Sunday, January 31, 2021

(HD VIDEO) Girls' basketball expands lead before halftime vs. Huskers

A good friend reminded me last night that while we all have a right to be sad, confused and even angry about the loss that Jaguar Country is currently enduring, life has to go on. And in that same spirit, I have a mountain of tasks to chew through regardless of whether I'm sad, upset or any other emotion there is.

We agreed that I need to stick to the path forward and make sure I don't neglect the job always in front of me to celebrate and promote our B-B-E Jaguars athletic program, our school and the general local community. Because of how important the Tensens are to me, and what they've done for my family over the years, this is not easy. We owe a lifetime's worth of gratitude to them. To imagine the horror of what they are experiencing is extremely difficult to process.

However, it's not a stretch of the imagination to say that, if Josey was here right now, he'd kick my butt if I spent more time being sad than I did doing my job! It would probably go down as a slap over the head, with the words, "Knock it off, you've got a job to do."  (Seriously, that's all written as a metaphor, as I know he wouldn't really slap me.) But he would want to slap us back to reality and tell us that we can't stop living.

Below, here's a video clip featuring the final minute of the first half of Thursday night's girls' basketball game against Holdingford.


This was an exciting finish to the first half, and it helped set up the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team for their big conference win over the Huskers. The three-pointer by Abby Berge was a huge boost!

Next week the Jaguars travel to Eden Valley-Watkins on Tuesday night and then host Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Friday, February 5.

  • I dug up the video below up last night, and I'll probably repost it again later this week. Here's a video clip from Week III of the 2014 football season...Friday, September 12.


I didn't check the timeline to see what the score was. But this was a huge possession for Kimball Area, who was trying to convert a fourth-and-seven play. Josey Tensen, then a senior, earned a huge knock down of a deep pass to the right flats. The Jaguars won that game by a 14-6 score after trailing 6-0 at halftime. The second half was a nail-biter! I'll never forget that game.

I've used the Venmo app to make a donation to the Tensen family. Hopefully you've had a chance to give it a whirl. Once I hear more on how that donation drive is going, I'll post an update.

The Venmo handle to use is: @TimSuzyTensen.




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Saturday, January 30, 2021

The number 64 (VIDEOS added)

*Photo from Wednesday, November 27, 2013...this was during Josey Tensen's junior year at B-B-E high school.
Josey Tensen, a returning state entrant from last year, is shown during his 4-2 win by decision in the 120-pound Jaguar Invitational semifinals against Willmar's Juan Resendez. Tensen ultimately took second place at the Jaguar Invite, helping the Jaguars to third place as a team. This invitational kicked off the 2013-2014 wrestling season.

For me, I have a new appreciation for the number 64 after visiting with numerous locals tonight in Sedan and Brooten. In one conversation, I learned that Josey Tensen helped build 64 decks during a recent summer as a contractor for Heritage Exterior and Restoration. (I'll get better details on that before writing about it in next week's paper)

Sixty-four decks!

After leaving a memorable impression on B-B-E schools as a student and student-athlete, Josey continued that by leaving what will be a lasting impression on anyone he worked with or was friends with. He was a skilled craftsman and tradesman as a young adult. 

Jaguar Country will be heartbroken over his passing for a long, long time. We mourn the loss of Josey and his girlfriend, Remington Harder of Hutchinson. They are with the angels now looking over all of us.

Here's a Bonanza Valley Voice web article with more on Josey Tensen, including notes on Remington. They could have lived a full and amazing life before the fatal and tragic accident on Friday in Nebraska (short link) = https://bit.ly/3tjQ3Az.

I gotta re-post this video because it was just so much fun to be a part of. This was early in Josey's senior wrestling season, December of 2014. That night, his Jaguars earned just the second win ever for B-B-E against Paynesville Area. This video shows Joe Reller winning by pin at 220 pounds to make the score 45-28.


Josey Tensen was the first Jaguar to slap Reller's hand when he got back to the huddle. He had a huge part in the success of the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team during the first half of the last decade. We will never forget him.

By the way, here's a link to read the full blog recap of the season-opening Jaguar Invitational on November 27, 2013: https://bit.ly/2MJPNdi.

