Saturday, October 31, 2020

A bizarre, shocking house fire

I am just broken up right now. 

It's just after 8 o'clock on Halloween night, and the Goodwin house in Brooten is on fire. The Belgrade and Brooten departments are hitting it with everything they have. The wind on this side of town is gusting over 50 miles an hour. The wind is violent.

*Next morning thoughts:
The initial "explosion" that started it took place at about 7:45 p.m., and maybe a minute or two before that. This explosion was by the act of a power line being separated from the transformer due to the extreme wind. I don't know if it hit another line to "arc" and cause an explosion, but an explosion happened that was seen from two full blocks to the south. The power in town "flickered" twice before that. Earlier, shortly after 7 o'clock, the power went out on the west side of Brooten for about five seconds before coming back on.

  • Based on everything seen tonight, the fire was caused by a downed power line. A power line fell along School Avenue on the northwest side of the Goodwin house. When the line hit the ground, it blew out sod and grass in a jagged line from the curb up to the landscaping rock along the garage. It was pretty wild to see it. You'd have to see it to believe it.
  • The wind tossed the line across the house, and when that happened, it had to have been red hot. It didn't take much for the red-hot power line to start the roof shingles on fire. I can only imagine how hot it was (an electrician may be able to guess). The fire across the roof was extensive and difficult to put out. The fire fighters worked tirelessly across the better part of the 8 o'clock hour to extinguish the fire.
  • We know this was not an interior electrical fire. Inside the house, everything was calm just as all hell was breaking loose on the exterior of the house.

Did I mention that the wind is violent? Yeah, I did, and I'm saying it again. It is a dangerous, dangerous wind. And the night's not over. Winds are gusting as high as 55 miles an hour.

Here's video taken shortly after 20:00 tonight; during this video, you can see a Belgrade fire department truck rolling out fire hose down School Avenue. 

Here's another video taken about 10 minutes later:

As of 20:50, it appears that the fire is finally under control. It was an extremely dangerous situation, with the power line on the back side of the house still being live an hour and a half after the initial 911 call was placed. The power line was absolutely deadly. We are extremely fortunate that the fire and police departments responded as fast as they did to prevent anyone from getting in harm's way. Just prior to this unreal event, Brooten was crawling with kids enjoying trick-or-treating. (And I bet there were some kids still trick-or-treating when the 911 call was placed.)

Their roof has two holes in it where fire was put out. Firefighters punched a hole under the roof line on the south side of the house.

Thankfully, Brad and Amy were unharmed. THANK GOD.  They have been doing some form of home remodeling for at least the past 5 years. Their house was absolutely beautiful. The Goodwins have lived in Brooten for over 35 years. As I recall, Brad moved here in 1984, and Amy a year later. He began as a P.E. and health teacher (and coach) at Brooten high school, and she began as a Home Economics teacher. They are two of the most beloved members of our community. They are truly wonderful people. If you don't know them, you are missing out. They're the kind of people who make everyone around them better. Their four children graduated from B-B-E between the years of 2008 and 2014. It would take at least a day and a half to write about everything that the four Goodwin kids contributed to B-B-E schools.

Fun side note: the 1987 Brooten school yearbook is dedicated to Brad and Amy.

Please pray for them.

*New video posted on Sunday in a new blog post. Additional coverage will follow in the November 5, 2020 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper. 


(HD VIDEO) National Anthem at Alexandria Area football stadium

The sun was shining strong as a very strong wind blew across the football stadium at Alexandria Area high school this afternoon. 

Below, video from the playing of the National Anthem prior to kickoff of the B-B-E Jaguars vs. Parkers Prairie football game:

I will repeat what I said a week ago after the Upsala/Swanville Area game: I am so immensely proud of our Jaguars! I know our community is also proud. As I told Coach Moscho after the game, we are all dealing with a heavy plate, our kids included...but these remarkable student-athletes continue putting in the hard work that we expect of them in both school and sports. They do so with a very cheery attitude and are extremely pleasant. 

We are an extremely blessed community.

*Update: the B-B-E Jaguars host Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg next Friday, November 6 at the high school football stadium. The forecasts calls for almost summer-like temperatures next week. It will be a huge, huge change from the last couple of weeks. The predicted forecast for November 6 calls for a high of 64 degrees!! And full sunshine that day! Wow!

