Sunday, October 24, 2021

A big Halloween event tomorrow night


We've got a big, big event coming in Jaguar Country tomorrow night! (Monday) The B-B-E Band and Choir Halloween Carnival is tomorrow, Monday, October 25 at the B-B-E high school gymnasium and Olson Auditorium from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Come enjoy safe Halloween fun with games, crafts, costume and coloring contests, food, Trick-or-Treat Street (sponsored by local businesses), spooky music performed by B-B-E band and choir students with fun for all ages. The Music Boosters ask that guests bring 1 nonperishable food item to be donated to the B-B-E food shelf or a free-will donation to the Booster Club.

Here's a video clip that I've never posted that is almost two years old. It's the senior high band performing at the Band/Choir Halloween Spooktacular concert on October 28, 2019.


This is an event I strongly encourage everyone to take in!



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Pancakes!

Don't forget!

St. Francis de Sales Catholic church in Belgrade is hosting a pancake/sausage supper today. They're serving until 6:30 p.m. This event was advertised in the Bonanza Valley Voice on page 2 of the October 14 and October 21 issues.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Volleyball playoff seedings are in, schedule is set


The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team has a complete map on the book for what lies ahead in the upcoming Section 6A playoff tournament. The conference champion Jaguars, with a 20-7 overall record, are the No. 1 seed in Sub-Section 6A-South. They rank ahead of No. 2 Wheaton/Herman-Norcross and No. 3 Hancock.

The sub-section quarterfinals are set for Wednesday, October 27 at 7 p.m. at the B-B-E elementary school. The Jaguars will host the winner of a play-in round match between No. 8-seeded Benson and No. 9-seeded Ortonville. The Braves and the Trojans will play at Benson high school on Monday, October 25.

2021 Sub-Section 6A-South volleyball seedings and overall records:
1. B-B-E (20-7)
2. Wheaton/Herman-Norcross (17-9)
3. Hancock (10-9)
4. Brandon-Evansville (14-10)
5. Parkers Prairie (16-11)
6. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (11-15)
7. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (6-20-1)
8. Benson (5-22)
9. Ortonville (3-17)
10. Ashby (2-24)

Brandon-Evansville is ranked lower than Parkers Prairie on the QRF scale, but B-E won 3-0 over the Panthers in their Little Eight Conference match up on Tuesday this week. That gave them the No. 4 seed in the playoffs and a possible second home match for the playoffs if they win their quarterfinal match. Also noteworthy: on October 11, Brandon-Evansville won 3-2 over Hancock at Hancock.

In Section 6A, the higher seeds host both the quarterfinal and semifinal-round matches. This means that if the Jaguars win on Wednesday, they will host a Sub-Section 6A-South semifinal match on Friday, October 29 at 7 p.m. For planning purposes, the sub-section championship is set for Thursday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Fergus Falls senior high school. The Section 6A finals will be on Saturday, November 6 at 7 p.m. back at Fergus Falls H.S. Remember: those matches are miles away! Our focus should always be on the team that's right in front of us for the playoffs.

Looming large in Sub-Section 6A-North is state-ranked Breckenridge, Henning and Underwood. However, thoughts on those teams should be "miles away" right now, as there are many quality teams in the south half of Section 6A. W/H-N, Hancock, Brandon-Evansville and Parkers Prairie are all tough as nails. The semifinal and championship round of Sub-Section 6A-South will be very tough. The Jaguars are going to have to bring their "A" game every night!




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Still waiting on volleyball seedings


I haven't seen official brackets yet for the Section 6A volleyball tournament. I'm hoping that will get posted tonight. As it stands now, it appears that the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team will face either Benson or Ortonville in the playoff opener on Wednesday, October 27.

I see that Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg moved up to No. 7 in the QRF power rankings in Sub-Section 6A-South after they went 2-2 at the Underwood Invitational yesterday. They did not face Benson in the regular season, so I don't know how seedings will shake out if they're stacked up against one another for No. 7 or No. 8 in the 10-team field.

Breckenridge appears to be a lock for the No. 1 seed in Sub-Section 6A-North.

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(VIDEOS) This and that


Doing a little catch up here. I've been spending spare time lately uploading video and photos from the past couple of months. It's been an overwhelming fall so far, but we're managing.

Here's a video from the grill out held on Thursday of Homecoming week (September 30) at the B-B-E high school:


That was a fun event!

Here's Homecoming football night on October 1, when the Royal Court was introduced before the game. The video begins while the football team was praying the Lord's Prayer prior to starter introductions:


Here's a video clip from the Color FUND Run on September 29, with footage from the finish line:


That's all for now.



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Friday, October 22, 2021

Big Grove supper/auction is tonight

Don't forget! Tonight is the soup supper and auction at Big Grove Lutheran Church. The supper begins at 5 p.m., and the auction will follow at 7 p.m. The event was advertised in the October 14 and October 21 issues of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.


