Friday, January 31, 2014

Jaguar wrestling update

With 5 weights complete, the Jaguars wrestling team has a 24-6 lead over visiting Rockford Area. They complete the Central Minnesota Conference schedule with a 2-4 mark.

Final: BBE 40, Rockford 39. The Jaguars won their 5th dual win by criteria after the match ended tied 39-39.

With 2 minutes to go, the Jaguars boys' basketball team has an 84-32 lead over the 9-8 Ashby Arrows. It got out of hand as predicted. They led 56-17 at halftime.

Final: BBE 86, Ashby 34.

More will follow after 11 tonight, including some very interesting details on the criteria details used to determine a winner at wrestling.

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Home wrestling tonight

The Jaguars wrestling team hosts Rockford Area tonight at 7:00. Come out and support the team in their bid for a second conference win.

Smooth Magic 107 FM will carry the match if you can't make it.

The boys game tonight is on The Train.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Two wins on the hardwood tonight

Nick Benton dove for this loose ball in the final minute of the first half tonight.

The Jaguars boys' basketball team blew Holdingford off the court in a 68-30 win. With 10:32 left, Nick Benton swung through the lane for a lay up for a 62-24 lead, and the Jaguars subbed to the JV from there. The win upped their overall record to 17-1 and 9-0 in the Central Minnesota Conference. It's their 64th straight conference win in a streak dating back to December 15, 2009. On that night, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted beat the visiting Jaguars 77-64.

In a 10-minute span, the Jaguars opened up a 6-4 lead (13:50 left) to what is on the scoreboard above.
Holdingford (3-16, 0-9) actually took a 4-2 lead with 14:50 left on Jeremy Springer's rebound shot in the paint. Trey Heinsius scored a layup with 14:30 left to tie it up and get the first points of an 18-0 run. Brian Goodwin put a bookend on the surge with the third of three consecutive three-point shots.

Below, James Kuefler knocks down a bucket in the first half:

Alexis Amundson and Taylor Gregory performing at halftime tonight with the Dazzlers Jazz team.

After holding a nine-point lead at halftime in Rockford, the Jaguars girls' basketball team picked up a 65-62 win over the Rockets. They led by two points with 76 seconds and held on while improving to 9-7 this season.

I've got some Dazzlers video, plus more footage from the boys' basketball game, to upload later tonight.

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Halftime scores

B-B-E 46, Holdingford 17. The Jaguars boys' basketball team had a 6-4 lead with 13:50 left in the first half and then poured it on while building a huge halftime lead over the Huskers. **In the second half, the Jaguars are ahead 60-22 and are already subbing in JV players with 11:25 to go.

B-B-E 32, Rockford 23. The Jaguars girls' basketball team jumped out to a 22-11 lead in a must-win game at Rockford.

At Upsala, the Jaguars wrestling team lost 45-15.

BOYS final: 68-30 W.

GIRLS final: 65-62 W!

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Tonight's games

Here we go again, the wind picked up a bit and it's blowing and drifting on some rural roads. The good thing is that the wind will die down after 5:00. As far as I can tell, tonight's activities should not be in jeopardy. However, please exercise caution while traveling. It's winter! And January! And we live in Minnesota! Don't get caught in a bad situation like some commuters in the Twin Cities did this morning.

The Jaguars boys' basketball team hosts Holdingford in a Central Minnesota Conference game. No radio stations are carrying it, but The Train is scheduled to have tomorrow's make-up game with Ashby. Also, the B-B-E Dazzlers dance team will perform at halftime tonight.

The Jaguars girls' basketball team travels to Rockford Area for a CMC contest.

The Jaguars wrestling team has a non-conference dual meet at Upsala high school against Royalton/Upsala (8-7).

I also noticed that the 7th/8th grade girls' basketball Jaguars host Sauk Centre at 4:30 at the high school. They're both off to a great start to the season, and it'll be interesting to see how they fare against the Mainstreeters.

Tomorrow (Friday) night: the Jaguars wrestling team hosts Rockford Area in a CMC dual that will be carried by Smooth Magic 107 FM. It will also be Parents Night. Other action besides the home boys' basketball game will include the Dazzlers traveling to Cottonwood (Lakeview high school) for a competition.