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Game day in Alexandria

Here's a link you can click on or share to view today's games in Alexandria:

Halftime of the JV game started at about 12:33 p.m. I don't have a score.

*Update: the JV Jaguars won 18-0 over their counterparts from Parkers Prairie. They scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. It was a great game! B-B-E's JV team is now 4-0 this season.

Alexandria Area high school has a magnificent football stadium! Their press box is wonderful. Inside the warm and peaceful confines of the press box, I was able to get free, super high-speed Internet.

**Below, video from the last minute of the JV game:

I hope to get an update posted at halftime of the varsity game. 

*Update: at halftime, Parkers Prairie has a 20-14 lead. The Jaguars scored their two touchdowns late in the second quarter.

*Final score: Parkers Prairie 20, B-B-E 14. A win just wasn't in the cards for the Jaguars today. They battled valiantly in the second half but we're unable to come up with a third touchdown.

The final two games of the season are at home. Details to follow in a new blog post. It's time to go home.

THANK YOU to Bayer Gas and Grocery of Elrosa for sponsoring today's Jaguar Sports coverage by the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper sports department!

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"Gun blast" in Padua is tonight

The Bonanza Valley Royal Strutters organization will host a "Gun Blast" event at the Padua Pub tonight. Click over to the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website to see more details (short link):

In other is GAME DAY for the B-B-E Jaguars football team. The JV and varsity teams both play in Alexandria this afternoon. I'll find the streaming link and post when I get a chance. Kickoff for the JV game is noon, and the varsity game will follow at 2 p.m.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

(LIVE VIDEO) B-B-E vs. Royalton volleyball

You can watch tonight's home match between the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team and Royalton on the school's broadcasting YouTube site. Click on this (short) link:

The Jaguars won the first set. Royalton has a 9-8 lead in game two. *Update: With Emily Kern serving, the Jaguars have pulled in front 12-9. Then a kill by Karissa Jones put the Jaguars ahead 14-11.

*Update: the Jaguars have a 23-13 lead in game two. An ace serve by Kailey Fischer then put the Jaguars ahead 2-0 in sets with a 25-14 win.

*Update: the Jaguars won 25-10 in game three. 

Game scores for the match were 25-14, 25-14, 25-10. The Royals fall to 1-5 overall; their lone win was a 3-0 sweep on Tuesday this week at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

The Jaguars piled up a whopping 23 ace serves on the night along with 97.3 percent serving (just two service errors).

Below, video from the end of the Holdingford match, played one week ago tonight. I forgot to post this video earlier this week.

Tonight's win improves their record to 6-1. The Jaguars continue a three-game homestand with a match on Monday, November 2 against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. That will begin the second trip through the Central Minnesota Conference schedule.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

(LINK) Volleyball at Maple Lake

Here's a link I just found to allow viewing of a Live Web Stream from the Maple Lake high school: I will try getting updates posted here later tonight. It is production night at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper office.

*Update: Maple Lake won the first set by a 25-21 score. Both teams were 5-0 coming into tonight.

Game two update: a Paige Rupp kill got the Jaguars within one point, down 19-18. Then a service error made it a two-point game. Then a net violation made it a 21-18 lead for the Irish. A kill by Liz French cut it to 21-20, but then a service error put the Irish ahead 22-20. Maple Lake hit into the net to make it 22-21.

A Maple Lake kill put them ahead 23-21. Karissa Jones had a kill for a 23-22 score. A kill by Maple Lake put them ahead 24-22. B-B-E then got a kill from Abby Berge to stay alive, but the Irish finished it off with a kill for a 25-23 win.

B-B-E jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game three. Karissa Jones had a kill to make it 5-0 and force Coach Kiebel to call a timeout. The lead expanded to 8-0, and then it became 9-0 on a double-hit error. B-B-E hit long for a side out to make it 9-1 in the third set.

Later in the third set, B-B-E built a 16-5 lead, and Maple Lake called their final timeout of the third set.

Later the Irish hit into the net for a 23-13 B-B-E lead. The Irish served long for a 24-14 score. B-B-E got an ace serve from Kailey Fischer to clinch a 25-14 win.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

JV football wins again

An exciting game played out tonight at the high school athletic complex. The B-B-E Jaguars JV football team looked to extend their undefeated start to the season when they hosted Upsala/Swanville Area. After leading 14-6 at halftime, the Jaguars won 28-18 to improve to 3-0.

