Friday, January 31, 2020

Basketball night

Game updates from the home boys' basketball game will follow. The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team is hosting Kimball Area tonight.

*Update: early in the first half, the Jaguars have a slim 14-13 lead.

Halftime: B-B-E 28, Kimball Area 25.

Quickly in the second half, the Jaguars dropped the hammer on the Cubs with a scoring burst of a 9-0 run in the first 105 seconds of action. Kaden Pieper scored two buckets, including one three-pointer, to put the Jaguars ahead 37-25 with 16:15 left in the game.

*Here's video from the final minute of the first half. Posted on Saturday morning:

*Final: B-B-E 63, Kimball 40.

At Osakis tonight, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team won 43-34 over the almost Prairie Conference-leading Silverstreaks. The Jaguars led 30-14 at halftime and then hung on through a tough second half. They were led by 11 points from Karissa Jones and 10 points from Allisa Knight. Osakis falls to 9-10 overall. They are currently 5-1 in their conference and trail Browerville by a half of a game.

Next: the home boys' and girls' doubleheader with visiting Browerville at the B-B-E high school tomorrow afternoon. The JV games begin at 1:30 p.m., and the varsity girls' game starts at 3 p.m. The varsity boys' game begins at 5 p.m.

Also tomorrow is a huge home youth wrestling tournament that includes a total of seven teams. Action begins at the B-B-E elementary school at 10:30 a.m.

Central MN Conference boys' basketball scores on January 31:
Eden Valley-Watkins 55, Royalton 23
Holdingford 75, Paynesville Area 46 (hard to believe that score! But it's accurate...the Huskers led 40-13 at
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 50, Maple Lake 48

Area boys' basketball scores on January 31:
Litchfield 57, New London-Spicer 51
Albany 61, Zimmerman 55
Brandon-Evansville 53, Rothsay 32
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 61, Ashby 56
Parkers Prairie 60, Underwood 41
Hinckley-Finlayson 56, Upsala 49
Hill City 61, Ogilvie 53
Rush City 70, Isle 36
Sartell-St. Stephen 69, Willmar 59
Pierz 58, Little Falls 49
Benson 86, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 83
Minnewaska Area 74, Montevideo 52
BOLD 75, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 72
Melrose Area 90, Sauk Centre 72
Hancock 69, Battle Lake 52

Area girls' basketball scores on January 31:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 73, Rocori 64
Duluth Marshall 72, Royalton 71
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 79, Hill City/Northland 28
Rush City 52, Isle 37
MACCRAY 45, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 43
Renville County West 57, Dawson-Boyd 37
Minneota 82, Yellow Medicine East 42
Central MN Christian 64, Lac qui Parle Valley 33
Lakeview 62, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 52
Onamia 52, Swanville 50 OT
Henning 79, Sebeka 58, Menahga 41, New York Mills 34
Rothsay 59, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 45
Albany 60, Minnewaska Area 47
Willmar 55, Waseca 38
Melrose Area 75, Paynesville Area 46
Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 54, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 39

Thank you to the Belgrade Co-op for sponsoring tonight's Jaguar sports blog coverage! They will be hosting their annual meeting on February 21 in Padua. The upcoming issues of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper will have more details on that.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Conference win! And hang another banner!

The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team handed Royalton-Upsala a 54-15 loss tonight at the home quadrangular. The win also counted on the dual meet standings in the Central Minnesota Conference. This brings the Jaguars to a 5-0 mark, clinching at least a tie for their first conference wrestling title since the 1996-1997 season. This is terrific news!

They have more matches yet tonight, and they won't complete the CMC schedule until next Friday, February 7, when they travel to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

Coming into tonight's action, HL-W-W had a 2-1 mark in CMC duals. Kimball Area has completed their run through the CMC schedule and finished 5-1. Paynesville Area is 2-3 with one match left.

More to follow later tonight.

*Update: the Jaguars defeated No. 9-ranked West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville 56-18 in their second match of the night.

*Update: against No. 2-ranked Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, the Jaguars have a slim 14-12 lead through the 145-pound match.

Final: A-C-GC 36, B-B-E 24. The Falcons earned half of their points from three pins, setting them up for the team win. It was a very exciting match.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Sub-section win

Against sub-section rival Upsala, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team picked up a 73-52 win last night on the home court. They built a 34-17 lead at halftime. Karsee Kampsen led the Jaguars with a career-high 16 points.

Upsala falls to 7-10 overall, while the Jaguar are now 10-8.

At Paynesville last night, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team lost 76-62.

