Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Area girls basketball scores tonight - season opener for many teams

Wadena-Deer Creek 61, Pierz 49
Benson 63, Ortonville 42
Hancock 53, Montevideo 29
Frazee 46, Battle Lake 33
Underwood 46, Henning 28
Albany 56, Rocori 49
Maple Lake 64, St.John's Prep 23
Delano 60, Rockford 56

Clips from the Cherry match at state

B-B-E is closed for Tues. Nov. 30

The view off of Highway 29 in Glenwood this morning.

Just checked KSAX.COM...B-B-E has been closed today due to the fierce blizzard that's raging across central Minnesota.

A bit further to the west, the snowfall hasn't been as heavy and most western MN schools are only two hours late.

It's wicked out there!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Friday night schedule for the 5th annual boys basketball Tip-Off Classic

Friday night's games:
6:00pm - B-B-E vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. 7:45pm - Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City vs. West Central Area.

On Saturday night, the Friday losers play at 6pm for third place, and the Friday winners play after that for the championship.

I've got some information on the WCA Knights. They have two outstanding seniors on the team, Beau Kashmark and Colton Blascyk, the lone returning starters from 2009-2010. Last year, WCA went 15-11 and nearly knocked Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta out of the Section 6AA playoffs in the semi-finals in an overtime loss to the state-ranked Tigers.

Kashmark (6’3”) was an All-Conference player last year in the Heart O' Lakes Conference averaging 12 ppg, 7 rpg, 3 apg and 4 blocked shots per game while shooting 51% from the field and 43% from 3-point range. Blascyk (6’0”) was named honorable mention All-Conference last season and averaged 11 ppg, 3 rpg, and 2 apg.

Beyond that, the Knights have many question marks but I'd say they are the Jaguars' top competition at this four-team tournament.

WCA's Blascyk is a play maker, being recently named the Most Valuable Quarterback in the Heart O' Lakes Conference. Kashmark is a two-time state entrant in track and field.

The 5th annual Tip Off Classic will be held at the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School in Grove City. (Same place we were for football on November 5 for the section championship.)

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Trying to get all my state volleyball video clips posted ... the winter sports season is almost here!

BBE vs. Mayer Lutheran...

BBE vs. Cherry...

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Schedule for Benson girls basketball tournament coming this weekend

Friday night's games: 6:00pm - MACCRAY Wolverines vs. Prairie Seeds Academy Lycans. Approx. 25 minutes after that, sometime between 7:30 and 8pm, the second game will start between the host Benson Braves and the Jaguars girls basketball team.

A JV game between Benson and B-B-E will be played at 6pm on Friday night.

Prairie Seeds Academy is a charter school from Brooklyn Park, MN. Their boys soccer team won the Class A state title just a few weeks ago.

Benson went 21-7 last year, one of their better seasons in school history, while finishing as runners-up in the Sub-Section 6AA-West championship game. They lost to Staples-Motley, a team that fell in the Section 6AA title game to Sauk Centre last March.

The third place game will be at 6pm on Saturday night, with the championship game to follow.

**Just added on Monday night...Girls basketball pre-season rankings by the Minnesota Basketball News publication:
Class AA - Sauk Centre is 7th. Class A - Parkers Prairie is 5th, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart is 6th, Minneota is 9th.

Haven't found the preseason boys basketball rankings yet.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

More scenes from the state volleyball tournament - Mayer Lutheran in the quarterfinals

...and also a note on the season openers for three of the four winter Jaguars' winter sports.

Wrestling and girls/boys basketball all begin the 2010-2011 season this week Friday, December 3. The wrestling team hosts an 8-team invitational beginning at 3:30pm, while the basketball teams open at tournaments along the Highway 12 corridor east and west of Willmar.

The girls basketball team plays for the fourth straight year in the Benson FibroMinn Invitational, while the boys basketball team will compete in the fifth annual Tip-Off Classic - hosted this year by Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

At the Tip-Off Classic in Grove City, joining the host Falcons and the Jaguars will be Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and West Central Area.

More preview information will follow this week.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

A nice accomplishment for the Jaguars football team, as they land two All-Area football pics in the West Central Tribune

I'm guessing you'd have to go back quite a ways to find a season in which two members of the Jaguars football team were awarded spots on the West Central Tribune All-Area team.

