Sunday, February 28, 2010

Jaguars Girls Basketball story from last week

Jaguars girls basketball has 3-0 week

Getting hot at the right time with playoffs looming on the horizon, the B-B-E Jaguars girls basketball team swept all three opponents last week, picking up two close wins in Central Minnesota Conference action over Pierz and Eden Valley-Watkins.

This week the Jaguars (5-6 CMC, 9-14) host Rockford on Tuesday night, Maple Lake on Thursday, and Kimball Area on Friday to cap the regular season.

Sub-Section 6A-South playoffs begin on March 1 with the play-in round. Quarterfinal action begins on March 4.

  • B-B-E 50, Osakis 29

After building a 30-19 halftime lead, the Jaguars went up 38-21 with a Julie Hieserich three-pointer and then 46-25 on a paint shot from Rachel Anderson to run away with the game at Osakis (7-15). Anderson's double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds led a balanced attack, with eight Jaguars scoring on the night.

B-B-E scoring: Julie Hieserich 8 (5 assists), Maggie Gruber 4, Ashley Kirckof 3, Raeann Sorenson 5 (5 assists), Lauren Anderson 9 (12 reb), Rachel Anderson 17 (11 reb), Shannon Gruber 2, Shyan Kuefler 2.

  • B-B-E 52, Pierz 44

A strong night on the boards, combined with 22-of-33 free throw shooting, helped the Jaguars return from Pierz with a much-needed win. Julie Hieserich's 15 points and two three-pointers led the attack, as the Jaguars led by double digits at the break, up 29-18.

B-B-E scoring: Hieserich 15, M. Gruber 8, Sorenson 4, L. Anderson 10, R. Anderson 9 (8 reb), S. Gruber 4, Kuefler 2.

  • B-B-E 34, Eden Valley-Watkins 30

In a tight ball game that stood at a 9-9 deadlock at halftime, the Jaguars pulled ahead with three minutes left on two Raeann Sorenson free throws. The sophomore guard made her final seven free throws and went 9-of-10 from the line in the game,
as she led the Jaguars with 13 points.

The other Jaguar scoring in double figures, Lauren Anderson, posted a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, they held the Eagles (7-5 CMC, 9-12) to
10-of-54 shooting from the floor.

B-B-E scoring: Hieserich 1, M. Gruber 2, Kirckof 3, Sorenson 13, L. Anderson 11 (11 reb), R. Anderson 2 (10 reb), Kuefler 2.

**Playoff notes:
The Jaguars host 9th-seeded Hillcrest Lutheran Academy of Fergus Falls on Monday night, March 1, at 7:00pm. The Comets got blown away in their regular season finale when they traveled to Wheaton on Tuesday, February 23, and went home as 58-30 losers to the Wheaton/Herman-Norcross Warriors.

The Comets finished 3-9 in the Little Eight Conference, good for 6th place in the seven-team league.

Here's a story about their loss at Wheaton:

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Cole Tensen and Travis Winter winning Section 5A championship titles

Cole Tensen winning the 145-pound championship, in which he defeated a very good Victor Lumley of Holdingford in a 9-4 decision.

Travis Winter winning the 160-pound championship.

Both are the first section wrestling champions at B-B-E since 2006, when Danny Borgerding and Travis Rath won section titles.

The Sauk Centre Herald website has an online photo gallery with over a hundred photos from the Section 5A wrestling tournament. The link is:

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Jaguars Wrestling is back at State for the second straight year as seniors Cole Tensen and Travis Winter win Section 5A titles today

Senior Cole Tensen in action during the 145-pound championship match.

Senior Travis Winter in action during the 160-pound championship match.

In a very exciting and action-packed Section 5A individual wrestling tournament, the Jaguars wrestling team put eight grapplers in the Finals Round, with two emerging as section champions.

At 145 pounds, senior Cole Tensen won the championship match in a 9-4 decision.

At 160 pounds, senior Travis Winter won the championship match with a very intense 4-3 win.

Other placewinners for the Jaguars: Ross Rath, 3rd place at 103. Tyler Tensen, 6th place at 112. Brent Goodenbour, 3rd place at 135. Patrick Rooney, 4th place at 140. Dillon Knutson, 5th place at 152.

Ben Borgerding wrestled in the 5th place match, but I left before it was completed.
**Borgerding won the fifth place match by a 7-6 score over Mitch Zastrow of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. His winning finish in the 171-pound division of the Section 5A tournament was a great way to cap his junior season.

All in all, it was a very good weekend on the mats for the Jaguars.

**Update on State Tournament info for the Jaguars, which opens on Wednesday night, March 3, at 8:00pm at the Xcel Energy Center in St.Paul...

Tensen (33-3) opens the State Tournament facing Pipestone Area's Jadon Evans (26-11), a junior who was the runner-up in the Section 3A tournament 145-pound division.

Winter (35-2) opens the State Tournament facing United South Central's Dylan Thisius (32-6), a senior who was runner-up in the Section 2A tournament 160-pound division.

A Minnesota National Guard Colorguard presentation was held during the National Anthem, prior to the Championship Round of the section tournament.

A quick sidenote on girls basketball playoffs...
Results out of the top eight of Sub-Section 3A-North:
Canby 50, Ortonville 36
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 60, Dawson-Boyd 56 (Fighting Saints pull off a mild upset)
Minneota 68, Central MN Christian 47
MACCRAY 66, Wabasso 60 (the sub-.500 Rabbits rain the 3's on the Wolverines but come up short)

Much, much more will follow on Sunday morning, including Youtube video clips from today's Section 5A wrestling action.

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Jaguars Girls Basketball posts second straight win to cap the regular season, defeats Kimball Area 46-40

Just what the doctor ordered, two straight wins to end the regular season and gain some confidence as Sub-Section 6A-South playoffs approach. The Jaguars girls basketball team defeated visiting Kimball Area 46-40 on Friday night to end the regular season 11-15 overall and 7-7 (4th) in the Central Minnesota Conference.

The Jaguars were led by sophomore forward Shyan Kuefler's 11 points, while as a team, they out-rebounded the Cubs by a 33-20 margin. Senior center Lauren Anderson was the other Jaguar in double figures, tallying 10 points and eight rebounds.

Kimball didn't help their cause, shooting only 1-of-9 from the charity stripe.

The Cubs enter Section 5AA action with a 12-12 overall record; they went 4-10 in CMC play, tied with Pierz for 6th place. Kimball actually received the #3 seed in Sub-Section 5AA-North - it's got a pretty bad bunch of teams in the bottom half. Maple Lake, who finished dead last in the CMC and is only 5-19 overall, will actually have a home playoff game to start 5AA playoffs as the #4 seed. The Irish will host #5-seed Zimmerman, who went 3-22 in the regular season and actually defeated Maple Lake back on December 15 (however, that was the last time Zimmerman won, they are on a 20-game slide!).

Eden Valley-Watkins, just 10-14 overall, is the #2 seed in 5AA-North. They finished 8-6 in the CMC, good for 3rd place alone. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, 22-4 overall, went 14-0 in the CMC for their first conference championship; they are the #1 seed in 5AA-South.

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results:
@ Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 71, Holdingford 63
Eden Valley-Watkins 41, @ Maple Lake 10
Rockford 70, @ Pierz 40

Final Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball standings:
1 - Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (14-0)
2 - Rockford (11-3)
3 - Eden Valley-Watkins (8-6)
4 - B-B-E (7-7)
4 - Holdingford (7-7)
6 - Kimball Area (4-10)
6 - Pierz (4-10)
8 - Maple Lake (1-13)

**On Saturday night this weekend, the Jaguars boys basketball team hosts 5-14 Parkers Prairie in a sub-section game at 3:00pm. The Varsity game is set to begin at about 4:30. The Panthers are 4-8 in the Little Eight Conference, good for 6th place in the 7-team league.

