Friday, December 31, 2010

Great words of wisdom! A neat way to end 2010 while looking forward to 2011

May you have enough happiness to keep you happy.
Enough trials to keep you strong.
Enough sorrow to keep you human.
Enough hope to keep you thoughtful.
Enough failure to keep you humble.
Enough success to keep you eager.
Enough friends to give you comfort.
Enough faith and courage in yourself to banish depression.
Enough wealth to meet your daily needs.
Enough determination to make each day
better than yesterday!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Scenes of winter around the B-B-E area

Photos taken before's much snowier around B-B-E as of Thursday night, December 30. A major two-phase storm is raging across rural Minnesota today and tomorrow.

Area basketball scores from last night

Area boys basketball results on December 29:
BOLD 63, Hancock 49
Red Wing 79, Minnewaska Area 43
Holy Family Catholic 68, Eden Valley-Watkins 23
Pierz 71, St.Cloud Cathedral 60 (that win will be handy for the Pioneers at seeding time)
Upsala 61, Staples-Motley 53
Melrose Area 65, Concordia Academy (Roseville) 59
Southwest Christian 62, Rockford 55
Sauk Centre 59, Nevis 36
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 63, Watertown-Mayer 61 OT (Lakers win home tournament and are 6-2 overall, beating a very good W-M Royals team for the second time this year)
Barnesville 64, Ulen-Hitterdal 62 (a battle of top Sub-Section 6A-North teams held in Ulen)

Random notes: Ulen-Hitterdal was 6-0 before getting beat by Barnesville. U-H has only three seniors, and one of their best players is a sophomore who went 19-of-20 from the free throw line the night before against Park Christian.

Area girls basketball results on December 29:
New London-Spicer 65, Minnehaha Academy 32 (MA was the #4 ranked team in Class AA)
West Central Area 58, Osakis 36
White Bear Lake 67, Rockford 28
Browerville 65, St.John's Prep 31
Holy Family Catholic 46, Eden Valley-Watkins 35
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 37, Norman County East 28
Maple Lake 54, Foley 50
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 53, Park Rapids Area 51
Perham 55, Underwood 34
Holdingford 58, Melrose Area 53
Glencoe-Silver Lake 45, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 36
Pelican Rapids 69, Battle Lake 31
Upsala 73, Bertha-Hewitt 54

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Area basketball scores on Monday night

Boys basketball results on December 27:
Willmar 65, Albany 58 (Huskies' first loss of the year)
New London-Spicer 77, Benson 68
Lac qui Parle Valley 62, Ortonville 59

Girls basketball results on December 27:
Dawson-Boyd 55, Lac qui Parle Valley 53
Sauk Centre 64 Pierz 38
Minneota 74, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 38

Monday, December 27, 2010

We are very lucky to have such outstanding radio coverage for our Jaguar athletic programs

Don Leukam and Bill Dean, airing the National Anthem prior to the Jaguars girls basketball team's home opener on December 17. They do a great job! (Along with Dave McClurg out of Glenwood.)


Sunday, December 26, 2010

This was fun - Christmas in Glenwood - parade on December 9

This was one of many different celebrations in Glenwood in honor of the Christmas season.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas from the sports departments of the Sauk Centre Herald, Belgrade Observer, and Bonanza Valley Voice

On the eve of the celebration of Christ's birth let us truly remember what is important, respect and love for one another no matter the differences, kindness when we don't want to be kind, making an effort to find good in everything and to thank God for lessons learned.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

More snow coming the eve of Christmas Eve (not welcome in my opinion!

With three breakdowns to my snowblower in December, more snow for the Christmas weekend is anything but welcome!

Jaguars wrestlers roll up a big win over Sauk Centre/Melrose Area in a border battle on Tuesday night

Sophomore Patrick Rooney pinned Alex Thompson of the Sauk Centre/Melrose team in a B-B-E record time of nine seconds, in the 160 pound division of the Jaguars' dual meet win on Tuesday night.

The Jaguars wrestling team picked up their second dual win of the season in grand fashion on Tuesday night, when they hosted Sauk Centre/Melrose Area in non-conference action and defeated their Class 2A neighbors by a 45-24 margin. The Jaguars won the first four divisions by pin to jump out to a 24-0 lead right out of the gates.

Earning pins for the Jaguars were Josey Tensen (103), Tyler Tensen (112), Ross Rath (119), Austin Jaeger (125), Patrick Rooney (160), and Dillon Knutson (171).

Wednesday night girls basketball scores (Dec. 22):
Pierz 73, Zimmerman 29 (11 players scored for the Pioneers)
Eagle Valley 74, Swanville 23

Pierz is host to its own four-team tournament. The Pioneers play state-ranked Sauk Centre at 8 p.m. next Monday. The other semifinal pits Crosby-Ironton vs. Trinity Lutheran of Bloomington at 6 p.m.

Wednesday night boys basketball scores (Dec. 22):
Sargent Central N.D. 46, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 29
Milnor N.D. 59, Underwood 41.
Hankinson N.D. 69, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 42

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A couple photos from the B-squad game between B-B-E and West Central Area

The Jaguars came out on top in a hard-fought battle by a 53-46 score.

Photos by John Starner, Herman-Hoffman Tribune.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Jaguars boys basketball wins conference opener at Kimball - Jaguars girls put up 65 pts vs. ranked Parkers Prairie in a loss

Against an 4-1 Kimball Area Cubs team tonight, on their home floor no less, the Jaguars boys basketball team handed the Cubs their second loss of the season in the Central Minnesota Conference opener tonight. Final score: B-B-E 65, Kimball Area 41. The Jaguars held a slim 26-25 lead at halftime.

Down 47-38 at halftime, the Jaguars girls basketball team could not close the gap in the second half as the #3-ranked Parkers Prairie Panthers surged to a 31-point win between sub-section opponents.