And I finally got around to uncovering some football clips. This is from Josey's senior season of football. The date was Friday, September 12, 2014, with the B-B-E Jaguars playing at Kimball. The video is from the opening drive of the second half. The Cubs were trying to convert a third-and-five possession. Kimball's tall, brawny wide receiver Jarred Merchant caught a pass, but Josey was right there for a quick tackle! Boom! The Cubs were one yard short, and they proceeded to fail on the fourth-and-one conversion attempt.



The Jaguars won that game by a 14-6 score after trailing 6-0 at halftime. Every play mattered in that game.




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Remembering Josey (VIDEOS***)

Josey Tensen is shown in the white T-shirt on the gym floor...looking at Billy Borgerding (far right) while Nick Benton shouts a cheer at a fall 2013 home volleyball match. Tensen was a junior, while Borgerding and Benton were both seniors.


Shown is the Class of 2015 ready to toss their graduation caps in the air on June 1, 2015 at the B-B-E high school.


In the middle of what's a very busy weekend, I will add more content to this blog post as Jaguar Country mourns the loss of B-B-E Class of 2015 and three-sport student-athlete Josey Tensen. If you click on the following short link, you'll be re-directed to the blog post from his sophomore year when he earned a trip to the Class 1A state tournament = https://bit.ly/2NHEjHu.


  • Below, a terribly exciting video from February 15, 2013 at the B-B-E high school, which was the site of the much-anticipated Section 5A Final Four round. Kaleb Voss is shown winning by pin (5:40) against No. 9-ranked Kimball Area in the 106-pound match. Josey Tensen then takes the mat right after Voss heads back to the huddle.


Josey was a sophomore that year. He lost his 113-pound match against Kimball by a 13-1 major decision.

Take special note in the video of coaches Chuck Marks and BJ Friedrichs in the background on the side of the circle. That gym was rocking!!!!!!

Below is the story I wrote on that match for the Sauk Centre Herald the following week:


Jaguar wrestlers suffer close loss in section semis
by Randy Olson


Although a section final wrestling berth wasn't meant to be, the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars went down to defeat giving a furious fight.
Against ninth-ranked Kimball Area, two-time defending Section 5A champion and Class 1A state-runner-up in 2012, the Jaguars wrestling team gave their best performance of the season by holding a lead through the majority of the match Friday night.
Their late 27-25 lead could not hold up over the last three matches, however, as state-ranked Tim Konz sealed a 35-27 win for the Cubs with a third-period pin at heavyweight.
The Jaguars finish 14-5 overall, marking their best season since they won 16 matches in the 2001-2002 season under head coach Chuck Marks in his final season guiding the program.
Led by Patrick Rooney's undefeated 32-0 record, a total of five Jaguars hold 20 or more wins heading into this weekend's section individual tournament. The other four include Josey Tensen, Tyler Tensen, Austin Jaeger and Alex Schramel.

#9-ranked Kimball Area 35, B-B-E 27

106: Kaleb Voss won by pin (5:40); 113: Josey Tensen lost 13-1; 120: Colby Schramel won 7-2; 126: Jonah Voss lost by pin (1:49); 132: Tyler Tensen won by pin (:15); 138: Austin Jaeger won 6-4; 145: Jordan Lewis lost by tech. fall (5:20); 152: Alex Schramel won 8-3; 160: Matt Schmitz lost 4-3; 170: Ben Thompson lost 9-0; 182: Patrick Rooney won by pin (2:23); 195: Lee Borgerding lost 10-6; Marshall Zachman lost 9-0; HWT: Ben Feuerhake lost by fall (4:56).


Here's video featuring Josey during his freshmen season. This was at the season-opening Jaguar Invitational at the B-B-E high school on Friday, December 2, 2011. I haven't dug up any notes on this yet.


*Added Saturday night...this is another video from that December night in 2011. You can see Tyler Tensen on the left and then Josey Tensen on the right. Right around the 39-second mark, you can briefly see the late Coach Vos as he was coaching Josey. During the final seconds of the video, you can hear Coach Vos shouting instructions and encouragement at Josey:


I remember the Class of 2015 as a very close-knit class. That's a fair statement about all graduating classes of B-B-E. However, the kids in Josey's class were exceptional. They were unique, strong-willed and extremely valuable to the student body of B-B-E as they went up the ranks of grade levels. If you are in the Class of 2015, hold your head high as we remember your fallen classmate.