Scoring touchdowns for B-B-E were Ryan Jensen (two), Talen Kampsen and Toby Cebulla.

And here's video from the end of the game:

In the video, you can see Luke Dingmann throwing a touchdown reception to Toby Cebulla. This made the score 28-18.

Next: the JV Jaguars play at Alexandria Area high school at 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 31 for a Halloween Day game against Parkers Prairie. The varsity game between the Jaguars and Panthers will follow at 2 p.m.

Remember to register with the high school to get a ticket to the Saturday games. Call 320-254-8211 to talk to Nancy about a ticket. They are sold for $5 on a first-come, first-serve basis (limit is either 75 or 100 tickets sold).

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

(VIDEOS) Baseball action versus Paynesville

Here's a video clip from the junior high baseball game against Paynesville on October 12.

In the video, Tate Deters drives in a run on a fielder's choice to score Logan Walz. Also, Andrew Spanier is shown earning a walk. This was the bottom of the second inning. 

Below, another video, this one from the end of the game:

The game was called with the B-B-E Jaguars and Paynesville tied in a 7-7 score through eight innings. In the video above, Austin Ginthiir earns a base hit, but then the game ends with a ground ball play. 

It was scheduled as a seven-inning game. Coach Klaphake and the Paynesville coach agreed to stop play after eight innings. It was a magnificent game, with both teams playing excellent baseball.

Photos from this game were published in the October 22 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper. I hope to get more baseball photos in next week.

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Volleyball updates

I have not found a link to view the volleyball action from Eden Valley-Watkins high school. The only way I think you can do it is by purchasing a pass from EVW schools. A one-month pass costs $9.99, and to learn more about that, click here:

*Update: the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team won 3-1 at EV-W today. Game scores were 25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 25-23. Senior Karissa Jones led the attack with 15 kills, two ace serves and one solo block. Junior Paige Rupp added 10 kills on robust 35 percent hitting with three ace serves and one solo block.

Next is the biggest match of the season! On Tuesday, October 27, the Jaguars travel to Maple Lake. Both teams have shared the Central Minnesota Conference title the past two seasons.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

(VIDEO) B-B-E Jaguars punch in touchdown

The B-B-E Jaguars football team scores in this video to cut the Upsala/Swanville Area lead to 20-14 in the final minute of the fourth quarter today:

The final touchdown came with 18 seconds left in the game on a five-yard reception in the end zone by sophomore Jamison Reed. B-B-E had just driven the length of the field! 

A 99-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, with the game in the balance. That is some GOOD STUFF! The touchdown drive started with 2:02 showing on the clock after the Jaguars made a valiant goal-line stand. The USA Patriots were looking to "put the game away" and take at least a 26-8 lead, but B-B-E had something to say about it.

Even though they lost, I could not be prouder of this Jaguar football team. They got down 14-0 in the first quarter, but their fighting spirit was still intact. And they fought back. A win was not in the cards this time.

Game stats:
The Jaguars had their best offensive showing of the season with 291 total yards, including 196 through the air and 95 on the ground. Santos Sorenson led the ground game with eight carries for 47 yards. Quarterback Tanner Shelton had his best game with a 14-for-27 effort including two touchdowns. What ultimately cost them the win were four turnovers, two lost fumbles and two interceptions. 

Defensively, leaders were Gavin Kampsen with eight solo tackles and three assists, Nevada Feucht with seven solos and four assists, and Triston Guzier with six solos. Feucht had one quarterback sack, and Guzier had two tackles for a loss.

*Update: the Monday home J.V. football game against USA will start at 4 p.m.


Game day on the gridiron

Today is game day on the artificial turf gridiron for the B-B-E Jaguars football team! They face Upsala/Swanville Area (1-1) at the artificial turf stadium of Alexandria Area high school. The school is located about a mile east of Menards on the south side of town.

The game will be live streamed via the efforts of the Swanville high school broadcasting team. The link is as follows: Kickoff is at 2 p.m., and this is also considered a Homecoming game for either Swanville or Upsala high school.

Game updates will follow to the best of my abilities from Alexandria, where I'll attempt to cover the game in person.

*Halftime score: USA 14, B-B-E 0.

The Patriots scored with 7:02 left in the first quarter on a 42-yard touchdown reception. The extra-point attempt failed. The second touchdown came soon after that with four minutes to go in the first quarter on a 47-yard touchdown reception. The two-point run was successful.