Central Minnesota Conference boys results on Dec. 21:
Holdingford 63, Eden Valley-Watkins 50

Area girls basketball results on Dec. 21:
Sauk Centre 75, Foley 32
NLS 84, Melrose 49
Maple Lake 33, PACT/Spectrum 28
Rockford 67, Norwood-Young America 53
Albany 68, LP-GE 48
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 53, Henning 36
Paynesville Area 46, Minnewaska Area 38
West Central Area 64, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 59
Bertha-Hewitt 49, Brandon-Evansville 41
Hancock 52, Ashby 18
Canby 50, MACCRAY 47
Yellow Medicine East 57, Benson 42 (1st loss of the year for Benson)

Area boys basketball results on Dec. 21:
Dawson-Boyd 85, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 23
MACCRAY 93, Renville County West 42
Benson 79, Yellow Medicine East 72
Ashby 61, Hancock 41
Zimmerman 63, Maple Lake 25
NL-S 72, Melrose 69
Sauk Centre 56, Foley 54 (OT) a nice win for the Streeters
Osakis 74, Staples-Motley 55

Area wrestling scores on Dec. 21:
Holdingford 72, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 6
Holdingford 50, Minnewaska Area 23
Paynesville Area 39, Morris Area/Hancock/Chokio-Alberta 25
Paynesville Area 57, Yellow Medicine East 14
Morris Area/Hancock/C-A 51, Yellow Medicine East 27
BOLD 53, Benson 24
BOLD 53, Montevideo 18
Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley 37, Border West 36
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 41, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley 33
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 48, Border West 28 (a battle of state-ranked powers)
Pierz 56, Albany 7
Eden Valley-Watkins 48, Browerville-Eagle Valley 27

B-B-E High School Christmas choir concert is on the air today at 1pm

Glenwood's Smooth Magic 107 will broadcast the pre-recorded B-B-E Christmas Concert from the high school on December 6.

Tune in on your radio at 107.1FM or online at


Monday, December 20, 2010

Another blizzard tears across west central Minnesota

The boys basketball game between B-B-E and Paynesville has been postponed due to bad weather.

Another clip from the girls basketball game on Friday night...

On Tuesday night this week, the Jaguars girls basketball team will host #3-ranked Parkers Prairie in a non-conference game. Both are members of Sub-Section 6A-South, of which the Panthers are the defending champions. They took third place at the Class A state tournament last year.

The Jaguars boys basketball team will travel to Kimball on Tuesday night for their Central Minnesota Conference opener. Kimball Area is 4-1, having just lost their first game of the year to Upsala on Saturday 68-48 in the Cubs' home tournament. Upsala is 5-1.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saturday action around the area - Jaguars wrestling nips Benson for a dual win

Brad Rheingans Invitational at Lac qui Parle Valley:
RCW/MACCRAY 48, Benson 24
Dawson Boyd/Lac Qui Parle Valley 49, RCW/MACCRAY 24
Pipestone Area 56, RCW/MACCRAY 18
B-B-E 33, Benson 32
Pipestone Area 57, B-B-E 16
LQPV/Dawson-Boyd 55, B-B-E 21

Daniel Rooney (140-pounds) went 4-0 to pace the Jaguars.

Canby Border Duals
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 47, Canby 10
Adrian 41, Canby 19
Grand Rapids 39, Canby 25
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 34, Adrian 25

Girls basketball:
West Lutheran 54, Rockford 52

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Jaguars boys basketball leads WCA 41-32 at halftime - scorches the nets in an 86-58 win

Photos by John Starner, Herman-Hoffman Tribune

West Central Area, who is a solid Class AA team that plays in the Heart O' Lakes Conference, hung around with the Jaguars in the first half tonight, trailing 41-32 at the break after holding a lead through 12 minutes of play.

The Jaguars pulled away in the second half, tearing up the court while outscoring the Knights by a 45-27 margin. They scored the final nine points of the game.

Final score from A-C-GC high school tonight: B-B-E 86, WCA 58. The Knights fall to 3-2 overall, while the Jaguars improved to 5-0. Five Jaguars hit double figures in the blowout win. The Knights shot (19-48) 40% while the Jaguars hit (33-64) 52% of their shots (68% from two point range, 28-of-41).

The Jaguars are next in action on Monday night, when they host neighboring rival Paynesville Area in a non-conference game. The Bulldogs don't have the greatest squad this year, but as a rule you always throw the records out when these two teams meet.

That game will be aired on both 106.5FM The Train as well as Smooth Magic 107.1FM of Glenwood. Pre-game coverage begins at 7:15pm.

Area boys basketball results on December 18:
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 54, Norwood-Young America 49
Upsala 63, Kimball Area 48
West Lutheran 59, Rockford 47 (Rockford is 0-5)
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 77, Milaca 43
Maple Lake 57, St. John’s Prep 49
Eden Valley-Watkins 45, Holdingford 38

Area girls basketball results on December 18:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 73, Milaca 44
New London-Spicer 67, Rocori 49
Eden Valley-Watkins 65, Foley 41

Other results from girls basketball on Dec. 17:
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 66, Battle Lake 42
Hawley 68, West Central Area 35
Parkers Prairie 60, Underwood 47 (...Underwood trailed 30-24 at halftime, then took a lead early in the second half before ultimately losing to the #3-ranked Panthers...Parkers Prairie is 5-0, they come to town to face the Jaguars next Tuesday night)
Henning 61, Browerville 50

Other results from boys basketball on Dec. 17:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 77, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 61 (LP/HT had beaten Maple Lake 53-51 on December 10)

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Santa Day is a big success at the Belgrade Municipal Hall on Friday night

The Belgrade Commercial Club sponsored a toy give away for all the children.

Horse drawn wagon rides...


Friday, December 17, 2010

Back and forth affair plays out between BBE and HLWW in girls basketball action, Lakers win 65-61

In a showdown between two contenders in the Central Minnesota Conference this season, the Jaguars girls basketball team jumped out to early leads over visiting Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted tonight. Scores in favor of the Jaguars at 6-2, 11-7, and 17-12 soon evaporated, though, as the Lakers snuck ahead 20-19 with 9:50 left in the first half.