Central MN Conference boys' basketball scores on January 28:
Eden Valley-Watkins 64, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 63 (at Howard Lake)
Holdingford 48, Maple Lake 41
Royalton 64, Kimball Area 56

Area boys' basketball scores on January 28:
Albany 86, Milaca 49
Pierz 67, Zimmerman 57
Parkers Prairie 76, Battle Lake 57
Brandon-Evansville 71, Underwood 45
Onamia 69, Hinckley-Finlayson 65
Pine City 78, Braham 54
Rush City 67, Ogilvie 61
Alexandria 81, Willmar 52
Lac qui Parle Valley 80, Canby 41
Minnewaska Area 80, Benson 48
Melrose Area 74, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 59
BOLD 87, Montevideo 33
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 87, Sauk Centre 69
Ortonville 53, Hancock 43
Swanville 68, Bertha-Hewitt 64
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 69, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 40
West Central Area 69, Upsala 54
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 50, Verndale 40
Dawson-Boyd 72, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 66
Renville County West 60, Minneota 42
MACCRAY 79, Yellow Medicine East 40 (Wolverines have won nine straight; they are 15-3 overall with a 10-1 mark in the Camden North Conference, one game ahead of second-place Central MN Christian)
Lakeview 69, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 57

Area girls' basketball scores on January 29:
East Central 57, Isle 31
New London-Spicer 78, Glencoe-Silver Lake 43
Ogilvie 62, Rush City 44
Onamia 58, Hinckley-Finlayson 50
Pine City 83, Braham 39
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 61, Browerville 43
Benson 66, Lakeview 27
Osakis 52, Kimball 39
Albany 60, Holdingford 42
Sauk Centre 55, Royalton 50
Eden Valley-Watkins 64, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 55
Pine River-Backus 67, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 42
Wadena-Deer Creek 66, Parkers Praire 55
Henning 60, Pillager 31
Sebeka 72, Verndale 59
YME 75, A-C-GC 33
Underwood 49, Hancock 32
LQPV 81, Montevideo 67


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Taking the night off

Tuesday night game scores and other information will be posted on Wednesday afternoon.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Browerville duals

The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team went 1-2 in three matches tonight at the Browerville duals. The tournament was hosted by the No. 1-ranked Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville Wolves.

The Jaguars lost to No. 4-ranked (Class 2A) Foley by a 36-28 score. They lost to LPGE/Browerville 43-22. The Jaguars defeated the JV squad of the No. 2-ranked team in Class 3A, St. Michael-Albertville, by a 40-26 score.

B-B-E's overall dual record now stands at 13-2. Next for the wrestlers is a home triangular next Thursday, January 30.

At Kimball tonight, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team defeated the Cubs 56-40. They were led by 15 points from Jenna Dingmann. The Cubs are 2-16 overall and 1-8 in the CMC. The Jaguars improve to 9-8 overall and 7-4 (fourth) in the CMC. Next for the Jaguars is an important home game on Tuesday, January 28 against Section 5A rival Upsala.

*Click here to see a short ultra-high definition video from the last seconds of the first half in Thursday night's home game with Royalton, at the Bonanza Valley Voice website:

Central MN Conference girls' basketball scores on January 24:
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 50, Maple Lake 36
Holdingford 89, Paynesville Area 46
Royalton 56, Eden Valley-Watkins 46 (battle of first-place teams in the CMC goes to the Royals, who are now 7-1 in the league with EV-W at 6-2 in second place with Holdingford)

Area girls' basketball scores on January 24:
Pine River-Backus 81, Isle 29
Windom Area 60, Redwood Valley 58 OT
Onamia 71, Braham 57
New London-Spicer 62, Dassel-Cokato 28
Lac qui Parle Valley 73, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 55
West Central Area 44, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 36
Verndale 65, Nevis 61
BOLD 68, Benson 48
Minnewaska Area 59, Montevideo 56
Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 69, Sleepy Eye 56

Area boys' basketball scores on January 24:
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 46, Upsala 42 (2 OT)
Mora 60, Albany 49
Swanville 64, Holdingford 60
Dassel-Cokato 68, New London-Spicer 53
Battle Lake 42, Brandon-Evansville 38
Parkers Prairie 65, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 52
Osakis 71, Paynesville Area 60
Hinckley-Finlayson 65, Rush City 63
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 110, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 101
BOLD 90, Cedar Mountain 55
Rockford 84, Glencoe-Silver Lake 65
WCA 71, C-G-B 24
MACCRAY 79, Minneota 56
Lakeview 69, Dawson-Boyd 66
Willmar 75, Redwood Valley 69

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Conference dance meet

The B-B-E/Paynesville Pirouettes dance team competes in the Camden Conference championships today at Yellow Medicine East high school. Doors open to the public at 5:30 p.m.

The Pirouettes perform at 7:05 p.m. in the jazz division. They perform in the kick division at 8:20 p.m. Senior recognition and the awards will take place at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Next Monday, January 27, the Pirouettes compete at the New London-Spicer Invitational. The National Anthem will be performed at 6:25 p.m., and the competition will begin after that.

