Saturday, September 29, 2018

Friday Night Lights V: shut out in Ottertail County

Their second-ever trip to Parkers Prairie was a difficult one for the B-B-E Jaguars football team. In their Week Five match-up against the .500 Parkers Prairie Panthers, the Jaguars lost by a 36-0 score.

They trailed 6-0 after the first quarter and 14-0 at halftime, but overall, they suffered three turnovers and converted just two of 12 third-down conversion attempts. B-B-E had 113 yards rushing and 37 yards in the air. The Panthers racked up 379 yards on the ground and had 19 first downs compared to nine for the Jaguars.

Next week the Jaguars will put everything they've got into Homecoming week, as they build towards the home game against New York Mills (1-4) on Friday night. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Mid-State Sub-District III scores in Week Five on Sept. 28:
Royalton 34, Kimball Area 13
Browerville 30, Upsala/Swanville Area 28
K-M-S 22, New York Mills 0

Area football scores in Week Five on September 28:Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 32, Brandon/Evansville 26 (C-G-B wins their first game of the year and also Homecoming to boot)
Springfield 26, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 16
Willmar 35, Moorhead 32
Albany 44, St. Cloud Cathedral 7
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 41, Montevideo 20
BOLD 78, Benson 8
Pierz 46, Eden Valley-Watkins 0
Maple Lake 25, Holdingford 15
Paynesville Area 76, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 21
Lac qui Parle Valley 44, Canby 35
Yellow Medicine East 34, Lakeview 20
New London-Spicer 50, Litchfield 13
Ottertail Central 46, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 14
Melrose Area 34, Rockford 6
Minnewaska Area 7, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 6 (MA/CA led 6-0 in the first quarter, and the Lakers got the game-winner in the fourth quarter to spoil the Tigers' Homecoming)
Pillager 28, West Central Area/Ashby 8
Russel-Tyler-Ruthton 34, MACCRAY 0
Osakis 33, Sauk Centre 32
Hancock 20, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 7 (this was W/H-N's first loss of the year, while Hancock is 4-1 overall)

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Friday, September 28, 2018

(HD video) B-B-E vs. NL-S border battle

Here's the end of the match!

Busy night...busy weekend updates to follow later tonight.

Halftime tonight: Parkers Prairie 14, B-B-E 0.

Final score: Parkers Prairie 36, B-B-E 0. The Panthers (3-2) had 483 total yards of offense, while the Jaguars gained 150 total yards. Other stats will be published in a "Friday Night Lights V" report later in the day on Saturday afternoon.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

First win of the season

Senior Kenzie Thieschafer shown serving tonight in her number-one singles match.

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' tennis team picked up their first win of the season tonight on the home courts. Even with two regular varsity players missing, they pulled out a 4-3 win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Upsala-Swanville Area (3-13) in a Prairie Conference meet.

With the team score at 3-2 in favor of B-B-E, No. 4-singles player Jin Dian of China earned a straight-set win to clinch the team win. She is one of five foreign-exchange students at B-B-E high school this year.

**Here's video from that moment tonight:

More to follow! Great job, Jaguars!

**Below, action from the No. 4-singles match with Jin Dian early in her second set.

Up next: the Jaguars will go for their second straight win when they host Parkers Prairie on Monday at 4:30 p.m. in another Prairie Conference match. This event precedes the B-B-E Homecoming coronation at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

The Jaguars have two home matches next week, which is AWESOME during Homecoming! They host Melrose Area (6-8) on Tuesday.

In other news tonight...the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team defeated Kimball Area on the road in a 3-0 sweep in Central Minnesota Conference action. They're now 14-2 overall.

Central Minnesota Conference volleyball scores on September 27:
Paynesville Area 3, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 0


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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A wild night!

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team slugged it out with NL-S tonight and came away with a 3-2 win. They took game five by a 15-9 score.

**Here's video from the end of game one...added on Wednesday night to this blog post:

More to follow. I am buried about as bad as I've ever been on a Tuesday night by the newspaper. It prints in less than eight hours - basically, this is me being ground into fine powder right now!