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball teams:
Ashby 80, Parkers Prairie 61
Battle Lake 64, Brandon-Evansville 46
Hancock 64, Henning 53
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 70, Rothsay 37
Rosholt 65, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 53 (a big upset loss for C-G-B, and hopefully it assures them a seed no higher than 3rd in the sub-section)

Area boys basketball results:
Upsala 72, Eagle Valley 66
MACCRAY 71, Minneota 65 (Vikings give undefeated MACCRAY a scare)
Holdingford 51, St. John's Prep 47
Hawley 70, West Central Area 60
Eden Valley-Watkins 62, Paynesville Area 58
Big Lake 57, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 47
Albany 63, St. Cloud Cathedral 42
BOLD 75, A-C-GC 42
Montevideo 76, Benson 62
MACCRAY 71, Minneota 65
Minnewaska Area 68, Melrose 56
Willmar 61, Little Falls 56

Area girls basketball results:
Melrose Area 46, Osakis 35
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 57, Browerville 35
West Central Area 62, Brandon-Evansville 61 (a wild win in Barrett)

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Section 5A wrestling tournament is underway at the Sauk Centre High School

Sophomore Dillon Knutson is wrestling in the video clip.

Action begins on Day 2 at Noon in Sauk Centre.

Jaguars Wrestling is at the Section 5A individual tournament at Sauk Centre today

Action begins at 4:00pm on Friday night and continues on Saturday at the Sauk Centre high school. On Saturday the tournament continues at 12:00 Noon.

A clip of Travis Winter winning at Minnewaska a couple weeks ago.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Jaguars boys basketball blow away another Central Minnesota Conference team, beating Pierz 73-52 on the road - Girls basketball drubs Maple Lake 54-32

Rachel Anderson (#20) led the Jaguars on the boards tonight against Maple Lake, hauling in nine rebounds. Lauren Anderson (#14), shown flanking Kimball's Amanda Wittenberg in a January 26th game, led the Jaguars in scoring with 14 points and eight rebounds against Maple Lake tonight. They entertain Kimball on Friday night this week, looking to cap a series sweep over the Cubs.

The Jaguars girls basketball team won its 10th game of the season while improving to 6-7 in the Central Minnesota Conference with a 54-32 win over the visiting Maple Lake Irish.

Senior center Lauren Anderson led the Jaguars with 14 points and eight rebounds. She scored 10 of the team's first 16 points of the game, all on field goals, as the Jaguars jumped in front 16-6 with Anderson's strong play down low.

Maple Lake falls to 1-12 in the Central Minnesota Conference and 5-18 overall.

The Jaguars girls host Kimball Area on Friday night in the final game of the regular season. They look to cap a series sweep over the Cubs; they defeated Kimball 69-58 on January 26. Kimball Area just defeated Pierz 58-43 on Tuesday night, snapping a five-game losing streak to bring their overall record to 12-11 (4-9 CMC).

A final score out of Pierz tonight: B-B-E 73, Pierz 52. It is the biggest margin of victory that a B-B-E boys basketball team has ever had at Pierz.

Not only that, but the win marks the second 20+ win season in a row for the Jaguars, and the fourth overall in B-B-E school history. The 2001-2002 squad finished 21-3 before playoffs, the 2002-2003 squad was 20-5 before playoffs, and last year's team was 22-4 going into Sub-Section 6AA-East play.

Most impressive in tonight's win was that they trailed 33-31 at halftime and then proceeded to punish the Pioneers in the second half, outscoring their hosts by a 42-19 margin. Five Jaguars scored nine or more points, led by Kevin Kuefler's 20 points, nine rebounds, and six assists.

**In a colossal upset tonight in Sauk Centre, the host Mainstreeters girls basketball team lost their second straight game, falling to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 45-29.

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results:
Eden Valley-Watkins 60, Holdingford 33
Maple Lake 65, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 61
Rockford 61, Kimball Area 55

Area boys basketball results:
Osakis 54, Upsala 51 (a huge win for Osakis over the state-ranked Cardinals)
New London-Spicer 91, Foley 79
Minnewaska 77, YME 50
LQPV 75, A-C-GC 52
RTR 77, RCW 36

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball teams:
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 77, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 38

Area girls basketball results:
Willmar 74, Little Falls 50
Minnewaska 66, Melrose 50
Benson 75, Osakis 48
Braham 85, Pierz 34

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball teams:
Hancock 52, Barnesville 38
Bertha-Hewitt 50, Underwood 36
Brandon-Evansville 75, Henning 45
Parkers Prairie 80, Sebeka 64 (a huge win for the Panthers)

Section 3A girls basketball playoffs:
Central MN Christian 65, Lincoln HI 37
Ellsworth 41, Southwest Star Concept 40
Hills-Beaver Creek 58, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 39
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 85, E.C.H.O. Charter 27
Ortonville 50, Lakeview 49
Red Rock Central 60, Round Lake-Brewster 50
Wabasso 68, Renville County West 44

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Jaguars girls basketball builds large early lead at home against Maple Lake, leads 30-12 at halftime

The Jaguars girls basketball team went up 18-6 over the visiting Maple Lake Irish with just over eight minutes to go before halftime.

The Jaguars jumped out to a commanding 38-16 lead on an Ashley Kirckof three-pointer in the second half.

With under eight minutes left in the game, the Jaguars lead was 40-26, after a 10-2 run by the Irish.

Jaguars Girls Basketball is on the air tonight, hosting Maple Lake, covered by The Train 106.5 FM

The Jaguars girls basketball team looks to end the regular season with two wins, beginning tonight (Thursday) when they host the Maple Lake Irish in a Central Minnesota Conference game.

The game will be aired on The Train, 106.5 FM of Norway Lake, with Bill Dean and Don Leukam providing play-by-play coverage.

The Jaguars boys basketball team travels to Pierz for a tough CMC battle against the Pioneers.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Clips from the Jaguars boys basketball's 88-72 win at Paynesville Area

Coming later this first "Blast from the past" commentary where I'll reminisce from noteworthy Jaguars boys basketball games from years gone by. I'll highlight an ugly 80-76 double-overtime loss that the Jaguars suffered at Paynesville in late February of 2002.

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Hot off the press - Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball seedings, Jaguars are ranked #8 in the 11-team group

Below are the seedings.

New York Mills is the #1 seed in Sub-Section 6A-North.

More info will be posted later tonight.

The Jaguars girls basketball team will host #9-seeded Hillcrest Lutheran Academy of Fergus Falls in a play-in game on Monday, March 1 at 7:00pm at the B-B-E High School. If they win, they will face #1-seeded and state-ranked Parkers Prairie in Parkers Prairie on Thursday, March 4.

My 2 cents: The Jaguars really got the SHAFT at seeding time. I don't have many good things to say about Little Eight Conference coaches right now! They certainly deserved a #7 seed, ahead of Wheaton/Herman-Norcross.

Hillcrest Lutheran Academy is 9-15 overall and 3-9 in the Little Eight Conference, good for 6th place in the 7-team league.

1 - Parkers Prairie

2 - Brandon/Evansville

3- Hancock

4 - Battle Lake

5 - Underwood

6 - Ashby

7 - Wheaton/Herman-Norcross

8 - B-B-E

9 - Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (Fergus Falls)

10 - Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley

11 - Henning

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Both basketball teams lead by 4 at halftime tonight - Jaguars girls are stung by one-point loss to Rockford while Boys throttle Paynesville 88-72

B-B-E's Matt Goodwin and Brent Koehler collide with Paynesville's Matt Frenchick while going for a rebound under the Bulldogs' basket in a wild first half. It was a typical "border battle" where the records could be discarded at tip-off.

