Saturday, January 30, 2010

Friday night area results - Jaguars Wrestling loses to Border West Buccaneers 42-27 also falls to WCA

Results from the Browerville/Eagle Valley dual tournament:
Border West 59, Holdingford 15
Border West 59, Browerville/Eagle Valley 14

The Jaguars fell to Border West 42-27. In the other duals at Browerville, they lost to West Central Area by a slim margin, 37-30 - and then lost to host Browerville/Eagle Valley 36-34.

The Jaguars stormed in front of West Central Area/Ashby, winning five of the first six matches while building a lead of 24-3. The momentum then shifted towards the Knights, as they cut into the deficit to make the score 30-13. WCA/Ashby then took the final four classes, two by forfeit, to score the final 24 points of the match while erasing the 30-13 deficit.

Against the host B/EV Broncos, the Jaguars dug themselves an early 17-6 hole after four matches, then went on a tear to take six of the next eight matches to go up 34-24. The Broncos won the 215 division by fall, then the heavyweight by forfeit, to clip the Jaguars by a two point margin.

The wrestling team of Border West comes from the schools of Clinton/Graceville/Beardsley, Wheaton Area, and Herman-Norcross. This is the second year of that merger. They won the Section 6A title last year to advance to the state tournament.

Kimball Area lit up visiting Royalton/Upsala-Swanville in a Central Minnesota Conference wrestling dual, as the Cubs won 46-21 to improve to 20-2 overall this season.

The last Cubs wrestling squad to win 20 matches was their 1997-98 team, which defeated B-B-E in the Section 6A championship to advance to the state tournament. The Jaguars wrestling team had two section championship appearances in a row, as they lost to Pierz in the 1999 6A title match.

Royalton/U-S fell to 11-7 overall and 4-2 in the CMC standings.

Other area wrestling scores:
Staples-Motley 36, Pierz 28

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball scores:
Rockford 60, Holdingford 53
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 59, Pierz 42
Eden Valley-Watkins 46, Kimball 30 (the game was tied 14-14 at halftime)

Area boys basketball results:
New Ulm Cathedral 64, Buffalo Lake-Hector 45
Lac qui Parle Valley 90, Benson 88
Fergus Falls 84, Willmar 76
Worthington 71, Redwood Valley 60
Mound-Westonka 65, Litchfield 62, OT
Minnewaska Area 59, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 35

Area girls basketball results:
Upsala 77, Osakis 40
Royalton 50, Swanville 26
Buffalo Lake-Hector 58, New Ulm Cathedral 38
Litchfield 59, Mound-Westonka 38
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 65, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 50
MACCRAY 58, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 45
Lac qui Parle Valley 54, BOLD 41
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 49, Benson 42 (A-C-GC takes a three-game lead in the West Central South Conference over Benson and Morris-Chokio/Alberta)
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 62, Dawson-Boyd 44
Yellow Medicine East 60, Paynesville Area 37
Central Minnesota Christian 69, ECHO Charter 23
Canby 60, Renville County West 27
New London-Spicer 78, Foley 32

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Jaguars Girls Basketball is on the air tonight, hosting #1-ranked Sauk Centre on 106.5 FM the Train

The visiting Mainstreeters (17-0) scored the first eight points of the game, helped by a couple easy fastbreak buckets.

Rachel Anderson scored the first points of the game for the Jaguars, getting fouled on a paint shot. She missed the free throw, with the score sitting at 8-2.

With 13:36 on the clock, the Mainstreeters had built a 15-2 lead, prompting the Jaguars into a timeout.

After trailing 30-6, junior Maggie Gruber heated things up for the Jaguars to fuel a 9-2 run, scoring all points of the surge.

Halftime score: Sauk Centre 34, B-B-E 15.

After the Mainstreeters went up 47-17, the Jaguars made another run to cut the gap to 47-27. Lauren Anderson started the 10-0 run, then Maggie Gruber scored eight unanswered points.

Gruber went 6-of-6 at the free throw line, totaling 16 points in the game.

**Final score: Sauk Centre 67, B-B-E 33.

More will follow on Saturday morning.

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Jaguars Wrestling travels to Browerville tonight for a dual meet tournament - Jaguars girls basketball hosts Sauk Centre, game aired on The Train

The Jaguars wrestling team looks to improve on their five-win dual meet total by doing battle at a dual tournament at Browerville, hosted by the Browerville/Eagle Valley Broncos.
Action begins at 4:00pm.

Other teams at the meet include West Central Area, Border West, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, and Holdingford.

Tonight's Jaguars girls basketball game against Sauk Centre will be aired on 106.5FM The Train, with Don Leukam and Bill Dean providing play-by-play coverage.

Sauk Centre is 17-0 and ranked #1 in Class AA. They lead the West Central North Conference with a 10-0 mark.

More will follow later.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jaguars Girls Basketball wins second in a row - throttles Maple Lake 47-25, Jaguars boys hoops bury Holdingford, Jaguars wrestling drubs HL-W-W 43-24

Julie Hieserich anchors the top of the defensive set against Kimball on Tuesday night. She tallied five points and five assists at Maple Lake tonight.

The Jaguars girls basketball team improves to 4-10 overall and 3-4 in the Central Minnesota Conference with their convincing win over the host Irish, who fell to 4-13 overall.

After building a 20-8 lead with about four minutes left in the first half, the Irish picked up their intensity to make it a nine-point game with a three-pointer at 1:08 on the clock. A 10-foot jump shot from sophomore guard Raeann Sorenson made it 24-13 as the clock wound out.

The first half turnover margin favored the visitors, with the Jaguars giving up the ball eight times and the Irish 11. B-B-E went 3-of-6 at the free throw line, with the Irish going 2-of-2.

The Jaguars poured it on in the second half beginning with a four-of-four performance at the free throw line by Rachel Anderson and Sorenson. The Jaguars held the Irish to six points of offense over a span of 14 minutes in the second half.

Sophomore forward Shyan Kuefler led the Jaguars with 10 points and seven rebounds in the game. Though she was the only Jaguar in double figures scoring, she was one of nine Jaguars who hit the scoring column. In fact, after the first 19 minutes of the game were gone, those nine players had scored.

While they may be 4-10 overall, the Jaguars have a great shot at finishing with 12 or more wins, as eight of their final 12 games of the regular season are at the home gymnasium. Even a record of 13-13 would put them in a good position in Sub-Section 6A-South this March.

Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood carried tonight's Central Minnesota Conference matchup.

More on the game will follow later.

