Monday, February 27, 2017

Live streaming of school board

Tonight's (February 27) school board meeting will be live-streamed at the Bonanza Valley Voice website's streaming page: A major point of discussion will be proposed $198,320 in budget cuts for the 2017-2018 school year.

You can also bookmark this page and watch the school board meeting at the Voice website:

The video player will be dark until it is turned on at 7:30 p.m. If it doesn't play at first on your computer or phone, refresh the browser.

I'll be on double duty covering the band concert and the school board meeting.

As with any school board meeting, the public is invited to attend and listen except in cases where the board has to close the meeting.

Here's video from the choir concert held last Monday night. It begins with the 7th-12th grade girls' singers:

The Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper had a two-page spread of choir concert pages on pages six and seven last week.


(Video) Championship rounds

Here's video from the section wrestling finals Saturday at NL-S high school, featuring the 145 and 152-pound championship matches:

It was a terrific day of wrestling!!!

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Girls' basketball playoffs

The Jaguars shown battling Kimball Area on January 5 in Kimball.

The seeding has been finalized for the Sub-Section 5A-South girls' basketball tournament, which begins on Monday this week (Feb. 27). Kimball Area, runners-up in the Central Minnesota Conference, has earned the top seed.

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team earned the No. 2 seed for the playoffs, and they will begin the postseason with a home quarterfinal game on Thursday, March 2. They'll host the winner of the No. 7 Onamia vs. No. 10 Ogilvie play-in round game at 7 p.m. Onamia and Ogilvie square off on Monday in the first round in Onamia.

B-B-E finished the regular season 18-8 overall, which ties for the school record for most wins in a regular season. That record was set in 2014-2015 when the Jaguars also finished 18-8 overall heading into playoffs. Prior to that, the school record for most regular season wins stood at 17-8, set in 2008-2009.

This year in the CMC, the Jaguars finished 10-4, good for third place alone and also rating it as one of the best marks in conference play in school history.

The school record for most wins in a season stands at 21, set by the 2014-2015 squad that finished as runners-up in Section 5A and 21-9 overall.

2017 Sub-Section 5A-South girls' basketball seedings (overall record):
1. Kimball Area (21-5)
2. B-B-E (18-8)
3. East Central (13-13)
4. Swanville (9-15)
5. Upsala (8-18)
6. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (10-16)
7. Onamia (8-15)
8. Isle (7-18)
9. Browerville/Eagle Valley (6-20)
10. Ogilvie (5-19)

The Sub-Section 5A-South semifinal round is on Saturday, March 4 at a site to-be-determined. The times are 6 and 7:45 p.m., and if I recall correctly, usually the earlier game involves the No. 1 seed and whoever else is still alive on that side of the bracket. The sub-section finals is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 at a site to-be-determined.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Section wrestling: four Jaguars to state!

Blaine Fischer, Tyler Jensen and Trevor Kern will all wrestle in the finals today in fifth-place matches. And add Dalton Guzier and Seth Roering to that list.

The Jaguars have four in the championship matches: Canon Swanson, Tyler Bents, Adam Jaeger and Isaiah Gilbert.

All other Jaguars are done for the season.

These eight Jaguars all earned medals at the Section 5A individual tournament today at NL-S.

***Updates: Canon Swanson won the 113-pound title with a pin (1:50). At 126 pounds, Tyler Bents lost a 5-3 decision to Shawn Rue of Paynesville to fall to second place. Bents will not have a true second match.

At 145, Adam Jaeger won a 9-3 decision vs. a K-M-S wrestler to claim the Section championship. Isaiah Gilbert then lost a 9-4 decision in overtime against the top seed from Osakis at 145 pounds. Gilbert will not have a true second match.

*That makes four Jaguars advancing to state!!!! Canon Swanson, Tyler Bents, Isaiah Gilbert and Adam Jaeger. This will be Bents' third trip to the state tournament, second for Swanson, second for Jaeger and first for Gilbert. All four are underclassmen.

**Dalton Guzier won by fall early in the second period in his 170-pound fifth-place match. Other fifth-place match updates will be posted later on Saturday night.

*Here's video from Friday, the section semifinal match at 152 pounds:

The Class 1A state wrestling individual tournament begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 3 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Canon Swanson will be on the mat at 9 a.m. ready to rumble in the 113-pound bracket that morning.