Saturday is another busy day for B-B-E students, but I'll get into that tomorrow.

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A few Minnesota drivers forgot that this is Minnesota, it's January, and it snowed this morning

Click to see a video of I-35 near Forest Lake this morning:

Slow down when driving on snowy roads!!!! Seriously.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Halftime entertainment

From January 20:


Home cooking resumes

Tomorrow night the Jaguars boys' basketball team gets back into action on the home court when they host Holdingford in a Central Minnesota Conference game.

I'm still resting up from this most recent blizzard and cold snap. And it appears that we get to jump back into another cold snap beginning tomorrow.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Notch is new District 5 County Commissioner

Click on this link to read more about the election at the Sauk Centre Herald website:


Today's "snow day" make up date

To all B-B-E folks, today's "snow day" will be made up on Monday, March 10.

The previous snow day from last week will be made up on Monday, February 10.

If we have more "snow days" during the 2013-14 school year, administration will scatter them into the schedule as Mondays are available. Let's hope we don't run out of Mondays!

**Update: the girls' basketball game against Sauk Centre will be moved to February 10 (from tonight).


Some morning humor

With the weather difficulties we've had lately, it's important that we don't forget how to laugh and how to have a little enjoyment in our day.

I had to totally agree with this graphic!

(Video) Jaeger's win vs. Kimball

Shown is an important Section 5A decision win by Adam Jaeger at 126 pounds against Kimball Area last Thursday in a home Central Minnesota Conference match. The final score was 9-3.

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Monday, January 27, 2014


B-B-E is closed for Tuesday January 28. No athletic events will take place tomorrow evening.

Also, take a look at this news article. Please do not screw around in a blizzard! You could pay with your life:

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Ashby game

The Ashby boys' basketball game is rescheduled to this Friday, January 31 (a home game).

Also, today, both school buildings are closed due to the weather.

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Quite the ordeal out there

Click to enlarge the photo.

The photo above was taken earlier this morning between Sauk Centre and Westport on Minnesota State Highway 28, with the traveler heading west. They are stopped on the east side of a snow drift that's nearly as tall as a Chevrolet Suburban! It's a one-lane ordeal in many areas just like this one.

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Roads still closed at 07:30

A view of our state on at 07:30 today.

ATTENTION: These highways are still reported as closed or blocked: US 2, MN 4, US 10, MN 11, US 14, MN 15, MN 19, MN 28, MN 60, MN 62, US 71, I-90, I-94 west. Please be sure you and your family are aware that motorists driving on closed roads in Minnesota can face fines of up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. In addition, if a driver needs to be rescued after crossing a barricade illegally, the state will charge for the emergency help and will also add other penalties.

If you had to be at work this morning, I hope you went there yesterday afternoon and stayed the night.

God's definitely trying to see who among us has patience. Please don't take actions that will cause problems for snow plow drivers this morning. They need to do their job in order to dig us out of this mess.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

ATTENTION: Sheriff's announcement

Stearns County Sheriff John L. Sanner is advising no travel in Stearns County due to deep snow drifts, high winds and blowing snow with white out conditions.  Minnesota State Highways 15, 4 and 71 are closed in areas due to snow drifts 5-6 feet in depth.  Snow and blowing snow are making for complete white out conditions in open areas.  Emergency responders are limited by the road conditions, which could result in response delays should a motorist become stranded. 
No travel is advised until snow removal crews have cleared the roadways and the conditions improve.

Motorists driving on closed roads can face fines of up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. In addition, if a driver needs to be rescued after crossing a barricade illegally, the state will charge for the emergency help and will also add other penalties.

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School activities nixed for Monday

No games, practices or anything student-related will take place at B-B-E tomorrow.

And JKC will also be closed. The parking lot is filling with numerous large drifts of snow at the elementary. I doubt any staff can get in short of walking to the building on snow shoes in the morning.


More from this past week's action in Jaguar Country

The Jaguars huddle up during the second half against Browerville in the 87-61 win last night.

Packed house!! We had about 800 fans in attendance last night.

Alex Schramel shown in action at 152 pounds against Kimball Area on Thursday.