Kevin Kuefler stops in the lane for a shot attempt at Paynesville tonight, in a game won by the Jaguars 88-72.

The Jaguars girls basketball team took on the mantle of "heartbreak kids" tonight when they fell in a home game to Rockford by a 56-55 score in a Central Minnesota Conference game. The Jaguars are now 9-15 overall and 5-7 in the CMC going into the final two games of the regular season.

At halftime, the Rockets led 35-31. The Jaguars kept within striking distance in the second half, finally pulling ahead with 90 seconds left by a 55-54 margin on a field goal from Ashley Kirckof. With 14 seconds on the clock they missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity at the free throw line. On the missed free throw, a Rockets player was fouled on the rebound attempt to bring a bonus shooting opportunity for Rockford. She promptly sank both shots to give her team a come-from-behind win to make the 78-mile trip back down Highway 55 much easier.

Rockford's girls basketball team improves to 18-7 overall and 10-3 in the Central Minnesota Conference. They have 2nd place in the CMC locked up behind champion Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

The Jaguars girls basketball teams's next game is on Thursday night at home against Maple Lake. That game will be aired on 106.5 FM The Train.

The Jaguars boys basketball team led 44-40 at halftime at Paynesville in a non-conference game. After going up 21-14 with 10:00 left in the first half, the Jaguars fell into a lull on both ends of the court, letting Paynesville take a 24-22 lead at the 7:38 mark with a three-point shot.

After Kevin Kuefler's two free throws tied the game, consecutive shots by Bennett Weller in the paint and beyond the three-point line put the Jaguars up 29-24 at the 5:40 mark. They didn't let up there, as shots in the paint from Connor Goodwin and Kuefler capped an 11-0 run for the Jaguars.

Ultimately, the Jaguars throttled the Bulldogs in a high-scoring affair, winning 88-72 at the final buzzer. They drained 6 three-pointers in the second half (10 overall) in which they outscored the Bulldogs 44-32. Five of the seven Jaguars who scored hit double figures.

An offense that puts 44 points on the board in each half of a basketball game will put a pile of "W's in the win/loss column.

Paynesville Area entered the game with a lowly 5-13 record, but they made the Jaguars work in the first half. It was a usual battle between the neighboring rivals, something that's expected when the two meet regardless of either team's record.

An online photo gallery at the Sauk Centre Herald website of pictures from the first half of the Paynesville vs. B-B-E boys basketball game can be found at the following URL:

The Jaguars boys basketball team's next game is at Pierz this Thursday night, where they take on a dangerous 5-18 Pioneers team that has the ability to pull off an upset. They need two more conference wins to clinch a share of the CMC title.

In a game at "Fort Knox" in New London, the New London-Spicer Wildcats girls basketball team knocked off #1 Class AA-ranked Sauk Centre 45-41. The Wildcats led 29-21 at halftime, saw the lead shrink to 29-28, then pulled away for a period before the Mainstreeters came storming back. It was too little, too late, though, as the Wildcats hung on for the close win.

You can read more on the Sauk-NLS game at the Sauk Centre Herald's "Streeter Blog" =

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results:
Holdingford 54, Maple Lake 44
Kimball 58, Pierz 43

Area girls basketball results:
Canby 54, MACCRAY 53
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 50, Lac qui Parle Valley 41
Holy Family Catholic 65, Eden Valley-Watkins 33
Montevideo 57, Yellow Medicine East 47
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 60, Minnewaska Area 55
Browerville 41, Osakis 36
Buffalo Lake-Hector 74, BOLD 53
Melrose Area 49, Mora 41
Benson 70, Paynesville Area 36

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball teams:
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 58, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 30
Brandon-Evansville 71, Ortonville 50

Area boys basketball scores:
Sebeka 80, Upsala 53
Yellow Medicine East 61, BOLD 46
MACCRAY 81, Redwood Valley 47
Albany 60, St. Cloud Cathedral 48
West Central Area 70, Pelican Rapids 63
Melrose Area 78, Foley 53
Maple Lake 66, Royalton 61
Sauk Centre 62, Holdingford 41
Benson 88, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 65
Bertha-Hewitt 45, Osakis 43
Dawson-Boyd 55, Lac qui Parle Valley 52
Foley 69, Pierz 54
Mora 75, St. Cloud Cathedral 65

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball teams:
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 64, Brandon-Evansville 31
Ashby 45, Underwood 38
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 79, Hancock 59 (the Warriors may have clinched the #4 seed in the sub-section with this blowout win over the Owls)
Battle Lake 52, Parkers Prairie 38

Later today, two Youtube video clips will be posted from the first half of the B-B-E/Paynesville boys basketball game.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

B-B-E boys basketball story from last week

Junior guard Bennett Weller drained 17 points against Rockford on February 11. He also nailed four three-pointers during the Jaguars' 91-59 win over Ashby last Thursday night.

In a pure shootout at Rockford on February 11, the Jaguars boys basketball team made the most of their lone game of the week by hammering the Rockets in a Central Minnesota Conference clash. With their high-octane offense running at full strength, junior Kevin Kuefler's 28 points led the Jaguars to a 90-76 win.

Last week the Jaguars (18-3, 10-1 CMC) whipped Kimball Area 84-53 and Ashby 91-59.

Their non-conference game at Paynesville Area (4-9 West Central North, 5-12) is re-scheduled for this week Tuesday, February 23. They travel to Pierz on Thursday for a tough game against the a dangerous Pioneers team (5-6 CMC, 5-17).

  • B-B-E 90, Rockford 76

Another hot night from field goal range fueled the Jaguars to a 48-39 halftime lead, as they shot 57% from the floor (3-of-5 beyond the arc) to help overcome 15-of-30 free throw shooting. Four Jaguars hit double figures in the blowout win, with senior Matt Goodwin having an outstanding all-around game with 14 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 blocked shots.

Rockford fell to 5-4 in the CMC with the loss. They are now 6-5 in the CMC and 8-15 overall.

B-B-E scoring: Bennett Weller 17 (5 reb), Kevin Kuefler 28 (4 steals), Matt Goodwin 14 (6 reb 9 assists 4 steals 3 blocks), Brady Koehler 13 (5 assists), Brandon DeKok 6 (5 reb), Kirby Montbriand 8, Connor Goodwin 4.

**This week the Jaguars girls basketball team hosts Rockford on Tuesday night in a CMC game. The Rockets currently hold down 2nd place in the CMC at 9-3 (17-7 overall).

On Thursday the Jaguars host Maple Lake, in a game that will be aired on 106.5 FM. The next night, Kimball Area comes to town for the final regular season game.

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Saturday Prep basketball results

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results:
Rockford 57, Eden Valley-Watkins 49

Area boys basketball results:
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 71, Ortonville 30
BOLD 70, Minnewaska Area 69
Dawson-Boyd 69, Yellow Medicine East 64 (since defeating the Jaguars, the Blackjacks have won 6 in a row)
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 68, Milaca 65
Lac qui Parle Valley 86, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 43
MACCRAY 90, Benson 59
Osakis 35, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 32

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball results:
Battle Lake 45, Lidgerwood (N.D.) 36
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 63, Lisbon (N.D.) 53
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 58, Hankinson (N.D.) 49
Upsala 76, Underwood 53

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball teams:
Bertha-Hewitt 58, Parkers Prairie 56 (the Panthers lose for only the 2nd time of the year on a Bears' buzzer-beater)
Hancock 53, Minnewaska Area 50
Underwood 60, Upsala 57

Area girls basketball results:
Buffalo Lake-Hector 60, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 45
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 70, Milaca 28
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 53, Osakis 52

Friday, February 19, 2010

Jaguars girls basketball defeats Eden Valley-Watkins

The Jaguars won 34-30 over the visiting Eagles, extending their winning streak to three in a row. Incredibly, the score was 9-9 at halftime. This win marks the first time in school history that the Jaguars girls basketball team has swept the season series from Eden Valley-Watkins. They are now 5-6 in the CMC and 9-14 overall, with a real shot at climbing to third place in the league if they win out on the schedule.