B-B-E played excellent ball from that point on to go into halftime down by the two-score margin.

I don't think I'll get updates up in the second half. I'm using my phone as a note-taker with the Artificial Intelligence feature (voice-to-text) on my e-mail...that, plus taking a random photo or two with my phone, is the limit my battery can handle.

*Here's a short link to use to watch the live stream =

*Final score: USA 20, B-B-E 14. It was a great game!! For the fans who were able to stay for the full game, they watched a great game play out. 

On a side note, by the time the game was over, it was about 26 degrees at the stadium.

The next game will be back at the same location in Alexandria on Saturday October 31. The opponent will be Parkers Prairie. Both JV and varsity games will be played there, although I don't have times yet.

Please remember to register for tickets ahead of time! That can take place on Monday, or you can e-mail Nancy at ahead of time.

*A new blog post this evening will include a video from the fourth quarter of the game...refresh to see that.

THANK YOU to these two premier, locally-owned business sponsors for helping the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper afford the cost of covering B-B-E Jaguars sports today. You are awesome, and we couldn't do it without your support!

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Another CMC win

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team improved to 4-0 on the season with a 3-1 win over visiting Holdingford tonight. The match was aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood. (Thanks, Brady!) 

Game scores were 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21. Holdingford falls to 2-2 overall.

Below is a video clip from the middle portion of game three; it begins with the Jaguars holding an 11-5 lead. Holdingford cut into that lead as seen here and tied it at 17-17 at one point.

A kill by Paige Rupp lifted the Jaguars on top 19-18 in the third set.

The Jaguars are back in action in just two days when they travel to Eden Valley-Watkins on Saturday. The B and C-squad matches are set to begin at 1 p.m. The Eagles (2-1) also defeated Holdingford by a 3-1 margin.

I'd like to take a moment to steer you towards the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper's website community calendar. I try to update it at least once a week with upcoming events. You can find it by clicking here (short link): This is a website to bookmark and visit often!

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Volleyball on the radio

 Tonight's home volleyball match is on Smooth Magic 107 FM.

B-B-E won the first set, but the Huskers won the second set 25-23.

**Update: the Jaguars won game three 25-22 on an ace block by Kailey Fischer.

And the Jaguars won 25-22 in game four to clinch the match. Updates to follow in a new blog post.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

About four miles

Breaking news: about four miles has been shaved off of the road trip for Friday afternoon's (October 23) varsity football game! A big change was made today to play the B-B-E Jaguars vs. Upsala/Swanville Area Patriots game at Alexandria Area high school in their artificial turf stadium (instead of at Upsala). Kickoff remains at 2 p.m.

As of mid-day Wednesday, tickets are still available for the game. Call Nancy, at the high school office, at 320-254-8211 (extension 2100) and leave a message if you get no answer. You can also e-mail her at Tickets cost $5, and you can pay at the office.

NOTE: leaving a message or e-mail with her does not guarantee you a ticket. They are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Nancy will get back to you if tickets are still available. Based on what I know, B-B-E can have 100 spectators attend the game.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Volleyball rescheduled to Saturday

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team will travel to Eden Valley-Watkins on Saturday, October 24. The Central Minnesota Conference match was moved from tonight until then due to the poor road conditions.

The area saw anywhere from four to six inches of wet, heavy snow fall. 

It has not been fun moving it off of driveways and sidewalks!

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Monday, October 19, 2020

JV football wins again

Just heard!

The B-B-E Jaguars JV football team is off to a 2-0 start to their season. On a cold, snowy evening today, they won 20-6 at Benson. 

Below, video from the last two minutes or so of the A-C-GC game last Monday on the home field. B-B-E won that game 42-6.

The JV Jaguars will host Upsala/Swanville Area next Monday at 5 p.m.

Tomorrow: the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team travels to Eden Valley-Watkins.

Also! The forecast is calling for three to five inches of snow to fall tomorrow, with snowfall beginning around 9 a.m.


Icy cold on Friday night - and Friday game

I just looked at the forecast and saw a low of 13 degrees for Friday night! 

Good grief!

Were going from one of the nicest Septembers and early Octobers to what appears to be a frozen tundra across central Minnesota.