Make sure to get the Friday night wrestling dual against Rockford on your calendar. We also have three home boys' basketball games scheduled: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Time to get back outside to fight the impending blizzard.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Random sports notes

The B-B-E Dazzlers dance team's season is nearing a close. Their next action is on Friday, January 31 with a dance competition at Lakeview high school in Cottonwood.

The 7th grade girls' basketball Jaguars defeated Minnewaska Area on Thursday in Glenwood and then traveled to Paynesville Area on Friday and beat the Bulldogs. Their next action is at home on Thursday against Sauk Centre starting at 4:30pm at the high school.

The JV/varsity girls' basketball Jaguars take to the road for their next three games: Tuesday at Sauk Centre and Thursday at Rockford Area, then the following Monday (Feb. 3) at Maple Lake. Their next home game is on Friday, February 7 against state-ranked Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

The youth wrestling Jaguars competed at K-M-S on Saturday. I haven't heard how they fared.

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Jaguars light up Browerville

The Jaguars boys' basketball team improved to 16-1 this season with a convincing 87-61 win over the Browerville Tigers. They raced out to a commanding 30-10 lead with 6:32 left in the first half. The Tigers, a very solid, capable, well-coached team that will do damage in Sub-Section 5A-North, made a small run and closed the gap to a 34-22 hole with 2 minutes to go. The Jaguars finished the half strong starting with two free throws by James Kuefler and then an exciting slam dunk Kuefler as he blew past two defenders on the right baseline. He then dropped in a rebound put back with 0.5 seconds on the clock to put his team up 40-22 at the break.

The Jaguars host Ashby on Monday, assuming Ashby has school that day. The Arrows are 8-8 overall and 3-5 (5th) in the Little Eight Conference. **The B-B-E Dazzlers will perform at halftime of the home boys' basketball games on Tuesday and Thursday nights this upcoming week.

The B-squad Jaguar boys beat Browerville 42-39.

While it's too far away that anyone should think about it or have concern about it, the buzz for the playoffs has already started not only locally but across central Minnesota. A question regarding the sites for the Sub-Section 5A-South playoffs has this answer from me: I am not 100% sure on the semifinal site, but the quarterfinal game (opening round for B-B-E) will be a home game and the sub-section championship will be played at Pierz.

Here's the final moments of the varsity game...regulation play:

Area girls' basketball scores on January 25:
Alexandria 60, Sauk Centre 44
Ortonville 60, Brandon/Evansville 52
New London-Spicer 67, Annandale 63
Litchfield 48, Minnewaska Area 44

Area boys' basketball scores on January 25:
Braham 73, Melrose Area 70
Pierz 72, Staples-Motley 65
Maranatha Christian 72, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 65
Kimball Area 82, Norwood-Young America 57

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Stellar first half

At halftime, the Jaguars girls' basketball team has a 40-22 lead over Browerville. We have a packed crowd at the high school tonight. COOL!

Final: BBE 87, Tigers 61. The Jaguars are 16-1 now; they host Ashby on Monday night.

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Tough, tough overtime loss

The Jaguars girls' basketball team lost a true heart breaker to one of the top teams in Section 5A, the Browerville Tigers, by a 70-64 score in overtime today. The Jaguars fall to 8-7 overall, while the Tigers move to 11-3 on the season.

The boys' basketball game will start about 15 minutes earlier than scheduled due to the impending snow storm/blizzard that is racing our way along I-94.

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The B-B-E Speech team won first place in the large school division at Dassel Cokato high school today. Wow! Great job! More to follow tonight.

At the high school, the Jaguars girls' basketball team trails Browerville 32 to 28. That's where I'm headed now.

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Basketball times today at the high school

1:00: C-squad boys.

2:00: JV boys and girls, with the boys' basketball in the main gymnasium and the JV girls in the auxiliary gym.

3:30: varsity girls vs. the 10-3 (4-2 Prairie) Browerville Tigers.

6:00: varsity boys vs. the 10-3 (4-2 Prairie) Browerville Tigers.