**Saturday afternoon update: a Venmo account has been set up for the Tensen family to help offset the high cost of bringing them back home from Nebraska, as well as funeral costs. Once I get details I will post them. **Here's what I found out: you use the handle @TimSuzyTensen on the Venmo app to donate. I'm going to do that tonight and then report back on how it goes. NOTE: you do not have to add in the last four digits of Suzy's phone number to verify. There's a way to get around that (I've been told).

Click here (short link) to see a web article on Josey with some family-related information at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website: https://bit.ly/3j1Cn8p. I also added a few notes on Remington, who was a graduate of Hutchinson high school in 2016.

I looked at the stats counter for this blog, and this blog has surpassed 1,800 views early in the evening! 

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Close losses

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team lost a tough one 42-40 to Kimball Area tonight. The Jaguars had a 40-32 lead with 6:16 left in the game. They went stone cold from that point on and suffered their first loss of the season and the first in Central Minnesota Conference play.

Junior guard Will VanBeck led the Jaguars with 13 points. They shot a solid 10-of-12 on free throws, but cold 31-percent field goal shooting led to their demise. They drained just 12 of 38 two-point attempts for the game.

I haven't received official scores out of Kimball yet. I have a hunch the BBE vs. Kimball match is still in progress.

*Update: the Willmar Cardinals defeated the Jaguars by a 30-29 score. They entered tonight with a 5-1 dual meet record, while the Jaguars were 8-1 coming in. Willmar also beat Kimball Area 51-25 in the second dual of the night.

*Exciting update! I needed this to cap my day. The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team defeated No. 9-ranked Kimball Area 42-30 to remain undefeated in Central Minnesota Conference duals. I am beyond thrilled for our wrestling team. B-B-E built an insurmountable 42-7 lead heading into the 182-pound match. This was their fourth dual in two nights, all four against extremely tough opponents. Not only that, this was the sixth dual overall this week. They left it all on the mat to beat a very good Cubs team.

Also exciting tonight: B-B-E junior Blaine Fischer earned his 150th career win. He is rising in the ranks of the career leader board at B-B-E!

Great job!

Area scoreboard to come on Saturday.

Central MN Conference boys' basketball scores on January 29:
Eden Valley-Watkins 84, Royalton 27
Maple Lake 59, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 54

Area boys' basketball scores on January 29:
Montevideo 66, Benson 64
New London-Spicer 57, Dassel-Cokato 54
Melrose 65, Osakis 31
Upsala 41, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 31
Parkers Prairie 101, Underwood 43
Ashby 73, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 48
Hancock 76, Battle Lake 47
Pillager 69, Henning 54





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(VIDEO) Blast from the Past: state wrestling 2013 - and truly devastating news

Josey Tensen shown ready to take the mat during a home dual meet during his junior year at B-B-E high school, the 2013-2014 school year. Seen behind him are Trevor Kern (Class of 2018) and Tyler Bents (Class of 2019). This photo is from December 10, 2013 when the Jaguars beat neighboring rival Minnewaska Area 42-30.


Here's a short video clip from the 106-pound opener of the 2013 individual state wrestling tournament at Xcel Energy Center.



Josey Tensen is the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team member in the video clip. He was a sophomore that year, and it was a "dream come true" for him to join his big brother, Tyler Tensen, at the state tournament. Tyler Tensen was a senior and ultimately took home the silver medal with a runner-up finish at 126 pounds with a final record of 39-5. Just as exciting, teammate Patrick Rooney, also a senior, earned second place at Xcel Energy Center at 182 pounds and finished 42-1. 

In his match at state, Josey Tensen lost a tough 2-0 decision in overtime. He did not get a wrestle back that night and finished a superb sophomore wrestling season with a 29-9 record.

From left: Josey Tensen (10th grade), Patrick Rooney (12th grade), Tyler Tensen (12th grade) during a visit to the B-B-E elementary right before they departed for St. Paul to participate in the 2013 Class 1A state wrestling tournament. You're looking at three of the finest young men I've ever known...now we mourn the loss of Josey Tensen. R.I.P.