Below, video from the K-M-S game on Monday night...available in HD with the right browser settings:


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Game night: Royalton

Game updates to follow here at tonight's home contest against Royalton. The game is aired on 106.5 FM The Train. The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team is looking for their sixth win of the season and snap a two-game losing skid.

**Update: with 5:37 left in the first half, the Royals have a 23 to 18 lead.

And at halftime...we have a five-point game on our hands: Royalton 32, B-B-E 27.

Here's action from early in the second half tonight:

With 1:32 left, the Jaguars are ahead 57-55.

Final score: B-B-E 61, Royalton 57. The Royals (2-12 overall) got two bonus free throws with 22 seconds left to cut B-B-E's lead to 59-57. Then with 10 seconds left, Jackson Peter drained a wide-open three-pointer to salt the lead after the Jaguars blew up Royalton's full court press.

Next: the Jaguars (6-9 overall, 3-4 Central Minnesota Conference) travel to Paynesville Area next Tuesday.

Central MN Conference boys' basketball scores on January 23:
Paynesville Area 72, Maple Lake 61 (game was tied 30-30 at halftime)
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 46, Kimball Area 41
Eden Valley-Watkins 57, Holdingford 46

Area boys' basketball scores on January 23:
BOLD 98, Benson 83 (Braves drain 17 three-pointers in the loss)
Melrose Area 46, Minnewaska Area 29
Sauk Centre 68, Montevideo 56 (Mainstreeters snap a five-game losing skid)
Renville County West 74, Lac qui Parle Valley 71
Isle 63, Ogilvie 47
Henning 85, Menahga 58
Parkers Prairie 57, Brandon/Evansville 44
St. John's Prep 74, Swanville 71

Area girls' basketball scores on January 23:
Melrose Area 71, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 29
Underwood 45, Parkers Prairie 31
Pierz 59, Swanville 30
Albany 68, Eden Valley-Watkins 50
Yellow Medicine East 60, MACCRAY 38
Minneota 81, Renville County West 23
Canby 46, Lac qui Parle Valley 43
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 70, Dawson-Boyd 35
Lakeview 52, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 49
Browerville 56, Upsala 49 OT
Pine River-Backus 59, Laporte 13
Henning 59, Menahga 58
Sebeka 69, New York Mills 57
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 54, Hancock 46 OT
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 63, Osakis 34
West Central Area 85, Ortonville 24

Thank you to Integrity Home Investments of Brooten for sponsoring this Jaguars sports post!

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Tuesday night results

Tonight at Paynesville, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team won 57-21 to improve to 6-4 in the Central Minnesota Conference and 8-8 overall. The girls' basketball team travels to Kimball Area (2-15, 1-7) this Friday. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 1-14 overall and 0-8 in the CMC.

At the Osakis quadrangular tonight, the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team won three matches by huge margins. They beat the host Silverstreaks 80-0. In a CMC dual, they thrashed Eden Valley-Watkins 64-3. Against Ortonville, the Jaguars won 77-6. They now hold a 12-0 record in dual meets.

Also, sophomore Walker Bents won his 100th career match tonight at Osakis. Great job!

Next for the wrestling team is a dual tournament at Browerville this Friday.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Border battle: B-B-E vs. K-M-S

Game updates will follow here this evening from the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team's game against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Belgrade. It will be carried by both radio stations.

*Update: the Jaguars are off to a great start with a 7-2 lead after two minutes of play.

*Update: with 4:44 left, the Jaguars have a 21 to 18 lead.

Halftime: B-B-E 28, K-M-S 23.

Here's video featuring the starter introductions, the opening tip-off and first few possessions of the game:

Second half update: after two Jenna Dingmann free throws, the Jaguars are ahead 39 to 25 with 13 minutes left in the game.

Final score: B-B-E 57, K-M-S 42. With the win, the Jaguars improve to 7-8 overall and 1-0 against Section 5A opponents. Tomorrow they have another border battle with a trip to Paynesville.

K-M-S fell to 7-8 overall; they are 6-4 (second) in the Camden North Conference. Madison Rohner led the Fighting Saints with 16 points, while Maret Gjerde added 10 points.