Yes, both of Browerville's varsity teams are 10-3 overall and 4-2 in their conference. I have to cover a state-level swim/dive meet that doesn't start until 1:30 but if things work out well I will arrive in Belgrade around 5. Both radio stations will carry the varsity games.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Girls' basketball up at halftime

At Kimball Area, the Jaguars girls' basketball team has a 28-22 lead at halftime.

With under 9 minutes to go in the game, the Jaguars are up 43-34. **Update: with just 78 seconds left, the Jaguars had a nine-point lead. Final: B-B-E 65, Kimball Area 54. The Jaguars are 8-6 overall and 3-4 in the month of January. In the Central Minnesota Conference, they hold a 3-4 record. The Cubs are 3-10 overall and 0-6 in the CMC.

Four Jaguars scored in double figures tonight for the second time this season. That's a great trend to see! The first time that happened this season was in the Ortonville win a week ago. Now the Jaguars have a short night to rest up for a big Section 5A match up with Browerville at the high school at 3:30 tomorrow afternoon. The JV Jaguars play at 2:00pm (boys/girls at the same time).

At the Browerville dual tournament, the Jaguars wrestling team (4-10, 1-4 CMC) defeated the host Tigers 48-18 but fell to West Central Area 50-17 and Border West 42-30. Their next action is at Upsala high school to face Royalton/Upsala in a non-conference dual next Thursday, January 30. The following night they host Rockford Area in a match that will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM; that completes the CMC schedule with two other events left before playoffs.

**Good luck to the B-B-E Dazzlers dance team in their trip to Canby high school for the Camden Conference dance championships on Saturday. It's the 3rd year they'll compete in a conference tournament, and they're looking to build on last year's 4th-place showing (out of 8 teams).

Also, both radio stations will carry tomorrow's basketball doubleheader. I hope we get a huge crowd of fans to cheer on both our varsity teams to some big wins!

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2014 B-B-E Speech team set for new season

The 2014 season begins tomorrow, January 25, for the B-B-E Speech team. They travel to Dassel-Cokato for a morning/early afternoon meet.

Here's Coach Lucy Lloyd talking about the upcoming season and the make up of the team:

Good luck, Speechers!!

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Junior High Jaguars sweep Paynesville

In Paynesville tonight, the Jaguars 7th and 8th grade girls' basketball teams both defeated Paynesville Area. Earlier in the week, both teams beat Minnewaska Area in Glenwood.

At Kimball tonight, the JV girls' basketball Jaguars beat the Cubs 59-49.


Robotics fish fry is coming!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 4, when the B-B-E Robotics team will host their second annual fish fry fundraiser at the Belgrade V.F.W. A silent auction will also take place. The time that evening for the fundraiser is 5:00 to 8:00pm.

It's a rare non-Wednesday winter night when there are no athletic contests. So there's no reason not to come down and support them while getting an awesome supper!

Organizers of the event reported that they are still looking for silent auction donations from area individuals and B-B-E businesses.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

This was a special moment

Beth Vos holding up one of the singlets.

The Vos and Lieser families donated new "finals singlets" to the Jaguars wrestling program. They will go with the team to all tournaments at all levels, including elementary. Coach Rich Vos's wife presented them to the team before tonight's Kimball match.

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Jaguars bury HLWW

A post-game interview tonight:

The Jaguars boys' basketball team won 79 to 39 in a Central Minnesota Conference game in front of another outstanding home crowd. They led 39-23 at halftime and blew it wide open in the second half. Once again, the Mercy Rule went into effect, this time against a pretty solid Class AA team. The Lakers entered the contest 12-4 overall.

Ben Thompson won a 9-1 major decision at 170 pounds tonight.

I have an overwhelming amount of material that I want to post tonight from tonight's wrestling match, where the Jaguars wrestling team lost 44-26 to Kimball Area at the high school. They led 13-6 early, then struggled in the middle weights before getting nice wins at 170 (Ben Thompson), 182 (Joe Reller) and then at heavyweight (Ben Feuerhake). The heavyweight match lasted a whole 28 seconds and ended with a fall! I'm working on uploading a video from Joe Reller's match...and other content. A late night ahead of me.

Something very special took place prior to the start of the wrestling action. I will expand on that later.