Results from the Jaguars Triangular wrestling meet:
B-B-E 43, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 24
Pierz 42, B-B-E 20

The win over HL-W-W marks the fifth dual meet win this season for the Jaguars wrestling squad.

The Jaguars boys basketball team improved to 13-2 overall tonight with a 30+ point win at Holdingford, a 77-45 final score. They have now equaled the win-loss record of last year's squad through the first 15 games.

The Jaguars were led by Kevin Kuefler's 23 points and 10 rebounds. Freshmen Aaron Waller picked up the first varsity points of his career.

The Huskers fall to 3-11 overall and 0-6 in the CMC.

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 57, Kimball Area 50
Pierz 69, Eden Valley-Watkins 37
Maple Lake 57, Rockford 49 (the Irish stay on the heels of the Jaguars in the CMC standings, trail by only a half game at 5-1)

Area wrestling scores:
Brainerd 39, Willmar 22
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 34, Yellow Medicine East 30
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 57, Redwood Valley 9
Yellow Medicine East 64, Redwood Valley 7
Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley 51, Fulda/Murray County Central 18
Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley 30, Jackson County Central 29

Area girls basketball results:
Redwood Valley 42, BOLD 34
Willmar 58, Fergus Falls 49
Montevideo 42, Minnewaska 40
Morris/Chokio-Alberta 52, Ortonville 46
West Central Area 49, Staples-Motley 47

Area boys basketball scores:
Minnewaska 59, Montevideo 58
BOLD 78, ACGC 66
Morris/Chokio-Alberta 78, Paynesville 44
MACCRAY 73, Central Minnesota Christian 41
Dawson-Boyd 81, Lakeview 40
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 74, Renville County West 47
New London-Spicer 77, Melrose 62
Albany 69, Mora 36
Eagle Valley 68, Royalton 62
Upsala 66, Swanville 57 (Upsala stays undefeated in the Prairie Conference)

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball teams:
Hancock 63, CMCS 43
Battle Lake 55, Ashby 51
Parkers Prairie 76, Brandon-Evansville 65

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball teams:
Ortonville 70, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 58 (a huge loss in terms of sub-section rankings, as C-G-B led 6A-South prior to this game - host Ortonville was 4-8 going into this Pheasant Conference game)

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Jaguars Girls basketball at Maple Lake to be aired on Smooth Magic 107 of Glenwood on Thursday night

Senior centers Rachel and Lauren Anderson swarm over Kimball's Amanda Wittenberg down low during the Jaguars' 68-59 win over the Cubs on Tuesday night.

You can tune in at 107.1 FM on your radio dial, or if you aren't close enough to Glenwood you can dial up the coverage on the internet.

You can tune into the Jaguars vs. Silverstreaks match by dialing 107.1FM on your radio, or tune in online by visiting and clicking on the "radio headset" logo on the match for January 28.

A strong internet connection is not required, but is helpful to listen on your computer. Pre-game coverage will begin at about 7:15pm.

At Maple Lake tonight, the Jaguars girls basketball team will attempt to keep moving up in the Central Minnesota Conference standings, as they also hope to move up in the Sub-Section 6A-South rankings. Currently they are in 9th place in the 11-team sub-section. I'm in the process of finding out how the sub-section is seeded.

Current Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball standings:
Parkers Prairie 12-1
Hancock 10-2
Brandon-Evansville 10-3
Battle Lake 7-5
Underwood 7-6
Ashby 5-5
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 6-7
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy-Fergus Falls 5-8
B-B-E 3-10
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 3-10
Henning 2-13

Jaguars Wrestling goes 1-1 at Royalton Triangular on Tuesday night, earns huge 48-9 win over Rockford

Royalton 36, B-B-E 28
Falls were earned by Tyler Tensen, Travis Winter, and Dillon Knutson. The Royals entered the match with a 9-6 overall dual meet record.

B-B-E 48, Rockford 9
Brent Goodenbour and Cole Tensen earned pins for the Jaguars.

Tensen earned his 124th career win last week at the NL-S tournament, breaking the old career win record for B-B-E wrestling held by 1999 graduate Anthony Vait. Vait was a four-time state tournament entrant, which is also a school record.

Tuesday night wrestling results:
Minnewaska 52, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 18
Minnewaska 41, Morris/Hancock/Chokio-Alberta 26
Minnewaska 35, Holdingford 32
Holdingford 54, LP-GE 25
Holdingford 34, Morris/Hancock/Chokio-Alberta 32
Foley 39, New London-Spicer 13
Marshall/Lakeview 45, MACCRAY 31
BOLD 35, Willmar 9
Border West 49, Parkers Prairie 22
Browerville/Eagle Valley 40, Ottertail Central 24
West Central Area/Ashby 38, Park Rapids Area 35

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

This was a good comment on the West Central Tribune website, regarding cuts to nursing home care

(Regarding Bethesda Health & Housing's new capital campaign drive)

"I am glad Bethesda's trying to make aging fun, and also investing in the health of our aging population. But will it be enough to off-set the Pawlenty budget rampage, where getting old, sick or being in a nursing home pretty much makes you like a prairie dog with old Tim sitting there with an AK-47. Get healthy old people, get in shape, because the gov and his buddies see the infirm as an inconvenience on society and their bank accounts."

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jaguars Girls Basketball picks up a win! Brings home a 69-58 victory from Kimball

Senior forward Shannon Gruber drives into opposition at mid court during the Jaguars' win at Kimball.

The Jaguars girls basketball team handed the 10-4 Cubs a loss and dipped them below .500 in the Central Minnesota Conference at 3-4. They were led by senior center Lauren Anderson's double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.

B-B-E girls basketball is now 3-10 overall and 2-4 in the CMC. They travel to Maple Lake in a CMC game on Thursday night, a game that will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM. The Irish are 0-6 in the CMC and 4-12 overall.

The Jaguars boys basketball team improved to 12-2 overall tonight with a 63-45 win over the visiting Sauk Centre Mainstreeters (1-11). They travel to Holdingford for a CMC matchup on Thursday night. The Huskers are 3-10 overall and 0-5 in the CMC.