With 5:34 left in the first half, the Jaguars led 26-24. They led 31-28 with a little over two minutes left before the Lakers made a big run to go in front 36-32. (See video clip below)

At halftime: HL-W-W 36, B-B-E 34.

The Jaguars fell behind by as many as 11 points in the second half, then went on a terrific 15-3 run to take a 53-52 lead with about 8:00 left in the game.

With 4:10 to play, the Lakers held a 61-55 lead. The Jaguars cut it down to two points with 34 seconds remaining.

Final score: HL-W-W 65, B-B-E 61. The Lakers went 13-of-20 from the free throw line; the Jaguars were 18-of-23. The Lakers made eight three point shots, while the Jaguars made three. That was the key difference in the game.

Both teams are now .500 overall and 1-1 in the CMC, with B-B-E at 2-2 and HL-W-W at 3-3.

The last time the Jaguars have defeated the Lakers in girls basketball was February 11, 2005. Final score, 52-46 in a game played at Howard Lake. The Jaguars were on their way to a comeback after losing eight in a row to fall to 3-8 on the season. The win over the Lakers brought them to 8-13 overall. They went on to finish as Sub-Section 5A-South champions that season, losing to Underwood in the Section 5A championship 57-51.

Check back for more video/photos over the weekend. Hopefully many of you will be at A-C-GC High School in Grove City on Saturday night, when the Jaguars boys basketball team is in action against West Central Area. Tip-off is 8pm.

The final 28 seconds of the first half plays out, with Shyan Kuefler launching a successful outside shot from the wing as time expired. The bucket made it a 36-34 deficit at the half for the Jaguars.

More first half action...

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results on Dec. 17:
Pierz 62, Eden Valley-Watkins 48
Rockford 67, Maple Lake 33
Kimball Area 54, Holdingford 51

Area girls basketball results on Dec. 17:
Sauk Centre 65, Osakis 23 (it was 41-13 at halftime)
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 52, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 41
ACGC 53, Minnewaska Area 26
Central Minnesota Christian 57, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 54
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 53, Minnewaska 26
Benson 67, Breckenridge 54
Dawson-Boyd 60, Renville County West 44
MACCRAY 76, Lakeview 34

Area boys basketball results on Dec. 17:
Minnewaska Area 80, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 49
Maple Lake 46, Eden Valley-Watkins 44 (a tournament, non-conference game)
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 66, Breckenridge 60 (OT)
Melrose Area 75, Foley 43
Montevideo 62, Paynesville Area 24
New London-Spicer 73, Litchfield 68 (OT)
Sauk Centre 67, Osakis 45
St.John's Prep 60, Holdingford 40

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Santa Claus is in Belgrade tonight!

Santa Claus will be visiting the Belgrade Municipal Hall from 4:30pm to 6:30pm tonight.

Following that is the Jaguars vs. Lakers girls basketball game at the high school.

Check back later for results.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Jaguars boys basketball team's slim halftime lead holds to the end in a 56-54 win at Sauk Centre

We'll just say, it's been a battle. Sauk Centre has been playing some outstanding defense.

The Streeters (2-3) took early leads of 5-4 and 14-9 before the Jaguars went on an 8-2 run to go up 18-16. It was neck and neck from there until the Jaguars pulled ahead 30-25 at halftime.

In the second half, Sauk Centre snuck ahead a couple times, leading 49-48 with under three minutes to go.

With 2:20 left in the game, the Jaguars held a slim 51-49 lead.

The game went down to the wire, with Sauk Centre taking a 49-48 lead with a little over two minutes remaining. The Jaguars then took a four point lead when Kevin Kuefler took it coast to coast for a layup and a 53-49 lead before the Streeters cut it to a 53-52 game.

Kuefler made three of four free throws in the final minute to ice the game. The Streeters launched a shot at the buzzer that was counted as time expired, making it 56-54.

The Jaguars improved to 4-0 with the win, while the Streeters dipped below .500 at 2-3 overall. The B-squad Jaguars defeated the Mainstreeters 70-30.

Up next for the Jaguars boys basketball team: (hopefully) a short trip to A-C-GC high school for the championship game of the 2010 pre-season clash, where they will face West Central Area at 8:00pm.

WCA (3-1) just lost to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in a Heart O' Lakes Conference game tonight in a high scoring affair 83-72 for their first loss of the season. D-G-F (2-2) went an unheard of 14-of-24 from three-point land to spoil the Knights' home opener.

A hard-to-believe boys basketball score: Kimball Area 33, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 31. Kimball (4-0) had three wins over sub par opponents before facing the previously-undefeated Thunder in the a tournament opener hosted by the Cubs. I'm anxious to hear more on that game.

It's common knowledge among followers of the Central Minnesota Conference that the boys' side of the league this winter will be stronger than it was last year. Kimball's win tonight shows just that.

Area boys basketball results on December 16:
Kimball Area 33, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 31
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 83, West Central Area 72
Maple Lake 70, Rush City 51
Eden Valley-Watkins 46, Royalton 42
Dassel-Cokato 57, Rockford 54
Pierz 69, Becker 38
Hancock 51, Ortonville 33
Holdingford 63, Onamia 46
Battle Lake 62, Ashby 55
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 62, Hancock 26 (ouch)
Brandon/Evansville 58, Parkers Prairie 56 (B/E is 4-0)

Area girls basketball results on December 16:
Paynesville Area 52, Montevideo 39
Brandon/Evansville 45, Osakis 43 (OT)
Upsala 70, Swanville 38
Milnor (N.D.) 32, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 29

Area wrestling results on December 16:
Pierz 64, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 18
Kimball Area 54 Royalton/Upsala 12 (a CMC match)
Delano 36 Rockford 33

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Train will cover Jaguar basketball Thursday and Friday nights this week

Thursday night, 106.5FM The Train will be at the Jaguars vs. Mainstreeters boys basketball game in Sauk Centre.