Seniors Kevin Kuefler and Ben Borgerding were both named to the team, which was just announced today.

Kuefler's capsule stated: Kuefler, a three-year starter for the Jaguars, caught 33 passes this season for 407 yards and five touchdowns. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa reached the Section 4A championship with Kuefler accounting for the lone B-B-E score in a 15-6 loss. On defense, Kuefler intercepted three passes, had five pass breakups and made 44 tackles. He also returned punts and kickoffs.

Borgerding's capsule stated: Borgerding made tackles all over the field for the Jaguars, finishing with a team-high 87. He also defended the pass well, while using his quickness and a nose for the ball, helping B-B-E reach the Section 4A title game. On offense, Borgerding led the Jaguars in rushing with 420 yards and seven touchdowns and also caught four passes for 45 yards.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Action from the state volleyball opener

...on November 11 at Xcel Energy Center.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Finally unveiling the final minutes of the Nevis volleyball match, and the post-match celebration that followed

Exactly 4:57 into this video clip, Shyan Kuefler's ace tip went to the floor to end the match. A terribly exciting moment!!

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More more the Nevis volleyball match on November 6 at Pierz

The closing minutes of game two, with the clip ending while the score is tied at 23-23. B-B-E had won the first game.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Story on the Eden Valley-Watkins vs. Triton Class AA semi-final football game last weekend

Click here to read it, it's pretty good: http://myprepsplus.ourvarsity.com/schools/school-article-profile.php?Article_ID=2249&Schools=|66|

Best line of the story - the last paragraph.

"There will come a time when we'll be able to look back at how special it really was," EV-W head coach Jon Thielen said. "Right now, it hurts too much, but that's also what fuels the program, too."

Monday, November 22, 2010

A little on Jaguars wrestling...

The Jaguars shown during the Minnewaska dual meet on February 12 last season, a 40-33 win for the Lakers.

The 16th annual pre-season Central Minnesota Mat Rats report has just been released by by area wrestling guru Roger Mischke. Below is a little information from his report.

The Jaguars wrestling team went 7-16 overall last year and 2-5 in Central Minnesota Conference duals. They open the 2010-2011 season with a home tournament (8 teams) on Friday, December 3.

The Jaguars return five section place winners, including sophomore Ross Rath. Rath took third place in his bracket of the Section 5A individual tournament in Sauk Centre last year, as well as All-CMC honors during the season. He went 29-9 during his freshmen campaign on the mats.

Ben Bordering is the lone senior returning from last year's team. He competed at the 171 pound bracket in 2009-2010, finishing 19-20 overall and taking fifth place at the Section 5A individual tournament.

Eden Valley-Watkins and Kimball Area have been given the nod as pre-season favorites in the Central Minnesota Conference. EV-W went 13-5 overall last year, advanced to the Section 5A final four, and won the CMC title at 7-0 in duals.

Kimball Area went 5-2 in the CMC and 22-6 overall, the best season the Cubs have had since 1998, when they beat B-B-E in the Section 6A championship and finished 2nd at the Class A state tournament.

See the entire report here: http://www.theguillotine.com/highsch/1011/101117mnmatrats.html

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Section 5A championship volleyball - BBE vs. Nevis

Action from game one...

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New Ulm Cathedral slays another favored football team in the playoffs - Final score from the 'Dome: NUC 34, Minneota 33

New Ulm Cathedral, who had knocked #1-ranked Springfield out of the playoffs in the Section 2A championship on November 5, won its Class A state semi-final battle with Minneota 34-33 on Saturday at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Minneota led 14-0 with 11:00 left in the first half, and with 4:39 left in the first half the score was 20-7 in favor of the Vikings.

At halftime: Minneota 20, NUC 14. The Greyhounds (12-1) earned a key interception with about 90 seconds to go in the second quarter.

In the fourth quarter, New Ulm Cathedral went for two to get the lead and held on with a stop in the final minute after a Minneota holding penalty set up 3rd & 11. Good game by both offenses and Minneota had a couple of penalties that hurt them and turned it over once at the end of the first half and had the late holding penalty that cost them.