Lauren Anderson posted another double double (11 points, 11 rebounds), while Raeann Sorenson led the Jaguars in scoring with 13 points and 9-of-10 free throw shooting.

Eden Valley-Watkins falls to 7-5 in the CMC and 9-12 overall.

Here's my attempt at embedding a Youtube clip, taken during the final minute of the Jaguars' 50-29 win at Osakis last Tuesday...

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results:
Kimball Area 55, Pierz 48
Maple Lake 77, Holdingford 53

Wrestling playoff results:
Section 5A
Paynesville Area 35, Eden Valley-Watkins 18
A-C-GC 40, Kimball Area 20
Championship: Paynesville Area 33, A-C-GC 22 (A-C-GC's run of 6 straight state tournament trips ends - they won the state titles in 2007) Paynesville Area last reached the state tournament in 2001.

Section 7A
Championship: Mille Lacs 46, Royalton/Upsala 19
Semi-final round: Mille Lacs 34, Aitkin 28 - Royalton/Upsala 36, Pierz 28

In Section 6AA, Foley defeated NL-S 36-19 in the championship match.

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball teams:
Battle Lake 57, Underwood 41
Bertha-Hewitt 57, Ashby 54
Brandon-Evansville 77, Rothsay 42
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 76, Hancock 68
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 69, Parkers Prairie 33

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball teams:
Battle Lake 50, Henning 41

Area girls basketball results:
Minnewaska 59, BOLD 53 OT
A-C-GC 47, Morris/Chokio-Alberta 38
Aitkin 47, Pierz 41
Albany 80, Foley 60
Holdingford 48, Osakis 36
Montevideo 53, Paynesville Area 39
New London-Spicer 36, Mora 33 (Wow!)
Pelican Rapids 75, West Central Area 62
Sauk Centre 64, Melrose 30
Yellow Medicine East 52, Lac qui Parle Valley 45

Area boys basketball results:
New London-Spicer 83, Mora 67
Minnewaska Area 63, Sauk Centre 52
Osakis 50, Royalton 46

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Jaguars girls basketball picks up a much-needed win at always-tough Pierz 52-44, Boys basketball scorches Ashby 91-59

The Jaguars girls basketball team made the most of a long road trip to Pierz tonight, as they picked up their 8th win of the season by a 52-44 margin over the Pioneers (9-13, 4-8 CMC). Seven players hit the scoring column for the Jaguars, led by junior Julie Hieserich's 15 points and two three-pointers.

The Jaguars, who led 29-18 at halftime, improve to 4-6 in the Central Minnesota Conference.

Up next: the Jaguars girls basketball team hosts Eden Valley-Watkins on Friday night in a CMC game. The Eagles (7-4 CMC, 9-11) are vastly improved from the last time the two teams met on January 7, when the Jaguars picked up their first win of the season in Eden Valley 53-34.

All four games remaining on the schedule for the Jaguars are home conference games, and they have a chance at running the table. A 12-14 overall record and 8-6 in the CMC would look very good going into the Sub-Section 6A-South tournament. They have a real shot at moving from 9th place in the sub-section to as high as 6th or 7th when seeding takes place later this month.

In a home game tonight, the Jaguars boys basketball team improved to 18-3 overall with a 91-59 over the sub-section Ashby Arrows (8-11). After leading 30-14 at halftime, the Jaguars cranked up the after-burners and proceeded to outscore the Arrows 61-45 in the second half. A total of 13 players scored for the Jaguars - the entire team.

Kevin Kuefler scored a team-high 25 points, with fellow junior Bennett Weller leading the team beyond the arc with four three-pointers.

Up next: the Jaguars boys basketball team travels to Paynesville next Tuesday for a non-conference game.

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 59, Maple Lake 20 (Lakers clinch first-ever CMC title)
Eden Valley-Watkins 45, Holdingford 39
Rockford 73, Kimball Area 38

Area boys basketball results:
NL-S 84, Albany 78
K-M-S 70, BL-H 54
Dawson-Boyd 70, Ortonville 58
Alexandria 60, Willmar 48
Morris/Chokio-Alberta 66, BOLD 44
Montevideo 82, A-C-GC 56
Paynesville 74, LQPV 70
Benson 68, Yellow Medicine East 39
Perham 72, West Central Area 58

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball teams:
Hancock 64, Underwood 51
Barnesville 50, Ada-Borup 46 (Ada-Borup is in the north half, they're 16-4)
Brandon-Evansville 59, Battle Lake 46
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 54, Rothsay 39
Parkers Prairie 64, Ashby 27

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball teams:
Park Christian 76, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 58

Area girls basketball scores:
Benson 58, Montevideo 47
MACCRAY 65, Renville County West 37
Dawson-Boyd 59, K-M-S 57
Upsala 61, Browerville 42

More will follow on Friday morning.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Coming up Thursday for the Jaguars

On Thursday night, the Jaguars boys basketball team hosts Ashby (5-5 Little Eight Conference, 8-10) in a non-conference game. Ashby is a fellow member of Sub-Section 6A-South, and sits 8th in the standings out of 11 teams. The Jaguars arguably rank #1, with Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (15-2) and Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (12-2) also currently in the mix for the top seed.

You can read a story about Ashby's win over Verndale on Tuesday night by clicking here:

Also on Thursday night, the Jaguars girls basketball team is in action, as they travel to Pierz (9-12, 4-7 CMC) for a conference game against the Pioneers.

The following night, the Jaguars girls host Eden Valley-Watkins in another conference game. It marks the first game of a four-game homestand that will cap the regular season.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Jaguars Wrestling loses playoff opener to Browerville/Eagle Valley

Senior Cole Tensen won by fall in 1:01 during the Jaguars' 49-22 play-in round loss of the Section 5A tournament. He'll take a 33-3 record into the individual section tournament, coming February 26-27 at Sauk Centre high school.

The Jaguars wrestling team lost in the play-in round of Section 5A to #8-seeded Browerville/Eagle Valley tonight by a 49-22 score.

In the Section 5A quarterfinals, the Broncos fell to top-seeded A-C-GC by a 60-16 score.

In the other brackets of Section 5A:
#5 seed Osakis crushed last-seed (#12) Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 70-12. The Silverstreaks were then blasted by #4-seed Kimball Area 51-18.

#6 Minnewaska forfeited their match against #11 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted. HL-W-W was then crushed by #3 seed Eden Valley-Watkins 55-13.

#7 Holdingford beat up #10 Sauk Centre 47-21. In the quarterfinals, the Huskers were defeated by #2 Paynesville 37-19.