Josey Tensen, a member of the B-B-E Class of 2015, was killed in a two-vehicle car-truck accident in the early morning hours today in rural, northwest Nebraska. Also killed was his girlfriend, Remington Harder of Hutchinson. He was 24 years old, and she was 22.


This is a truly crushing news. It is devastating numerous communities within the community of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. The ripple effect is far and wide, touching all corners of our vast school district. It has hit our family like a freight train. We are demolished by the enormity of this tragic loss.

This evening the Tensen family has posted a news article online explaining early information released by the Nebraska State Patrol. I am breaking this news here now even though there's quite a bit of evening left to get through.

The accident took place at approximately 3:20 a.m. this morning when a GMC Sierra pickup truck pulling a stock trailer collided with their Chevrolet Equinox in a T-bone type crash. Both Josey and Remington were pronounced dead at the scene. According to the traffic report, the pickup truck ran a stop sign. The driver of the truck received non-life threatening injuries and was treated at nearby Chadron Community Hospital. The accident was on Highway 87 south of Hay Springs, NE. 

The distance from Hay Springs, NE to Brooten is 560 miles. The community of Hay Springs has a population of just 596. To put it into geographical perspective, Hay Springs, NE is located south/southeast of Mount Rushmore, South Dakota.

It's a loss that brings back haunting memories from October 2012, when our head wrestling coach Rich Vos was killed in a semi-bicycle accident before sunrise on South Highway 71 in Colfax Township. Josey Tensen was a sophomore at B-B-E high school, and he was part of the very special group of wrestlers who "kept it together" and hung tough that coming season as they mourned the loss of Mr. Vos.

More has been written in a new web article on the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website. Click on the following short link to open that up: https://bit.ly/36l3FS7.

Below is a video taken after the home football game on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. That night, the B-B-E Jaguars defeated Eden Valley-Watkins 26-6 to even their record at 4-4 overall heading into the Section 4A playoffs. Coach Vos was killed just the day before (October 16). Josey Tensen is kneeling and praying here somewhere as part of this group of football players; this was his sophomore season on the gridiron.



  • Below, here's a four-plus minute video from the 2015 Section 5A Final Four held at Eden Valley-Watkins high school on February 13, 2015. The B-B-E Jaguars defeated Osakis in the semifinals. This video features action from the 220-pound match and the 285-pound match. When the 285 match was complete, B-B-E's Ben Feuerhake raised his hand as the winner (by pin) and walked off the mat. The first wrestler to slap his hand was Josey Tensen, who then led his fellow Jaguars out on the mat for post-dual hand shakes. B-B-E won the match over Osakis by a 34-23 score to advance to the Section 5A championship for the first time since 1999. It was current head coach Jack Mueller's first season at B-B-E. Earlier in the match, Josey won a 14-4 major decision at 120 pounds for B-B-E's first win of the match.


I'll never forget that night.

And we will never forget Josey...and his cowboy boots! We will never know another young man like him.

Josey Tensen is the young man shown with the big smile in the center of this huddle as they welcome Steven Mady back during the B-B-E vs. Paynesville dual meet on December 4, 2014. Mady won by pin to give B-B-E a 39-16 lead in the 170-pound match. The Jaguars ultimately won 45-34 in the big border battle of section rivals.


You can read more about that Paynesville win from December 2014 by clicking here (short link) = https://bit.ly/3oypDqO.

In the 2015 Section 5A championship, the Jaguars faced heavy favorite Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. The Falcons led 9-0 after the first two weights, but Josey Tensen got the Jaguars on the board with an 11-4 decision at 120 pounds. The Falcons ultimately won 38-22 after opening up a 32-13 lead. The Jaguars finished 14-5 that season.

I uncovered this from a past blog post...and re-worked the link to a short link. If you click here you can see the full Bonanza Valley Voice photo gallery from that Section 5A Final Four night at EV-W on February 13, 2015 = https://bit.ly/2M8Qvko. Josey Tensen is the wrestler in the very first photo of that album.

Josey Tensen represented the B-B-E wrestling program with a special and unique commitment to his coaches, his teammates and also the community of wrestling fans dedicated to the program. He was an unforgettable role model to younger student-athletes. He was as proud as anyone could be to be a part of the wrestling community, and he wore that pride with remarkable modesty. Heaven gained a very, very special man today.