I also failed to mention this week, and yeah I'll just blame it on the weather why I've been so scattered the past few days...the elementary wrestling Jaguars lost their first dual meet at the Alexandria tournament on Sunday to Lac qui Parle Valley/Montevideo/Dawson-Boyd "United" before rallying to beat New London-Spicer, Morris Area and Minnewaska Area on their way to taking second place out of 10 teams! Great job!!!'s that match at 182 tonight:

Tomorrow's action includes the Jaguars girls' basketball team at Kimball Area and the wrestlers at the Browerville dual tournament.

A boys'/girls' basketball double header is in store for Jaguar Country on Saturday at the high school. Action starts with a C-squad boys' game at 13:00, followed by the JV boys' and girls' games at 14:00. The Jaguars girls' basketball team hosts Browerville in a crucial Section 5A match up where they can show the rest of the section that they're a contender. Come out and cheer them on!

In the boys' basketball game tonight, the Lakers took a 3-2 lead on a three-pointer by Alex Smith in the opening minute. Nick Benton's bank shot moments later gave the lead back to the Jaguars as they went on an 8-0 run. I have more notes to go through before I can write up more of the game.

Also noteworthy: Coach Brad Goodwin's B-squad Jaguars defeated HL-W-W 43-40 tonight.

Central Minnesota Conference boys' basketball scores on Jan. 23:
Kimball Area 64, Pierz 62
Eden Valley-Watkins 65, Rockford Area 52
Maple Lake 69, Holdingford 29


Basketball on Smooth Magic tonight

Dmac will have the Jaguars boys' basketball team's game against Central Minnesota Conference rival Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted tonight at home on Smooth Magic 107 FM. The Lakers are 11-4 overall.

The Jaguars wrestling team hosts Kimball Area in a key Section 5A match up at the high school.

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Two hours late

This was the view from the Padua Pub's east parking lot at about 14:30 yesterday afternoon. Travelers north of Padua on County Road 18 were met immediately with near white-out conditions. Granted by this point the B-B-E school district was in their rear-view mirror, but it illustrates how unpredictable the rural roads can be. To the west of Sedan on Highway 55 a half hour later, the roads were perfectly clear with beautiful sunshine coming down.

B-B-E is 2 hours late today, January 23.

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To parents whose kids come to school without hats gloves and even boots...get a clue. It gets cold during winters in Minnesota.

End rant.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Some areas have tough conditions

North of Padua this morning, conditions appeared to be a near-white out. I've got a picture to post of that later tonight. West of Sedan, Highway 55 was pretty good to drive on with great visibility.

The weather made my day pretty complicated. Glad to be home finally.


B-B-E is closing at 12:15pm today 1-22-2014

The sun is shining bright this morning, but frequent wind gusts are creating near white-out conditions in rural areas.

Let's all do what we can to make sure our kids are safe and not out in the elements once school is dismissed today. Neighbors helping's what small towns are all about.

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It's a good rule!

This one put a big smile on my face this morning.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SC-M defeats Jaguar wrestlers

A terribly exciting dual meet played out up until the 195-pound match, when SC-M got a pin to expand on a slim 26-24 lead. Final: Sauk Centre-Melrose 44, B-B-E 24.

The Jaguars got a thrilling win at 170 pounds when Ben Thompson earned a takedown with 1.5 seconds on the clock to earn a 5-4 decision win against Dalton Reinke.

Here's the end of Ben's match at 170 tonight:

More will follow later.


Wrestling tonight!

Come out to support our B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team as they host Sauk Centre-Melrose in a non-conference border battle. The JV match begins at 6:00 at the high school.

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More video from last night's NL-S game

Here's scenes from the pre-game introductions and the first 4-5 minutes after tip off:

While the video I had up from last night labeled "technical foul" didn't show it, what happened was an NL-S player who I won't identify was displaying bad behavior that drew three different warnings from the referee. After the third warning and seeing it again, the referee T'd him up.

I've got much, much more content from last night but no time today to deal with it. Tonight is a BIG dual wrestling meet at home between our Jaguars and neighboring Sauk Centre-Melrose. Go get 'em!