Section 5A play-in match between Browerville/Eagle Valley and B-B-E:
*Browerville/Eagle Valley 49, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 22

103 Ross Rath (BBE) Fall Adam Sutlief (B/EV) 1:31
112 Randy Shamp (B/EV) Maj. Dec. Tyler Tensen (BBE) 12-0
119 Travis Borchert (B/EV) Fall Austin Jaeger (BBE) 1:21
125 Preston Irsfeld (B/EV) Fall Matt Schmitz (BBE) 1:51
130 Daniel Rooney (BBE) Maj. Dec. Tylor Kent (B/EV) 12-4
135 Brent Goodenbour (BBE) Fall Brent Sadlo (B/EV) 3:51
140 Brad Schettler (B/EV) Dec. Patrick Rooney (BBE) 7-6 (team score 16-19)
145 Cole Tensen (BBE) Fall Clayton Noland (B/EV) 1:01
152 Nate Becker (B/EV) Dec. Dillion Knutson (BBE) 8-3
160 Lucas Kalina (B/EV) Fall Eric Swenson (BBE) 3:40
171 Justin Bollin (B/EV) Dec. Ben Borgerding (BBE) 4-1
189 Dominic Eckel (B/EV) Fall Eric Speldrich (BBE) 4:15
215 John Wood (B/EV) Won by Forfeit
285 Nick Parteka (B/EV) Won by Forfeit

More will follow later on Wednesday.

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Jaguars Hoops are both winners tonight on the hardcourt - Boys rough up Kimball 84-53, Girls thump Osakis 50-29

Rachel Anderson spins near the baseline to get a tough shot off during the Jaguars' 50-29 win over non-conference Osakis tonight. She led the team with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The Jaguars girls basketball team picked up their 7th win of the season with a convincing 50-29 win at Osakis. The Silverstreaks are a young team, enduring a rare losing season, and they fall to 7-13 overall with the loss.

The Jaguars (7-14) expanded on a single-digit lead at halftime to go up 30-19. A three-point play by Raeann Sorenson only three minutes into the second half made it 33-21. Four minutes later, a Julie Hieserich three-pointer put the Jaguars on top 38-21 and they never looked back.

The Jaguars boys basketball team is now 10-1 in the Central Minnesota Conference (17-3 overall) after a huge 84-53 win over visiting Kimball Area (2-8 CMC, 6-12). The game was aired on The Train 106.5FM.

Nine Jaguars scored in the big win over the Cubs, led by Kevin Kuefler's 29 points.

**In a very thrilling game at Minnewaska Area tonight, the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta boys basketball team survived a scare from the host Lakers, as the Tigers scored on a buzzer-beater to win 67-66. The Lakers held a one-point lead with 11 seconds left, but went 0-for-2 at the free throw line to give MA/CA a chance.

Albany survived a scare from Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in boys basketball: Albany 41, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 40. (The Thunder were hosts)

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results:
Pierz 88, Rockford 80
Holdingford 55, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 44 (a huge win for the Huskers!)

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball teams:
Brandon-Evansville 61, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 43
Hancock 63, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 37
Parkers Prairie 74, Battle Lake 30 (ouch!)
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 49, Rosholt (S.D.) 34

Area boys basketball results:
Melrose 74, Sauk Centre 61
Osakis 58, Browerville 43
Montevideo 73, Lac qui Parle Valley 62
BOLD 77, Yellow Medicine East 54

More will follow on Wednesday morning.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday night basketball scores

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball final:
Maple Lake 44, Eden Valley-Watkins 41

Area boys basketball results:
Benson 90, Paynesville 82

Area girls basketball results:
NL-S 69, LPGE 34
Minnewaska Area 68, Paynesville Area 35

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball teams:
Hancock 71, Benson 69

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Coming this week for the Jaguars

Wrestling: Tuesday night, the Jaguars wrestling travels to A-C-GC High School in Grove City for the Section 5A play-in round. They take on #8-seeded Browerville/Eagle Valley (17-9) at 6pm.

**The Section 5A bracket can be viewed online at:

Girls basketball: Tuesday night the Jaguars travel to Osakis (6-5 Prairie, 7-12), Thursday night they are at Pierz (9-12, 4-7 CMC), and then Friday they host Eden Valley-Watkins (6-4 CMC, 8-11).

Boys basketball: Tuesday night the Jaguars host Kimball Area (2-7 CMC, 6-11) in a game that will be aired on The Train 106.5 FM. On Thursday they host sub-section Ashby (5-5 Little Eight Conference, 7-10 overall)

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

In the premier matchup of the basketball season, NL-S whips Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta, final score 89-68

It's ugly in New London.

I heard that a few minutes into the second half, NL-S led 60-35.

With about 8:00 left, the Wildcats led 74-50.

The state-rankings are living up to their billing tonight, as the Wildcats are ranked #1 in Class AA.

MA/CA has some work to do before they meet NL-S again.

**Out west at the University of Minnesota-Morris fieldhouse, the Hancock Owls girls basketball team (15-3) suffered only their third loss of the season in the Pheasant/Little Eight Conference shootout, falling by a 67-59 score to Parkers Prairie. Their 11-game winning streak was halted in the process.

Parkers Prairie improved to 18-1 overall.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Jaguars Girls Basketball stung by last-second shot by Holdingford in a home CMC game, 41-39

The Jaguars girls basketball team lost 41-39 to Holdingford tonight. It's a broken record - another heartbreaking loss. They were stung on a last-second rebound putback by the Huskers, who improve to 6-5 in the Central Minnesota Conference and 12-9 overall.

Holdingford didn't score their first points of the game until the 7:58 mark in the first half. The Jaguars had built a 6-0 lead by that point, as both teams were playing near-flawless defense. A Huskers' field goal at the 7:30 mark in the first half made it 6-4, and Holdingford went on to pull in front 18-14 by halftime.

With 4:36 left in the second half, the Jaguars led 34-32. Two free throws by the Huskers' talented senior center Rachel Nelson tied the game.

Holdingford took a 39-37 lead into the final minute of the game. With 42 seconds left, the Jaguars took a timeout after the Huskers went 0/2 at the free throw line.

After the Jaguars worked down the clock while managing to hang onto possession, sophomore Raeann Sorenson fired up a tough baseline shot with heavy pressure, it crawled over the front rim to tie the game at 39-39 with 5.4 seconds left.

Holdingford fired a long pass downcourt, where senior guard Nicole Berscheid put up a driving shot that rimmed out. Senior guard Stephanie Hellmann quickly put back the rebound and scored with less than a second on the clock.
Game over.

Senior Rachel Anderson's double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds led the Jaguars, who are now 3-6 in the CMC and 6-14 overall.

I look for the Jaguars to light up Osakis next Tuesday night in Osakis for a non-conference game. Another close loss will only provide more motivation to take it out on a struggling Silverstreaks team that is 7-12 overall and 6-5 in the Prairie Conference.

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 65, Kimball Area 39
Pierz 58, Maple Lake 29
Rockford 66, Eden Valley-Watkins 56

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball teams:
Hancock 69, Ashby 36
Henning 56, Rothsay 46

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball teams:
Battle Lake 63, Rothsay 27
Browerville 51, Parkers Prairie 48
Hancock 68, Central MN Christian 66
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 68, Ashby 30
Underwood 49, Brandon-Evansville 44

Area boys basketball results:
Albany 56, Melrose 54 (the Dutchmen give their neighboring state-ranked rivals a scare - that's what makes border battles exciting)
Breckenridge 69, West Central Area 59
Foley 75, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 66
Isle 61, Upsala 50
Mora 59, Sauk Centre 50
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 82, Lac qui Parle Valley 53
New London-Spicer 68, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 51
Ortonville 68, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 66
Staples-Motley 59, Minnewaska Area 46
Yellow Medicine East 65, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 60

Area girls basketball results:
Eagle Valley 53, Osakis 45
Benson 60, Montevideo 32
Minneota 68, MACCRAY 52
Sauk Centre 51, Mora 32
West Central Area 65, Breckenridge 31

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Jaguars Girls Basketball is on the air tonight, hosting Holdingford, covered by The Train 106.5 FM

The Jaguars look to improve on their 6-13 overall record. They are 3-5 in the Central Minnesota Conference.

Jaguars Wrestling falls at Minnewaska 40-33

The Jaguars team welcomes Travis Winter back to the huddle after he won by pin at the 152-pound division.