Credit to New Ulm Cathedral for not giving up because they were down to the defending state champion by 14 points on at least 3 different occasions and they rattled off the last 14 points to win the game.

Minneota ends their season 11-2 overall, with a very talented crop of seniors who will be lost to graduation next spring.

Barnesville (13-0) won the other Class A semi-final game, beating a very tough Goodhue team 49-30.

  • In a tough loss for Eden Valley-Watkins, the Eagles lost 12-6 to Triton in one of the two Class AA semi-finals.
It marks the 2nd straight year that EV-W has gone 12-1 and lost a close heartbreaker in the state semis. In 2009, the Eagles fell 21-20 in overtime to Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, who won the state title. Interestingly, both WEM and Triton hail from Section 2A.

The Eagles' touchdown came with 3:09 left in the game. Most of EV-W's 231 overall yardage was earned in the fourth quarter. They were limited to 69 yards rushing.

From what I heard, the Triton defense controlled the game from beginning to end. That's crazy, considering what all B-B-E and CMC football followers know about the Eagles.

Triton earned 3 picks in the game, the last coming on the final play, when the Eagles were on the Triton 49 yard line hoping to score and tie it up. EV-W had only one interception all season coming into the state semi-final game.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

More action from the sub-section and section championship matches

BBE vs. Bertha-Hewitt, sub-section championship on Nov. 4.

BBE vs. Nevis, section championship on Nov. 6.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Jaguars' coaches Moscho and Weller will be on Smooth Magic 107's Coaches Roundup on Saturday morning **Beginning at 7:15am

A real quick note...

Jaguars football coach Chris Moscho will be on the Coaches' Roundup beginning at 7:15am on Saturday morning.

Jaguars volleyball coach Kevin Weller will follow Moscho's interview at approximately 7:40.

This is a slight change from what I posted earlier in the day on Friday, since Dave McClurg had a longer interview than expected with Coach Weller. Plenty to talk about with a big state tournament run, of course!

You can tune in on the radio (107.1FM) or on the internet at their website: http://www.smoothmagic107.com and then click on the blue "listen" logo to pull up Windows Media Player streaming audio.

On another note, I've uploaded and edited quite a few more Jaguar volleyball video clips from the Section 5A playoff run and the state tournament. Look for more of them over the weekend.

Winter sports season is not far away! The rosters for the B-B-E girls basketball and girls dance teams have been posted already at the MSHLS website. I'll be commenting on them next week after I get a light pre-season Central Minnesota Conference story put together. Boys basketball opens December 3 at Grove City, girls basketball on Dec. 3 at Benson, and wrestling on Dec. 3 with a home invitational. Yikes, only two weeks away.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

BBE vs. Bertha-Hewitt - Sub Section 5A-West championship on Nov. 4

The Jaguars had just gone up 2-0 in games over the Bears.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Scenes from the Class A state volleyball quarterfinals - BBE vs. Mayer Lutheran

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

BBE vs. Cherry - Class A state consolation semis

The Jaguars' defense held the Tigers' offense to a negative hitting percentage, with 22 errors on 88 attacks with 21 kills as a team. Cherry's lone hitter in double figures for kills was Morgan Hanson, who had 10 kills on 39 attacks.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars' offense tallied a .277 hitting percentage as a team, led by Maggie Gruber's 20 kills on 31 attacks. Shyan Kuefler was next for kills with seven, followed by Taylor Braegelman with five.

This is the opening minutes of game one between BBE and the Cherry Tigers on November 12 at Xcel Energy Center.

I'll get more photos and video up on Wednesday. Still trying to take it easy after a very hectic week and weekend!

I took 576 photos during the three B-B-E volleyball matches at state. They can be viewed at http://saukherald.mycapture.com You will have to click on "sports albums" on the left hand side of the page to find my BBE Jaguars fall 2010 playoff album. When you first load up the page, you'll see the albums from state taken by Bryan Zollman, who has pictures of both Sauk Centre and B-B-E volleyball teams.

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BBE vs. Upsala - Sub Section semis

Some clips I haven't posted yet from the November 2nd match between B-B-E and Upsala in the Sub-Section 5A-West semifinals.

The Jaguars extend their lead in game two...

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Jaguars football receives Section 4A trophy

The captains for the Jaguars football team accepts the Section 4A runner-up trophy on Friday night, November 5 at Grove City.