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Monday, January 20, 2014

And a technical foul to boot

From the second half tonight:

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Jaguars triumphant over Wildcats

Late in the game, Billy Borgerding is shown dribbling against heavy pressure by NL-S's Brett Olson. Both senior forwards finished the night with 15 points.

In a supercharged home environment with a packed crowd of Wildcat plus hometown fans, the Jaguars boys' basketball team defeated New London-Spicer 77-64 after surging past the visitors in the final 9 minutes of the game. The Wildcats (8-4) pulled in front for the last time with 9:40 left on a rebound put back to go up 56-55. About 40 seconds later, Billy Borgerding's 8-footer made it 57-56 and the Jaguars never trailed from there. In the final stretch, precision, cut throat offense by the Jaguars paid dividends as they got the lead up to 10 points with 6:43 left. The Wildcats cut it down to 6 points with 5:30 left on two free throws, but James Kuefler answered a minute later with a determined slash through the defense to put his team up 68-60.

Here's some first-half video from tonight:

Up next: the always-tough Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted at home on Thursday. The Lakers are 11-4 overall but have lost just one time in January, a 70-68 outcome to neighboring Dassel-Cokato this past Saturday. They're 6-1 in the Central Minnesota Conference, two games ahead of third-place Maple Lake and Rockford Area in the standings.

Just for here to read about the last visit by NL-S to the home of the Jaguars...February 2, 2012:

Great job as ALWAYS Jaguar fans!

At Pierz, the Jaguars girls' basketball team lost 59-56 to fall to 7-6 overall. They have a few days of practice to regroup before traveling to Kimball Area on Friday for another tough conference game.

Area girls' basketball scores on January 20:
Albany 58, Sauk Centre 46 
Melrose Area 71, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 52

Area boys' basketball scores on January 20:
Sauk Centre 44, Montevideo 33
Redwood Valley 81, MACCRAY 47
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 57, Foley 45
Melrose Area 63, Holdingford 46

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First half is a good one!

At the half: B-B-E 43, New London-Spicer 38. It has been a helluva battle!!

I am furiously trying to upload video at halftime. (And then my netbook died with just 2 minutes left on the upload!) Grrr. Stay tuned!

With 7 minutes to go, the girls trail 49 to 45 at Pierz.

In the 2nd half, NLS was just T'd up and the Jaguars are ahead 64 to 56 with 7 minutes left.

Final: BBE 77, NLS 64.

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Tough game so far!

Almost 80 seconds in, Billy Borgerding's 10-footer gave the Jaguars a 2-0 lead. Brian Goodwin drained a jumper to make it 4-1 with 2 minutes gone. A three by the Wildcats put them ahead 7-6 with 15 minutes left.

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The big game

It will be on the Train with play-by-play by Bill Dean tonight. I am just A LITTLE excited about it!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Youth basketball tournament underway

A large crowd of fans are on hand to watch the 5th-6th grade Jaguars boys' basketball tournament today at the elementary school. The tournament is the Jaguar basketball program's biggest's the only one, too. The Jaguars have a 4th grade team in the 5th grade brackets, and that team lost 16-12 to K-M-S before beating up Albany 23-10. The 5th grade Jaguars lost to Hancock and Benson and will play Albany for 7th place at 13:15.

The 6th grade Jaguars lost their opener to Willmar Red and faces Kimball in the consolation bracket at 14:00.

I watched a very competitive game play out in the 6th grade gym, when Benson beat NL-S 28-24 in their opening game.

Come out and cheer on the kids while supporting a good cause! The sun is shining and beckoning you to leave your house.

At Renville County West today, the 8th grade boys' basketball Jaguars beat NL-S in their opener. Cool!  They won in the semis and will face BOLD in the championship.

The youth Jaguar wrestlers (elementary) are competing at a tournament in NLS today.

I will report more results later tonight.

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Speech meet "snowed out"

Due to very poor driving conditions on rural roads after a fresh set of snow fell across Jaguar Country, the B-B-E Speech team will not travel to Chanhassen today.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Both basketball teams win! Three Jaguar wrestlers earn silver at NL-S

At Kimball, the Jaguars boys' basketball team won 79 to 53 to stay undefeated in the Central Minnesota Conference. They trailed 6-4 in the opening minutes, then pulled ahead 10-6 and 17-12 before the Cubs (9-5 overall, 3-4 CMC) got within two at 19-17. With 8:34 left, a rebound shot by Brian Goodwin made it 21-17. The Jaguars were in another run on the Cubs and pulled ahead 27-19 before building a 37-25 halftime lead. For the game, the Jaguars blistered the nets on 34-of-53 field goal shooting (64%!) They shot 29-of-42 from two-point range.

