Saturday, April 13, 2024

B-B-E athletics names new head volleyball coach (VIDEO)

Brittany (Roelike) Borgerding, No. 17, high fives her teammates Taylor Gregory (14) and Becca Gruber during her final volleyball match played as a Jaguar on November 3, 2012 at Pierz high school.

The player turned teacher and assistant coach is now the head coach!

Last Monday at the B-B-E school board meeting, Class of 2013 graduate Brittany (Roelike) Borgerding was named the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team's seventh head coach in program history. Coach Borgerding has been an assistant coach with the program since the fall of 2020. She is a staff member of the school's Jaguar Kids Connection, and in 2020-2021, she was one of three first grade teachers in the elementary school. Her husband is Ben Borgerding, also a B-B-E graduate, who is an elementary and middle school STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) teacher in Paynesville.

Here's Coach Borgerding singing the National Anthem during her junior volleyball season:

On that night (September 26, 2011), the Jaguars hosted MACCRAY in a non-conference match but lost by a 3-1 score. The Wolverines went 21-8 that fall and lost a 5-set barn burner to Minneota in the Sub-Section 3A-North championship. The Vikings later took third place at the state tournament with a 28-7 final record. B-B-E stormed through the sub-section playoffs before suffering one of the toughest playoff losses I've witnessed. In game five of the Section 5A finals, the Jaguars lost 15-12 to Nevis. The Nevis Tigers went to state and beat Minneota in a 3-2 match before falling 3-0 in the state finals to Class 1A juggernaut Bethlehem Academy of Faribault. In that 3-2 win over Minneota, the Tigers beat the Vikings 15-13 after winning game four 28-26.

In B-B-E's loss to Nevis in the 2011 Section 5A finals, the Jaguars had the upper hand after winning 25-17 in game two and 25-21 in game three. The tables turned in a big way in game four, however, as Nevis was unstoppable in a 25-8 win. Game five was topsy-turvy the whole way. I'll never forget how tough that loss was. It was brutal.

B-B-E's previous head coaches were as follows (beginning with the first one): Donna Hurst (1988-1989), Carrie Halvorson (1989-1998), Mimi Knutson (1999-2006), Kevin Weller (2007-2018), Steve Waddell (2019) and Alanna Hunter (2020-2023). Coach Donna Hurst, who retired from B-B-E in 2014, had two outstanding teams in 1988 and 1989, with the Jaguars going 18-6 in her last season before she turned the reigns over to Coach Halvorson in 1990. The past 5 B-B-E volleyball coaches all coached at least one sub-section championship team. Needless to say, the bar has been set quite high for B-B-E volleyball dating back to the first year Coach Halvorson's teams advanced to a subsection title match (1994).

In August 2020, I had an announcement posted when Coach Borgerding was hired to the first-grade can read more about here by clicking here: This afternoon, I found more notes in my archives on Coach Borgerding. The notes say she was not only B-B-E's Triple-A nominee, but she then earned the District 20 Triple-A award.

In her career, Borgerding earned 1,053 digs and 964 kills. In her senior season, she earned 352 kills. In that fall of 2012, head coach Kevin Weller had 9 seniors on the roster (8 players, 1 student manager) when they were champions of the Central Minnesota Conference, Sub-Section 5A-South and runners-up in Section 5A. As a junior, Borgerding earned All-State Honorable mention.

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Friday, April 12, 2024

A big win, and a gut-wrenching loss (VIDEOS)

Although they were both non-conference outings, two big games were played tonight.

In Regal for the B-B-E Jaguar baseball team's home opener, the visiting Class 2A Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Fighting Saints erased a 7-1 deficit with 6 runs in the top of the seventh inning. Closer Luke Illies coaxed just what he needed to get out of a jam and get his team to the batter's box. In the bottom of the seventh, a roller that got under the third baseman on a fielder's choice by Kaden DeRoo scored the game-winning run by Ryan Jensen.