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results:
Eden Valley-Watkins 47, Maple Lake 25
Rockford 68, Pierz 42
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 69, Holdingford 47

Area boys basketball results:
Albany 60, Pierz 55
Benson 72, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 64
BOLD 89, Renville County West 56
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 65, West Central Area 60
Kimball Area 67, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 57
Litchfield 58, Maple Lake 57
Royalton 53, Browerville 49
Upsala 58, Onamia 42

Area girls basketball results:
Benson 78, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 72 OT
BOLD 56, Paynesville Area 42
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 45, Renville County West 27
MACCRAY 45, Central MN Christian 32 (MACCRAY is 11-2 overall)
Melrose 59, Milaca 26
Montevideo 59, Lac qui Parle Valley 58
New London-Spicer 53, Albany 50
Osakis 47, Royalton 43
Sauk Centre 80, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 57

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball teams:
Ashby 50, Parkers Prairie 48
Battle Lake 57, Brandon-Evansville 31
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 68, Wilmot (SD) 48
Henning 83, New York Mills 69
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 53, Underwood 52

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball teams:
Ashby 54, Verndale 28
Brandon-Evansville 61, Park Christian 38
Hancock 72, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 31
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 60, Ortonville 52

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This will shake things up, Eden Valley-Watkins head football coach Ray Tri retires

Coach Tri has led the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles to the top of the Central Minnesota Conference for the past four seasons.

He’s retiring after 26 years as the Eagles’ head coach, compiling a 161-101 record, seven section championships, a state runner-up in 2004, and a state championship in 2005.

A full story is in today's St.Cloud Times by Tom Elliot.

The Eagles first advanced to the State Tournament after winning Section 5AA in 1997. That year, they defeated the B-B-E Jaguars 14-12 in the section title game, held in Eden Valley.

Monday, January 25, 2010

B-B-E schools two hours late for Tuesday, January 26

Here's an updated weather notice from the National Weather Service:

A blizzard warning remains in effect until midnight and no travel is advised at this time for west central and southwest Minnesota.

All state highways in west central and southwestern Minnesota were closed at 3 p.m. until further notice.

The Minnesota National Guard has been activated to assist counties in west central and southwestern Minnesota to provide shelter and other support. National Guard Armories in Olivia, Marshall and St. James have been opened for standed travelers.

The road closing includes highways south and west of Willmar, including U.S. Highway 71 and state Highways 23 and 40. Additional west central counties included in the road closing Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood and Yellow Medicine.

The National Weather Service's blizzard warning includes the west central Minnesota counties of Chippewa, Douglas, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, McLeod, Meeker, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Stevens, Swift, and Yellow Medicine.

**Scores from Monday night's action:
Boys basketball:
Melrose 71, Holdingford 46

Girls basketball:
Bertha-Hewitt 52, Upsala 43
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 59, Zimmerman 12

Notes: HL-W-W improves to 12-4 with a blowout win over a 3-14 Zimmerman team. The Lakers, who lead the Central Minnesota Conference with a 6-0 mark, have won seven of their past eight games.

*Updated Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball standings:
HL-W-W 6-0
Rockford 4-2
Kimball Area 3-3
Holdingford 3-3
Pierz 3-3
Eden Valley-Watkins 3-3
B-B-E 1-4
Maple Lake 0-5

**Coming on Tuesday night: The Jaguars girls basketball team travels to Kimball, the Jaguars boys basketball team hosts Sauk Centre, and the Jaguars wrestling team travels to Royalton for a triangular involving Roylaton/Upsala-Swanville and Rockford.

Sauk Centre's boys basketball team is 1-10 overall and 0-7 in the West Central North Conference. Royalton/Upsala-Swanville wrestling is 9-6 overall and 2-1 in the Central Minnesota Conference. Rockford's wrestling team is 4-7 overall and 1-3 in the CMC.

A fun sidebar: the Osakis girls and boys golf teams will compete in the Central Minnesota Conference beginning in 2010.

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Yes, it really is that bad out there! B-B-E schools closed as of 11am Monday

Shown below is a glimpse of the whiteout conditions on Highway 55 west of Glenwood at 10am today.

B-B-E schools will be closed as of 11am today. There will be no after-school events or evening Community Ed classes. At Minnewaska, school will be released at 11:45am.

**Update at 3:30pm...All state highways in west central and southwestern Minnesota have closed until further notice

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol ordered the road closing. MnDOT are pulling their snowplows and roads will become impassable.

The road closing includes highways south and west of Willmar, including U.S. Highway 71 and state Highways 23 and 40.

Additional west central counties included in the closing Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood and Yellow Medicine.

Motorists are urged to plan accordingly.

When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.

Motorists are advised not to travel until conditions improve and state and county crews have clear the roads.

MnDOT and the State Patrol will determine when the roads are safe for travel.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Minnesota Vikings are cursed

That's all that needs to be said right now.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jaguars Danceline trip to Albany today is cancelled

KASM Radio is reporting that the danceline invitational at Albany today has been cancelled. The roads aren't getting much better, the slight rain is still coming down.

Jaguars Wrestling has another strong showing, places fourth at tough NL-S Invitational - Tensen & Borgerding earn titles

Senior Cole Tensen won the 145-pound championship at NL-S on Friday night.

Sophomore Dillon Knutson took third place for the Jaguars in the 160-pound division, going 3-1 in his bracket.

The Jaguars wrestling team piled up 128 team points to take fourth place, edging Class AA Litchfield (127.5) and Big Lake (119) at the New London-Spicer Invitational on Friday night. Most telling about how well they did was that they took fourth while giving up three open weights (112, 215, Hwt).

Two Jaguars won titles: Senior Cole Tensen at 145, and junior Ben Borgerding at 171. It's Borgerding's first gold medal at a tournament in his career.

At the 152-pound division, senior Travis Winter suffered his second loss of the season, losing to Benson's Ryan Thompson in the championship match by a 7-2 margin. Thompson improved to 26-1 this season after winning the 152-pound bracket.

Four other Jaguars placed in the Final Four: Ross Rath, Austin Jaeger, Brent Goodenbour, and Dillon Knutson. Patrick Rooney took fifth place.

**Update on Sunday - shining moments for the Jaguars: Highlights include Ross Rath winning in the 103-pound semi-finals in a 4-3 decision, a tight 7-6 decision by Brent Goodenbour in the 135-pound third place match. Cole Tensen won 7-4 in the 145-pound championship. Dillon Knutson won by fall (1:31) over Eden Valley-Watkins' Brandon Walz in the 160-pound third place match. Ben Borgerding won by fall (1:23) in the 171-pound semi-finals before winning in the championship in a 7-2 decision over Kyle Cappelen of NL-S.