The following night, they will cover the home game between the Jaguars girls basketball team and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

A sidebar, here's an interesting story on the Parkers Prairie girls basketball team. They come to town with a #3 state ranking next Tuesday night to face our Jaguars.

And here, a nice story on the Nevis Tigers volleyball team...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Jaguars girls basketball improves to 2-1 after drubbing Maple Lake in the Central Minnesota Conference opener - Jaguars boys hoops pound Benson

Final score from Maple Lake tonight: B-B-E 67, Maple Lake 35. Quite a win for the Jaguars! They shot 57% from the floor in the win, while out-rebounding the smaller Irish by a whopping 46-19 margin. Even more impressive was their 63% shooting mark from two-point range. Junior post Shyan Kuefler led the Jaguars with an impressive double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Maple Lake fell to 2-2 overall with the loss.

Two weeks into the season, the Jaguars girls basketball team leads the CMC with a 65 points per game offensive average. Defensively, they are third best out of the eight teams in the league at 46.3 points per game.

Central Minnesota Conference girls basketball results from Dec. 14:
Eden Valley-Watkins 60, Kimball Area 27
Pierz 56, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 48
Holdingford 75, Rockford 69

Pierz squares their record at 2-2; HLWW falls to 2-3. The Lakers travel to Belgrade to face the Jaguars this Friday night in another CMC game. Holdingford picked up their first win of the year vs. Rockford after two blowout losses to neighbors Albany and Upsala.

It should be a fun CMC girls basketball race this season. At least after seeing results of two of the opening-night games, it appears as though there are haves and have-nots in the league.

Scouting report from the HLWW vs. Pierz girls game: the host Lakers led 7-0 right off the bat. The Pioneers scored a 6-0 run to get it to a 26-25 deficit at halftime. The surge continued in the second half, as the Pioneers went on a 6-0 run out of the locker room to go up 31-26. Pierz never trailed in the second half, stretching the lead as high as 10 points. The Pierz posts combined for 31 rebounds and 6 blocks. Thanks to Pierz head coach Rick Sczublewski for that information.

**A sports broadcasting note: the Friday night girls hoops game between HLWW and the Jaguars will be aired on 106.5FM The Train. So will Thursday night's boys hoops game at Sauk Centre. Tune in if you can't make the game!

In the home opener for the Jaguars boys basketball team tonight, against Roger Lindahl's senior-dominated Benson team no less, the visiting Braves went home with a big 73-53 loss. The Jaguars improve to 3-0 overall heading into Thursday night's showdown at Sauk Centre in another non-conference game.

Benson has eight seniors on their boys basketball roster this year.

I tell you, scoring 275 points in their first three games is quite an accomplishment! We'll see how they do against the Mainstreeters, who are much improved over last year's unit.

At the Kimball Tri, the Jaguars wrestling team lost by wide margins in duals with the host Cubs and the Annandale/Maple Lake Lightning.

Area girls basketball scores on December 14:
Sauk Centre 66, St.Cloud Cathedral 43
Campbell-Tintah-Fairmont 45, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 31
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 42, Minnewaska Area 35
Perham 69, West Central Area 64
Henning 47, Eagle Valley 38

Area boys basketball results on December 14:
LP-GE 68, Melrose Area 42 (LP-GE is a surprising 4-0)
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 63, Underwood 33
West Central Area 77, Frazee 61 (WCA trailed 19-7 out of the gates but outscored the Hornets 48-31 in the second half to improve to 3-0)
Maple Lake 66, Foley 46
Yellow Medicine East 47, Paynesville Area 45
Delano 67, Rockford 45
St.Cloud Cathedral 73, Sauk Centre 62
Minnewaska Area 59, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 57 (quite a win in a classic border battle between conference/sub-section rivals on the Lakers' court)
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 53, Sibley East 50
Battle Lake 73, Hancock 45
Osakis 59, Swanville 54
New London-Spicer 88, Milaca 54
Brandon/Evansville 60, Ashby 40 (B/E is 3-0)
Montevideo 66, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 36

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Jaguars wrestling geared up for a go at the Kimball Triangular

Competing with the Jaguars will be the host host Cubs and the Annandale/Maple Lake Lightning (3-2 in duals). The triangular begins at 6:30pm at the Kimball Area high school on Tuesday.

Area girls basketball results on December 13:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 62, Zimmerman 26
Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 69, Springfield 45
Brandon-Evansville 54, Browerville 51

Blast from the past - preseason football previews in 1983

"Brooten is young Prairie contender"

With a total of 10 starters back, among a robust turnout of 39 players, Brooten will take aim at its first Prairie Conference title this fall since 1973.

"We're still basically a young team," notes veteran coach Jerry Lindstrom. "But I'm sure some teams will look at us as a contender." Brooten was 4-5 last year, including 4-3 in the Prairie after winning its first four league games.

All-conference quarterback Mike Marthaler is back for his third season after setting school records last year for pass attempts and completions. (74-176 for 950 yards) Catching a school-record 28 was Jim Remer, a running back moved to split end in the twin-set formation.

Remer, receiver Darrin Hatelstad, and fullback Chad Mithaugen are veterans as juniors.

Most of the line is returning starters: jr Loren Amundson (200 lbs) and seniors Paul Rooney (190), Brian Kollman, and Tony Hofmann.

All eight offensive returnees also started on defense last year. Senior end Dan Freese and junior cornerback Wade Hanson are the other defensive veterans.

"I'd say we're definitely the pick to win it," says Marthaler. "With ten starters back, I'm sure the other coaches are looking at us."

Marthaler, who trimmed himself down last spring for track, reported that he and his teammates made good use of the school's new weightlifting equipment over the summer.
Lindstrom sees Swanville and Eagle Bend as conference favorites.