Junior Ben Borgerding moves for a takedown in the 171-pound division, which he won.

The Jaguars fell short in their bid for a eighth dual meet victory to cap the regular season. After trailing 18-6 after four matches, the Jaguars made a rally to take a 23-22 lead following the 152-pound match, won by sophomore Dillon Knutson. They stretched the lead out to a 33-22 margin with a pin by Travis Winter and a major decision from Ben Borgerding.

The Lakers closed out the dual by winning the final three matches.

B-B-E will take a 7-15 overall record into Section 5A action, beginning next Tuesday night at 6pm at the A-C-GC High School in Grove City. The #9-seeded Jaguars take on #8-seeded Browerville/Eagle Valley. The Broncos are 17-9 in dual meets.

The top individual records for the Jaguars are held by seniors Travis Winter (32-2) and Cole Tensen (32-3).

Travis Winter (160-pounds) is set to begin his match in the video clip below. He ultimately won by pin.

A couple Youtube clips have been uploaded from the meet. The link is:

Photos from the Minnewaska meet are being uploaded on Sunday to the Sauk Centre Herald's photo gallery:

Thursday night results from the Sauk Centre Quadrangular:
Paynesville Area 31, Perham 18
Paynesville Area 57, Parkers Prairie 10
Paynesville Area 52, Sauk Centre 11
Perham 42, B-B-E 31
B-B-E 49, Parkers Prairie 27
B-B-E 42, Sauk Centre 27

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Jaguars Boys Basketball wins a shootout at Rockford, 90-76 - Jaguars Girls basketball squeezes past K-M-S 45-42 in OT

Junior forward Kevin Kuefler poured in 28 points tonight for the Jaguars, as they swept Rockford for only the 2nd time in school history in a 90-76 win.

The Jaguars boys basketball team improved to 16-3 on the season and 9-1 in the Central Minnesota Conference with the win. Four Jaguars in double figures, led by Kevin Kuefler's 28 points, fueled their attack. The visiting Jaguars led 48-39 at halftime.

Rockford is now 5-4 in the CMC and 7-13 overall.

This marks only the 2nd time in school history that the Jaguars boys basketball team has swept Rockford in CMC play. Back in 2001-2002, they also went 2-0 against the Rockets before finishing 12-2 in the league and 23-4 overall.

The Jaguars have four CMC games left on the schedule, all against the 5th-8th place teams in the league. They need to go 3-1 in those games to win at least a share of the championship. Second-place Maple Lake (7-2), meanwhile, still has Rockford and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in their schedule.

**A scheduling note: the Jaguars boys basketball team at Paynesville Area will be made up on Tuesday, February 23. Also, in case anyone was wondering, here's the basic schedule for the Section 6A boys basketball playoffs: March 11 the Jaguars would host a 7pm game, March 13 in a Saturday afternoon game they'd play at the University of Minnesota-Morris, March 16 they'd play again at UM-Morris, March 19 they'd play at Concordia College in Moorhead.

In a home game tonight, the Jaguars girls basketball team dipped Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg below .500 with a 45-42 overtime win. The Jaguars improved to 6-13 with the win, while K-M-S is now 9-10 overall.

A three-point shot by sophomore Raeann Sorenson boosted the Jaguars into a 39-39 tie in the final minute of regulation play. Eight Jaguars scored altogether in a balanced attack, led by double-doubles by the Anderson cousins.

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results:
Holdingford 45, Kimball Area 37 (the Huskers snap a 13-game losing streak)
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 63, Eden Valley-Watkins 56

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results:
Holdingford 53, Pierz 46

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball teams:
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 51, Ortonville 45
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 48, Richland (S.D.) 46

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball teams:
Battle Lake 39, Underwood 34
Parkers Prairie 86, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 32
Brandon-Evansville 65, Rothsay 37

Area boys basketball results:
Staples-Motley 94, Pierz 60
Lac qui Parle Valley 63, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 57
Minnewaska Area 67, Benson 53
Montevideo 60, BOLD 39
Upsala 50, Browerville 34
MACCRAY 100, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 59

Area girls basketball results:
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 58, Yellow Medicine East 56
New London-Spicer 69, Melrose 35
Willmar 69, St. Cloud Tech 43
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 33, BOLD 19
Lac qui Parle Valley 44, Paynesville 18

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Section 5A wrestling pairings are set, Jaguars seeded #9 out of 12 teams

The Jaguars (5-13) will open up against #8 seed Browerville/Eagle Valley on Tuesday, February 16 at 6pm at the A-C-GC High School in Grove City. The winner advances to the Section 5A quarterfinals, which will be held later that same evening.

Osakis and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle will be facing off at the same time at A-C-GC in another play-in match.

For the Jaguars, their #9 seed is a nice improvement over their #12 ranking back in 2009, when they had to open up against then-#5-seeded Minnewaska Area. The Jaguars fell 39-23 in that playoff-opening match.

In 2008, the Jaguars lost 38-31 to Holdingford in the Section 5A opener.

In 2007, the Jaguars won 42-32 over Meadow Creek Christian/Rivers Academy in the play-in round before losing 53-15 to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in the 5A quarterfinals.

Team rankings for Section 5A playoffs:
1. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City
2. Paynesville Area
3. Eden Valley-Watkins
4. Kimball Area
5. Osakis
6. Minnewaska Area
7. Holdingford
8. Browerville-Eagle Valley
9. B-B-E
10. Sauk Centre
11. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted
12. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.

Don't forget, on Friday the Jaguars Wrestling travels to Minnewaska Area for a 5pm dual. The match will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 of Glenwood.

Tonight (Thursday) the Jaguars boys basketball team travels to Rockford for a CMC game against the Rockets. It will be a challenging game. Rockford is 5-3 in the CMC and 7-12 overall. The Jaguars are 15-3 overall and 8-1 in the CMC, holding first place alone as they get into the second half of the conference season.

The Jaguars girls basketball team hosts the 9-9 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Fighting Saints tonight (Thursday) in a non-conference game. They then host 10-9 Holdingford on Friday night in a Central Minnesota Conference game. The Huskers are 4-5 in the CMC, with a half-game lead over the Jaguars for 4th place in the standings.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Alexandria Area Farm Show held yesterday & today at the Viking Plaza Mall

Dave Weller with the Harrison Company (real estate) was one of the numerous vendors who set up camp at the shopping mall in Alexandria for the farm show.

Gas dropped 11 cents today! Woo-Hoo!

Jaguars Wrestling at Minnewaska is re-scheduled to this Friday, Feb. 12 - will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 in Glenwood

The Jaguars wrestling team will get a chance at moving up in the Section 5A standings when they travel to Minnewaska Area this Friday night.

The match will begin at 5pm, with pre-game coverage coming at about 4:45 on 107.1 FM of Glenwood.

As always with Smooth Magic, you can tune in online by visiting their website at

**Smooth Magic has also added the March 5th Jaguars boys basketball game at Eden Valley-Watkins. That game caps the regular season.

I think the weather is finally straightened out! It's a beautiful day outside today.

More will follow later.

Tuesday night prep results

Central Minnesota Conference wrestling:
Eden Valley-Watkins won its second straight CMC championship by squeezing past Kimball Area 38-31 in a triangular held at Kimball. Another score from the Tri, EV-W 46 Sauk Centre 22.