Team scoring was as follows: (1) New London-Spicer 258 (2) Eden Valley-Watkins 166 (3) Benson 161 (4) B-B-E 128 (5) Litchfield 127.5 (6) Big Lake 119 (7) Benilde-St. Margaret’s 86 (8) Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie 36

Area wrestling scores from Friday night:
Paynesville Area 36, Yellow Medicine East 23
Paynesville Area 46, Morris Area 17
Pierz 53, Ogilvie 22
Pierz 51, Rush City/Braham 9
Pierz 56, East Ridge 12
Minnewaska Area 43, Rocori 29
Osakis 33, Minnewaska Area 15 (match suspended)

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Friday, January 22, 2010

The whole town of Sauk Centre goes dark - boys basketball and hockey games both suspended

The entire town of Sauk Centre went dark tonight at approximately 8:30pm. Shown are members of the Sauk Centre Fire Department directing traffic at a dead stoplight downtown.

**Update on Saturday morning... Ice accumulations caused a power transmission pole to snap Friday evening, leading to a massive power outage in Sauk Centre. The broken pole was located near Interstate Highway 94 west of the city. Ice also caused traffic problems in and near St. Cloud.

Sauk will be without power until at least midnight tonight. Not fun! Especially if you're burning wood or you have to re-light a pilot on your fuel oil burner.

**It's really really bad out there, folks! The roads are completely iced over, and I doubt the highway crews will be able to treat them fast enough to keep ahead of the ice build-up.

During the ice storm, the Jaguars Boys basketball team hammers Pierz 82-61 - Jaguars sit alone in first place in the CMC!

Junior center Brandon DeKok had a great game off of the bench tonight for the Jaguars; the role of the 6th, 7th, and 8th guys off the bench has been key to the Jaguars' surprising eight-game winning streak.

To start the first half, the Jaguars (11-2) came back from an initial 5-2 deficit to jump in front by as much as 26-12 before the Pioneers made a run. Pierz closed the gap to 31-27 before the Jaguars put the throttle down and pulled away going into the break, leading 45-29 at halftime.

They improve to 5-1 in the Central Minnesota Conference. Leading scorers were Matt Goodwin with 21 points, Kevin Kuefler with 18, and Brady Koehler with 15.

Pierz is 1-11 overall and 1-4 in the CMC.

With the win over the Pioneers and a loss by Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted tonight, the Jaguars now sit in first place alone in the CMC. It's a long ways to go to win the title, though - they've got eight more games in the league to get through before there's anything of substance to talk about. They will get stiff challenges from Eden Valley-Watkins (twice), Rockford, and even Kimball.

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results:
Maple Lake 64, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 59 (Irish pick up the huge win on their home court)
Rockford 60, Kimball Area 58 OT (Rockets pick up a huge win at Kimball)
Eden Valley-Watkins 44, Holdingford 28 (Huskers are thumped on their home floor)

Up next for the Jaguars: Monday night, home versus sub-section foe Parkers Prairie, who plays in the Little Eight Conference in western Minnesota. The Panthers are 3-7 overall and 2-3 in the Little Eight Conference.

Area boys basketball scores:
BOLD 82, Paynesville 59 (the Bulldogs are reeling)
Minnewaska Area 80, Yellow Medicine East 50
Albany 63, St. Cloud Cathedral 46
Eagle Valley 52, Browerville 51 OT (what a border battle that must've been!)
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 49, Mora 42
Montevideo 82, Benson 73
New London-Spicer 75, Foley 67
Swanville 40, Royalton 37
Upsala 50, Osakis 45

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball teams:
Battle Lake 49, Parkers Prairie 35
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 62, Brandon-Evansville 48
Henning 79, Rothsay 37

Area girls basketball games:
Albany 73, Foley 39
Sauk Centre 73, Milaca 13
Willmar 74, Rocori 52

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Jaguars Girls Basketball falls in another close road game in the Central Minnesota Conference, 63-56 at Rockford

The Jaguars girls basketball team put up another valiant effort against a strong CMC team Thursday night, only to lose by single digits 63-56. The Jaguars held a one-point lead with 5:30 left in the game. In a strong offensive output, they saw four players hit double figures in the scoring column.

Rockford, who led 35-34 at halftime, improves to 4-2 in the CMC and 11-5 overall.

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 59, Eden Valley-Watkins 45
Kimball Area 62, Pierz 47 (Cubs are 10-4, first win vs. Pierz since 2002-2003 season)
Holdingford 59, Maple Lake 37

Pierz is 7-7 overall and 3-3 in the CMC. HL-W-W is 6-0 in the CMC and 10-4 overall. Eden Valley-Watkins is 3-3 in the CMC and 4-10 overall.

Central Minnesota Conference wrestling result:
Eden Valley-Watkins 50, Holdingford 19
Kimball Area 70, Rockford 9

Area wrestling results:
Paynesville Area 42, Browerville/Eagle Valley 18
BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector 34, Paynesville Area 21
Sauk Centre 52, Hinckley-Finlayson/Pine City 9
Milca 59, Sauk Centre 9

Results in games involving Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball teams:
Parkers Prairie 87, Rothsay 25
Battle Lake 54, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 32
Hancock 45, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 42

Area girls basketball results:
Lac qui Parle Valley 59, Minnewaska Area 48
Albany 59, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 48
Benson 60, Yellow Medicine East 57
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 45, Montevideo 38
Browerville 65, Osakis 53
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 62, BOLD 48
Upsala 58, Royalton 43
West Central Area 74, Ulen-Hitterdal 35

Area boys basketball results:
Albany 67, Osakis 54
Eden Valley-Watkins 60, St. John's Prep 44
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 72, Minnewaska Area 51
West Central Area 52, Ulen-Hitterdal 43
Willmar 70, St. Cloud Apollo 46

Don and Bill hard at work in Sauk Centre, following the Mainstreeters girls basketball team's huge 63-58 win over New London-Spicer.

Don't forget, Friday night's boys basketball game between the Jaguars and Pierz (a home game) will be aired on 106.5 FM. Pre-game will begin at about 7:15pm, with the talented duo of Don Leukam and Bill Dean providing play-by-play coverage of the Central Minnesota Conference game.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

A noteworthy comment on the St.Cloud Times website, below a story talking about local job losses in central Minnesota

As a person who was eliminated from my company, took 4.5 months to find new employment and take nearly 5.00/HOUR happy you are employed. If you are so bitter about a pay cut, we are all getting pay cuts. You are not alone. It's a part of life now - time to deal with it instead of gripe about it. Enough already. Really. Life could be worse - learn to live with less. It's not so bad afterall. And I can say that, because I've BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT. :-)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Coming Thursday/Friday/Saturday for the Jaguars

Thursday: Jaguars girls basketball at Rockford. The Rockets, who are having their best season since 2006-2007, are 10-5 overall and 3-2 in the Central Minnesota Conference. They buried Kimball on the Cubs' court last Friday night 75-50. Rockford went 8-19 last season, and 7-20 overall in 2007-2008.