Final: B-B-E 8, K-M-S 7. The Jaguars are 1-1 heading into Monday's home game against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

*Here's a video after the game-winning run was scored by Ryan Jensen:

Here's a video from the top of the sixth inning featuring starter Ethan Mueller on the mound:

At Browerville tonight, the B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team erased a 4-1 deficit in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game. The Tigers came back to tie it and send it into extra innings. Heartbreak struck hard for the Jaguars, though, as the Tigers scored a game-winner for a walk-off 5-4 win in the bottom of the ninth. The Jaguars were ohhh-so-close to improving to 3-2 on the season. That hurts! They out-hit the Tigers 13 to 10 and committed just one error with just three strikeouts at the plate all game. Four of B-B-E's 13 hits were doubles, while Browerville had no extra-base hits.

Browerville improved to 3-0 overall with the win.

Next: the fastpitch Jaguars travel to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Monday to resume Central Minnesota Conference action.

That's all for now. We are packing up for a weekend in the Twin Cities for my wife's continuing education training tomorrow and Sunday.

Area fastpitch scores on April 12:
Upsala 8, Milaca 5
Kimball Area 10, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 4
Benson 8, Dawson-Boyd 6
Eden Valley-Watkins 7, Litchfield 3
Sauk Centre 13, Osakis 9

Area baseball scores on April 12:
Dassel-Cokato 10, Maple Lake 7
Foley 7, Eden Valley-Watkins 6
Pequot Lakes 9, Upsala/Swanville Area 4
Minnewaska Area 7, Osakis 5
Melrose Area 4, Albany 3
Mayer Lutheran 6, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 3
Paynesville Area 3, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 0

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Baseball home opener on the radio

The baseball game at Regal is on 107.1 FM of Glenwood...Brady is also on the web at The B-B-E Jaguars baseball team is hosting Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.

The Jaguars left one stranded in the bottom of the second inning, but they scored one run on one hit to take a 2-0 lead.

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Fastpitch battles to the end in loss to Bulldogs (VIDEO); baseball takes tough loss

In the Central Minnesota Conference opener for both teams, the B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team gave a terrific effort all night before losing 6-3 to visiting Paynesville Area. The Bulldogs led 2-0 after three innings and extended that to 5-0 in the top of the fifth.

The Jaguars scored once in the bottom of the sixth inning and then twice more in their final at bat.

Each team had 5 hits, with Paynesville earning the game's lone extra-base hit. The Bulldogs had 4 errors, while the Jaguars had two. Earning hits for the Jaguars were Kenna Lieser, Faith Radermacher, Kacey Fischer, Mya Worms and Lydia Primus.

Paynesville Area improved to 1-1 overall. They lost 12-2 in six innings on Tuesday this week at Melrose in their season opener. The Dutchmen are 3-0 so far this season; they swept Minnewaska Area in a West Central Conference doubleheader last Friday on the road to start their season.

Next: The fastpitch Jaguars (2-2) have a tough game at Browerville tomorrow. The Tigers were runners-up a year ago in Section 6A.

The weather conditions were windy and generally on the cool side. The sun poke out from behind clouds a few times and warmed things up. Overall, it was a tough game to shoot. My lone video is uploading.

Video from tonight in the top of the fourth inning:

More to come! I have not heard a final score out of Parkers Prairie for the baseball opener.

Heartbreak in Parkers Prairie...while it's somewhat inconsequential with playoffs "a light year" away...tonight's outcome at Parkers Prairie was a tough one to swallow. After posting a 5-0 lead through three innings, the No. 6-ranked B-B-E Jaguars baseball team lost a 7-6 score with the No. 7-ranked Panthers winning in walk-off fashion. Parkers Prairie scored all seven runs in their final at bat. In one exciting moment in the game, senior Luke Dingmann hit a two-run home run in his first at bat tonight.

Dingmann, Kaden DeRoo and Ethan Mueller had two hits each. Jordan Herickhoff drew three walks and scored one run, and Owen Paulson had a two-RBI triple.

Next: the baseball Jaguars are excited for their home opener tomorrow (Friday) in Regal, where they'll host a border battle with Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. First pitch at Buddy Beier Stadium is at 4:30 p.m.