Area volleyball scores on September 25:
Maple Lake 3, Dassel-Cokato 1
Hutchinson 3, Mayer Lutheran 2 (at Mayer, Tigers win game five 15-11)
Albany 3, Pierz 0
@Eden Valley-Watkins 3, Litchfield 2 (how ironic! EV-W wins this border battle and CMC-vs-Wright County conference clash with a 15-9 game five margin of victory)
Paynesville Area 3, Rockford Area 1
Sauk Centre 3, BOLD 0 (played at Olivia, this is BOLD's first loss after a 13-0 start)
Pine River-Backus 3, Verndale 1
Melrose Area 3, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 1
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 3, Central MN Christian 1
Yellow Medicine East 3, MACCRAY 1
Montevideo 3, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 2
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 3, West Central Area 0
Royalton 3, Swanville 0
Minneota 3, Canby 0

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

(VIDEO) Worship at the park

Here's a link to the Bonanza Valley Voice website, where you can take in part of the park service on Labor Day weekend at Games Lake. The Norway Lake Lutheran parish of rural New London hosted their final service of the summer season that day.

Coverage on this service appeared in the Sept. 6 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice:

Park service will resume next year, Memorial Day weekend!


Volleyball at Lakeview

The No. 12-ranked B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team competed at the Lakeview Invitational on Saturday in Cottonwood. The Jaguars defeated Lakeview 25-18, 25-21 in the championship match to finish 3-0 on the day and improve to 12-2 overall.

Next for volleyball! One of the highlights of my fall...the night our Jaguars play New London-Spicer! Whether it's home or away, I have tried to take in this border battle for the better part of 15 years now.  You always throw the records out the window...this time our Jaguars host the Wildcats, and that will be next week Tuesday, September 25. NL-S is 6-10 overall and 0-2 in the Wright County Conference-West. They went 2-1 at Lakeview today.



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Saturday, September 22, 2018

(College) Homecoming win!

In come-from-behind fashion, the University of Minnesota-Morris Cougars football team won their Homecoming game for the fourth year in a row today. Final score from Big Cat Stadium: UM-Morris 13, Iowa Wesleyan 7.

They have a bye week next weekend before hosting Crown College back on the home turf on Saturday, October 6.


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Friday Night Lights IV: Tigers rout Jaguars

Whether it was "three yards and a cloud of dust" or quick-moving sweeps around the left end, the Browerville Tigers faced light resistance throughout the night in a 44-7 win over our B-B-E Jaguars football team for a Week Four match up of Sub-District III squads.

The Tigers (2-2 overall) led 22-0 at  halftime.

(*Added late Saturday night) Below, video from the fourth quarter when the Jaguars scored their lone touchdown of the game:

The Tigers out-gained the Jaguars by a 364-yard to 134-yard overall margin. B-B-E had 77 yards of rushing offense compared to 352 yards by Browerville.

For the record, there is no such thing as "Browerville/Eagle Valley" - the Eagle Valley school district dissolved (disappeared) on July 30, 2017. It no longer exists. We did not play "Browerville/Eagle Valley" last night. That is not the proper name of the team. They are simply the Browerville Tigers. If we were going to get really technical, we played the "Browerville/Lafreniere Home School" Tigers!  Browerville has an agreement with the Lafreniere home school to allow their students to play on Browerville interscholastic teams.

Time to head west to the University of Minnesota-Morris Homecoming festivities and football game at noon at Big Cat Stadium! Then to Swift more here:

Mid-State, Sub-District III football scores on Week Four, Sept. 21:Upsala/Swanville Area 36, Parkers Prairie 22
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 45, Kimball Area 33 (at the Murdock SkyDome)
Royalton 12, New York Mills 7