Section wrestling finals

At New London-Spicer in the Section 5A individual tournament, a Parade of Champs will begin at 2 p.m. following the end of wrestlebacks for student-athletes at the tournament who will compete in the finals (top-six). The finals will begin at 2:15 p.m

Friday, February 24, 2017

Section wrestling and basketball updates

Canon Swanson in action tonight at NL-S in the section individual tournament.

Four members of the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team made it to the championship match in their weight classes with semifinal wins tonight at NLS: Canon Swanson, Tyler Bents, Adam Jaeger and Isaiah Gilbert. They will all compete for first-place finishes in the Section 5A tournament during the finals round that is set to begin at approximately 2:15 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, February 25).

The second round of wrestlebacks begin at noon on Saturday at NLS. *Updates have been posted on Saturday morning. Here's the big one to share: a Parade of Champs will begin at 2 p.m. following the end of wrestlebacks for student-athletes at the tournament who will compete in the finals (top-six). The finals will begin at 2:15 p.m.

Re-capping Friday night:
In the 113-pound bracket, freshmen Canon Swanson won by fall (5:19) over sophomore Hunter Mondor of Benson in his semifinal round.

At 126 pounds, sophomore Tyler Bents defeated senior Jacob Carlson in his semifinal match by a 6-5 decision. (video below)

At 145 pounds, junior Adam Jaeger won his semifinal match by defeating senior Darrin Stoetzel of Osakis by a 13-7 decision.

At 145 pounds, junior Isaiah Gilbert won his semifinal match by defeating sophomore Jared Knutson of Benson in an 8-6 decision.

Numerous other Jaguars won in the wrestlebacks or have byes in their wrestleback bracket and remain to fight on Day Two: Blaine Fischer (106), Tyler Jensen (120), Dylan T. Kampsen (132), Trevor Kern (160), Spencer Amundson (182) and Seth Roering (285).

Dalton Guzier won his quarterfinal match, but then in the semifinals was defeated to fall to the wrestleback round. That rounds out a total of 11 Jaguars who will compete on Day Two of the section tournament. Two Jaguars battled their hearts out but lost out of the wrestlebacks: eighth grader Mark Jenniges (138) and senior Jonah Voss (195).

Here's video from the 126-pound semifinals featuring B-B-E sophomore Tyler Bents...the video settings can be adjusted to Hi-Def:

I'm currently combing through and uploading additional video from tonight at NL-S, and I'll get some posted later tonight. In the mean time, here's video from the Section 5A team final four round at Holdingford a week ago:

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team lost 61-57 at Eden Valley-Watkins to complete the regular season. They take an 18-8 record into the Sub-Section 5A-South playoffs.

At home tonight, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team lost to the 144th-ranked Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Fighting Saints by a 35-29 score...the Jaguars are 10-14 overall, while K-M-S is 3-22 overall. K-M-S is seeded No. 9 in Sub-Section 3A-North.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Boys' hoops at Pierz

At halftime tonight: Pierz 26, B-B-E 18. The Jaguars led 4-2 out of the gates but have struggled since.

Final: B-B-E 52, Pierz 48!!!! The Jaguars finished the conference game on a 5-0 run. They improve to 10-13 overall with the win and have a very short turnaround before hosting Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg tomorrow night.

In the Central Minnesota Conference, the Jaguars are now solidly in fourth place, sitting ahead of fifth-place Maple Lake (4-7) by two games. Kimball Area, now 9-3 in the CMC, locked up third place tonight with a 78-46 win at last-place Paynesville Area.

**Jaguar fans!! Make tracks to NL-S high school tomorrow and Saturday! The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team will be in action in the Section 5A individual tournament. Action begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

Area boys' basketball scores on February 23:
Glencoe-Silver Lake 44, New London-Spicer 31      
Parkers Prairie 75, New York Mills 71    
Breckenridge 93, Wheaton/Herman-Norcorss 56    
Melrose Area 69, Benson 52 (Melrose Area is 23-0!)
Montevideo 58, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 55    
Sauk Centre 77, BOLD 65    
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 68, Minnewaska Area 55
Holdingford 55, Osakis 45     
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 63, Hancock 57

Area girls' basketball scores on February 23:
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 47, Swanville 28    
Parkers Prairie 65, New York Mills 47     
Brandon/Evansville 66, Hancock 49
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 66, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 54
Kimball Area 54, Maple Lake 41 (Cubs finish the season 21-5 and now wait for the seeding to be computed on Saturday in Sub-Section 5A-South)
Holdingford 56, Melrose Area 53
Osakis 62, Pierz 29     
Royalton 67, Swanville 43

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Mind blown

I've enjoyed seeing some great coverage of FFA chapters around the area in local newspapers. It's great to see such a wonderful youth organization get plenty of ink. For this week's Bonanza Valley Voice, I would call what I did as "adequate" and will more ink to FFA in my March 2 issue.