Area girls' basketball scores on January 20:
Springfield 72, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 65
Melrose Area 55, Minnewaska Area 54
Lac qui Parle Valley 55, Renville County West 33
MACCRAY 65, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 44
BOLD 56, Canby 40
Yellow Medicine East 70, Montevideo 66
Holdingford 94, Ogilvie 27
Belle Plaine 61, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 55 (W-E-M's first loss after a 15-0 start to the season)
Menahga 74, Browerville 43
Sebeka 69, Nevis 48
Medford 61, Tri-City United 44

Area boys' basketball scores on January 20:
Annandale 48, Melrose 33
Maple Lake 59, Foley 52
Eden Valley-Watkins 74, Sauk Centre 37
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 80, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 39
MACCRAY 100, Wabasso 72
Dawson-Boyd 72, Pipestone Area 67 OT
West Central Area 73, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 50
Minneota 57, Ortonville 47


Prayer warriors

I learned today that the Elrosa Baseball Club's cash raffle held on December 22 was a smashing success for the Easton Rood family. The 2 1/2-year old from Belgrade is battling cancer. A brief update on Easton was published in the January 9 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice (page one).

A member of the extended family mentioned that they hold an enormous level of gratitude to the Elrosa club for holding the raffle. Those in charge of the raffle were "extremely professional" from start to finish in pulling this off (kind of at the last it was thrown together in November). The money raised will help defray the gigantic level of bills and other financial obligations that the Rood family is enduring while little Easton battles for his life.

Beyond that I don't have much to share. In February, I hope to get a story published on how things are going for Easton and his family.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

A shout out for local businesses

How about a shout out for our awesome, locally-owned business community!

Here's the website for The Local Pantry of Brooten. They have been a premier advertiser on the Bonanza Valley Voice website since 2016.

Currently, other recurring advertisers on the newspaper's website also include the Bonanza Valley State Bank of Brooten, Glacial Ridge Health System of Brooten/Glenwood/Starbuck as well as Central Square and Civic Center of Glenwood.

Integrity Home Investments of Brooten is also a premier sponsor of the newspaper website. They have one real estate listing posted at our classified section, and more will be added this week.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

(VIDEO) Basketball action

Here's the end of the first half on Thursday night's girls' basketball game:

The Royalton Royals have been a great addition to the Central Minnesota Conference this season. They fell behind 15-4 in the first half but stormed back to gain a 23-21 lead at halftime. Both teams employed stifling defense the entire game.

Saturday update: the weather has brought some changes to local events. Bar Bingo at the KaDe Shack will not be held today. Also, a predator hunt in the Sedan area, culminating with awards and supper at Rooney's Bar, has been postponed to Saturday, February 1.

Also, Music Residency night at Goat Ridge Brewing Co. in New London has been cancelled for tonight. They are being held on Saturdays throughout January. You can read about Family Night at Goat Ridge at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website...(short link) The Goat Ridge event schedule for January was published in the January 9 issue of the Voice.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Snow fall

The snow fall predictions have fallen a little short...roughly half of what they predicted has fallen today. I'd say we'll end up with four to five inches of snow...of course, I could be wrong.

(It happens)

Regardless, stay safe out there! The wind is just nasty.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thursday night action

With 11:23 left in the first half in tonight's Central Minnesota Conference game, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team has a 13-4 lead over visiting Royalton. The Jaguars scored seven straight points for a 15-4 lead.

**Update: with 8:29 left, the Jaguars are ahead 15 to 8. The Royals ultimately scored 10 straight points to form a 15-14 score.

Halftime: Royalton 23, B-B-E 21.

Here's video from the first half tonight:

*Update: with 14:13 left in the game, the Royals have a 31-25 lead.

**Final: Royalton 44, B-B-E 40. The Jaguars (6-8, 5-4) were led by Karissa Jones's 12 points. The Royals improve to 12-2 overall and 5-1 in the CMC. They keep pace with Eden Valley-Watkins for the top spot in the CMC, sitting a half-game behind the Eagles. EV-W defeated first-place Holdingford tonight (see scoreboard below).

*****The No. 4-ranked B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team defeated No. 3-ranked Minnewaska Area 33-32 tonight. The teams met at a triangular at Melrose high school, hosted by the Sauk Centre-Melrose wrestling team. The Lakers won at 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285...but they didn't score the needed points to overcome B-B-E's 33-3 lead.

In their second dual of the night, the Jaguars throttled the severely outmanned SC-M team by a 67-4 score. They improve to 9-0 on the season.

At Maple Lake, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team lost 61-40 in a CMC game. They were tied with the Irish 19-19 at halftime.

Maple Lake improves to 5-7 overall and 3-2 in the CMC.

