that was not decided until the 195-pound match was complete. Final score: B-B-E 38, Paynesville Area 33.

The Jaguars are now 3-0 overall and in Central Minnesota Conference duals for the season. Their next action is another triangular next Tuesday, December 13 at Albany. The other team involved is Becker. Action begins for B-B-E with the Jaguars taking on Becker at 6:15 p.m.

Ryan Illies (50) pressures this shot by Ortonville in the first half.

In another home contest tonight, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team lost 68-54 to sub-section rival Ortonville. The Jaguars fared far better offensively tonight against Ortonville than they did in the season opener against Osakis. The improvement was very noticeable and noteworthy. Derek Wiener led the Jaguars with 19 points.

The Trojans, who led 40-27 at halftime, improved to 3-0 with the win. They are 2-0 against very solid Camden Conference competition after beating Lac qui Parle Valley 54-43 the night before their trip to Brooten. Ortonville competes in the Pheasant Conference in basketball and figures to be a factor in that race this season along with Hancock.

Speaking of Hancock, the Owls will be the next opponent for the Jaguars boys' basketball team. Next Tuesday B-B-E travels to Hancock for a non-conference contest.

Tonight's boys' basketball game was aired on 106.5 FM The Train.

Area boys' basketball scores on December 9:
Annandale 54, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 32
St. Cloud Apollo 47, Willmar 46
Parkers Prairie 54, Verndale 51
Sauk Centre 75, Upsala 50
Kimball Area 81, Royalton 43
Dawson-Boyd 80, Renville County West 52
Battle Lake 81, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 53
West Central Area 56, Henning 38
Maple Lake 70, St. John's Prep 64
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 85, Paynesville Area 56
Holdingford 94, Foley 81

Central MN Conference girls' basketball score on December 9:
Maple Lake 51, Pierz 39

Area girls' basketball scores on December 9:
Swanville 55, Upsala 51
Sauk Centre 67, Minnewaska Area 53
Dawson-Boyd 75, Ortonville 67
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 59, Benson 35
Kimball Area 53, Dassel-Cokato 28 (the Cubs are off to a nice 4-1 start; their only loss is to a very good Annandale team by a 59-53 score)
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 52, Browerville/Eagle Valley 47
Montevideo 49, Melrose Area 40
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 65, BOLD 49
Albany 59, Mora 17
Hancock 51, West Central Area 26
Hutchinson 98, Glencoe-Silver Lake 70

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Conference opener

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team won 53-48 at Holdingford tonight to improve to 2-1 on the season and win their Central Minnesota Conference opener.

This is all I can manage for updates today (Friday morning) - busy writing new subscriptions at my newspaper!! *Update: by the afternoon I've hauled in 13 new subscribers JUST today!!!!

Tonight (Friday): a ridiculous level of activity! Santa Claus in Sunburg, wrestling dual at the high school and a boys' basketball game at the elementary school. Uff Da!!

Central MN Conference girls' basketball score on December 8:
Eden Valley-Watkins 76, Paynesville Area 39

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Wrestlers at Holdingford

The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team had a successful start to the dual meet schedule with a 39-34 win tonight at Holdingford. Adam Jaeger earned his 100th career win with a pin (1:11) at 160 pounds.

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Wrestling has a great night

The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team took first place tonight! They beat second-place Quad County by 40 points with a team score of 180. Five Jaguars took first place, which created the wide gap between them and Quad County. Very cool! B-B-E's Isaiah Gilbert was the tournament M.V.P. and the champion in the 145-pound division with two pins and a 9-7 win by decision in the semifinals.

Next is a dual at Holdingford on Tuesday night to start the Central Minnesota Conference schedule. The Huskers took third place with 120 points at tonight's tournament.

Here's video from Jonah Voss's quarterfinal match. He won this match by a 12-4 major decision and finished in second place in the 160-pound division.

More will be posted late Saturday night, including photos. I had a very busy Saturday, and in my down time - it was family time!

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Finals will be streamed!

The B-B-E Jaguars have seven wrestlers in the finals tonight at our home invitational! And the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper will live stream the finals at approximately 7 p.m. Here's the link:

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Radio tonight

Tonight's boys' basketball opener will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM.

Final score: Osakis 67, B-B-E 33.