Then next week I am seeing lows in the teens for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

**Update: the varsity football game on Friday this week (October 23) will be at 2 p.m. in Upsala. In past posts and other spaces, the site has been advertised as being in Swanville. I got confirmation just now that the Upsala field will host the game. I do not have broadcasting details yet.

The Upsala football field is located south of their high school.

**Update: here's the YouTube channel that will live stream the October 23 football game in Upsala:


Sunday, October 18, 2020

(VIDEO) Fastpitch softball vs. EV-W

From earlier this month in a home junior high fastpitch softball game against Eden Valley-Watkins on September 24: 

Further into the clip, Kadynce Haider made a neat pop fly catch for the third out. I don't remember the final score off the top of my head. Photos from recent junior high fastpitch action were published in the October 15 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice.

Below is a clip that I forgot to post from the final B-B-E Jaguars 12-U baseball game of the summer. The game was played on August 6 against Rocori. 

The Jaguars drove in a few runs in this inning. They won the game (again, I don't remember the score) and ended the summer league season undefeated with a 5-0 record.

Here's the direct link to view the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper's fall sports photos album (short link) = I have at least a couple more albums to add to get caught up to the present-day. I hope to get varsity football and volleyball photos added in the coming weeks. *Fingers crossed that we have our fall sports continue into November (volleyball and football).

I'm working on getting more fall sports videos and photos uploaded to the cloud...memory cards cleared...gearing up for the oncoming winter. In the last couple of days, we have had winter-like temperatures. It got down to about 24 degrees last night and is supposed to get that low again tonight.

One thing is certain: the 2020 gardening season is over!

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Friday, October 16, 2020

(LIVE VIDEO) B-B-E football hosts Benson

Click on the following link after 7 p.m. tonight, and you can follow the action at the home football game via YouTube Live: The B-B-E Jaguars football team is attempting to avenge a 33-0 loss in last year's "Snow Bowl" that took place at Chiefs Field in Benson on October 11, 2019. 

The game is also being aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood.

Kickoff took place two minutes after seven...

*Update: the Jaguars biffed the opening kickoff, and Benson recovered a loose ball with just 18 yards to go on their first possession.

*Update: with 6:40 left in the first quarter, Benson has a 14-0 lead. They just scored on a 99-yard touchdown pass.

*Update: with 3:09 left in the first quarter, Benson has a 20-0 lead. They just scored on a seven-yard run.

*Update: with under seven minutes left in the second quarter, Benson has a 26-0 lead. The Braves scored with 10:58 left in the second quarter.

B-B-E currently has the ball inside the Benson 30-yard line with 6:52 left.

*Update: with 6:40 left in the first half, the Jaguars have scored to make it 26-6. Easton Hagen caught a 28-yard pass from Tanner Shelton for the touchdown.

*Update: with 21 seconds left in the second quarter, the Jaguars scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak by Tanner Shelton. The two-point conversion pass was incomplete. This makes the score Benson 34, B-B-E 12.

Halftime: Benson 42, B-B-E 12; the Braves scored on a 30-yard touchdown pass as time expired.

Unofficially in the first half, the Jaguars have 82 yards of offense through the air and 53 yards on the ground.

*Final score: Benson 48, B-B-E 12.

Next for the Jaguars: a road game against Upsala/Swanville Area for the Week Three match up of the season. The game will be played on Friday, October 23 at the Swanville football field. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. The USA Patriots are 1-1 this season after opening with a 44-42 overtime win at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and then losing at home on Thursday night (October 15) to Browerville. The Tigers won 48-30.

Remember: to attend varsity football games (home or away), you need to register and receive a ticket before hand. With questions, contact the school activities office at 320-346-2278, extension 1218.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

(HD VIDEO) B-B-E vs. Paynesville volleyball

Below is video from late in the third set, with Paynesville expanding a small lead on their way to a 25-22 win. B-B-E won game four 25-14 to clinch the Central Minnesota Conference win.

The next action in Jaguar Country is a home football game this Friday night at 7 p.m. against Benson. To get tickets (limited to 150 home fans) please contact the activities office at 320-346-2278, extension 1218.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

(VIDEO) B-B-E volleyball home opener

Here's the live stream video for B-B-E vs. Paynesville volleyball, which started at 7:15 p.m. tonight: (stream not active afterwards)

The Jaguars won the opening set.

Update: in game two, the Jaguars hold a 15-6 lead.