Central MN Conference girls' basketball scores on January 16:
Eden Valley-Watkins 36, Holdingford 32 (EV-W Eagles knock the Huskers out of first place and have won six straight since losing to B-B-E on January 2)
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 58, Kimball Area 37
Maple Lake 61, Paynesville Area 40

Area girls' basketball scores on January 16:
New London-Spicer 73, Watertown-Mayer 60
Albany 63, St. Cloud Cathedral 44
Pine City 70, Pierz 57
East Central 52, Isle 39
Ogilvie 71, Hinckley-Finlayson 56
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 43, Canby 40
Lakeview 63, Dawson-Boyd 38
Upsala 62, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 37
Osakis 71, Swanville 29
Henning 67, Staples-Motley 47
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 74, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 51
Benson 56, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 19
Sauk Centre 65, Minnewaska Area 31
BOLD 62, Renville County West 35
Parkers Prairie 53, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 43

Area boys' basketball scores on January 16:
Osakis 62, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 42
Minnewaska Area 78, Paynesville Area 62
Holdingford 60, Foley 51
Braham 71, Swanville 53
Springfield 91, Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 76
Albany 73, St. Cloud Cathedral 59
Lac qui Parle Valley 74, Russel-Tyler-Ruthton 47
Minneota 68, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 49
Pillager 68, Sebeka 50
Lakeview 58, RCW 56
MACCRAY 89, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 62
Henning 67, Verndale 27
Dawson-Boyd 53, Yellow Medicine East 49
W/H-N 68, Underwood 49
West Central Area 84, Ortonville 31

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Furious Friday coming

... and the only thing furious about it will be the weather.

All school activities at B-B-E are canceled for tomorrow, Friday, January 17. School will be closed due to the oncoming snowstorm that is predicted to arrive in the morning.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Photo galleries

A few additional photo galleries have been added, filled out and rounded out at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper's online's the general folder with events from 2019 across the area:

...and here's the photo gallery that includes photos from various Fine Arts-related school and community events in the Bonanza Valley. The photo gallery from the December 15 Christmas recital at Belgrade Nursing Home was just added today:

I just saw this story on the West Central Tribune website tonight...and all I could think was "Good Lord, Almighty!" ...this is flat out crazy. Over $400,000 was allegedly stolen from New London-area small businesses by a Mounds View woman who worked as their bookkeeper.

Read more here (short link):

My two cents: CRIME SHOULD NOT PAY! And this type of predatory behavior towards small businesses should be severely punished.

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Schedule change

Due to the snow forecast, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team will play at Maple Lake on Thursday this week, not Friday. The varsity game will have a tip-off time of 5:45 p.m., with the B-squad and C-squad games to follow.

Maple Lake will host a varsity girls' basketball game later that evening. Their C- and B-squad girls' basketball games will start at 5:45 p.m., with the two varsity games taking place in their main gymnasium.

The forecast shows anywhere from six to 11 inches of snow coming on Friday and Saturday.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Game night

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team is hosting Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted tonight. The game is on 106.5 FM The Train. The Lakers hold an 8-4 overall record and are 2-1 in the Central Minnesota Conference. Also noteworthy is that they have won three games in a row coming into tonight. This is their first CMC game since a 56-53 overtime loss at Paynesville on January 2.

With 13 minutes left in the first half, the Jaguars have a 7-6 lead.

*Update: with just under seven minutes to go, the Jaguars are ahead 14-9.

*Update: the Lakers narrowed the lead to 15-14, and then with 5:25 left, Jackson Peter knocked down a three for an 18-14 lead.

The Lakers ended the half on an impressive 9-0 run to take a 23-18 lead into halftime.

*Here's video added after the game that features the tip-off and first few minutes of the game:

*Second half update: with 10 minutes to go, the Lakers hold a 33-28 lead.

*Update: with 65 seconds left, the Lakers are ahead 41 to 36.

Final score:  HL-W-W 47, B-B-E 40. The Lakers, who stand in third place in the CMC with a 3-1 record, overcame a valiant effort by the Jaguars with 13-of-26 free throw shooting. The Jaguars (5-8, 2-3) got to the line for just seven shots and made good on five of them.

In another CMC game tonight, the Eden Valley-Watkins boys' basketball team defeated Maple Lake 56-34. The Eagles are now 4-0 in the CMC, a half game behind 5-0 Paynesville Area. Also tonight in a boys' basketball CMC game, Paynesville Area won 56-54 against host Kimball Area.

At Holdingford tonight, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team trailed 26-24 at halftime against the once-beaten Huskers. Final score: Holdingford 53, B-B-E 42. The Jaguars (6-7) were hampered by frigid 30-percent field goal shooting. Next: a tough home contest on Thursday this week against new CMC member Royalton.

Area boys' basketball scores on January 14:
Browerville 67, Swanville 46
Ashby 80, Parkers Prairie 70
Cass Lake-Bena 77, Pine River-Backus 74
Rockford 77, New London-Spicer 41
Proctor 72, Hinckley-Finlayson 63
Osakis 81, Upsala 55
Holdingford 40, Royalton 34
Central MN Christian 82, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 57
BOLD 82, Mayer Lutheran 47
Nevis 74, Verndale 33

Area girls' basketball scores on January 14:
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 50, Onamia 43
Sauk Centre 56, Melrose Area 36
Albany 64, Royalton 54
Pillager 62, Sebeka 52
Menahga 57, Wadena-Deer Creek 38

THANK YOU to Bonanza Valley State Bank of Brooten for sponsoring this Jaguars sports post!