1983 schedule for the Buccaneers - Belgrade, Kimball, Browerville, Grey Eagle, Clarissa, Swanville, Eagle Bend, Upsala, Verndale. (Final 7 games are Prairie)
1983 schedule for the Redmen - Brooten, Eden Valley-Watkins, Menahga, Sebeka, Parkers Prairie, Royalton, Brandon/Evansville, Elbow Lake-Wendell-Barrett, Osakis/Villard. (Final five games are Prairie Lakes)

In 1982, the Belgrade Redmen made it to the Dome and finished 12-1 with a 16-14 loss to Truman in the Prep Bowl, on a last-minute field goal. They won the Prairie Lakes title their first year in the league.

Pete Wengler as a sophomore in 1982 was the District 20A champion in the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

In 1982, senior Paul Beuning carried the ball an average of 21 rushes per game.

In 1983, they'll play a five game Prairie Lakes Conference schedule. "Contending with the Redmen for the title should be Osakis, Parkers Prairie, and Brandon-Evansville. Osakis paired with Villard for the 1983 season, increasing its enrollment as the PLC's biggest school," stated the West Central Tribune.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Home openers for the Jaguars boys and girls basketball teams are this week

On Tuesday, the Jaguars boys basketball team hosts Roger Lindahl's Benson Braves (1-1) for their home opener of the season.

On Friday, the Jaguars girls basketball team hosts Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (1-2) in their second conference game of the year. HL-W-W is the defending Central Minnesota Conference champion, going 14-0 in league play last year.

On Tuesday, the Jaguars wrestling team will compete at the Kimball Triangular against the host Cubs and the Annandale/Maple Lake Lightning (3-2 in duals).

Friday, December 10, 2010

Jaguars wrestling is nipped in a heartbreaker, drops dual meet to Maccray/RCW 39-38

In the dual meet season opener for the Jaguars wrestling team, the visiting Maccray/Renville County West matmen earned three pins in the final three weight classes to post a 39-38 non-conference win tonight. The Jaguars led 38-21 after Dillon Knutson earned a pin (5:05) in the 171 division.

Area wrestling results on Dec. 10:
Kimball 44, Paynesville 19
A-C-GC 54, Litchfield 16 (ACGC Tri)
NL-S 70, Litchfield 6 (ACGC Tri)
A-C-GC 39, NL-S 26 (ACGC Tri)

Area boys basketball results on December 10:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 75, Watertown-Mayer 74 (a big upset win for the Lakers)
Maccray 77, Ortonville 38
Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 53, Maple Lake 51
Jordan 61, Rockford 50
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 53, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 39 (a shocker)
Albany 59, Osakis 32
Montevideo 73, New London-Spicer 52
Minnewaska Area 69, Melrose Area 64
Eagle Valley 50, Henning 45

Area girls basketball results:
Sauk Centre 53, New London-Spicer 49 (it was quite a game)
Eagle Valley 64, Browerville 47
St.Cloud Cathedral 42, Melrose Area 38
Hancock 60, West Central Area 49
K-M-S 67, Dawson-Boyd 58 (K-M-S is 3-0)
Royalton 47, Swanville 33
Pierz 72, Sauk Rapids 63
Ortonville 44, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 40
Minneota 57, Canby 41
Dassel-Cokato 61, Maple Lake 26
BOLD 58, Montevideo 47
Benson 48, Minnewaska Area 34
Lac qui Parle Valley 57, Paynesville Area 37
Yellow Medicine East 46, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 30
Parkers Prairie 74, Brandon/Evansville 43
Upsala 68, Osakis 42
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 52, Richland (N.D.) 47
Henning 60, Verndale 55 (OT)
Braham 69, Albany 50

A few notes on the HL-W-W Lakers' boys basketball win over pre-season Section 5AA favorite Watertown-Mayer tonight, courtesy of Howard Lake Herald Journal sports reporter Aaron Schultz... "HLWW was down by 15 to 20 midway through the second half, and then pressed, and made a comeback, capped by a 3-pointer by Corey Whitcomb with 2 seconds left to play. Was a pretty exciting game. The Lakers just kept chipping away. W-M missed free throws, and turned the ball over quit a bit in the second half." HL-W-W trailed by 10 at halftime. Jett Leaf led the Lakers with 31 points, Quin Leaf drained 20. A great game by both teams.

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BBE vs. WCA boys basketball is postponed to December 18

Due to the impending blizzard that's coming to our area today and tomorrow, the boys basketball game between the Jaguars and West Central Area has been moved to December 18 in Grove City.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

A big win for the Jaguars girls basketball team vs. Ortonville, as they make the long trip back home with a 69-34 win

Picking up their first win of the 2010-2011 season, the B-B-E Jaguars girls basketball team annihilated the host Ortonville Trojans tonight in a non-conference game 69-34.

The Trojans fell to 1-2 overall. They dropped their season opener to Benson 63-42 on November 30, so tonight's game appeared to be up for grabs before tip-off.

Up next for the Jaguars girls basketball team: after going out west to the South Dakota border, the Jaguars will make the trip east down Highway 55 to Maple Lake next Tuesday (Dec. 14) for the Central Minnesota Conference opener against the Irish.

Coming tonight in a home wrestling match: the Jaguars wrestling team will host Maccray/Renville County West in a dual meet at the high school.

Area boys basketball results on December 9:
Minnewaska Area 69, Osakis 48
Sebeka 90, Upsala 76
Albany 61, Holdingford 35
Royalton 56, Onamia 55
Big Lake 59, Pierz 55
Kimball Area 55, Milaca 54
Bertha-Hewitt 70, Parkers Prairie 45
Brandon-Evansville 58, Eagle Valley 46
Redwood Valley 61, BOLD 60 (that had to be a heck of a game!)
West Central Area 42, Hancock 40

My comment: it'll be a long season for boys basketball in Holdingford, I heard one of their top players quit the team recently.

