Thursday, May 24, 2018

Fastpitch playoffs - updates!

This post will be updated on Thursday night with updates from Minnewaska Area high school.

Final score in game one: West Central Area 7, B-B-E 3. The Jaguars trailed 4-3 after four-and-a-half innings.

Next: an elimination bracket game against Ortonville. The game should start at around 17:50.

Update: heading into the fifth inning, the Trojans are ahead 2-1.

In the winner's bracket game, WCA had a 7-3 lead in the seventh inning.

**Here's video from the bottom of the sixth's rough footage! But the Jaguars scored two runs in this clip to make it a 4-3 game. The third run came in by Josie Knutson on Kaylee Torgerson's RBI-single to center field.

***Final score! B-B-E 5, Ortonville 4. The Jaguars won their seventh game of the season in dramatic fashion by scoring two runs in both of their final two at bats!! Up next: they play in another elimination game next Tuesday back at Minnewaska Area high school. Spread the word so we get a huge crowd out there to cheer them on deeper into the playoffs!!

With the 1-1 mark tonight, the Jaguars are 7-15 overall. They'll play a fourth postseason game for the first time since 2008. In the 2007 and 2008 seasons, the Jaguars played five playoff games each year. In 2008, they started the postseason 3-0 while winning B-B-E's only sub-section or district championship in fastpitch.

It's important to note!!! This team, or basically most of the roster of this B-B-E team, earned a co-championship during the regular season of summer league last year. In the league playoffs, they finished in second place as well. They undoubtedly a championship-caliber team. I believe in them! They need to continue believing in themselves. They can do this!!!

Ortonville's season comes to a close with a 5-15 mark. Seeded No. 6 in Sub-Section 6A-South, the Trojans earned an upset win over neighboring rival and No. 3-seeded Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in the quarterfinals. C-G-B won both contests in the regular season over Ortonville during Pheasant Conference play.

I learned that West Central Area won by a final score of 7-3 over Wheaton/Herman-Norcross to remain in the winner's bracket. WCA is 19-4 overall, while W/H-N continues into next week's action with a record of 12-9.

**Late Thursday night update: the next opponent for the Jaguars will be Browerville. The Jaguars and Tigers will square off in an elimination game at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 at Minnewaska Area high school. Browerville is 14-7 overall after going 1-1 in tonight's action in Sub-Section 6A-North. They defeated Brandon/Evansville 7-5 in their first game before losing 5-0 to top-seeded and defending section and state champion New York Mills (22-1).

Browerville is the No. 2-seeded team in Sub-Section 6A-North. They went 6-2 in Prairie Conference action while winning the South division title in their conference. B-B-E and Browerville last met during MSHSL spring fastpitch action on April 13, 2017, when the Tigers defeated the visiting Jaguars 7-6.

Also in Sub-Section 6A-North, Frazee ended Brandon/Evansville's season with a 5-0 elimination bracket win. The Hornets (11-12 overall) face W/HN in an elimination game at the same time and same location as the B-B-E vs. Browerville game next Tuesday. Brandon/Evansville finishes the season 15-6 overall. They were 12-2 in the Pheasant Conference while taking first place. WCA was runners-up in the Pheasant Conference, also 12-2 in the league.

More info to come.

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Today's fastpitch playoff game against WCA will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood. It begins at 4 p.m., and a second game will follow (win or lose) at 5:30 p.m.

Also, at least 10 members of the B-B-E Jaguars track and field teams are advancing to the Section 5A meet! I heard that the boys 4x400 relay team earned the Sub-Section 6A-21 title!

Also, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' golf team advanced to the Section 5A finals and sits in second place behind LQPV after the opening round was completed on Wednesday this week in Willmar.

Two members, Parker Schwinghammer and Jayden Miller, both advance to the Section 5A finals for the B-B-E Jaguars boys' golf team.

That's all for now.

**Thursday night update: the B-B-E Jaguars baseball team will take a 9-10 overall record into the Sub-Section 6A-South playoffs. They defeated Hancock 8-0 tonight to conclude the regular season.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Playoff win!