Central MN Conference fastpitch scores on April 11:
Kimball Area 3, Holdingford 1
Eden Valley-Watkins 14, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 0 (5 innings)
Royalton 9, Maple Lake 6

Area fastpitch scores on April 11:
West Central Area 8, Sauk Centre 3
West Central Area 7, Sauk Centre 6
BOLD 7, Minnewaska Area 0
BOLD 10, Minnewaska Area 0 (the Warriors improve to 5-0 overall)
Swanville 18, Ashby 0 (5 innings)
Swanville 14, Ashby 1 (6 innings; the Bulldogs improve to 5-0 overall)
Brandon-Evansville 13, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 1
Browerville 1, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 0
Dassel-Cokato 1, New London-Spicer 0
Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 9, Parkers Prairie 6
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 15, Ortonville 2

Area baseball scores on April 11:
Minnewaska Area 14, BOLD 4 (5 innings)
Minnewaska Area 6, BOLD 1
New London-Spicer 12, Dassel-Cokato 2 (6 innings)
Border West 12, Dawson-Boyd 2 (5 innings)
Upsala/Swanville Area 8, Osakis 5
Pierz 8, Albany 3
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 11, West Central Area 2

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Emergency sirens to blow as part of Severe Weather Awareness

The first siren goes off at 1:45 p.m. today in Brooten as part of the Severe Weather Awareness week in the U.S.

Today, the B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team hosts Paynesville in the Central Minnesota Conference opener.

In case you missed church last Sunday, here's a video featuring part of worship at West Lake Johanna Lutheran church:

The video features the reading of the lesson, Psalm and Holy Gospel plus Pastor Jeanne's sermon. Her sermon begins at about the 5:30 mark of the video. West Lake Johanna church is located in Gilchrist Township. The building was built in 1904!

Thursday night update: the B-B-E Jaguars baseball team is holding a 5-0 lead in their season opener at Parkers Prairie. This is a battle of Top 10 teams in Class 1A!


Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Track and field season gets underway; fastpitch earns second win (VIDEO)

I've posted a light update at the bottom of this blog post on Wednesday night...

We had a successful night in Jaguar Country!! The evening included a rare double rainbow stretching high over the Bonanza Valley to top things off.

In their home opener, the B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team improved to 2-1 by defeating non-conference MACCRAY 12-2 in five innings. They hit the ball well and are moving in the right direction as they prepare for the Central Minnesota Conference opener. The Jaguars host Paynesville Area on Thursday this week at 4:30 p.m. This marks the first time in 14 years that the Jaguars have started 2-1. In 2010, they lost their opener before earning back-to-back wins.

On Friday, the fastpitch team travels to Browerville. The Tigers are 1-0 after defeating defending Prairie Conference champion Upsala 2-1 on Tuesday on the road. That game was a rematch of last year's Section 6A championship, which Upsala won on their way to a fourth-place finish at the state tournament.

The B-B-E Jaguars track and field teams got their competition schedule underway with a home meet tonight that included six other schools. Temperatures flirted with 60 degrees at times as the sun shined around a handful of clouds.

Here's a video with one of the 100 open race heats tonight:

The track and field teams have over a week off from competition now to hone their skills and continue working on conditioning. Their next meet is on Thursday, April 18 at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

More to come...

Wednesday night update: please click over to the Bonanza Valley Voice website to see important information for residents of Brooten: I've got a light Goat Ridge Brewing Co. story posted at the Business article section, which you can find by clicking here:

Also...the B-B-E Jaguars baseball team opens the season on Thursday at Parkers Prairie. Their home opener follows the next day, when they host a border battle with Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at the Regal diamond. First pitch is at 4:30 p.m. from Buddy Beier Stadium.

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Monday, April 08, 2024

Looking like all systems go for tomorrow's track and field meet! (VIDEO)

This is exciting!

For the first time in "a few years" ...we'll get a home track and field meet during the "single digits" of the month of April! Tomorrow, at the high school athletic complex, the B-B-E Jaguars track and field teams are set to host a seven-team meet. Field events are set to begin at 3:45 p.m. Teams included are Upsala/Swanville Area, Sauk Centre, Holdingford, Browerville, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and St. John's Prep.