I noticed one thing that kind of blew my mind. The "group photo" for the West Central Area school district's FFA chapter had just a couple dozen kids in it. When I added the "not pictured" names to that group, I got to just 32!!! That means our B-B-E school district, which is smaller in K-12 enrollment than WCA, has an FFA chapter that's almost three times as large as WCA's. This year's B-B-E FFA has 87 members, while last year it had 89 kids. That represents more than half of all 9th-12th grade students at B-B-E!!!

Note: West Central Area's high school is located in Barrett 55 miles northwest of B-B-E's high school. The school is made up of the areas and towns of Kensington, Farwell, Hoffman, Barrett, Elbow Lake, Erdahl and Wendell. Their school district is just as dependent on agriculture and at-related businesses as B-B-E is.

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Bologna Daze

Elrosa's Bucky's Bar will be the site of the first Bologna Daze for 2017. Read more in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Marquee win

Believe it! The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team just defeated the top-ranked team in Sub-Section 6A-South, Parkers Prairie, 61-50. They trailed by three points at halftime but held the Panthers (17-5) to just 19 points in the second half. The win improves their overall record to 9-13.

In a home contest, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team defeated Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 62-47. They are now 18-7 overall with just one game left on the schedule: a road game at Eden Valley-Watkins on Friday.

*Here's a quick shout out to the B-B-E seventh grade boys' basketball Jaguars. They traveled to Paynesville tonight and earned a hard-fought 48-44 win in overtime!! Great job!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Choir concert

Tonight the B-B-E high school (grades 7-12) choir will perform a winter concert starting at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Basketball scores

Here's the final score in tonight's home game between the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team and Minnewaska Area: 45-34 loss.

Here's video from one week ago, when the Jaguars beat Kimball on February 10 at home:

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team beat Howard-Lake-Waverly-Winsted 52-34.

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Let's do this, Jaguars!!!!

Tonight's the night!!! The playoffs heat up like they haven't in years for the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team. Updates will be posted here after 6 p.m. from Holdingford High School.


Final: B-B-E 32, Paynesville 31!!! The semifinal match was insane. The Jaguars shot out to a 17-4 lead after the 132-pound match, where Tyler Bents won a technical fall 19-2. The score tightened up from that point on, with Paynesville getting within one point at 26-25. Then junior Seth Roering went out on the mat guns blazing and won by pin in the first period!!! That sealed it, putting the Jaguars ahead 32-25.

***Next: K-M-S, in the Section 5A championship at 8 o'clock!!!! The defending champion Fighting Saints won 34-33 over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville in the other semifinal match.

Update.....the Jaguars are losing to K-M-S 24-8 after the 138-pound match.

After the 160-pound match, the Jaguars are losing 27-17. Adam Jaeger won at 160 by a 20-4 tech fall.

Here's video from after the Section 5A championship match:

Final score: K-M-S 43, B-B-E 23.

...and here's video from the K-M-S match, featuring Adam Jaeger's win:

**JAGUAR FANS!! Make tracks to New London-Spicer high school next Friday and Saturday! February 24-25...for the section individual tournament. We need a huge crowd to cheer on our Jaguars to the state tournament!!!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nine is the new number

It's nine in a row for the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team, and it was quite the win after they defeated Maple Lake on the road by a 51-45 score in overtime. The Jaguars outscored the Irish 7-1 in the extra session.

Terrible free throw shooting came awfully close to ending their winning streak. They made just 11 out of 29 free throws.

In order to make it 10 in a row, the Jaguars will have to vastly improve their free-throw shooting as they will host a very good Minnewaska Area team on Friday (tomorrow).

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(Video) Jaguars advance in playoffs

Post-match video on Tuesday night:

Additional coverage of the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team, including playoff information, can be found on page eight of this week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Final Four-bound!

The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team is heading to the Section 5A Final Four round for the fourth time since 2012 after picking up an impressive 61-15 win over New London-Spicer in the quarterfinals tonight.