Area football scores in Week Four, September 21:Verndale 48, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 8
Pillager 54, United North Central 8
West Central Area/Ashby 52, Wadena-Deer Creek 6
Alexandria 24, Rocori 12
Albany 35, Glencoe-Silver Lake 0
BOLD 54, Minnewaska Area 8
Brandon/Evansville 44, Bertha-Hewitt 14
Willmar 55, Big Lake 7
Canby 33, Lakeview 14
Dawson-Boyd 56, Lac qui Parle Valley 13
New London-Spicer 41, Foley 6
Hawley 42, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 14
Underwood 28, Hancock 19
Park Christian 41, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 40
Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 48, Renville Co. West 42 (OT)
Hutchinson 34, Becker 21
Red Rock Central 41, MACCRAY 26
Maple Lake 37, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 8
Mayer Lutheran 42, Medford 6
Montevideo 35, Sauk Centre 22
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 48, Benson 14
Waterville/Elysian/Morristown 27, Norwood-Young America 0
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 22, Ortonville 21
Osakis 27, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 20
Paynesville Area 50, Holdingford 20
Pierz 42, Melrose Area 34
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 22, Rothsay 6
Minneota 46, Yellow Medicine East 6

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Friday, September 21, 2018


Updates will be posted tonight.

Here's video from last night!

Go Jaguars!!!!

Updates: at halftime, the Browerville Tigers have a 22-0 lead over our B-B-E Jaguars football team.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

At the Eagles lair

After three games are in the book, our B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team has a 2-1 set lead. The Eagles won game one 25-20. Game four final: Jaguars 25, Eagles 19. In the final set, B-B-E fought back from a stubborn five-point deficit up to a 13-8 score in favor of EV-W. Katherine Mastey had a kill for a side out, and Kiley Winter's strong serving helped the Jaguars gain two additional points on EV-W errors. Grace Illies then added a kill, and the Eagles hit long to tie the game at 13-13.

Brittany Berge watches one of her kills slam to the EV-W back court in game three tonight.

Brittany Berge shot an incredible 59.3 percent on kills, having just three misfires on 27 attacks with 19 kills. Ally Gruber also had 19 kills with a team-high 18 digs.

**Here's video from the end of game two tonight; the Jaguars won this critical game by a 25-16 score:

With the win, B-B-E remains undefeated in the Central Minnesota Conference with a 3-0 mark. They now prepare for the Lakeview Invitational this Saturday in Cottonwood.

The Eagles, who had just suffered a 3-1 loss earlier this week on Tuesday against visiting New London-Spicer, falls to 10-5 overall with their third loss in the last four matches. They are 1-2 in the CMC.

Central Minnesota Conference volleyball scores in Week 3, Sept. 20:
Pierz 3, Kimball Area 1
Maple Lake, 3, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 1 (25-21, 16-25, 25-21, 25-20 as the Irish keep pace with the Jaguars atop the CMC with a 3-0 mark; they are 7-3 overall with four straight wins; on Tuesday this week, they defeated an outstanding Annandale club at home by a 3-1 margin)
Paynesville Area 3, Holdingford 0

In a Mid-State, Sub-District III football game tonight, Royalton defeated New York Mills 12-7.

**Below is a video clip from the Paynesville match last week:

Area volleyball scores on Sept. 20:
Willmar 3, Sauk Rapids-Rice 1
Watertown-Mayer 3, New London-Spicer 1
Litchfield 3, Dassel-Cokato 2
Becker 3, Albany 2
Royalton 3, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0
Battle Lake 3, Parkers Prairie 1
Canby 3, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 1
Bertha-Hewitt 3, Pillager 1
Menahga 3, Browerville 2
Yellow Medicine East 3, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 0
Minneota 3, Dawson-Boyd 0
Sauk Centre 3, Melrose Area 0


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Who's a Dana White fan?

If you know who Dana White is, then check out this video!

If you know who Tom Zenner is, please, by all means, check it out! If not, you'll read more about Zenner in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.


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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Church activities on Sunday: wonderful food!

Don't miss out on two church-related events on Sunday! They overlap one another, but you are more than welcome to take in both! (11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

At the B-B-E elementary school, St. Donatus Catholic church hosts a fall dinner and raffle in the cafeteria/gymnasium. The raffle is at 1 p.m. for numerous prizes, including the grand prize of $500 cash.