Here's a video from October 18, 2019 at Big Grove Lutheran:


Watch Mark Ziemer work the pie bid up to $55!



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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Bonanza Valley Royal Strutters fall banquet


It's fall banquet time! Two of our premier outdoor advocacy groups will be holding fall banquets in the coming weeks. On deck right now is the Bonanza Valley Royal Strutters fall Gun Blast, which is coming next Saturday, October 30 in Padua.  You can read more about that at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper: https://bit.ly/3vwkwNa.

The Bonanza Valley TrailBlazers group will hold their fall banquet later in November.



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Section 4A football seedings (VIDEO)


The Section 4A football seedings have gone official. The rankings are out, and the pairings are set for the Tuesday, October 26 playoff openers. The B-B-E Jaguars football team has earned the No. 2 playoff seed in Section 4A. This is a huge achievement for the team. It's their best playoff ranking since 2017, when they entered the Section 4A playoffs as the No. 1 seed. The Jaguars were seeded No. 4 in the 2015 playoffs, when they went 1-1. **These are all the years in school history that the B-B-E Jaguars have earned a first-round home playoff game: 1988 (year one), 1997, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and now 2021. A first-round home playoff game is a very, very big deal!

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, fresh off of their first win of the season, is the No. 7 seed in Section 4A, which puts them into the quarterfinal round pairing with the Jaguars.

Spread the word! Kickoff for the Section 4A playoff opener will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26 at the B-B-E high school football stadium. The Jaguars will be looking for their second win of the season over LP-GE, as the Jaguars beat the Thunder for Homecoming on October 1. Let's get a huge crowd to the stadium! If the Jaguars win, and I have to point out that it's not a guaranteed win, the second round of playoffs will be on Saturday, October 30 back at the B-B-E high school with a 2 p.m. kickoff time.

Section 4A football seedings and records:
1. Upsala/Swanville Area (6-2)
2. B-B-E (5-3)
3. Browerville (4-4)
4. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (2-6)
5. Benson (3-5)
6. Parkers Prairie (1-7)
7. LP-GE (1-7)

Even though K-M-S has the poorer record, the Fighting Saints earned a home playoff game with the No. 4 seed thanks to their regular season win over Benson.

Here's video from the 2nd quarter of the Browerville win:


Other area football seedings...
In Section 4AA, Maple Lake received the No. 6 seed ahead of winless Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted. The Irish will travel to Rush City (7-1) for their playoff opener.

Section 5AA football seedings:
1. Royalton (7-1)
2. Eden Valley-Watkins (7-1)
3. Kimball Area (8-0)
4. Paynesville Area (6-2)
5. Holdingford (3-5)
6. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (3-5)

Section 6AA football seedings:
1. Osakis (7-1)
2. West Central Area/Ashby (7-1)
3. Sauk Centre (4-4)
4. Staples-Motley (2-6)
5. Wadena-Deer Creek (4-4)
6. Pillager (0-8)

In volleyball news...the Section 6A seedings won't be finalized until Saturday, October 23. I was reading that Breckenridge, the top team in Sub-Section 6A-North, won the Heart O' Lakes Conference title for the first time in school history. They went 12-1 in the HOL and are 22-1 overall. They suffered their first loss of the season on Tuesday this week at Hawley (19-6) in an HOL match by a 3-1 margin (25-23, 25-18, 18-25, 25-21). Breckenridge is very senior-heavy just like the Jaguars; they have eight seniors on their roster.




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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Friday Night Lights VIII: Warriors rack up 50 points

The B-B-E Jaguars football team suffered a 50-6 loss in the final regular season game. The Jaguars were facing the No. 3-ranked BOLD Warriors at Olivia. At halftime, BOLD held a 35-0 lead, with two first-half lost fumbles hurting the cause. B-B-E totaled just shy of 100 total yards of offense with 60 rushing yards and 37 passing yards. They had four first downs in the game compared to 11 by BOLD.

The Warriors are 7-1 going into the Section 5A playoffs, where they are looking at earning a No. 2 seed. The top four teams in Section 5A had a combined 26-3 record going into tonight's games.


B-B-E takes a 5-3 record into the Section 4A playoffs. They earned a huge achievement with the 5-3 mark by taking fourth place in the 10-team MidState, Sub-District III standings. The odds are high that the Jaguars will have a No. 2 seed in the seven-team section. **Spread the word! The first playoff game will be on Tuesday, October 26 at the B-B-E high school. I don't have a kickoff time.


Breaking news: the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder have earned their first win of the season. LP-GE defeated visiting Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 12-8 to move to 1-7 overall heading into the Section 4A playoffs. It is possible that LP-GE will be a No. 6 seed.