Monday, November 15, 2010

State Football tournament update

Final score in 2A football state quarterfinals at the Metrodome: Triton 28, Maple Lake 21. The Irish fell short on a fourth down conversion at the Triton 19 yard line with 2:27 left in the game.

End of the first quarter: Triton 7, Maple Lake 0. One TD, three punts.

Early in the second quarter: 7-7 tie, after Maple Lake's Jesse Puncochar scores on a 1-yard, fourth-down run.

Maple Lake's Cameron Knudsen hits Jordan Goelz on a 15-yard TD pass with 3 seconds left before halftime to make it 14-14.

The Irish cut into a 28-14 Cobras' lead with a 17-yard TD pass from Cameron Knudsen to Mitch Wurm makes it Triton 28, Maple Lake 21 with 4 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Maple Lake finishes the 2010 season with a 9-3 overall record.

More scenes from the state volleyball tournament will be posted later tonight and throughout the rest of this week

A little backed up right now with uploading videos and editing photos for the newspapers.

And yes, I will admit, I am quite burnt out too!

B-B-E vs. Cherry - consolation semis

The Jaguars finish the sweep vs. Cherry on Friday.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

More scenes from the Win-E-Mac match - Class A consolation championship

Player introduction.

Celebrating a kill shot.

Win-E-Mac calls a timeout in game one.

I took 576 photos during the three B-B-E volleyball matches at state. They can be viewed at http://saukherald.mycapture.com You will have to click on "sports albums" on the left hand side of the page to find my BBE Jaguars playoff albums.

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Starter introduction.

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Ridgewater Warriors volleyball wins National Title in a five-set thriller championship match in Rochester on Saturday

The Ridgewater Warriors completed an outstanding season with a 3-2 win in the Junior College NCAA Division III championship.

The Warriors were down 8-4 in game five before staging a huge comeback to win 16-14.

Warriors' sophomore Emily Roelike, a 2009 graduate of B-B-E, was named tournament MVP.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Clips from Thursday's quarterfinal match vs. Mayer Lutheran

Action from game two...

B-B-E vs. Cherry - Consolation semi-final win for the Jaguars

The two seniors being interviewed by Smooth Magic 107's Dave McClurg following the Jaguars' win over Cherry on Friday afternoon.

I think it's game two...no time to double check, gotta go watch the start of Sauk Centre vs. Stewartville.

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Jaguars go down in four in consolation championship vs. Win-E-Mac

Coach Weller consoles his team moments after they lost in the consolation championship match to the Win-E-Mac Patriots.

Just as many travelers in Minnesota had their trips literally derailed as their autos flew into the ditch during a very serious winter storm, the Jaguars volleyball team's hopes of finising their season with a win were derailed in the consolation championship of the Class A state tournament. Against Section 8A champion Win-E-Mac, the Jaguars went down to defeat in four games.

In game four, they held a 22-19 lead before Win-E-Mac closed out the match with a 6-1 run.

Win-E-Mac high school is located in Erskine, in northwest Minnesota.

For all fans of the Jaguars volleyball team, you are invited to a welcome home ceremony tonight (Saturday) at 5:30pm at the B-B-E High School.

The National Anthem prior to the Class A consolation championship match this morning.

The Jaguars are introduced prior to the Win-E-Mac today.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Martin County West knocks off Minneota in five today - in the Class A semis

That was crazy...

Just a quick note - watch the weather on Saturday morning!

According to all forecasts, it's gonna get ugly around the Metro Area overnight tonight and into Saturday.

Be safe and be prepared for bad roads and slow moving traffic!

Now back to volleyball...more action from the Mayer Lutheran quarterfinal match, in game one...

Jaguars volleyball wins at state! 3-0 sweep of Cherry in consolation semis

Maggie Gruber powers down a kill in game one against Cherry.

In one of today's Class A consolation semi-final matches, the Jaguars volleyball team won in three over the Section 7A champion Cherry Tigers; they'll play again on Saturday morning at 9am in the consolation championship match.

Game scores between the Jaguars and Tigers were 25-14, 27-25, 25-16. The Jaguars trailed 24-21 in game two when they staged a thrilling comeback to keep the potential for a sweep alive. Video action from the match will be uploaded later into tonight.