The Jaguars wrestling team hosts Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd on Thursday night. LQPV/D-B is a strong Class AA team that finished 20-8 in duals and made the Section 3AA Final Four last season; they are 10-4 in duals so far this year and 6-2 in the West Central South Conference.

Friday: Jaguars wrestling at the NL-S tournament (3:30) - Jaguars boys basketball hosts Pierz. Pierz is 1-10 overall and 1-3 in the CMC.

Teams wrestling at the NL-S tournament include Benilde-St. Margaret's, Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie, Big Lake, Benson, Litchfield, Eden Valley-Watkins, and the host Wildcats.

Saturday: Jaguars danceline performs at the Albany Invitational, which begins at 11:00am. The Albany school website lists a total of 10 teams at the Invitational, but another source told me they'll only have a total of four schools represented. Tomorrow I'll find out just how many teams will be there.

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Minnesota Basketball State Rankings released today

Class 2A boys basketball rankings:

1. New London-Spicer (14-1)

2. Morris (11-0)

3. Sibley East (10-1)

4. Plainview-Elgin-Millville (13-2)

5. Crosby-Ironton (12-1)

6. La Crescent (11-1)

7. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (14-0)

8. Albany (8-1)

9. Staples-Motley (8-2)

10. Byron (11-2)

Class 1A

1. MACCRAY (13-0)

2. Minnesota Transitions (10-3)

3. Sebeka (10-1)

4. Ada-Borup (12-0)

5. Park Christian (Moorhead) (14-1)

6. Ellsworth (11-2)

7. Maranatha (11-2)

8. Upsala (9-1)

9. Cass Lake-Bena (10-2)

10. Bertha-Hewitt (11-1)

The Minnesota girls’ high school basketball rankings, as provided by Minnesota Basketball News, a statewide basketball publication.

Class 2A Girls basketball rankings

1. Sauk Centre (15-0)

2. Caledonia (16-1)

3. New London-Spicer (13-2)

4. St. Croix Lutheran (11-0)

5. Hawley (14-0)

6. Chatfield (15-1)

7. Rochester Lourdes (13-2)

8. Hayfield (15-1)

9. Pipestone (7-2)

10. Minneapolis Roosevelt (8-9)

Class 1A

1. Cedar Mountain-Comfrey (11-0)

2. Barnum (13-2)

3. Parkers Prairie (11-1)

4. Bigfork (14-1)

5. Northern (12-0)

6. Bertha-Hewitt (11-1)

7. Canby (12-1)

8. St. Paul Humboldt (5-4)

9. Cook County (13-1)

10. New York Mills (12-0)

This is just plain wicked!...Section 6AA in boys basketball has a total of four teams ranked in the Top 10. NL-S, Morris/Chokio-Alberta, Staples-Motley, and Albany.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jaguars Boys Basketball pulls into first place in the Central Minnesota Conference, wins 67-61 over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted

The Jaguars boys basketball team improved to 10-2 overall with a hard-fought 67-61 win against CMC rival Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted tonight. The Jaguars, who enjoyed a huge 37-23 rebounding edge in the game, expanded a 30-28 halftime lead to as much as 20 points in the second half. HL-W-W then rained three-pointers to close the deficit and make the Jaguars sweat down the stretch.

Scoring leaders for the Jaguars: Connor Goodwin 18, Kevin Kuefler 16 and Brady Koehler 13.

Both teams are now tied at the top of the Central Minnesota Conference at 4-1 in the league. Rockford and Maple Lake are both a 1/2 game back at 3-1 in the league. A Maple Lake win in the St.John's Prep Holiday tournament on December 19 over Holdingford did not count as a CMC game.

The conference race is on!

The Pierz Pioneers won their first game of the season, defeating the visiting Kimball Area Cubs 46-40. Pierz is now 1-10 overall, which is just crazy in my mind!

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted dips below .500 overall at 5-6 with tonight's loss to the Jaguars. Kimball is 2-2 in the CMC after tonight's loss at Pierz.

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results:
Maple Lake 59, Holdingford 41
Rockford 63, Eden Valley-Watkins 60
Pierz 46, Kimball Area 40

In a meeting of girls basketball giants at Sauk Centre tonight, the host number-one ranked Mainstreeters edged number-two ranked New London-Spicer 63-58 in a West Central North Conference showdown. The Mainstreeters, who improve to 15-0 overall and 8-0 in the WCCN, led 37-29 at halftime. The Wildcats cut the lead to 42-41 with 12:05 left, and then played a 2 to 3-possession game the rest of the way; the closest they got down the stretch was a 54-52 deficit.

NL-S falls to 13-2 overall and 7-1 in the WCCN with the loss.

Scores involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball teams:
Hancock 57, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 52
Bertha-Hewitt 52, Underwood 32
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 60, Battle Lake 48
Ortonville 63, Brandon-Evansville 37

Scores involving Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball teams:
Brandon-Evansville 49, Battle Lake 47
Hancock 76, Henning 43
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 42, Underwood 38

Area girls basketball results:
Montevideo 50, Yellow Medicine East 46
St.Cloud Cathedral 61, Albany 46
A-C-GC 50, LQPV 39 (Falcons now lead the West Central South at 8-0)
Benson 72, Paynesville Area 41
Buffalo Lake-Hector 61, Renville County West 35
Kimball Area 66, St. John's Prep 34
Mora 42, Melrose 37
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 48, Minnewaska Area 34

Area boys basketball scores:
West Central Area 76, Ashby 34
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 64, Lakeview 26
Upsala 95, Pillager 54
St. Cloud Cathedral 54, Melrose 53
Osakis 49, Royalton 43
MACCRAY 83, Dawson-Boyd 58 (a huge win for MACCRAY at Dawson)
Montevideo 66, Redwood Valley 53
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 80, Lac qui Parle Valley 57
Swanville 47, Browerville 42
Willmar 42, Marshall 40

Area wrestling results:
Holdingford 58, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 22
Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie 40, Holdingford 31
HL-W-W 58, G-SL/LP18
Foley 48, Mora 18
Kimball Area 64, Zimmerman 9
Kimball Area 49, Osakis 30
Pierz 51, Zimmerman 27
Pierz 34, Osakis 32

Late wrestling result from Saturday's Paynesville Quad:
The Jaguars wrestling team defeated Sartell/St.Stephen 62-18 for their second dual win of the season. Senior Travis Winter remained undefeated on the season, improving to 19-0. Senior Cole Tensen also went 3-0 at the Quad.