In another mind-blowing score, the Benson Braves lost 42-6 at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City tonight to take a 3-5 record into the playoffs. They are likely the No. 4 seed in Section 4A and would then host K-M-S in the quarterfinals. The Falcons (3-5) snapped a three-game losing streak with the big win to gain some momentum going into the Section 5AA playoffs. *Note: Benson played without Thomas Dineen; they were out-rushed by a 344-to-49 yard margin.

At Upsala tonight, state-ranked Kimball Area won 52-0 to cap an 8-0 regular season as the MidState, Sub-District III champions. U/SA takes a 6-2 record into the Section 4A playoffs, where they will be the No. 1 seed.

Area Week 8 football scores on October 20:
Ortonville 60, Rothsay 20
West Central Area/Ashby 32, Underwood 6 (WCA/A takes a 7-1 record into the Section 6AA playoffs, where they'll be the No. 2 seed behind Osakis)
Verndale 26, Brandon-Evansville 20
Alexandria 35, St. Cloud Tech 6
Melrose Area 40, Holdingford 22
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 32, Sauk Centre 7
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 48, Sebeka 28
Ottertail Central 28, Parkers Prairie 0
Becker 17, Willmar 0
Royalton 16, Pierz 0 (a marquee win for the Royals)
Osakis 26, Pillager 0
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 33, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 14
Dassel-Cokato 41, New London-Spicer 7
Albany 40, Zimmerman 8
Minneota 29, Dawson-Boyd 6
Eden Valley-Watkins 34, Minnewaska Area 6
Paynesville Area 28, Montevideo 12 (Bulldogs rack up 380 rushing yards and 131 passing yards; they take a 6-2 record into the Section 5AA playoffs; Thunderhawks tally 433 rushing yards in the loss)
Russel-Tyler-Ruthton 25, Lac qui Parle Valley 0
MACCRAY 18, Yellow Medicine East 6 (Wolverines get their first win of the season in a border battle of winless teams at Maynard, where the Wolverings out-gained the Sting by a 173-to-172 yard margin; MACCRAY had four interceptions; after trailing 6-0 after the first quarter, MACCRAY scored all of their 18 points in the second quarter; MACCRAY snapped a 15-game losing streak with the win)
Renville County West 27, Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 16 (RCW hands SESM their first loss of the year at the Danube football stadium and move to 5-3 overall; SESM had 199 passing yards but four interceptions plus one lost fumble; RCW won the game thanks in large part to a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown plus a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown; RCW will be a No. 3 seed in the Section 2, nine-man standings, while SESM will be a No. 2 seed behind top-seeded and undefeated Hancock)
Polk County West 28, New York Mills 14





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Radio coverage at the Jungle

Tonight's football game between the B-B-E Jaguars and the BOLD Warriors is being aired on 100.1 FM out of Olivia from the BOLD high school football stadium, which has been known for decades as "The Jungle"  I have been out of the office all night and didn't get this updated until after kickoff. We had an important Belgrade Lions meeting tonight where we finalized plans for the upcoming Fish Fry. The Belgrade Lions Fish Fry has been advertised in the last two issues of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper. It will be held on Friday, October 29 starting at 5 p.m. at the Brother's Bar in downtown Belgrade.

At halftime: BOLD 35, B-B-E 0. The Warriors had an unofficial total of 350 yards of offense in the first half, while the Jaguars managed just 33 yards of offense. B-B-E was held to one first down in the first half.

At the end of the third quarter, the BOLD Warriors have a 42-6 lead. The Jaguars scored on a two-yard touchdown by Wyatt Lewis with 3:08 left in the third quarter.

With 6:45 left in the game, the BOLD Warriors JV team scored to go up 50-6.

More to come.



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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

(LIVE VIDEO) B-B-E volleyball at Grove City


Here's the live video player from ACGC high school...click on the YouTube link in the video player if it does not work on the blog:


The Jaguars are playing in the regular season finale tonight. They won the first set, and they hold a 16-8 lead in game two.

The Jaguars led 12-4 in game three before the Falcons scored six straight. After the Jaguars built a 15-11 lead, the Falcons cut it to 18-17. B-B-E pulled away down the stretch and completed the sweep with a 25-20 win.

Game scores were 25-10, 25-11, 25-20.

B-B-E (20-7) is undefeated conference champions with a 7-0 record in the Central Minnesota Conference. Up next is playoffs!



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(VIDEO) B-B-E vs. Maple Lake


More video from the battle of conference unbeatens on October 7:


Tonight the Jaguars wrap up the regular season at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.



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Sunday, October 17, 2021

(VIDEO) B-B-E volleyball vs. Maple Lake


The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team hosted Maple Lake on Thursday, October 7. The teams entered the match with 4-0 records in the Central Minnesota Conference.

Here's video from game one that night:


The Jaguars (19-7 overall) conclude the regular season with a trip to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City high school on Tuesday this week.



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