The B-squad Jaguars won at Kimball.

Up next: a game I've been looking forward to ALL season! New London-Spicer (8-3) visits our house on Monday. Get there early!!! The Wildcats lost 79-59 to Class AAA Waconia tonight to fall to 1-3 in the Wright County-West Conference.

In a home game, the Jaguars girls' basketball team defeated Ortonville 80 to 60. Hailey Braegelman scored an incredible double-double with 26 points and a school-record 17 rebounds! Also pretty awesome is the second-half play of the Jaguars after they fell behind 39-33 at halftime. They regained the lead at 46-45 on a rebound shot by Kinlee Swanson with 13 minutes left and slowly stretched out the lead from there. With 5 minutes left, the Jaguars led 68-54. From the 4:40 mark, when the Trojans scored to trail 68-56, up until just 20 seconds remained in the game, Ortonville scored just two points.

Peyton Miller, Megan Weller, Swanson and Braegelman all finished in double figures. That's a rare achievement to get four players in double figures! Scoring 47 second-half points is pretty outstanding! For the night, the Jaguars shot an unheard-of 88 field goal attempts. They'll need more good offensive punch when they travel to Pierz (2-10, 0-4 CMC) on Monday. The Pioneers lost 63-48 in Foley tonight.

The B-squad Jaguars beat Ortonville 45-36. The varsity Trojans fell to 7-5 overall with the loss; they're in first place in the Pheasant Conference with a 3-1 mark.

I have a ton of results/updates on the Jaguars wrestling team from the NL-S tournament. Alex Schramel, Kaleb Voss and and Josey Tensen all got 2nd place as the top finishers for the Jaguars.

More wrestling updates: Ben Thompson took third place by pinning his opponent in the final match in the final second! Joe Reller got 4th, Colby Schramel and Adam Jaeger both took 5th and Treven Quade finished in 6th place.

Here's Alex Schramel winning his first-round match tonight against an Albany wrestler at 152 pounds:z

I will post more on Saturday.

I have to give a quick shout out to the B-B-E Speech team, who travels to Chanhassen tomorrow for their 2014 season opener. Good luck, speechsters!!

Here's the final 50 seconds of the Ortonville game:

Central Minnesota Conference boys' basketball scores on Jan. 17:
Maple Lake 52, Eden Valley-Watkins 49

Area girls' basketball scores on January 17:
Melrose Area 44, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 38 
Foley 63, Pierz 48 
BOLD 74, Minnewaska Area 57
Albany 53, Holdingford 35

Area boys' basketball scores on January 17:
Paynesville Area 60, Sauk Centre 42 (Wow! That's a shocker)
Browerville 56, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 48
Upsala 86, Swanville 65 
Battle Lake 90, Ashby 55
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 69, Melrose Area 63 OT! (Whew!)

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Three Jaguars gain finals

At the NLS tournament, three members of the Jaguars wrestling team have gained a shot in their first-place matches tonight: Alex Scramel, Josey Tensen and Kaleb Voss.


Tonight, more home girls' basketball

Three of our four varsity teams are in action today:
Jaguars wrestling at NL-S starting at 15:30.

Jaguars girls' basketball at home against Ortonville; JV action at 18:00 with varsity to follow, but no C-squad game.

Jaguars boys' basketball at Kimball Area; the game will be on the Train.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

(Video) Post-game after Rockford

Senior Nick Benton in action against Rockford during his team's 91-71 win on Tuesday.

Here's Nick talking about Tuesday's win over Rockford...

Nice job, Nick! You were more prepared than I was for the interview.

The Jaguars boys' basketball team (12-1) has a tough game at Kimball Area on Friday night. The game will be aired on 106.5 FM The Train with Bill Dean and Don Leukam providing play-by-play coverage.

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