Other results from Paynesville:
Paynesville Area 36, Holdingford 34
Paynesville Area 45, B-B-E 22
Paynesville Area 73, Sartell-Saint Stephen 6
Holdingford 52, Sartell-Saint Stephen 24
Holdingford 36, B-B-E 31

Tuesday night wrestling results:
Pierz 37, Kimball Area 35
Pierz 51, Zimmerman 27
Osakis 33, Pierz 31
Zimmerman 34, Osakis 32
Kimball Area 49, Osakis 30
Kimball Area 64, Zimmerman 9

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Jaguars Girls Basketball snaps three-game skid with 77-49 win over Paynesville Area

The Jaguars cleared the nostrils and blew away the 1-11 Paynesville Area Bulldogs on Monday night in a home game. Senior post Lauren Anderson led the Jaguars with 15 points and 9 rebounds.

Nine Jaguars (2-9 overall) hit the scoring column, and the team went 19-of-24 from the free throw line. They led 37-25 at halftime.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Jaguars Danceline to perform at Albany on Saturday, January 23

Jaguars Danceline performs at Albany on Saturday

The B-B-E Jaguars danceline team will perform at the Albany Invitational this Saturday.

The meet, which begins at 11:00am, will consist of Swanville, B-B-E, Brooklyn Center, and the host Albany Huskies. A total of seven routines will be performed, including JV performances. It will conclude at about 12:30pm.

This week the Jaguars girls basketball team host Paynesville Area (1-10) on Monday night, then travel to Rockford (3-2 CMC, 10-5) on Thursday and Kimball (2-3 CMC, 8-4) next Tuesday, January 26.

**The big game of the week is on Tuesday night, when the Jaguars boys basketball team hosts Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted. The Lakers (4-0 CMC, 5-5 overall) are alone at the top of the Central Minnesota Conference. A win by the Jaguars would pull them into a first-place tie with HL-W-W while keeping the door open for a second straight conference title. It would be awesome, no doubt!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

God frosts the trees on Friday morning

A couple stories on the Battle Lake-Parkers Prairie girls basketball game last night

Battle Lake Girls Knock Off Top Ranked Panthers
by Craig Olson

The Battle Lake girls basketball team pulled off a huge upset in high school girls basketball when they beat the top-ranked, unbeaten Parkers Prairie Panthers 54-53 in Battle Lake on Friday night.

The game was tied 24-24 at the half. With seven seconds left on the clock, Carley Nelson made a pair of free throws to put the Battlers up by one point. Lindsay Nelson then drew a charge with just one-tenth of a second remaining to end it.

"The score stayed very close the whole way tonight," stated head coach David Marso of the lady Battlers. "Our girls really worked hard defensively and played with a lot of energy. Both teams really gave a tremendous effort tonight and we were fortunate to get this win."

Carley Nelson came up big again for Battle Lake, scoring 13 points in each half as she attacked the Parkers Prairie defense on the drive. She also converted all seven of her free throw opportunities, finishing with a game high 26 points. Lindsay Nelson added 10 points and Kim Seidel pulled down 8 rebounds and nailed 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch. As a team the Battlers hit 41% of their field goal attempts and went 14-for-19 on the foul line.

Parkers Praire (11-1) was led by Sari Noga with 17 points and Madison Dorn with 14 points.

The win was the fourth in a row for Battle Lake and puts them at 6-4 on the season. They are now tied with the Panthers for the Little Eight Conference lead with a record of 4-1. Battle Lake will travel to Evansville on Tuesday night to face the Brandon/Evansville Chargers.

**A second story can be found here at the Fergus Falls Journal:

Friday, January 15, 2010

Still don't believe it - Battle Lake girls basketball shocks Parkers Prairie, 54-53 final score - Jaguars girls basketball loses to Pierz

I still don't believe it and I need to hear it from a different source before I do believe it, but apparently tonight at Battle Lake, the host Battler girls basketball team tagged Parkers Prairie with their first loss of the season.

The Panthers, who are ranked number one in the latest Class A poll, fall to 11-1. Battle Lake improves to 6-4 overall and pulls into a first-place tie with the Panthers in the Little Eight Conference with a 4-1 league record.

In a home game tonight, the Jaguars girls basketball team fell to Pierz by a 60-52 score in a Central Minnesota Conference game. The Jaguars (1-9) host Paynesville on Monday night in a non-conference game. Pierz improves to 7-6 overall with the win and 3-2 in the CMC.

The Jaguars, who played only seven players in the game, built a 30-21 lead at halftime. The visiting Pioneers bombed without mercy from long range in the first two minutes of the second half, though, draining four three-point shots to regain control.

Games involving girls basketball Sub-Section 6A-South teams:
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 52, Lac qui Parle Valley 50 OT
Brandon-Evansville 61, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 49
Hancock 79, Ortonville 41

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball score:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 64, Holdingford 33

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball scores:
Eden Valley-Watkins 44, Holdingford 40
Rockford 75, Kimball Area 50
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 84, Maple Lake 39

Area girls basketball results:
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 57, Lakeview 48
MACCRAY 61, Dawson-Boyd 59
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 46, BOLD 31
Albany 56, Mora 46
Osakis 69, St. John's Prep 38
Upalsa 69 Browerville 52
Buffalo Lake-Hector 59, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 39
Canby 59, Minneota 45

Area boys basketball results:
Benson 81, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 35
Foley 78, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 76 3OT!
Little Falls 54, Willmar 48
Melrose 81, Milaca 57
Montevideo 61, BOLD 53
Mora 52, St. Cloud Cathedral 40
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 63, Yellow Medicine East 32
New London-Spicer 74, Sauk Centre 46
West Central Area 78, Hawley 73

Results from games involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball teams:
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 88, Hancock 63
Eagle Valley 90, Parkers Prairie 76
Underwood 51, Ashby 49

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thursday night basketball scores - Jaguars Basketball lights it up at Kimball, wins 82-57 to improve to 9-2 overall and 3-1 in the CMC

The Goodwin brothers combined for 30 points against Kimball. Shown below are sophomore Connor Goodwin (left) and senior Matt Goodwin (right) scoring down low for the Jaguars.

Five Jaguars scored in double figures to fuel a balanced attack as they shredded the Cubs in a CMC battle in Kimball. They now prepare for their biggest game of the season so far, hosting conference-unbeaten Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted next Tuesday night, January 19.