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Numerous irons in the fire

It could just as well be mid-July right now...many irons in the fire for mid-January.

In the worlds of most newspapers, mid-January is the opposite of peak time. It's a very slow news period. Move over to our world, and the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper's news department has numerous matters to deal with right now.

That's all for now. Time to gear up for the first Brooten city council meeting of 2020. One exciting part to the evening will be the council accepting a terrific donation from the Brooten Fire Relief Association in support of Bonanza Valley Days 2020!! The dates will be July 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Thank you for your efforts, Brooten Fire Department!

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Border battle

At halftime, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team is leading Sauk Centre 25-23.

With seven minutes to go, the Jaguars have a 41-38 lead. They've held an eight-point lead on two occasions earlier in the second half.

Final: B-B-E 67, Sauk Centre 46. Jackson Peter led the Jaguars with 16 points and 15 rebounds. The Mainstreeters fall to 5-7 overall with their third loss in a row. Next: the Jaguars (5-7) host Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (7-4, 2-1) next Tuesday in a Central Minnesota Conference game.

*Here's video from the end of the first half tonight:

At Maple Lake tonight, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team won their third game in a row. The final score was 53-35; they led 26-18 at halftime. The Jaguars improve to 6-6 overall and 4-2 in the Central Minnesota Conference. Next: a huge, huge conference game at Holdingford (12-1, 4-1) next Tuesday.

At Paynesville tonight, the No. 4-ranked B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team took first place. Senior Canon Swanson earned his 200th career win, a HUGE milestone. Congratulations! He claimed the 145-pound title tonight by defeating Holdingford's James Welle by fall (1:54) in the championship.

Walker Bents, Ryan Jensen, Canon Swanson, Dylan Kampsen and Michael Doubek all won individual titles for the Jaguars. Earning runner-up finishes were Tyler Jensen, Blaine Fischer and Mark Jenniges. Next: the Jaguars (7-0) put their undefeated dual meet record on the line at Sauk Centre next Thursday, January 16. The Sauk Centre-Melrose team will be hosting a triangular that also includes No. 3-ranked Minnewaska Area (13-1).

Team scoring at Paynesville:
1. B-B-E 220.5
2. Sartell-St. Stephen 189.5
3. Paynesville Area 138
4. Holdingford 131
5. Milaca 126
6. Eden Valley-Watkins 114

Central MN Conference girls' basketball scores on January 10:
Royalton 60, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 51 (Royals are 11-1 overall and 4-1 in the CMC)

Area boys' basketball scores on January 10:
Albany 55, Little Falls 42
Minnewaska Area 66, New London-Spicer 60
Ashby 61, Brandon-Evansville 57
Paynesville Area 71, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 44
Upsala 71, Isle 55
Pierz 63, Holdingford 38
Braham 51, Hinckley-Finlayson 43
East Central 56, Rush City 52
Cromwell-Wright 66, Two Harbors 47
Melrose Area 78, Montevideo 63
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 83, Benson 64
West Central Area 83, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 46
Hancock 66, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 30
Central MN Christian 71, Yellow Medicine East 24
MACCRAY 60, Lakeview 54
Renville County West 82, Canby 56
Lac qui Parle Valley 82, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 54
Dawson-Boyd 71, Minneota 67

Area girls' basketball scores on January 10:
Paynesville Area 67, LP-GE 57
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 67, Cass Lake-Bena 59
Albany 75, Little Falls 34
Clearbrook-Gonvick 51, Pine River-Backus 50
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 55, Russel-Tyler-Ruthton 42
West Central Area 67, Hancock 49
Swanville 50, Bertha-Hewitt 41
Montevideo 64, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 42
MA/CA 67, Benson 61
Sauk Centre 77, BOLD 49

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Getting in on the Vikings playoff excitement

Check out this video, featuring the student body of B-B-E elementary school earlier today giving the Minnesota Vikings famous SKOL chant!

And! This will be featured during TONIGHT'S 5 p.m. evening news on KARE Channel 11!!


Eagles prevail

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team fell 82-50 at Eden Valley last night.

Tonight the Jaguars (4-7) host Sauk Centre in a non-conference game. The Mainstreeters, coached by 2011 B-B-E graduate Kevin Kuefler, lost last night to Minnewaska Area 70-50. Their tallest player, standing a full seven feet tall, suffered an injury on Wednesday this week and is out for an indefinite period of time.

