Monday, October 15, 2018

It's a sweep!

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team gave hometown fans a treat tonight with a quick 3-0 sweep over Browerville on Parents Night. Game scores were 25-13, 25-10, 29-27. The Tigers are 10-13 coming out of this match. I was unable to stay beyond the first few serves in game one, as I traveled to the high school for a school board meeting at 19:30.

The Jaguars are now 20-4 overall with their first 20-win season since they finished 20-10 overall in the 2015 season. They prepare for a long road trip to Pierz tomorrow (Tuesday) to wrap up the Central Minnesota Conference schedule; they need a win over the Pioneers (5-16, 2-4) in order to gain a share of the CMC title. The team was last CMC champions in 2015.

Looking ahead: the Jaguars close out the regular season with a home match next Monday, October 22, against Swanville. The Bulldogs (8-15, 4-6 Prairie South) are also a sub-section rival like Browerville.

*Added late Monday's video at the Bonanza Valley Voice website of the National Anthem being performed A capella style:

Also, the Sub-Section 5A-South playoffs will begin at home on Friday, October 26 at 7 p.m. against an opponent TBD. This is all I can post for tonight. I have somewhere between six and eight stories to write before I can get to sleep - depending on how ambitious I am past midnight.

"Live boldly. Push yourself. Never settle." 

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday report from the Voice

A rural Brooten property open house is today! (Sunday)

Read more here:

Catch up on everything happening today in the Bonanza Valley at the Bonanza Valley Voice website:

**Here's a short clip from Saturday night at Crow River Lutheran always, Ziemer Auction Service did a tremendous job with this auction! It was tons of good, clean fun!


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Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday Night Lights VII: rough first half dooms Jaguars

A rough first half where any few moments of positive signs were nullified by costly mistakes led to a big halftime deficit for the B-B-E Jaguars football team. In their Week Seven match up, also Parents Night, the Jaguars trailed 29-0 to an all-around solid Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg team.

Final score: K-M-S 42, B-B-E 6. The Fighting Saints (6-1, second in Sub-District III) rolled up 403 yards of offense.

Next is a road game in Swanville on Wednesday, October 17 to round out the regular season. The opponent will be Upsala/Swanville Area.

**Below, video from late in the second quarter:

Mid-State, Sub-District III scores in Week 7 on October 12:
Kimball Area 40, Browerville 21
Royalton 28, Upsala/Swanville Area 14
Parkers Prairie 46, New York Mills 22

Area football final scores on October 12:
Eden Valley-Watkins 54, HL-W-W 20
Melrose 28, Holdingford 6

Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 30, MACCRAY 26 (Wolverines fall to 0-7)
Dawson-Boyd 61, Yellow Medicine East 7
Verndale 50, Bertha-Hewitt 32
Hancock 41, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 8
Hills-Beaver Creek 50, Renville County West 30
Montevideo 35, Benson 34 (OT...Benson's losing streak's now 23 games)
Rockford 14, Maple Lake 6

Minnewaska Area 21, Osakis 0
Springfield 45, Sleepy Eye 42
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 48, Sauk Centre 26 (Mainstreeters fall to 1-6 overall) Sauk Rapids-Rice 22, Alexandria 21 Hutchinson 25, Rocori 8 Willmar 56, Becker 18 BOLD 64, A-C-GC 7 New London-Spicer 48, Little Falls 8 Albany 28, Foley 0
Pierz 47, Paynesville 14

That's all for now! Taking part of Saturday "off" - and then hitting it hard for the Elrosa Fire Department steak fry and the Crow River Lutheran church soup & supper / auction - both taking place on Saturday night! Of course, all the details are in the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

Also online:

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In the final home game of the season, K-M-S has a 29-0 lead over our B-B-E Jaguars football team at halftime.

During halftime, the B-B-E youth tackle Jaguars played an intra-squad scrimmage. It is terribly exciting to see they have 37 kids on the 5th-6th grade roster!

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Supremacy denied

In their bid to remain perfect in the Central Minnesota Conference, the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team struggled at the net at the wrong times while the Maple Lake Irish earned a 3-0 road sweep. Game scores were 26-24, 25-22, 25-21. Overall, B-B-E's hitting percentage was fairly good, but not quite good enough to overcome a very fine performance by the Irish. In the blocks category, the Jaguars tallied no solo blocks and just two block assists.