Next is the semifinals, this Friday night at Holdingford, where the No. 2-seeded Jaguars will square off with No. 3-seeded Paynesville Area. It will be a battle royale!!

In a home contest, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team lost 56-32 to Kimball Area.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

The winning continues

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team made it eight in a row with a 73-49 win at non-conference Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg tonight. A high-scoring first half ended with the Jaguars ahead 41-28. The Jaguars had three players in double figures, led by Morgan Gronli's 22 points.

The Fighting Saints (7-15) are a fellow member of Sub-Section 5A-South.

Next is a road game at Maple Lake on Thursday as the Jaguars resume Central Minnesota Conference action.

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Cabin Fever

Come join the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaycees for a night of Bean Bags!

Saturday, February 18th at the Ka-De Shack in Brooten. Registration is at 5:30 p.m., while the tournament begins at 6 p.m. The cost is $10/person or $20/couple. Bring your own partner or be matched up with one. Payout is for first, second and third place! (It will be determined on the number of teams in the tournament.)

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

(HD video) B-B-E vs. Kimball

Here's video from the second half of the girls' basketball game on Friday night:

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team (15-6) travels to Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Monday night (tomorrow) for a non-conference game. They moved the date and site to K-M-S and Monday, after the game was originally scheduled for Tuesday night this week as a home game.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Marquee battle

Final score tonight in girls' basketball action: B-B-E 54, Kimball 42. The Jaguars (15-6) led 30-24 at halftime and executed their game plan to near-perfection while holding a high-octane Cubs offense to just 18 second-half points. Their winning streak now stands at seven games.

B-B-E's next game is Monday at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.

Central Minnesota Conference girls' basketball scores on February 10:
Eden Valley-Watkins 57, Maple Lake 25  
Holdingford 46, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 37
Pierz 72, Paynesville Area 45

Area girls' basketball scores on February 10:
New London-Spicer 68, Rockford Area 55
West Central Area 58, Battle Lake 40      
Lac qui Parle Valley 63, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 44    
Minneota 71, Yellow Medicine East 66 OT  
MACCRAY 48, Dawson-Boyd 46    
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 63, Ortonville 34

Area boys' basketball scores on February 10:
Brandon-Evansville 57, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 48     
Underwood 60, Ashby 49      
Parkers Prairie 73, Rothsay 49
Osakis 62, Battle Lake 54
Swanville 71, Upsala 54
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 68, Benson 61     
BOLD 59, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 58     
Melrose 68, Sauk Centre 53     
Montevideo 61, Minnewaska Area 51

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(Video) Blast from the past! 2013

This video was taken after the Section 4A semifinal game on October 26, 2013 between the B-B-E Jaguars football team and the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons. The Jaguars won a come-from-behind thriller 26-22 that night.

Standing on the far right is Tim Wengler, who graduated from Belgrade high school in 1985. In Wengler's senior year, the Redmen finished the season undefeated! Belgrade averaged close to 300 rushing yards per game.

This video was found while searching through Bonanza Valley Voice video archives.


Thursday, February 09, 2017

CMC border battle

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team won 44-42 over visiting Paynesville Area tonight. At halftime, the Jaguars led 21-19. They shot just 15-of-25 at the free throw line and will need to improve on that to pick up more wins in February.

Here's video from the final minute of the first half:

At Minnewaska Area, the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team won 63-10. They're now 13-4 overall as they head into the Section 5A playoffs next week.

Big game tomorrow night!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you know what I'm talking about. You can read more on page 10 in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Wrestling playoffs

The Section 5A wrestling pairings were released late this morning. The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team has earned the number two seed for the upcoming playoffs. Seeded first was Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, who is also the defending section champion.

Earning the number three seed was Paynesville Area.

The B-B-E Jaguars host the first two rounds of the playoffs on Tuesday, February 14. They will face either New London-Spicer or Holdingford in the quarterfinals at approximately 7:30 p.m. that night at the B-B-E high school. It is my fervent hope that we will have a PACKED gym that night!

If the Jaguars advance out of the quarterfinals, they will compete in the Section Final Four to be held on Friday, February 17 at Holdingford high school. Two semifinal matches will begin at 6 p.m. that night at HHS. Keep that night open, and if we advance, plan on bringing every Jaguar fan within earshot to Holdingford!!!