Win-E-Mac will be the opponent in the fifth place match, as they defeated Ada-Borup in four in the other consolation semi-final today. Game scores of that match were 25-22, 25-14, 22-25, 25-14.

Celebrating the win, after earning match point in game three.

A scene from late in game one.

"We have to play with intensity and focus, and just have fun with it," was Maggie Gruber's reply when asked what it will take for the Jaguars to come out with a win to end the season in the fifth place match on Saturday vs. Win-E-Mac.

View photos from today's match at the Sauk Centre Herald website photo gallery...click here: http://saukherald.mycapture.com

The B-B-E Pep Band plays prior to the Cherry match today.

Other state tournament results today:
Martin County West beats Minneota in an upset 24-26, 17-25, 25-11, 25-19, 17-15. It was crazy! Minneota had leads of 10-7 and 11-8 in game five before caving at the end and allowing MCW to get back into it.

More will follow later tonight. I'll be busy working at the Sauk Centre vs. Wadena-Deer Creek Class AA semi-final match, which begins at 7pm tonight.

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Jaguars take control during game two vs. Mayer Lutheran

The beginning of the video clip is pretty rough - then it settles down. The Jaguars ultimately won game two 25-17.

They play again today at 3pm at Xcel Energy Center against Cherry, from Iron, Minnesota near Hibbing.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

State tournament update - Sauk Centre goes up 2-1 in games on Marshall

The 'Streeters won game two 25-16 and then won game three 25-19 to go up 2-1 in games on #3 seeded Marshall in the Class 2A quarterfinals. They were drubbed in game one 25-11 and it did not look good going into game two for the Mainstreeters.

Update at 20:43...Sauk Centre won! They played back from an early 7-1 deficit in game four and defeated heavily-favored Marshall 25-23 to take the match. Marshall led 21-14 and appeared poised to force a fifth game. Kali Peschel stepped up as all great players do and scored the first six points of a Streeters' 11-2 run that closed out the match. B-B-E coach Kevin Weller's niece Macy Weller (sophomore) drilled an ace block and a kill to tie it at 23-23. The Tigers hit long on the final two points to lift Sauk Centre into the semi-finals, where they'll face undefeated Wadena-Deer Creek.

Read all about the win at the Sauk Centre Herald Streeters' sports blog: http://heraldsportsblog.blogspot.com

See you at Xcel tomorrow.

Jaguars' state title dreams go by the wayside in a 3-1 loss to Mayer Lutheran in quarterfinals

Senior Julie Hieserich, a third-year starter who also ran the offense on the 2008 state team, sets things up early in game two here for the Jaguars this afternoon.

Pre-match scenes...

In a 3-1 loss to Mayer Lutheran, the Jaguars volleyball team's state championship dreams ended in the state quarterfinal round at the XCel Energy Center in St.Paul on Thursday afternoon. Game scores were 25-27, 25-17, 22-25, 24-26.

They play in the consolation semi-finals tomorrow (Friday) at 3pm against Cherry. Cherry (22-3) lost to Wabasha-Kellogg 25-14, 25-16, 25-4 in the other quarterfinal match at 3pm. Their school is located in Iron, Minnesota - directly between Hibbing and Eveleth, Minnesota. This is their first ever trip to state in volleyball.

My two cents - the Jaguars certainly did not play poorly. They played very well at times, with lots of hustle and teamwork. In the end, though, they didn't have the desire or firepower that was a trademark of their Section 5A championship run.

They'll come out firing tomorrow!

About the Cherry Tigers...Cherry, who hails from Section 7A in northeastern Minnesota, is a senior-dominated team with four seniors in the starting six. The top three players off of the bench are juniors. They have two junior hitters in the starting lineup, then three senior hitters and a senior setter - running a 5-1 offense.

Cherry head coach Pam Pioske's comments about her team: "Important factors in the success of our team this season are team unity and bonding, believing in ourselves as a team. We were Arrowhead Conference Champions at 9-0 and St.Louis County Champions at 6-0."

More will follow into the evening.

You can view photos from the match at the Sauk Centre Herald website online gallery: http://saukherald.mycapture.com (They won't all be uploaded until mid-morning tomorrow, I've got about 100 up tonight)

The Jaguars are introduced prior to the start of today's match.