At Chippewa Falls Lutheran church in Terrace, they are hosting a hog roast and a craft and bake sale.

These are two of 15 churches in the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper's coverage area (14 if you don't count the now-closed church of Gausdal Lutheran).

Below, video from the end of Thursday night's border battle volleyball match:

Needless to say, the Jaguars were just a little excited about the win! Great job!!

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday Night Lights III: on-field struggle vs. Royals

The going was tough in the third installment of Friday Night Lights this fall for our B-B-E Jaguars football team. In a road game at No. 10 state-ranked Royalton, the Jaguars trailed 8-0 after the first quarter and 24-0 in the second quarter. A 15-yard scoring strike from Jackson Peter to Dylan Meyer in the second quarter made it 24-8 at halftime.

B-B-E's defense held for the third quarter, as the Royals got just one touchdown in that period on an 81-yard punt return by Zach Gottwalt (6'5" wide receiver/safety). The Royals senior, three-year starting quarterback, Gavin Suska, made good on nine of his 16 pass attempts for 168 yards and three touchdowns. He had second-quarter scoring passes of 51 yards and 45 yards.

Final score: Royalton 32, B-B-E 8. The Royals (3-0) rolled up 376 yards of offense, with 208 yards coming on the ground. The bulk of their rushing yardage came from seven ball carriers who had 18 or more yards on the night. The Royals, second place in Sub-District III and a Section 7AA finalist last year, appear as strong as ever in spite of losing District Offensive Back of the Year Riley Smieja (1,351 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in 2017) to graduation.

Next for the Jaguars: a home game on Friday, September 21 against Browerville (1-2).

Mid-State, Sub-District III football scores in Week III, Sept. 14:
@Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 28, Upsala/Swanville Area 14
@ Kimball Area 28, Parkers Prairie 20
New York Mills 10, @ Browerville 6 (this is NYM's first win in our sub-district since they joined in 2017)

*Note: the Cubs and Fighting Saints will clash next week in Murdock on K-M-S's Homecoming in an early clash of teams with eyes on Sub-District III hardware.

Area football scores in Week Three, September 14:
Willmar 47, Princeton 12
Renville County West 49, MACCRAY 12 (RCW's quarterback, Jack Howard made good on 14 of his 19 pass attempts for 378 yards and no interceptions)
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 20, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 13 (the Tigers out-rushed the Falcons 311 to 122)
New London-Spicer 49, Zimmerman 13 (Zimmerman entered the game ranked No. 7 in Class 4A; the Wildcats led 35-0 at one point in the second quarter!)
Dawson-Boyd 58, Lakeview 20
Osakis 56, Benson 8 (the Silverstreaks improved to 2-1 and had 438 rushing yards compared to Benson's 25 yards on the ground)
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 28, Upsala/Swanville Area 14 (Dylan Rudningen ran roughshod over the Patriots defense with 34 carries for 303 yards and three touchdowns; the Fighting Saints tallied 436 rushing yards and 24 through the air)
Rothsay 44, Park Christian 13
Barnesville 38, West Central Area/Ashby 14
Bertha-Hewitt 30, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 22
Brainerd 36, Alexandria 7
Holdingford 25, Eden Valley-Watkins 0
Melrose Area 40, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 12
BOLD 84, Sauk Centre 13 (ouch, wow)
Minnewaska Area 43, Montevideo 0
Ortonville 21, Yellow Medicine East 7
Pierz 34, Maple Lake 7
Paynesville Area 48, Rockford Area 20
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 34, Staples-Motley 28 (this was LP-GE's first sub-district win since September 3, 2015, when they beat Warroad 20-12)
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 14, Brandon/Evansville 8 OT

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The halftime football score: Royalton 24, B-B-E 8. The Royals led 24-0 in the second quarter when Jackson Peter passed to Dylan Meyer for a touchdown before halftime. Ben Boie ran in the two-point conversion.

To get the final score and read more on the game, click here:

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Sizzling in the gym

The Jaguars celebrate with Ally Gruber giving Emily Knight (middle) a high five. Knight had just put away a smoking-hot attack for a kill, putting the Jaguars ahead 14-13 in the deciding game four. Bonanza Valley Voice photo.