Tonight's win at Kimball was the first CMC loss for the Cubs this season, as they move to 5-4 overall. It puts HL-W-W at the top of the CMC as the lone unbeaten team. The Jaguars have a shot against the Lakers if they play well. HL-W-W is 4-5 overall and 3-0 in the CMC, with their last win coming on January 8th against Eden Valley-Watkins by a 68-60 score.

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results:
Maple Lake 48, Eden Valley-Watkins 28
Rockford 73, Pierz 71 (Pierz is 0-10)

Area boys basketball results:
Dawson-Boyd 69, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 53
Hutchinson 68, Marshall 65
MACCRAY 81, Renville County West 41
New London-Spicer 77, Minnewaska Area 56
Osakis 55, Browerville 48
Swanville 56, St. John's Prep 47
Upsala 63, Royalton 38

Area girls basketball results:
Albany 56, Melrose 55 OT!
New London-Spicer 56, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 36
Minnewaska Area 53, Paynesville Area 37

Boys basketball scores with Sub-Section 6A-South teams:
Sebeka 73, Henning 44
Brandon-Evansville 65, Rothsay 26
Hancock 61, Battle Lake 56
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 66, Parkers Prairie 39

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Jaguars Wrestling is on the air on Smooth Magic 107 - Jaguars Boys Basketball travels to Kimball Area

Senior Travis Winter remains unbeaten on the season at 16-0 after earning another win tonight in the dual against Osakis.

You can tune into the Jaguars vs. Silverstreaks match by dialing 107.1FM on your radio, or tune in online by visiting and clicking on the radio logo on the match for January 14.

Osakis is 8-4 in dual meets coming into the match.

After two weight classes are in the books, the match is deadlocked at 6-6. The match is also serving as Parents' Night.

After the 140 pound division is completed, the Osakis Silverstreaks lead 19-15. Sophomore Patrick Rooney earned a pin (2:30) in the 140-pound class to close the deficit to four points.

**At 145, senior Cole Tensen earned a second-period pin to give the Jaguars the lead in the team scoring. The Jaguars now lead 21-15.

At 152, senior Travis Winter remained undefeated on the season, improving to 16-0, with a pin (3:30) that gave the Jaguars a 27-19 lead.

That would be all the Jaguars could muster against a solid Silverstreaks team, as they ultimately lost 43-27. Osakis improves to 9-4 in dual meets.

The 8-2 Jaguars boys basketball team is playing the 5-3 Kimball Area Cubs tonight in a Central Minnesota Conference battle at Kimball. The Cubs are 2-0 in the CMC, while the Jaguars are 2-1.

This Saturday the Jaguars Wrestling team travels to the Paynesville Quad. Other teams at the round-robin style quadrangular, which begins at 9:30, include Holdingford, Sartell, and host Paynesville Area.

The Jaguars girls basketball team hosts Pierz on Friday night in a Central Minnesota Conference game. The Pioneers are 6-6 overall and 2-2 in the CMC. The Jaguars are 1-2 in the CMC and 1-8 overall.

More will follow on Friday.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Smooth Magic 107 of Glenwood to carry Thursday night's wrestling dual between the Jaguars and Osakis

Pre-match coverage is slated to begin at 7:15pm, with Dave McClurg bringing you coverage of the Jaguars vs. Silverstreaks non-conference dual.

Fun fact: the last time the Jaguars placed fourth in a home wrestling invitational was in December 2001, when they totaled 93.5 team points. Mike Felling (Class of 2002) was the lone champion for the team, taking first in the 160-pound division.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jaguars Girls Basketball drops 68-58 game at Holdingford - Boys Basketball hammers Osakis 79-60

Junior forward Brent Koehler (shown shooting) led the Jaguars with 24 points against Osakis.

The Jaguars girls basketball team let a 56-55 lead slip away in the final minutes of the game, as they fell to the Huskers (2-2 CMC, 6-6) in a Central Minnesota Conference game in Holdingford.

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 60, Kimball Area 45
Pierz 44, Maple Lake 33
Eden Valley-Watkins 52, Rockford 50

Area boys basketball results:
Lac qui Parle Valley 75, Paynesville Area 64
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 78, BOLD 50
Pelican Rapids 65, West Central Area 58
Benson 81, Yellow Medicine East 75 OT
Foley 66, Melrose 58
Montevideo 79, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 61
New London-Spicer 68, Albany 55

Area girls basketball results:
Dawson-Boyd 69, K-M-S 59
Sauk Centre 66, Melrose 43
Buffalo Lake-Hector 70, Springfield 60
Brainerd 68, Willmar 61
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 72, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 58
New London-Spicer 41, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 29
Eagle Valley 40, Osakis 38 (EV's first win vs. Osakis this century)
West Central Area 83, Pelican Rapids 66

Boys basketball games involving Sub-Section 6A-South teams:
Battle Lake 59, Rothsay 38
Brandon-Evansville 67, Underwood 36
Hancock 54, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 52
Henning 57, Pillager 48

Girls basketball games involving Sub-Section 6A-South teams:
Bertha-Hewitt 68, Ashby 31
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 51, Ortonville 43
Hancock 55, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 39
Parkers Prairie 95, Henning 20 (Wow! Parkers put up 81 points last night!)

Area wrestling results:
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 58, Renville County West 12
Minnewaska 44, Montevideo 34
Paynesville 52, Minnewaska 17
Paynesville 52, Montevideo 12
Monticello 33, BOLD 24
BOLD 55, Orono 12
BOLD 48, Glencoe-Silver Lake 3

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Score at halftime, Jaguars lead Osakis in a first-half shootout 42-39

The Jaguars nearly blew a 12-point lead, as they were up 38-26 with just under three minutes left in the first half.

Osakis came storming back to close the deficit to three at the break.

Both squads went 4-of-7 beyond the three-point line in the first half.

The game is being aired on Smooth Magic 107 out of Glenwood. You can find the game online by visiting their website,

To start the second half, the Jaguars pulled ahead by a 52-41 margin.

Final score: 79-60, Jaguars win going away!

More will follow later tonight.

Glenwood's Smooth Magic 107 to air tonight's Jaguars Boys Basketball game against Osakis

Pre-game coverage will begin at approximately 7:15pm.

Both teams have a combined record of 13-4 overall, so it should be a very entertaining and competitive contest between the long-time rival schools.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Jaguars Boys Basketball hits the 80s again, defeats Benson 84-66 - Girls Hoops loses 81-35

Kevin Kuefler muscles in a tough driving layup; he led the Jaguars against Benson tonight with 18 points, 14 coming in the first half.