The new CMC standings after tonight show:
1. Maple Lake (6-1)
2. B-B-E (5-1, a half match out of first place)
3. Paynesville Area 5-2
4. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Eden Valley-Watkins (both 3-3)
6. Pierz (2-4)
7. Holdingford or Kimball (their scores have not been reported on any media site as far as I can tell)

Next for the Jaguars (19-4) is a home match next Monday night against sub-section rival Browerville (10-12). The Tigers won the Prairie South Conference title outright with a 7-3 record. It will be vitally important that the Jaguars come out strong and rebound with gusto after tonight's loss. They travel to Pierz next Tuesday to wrap up the CMC schedule; they will need to win in order to claim a share of the conference title. If they lose, Maple Lake will win the CMC outright for the third straight season.

In the Prairie Conference tonight, Royalton swept Long Prairie-Grey Eagle to claim the Prairie North title outright with a 9-1 record. Osakis finished in second place at 8-2. The Royals (17-4) loom large on the horizon in the upcoming Sub-Section 5A-South playoffs.

More to follow. I need a break to catch my breath! It has been a very long week.

**Here's video from late in game one...the Jaguars had a 20-19 lead when I started recording:

**Here's the last points of game one, with the Jaguars falling 26-24 from a net violation:

Area volleyball scores on October 11:
Willmar 3, Fergus Falls 0
Brainerd 3, Alexandria 1

Wadena-Deer Creek 3, Sebeka 0
BOLD 3, Montevideo 2
Minnewaska Area 3, Melrose 0
Benson 3, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 1
New York Mills 3, Bertha-Hewitt 1
Verndale 3, Henning 2 (Verndale wins game five 15-13 to improve to 14-7; this was a battle of second-place teams in the Park Region Conference that is led by 21-1 New York Mills)
MACCRAY 1, Russel-Tyler-Ruthton 1
Menahga 3, Pillager 2

"Live boldly. Push yourself. Never settle."

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Maple Lake

Match updates will follow tonight as often as I'm able to post!

Game one update: the Irish hold an 18-15 lead. B-B-E has called one timeout so far.

Later in game one, the Irish have scored two straight and now are ahead 22-21.

Final score: Maple Lake won game one 26-24.

*Update: the Irish won 3-0 to improve finish 5-2 in the Central Minnesota Conference. This was a rough night. In many ways. But the sun will come up tomorrow.

Note: a more complete review of tonight's match can be found here:

"Live boldly. Push yourself. Never settle."

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College volleyball slug-fest

A wild slug-fest played out at the University of Minnesota-Morris on Wednesday night between the UMM Cougars volleyball team and the University of Northwestern Eagles. UMM entered the match in third place in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), while UNW was 11-0 and in first place.

I had the pleasure of attending the match and watching it all play out.

UMM ultimately lost 15-13 in a wild game five.

Speaking of college's exciting to see Morgan Gronli being one of the leading hitters on the Ridgewater Warriors volleyball team....she had 12 kills last night against the St. Cloud Technical Cyclones:

*Tonight, Thursday - remember that the volleyball match against Maple Lake will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood! Match updates will follow in a newer blog post.

"Live boldly, push yourself, never settle"

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

(HD video) Homecoming Pep Fest, Hall of Fame

Here's a collection of video clips from last Friday's Homecoming Pep Fest at the high school:

**Added Wednesday night...some informal footage from Padua on Saturday night, after the program concluded:

A ton of Homecoming coverage is in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper!

Also, remember to come to town for the B-B-E vs. Maple Lake volleyball match tomorrow night! It's gonna be HUGE! First place is at stake in the Central Minnesota Conference.


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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Another win

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team won their second match in a row by sweeping Long Prairie-Grey Eagle tonight in a road non-conference match. Game scores were 25-8, 25-5, 25-15.

Next: the biggest match of the year to date! This Thursday, the Jaguars host Maple Lake while trying to remain undefeated in the Central Minnesota Conference.

A reminder: the final public school levy meeting will be Monday, October 29 at 7 p.m. at the high school library.