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team won by a 3-1 margin over visiting Paynesville Area tonight in front of a rowdy, packed hometown crowd. The Bulldogs traveled well with a huge contingent of Green & Black donning the stands. Game scores were 25-10, 25-17, 18-25, 25-16.

The Bulldogs, already winners of 11 matches this season, built huge leads in game three, 12-2 and then 18-8, but the Jaguars came back to within two points late in the game, down just 20-18, before falling by a seven-point margin.

As a team, the Jaguars had a very solid 24.6 hitting percentage. No Jaguar hit in the 30s, but the attack was extremely balanced with five hitters going at 19.2 percent or better. That is going to win a lot of matches!

Central Minnesota Conference volleyball scores on September 13 (Week Two):
Eden Valley-Watkins 3, Holdingford 1 (Eagles are 10-3 overall and 1-1 in the CMC)
Maple Lake 3, Pierz 0
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 3, Kimball Area 0

**Here's post-match footage from the Bonanza Valley Voice interview with one of the B-B-E tri-captains:

Paynesville, a team loaded with talent that is more than on track to break their school record for wins, falls to 11-3 overall and 1-1 in the Central Minnesota Conference. B-B-E is 8-2 overall and 2-0 in the CMC.

We finally have started uploading fall sports photos to the Bonanza Valley Voice online gallery. Here's the link to see photos from Osakis in the season opener: gallery will be fully uploaded later tonight.

Area volleyball scores on September 13:
Melrose Area 3, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 1 (big win for the Dutchmen in conference play against the defending WCC champions)
Alexandria 3, Fergus Falls 0
Brandon/Evansville 3, Underwood 1
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 3, West Central Area 0
Onamia 3, Ogilvie 1
Rockford Area 3, New London-Spicer 0
Royalton 3, Browerville 0
Rush City 1, Pine City 1
Albany 3, Little Falls 0
Verndale 3, Sebeka 1
Henning 3, Wadena-Deer Creek 2
Montevideo 3, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 1
BOLD 3, Benson 0
Sauk Centre 3, Minnewaska Area 0
Minneota 3, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 0
MACCRAY 3, Dawson-Boyd 0
Osakis 3, Swanville 0
Lakeview 3, Central MN Christian 1
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 3, Lac qui Parle Valley 1
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 3, Upsala 0

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The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team is ahead 2-0 in sets over Paynesville on the home volleyball court tonight.

Don't look now! The Bulldogs won game three 25-18.

The Jaguars won game four to improve to 2-0 in the Central Minnesota Conference.

Have a good night!

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Game day! Two home events

Two big events today! Come out and cheer on your Jaguars!

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' tennis team finally has their home opener. I believe this is the latest in a season in school history that they've gone before having a home match. They host Annandale at 4:30 p.m. at the brand-new high school courts.

Also at home tonight, the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team hosts Paynesville in a battle of conference powers. Both teams have eyes set on CMC hardware this season. The varsity match starts at about 7:15 p.m.!

Be there!



Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Big section win

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team picked up a big Section 5A win with a 3-0 sweep at once-beaten Verndale tonight. Game scores were 25-16, 25-18, 25-22.

The Pirates entered the match 6-1 overall, while B-B-E improves to 7-2 now heading into Thursday's home showdown with Paynesville Area. The Bulldogs beat Dassel-Cokato in a 3-2 match, although they pounded the Chargers by a 15-3 score in game five.

More to follow on Wednesday.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

'Been swamped

The news and sports departments of the Bonanza Valley Voice have been hopelessly swamped for the past couple of weeks...after a brief respite following the unwinding of Bonanza Valley Days and Belgrade August Fest reporting, it's been piling on here.

B-B-E Hall of Fame reporting has been the big factor...we're working on two more stories for this week's Voice for readers to enjoy.

*Below is video from Sunburg this past Labor Day. I was hoping to get the photo gallery uploaded with a web article posted at the Voice website...that will come at a later date.