*Update: the Jaguars won game two by a comfortable margin, although I don't have the final score. In game three, they trailed by wide margins before closing a Paynesville lead down to 23-22. The Bulldogs scored the last two points to win 25-22.

Game four is starting at about 20:24.

*Update: the Jaguars won 25-14 in game four to improve to 3-0 overall this season. Game scores tonight were 25-17, 25-14, 22-25, 25-14.

Below, here's action from the end of game four:

Next: the Jaguars travel to Eden Valley-Watkins next Tuesday, October 20.

Around the Central Minnesota Conference tonight:
Holdingford 3, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 0
Eden Valley-Watkins 3, Kimball Area 2 (Eagles won game five 15-7)

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Monday action

Here's what we had today in Jaguar two home events.

The B-B-E Jaguars JV football team defeated visiting Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 42-6.

Over at the baseball diamonds, the B-B-E Jaguars junior high baseball team battled to a 7-7 tie through eight innings against Paynesville Area. Both teams agreed to end the game after eight innings in what was a seven-inning contest.


Sunday, October 11, 2020

Final weekend of baseball

The Elrosa fall baseball team is hosting the last baseball of 2020 today on a warm, windy afternoon at Saints Field. The opponent is Cold Spring. They are playing one nine-inning Division II game in the Starz of Tomorrow Academy Baseball fall league.

Through the first three innings of game one, Elrosa has a 3-0 lead.

**Update: through six innings, Elrosa has a 10-0 lead.

Below is a video from the game. It ends with Tate DeKok striking out, but he had back-to-back singles in his next two at bats.

*Final score: Elrosa 11, Cold Spring 0. It was an excellent season of fall baseball!

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Volleyball improves to 2-0

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 3-0 road win at Kimball today. Game scores were 25-11, 25-16, 25-17. 

The JV and C-squads were also winners today against the Cubs.

Next: the Jaguars (2-0) host Paynesville Area (2-0) next Tuesday, October 13, for the home opener.

Around the Central Minnesota Conference this afternoon: 

Holdingford 3, Eden Valley-Watkins 1

Maple Lake 3, A-C-GC 0

Paynesville Area 3, Royalton 1

Don't forget about the Elrosa Fire Department takeout steak fry happening tonight. It lasts until 8:30 p.m. at the fire hall (located in the center of town along Highway 71).

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Friday, October 09, 2020

Friday Night Lights I

 In their first game of the season, the B-B-E Jaguars football team lost 34-0 at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

Next: the Jaguars host Benson in Week Two, next Friday at 7 p.m.


Friday game updates

The B-B-E Jaguars football team is in their season opener at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City high school tonight. The link to view the Internet live stream has been posted in previous blog posts.

In the second quarter, A-C-GC has a 14-0 lead. They scored early in the first quarter for an 8-0 lead, but the Jaguars have been able to put up a great fight so far.

*Update: the Falcons scored on a quarterback run with about seven minutes left in the second quarter. The extra point attempt failed. Current score: A-C-GC 20, B-B-E 0.

*Update: with 3:47 left in the first half, ACGC holds a 26-0 lead.

Halftime: ACGC 26, BBE 0.

Also at halftime, I have heard these scores: Holdingford 16, Sauk Centre 8. As well as Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 28, Minnewaska Area 0.

*Update: at the start of the fourth quarter, the Falcons hold a 34-0 lead.

**Update: the Jaguars just had a pretty exciting goal-line stand. They held off ACGC inside their 10-yard line.

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Thursday, October 08, 2020

Volleyball starts 1-0

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team started the season 1-0 with a 3-0 win at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City tonight. The win also counts as the opener for the Central Minnesota Conference schedule. 

The scores of the first two sets were 26-24 and 25-14. 

Then in game three, the Jaguars built an early 9-4 lead. That expanded to 12-5 before the Falcons scored two points. Shortly after that, Mueller's kill made it 15-7. The Falcons hit into the net for a 16-7 lead. A kill by Jones made it 18-8, and the Falcons called a timeout.

A kill by Rupp made it 22-11, and then the Falcons hit long for a 23-11 score. The live feed cut out briefly as the Jaguars scored the last point of the night. Final score: B-B-E 25, A-C-GC 11.

Here's a video clip taken at the end of game three:

Next: the Jaguars (1-0) travel to Kimball Area for a Saturday afternoon (October 10) match-up. After that, they host Paynesville Area next Tuesday night. 