I have to look back in my records and see when the last time was that we held a home track and field meet before April 10.

The B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team (1-1) is set to host MACCRAY at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at their home diamond at the elementary school.

Here's a video featuring the post-game huddle after the Jaguars defeated LP-GE on Friday in Swanville:

I've been sidetracked over the weekend studying the U.S. economy. I gathered a few facts and figures for a light web article, and additional commentary will be published in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice on this topic. You can find what I posted online here: Needless to say, this economy has been a terrifying challenge for families across the Bonanza Valley area. Tonight, I learned that B-B-E schools is facing a dilemma in the health care insurance field. If they had stayed the course with existing coverage, their increases for 2025 and beyond would be in the range of 45 to 50 percent! What we are experiencing is unsustainable. I see no end in sight to the economic pain and misery that we're suffering through.

On a brighter note...I just put together some advertising for Goat Ridge Brewing Co. of New London...this is exciting! They are hosting a 9th anniversary celebration this Saturday, April 13. You can see more details at and also in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.


Friday, April 05, 2024

Fastpitch Jaguars win season opener (VIDEOS)

Note: this blog post was updated again on Saturday night with additional statistics and game notes.

Rome wasn't built in a day! While they badly wanted to pick up a win in the night cap to start the season 2-0, the B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team settled for a split in today's games to start the 2024 season. Earning a win in the season opener was a feat they last earned 8 years ago, when the Jaguars beat visiting Upsala 15-12 on April 12, 2016. Prior to that, the Jaguars won the season opener in 2008 during what ultimately has been B-B-E's best softball season in school history. They started 3-0 and 5-1, and in the playoffs they earned the Sub-Section 5A-West championship.

B-B-E won the season opener in 18 years ago by an 18-5 score at Swanville on April 4, 2006. They had a 2-0 start that year before going on to claim a winning record at 11-10 overall (1-1 playoffs). Tiffany Breitbach, who has recently coached junior high fastpitch at B-B-E before beginning cancer treatments last summer, was a senior on that 2006 squad.

Here's B-B-E recording the final out of the game in the season opener today in Swanville:

Today's action in Swanville...
In game one, the Jaguars defeated Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 10-5 after both teams scored 4 runs in the first inning. B-B-E scored twice in the second, once in the fourth and then three in the top of the seventh on a three-RBI triple by Kacey Fischer. Faith Radermacher and Brooklyn Fischer each had two hits, with Radermacher earning a single and a double plus two RBI. B-B-E's bats were strong, as all 10 runs were earned. Freshman Mya Worms pitched 6 1/3 innings of relief to earn the win with seven strikeouts, no walks and five hits.

The Jaguars had 8 hits compared to 7 by the Thunder, but LP-GE aided the Jaguars with four errors. This win snapped a losing streak that dated back to May 4 of last season, when the Jaguars swept Royalton in Waite Park in a conference doubleheader.

In game two, the Jaguars led 2-0 through 2 1/2 innings but ultimately lost 7-2 to Swanville. The Bulldogs gained the lead with three runs scored in the bottom of the second. They scored two more runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. The Jaguars had 8 hits in the game, but overall they left 12 runners stranded. Mya Worms and Mariah Koenig split pitching duties.. Taylor Shelton, Kacey Fischer and Kenna Lieser each had two hits, and Brooklyn Fischer doubled and Worms singled.

Swanville had defeated Ogilvie in their season opener that same day. Last year, Swanville had a great season with a 12-9 final record.

Here's a video featuring the bottom of the sixth inning against Swanville:

That's all I've got for now. It's time to get my Seinfield on and get some rest! I've got a mountain's worth of work to do tomorrow. Also, please don't forget about the Belgrade V.F.W. pork chop and steak fry tomorrow night. They serve from 5 to 7:30 p.m. We need to support our small town organizations!

Saturday morning...a busy day ahead
Last night in Swanville, at one point the softball complex had no fewer than three former head coaches in the house. Two were former highly successful boys' basketball coaches: B-B-E's Hall of Fame Coach Dave Montbriand and Melrose Area's Hall of Fame Coach Daryl Oja. Oja was head coach of the Dutchmen for 28 seasons, while Montbriand was head coach of the Jaguars for 19 seasons. The other former head coach was Sauk Centre's Bryan Olson, who led their football program in the 2000s.