Central MN Conference boys' basketball scores on January 9:
Paynesville Area 50, Royalton 42
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 53, Holdingford 32
Maple Lake 63, Kimball Area 44

Area boys' basketball scores on January 9:
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 85, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 30
Benson 76, New London-Spicer 63
Rothsay 60, Battle Lake 55
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 58, Onamia 42
Osakis 77, Swanville 45
Browerville 67, St. John's Prep 62
Minnewaska Area 70, Sauk Centre 50
BOLD 83, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 54
Melrose Area 53, Albany 46
Parkers Prairie 79, New York Mills 72
Pine River-Backus 77, Menahga 67

MACCRAY 73, Montevideo 63

Area girls' basketball scores on January 9:
Minnewaska Area 57, Litchfield 48
Eden Valley-Watkins 65, Paynesville Area 22
Holdingford 51, Milaca 36
Braham 58, Hinckley-Finlayson 51
Minneota 77, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 38

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 52, MACCRAY 41
Henning 64, New York Mills 37
Menahga 50, Sebeka 20
Verndale 66, Bertha-Hewitt 33
New London-Spicer 68, Benson 33
Central MN Christian 50, Canby 35
Lakeview 55, Renville County West 49
Yellow Medicine East 66, Dawson-Boyd 24
Lac qui Parle Valley 68, Russel-Tyler-Ruthton 58

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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Slowly but surely

Slowly but surely we are catching up...we're now up to 105 'event' folders of photos plus 12 miscellaneous (each month) folders of photos from the year that was 2019.

Here's the link to check it out, via the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper:

I'm guessing we'll top out at about 122 folders altogether for 2019, setting a new record for this newspaper.


Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Road trip

The Bonanza Valley Voice won't be making the long road trip, unfortunately, but we will be rooting on the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team from afar as they head to Wright County with a destination of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted high school.

The Jaguars (5-6, 3-2) are looking for their second Central Minnesota Conference win in a row as they look to keep pace with CMC unbeaten Holdingford.

Here's the website for Central Square and Civic Center in Glenwood: Take a moment and browse their website and list of upcoming events. You can read more in this week's Voice (and last week's too)

Central Square is a premier sponsor of the Bonanza Valley Voice website...along with The Local Pantry of Brooten, the Glacial Ridge Health System of Brooten/Glenwood/Starbuck, the Bonanza Valley State Bank of Brooten and Integrity Home Investments of Brooten. Their support of the newspaper's website is crucial to keeping that outlet for news, photos and video available for the public.

**Update: the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team defeated HL-W-W 52-46 to improve to 4-2 in the CMC and 5-6 overall. The Lakers fall to 8-4 overall and 2-2 in the CMC.

Next: a trip to Maple Lake (3-7, 1-3) this Friday. The Irish began a four-game homestand with Eden Valley-Watkins tonight. The Eagles won 57-31.

Central MN Conference girls' basketball scores on January 7:Eden Valley-Watkins 57, Maple Lake 31
Royalton 56, Holdingford 43
Kimball Area 50, Paynesville Area 49

Area girls' basketball scores on January 7:
New London-Spicer 59, Litchfield 29
Barnesville 51, Osakis 48
Braham 51, Rush City 34
East Central 52, Ogilvie 43
Swanville 64, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 53
Verndale 63, Browerville 60
West Central Area 61, Brandon/Evansville 55
Melrose Area 32, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 29
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 61, Ortonville 31
Sauk Centre 74, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 23
BOLD 57, Montevideo 50
Minnewaska Area 63, Benson 49


Monday, January 06, 2020

Big section win

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team defeated Upsala tonight 62-48. They led 22-20 at halftime. Robust 46-percent field goal shooting was a big factor in the win over a Section 5A rival.

The Jaguars improve to 4-6 on the season with their second straight win.

Next: the Jaguars travel to Eden Valley-Watkins (7-1) this Thursday for a Central Minnesota Conference game.

I'd like to take a moment and help promote the upcoming 19th annual Belgrade Lions Family Fun Day. The event is coming on Sunday, January 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the B-B-E high school. Come one, come all! Fun for all ages.

Area boys' basketball scores on January 6:
Annandale 68, Kimball Area 37
St. John's Prep 61, Onamia 54
Braham 53, Rush City 49
Pierz 68, Little Falls 64
MACCRAY 74, Canby 43
Albany 64, Minnewaska Area 63 OT
BOLD 73, Melrose Area 40
Lac qui Parle Valley 62, Lakeview 60
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 64, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 57 (KMS's first win of the season)
Dawson-Boyd 65, Russel-Tyler-Ruthton 47


Sunday, January 05, 2020

Dance season update (VIDEO)

The B-B-E/Paynesville Pirouettes dance team competed in Alexandria yesterday. Their season is just at mid-point, and they have more comps on the horizon.