The state tournament quarterfinal match gets underway...

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Fun facts on B-B-E Jaguars volleyball

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**I have an error in what's above...the Jaguars entered the 2010 state tournament with a 168-21 overall record since 2005. Minnesota-scores.net has old information, and I assumed it was updated through 2010. (Never assume things!)

The match starts at 3pm today! Tune in at KMGK 107.1FM on the internet or your radio dial to hear all the action.

Visit the Smooth Magic website http://www.smoothmagic107.com ...and then click on the blue "listen" headset logo links to open up a Windows Media Player stream.

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Today and tomorrow's "Meet the Jaguars" broadcast schedule

From Glenwood's Smooth Magic 107 FM sports broadcaster Dave McClurg...

Thursday, November 11th:
* 7:30 AM: Alyssa Leedahl (Student Manager)
* 8:30 AM: Brittany Winter
* 4:30 PM: Miriah DeKok
* 5:30 PM: Becca Gruber
* 6:30 PM: Kim Kollman

Friday, November 12th:
* 7:30 AM: Mariah Rach
* 8:30 AM: Shanda Amundson (Student Manager)
* 4:30 PM: Melanie Schmitz (Student Manager)


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A rousing pep fest and send-off rally is held this afternoon for the Jaguars volleyball team, in lieu of their trip to state!

The state-bound Jaguars volleyball team departed just after 2pm from the high school today, following a very exciting, energetic Pep Fest that included the entire K-12 student body of B-B-E.

A video from the end of the pep fest...

Also, don't forget...the special "Meet the Jaguars" segments will continue today, on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood. (107.1FM on your radio dial) The remaining schedule today is:

*4:30pm Taylor Braegelman, 5:30pm Maggie Gruber, 6:30pm Julie Hieserich

You can tune in through your computer/internet by visiting their website: http://www.kmgk1071.com and clicking on the "listen" logo to pull up a Windows Media Player broadcast stream. We are very fortunate to have generous advertising sponsorship at Smooth Magic in Glenwood, by a large number of B-B-E area businesses.

A photo gallery with a few pictures from today's Pep Fest and team send off can be seen at the Sauk Centre Herald website: http://saukherald.mycapture.com
Below, the team enjoys the pep fest.

Check back later tonight for more!

Below, the Jaguars' lineup is introduced prior to their match against Nevis on Saturday night in Pierz.

I was uploading a video from the Pep Fest/Rally this afternoon, but Youtube gave me a file error so I have to try loading it again. GRRR! It should be up by 11pm tonight, after I try again.

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Send off rally for the Jaguars volleyball team is at 1:20pm today

The send off pep rally for the Jaguars volleyball team is today at 1:20pm at the B-B-E high school.

The team will depart for St.Paul at 2:00pm today.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Yeah, that was fun...just a little!

A very excited Jaguars volleyball team celebrates another state tournament berth, moments after beating Nevis on Saturday night.

To see more photos from the big section title run by the Jaguars volleyball team, visit the Sauk Centre Herald website at http://saukherald.mycapture.com ...then click on "Sports Albums" to see the regular season and playoff albums for the Jaguars varsity teams.

Also, be sure to look a bit further down to see the schedule for Wednesday's broadcasts of "Meet the Jaguars" segments from Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood. I just got the rest of the schedule (Thursday/Friday) from D-Mac and will be posting it sometime on Wednesday.

Also, whew, so much to talk about - when I find out when the Pep Rally takes place at the high school on Wednesday for the big team send-off, I'll get that posted.

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All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference volleyball teams are announced - two B-B-E grads are listed

April Hansen, B-B-E Class of 2007, was named to the first team, All-NSIC team. Hansen, a junior, is a middle blocker for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.

Heidi Lensing, B-B-E Class of 2009, was named to the second team, All-NSIC team. Lensing, a sophomore, is an outside hitter for the Moorhead State University Dragons.

Both Hansen and Lensing were a part of the first Jaguars volleyball team to advance to the state tournament, in the fall of 2005.