The Jaguars boys basketball team improved to 7-2 on the season with an 84-66 whipping of the Benson Braves tonight. The Braves, who are 1-2 in the West Central South Conference, fall to 4-6 with the loss. The Jaguars buried the Braves in a deep 38-23 hole in the first half, then outscored the hosts in a 46-43 shootout in the final period.

Up next for the boys basketball team: Tomorrow night at home against Class AA Osakis. The Silverstreaks are 6-2 and tough as nails - it will be a battle. The Jaguars will be playing for pride but also want to keep winning to maintain a shot at taking a number one playoff seed in Sub-Section 6A-South.

In Jaguars girls basketball action, final score out of northern Douglas County: Parkers Prairie 81, B-B-E 35. The Panthers, who are in Sub-Section 6A-South with the Jaguars, remain undefeated at 10-0 and appear unstoppable as they've been tearing up the competition this season. They've held eight teams below 38 points and three under 30. Shyan Kuefler led the Jaguars with seven points; as the team, they made only 13 field goals on the night.

Up next for the girls basketball team: a road trip to Holdingford to face the 5-6 Huskers in a Central Minnesota Conference battle. The Huskers are 1-2 in the CMC, having defeated Pierz last Thursday while losing to Kimball Area and Rockford in December.

Area boys basketball results:
Kimball Area 43, St. John's Prep 30
Redwood Valley 78, Renville County West 47

Area girls basketball results:
Osakis 52, Minnewaska Area 50 (a rematch of last year's Sub-Section 6AA-West championship game)
Maple Lake 53, Foley 48
Buffalo Lake-Hector 52, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 36
Paynesville Area 55, Swanville 41 (Bulldogs' first win of the season)
Pierz 53, Sauk Rapids-Rice 42

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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Jaguars Boys Basketball roughs up Brandon-Evansville 73-51 on Saturday afternoon - Jaguars Danceline defeats Bagley, Barnesville, and Crookson

The Jaguars improve to 6-2 overall with the win over the fellow sub-section rival Brandon-Evansville Chargers this afternoon.

After a hot start in the first half where they opened up a 19-5 lead in the first nine minutes, Jaguars cooled down and let the Chargers make a run to close a big deficit to five points, 28-23 at the break.

The Jaguars had a couple big runs in the second half to blow the game open, leading 56-34 with under nine minutes left in the game.

The Chargers fall to 1-9 overall with the loss.

Interesting fact: Two Central Minnesota Conference teams who won or shared a string of conference titles from 2003 through 2008, Rockford and Pierz, are a combined 3-16 to start this season. The 0-9 record of Pierz is very deceiving, though, as they've played a brutal schedule against very good Class AA and AAA competition.

The Jaguars Danceline performed at the 14th annual Alexandria Cardinal Invitational this afternoon.

They defeated three teams in the Class A Jazz Funk division, totaling 13 teams. They placed 10th, ahead of Bagley, Barnesville, and Crookston.

**Further information from the Jaguars Wrestling Invitational on Friday night:

Travis Winter was voted Outstanding Wrestler by the tournament coaches.

Individual champions, with Travis and Cole at the upper left corner.

Seniors Cole Tensen (145) and Travis Winter (152) both earned championship titles at the very tough eight-team invitational. Tensen won a tight 2-1 decision over A-C-GC's Matt Meyer, while Winter won a 12-4 major decision over Trevor Mahlum of K-M-S.

Ross Rath at 103, Brent Goodenbour at 135, Patrick Rooney at 140, and Ben Borgerding at 171 all earned runner-up honors at the tournament for the Jaguars.

Tyler Tensen (112) earned fourth place, while Dillon Knutson and Austin Jaeger made it to the semi-finals but then lost out, missing Final Four berths yet helping out with additional team points for their performances.

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Jaguars Wrestling has outstanding showing on the home mats in their own invitational, fourth place finish with Tensen and Winter both winning titles

The Jaguars Wrestling team had its strongest showing in years at the Jaguar Invitational on Friday night, finishing with 127 points to take fourth behind third-place Ottertail Central's 138 points. I believe they haven't placed that high in a home invitational since the 2001-2002 season.

Seniors Cole Tensen (145 pounds) and Travis Winter (152 pounds) each won individual championships to lead the Jaguars. Winter is ranked #2 in the most recent Guillotine ranking in the 160-pound division; his record this year stands at 15-0.

Team results from the Jaguar Invitational:
(1) Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 241 (2) Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 202 (3) Otter Tail Central 138 (4) B-B-E 127 (5) Becker 91.5 (6) Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 83 (7) Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 53 (8) MACCRAY 40

Note: K-M-S was ranked #4 in the latest Class A team rankings, while A-C-GC was ranked #5.

Thursday night wrestling results in the Central Minnesota Conference:
Eden Valley-Watkins 36, Royalton/Upsala 32
Kimball Area 40, Holdingford 18

Other area wrestling results from Thursday night:
West Central Area Triangular
Browerville/Eagle Valley 43, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 25
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 35, West Central Area/Ashby 34
Browerville/Eagle Valley 39, West Central Area/Ashby 29

The Jaguars boys basketball and Danceline teams will be in action on Saturday up in Douglas County, with the boys basketball playing at Brandon-Evansville, and the Danceline performing at the 14th annual Cardinal Dance Team Invitational at Jefferson High School in Alexandria. Read further below on this website to learn more detailed information on their schedules. The Jaguars Jazz Funk squad performs at approximately 1:20pm.

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Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results:
Maple Lake 71, Pierz 66
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 68, Eden Valley-Watkins 60 (a big road win for the Lakers)
Kimball 42, Holdingford 40

Area boys basketball results:
New London-Spicer 79, Mora 57
Benson 67, Paynesville 56
Upsala 72, Browerville 39
Osakis 41, St. John's Prep 33
Eagle Valley 58, Swanville 37
Nevis 57, Royalton 36

Area girls basketball results:
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 70, Foley 51
New London-Spicer 50, Mora 17
Rockford 46, West Lutheran 29 (Rockets improve to 9-4 overall)
Kimball 62, Swanville 29

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Friday, January 08, 2010

On tap for tonight - annual Jaguars Wrestling Invitational at the high school, 3:30 start time

The Jaguars Wrestling team will host a handful of area teams at their tournament, beginning at 3:30 this afternoon. Ottertail Central (Battle Lake/Henning coop), MACCRAY, Sauk Centre, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Becker, and Section 5A favorite Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City will all be in town.

K-M-S is the two-time defending champion, while A-C-GC last won the title of this tournament in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Becker was the 2004 champion.

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