The B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team won a sub-section quarterfinal game for the first time since 2010 after they defeated No. 4-seeded Upsala 6-3 tonight. It was the Sub-Section 6A-South quarterfinals, and the Jaguars (6-14) advance to the semifinal round on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Minnewaska Area high school. The opponent will be No. 1-seeded West Central Area (17-4). Also noteworthy: the Jaguars are now in the double-elimination portion of the playoffs. Win or lose, they will play a second game on Thursday night at Minnewaska Area. Of course, I'd MUCH prefer they stay in the winner's bracket!

The last sub-section quarterfinal win for our fastpitch team was by a 2-1 score over Royalton on May 21, 2010.

The last playoff win was in 2012.

Section 6A fastpitch playoff scores on May 22:Brandon/Evansville 10, Parkers Prairie 0 (5 inn.)
Frazee 10, Ashby 0
New York Mills 14, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 3 (5 inn.)
Browerville 4, Pelican Rapids 1
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 11, Swanville 5
Ortonville 9, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 5
West Central Area 11, Hancock 6

Area fastpitch playoff scores on May 22:K-M-S 10, YME 2
LQPV 15, Renville Co. West 0 (4 inn.)
New London-Spicer 16, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 1 (4 inn.)
Albany 15, Pillager 0 (4 inn.)
Benson 7, Minnewaska Area 5
Rockford Area 15, HLWW 0
Maple Lake 10, Watertown-Mayer 1

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Back in the win column

After a disappointing 0-2 stretch over the weekend, the B-B-E Jaguars baseball team got in the win column again with a 12-2, six-inning win over visiting Upsala/Swanville Area tonight. It was the first true "section" win of the season, and it improves the Jaguars to 8-10 overall heading into the last game of the regular season.

In the Sub-Section 6AA-West fastpitch playoffs, No. 4-seeded Royalton ended No. 5-seeded Paynesville's season with a 9-5 win. In the east half of Section 6AA, Pierz defeated Milaca 13-3 in five innings to advance to the semifinals.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

(Video) They were here before we got here

If you missed out on the Native American Arts Festival on Saturday in Terrace, you missed out on something special!

Here's a video clip from part of the afternoon at the historic Terrace Mill:

I strongly encourage you to take time to include arts-related activities in your weekly schedule!

In other news, the Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team went 2-0 over the weekend with a 3-1 win at New Munich on Saturday and a 4-1 win at Meire Grove on Sunday.

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Max Bats Classic final day

In the second day of action at the Max Bats Classic baseball invitational in Elrosa, the B-B-E Jaguars lost 5-2 to Browerville (6-5).

In the other varsity game, the Willmar Cardinals handed Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg just their second loss of the season by a 10-3 score.

The Jaguars (7-10) host Upsala/Swanville Area (4-10) on Monday in a key sub-section contest with first pitch at 4:30 p.m. They conclude the regular season with a game at Hancock on Thursday.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Fastpitch playoff seedings

The B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team has been seeded No. 5 for the upcoming Sub-Section 6A-South playoffs. The quarterfinal round is Tuesday, May 22 at 5 p.m., when the Jaguars open the postseason at No. 4-seeded Upsala (6-13). The Jaguars are 5-14 overall.

If the Jaguars beat Upsala, they'll face either top-seeded West Central Area (16-4) or No. 8-seeded Hancock (3-14) in the semifinals on Thursday, May 24 at Minnewaska Area high school (4 p.m.). WCA hosts Hancock on Tuesday in their quarterfinal game on Tuesday.

Sub-Section 6A-South fastpitch seedings (overall records):
1. West Central Area (16-4)
2. Wheaton/Herman-Norcross (10-8)
3. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (7-7)
4. Upsala (6-13)
5. B-B-E (5-14)
6. Ortonville (4-13)
7. Swanville (2-14)
8. Hancock (3-14)

New York Mills, the defending section champion with a 19-1 overall record, is the top seed in Sub-Section 6A-North. The Eagles went 25-2 last year while winning the Class 1A state title. In 2016, they finished the season with just one loss and claimed the Class 1A state consolation trophy. New York Mills has been at the state tournament every year since 2013.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Conference golf updates

At the Osakis golf club, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' golf team shot a 196 to take second place behind conference front-runner Osakis.