Holdingford 55, Sartell 6
New London-Spicer 40, Annandale/Maple Lake 17

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results:
Howard Lake-Waverly-W. 61, Rockford 44 (HL-W-W dashes Rockford's title hopes, all but locks up the championship with a 10-0 record in the CMC and 17-4 overall)

Maple Lake 39, Kimball 37 (a nice win for the Irish; the Cubs are in a tailspin)

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball result:
Maple Lake 52, Pierz 49 (OT)

Area boys basketball results:
Albany 94, Holdingford 45
Big Lake 72, Rockford 49
Dawson-Boyd 62, Montevideo 60
Foley 65, Sauk Centre 52
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 60, Paynesville Area 55
Lac qui Parle Valley 79, Yellow Medicine East 52
Meadow Creek Christian 48, Eden Valley-Watkins 34
Melrose 64, Mora 53
New London-Spicer 67, St. Cloud Cathedral 45
Osakis 48, Swanville 37

Area girls basketball results:
Albany 58, Mora 47
Benson 51, Lac qui Parle Valley 42
MACCRAY 49, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 35
New London-Spicer 44, Montevideo 24
Osakis 64, Swanville 54
Upsala 74, Eagle Valley 53
West Central Area 57, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 45

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball teams:
Ashby 69, Rothsay 32
Bertha-Hewitt 63, Henning 48
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 61, Battle Lake 41
Parkers Prairie 57, Underwood 35
West Central Area 64, Brandon-Evansville 38

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball teams:
Brandon-Evansville 67, Browerville 47
Hancock 72, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 51
Ortonville 61, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 60 OT (a fun border battle)
Underwood 69, Verndale 52

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

B-B-E schools closed for Tuesday, February 9

A repeat of Monday.

Girls basketball and wrestling events for Tuesday night have been scrubbed.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Jaguars Danceline performs at Section 3A meet on Saturday

Photo courtesy of Adam Hoogenakker, Renville County Register,

For the third year in a row, the Jaguars Danceline team competed in the playoffs, after only their fourth year as a varsity program.

Final team standings in the Jazz Funk division:
2-Yellow Medicine East
3-Renville County West
4-Tracy Milroy Balaton
7-New Ulm Cathedral
9-Central Minnesota Christian School/Prinsburg

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B-B-E schools closed for Monday, February 8

The area is being blanketed by a slow-moving snowstorm that could dump between 5 and 10 inches or more of snow by mid-day Tuesday.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Jaguars Boys Basketball bounces back from 3rd loss of the season with a convincing win vs. Maple Lake

The Jaguars (15-3, 8-1 CMC) are now in the driver's seat in the hunt for the Central Minnesota Conference after their 63-38 win over the visiting Irish. Their 8-1 record right now in the league won't mean much, though, if they don't beat Rockford later next week in Rockford.

Maple Lake's boys basketball team falls to 11-8 overall and 6-2 in the CMC.

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results:
Pierz 75, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 67
Eden Valley-Watkins 61, Kimball Area 39

The Jaguars girls basketball team lost at Ashby 70-65 in a fast-paced game filled with numerous lead changes. The loss damages their ability to jump over the Arrows (7-8) in the sub-section seeding picture.

Ashby's senior Amanda Johnson poured in 34 points, hauled in eight rebounds, and grabbed five steals to lead her team to the win.

They still have room to move up - they just need to get on a winning streak, and fast. Their overall record is 5-13 with eight games left on the schedule before playoffs. In my opinion, all eight are very winnable games. Even going 6-2 down the stretch would set them up well for a mid-range seed in Sub-Section 6A-South. They just need to take it one game at a time.

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball teams:
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 61, Ashby 39 (Saturday game)
Ashby 53, Battle Lake 51
Brandon-Evansville 60, Parkers Prairie 47
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 49, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 38
Ortonville 60, Hancock 55
Underwood 58, Rothsay 39

Area boys basketball results:
Albany 74, Milaca 35
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 87, Central MN Christian 81
Lac qui Parle Valley 66, BOLD 64
MACCRAY 79, Lakeview 33
Osakis 72, Eagle Valley 68
Sauk Centre 56, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 52
West Central Area 74, Barnesville 60
**Saturday result: Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 89, Benson 52

Area girls basketball results:
Alexandria 60, Willmar 59
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 53, Paynesville Area 29
Hancock 83, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 52
Minnewaska Area 56, Benson 52
Melrose 62, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 52
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 57, Lac qui Parle Valley 56
West Central Area 63, Barnesville 62
**Saturday result: Parkers Prairie 80, Underwood 55

More will follow next week - spent the last day in the hospital and I'm out of it!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Cute - a view outside Belgrade Drug & Hardware this week

Thursday, February 04, 2010

cJaguars Girls Basketball takes a very tough loss at home to conference leader HL-W-W by 10 points **Jaguars boys basketball suffers third defeat

The Jaguars girls basketball team fall to 5-12 overall and 3-5 in the CMC with a 59-49 loss to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (9-0 CMC, 16-4). The Jaguars led 31-27 at halftime and still had the lead with 10 minutes left in the game before the Lakers converted turnovers into points and remained in control the rest of the way.

They now prepare for a road trip to Ashby on Friday night, to face the 6-8 Arrows. It's a must-win situation if they want to gain ground in the Sub-Section 6A-South standings.

Ashby just lost to Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 50-40 tonight.

The Jaguars boys basketball team fell by a 77-72 score at Dawson-Boyd tonight, shattering their 11-game winning streak in the process. The only consolation is that it was a non-conference, non-section game.

The Blackjacks led 48-38 at halftime, after jumping in front by 15 points in the early stages of the game. That long bus-ride probably didn't do the Jaguars any favors. (At least it'll give them a taste of what they face in the playoffs in Section 6A.)

Dawson-Boyd improves to 9-5 overall with the non-conference win. More on this game will follow on Friday.

  • Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results:
Eden Valley-Watkins 39, Pierz 32 (EV-W comes up big on a trip to Pierz; their next foe is the Jaguars, next Tuesday the 9th - after starting the season 2-9, EV-W has won six of their past seven games)
Holdingford 54, Kimball Area 50
Rockford 56, Maple Lake 47

  • Area boys basketball scores:
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 68, Montevideo 40
Willmar 77, Sauk Rapids-Rice 55
BOLD 68, K-M-S 33Benson 73, Hancock 68
Morris/Chokio-Alberta 68, Montevideo 40
Minnewaska Area 88, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 66
New London-Spicer 72, Milaca 43
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 51, Melrose 50
St. Cloud Cathedral 41, Sauk Centre 32

Area girls basketball scores:
Upsala 94, Swanville 29 (a classic border battle without the battle)
MACCRAY 61, Lakeview 47 (Maccray is 13-2)
Dawson-Boyd 54, RCW 36
Minneota 57, YME 34
Montevideo 51, BOLD 31
New London-Spicer 62, Milaca 30
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 48, Central Minnesota Christian 45
Buffalo Lake-Hector 69, Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 63
Albany 65, Rocori 55

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball teams:
Battle Lake 45, Rothsay 25
Brandon-Evansville 55, Underwood 47
Hankinson (N.D.) 77, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 47
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 50, Ashby 40
Parkers Prairie 84, Verndale 33

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball teams:
Menahga 72, Henning 67

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Jaguars Wrestling at Minnewaska tonight is cancelled

The area is currently under a winter weather watch.

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It was reported tonight that the Minnewaska Area wrestling team has had to forfeit a few matches beginning this week. Last weekend at the West Central South Conference tournament, apparently a skin infection was present and all the WCCS teams have had to scrub some matches from their schedule this week.

**Luckily, this won't affect the Jaguars wrestling team whatsoever, other than losing a chance at gaining ground in the Section 5A standings with a possible win over the Lakers tonight. Their next action is next Tuesday in Melrose.

Coming Thursday night for the Jaguars wrestling, boys & girls basketball

**Tonight, Thursday, three of the winter Varsity Jaguars teams are in action.

The Jaguars wrestling team travels to Minnewaska for a 6pm dual non-conference meet against the Lakers. The match will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood. The B-squad match will begin sometime between 4:30 and 5pm.