What kind of guy was Josey? Well, to give you an idea...right now he wouldn't want us focusing on him. He would say to focus on his family, his teams, his coaches, his community, his church, and on and on...he was extremely selfless.

This is beyond devastating. Calling it "devastating" does not even come close. "Devastating" is a woefully inadequate word to describe what his family and our community is grappling with.

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Friday night action (LIVE VIDEO)

The girls' basketball game that was scheduled for tonight at Minnesota has been postponed to Saturday, February 20.

The wrestlers are at Kimball Area for a triangular. I'll look up the link so you can come back and watch the action after 5 p.m.

Below, here's a video clip from late in the game on Tuesday night against Paynesville Area:


Also, a live video player will be embedded here so you can watch the boys' basketball game. They host Kimball Area tonight. *ALSO, the game will be carried on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood. (Thanks, Brady!)

Below, here's the video player for boys' basketball. It goes live at 5:45 p.m.



**Wrestling update: here's the link where you can learn more about watching tonight's wrestling action in Kimball. It looks like an account and registration is required. I don't know if it costs money. (link) https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/kimball-high-school-kimball-mn.

More to come.









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Pause before you post

I know folks have stopped by this blog looking for news from today, and I want to let you know that I'm purposely waiting and giving it time before sharing. 

I believe we would all be well-served if we practiced the idea of pausing before posting, especially on social media. Stop and think, and please stop and consider others before you share information (especially rumors) on the Internet. At a minimum, IT CAN WAIT. Have a little decency. The world would be a better place.

I'll post again on this tonight after the varsity game results are in. We have student-athletes who will attempt to focus on their athletic contests. I'm going to do the same.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Three big wins tonight!

*Note: on Friday, an important historical correction has been posted below regarding the wrestling team. Also, I'm adding a small basketball scoreboard on Friday from Thursday night games.

The wrestling team went 2-0 at the ACGC triangular, and the girls' basketball team won 64-48 over a very tough Holdingford team.

A light recap:

At the A-C-GC triangular, the No. 3-ranked B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team defeated West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville by a 45-24 score. They followed that with a thoroughly impressive 37-22 win over No. 2-ranked Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City! B-B-E won 10 of the 14 weights against the Falcons. The A-C-GC Falcons are the defending state runners-up in Class 1A. B-B-E is now 7-1 in dual meets this season, and they have no time for rest or a let down as they head to the Kimball triangular tomorrow night. The Cubs (4-0) are ranked No. 9 in the latest Class 1A Guillotine rankings. Also competing will be the always-tough Willmar Cardinals.

After each team won by pin to split the first two weights, the No. 3-ranked Jaguars throttled No. 2-ranked A-C-GC with six straight wins through the 152-pound match. Mark Jenniges clinched the win with a win by a thrilling 4-3 decision over Taylor Fester at 195 pounds. This was the first win over A-C-GC in three years. *Friday update = the Jaguars won 32-20 over the Falcons on January 11, 2018 in a triangular at A-C-GC high school. The Jaguars also had a big win over Minnewaska Area that night by a 51-21 score. Incredibly, I completely forgot about that win when I was blogging last night. I am stunned that I did not remember that win, which sent the Jaguars to a 10-0 overall record. They left the ACGC gym that night with a perfect 12-0 record in dual meets. A-C-GC went on to win the Section 4A title and advance to the state tournament, where they went 0-2 to finish the season 26-9 overall. B-B-E went 1-1 in the Section 5A playoffs and finished 20-3 in duals. They also won 20 duals last season, and that remains the school record for most wins in a season as B-B-E.

Meanwhile, the No. 6-ranked B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team improved to 4-0 on the young season with a 64-48 win over visiting Holdingford. Their game at Minneota tomorrow is postponed. The varsity team led 33-24 at halftime. That score is impressive considering that the Huskers held a 12-4 lead with just four minutes gone in the game's opening stages. Harley Roering's layup put the Jaguars ahead 13-12 right at the 10-minute mark. The Jaguars forged a 21-16 lead before the Huskers got two free throws and a field goal to cut it to one point. Then with five minutes left, a layup by Liz French put the Jaguars ahead 23-20. You can see more action from that point of the first half in the video posted below.