Area volleyball scores on October 9:
Browerville 3, Swanville 2 (Tigers beat visiting Bulldogs 15-12 in game five)
BOLD 3, Benson 0
New London-Spicer 3, Litchfield 2 (Wildcats win game five 15-11)
Sauk Centre 3, Minnewaska Area 0
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 3, Melrose Area 0
Russel-Tyler-Ruthton 3, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 0
MACCRAY 3, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 0

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Monday, October 08, 2018

(Video) Homecoming football: Jaguars score

*Shown is action from the first quarter of the Homecoming game last Friday:

That's all for now - time to switch attention to this week's newspaper issue.

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Sunday, October 07, 2018

(HD video) Dig Pink volleyball night

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team took on Holdingford on Homecoming night and Dig Pink night this past Thursday. Below is video from the pre-match introductions and also part of the match:

Next for the Jaguars (18-3 overall) is a road match at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Tuesday night.

*Added on Sunday night: finally, here's the Bonanza Valley Voice photo album from the coronation program, which was held last Monday.

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Saturday, October 06, 2018

Volleyball at Alexandria

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team is 2-0 so far today at the Alexandria tournament. They beat Mounds View in two sets, and then they beat Big Lake in three sets. Both are Class 3A teams.

In the third match of the day to finish pool play, the Jaguars were swept in two sets by host Alexandria. They will play for fifth place later today.

Great job, so far, Jaguars!

Time to switch my attention fully towards the B-B-E Hall of Fame banquet in Padua.

**Update: the Jaguars swept Rocori in two sets to finish in fifth place! What a marvelous day for the team! I also learned that the JV team went 3-1 in their division of the Alexandria tournament.


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Friday, October 05, 2018

Friday Night Lights VI: immense heart break

I'm still really jacked up on adrenaline, so this is kind of hard to process. Today was a GREAT day! Truthfully, every day is a GREAT day in America if you want my honest opinion. I may just write up the whole game tonight and get it over with. One less thing to do next week when I publish. Generally speaking, I don't know that much. But I am CERTAIN that our players and coaches are moving heaven and earth to get the ship right. It really elt all night like we were gonna get it done. The cosmos just worked against us.

The 30th annual Homecoming game for our B-B-E Jaguars football team will go down as one of the most entertaining football games ever played on that field, which dates back to the 1983 season. All night long, it felt like the Jaguars had this. They definitely wanted it. They gave it all they had.

Against New York Mills tonight in a Mid-State, Sub-District III contest, the Jaguars scored first on a 24-yard field goal by Giacomo Piombini with 2:08 left in the first quarter. That 3-0 lead stood until halftime.

The second half was truly wild. On so many levels. Each team suffered costly lost fumbles, but for B-B-E, the damage came at a high cost: the Eagle recovered a loose pig skin in the end zone to erase the 3-0 lead and go up 8-3 after the two-point conversion with 9:07 left in the fourth quarter.

Both teams traded touchdowns after that point, with B-B-E's 9-8 lead not holding to the final horn.

Final score: New York Mills 14, B-B-E 9. The Eagles improve to 2-4 on the season, while the Jaguars fall to 0-6. Next for the Jaguars is another home game, on Friday, October 12, when they host Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (5-1) on Parents Night. The Fighting Saints are 4-1 in Sub-District III in second place alone. Royalton is in first place at 5-0. Upsala/Swanville Area and Browerville are tied for third place at 3-2 each.

**You can watch the last 16 minutes of the game (real time) here...the game expires at the 15:34 mark in this clip:

Mid-State, Sub-District III scores in Week Six, October 5: 
Upsala/Swanville Area 52, Kimball Area 35
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 30, Parkers Prairie 24 (played at Murdock)
Royalton 12, Browerville 6 (OVERTIME, played at Royalton)

Area football scores on October 5:
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 28, Rothsay 14 (C-G-B wins on Homecoming)
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 52, Park Christian-Moorhead 10
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 54, Benson 19
Dawson-Boyd 54, Canby 6
Willmar 40, St. Cloud Apollo 14
Holdingford 22, Rockford Area 13
Litchfield 53, Watertown-Mayer 14
Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 56, MACCRAY 20
Melrose Area 28, Maple Lake 18
Minnewaska Area 44, Sauk Centre 14
Minneota 47, Springfield 16
BOLD 56, Montevideo 0
New London-Spicer 49, Milaca 8
Osakis 14, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 6
Ortonville 16, Lakeview 7
Paynesville Area 62, Eden Valley-Watkins 0
Pierz 69, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 7

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Homecoming continues! Game updates

The rain has put a huge wrecking ball in the Bonanza Valley Voice news and sports department...we basically bet the farm on it not raining tonight, but that was a bet we lost. We are recovering and mapping out new plans for the night. It appears that will include covering the football game!