I spent about an hour this morning finally getting the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website's a link to see additional Easter Sunday coverage, including a video clip from Pastor Lisa's sermon at Grace Lutheran church plus another link leading you to a video of the full sermon provided by Pastor Rick Krasky that morning at the Brooten Community Church. Link:

Today, a really interesting event is coming to Goat Ridge Brewing in New London, where they are celebrating the unveiling of another craft beer and also the grand opening of the New London Food Co-op. Goat Ridge Brewing is owned by Josh Reed and his wife, Christa Otteson. Reed is a 1991 graduate of B-B-E high school who played for Coach Montbriand in his first year as head coach of the Jaguars. This event runs from 1 to 3 p.m., and you can read more about it in next week's issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

But wait! There's more! Goat Ridge Brewing is hosting a live music event tonight (Saturday) at 7:30 p.m...from their website: "And the festivities don't stop there! Stick around for Merle Haggard Day, featuring live music starting at 7:30 pm. Join us as Trevor McSpaddin and Dan Lowinger perform a repertoire of hits and deep cuts, paying homage to the legendary artist." not forget! Tonight (Saturday) is the Belgrade V.F.W. pork chop and steak fry fundraiser from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

I had more time to put thoughts and some research material together in a hybrid column/news article that outlines what's taking place in Litchfield and can find that by clicking here:


Season opener at Swanville! (VIDEO)

When we arrived in Swanville tonight, the B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team was holding a 7-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. We were on eggshells at that point, but the Jaguars played great defense the rest of the way. Final: B-B-E 10, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 5. The Jaguars scored 3 runs in the top of the sixth inning with a three-RBI triple by Kacey Fischer.

Here's action from the bottom of the sixth inning:

Game two is going to start at about 6 p.m. The Jaguars will face the host Swanville Bulldogs. In their other game, Swanville defeated Ogilvie 7-0 in the other field at Swanville's softball complex.

Game two update...the Jaguars started out strong and held an initial 2-0 lead, but the host Bulldogs stormed back and ultimately scored seven unanswered points across the third, fifth and sixth innings. Final: Swanville 7, B-B-E 2. More to follow. We headed to Lucky's Saloon in downtown Swanville for supper!

I haven't heard results yet out of Minnewaska from the sub-section speech meet.

Next for the fastpitch team: the Jaguars (1-1) host MACCRAY in a non-conference sub-section game on Tuesday in Brooten at 4:30 p.m.

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Thursday, April 04, 2024

Friday's a big day ...and never a dull moment (VIDEOS)

A big day lies ahead as the official opener for spring sports should take place with no weather issues. The forecast is outstanding! We should see a high in the mid-50s with full sunshine and a mild east/southeast wind.

The B-B-E Speech team travels west to Minnewaska Area for the Sub-Section 5A-West meet. It's set to begin at 3:30 p.m.

The B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team will open their season with a non-conference doubleheader in Swanville. They face Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at 4 p.m., and the second game will follow at about 5:30 p.m. against the host Bulldogs.

This is a last June, when the baseball team was competing in the Section 6A finals:

Action in that video features the beginning of the start of the top of the seventh inning against Parkers Prairie.

Here's a video from April 25 a year ago, recorded in the post-game huddle with Coach Funk following the team's home opener against Paynesville:

More to come.

Never a dull moment!...Not for one second!
There's never a dull moment around here. Even when you think there's a break in action...there's always something. Last night I learned breaking news about newspapers in Hutchinson and Litchfield both closing. Done! Closing for good! Apparently there's no future there. It developed in quick, stunning fashion.

In fact...newspapers in Chaska, Chanhassen, Jordan and other Southwest Metro area communties are closing...all done by the end of April. Newspaper publishers across the state, including myself, are stunned at the news. I have quite a bit more to say about it - of course - for another time. I have to get ready this afternoon (Friday) for a road trip to Swanville!

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