Also, if you haven't heard already, the Jaguars boys basketball team faces WCA in the championship game at the A-C-GC tournament in Grove City this Saturday night. I'll confirm the start time on Friday and get it posted ASAP.

Area girls basketball results on December 9:
St.Cloud Cathedral 56, Eden Valley-Watkins 49
Rockford 63, Zimmeran 34
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 46, Kimball Area 37
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 58, MACCRAY 46 (K-M-S makes a statement tonight in the Camden North Conference)

...and, another clip from the wrestling meet last week at B-B-E. Sophomore Austin Jaeger wins by pin in his 125-pound third-place match against Carter Duncan of West Central Area.

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

More from the Jaguars boys basketball season opener vs. K-M-S

Connor Goodwin's shot from the left baseline in this photo put the Jaguars past the century mark, getting them to 101 points late in the second half.

It was the season opener...and the Jaguars were getting scouted already. (Pierz head coach is pictured prior to tip-off.)

A few notes from after the Melrose win: The last time B-B-E started 2-0 to the season in boys basketball was 2004-2005, when they finished 21-8 and as Section 5A runners-up.

The last Melrose win over B-B-E in boys hoops was in the 2006-2007 season when BBE finished 4-22.

In 2007-2008, the game was decided by 2 points (51-49W) in Belgrade. In 2009-2010, the game was decided by 1 point in Brooten (56-55W).

Coach Montbriand has 269 career wins. This is his 18th season at B-B-E. (1990-2005, 2008-present)

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Jaguars boys basketball lights up the scoreboard again, defeats Melrose Area 95-84 on the road

The Jaguars lined up for the National Anthem at A-C-GC on Saturday night.

The Jaguars boys basketball team opened up an early lead and never looked back in a first half in which they built a double-digit lead early and held onto it until the break.

Halftime score: Jaguars 47, Dutchmen 32.

Late in the second half, the Jaguars have maintained their double-digit lead to go up 88-73.

Final score in a regular shootout: Jaguars 95, Dutchmen 84.

Last year in Brooten, these two teams met with the Jaguars coming out with a 56-55 win on December 8.

Kevin Kuefler led a group of five Jaguars who hit double figures with 24 points. Kirby Montbriand followed with 16 and Bennett Weller 13, while Brady Koehler and Connor Goodwin scored 12 more points apiece.

The last time the Jaguars boys basketball team started the season 2-0 was in the 2004-2005 season.

Up next for the Jaguars boys basketball team: a short trip back to Grove City on Saturday night, where they'll face West Central Area for the 2010 preseason clash tournament championship. Tipoff is set for 8pm.

Switching to girls basketball, the Jaguars girls basketball team will get back in action this Thursday night, when they travel to Ortonville for their second game of the season.

Area boys basketball results on December 7:
Montevideo 66, Marshall 62
Benson 77, Hancock 41
Sauk Centre 74, Holdingford 43
Delano 53, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 35
Henning 50, Underwood 39
Brandon-Evansville 68, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 44 (a nice win for the Chargers)
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 63, Rothsay 25
Ashby 62, Osakis 46
Upsala 48, Bertha-Hewitt 39
Maple Lake 52, Royalton 38
Little Falls 69, Pierz 65
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 59, Ortonville 49
BOLD 74, Renville County West 42
Kimball Area 62, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 51 (Cubs are 2-0)
New London-Spicer 80, Paynesville 41
Fergus Falls 55, Willmar 37

Area girls basketball results on December 7:
NL-Spicer 68, Foley 24
Osakis 43, Royalton 35
Sauk Centre 79, Albany 56
Ortonville 41, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 38
Yellow Medicine East 55, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 50
Benson 61, Morris/Chokio-Alberta 59
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 46, Underwood 41
Lac qui Parle Valley 44, Montevideo 35
BOLD 66, Minnewaska Area 34
Yellow Medicine East 55, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 50
Central Minnesota Christian 57, Dawson-Boyd 50
Lakeview 55, Renville County West 36
Hancock 56, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 16
Litchfield 45, Eden Valley-Watkins 38

Brandon/Evansville 52, Ashby 24

Area wrestling results on Dec. 7:
New London-Spicer 71, Sauk Centre/Melrose 6
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut-Grove 53, MACCRAY/RCW 12
TMB/WWG 45, Benson 33
MAC/RCW 45, Benson 34 (the Jaguars host MACCRAY/RCW on Friday night)

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Jaguars boys basketball action at Melrose is on the Train tonight

Pre-game coverage begins at about 7:15pm on 106.5FM the Train out of the Norway Lake/Sunburg area.

The Jaguars face a very talented Melrose Area Dutchmen squad that is said to be one of the front-runners in the West Central North Conference and Section 6AA.

Monday, December 06, 2010

More from this past weekend's action in Jaguar country

The National Anthem, prior to the Championship Rounds of the B-B-E wrestling invitational on Friday night.

...and another clip from Saturday night's basketball game.

Special note: the Jaguars boys basketball game at Melrose Area on Tuesday night this week will be aired on 106.5FM The Train with Bill Dean and Don Leukam starting their winter sports coverage of the Jaguars.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Jaguars boys basketball blows apart K-M-S in a 107-22 win to open the 2010-2011 season - Girls basketball drops close one at Benson

Kevin Kuefler wins the tip off for the 2010-2011 Jaguars boys basketball season tonight.

(Video) The 2010-2011 boys basketball season tips off for the Jaguars.

Brian Goodwin dribbles out of the backcourt late in the first half tonight at A-C-GC.

In their season opener tonight, the #6-ranked Jaguars boys basketball team led 68-13 at halftime over K-M-S in the opening round of the A-C-GC tournament. With 11:34 left in the first half, the Jaguars had opened up a 24-3 lead. With 4:09 left in the first half, four reserves were subbed in with the Jaguars leading 49-11.