Catch extra Homecoming coverage at the Voice website:

Football game updates will be posted here, in this post, as often as possible.

**Halftime: B-B-E 3, New York Mills 0. It is wet and it is cold!! But our spirits are high in Jaguar Country!!

Final score: New York Mills 14, B-B-E 9. A game-winning touchdown as time expired fell short of the end zone by a half a yard.

A more complete post-game report can be found at this blog post, where video will be added later tonight:


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Tough news in Wahpeton

Extremely sad news from just across the border:

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Homecoming volleyball

Homecoming night for our B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team was a success! The visiting Holdingford Huskers were a scrappy team but ultimately didn't pose a threat, with the Jaguars earning a 3-0 sweep. Five hitters hit 23 percent or better on attacks! That is terrific! Also great was the team having just three serving errors on 73 serves for the night. Game scores were 25-14, 25-15, 25-14.

B-B-E (15-2) remains undefeated in the Central Minnesota Conference and is having their best regular season to date since the 2012 season! Next is the Alexandria Invitational on Saturday.

**Below, a post-match interview with senior Emily Knight, who had five kills and three solo blocks tonight. It sounds like the junior class got revenge on the seniors, with volleyball wins on Thursday after they were defeated in Powder Puff flag football on Wednesday...

The Bonanza Valley Voice photo galleries have been slowly getting updated in the last couple of weeks. We're still over a week behind at this point...

**Speaking of Powder Puff's a video clip from Wednesday's game this week...this was in game two, and I tried helping the junior class with some moral support after they got their butts kicked in the first game:

Area volleyball scores on October 4:
Underwood 3, Parkers Prairie 0
Foley 3, Albany 2
Verndale 3, Bertha-Hewitt 0
Willmar 3, Alexandria 0
New York Mills 3, Henning 1

West Central Area 3, Ortonville 2
BOLD 3, Melrose Area 1
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 3, Hancock 0   


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(VIDEO) Color Fund Run!

I quickly threw this together earlier this's rough! But it works...

See you tonight at the volleyball team's Dig Pink night!!!

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Paynesville v. Maple Lake

At Maple Lake on Tuesday this week, the Paynesville Area Bulldogs volleyball team earned a 3-2 win over the two-time defending champion Irish.

Both Paynesville (16-3) and Maple Lake (12-6) are now tied for second place in the CMC at 4-1. The B-B-E Jaguars (14-2 overall) have a virtual half-match lead over both teams and host Holdingford tonight for Dig Pink night.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Levy is for learning!

Just put this together on the heels of today's very successful and fourth annual B-B-E Color FUND Run. (And Powder Puff flag football)

Lots to digest and process tonight for video, photos, etc! It was a truly memorable, exciting and fulfilling day in Jaguar Country.

*Here's some video from the pre-game rules meeting with Coach Chris Anderson, who was one of many staff members who oversaw today's Homecoming Powder Puff flag football game:

*Also, don't forget! Thursday night the B-B-E Jaguars girls' tennis team opens up the Section 5A team playoffs at Litchfield in the quarterfinal round. On the home front, it is Dig Pink Night for our state-ranked B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team. The match will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood. (Thanks, Brady!)


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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Radio coverage, Dig Pink night!

Some quick announcements on what is my "press day" - 
Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood will air these three upcoming games: both the October 4 and the October 11 home volleyball matches against Holdingford and then Maple Lake. The match this week Thursday is also Dig Pink night for the volleyball program. Smooth Magic will also broadcast (web stream and radio at 107.1 FM) this Friday's Homecoming football game against New York Mills.

Enjoy the day! And may you ##ConquerEveryDay

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Monday, October 01, 2018

Homecoming '18 is underway

A marvelously entertaining Homecoming coronation program was held tonight at B-B-E high school.

The new royalty are two of the school's five foreign-exchange students: Giacomo Piombini and Ursula Punnonen. You can catch web coverage of coronation at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website: also in this week's printed edition of the Bonanza Valley Voice.


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