This is a huge week for many reasons. One big item circled on the calendar is our home opener for the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team. They host neighboring rival Paynesville Area for a border battle this Thursday night. It's gonna be an incredible night on the court! The Jaguars are 6-2, while the Bulldogs are at least 6-1 overall. I've e-mailed their coach to confirm their record.

The Jaguars have payback on their minds, as the Bulldogs won 3-1 on their court last season.

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Saturday, September 08, 2018

Volleyball at Marshall

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team went 3-2 and took 13th place in Marshall this weekend. They went 1-1 on Friday night and then lost their opener to Class 3A Wayzata to start today's action.

Now 6-2 overall, the Jaguars head to Verndale on Tuesday for a non-conference, Section 5A battle with the Pirates.

More to come.


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Friday, September 07, 2018

Friday Night Lights II: it's a bust

My first observation: we had a terrific home crowd tonight! I was incredibly pleased with the turnout! I only wish things turned out better on the football field, though...the final score tonight: Kimball Area 34, B-B-E 0.

Another observation: very little went right tonight.

It's Kimball Area's first win over the Jaguars since 2012. I still remember that night, Week Two of the season, when the Cubs won a shootout on their home field by a 34-28 score. B-B-E was in the middle of an 0-3 start to the season, which ended in a very tough 6-0 loss to A-C-GC in the Section 4A championship game at SCSU's Husky Stadium.

The outlook does not get any easier for Week Three, when our Jaguars travel to state-ranked Class 2A Royalton next Friday. The Royals are 2-0 after defeating Parkers Prairie 32-20 tonight.

Mid-State District, Sub-District III scores in Week Two:
Upsala/Swanville Area 22, New York Mills 13
Browerville 24, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 22 (OT)
Royalton 32, Parkers Prairie 20

Area football scores on Sept. 7 in Week Two:
BOLD 49, Osakis 0
Ortonville 27, Canby 19
Hutchinson 42, Willmar 28
West Central Area/Ashby 28, United North Central 6
Paynesville Area 58, Melrose Area 21
Alexandria 17, Sartell-St. Stephen 16
Minnewaska Area 43, A-C-GC 16
Pierz 32, Holdingford 14
Maple Lake 20, Eden Valley-Watkins 14
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 49, Montevideo 21
Westbrook-Walnut Grove 50, MACCRAY 30
Yellow Medicine East 28, Wabasso 12
Edgerton/Ellsworth 50, Renville County West 33
Minneota 47, Dawson-Boyd 0
Lac qui Parle Valley 48, Lakeview 14
Hancock 41, Rothsay 18
Sauk Centre 60, Benson 56
New London-Spicer 55, St. Cloud Cathedral 7 (played Thursday at SCSU)
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 39, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 0 (C-G-B also lost 42-0 in their season opener during this rough start to their season)
Brandon/Evansville 54, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 15
Rockford Area 39, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 18
Lac qui Parle Valley 48, Lakeview 14
Pillager 41, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 8

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Halftime at home

At halftime in our home football opener: Kimball Area 27, B-B-E 0.

Final score: click on this link to see the outcome...

At Marshall tonight, the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team defeated Chaska 2-0 in the opening match, 25-20, 26-24. They were later swept by No. 4 Class 3A Lakeville South and take a 4-1 record into tomorrow's action.

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Game day!

It's game day! A day I've been anxiously looking forward to since October 28, 2017. That was the date of last year's Section 4A semifinal playoff game. I'm not gonna say any more about that game. It's just a marker in my memory, and tonight we resume play on the home gridiron when the B-B-E Jaguars football team hosts long-time rival Kimball Area.

As a school, B-B-E has been playing Kimball Area since at least 1990. In every season in those early years, the Jaguars and Cubs met for the season opener. That changed in 1999, when the Jaguars entered the Central Minnesota Conference and then had Ortonville for the season opener every year. Kimball became a conference rival.

Today the two teams reside in Sub-District III of the Mid-State District. The Jaguars will have their hands full with a very potent Kimball offense coming to town.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.! See you there! Come out and show your support!!!