Final score: 107-22 - a rout as I predicted. The telling sign about this team is that regardless of who is on the floor, starters or reserves, they are going to do all kinds of damage this season.

The championship game of the A-C-GC tournament will be held next Saturday night at 8:00pm. The opponent for the Jaguars will be West Central Area, who shook off some poor first half play and rebounded from a 27-20 halftime deficit to post a 63-53 win over the host A-C-GC Falcons.

Up next for the Jaguars boys basketball team: a trip to Melrose on Tuesday night to face the Class AA Dutchmen in a non-conference game of neighboring rivals.

A photo gallery from the boys basketball game has been uploaded to the Sauk Centre Herald's website. The link is:

The 107 points scored is not a school record, as the Jaguars passed the century mark on December 17, 2007, against visiting E.C.H.O. Charter School. Here's a link to my blog post from that game, featuring a photo of Zach Roelike working down low... During the second half of tonight's 107-22 win, the game clock did not stop until the final buzzer sounded. The game started at 6:10pm and finished exactly one hour later.

Just for fun, here's the boxscore from that 125-37 win in 2007: Scoring for B-B-E: Jordan Beier 21, Justin Mathiason 5, Steven Gruber 8 (8 rebounds, 3 steals), Michael Rodgers 13 (3 steals), Zach Roelike 10, Dusty Gruber 4 (7 assists), Jackson Illies 10, Shane Weller 10 (8 rebounds), Alex Thompson 4 (3 steals), Josh Roelike 8 (8 rebounds), Joey Gruber 3, Jared McCleary 7 (10 rebounds), Matt Goodwin 5, Ryan Weller 12 (8 rebounds), Kalle Kaitala 1

Action from the second half, with the Jaguars opening up an 81-13 lead with 14:20 left in the game.

More action from the second half, with the Jaguars leading 95-20.

With under a minute left in the first half, Brian Goodwin goes coast-to-coast with a driving layup in traffic for the first varsity points of his career. He snares a rebound 22 seconds into this video clip. I couldn't help but say "wow" when it happened.

At the Benson Fibrominn tournament tonight, the Jaguars girls basketball team trailed 41-20 at halftime against Benson. Final score: Benson 70, B-B-E 59. The Braves, who were sub-section runners-up in Section 6AA last year, have seven seniors on the roster.

In the other semi-final game of the Fibrominn tournament, MACCRAY defeated Prairie Seeds Academy 46-43.

PSA is a new charter school located in Brooklyn Park, MN. They are coached by the 1998 Miss Basketball winner, Tamara Moore, one of the most talented basketball players to ever play in Minnesota. She graduated from Minneapolis North High School in 1998 and starred with the Wisconsin Badgers from 1999-2002.

Moore then played in the WNBA for seven teams (Miami, Minnesota, Detroit, Phoenix, New York, Los Angeles, and Houston) in her six year career. Moore averaged 4.4 ppg in her pro career.

The Jaguars girls basketball team is in action next Thursday at non-conference Ortonville.

Boys basketball results from December 4:
Rocori 76, New London-Spicer 42
West Central Area 63, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 53

Girls basketball results on December 4:
#5 4A Bloomington Jefferson 52, #7 2A Sauk Centre 45
Upsala 67, Verndale 36
New London-Spicer 68, Eden Valley-Watkins 33
Watertown-Mayer 66, Rockford 42
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 58, Park Christian 38

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The "Battle of Europe" takes place at the B-B-E wrestling invite

The Battle of Europe at the B-B-E wrestling invitational...

The foreign exchange student in the red uniform attends West Central Area. The B-B-E wrestler is Nicklass Pagh of Denmark.

A photo gallery from the wrestling tournament has been uploaded to the Sauk Centre Herald's website. The link is:

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Friday, December 03, 2010

B-B-E wrestling invitational endures a blizzard - ends up with a fifth place finish and 110 points, most since 2005 - Daniel Rooney wins 140-lb class

Austin Jaeger is moments away from earning a pin in the third-place match of the 125-pound division against a guy from West Central Area tonight. The fall was earned in 53 seconds.

The Jaguars wrestling team had a great showing on the home mats tonight, taking fifth place in a very tough 8-team field to open the 2010-2011 season. The Jaguars were able to fill all 14 weight classes. Junior Daniel Rooney was the lone champion for the Jaguars, as he won the 140-pound division with a 3-0 record and two pins. A nice feather in their cap was beating Class AAA Willmar in the final standings. Team scores were: New London-Spicer 271.5, Eden Valley-Watkins 168.0, Holdingford 113.5, Yellow Medicine East 112.0, B-B-E 110.0, Willmar 106.0, West Central Area 77.0, Browerville/Eagle Valley 21.0.

New London-Spicer won the tournament for the sixth straight year. They were rated #7 in the pre-season Class AA Guillotine poll.

For comparison purposes, in 2006 at this tournament, the Jaguars tallied 56 points while finishing seventh. In 2007, they took sixth place with 48 team points. Last year, they totaled 99 team points with a fifth place finish.

Back in 2005, a season in which they ended up with three state entrants (March 2006), the Jaguars took fourth place at this tournament with 127 team points. One of those state entrants that year, then-senior Danny Borgerding, is now an assistant varsity coach with the team.

Sophomore Austin Jaeger wins in wrestlebacks at the season-opening B-B-E wrestling invitational tonight. He finished in 3rd place in the 125-pound division.

Sophomore Patrick Rooney faced off with a Holdingford guy and pulls out a close win in the 160-pound division, in which he went 3-1 while taking third place.

The Jaguars wrestling team's next action is on Friday, December 10, in a home dual meet against non-conference MACCRAY/Renville County West.