The Silverstreaks now sit in a commanding position to win the Central Minnesota Conference title with just one meet remaining. Osakis has a cumulative score of 1,083, while B-B-E sits in second place with a 1,107. In third place is Pierz with a 1,180.

The last meet is this afternoon at Prairie View Community Golf Course beginning at 1 p.m. That meet will also conclude the regular season.

Friday night updates: the B-B-E Jaguars baseball team lost 11-1 to Willmar in the first day of the Max Bats Classic Invitational. In the other varsity game, K-M-S defeated Browerville 12-0 in five innings.

Also, at Swanville, the B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team won 7-5 to improve to 5-14 overall heading into the playoffs.


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sweeping the Eagles

The B-B-E Jaguars baseball team won both games tonight against Eden Valley-Watkins. Game scores were 3-1 and 11-1 (five innings). In the first game, Payton VanBeck pitched all six innings for the win. Game two saw Adam Jaeger pitch a complete game.

In other baseball news, the Maple Lake Irish swept Paynesville tonight to earn the Central Minnesota Conference championship outright. Game scores were 7-2 and 5-0. The Bulldogs and Irish entered the game tied at 11-1 each in the CMC. Maple Lake is 16-2 overall and finished 13-1 in the CMC. Coming into tonight, Paynesville's only loss was during a doubleheader at Pierz on May 8, when the Pioneers won 6-1.

At Upsala in a key sub-section doubleheader, the B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team went 1-1 with an 11-8 win followed by a 6-3 loss. They are 4-14 overall heading into the last game of the regular season. That game is tomorrow, Friday, at Swanville.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Breakfast on the Farm event on June 2

This is exciting! Check it event in rural Padua/Elrosa on Saturday, June 2:

For the Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team, they take to the road for two Stearns County League North division battles. On Saturday, May 19 they are at New Munich. On Sunday they head to Meire Grove. Both games start at 1:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Four losses

An 0-4 mark was the overall outcome for the Central Minnesota Conference doubleheaders held tonight for our B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch and baseball teams. At Eden Valley-Watkins, the fastpitch team lost both games. At home against Pierz, the baseball team also went 0-2 in losses by 2-0 and 9-1 scores.

It was a tough night indeed, as both teams had eyes set on going 2-0 while solidifying their odds at earning home playoff action. As of now, that remains to be seen.

Next: the baseball team (5-8) hosts Eden Valley-Watkins on Thursday, while the fastpitch team travels to Upsala that same night. Both outings are doubleheaders.


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Another SCL win

The Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team defeated visiting St. Martin 5-2 this afternoon. Ethan Vogt got the win with seven innings on the hill.

Elrosa is 3-0 and hosts a game next Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

Friday, May 11, 2018

All-Star game

Big News on the Allstar Game Schedule June 30th in Elrosa, which has the following schedule: 2 p.m. - Little League All-Star Game 4:30 p.m. - Home Run Derby 6 p.m. - All-Star Game (Central Valley League vs. Stearns County League) 9-12:30 p.m. band: Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band

In other amateur baseball news, this past Sunday at Spring Hill, the Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team won their season opener by a 15-9 score against the Chargers in the Battle for the Keg. It was the 39th meeting of the two teams since the "Battle for the Keg" series began in 2007. Sunday's game, which featured wind gusts upwards of 30 miles an hour and higher blowing straight out in a southwesterly direction, was highlighted by a three-run home run by Elrosa's Kevin Kuefler in the third inning.

Next for the Saints (1-0) is the home opener! They host Greenwald this Sunday, May 6 in a Stearns County League North division showdown with the Cubs with first pitch at 1:30 p.m. at Saints Field.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Sunshine clouds over

The B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch and baseball teams both went 0-2 tonight in Central Minnesota Conference doubleheaders against Maple Lake.