You can listen to the match online by following this link:

Minnewaska Area wrestling is 7-8 overall in duals this season. They started 0-4 and 1-7 before rallying to win six of their past seven matches. The Lakers defeated Holdingford 35-32 on January 26.

The Jaguars have a good shot against the Lakers, and it's a must-win situation if they wish to climb in the 12-team Section 5A standings, where they currently sit near the bottom of the pack.

**Update at 5pm - the meet was cancelled.

The Jaguars girls basketball team hosts Central Minnesota Conference front-runner Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted tonight. In a nutshell, I like the Jaguars' chances. They need to get hot in February and pick up some wins in order to get out of the bottom tier of the Sub-Section 6A-South standings.

HL-W-W girls basketball is 15-4 overall and 8-0 in the CMC, holding a two-game lead over second-place Rockford (13-5, 6-2 CMC). They defeated the Jaguars in a competitive game back in December by a 53-39 margin.

**The Jaguars danceline squad will perform at halftime, while the B-B-E Pep Band will also show their talents during pre-game and at halftime.

The Jaguars boys basketball team travels to Dawson tonight in a non-conference game against the 8-5 Blackjacks, who are 5-2 in the Camden North Conference.

The Jaguars (14-2, 7-1 CMC) will look to make it two straight over Dawson-Boyd, who they defeated last season in their first-ever matchup by a 62-46 score in December 2008.

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An excellent story on the latest Brandon/Evansville-Parkers Prairie girls basketball clash, from the Echo Press

Click to follow the link to the story, written by Eric Morken.

Parkers Prairie's win last Thursday night elevated the Panthers to a 13-1 record and a No. 3 ranking through the first half of the season. The Panthers moved to 6-1 in the Little Eight Conference with the win. The Chargers fell to 10-4 and 4-3 in league play.

Both are two of the top teams in Sub-Section 6A-South, in which the Jaguars boys and girls basketball teams compete for post-season play.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

With around 70% of precincts reporting, here's the governor straw poll totals for the DFL and Republicans

With 71.71% of precincts reporting at presstime at 11pm on Tuesday night, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party governor straw poll showed the following vote totals: (1st) R.T. Rybak with 4,092 (2nd) Margaret Anderson Kelliher with 3,855 (3rd) Uncommitted with 2,765 (4th) John Marty with 1,886 (5th) Paul Thissen with 1446 (6th) Tom Rukavina with 1445 (7th) Matt Entenza with 1,324 (8th) Tom Bakk with 1,190 (9th) Steve Kelley with 779 (10th) Susan Gaertner with 393.

With 70.74% of precincts reporting at presstime at 11:05pm on Tuesday night, the Republican party governor straw poll showed the following vote totals: (1st) Marty Seifert with 7,629 (2nd) Tom Emmer with 5,463 (3rd) David Hann with 769 (4th) Write-in with 267 votes (5th) Bill Haas with 251. Three candidates were at less than 1% of the vote total.

Schedule for Section 3A danceline competition posted, along with Smooth Magic 107's broadcast schedule

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Both basketball teams win tonight - Boys drub Eden Valley-Watkins 63-46, Girls get past Melrose 43-35

Senior post Lauren Anderson swats away a Melrose field goal attempt tonight, late in the Jaguars' win over the neighboring rival Dutchmen. She tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds in the game.

The Jaguars girls basketball team improved to 5-11 overall with the win. They led 17-12 at halftime. Melrose, who is 6-4 in the West Central South Conference, falls to 8-9 overall.

The Jaguars girls basketball team stretched their five-point halftime lead at Melrose into double digits, leading by as much as a 28-17 margin. After the Dutchmen went on a 7-0 run, two paint buckets by Raeann Sorenson and Maggie Gruber gave the Jaguars more breathing room.

Julie Hieserich then scored off of the press to make it 34-28 with 5:04 on the clock.

Down the stretch, strong free throw shooting by the Jaguars kept Melrose at bay, highlighted by Sorenson's 4-of-4 performance at the line.

The Jaguars boys basketball team led 33-17 at halftime on their way to another double-digit win in Central Minnesota Conference play, as they dropped Eden Valley-Watkins to 4-12 overall on the season and 1-6 in the CMC.

The Jaguars came back from early 4-2 and 6-4 deficits to throttle the Eagles in the final nine minutes of the first half. At the 9:15 mark, B-B-E led 14-10, but by halftime they had a 33-17 lead.

Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball results:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 60, Rockford 59 (HLWW stays in the hunt for the CMC title)
Maple Lake 60, Kimball Area 47
Pierz 55, Holdingford 35

Area boys basketball results:
Albany 80, Sauk Centre 36
Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 90, Buffalo Lake-Hector 66
Marshall 69, Redwood Valley 61
Morris/Chokio-Alberta 90, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 44
Benson 81, BOLD 74
Minneota 64, Central Minnesota Christian 49
Montevideo 79, Yellow Medicine East 45
MACCRAY 68, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 48
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 68, Dawson-Boyd 60
Minnewaska 64, Lac qui Parle Valley 48
West Central Area 96, Frazee 51

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South boys basketball teams:
Hancock 69, Parkers Prairie 49
Ashby 55, Osakis 54
Browerville 56, Brandon-Evansville 53

Area girls basketball results:
Pierz 53, Osakis 42
West Central Area 49, Frazee 40
Sauk Centre 88, Albany 54
Upsala 60, Kimball Area 53
Holdingford 43, Foley 36
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 67, Norwood-Young America 54
Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 58, Buffalo Lake-Hector 38
MACCRAY 53, Montevideo 37
Morris/Chokio-Alberta 56, Paynesville 42
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 58, Minnewaska 37
Dawson-Boyd 49, Ortonville 45
Benson 75, Breckenridge 55
Willmar 54, Brainerd 44
Minneota 69, Central Minnesota Christian 34
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 61, BOLD 44

Games involving Sub-Section 6A-South girls basketball teams:
Ashby 58, Rothsay 39
Battle Lake 48, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 44
Bertha-Hewitt 57, Henning 31
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 67, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 45

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This week for the Jaguars varsity sports - a busy one starting Monday night! Jagurs boys basketball is on the Train vs. Eden Valley-Watkins

Freshmen guard Aaron Waller (#14) scored two points last week at Holdingford on Thursday night.

The Jaguars boys basketball team hosts Eden Valley-Watkins tonight. The Jaguars, who are 13-2 overall and 6-1 in the CMC, will attempt to hang onto the top spot in the league as they have a challenging week ahead of them. **The game will be aired on 106.5 FM the Train.

Eden Valley-Watkins is 4-11 overall and 1-5 in the Central Minnesota Conference. Make no mistake, though, they'll bring a tough game to the home gym tonight.

On Thursday night, the Jaguars travel to Dawson-Boyd to battle the 8-4 Blackjacks in a non-conference game.

Then on Friday night, the Jaguars host Maple Lake in a showdown for first place in the CMC. The Irish are 10-7 overall and 5-1 in the CMC, a half game behind the Jaguars in the standings.

Their 13-2 overall record ties the record of last year's team through the first 15 games of the schedule.

The Jaguars girls basketball team travels to Melrose tonight (Monday) for a non-conference game against the 8-8 Dutchmen. Melrose is 6-4 in the West Central South Conference, tied for third place with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.

Jaguars Wrestling travels to Minnewaska Area on Thursday night for a 6:00pm dual. The JV meet begins at 4:30pm. It will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM.

Jaguars Danceline travels to Montevideo on Saturday for the Section 3A tournament. That begins at 12:00pm Noon.

More will follow later.

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