Oh boy, so much information to get out this week with the Jaguars' fourth state tournament trip! Smooth Magic 107 presents "Meet the Jaguars"

Smooth Magic 107 presents “Meet the Jaguars” this week

Glenwood’s Smooth Magic 107 FM sports broadcaster Dave McClurg recently announced the schedule for the special State Tournament “Meet the Jaguars” presentation, taking place this week.

The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Nov. 9 - 7:30am Morgan Geer, 8:30am Brittany Roelike, 4:30pm Amy Bast, 5:30pm Tia Halvorson, 6:30pm Raeann Sorenson.
Wednesday, November 10 - 7:30am Megan Rodgers, 8:30am Shyan Kuefler, 4:30pm Taylor Braegelman, 5:30pm Maggie Gruber, 6:30pm Julie Hieserich.

The interviews will also be uploaded to Smooth Magic 107’s "Streaming Station" link, for listening to on demand, at www.smoothmagic107.com.

The Tuesday interviews should be uploaded to the Streaming Station by Wednesday, Wednesday's interviews by Thursday, etc. The interviews will remain up on the Streaming Station for an indefinite period of time.

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Some light scouting information on Mayer Lutheran Crusaders volleyball

Mayer Lutheran takes a 20-11-1 record into the Class A state tournament. The Crusaders have seven seniors on their roster this year. They are coached by Joelle Grimsley, now in her 16th season leading the Crusaders volleyball program.

Common opponents with the Jaguars, or opponents from west central Minnesota, and the outcome of those matches during the 2010 regular season: September 17 vs. Maccray - 2-0 tournament win 25-20, 25-19. September 18 vs. Nevis - 2-0 tournament win 26-24, 25-19. October 5 vs. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted - 3-0 win 25-17, 25-21, 25-19.

Section 4A results for the Crusaders - three very easy 3-0 sweeps over Marantha Christian Academy, Legacy Christian Academy, and Providence Academy; also a 3-1 win in the Section 4A championship on Nov. 6 with scores of 26-24, 25-18, 25-27, 25-14.

The Crusaders, who are members of the very tough Minnesota River Conference, are making their first state tournament appearance since 2007 and ninth overall. The Minnesota River Conference includes powerful Class AA programs such as Belle Plaine, Le Sueur-Henderson, and Jordan.

Mayer Lutheran finished 4-3 (4th) in the Minnesota River Conference this season.

In the 2009 Section 4A playoffs, Mayer Lutheran took a 9-17 record into playoffs, won their sub-section title, and then lost a 3-2 heartbreaker to Legacy Christian in the section championship. LC won game five by a 15-13 margin, then went on to beat Nevis in the state quarterfinals and finish with the fifth place trophy.

In 2007, the Crusaders finished in third place in Class A, after beating B-B-E 3-1 in the quarterfinals in a 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, 27-25 match.

In 2006, the Crusaders were a Class AA team. They lost to eventual Class AA champion Jordan in the sub-section championship match in a 3-2 barn burner. Jordan went 33-1 that season, beating St.Cloud Cathedral, Pipestone Area, and Stewartville on their way to the title.

In 2005, the Crusaders finished fourth in the Class AA state tournament. They beat Jordan 3-2 in the sub-section championship on their way to winning the Section 4AA title.


Fan buses available for sign-up to attend the B-B-E Jaguars state tournament matches

Fan buses will be available for B-B-E volleyball fans who want to attend the state Class A state tournament game Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Coach buses are available for $13 per passenger and school buses are available for $3 per student or $5 per adult. Buses will leave the elementary School in at noon and high school at 12:15 p.m.

For tickets, call Jodi Carda at 320-346-2278, ext. 1218.

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Monday, November 08, 2010

Turning back to football for a bit...scenes from the Section 4A championship game

The Jaguars' offensive line was busy all night in the section championship, not giving up a sack through four tough quarters against a monster A-C-GC front line.

The National Anthem is played prior to the Section 4A championship game.

The Jaguars' starting lineup is introduced before kickoff of the Section 4A championship game on November 5 in Grove City.

A scoreless first half between B-B-E and A-C-GC is almost complete.

Click here to see another blog summary of the A-C-GC vs. B-B-E football game:

See more photos (totaling 184) from the section championship football game at the Sauk Centre Herald website photo gallery: http://saukherald.mycapture.com