In a CMC meet at Kimball, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' golf team lost by two strokes to Osakis, 177 to 179. They now sit nine strokes behind the Silverstreaks in the overall standings with three meets remaining.


Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Story in Hutchinson

From the Hutchinson Leader newspaper last week:


Monday, May 07, 2018


The B-B-E Jaguars baseball team won game one tonight 6-2 in the home doubleheader over Holdingford. In game two, the score was tied 4-4 through three innings before the Jaguars pulled away for a 9-5 win for the series sweep.

At Holdingford in CMC action, the B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team lost 10-3 in game one after being out-hit by a 14 to five margin. In game two, the Huskers won 8-2 after out-hitting the Jaguars 12 to six in the contest. Also hurting the Jaguars were five errors compared to none by the hosts.

*A reminder: Tuesday's fastpitch game at Hancock, if not rained out, will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood.

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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Saints win

The Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team defeated Greenwald 14-2 this afternoon in their home opener. Austin Imdieke pitched five innings to get the win. Next: a Mother's Day weekend affair against St. Martin back at Saints Field on Sunday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m.


Friday, May 04, 2018

Another win

The B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team defeated visiting Swanville 6-5 on Friday night to improve to 2-6 on the season. The Jaguars scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure the come-from-behind win. The game-winning run came across on one out via a Swanville defensive error.

Next is a doubleheader at Holdingford (1-5) on Monday.

*Also, the fastpitch game at Hancock on Tuesday next week will be covered on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood.

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FFA garden center

The B-B-E FFA garden center is open for the season - they are open Monday -Friday 12:00 to 6:00 and Saturday 9:00 to 3:00 - weather permitting (closed if cold or raining).  Come support your local FFA Chapter!


Thursday, May 03, 2018

Thursday night results

The B-B-E Jaguars baseball team recovered nicely after falling behind 2-0 in the first inning during their first meeting with Kimball Area in a Central Minnesota Conference doubleheader tonight at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud. The Jaguars won 7-3 in that game in spite of four errors to none by the Cubs.

In game two, the Jaguars lost 8-5 after the Cubs scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to break a 5-5 tie.

In a CMC girls' golf meet, the B-B-E Jaguars won by a healthy 12-stroke margin over front-runner Osakis (172 to 184). Now the Jaguars trail the Silverstreaks by seven strokes with three meets in the book.

At Kimball, the B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team lost two CMC games to the Cubs.

More to follow later.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Golf at Sauk Centre

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' golf team took second place by a slim margin at an invitational at Greystone of Sauk Centre. The Jaguars shot a 369 compared to first-place BOLD's 367. Osakis was not far off in third place with a 376. Jacqueline Gossen led B-B-E with an 87, which was third-best overall. Next: the girls' golf team is at the Central Minnesota Conference meet hosted by Maple Lake on Thursday and then Benson next Wednesday. The Minnewaska Invitational on Friday was cancelled.

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' golf team also competed at Greystone this afternoon, and they scored a 368 while finishing in fifth place out of nine teams. They were led by Jayden Miller's score of 81. Melrose was team champion with an incredible score of 313. Minnewaska Area was in a distant second with a 337. BOLD took fourth with a 365, while Pierz took third with a 362. Next: the boys' golf team is at a CMC meet hosted by Kimball on Thursday.

*Update on Wednesday night: at the Smooth Magic 107 FM sports banquet at Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood, B-B-E's Adam Jaeger was named 2017-2018 Outstanding Male Athlete of the year.


Tuesday, May 01, 2018

3,000 words

The finishing touches have been put on a 3,035-word school board story highlighting the interview of Mr. Walsh of Hutchinson, who has agreed to take the position of B-B-E superintendent.

I don't know if it's possible to get the whole story in the layout this week, but I'll know a couple hours from now!

Here's random thoughts worth sharing from the meeting notes:

"If you start off knowing you don't have enough time or money in your system, then you become really good at saving time and money."


Walsh asked what is 'awesome' at B-B-E, and Brian Knight replied, "We are a family. We're like brothers and sisters. We don't always get along, but we miss each other if we don't see each other."