**Here's video from a late drive at the end of the second quarter at Grove City last Friday...the Jaguars had a pass intercepted as time ran out on the final play:

Also! I can't forget to mention...Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood will carry tonight's game. Of COURSE, I want to see you at the game if you can make it! Our guys need your very vocal support!

Also, the B-B-E school broadcasting team will live stream the game. You can watch it by visiting and click on the technology page, B-B-E broadcasting site, then select tonight's game from the calendar.

...and may you ##ConquerEveryDay

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Thursday, September 06, 2018

Conference opener success

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team won their Central Minnesota Conference opener via a 3-0 sweep, although they had to climb well into extra points in the first set to get on the right track at Howard Lake.

Game scores were 28-26, 25-16, 25-19. The match at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted high school was a battle between two teams that tied for second place in the CMC last year.

If B-B-E wants any chance at their first CMC title since 2015, tonight was a must-win situation. And they delivered the goods!

Next: a very short turnaround as they open up the Southwest Minnesota Challenge tournament in Marshall at 5 p.m. tomorrow night!

Central Minnesota Conference volleyball scores on Sept. 6:Paynesville Area 3, Kimball Area 1

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Saturday, September 01, 2018

Friday Night Lights I: Jaguars falter in fourth quarter

A defensive struggle played out four three-quarters of the season opener between the B-B-E Jaguars football team and the host Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons. At halftime, the Falcons held a 12-8 lead, and that score stood into the fourth quarter.

Below, video from the first quarter, right after the Jaguars pulled in front with an 8-6 lead:

The Jaguars appeared to find some footing early in the fourth quarter while trailing 20-8 when they scored on a 51-yard catch by Dylan Meyer to narrow it back to a one-score game. The Falcons had just scored with 10:46 left in the game, and B-B-E started a drive on their own 24-yard line. The Jaguars drove into Falcons territory. They lost three yards on first down, but then Dylan Meyer hauled in a pass deep in the right corner from Thaniel Cebulla and scored with 8:40 to go, B-B-E down 20-14.

A-C-GC scored two unanswered touchdowns in the last eight minutes, one from 53 yards out and the final one from two yards out. Final score: A-C-GC 35, B-B-E 14. For the game, the Jaguars had 263 yards of offense compared to 311 for A-C-GC. Two big differences were the Falcons committing no penalties in the game while they also went 4-of-12 on third-down conversions. B-B-E had five penalties for 30 yards, and they were 2-of-11 on third-down conversions. The Falcons converted on fourth down once, their only try of the game. B-B-E was 0-for-2 on fourth down tries. The Jaguars had a fairly solid run game with 180 yards rushing. The Falcons ran for 203 yards.

While the loss stings, and the fourth quarter of the game left a very bad taste for our team, I drove home from Grove City feeling not too shabby considering the Jaguars have had to replace 13 valuable seniors, including 10 starters on offense and eight starters on defense.

Next for the Jaguars (0-1) is the home and Sub-District III opener on Friday, September 7 when they host rival Kimball Area at 7 p.m. The Cubs lost 41-22 to visiting Eden Valley-Watkins in their season opener on Thursday.

Week one, season openers, including Mid State, Sub-District III teams (home teams in bold):
Osakis 14, Browerville 6
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 14, New York Mills 10
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 26, Benson 0
(Dylan Rudningen had 220 yards, 24 carries and four TDs) Parkers Prairie 14, Wadena-Deer Creek 0
Royalton 34, Sauk Centre 20
Upsala/Swanville Area 43, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 20
Eden Valley-Watkins 41, Kimball Area 22

Area football scores in Week 1:Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 44, Holdingford 21
BOLD 30, Paynesville Area 20
Melrose Area 44, Montevideo 14
Wabasso 28, Lac qui Parle Valley 21
Breckenridge 34, West Central Area/Ashby 20
Hancock 20, Park Chrisian 12
Maple Lake 27, Minnewaska Area 0
Pierz 64, Milaca 8
Holy Family Catholic 32, New London-Spicer 23
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 30, Yellow Medicine East 8

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