Below is video of the varsity jazz team at the Minnewaska Comp on December 2:

The Pirouettes found success just before the Christmas break. At their home competition on December 19, the kick squad took third place, and the jazz squad took fourth. The following night at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, the Pirouettes placed third in kick and second in jazz.

Next: the Pirouettes compete at Rocori on Saturday, January 11.

The Camden Conference championships are on Friday, January 24 at Yellow Medicine East high school in Granite Falls (6:30 p.m.).

*Below, another video clip from Friday's wrestling's junior Dylan Kampsen earning a consolation round win:

The wrestling Jaguars have just one event this week, the Paynesville tournament on Friday. Sartell-St. Stephen will be B-B-E's main competition for the team title, but as highly ranked as the Jaguars are, other teams will be gunning for them as well.


Friday, January 03, 2020

Jaguar Invite updates

The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team is sitting in second place at the Jaguar Invite today on the home mats. They trail front-runner and No. 2-ranked Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 127 to 120 points.

In third place is No. 10-ranked (Class 2A) Becker with 103 points.

A total of eight teams are in attendance.

**Update: the Jaguars picked up two big consolation bracket wins at 106 and 170 pounds. At 106, Tanner Viessman won a 4-2 decision, and Cooper Wold won by pin at 170.  The Jaguars have pulled in front with 160 points. ACGC has 142 points.

In a 120-pound consolation round match, Ryan Jensen won by fall after trailing 4-2 in the first period. The Jaguars are now ahead 167 to 147 points.

**Finals update: Canon Swanson earned a pin with a time of 1:22 to claim the 145-pound championship. With that win, B-B-E snuck in front of ACGC with 193 points to 188.5 for the Falcons. In third is Becker with 125 points.

*Here's video from the 145-pound championship match:

*Final results: ACGC won the team title with 212.5 points. The Jaguars took second with 203 points. Becker took third with 145 points.

For B-B-E, Wyatt Engen (106), Walker Bents (113) and Canon Swanson (145) won individual titles.


Thursday, January 02, 2020

Conference showdown

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team is having a terrific night so far at Eden Valley-Watkins in a battle against the defending Central Minnesota Conference champions. Through the first 18 minutes of play, the Jaguars have built a 25-16 lead.

Initially, the Jaguars had a sluggish start and trailed 10-4 before turning things around. Grace Illies hit a mid-range bank shot for B-B-E's first lead of the night at 16-14 with approximately four minutes to go.

*Update in the second half...the Jaguars have a 36-30 lead with under eight minutes to go.

Final score: B-B-E 44, EV-W 42. The Jaguars defeat the Eagles for the first time since 2011! They survived despite making just nine of 21 free throw attempts in the game.

The Smooth Magic 107 FM post-game awards were as follows: Josie Knutson and Jenna Dingmann both earned Stony Creek Dairy play of the game certificates. The Lakeside Ballroom player of the game will be Karsee Kampsen (one large one-topping pizza of her choosing).

Next: the girls' basketball team (4-6, 3-2) travels to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (7-3, 2-1) next Tuesday.

Also tonight, more great news!

At Holdingford, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team won 61-46 for their third win of the season. They snapped a two-game losing skid in the process while moving to 2-1 in the CMC. The Huskers fall to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the CMC.

B-B-E led 34-26 at halftime.

Next: the boys' basketball team (3-6) has a huge Section 5A matchup at Upsala (4-5) next Monday.

Central Minnesota Conference girls' basketball scores on January 2:
Maple Lake 45, Kimball Area 32
Royalton 76, Paynesville Area 38
Holdingford 73, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 51

Central MN Conference boys' basketball scores on January 2:
Paynesville Area 56, HL-W-W 53 OT

Area girls' basketball scores on January 2:
Henning 72, West Central Area 48
Menahga 61, Park Rapids Area 48
Annandale 57, St. Cloud Cathedral 50
Breckenridge 58, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 53

Area boys' basketball scores on January 2:
Benson 83, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 36
Rocori 73, Albany 66
Parkers Prairie 64, Rothsay 36
Frazee 90, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 54
MA/CA 64, Breckenridge 53
BOLD 78, Renville County West 63
Osakis 75, Staples-Motley 55
Willmar 72, Sauk Rapids-Rice 70
West Central Area 86, Lake Park-Audubon 32

THANK YOU to Coop's Corner of Belgrade for sponsoring this evening's Jaguar Sports update. They are a great example of a locally-owned business whose support is what makes the newspaper's sports coverage possible.

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Game coverage

Tonight's girls' basketball game at Eden Valley-Watkins will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood. They also stream the coverage on the TuneIn app.

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