I have to point out again that volleyball matches are not open to the general public. Student-athletes can invite up to two spectators, and registration with the host school is required to attend.


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Volleyball streaming link...and updates

You can watch JV and varsity volleyball action tonight by clicking on the following link: The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team is playing in the 2020 season and Central Minnesota Conference opener at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City high school on the outskirts of Grove City.

The JV match wrapped up just shy of 7 p.m. I don't have complete scores, but I know the JV Jaguars won a set by a 28-26 score after holding earlier leads of 20-16 and 25-24.

The varsity teams are about to begin pre-match drills at about 7 p.m.

I am very happy that the MSHSL has given their blessing to allow spectators at volleyball. The limit is two spectators per player.'

*Update: in the first set, the Jaguars built an 8-4 lead before falling into a 10-10 tie with the Falcons. They scored four in a row after that to go up 14-10. The lead shrunk to 16-15, but the Falcons then hit into the net to make it 17-15.

Liz French had a kill and an ace serve to put the Jaguars ahead 19-17. After a 20-20 tie, the Jaguars led 21-20 and then got a kill from Karsee Kampsen for a 22-20 lead. Ava Mueller had a kill for a 23-21 lead. Mueller had an ace serve to bring game point at 24-21.

ACGC had a kill to thwart the set loss. Then they earned an ace tip against a block for a 24-23 score. The Jaguars hit out of bounds for a 24-24 tie. ACGC then served long for a 25-24 Jaguar lead. Mueller's ace serve then handed the Jaguars a 26-24 win.

*Update: in the second set, Abby Berge with a kill and it's 9-4 in game two!

Later, after an ACGC timeout, Karissa Jones had a kill for a 17-10 lead. Kylie Winter's ace serve made it 18-10. A kill by Mueller made it 19-10, and ACGC called their last timeout.

The lead swelled to 22-12 on an ACGC hitting error. Then a B-B-E service error made it 22-13. ACGC hit into the net for a 23-13 lead. The Jaguars hit long for a 23-14 score. Paige Rupp's ace block brought game point at 24-14. A kill by Berge gave the Jaguars a 25-14 win. It's a minute shy of 20:00.

*Update from the third set...a kill by Jones gave the Jaguars an 18-8 lead, and the Falcons called a timeout.

Further updates to follow in a new blog post.

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Baseball Sunday

The Starz of Tomorrow Baseball fall league game in Elrosa will take place this weekend at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 11.

Below is a video taken at the September 13 baseball game in Elrosa

Also, there was a mistake on our church page in the October 8 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice. Worship times for Trinity and West Lake Johanna Lutheran churches were mixed up. For the rest of October, worship at West Lake Johanna will be at 9 a.m., while worship at Trinity will be at 10:30 a.m.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Live streaming link for action at ACGC

For varsity matches this week, including volleyball on Thursday and football on Friday, fans can watch online from their computers or devices by clicking on the following link:

The volleyball team has six senior players and one senior student manager. The seniors on the team are Karsee Kampsen, Jackie Lindsay, Liz French, Karissa Jones, Jozey Goodall, Josie Knutson and Marie Kaiser (student manager).

Head coach this year is Alanna Hunter, who has been an assistant varsity coach for the past four seasons.

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Monday, October 05, 2020

(VIDEO) Fastpitch action

Here's video from September 24 in a home junior high fastpitch game:

The Jaguars last that game, but they won last Thursday at home against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City by a 15-14 score.

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Sunday, October 04, 2020

Baseball in Elrosa cancelled

 The baseball doubleheader in Elrosa today has been canceled with Buffalo not having enough players available. 

The Elrosa team is hosting a skills showcase instead for SCSU coaches affiliated with the Starz Academy program.

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Tennis wins again

I haven't had a chance until tonight to share this exciting news. On Tuesday in their last home match of the season, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' tennis team earned their second win of the season. They defeated Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Upsala-Swanville Area by a 4-3 score.

Photos from the match were published in the October 1 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

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Junior high fastpitch

The B-B-E Jaguars junior high fastpitch team just won an exciting game over ACGC by a 15-14 score. They trailed 14-13 going into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Below, video from the top of the seventh inning:

The Jaguars scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 13-11 lead.

I am thrilled after just reading tonight that the Minnesota State High School League has approved winter sports season dates and competition limits.

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