2017 Section 5A wrestling seeding:
1. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (12-3 overall dual meet record)
2. B-B-E (12-4)
3. Paynesville Area (11-11)
4. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville (7-11)
5. Royalton/Upsala (12-13)
6. Benson (6-7)
7. New London-Spicer (5-9)
8. Osakis (8-14)
9. Ortonville (3-15)
10. Holdingford (4-15)
11. Minnewaska Area (2-14)

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Monday, February 06, 2017


Tomorrow night's (Tuesday) home game between our B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team and the Hancock Owls will be broadcast on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood.

To read all the upcoming dates for radio coverage, look at page eight of the February 2 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

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Saturday, February 04, 2017

Section dance meet

A shot from the kick competition today at Rocori.

The B-B-E/Paynesville dance team wrapped up their season today at the Section 4AA dance meet at Rocori high school. In a field of 15 teams, these schools advance to the state tournament: Sauk Rapids-Rice, Sartell-St. Stephen, Rocori and St. Cloud Cathedral.

The B-B-E/Paynesville team beat out these teams as follows: in the jazz competition, they beat Annandale and Foley; in the kick competition, they defeated Foley.

Here's video from the high kick division:

See additional coverage in the Bonanza Valley Voice! We had dance photos from NL-S published on pages nine and 12 in the February 2 issue.


Getting the win

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team won 54-44 on Friday night at Maple Lake. It was a great team win that improved their overall record to 6-11. Next: a tough game at Sauk Centre (13-4) on Tuesday, February 7. The Mainstreeters are reeling from two straight West Central Conference losses that took the momentum out of what was a six-game winning streak and also bounced them from the race for the WCC title.

Maple Lake falls to 5-12 overall and 3-5 in the CMC.

Central Minnesota Conference boys' basketball scores on February 3:
Eden Valley-Watkins 51, Kimball Area 43    
Holdingford 72, Paynesville Area 38    
Pierz 65, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 41

Area boys' basketball scores on Feb. 3:
Annandale 88, New London-Spicer 53      
Parkers Prairie 75, Ashby 49    
Battle Lake 64, Underwood 50     
Brandon/Evansville 65, Rothsay 37
Browerville/Eagle Valley 68, St. John's Prep 57     
MACCRAY 88, Southwest MN Christian 46     
Minnewaska Area 65, Benson 55
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 62, Sauk Centre 51     
Melrose Area 66, Albany 34
Central MN Christian 58, Dawson-Boyd 39    
Renville County West 72, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 69

Area girls' basketball scores on Feb. 3:
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 60, West Central Area 25    
Osakis 83 Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 31    
Browerville/Eagle Valley 66, Upsala 62     
Swanville 44, St. John's Prep 29      
Royalton 80, Paynesville Area 41
Melrose Area 54, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 33    
BOLD 57, Benson 17    
Minnewaska Area 88, Montevideo 72    
Sauk Centre 67, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 50     
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 55, MACCRAY 36    
Albany 73, Foley 54

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Friday, February 03, 2017

Basketball updates

At Maple Lake, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team is trailing 25-22.

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The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team won 40-21 over Royalton/Upsala as they head into the final week of the regular season. They tune up for playoffs with a section match at Minnewaska Area next Thursday, February 9.

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team won 48-22 at Paynesville Area after leading 18-10 at halftime. Their next game is next Tuesday at home against non-conference Hancock.

Central Minnesota Conference girls' basketball scores on Feb. 2:
Kimball Area 65, Pierz 55
Eden Valley-Watkins 65, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 18
Holdingford 61, Maple Lake 52

Area girls' basketball scores on February 2:
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 69, Battle Lake 28
Brandon/Evansville 70, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 55    
Underwood 70, Ashby 35
Sauk Centre 68, Albany 51    
Central MN Christian 53, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 43
Lac qui Parle Valley 60, Dawson-Boyd 29    
MACCRAY 45, Renville County West 32  
Canby 65, Yellow Medicine East 54
Minneota 75, Lakeview 40  
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 64, Russel-Tyler-Ruthton 37

Area boys' basketball scores on Feb. 2:
Swanville 49, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 44     
West Central Area 80, Upsala 39     
Osakis 61, Royalton 52
Melrose Area 92, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 60     
Montevideo 70, BOLD 68     
Benson 59, Yellow Medicine County 51      
Albany 51, Foley 41
Hancock 63, Lac qui Parle Valley 53
Ortonville 84, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 61

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