Area boys basketball results for December 3:
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 55, Sauk Centre 35
St.Cloud Cathedral 57, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 46
Browerville 59, Bertha-Hewitt 46
Kimball Area 61, St.John's Prep 49
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 79, Osakis 52

Area girls basketball results for December 3:
Little Falls 63, Pierz 47
Parkers Prairie 77, New York Mills 21

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**Tip-Off Classic at A-C-GC has weather changes - Wrestling tournament is still underway

The semi-final games scheduled for tonight will be moved to Saturday night, tomorrow.

The Tip-Off Classic championship games will be moved to next Saturday, December 11.

The B-B-E wrestling tournament is underway as I type this. It began at about 2:00pm and it will continue as long as the teams feel they can stick around. No telling what the evening hours will bring for weather conditions - but I don't expect they'll be that attractive.

The Benson FibroMinn Invitational has some changes as well, with the first-round games being moved to Saturday night (tomorrow) and the championship games being tentatively scheduled for December 18 - assuming all four schools agree to that date. That is still in the works.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

B-B-E wrestling invitational starts at 3:30 on Friday at the high school

Tomorrow night (Friday), the 2010-2011 winter sports season starts off with a bang, as three of the four B-B-E winter sports teams are in action for the first time of the year.

Both basketball teams play in the opening round of respective tournaments at 6:00pm in Grove City (boys vs. K-M-S) and in Benson (girls vs. Benson).

The wrestling hosts an 8-team tournament beginning at 3:30pm. Team included are New London-Spicer, West Central Area, Browerville/Eagle Valley, Willmar, Eden Valley-Watkins, Holdingford, and Yellow Medicine East.

Area girls basketball results on Thursday night:
Wheaton-Herman-Norcross 43, Lac qui Parle Valley 42
Sauk Centre 59, Minnewaska Area 22
Hancock 47, Brandon/Evansville 33
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 64, BOLD 57
Maccray 46, Central MN Christian 41
YME 57, RCW 44
Albany 84, Holdingford 30
Kimball Area 50, Royalton 32
Mayer Lutheran 49, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 39
Sartell 62, Eden Valley-Watkins 31
Norwood-Young America 67, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 58
Osakis 58, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 36
Melrose Area 57, Paynesville Area 46
New London-Spicer 69, Montevideo 29
Battle Lake 53, Henning 51
Upsala 65, Pine River-Backus 50
Bertha-Hewitt 61, Browerville 47

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Jaguars boys basketball - Ranked #6 in the Class A preseason Minnesota Basketball News poll

Class A pre-season state rankings by Minnesota Basketball News, just released on Wednesday this week.

1- Minnesota Transitions Charter Wolves
2- Ellsworth
3- Sebeka
4- Maranatha Christian
5- Springfield
6- B-B-E
7- Chisholm
8- Ada-Borup
9- Hills-Beaver Creek


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This year's Jaguars boys basketball team returns 58 points per game of offense from last year's 25-4 team. Another big item is the fact that they return 27 rebounds per game of board crashing muscle as well. In 23 years of B-B-E basketball, no team has returned that much offense from the previous year.

They begin the 2010-2011 season at 6pm tomorrow night (Friday) at the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City high school. Their opponent will be neighboring rival Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. If you want to see some exciting run-and-gun basketball on display, get to that game. It'll be fun to take in.

While I hardly ever make predictions on high school games, I can't ignore the fact that K-M-S only returns one starter from a 9-16 team. (A 5'10" junior guard) They have only one player listed as taller than 6-foot, a 6'1" senior forward who was a letter winner last year.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars have no players in the 5-foot-something range, two players listed at 6'1", with the rest of the roster being 6'2" or taller!

It'll be a blowout to take in for the season opener. I'll be getting pictures at the game along with a few video clips, after spending some time at the B-B-E wrestling tournament in Belgrade. (That begins at 3:30pm by the way)

The Jaguars' Round Two opponent in the Tip-Off Classic, which I predict will be West Central Area, will by no means be a pushover. They've got the talent to beat the Jaguars, so the Saturday night game will be much more competitive than the K-M-S game.

In sports, high expectations can be your friend or your enemy. Especially in a season where you have a target on your back every time you take the court. Just like the Sauk Centre girls basketball team, the Jaguars boys basketball team will have everybody gunning for them. No one can predict how the season will go, but I do have high hopes for the team. It'll be a very exciting year.

For the basketball teams this winter, I won't be putting up video clips that are more than a minute or so in length. While you can call me paranoid, I don't want opposing teams sitting on my website and learning much about how the Jaguars' offense/defense runs. Especially in the case of the girls team, who will have quite a new look over past years' versions after suffering heavy graduation losses in 2009 and 2010.

Another random but very exciting little nugget...Jaguars boys basketball head coach Dave Montbriand enters his 18th season as head coach with 267 career wins. In eight of his previous 17 years as head coach at B-B-E, he has guided the Jaguars to a sub-section championship game appearance. (1992, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010) On top of that, he has been on the sideline either as an assistant or head coach during all 22 seasons of B-B-E basketball, two as boys assistant in 1988-89 and 1989-90, and three as girls assistant from 2005-2008.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

A lengthy clip from the state consolation championship volleyball match vs. Win-E-Mac, plus action from late in game four

On November 13 at Xcel Energy Center...

Below, action from late in game four, with the Jaguars leading 22-21 to start the clip.

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It's December - who's excited for Christmas?

More on the Benson FibroMinn girls basketball invitational

The Maccray Wolverines face Prairie Seeds Academy in the opening round of the Benson FibroMinn Invitational this week Friday. Tip-off is at 6:00pm.

About 25 minutes after the completion of that game, the host Benson Braves take on the Jaguars girls basketball team.

Benson, who was 21-7 overall last year and finished runners-up in Sub-Section 6AA-West, returns one starter and six letterwinners. They finished 12-4 (2nd) in the West Central South Conference.

Maccray won the Camden North Conference title last year with a 13-2 record. The Wolverines made a deep run in the Section 3A playoffs, losing in the North sub-section championship to Canby 60-55 to finish 22-5 overall. They return three very talented starters along with two letterwinners from last year.