For the game, B-B-E shot an abysmal 12-for-26 at the free throw line but shot a very solid 48 percent on field goals against a very physical, talented team that liked to push the ball down court as much as the Jaguars did.

Also, I learned that the C-squad Jaguars won tonight over Holdingford, making the night a 3-0 sweep for B-B-E.

Below, here's a video clip taken during the first half of tonight's game, beginning near the five-minute mark with the Jaguars holding a slim lead.


Senior Allisa Knight had a career night with 24 points on incredible 11-of-14 field goal shooting. She also added eight rebounds, two steals and three blocked shots. Sophomore Abby Berge added 20 points with four assists, five rebounds and five steals.

With the win, the Jaguars take over first place alone in the Central Minnesota Conference at 4-0. The Huskers sit in second place at 3-1.

More to come. Time to get some video uploaded.

Area wrestling scores on January 28:
New London-Spicer 58, Paynesville Area 24
Benson 48, Osakis 32
A-C-GC 43, WCA/A/B-E 25

Area girls' basketball scores on January 28:
New London-Spicer 76, Dassel-Cokato 27
Annandale 55, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 46 (OT)
Battle Lake 46, Ashby 43
Canby 48, Renville County West 42
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 44, Onamia 33
Swanville 51, Upsala 47
Ogilvie 62, East Central 31
Braham 70, Hinckley-Finlayson 53
Henning 53, Menahga 47
New York Mills 66, Sebeka 46
Pillager 66, Bertha-Hewitt 22
Brandon-Evansville 60, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 56
MACCRAY 71, Yellow Medicine East 43
Hancock 54, West Central Area 46
Lac qui Parle Valley 61, Dawson-Boyd 10


January 28 Central MN Conference girls' basketball scores:
Paynesville Area 61, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 15 (first win of the year for the Bulldogs after an 0-3 start)
Kimball Area 53, Eden Valley-Watkins 45
Royalton 51, Maple Lake 45 (the Royals get their first win of the year after an 0-3 start)

Area boys' basketball scores on January 28:
Renville County West 72, Minneota 65
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 86, BOLD 66
Minnewaska Area 54, Sauk Centre 52 OT
Annandale 64, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 40
Willmar 67, St. Cloud Tech 53
Osakis 64, St. John's Prep 23
Lakeview 60, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 40
LQPV 75, Canby 28
Mora 70, Pierz 42
Paynesville Area 74, Holdingford 30 (a CMC game)
East Central 69, Pine City 51
MACCRAY 78, Yellow Medicine East 57
Alexandria 72, Sauk Rapids-Rice 59
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 63, Dawson-Boyd 41
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 49, Ortonville 36
Nevis 82, Pine River-Backus 51
Benson 80, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 49
West Central Area 62, Hancock 58



THANK YOU to Bonanza Valley State Bank of Brooten for their strong, steady and loyal support of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper and our sports department.



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Game night...and the number FIVE! (and LIVE VIDEOS)

Our wrestling and girls' basketball teams are in action tonight. I've got more to post later this afternoon, including the video player for the home girls' basketball game.

Also, the local zip code area of Belgrade, Brooten and Elrosa has a new COVID-19 number of five for the past week's reporting period. That is a good number for the dead of winter! Five new cases in a population of 4,285 in the last seven days. The five were all in the Belgrade zip code, which has a population of 2,622. Last week, Brooten's zip code area had four new cases, and Belgrade's zip code area had two new cases. Elrosa continued a long string of weeks at zero new cases dating back to before Christmas. I haven't had a chance to look at other zip code areas yet to write up a complete central Minnesota report. That probably won't happen until tomorrow. I did manage to get this whipped together and online at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website (short link) = https://bit.ly/3owLcIq.

Below is the live video player for tonight's JV and varsity girls' basketball games against Holdingford. It will go "live" at 5:45 p.m. The varsity game will be broadcast on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood.


**Also, here's the link to the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City high school broadcasting YouTube page. Here you can watch tonight's wrestling triangular. Click here (short link) and you'll be re-directed to the ACGC YouTube. I'll try getting the live video player embedded on this blog post so you can watch the action straight from this blog. https://bit.ly/2NGQgx7. I am unaware of what the schedule is, but I have a hunch that A-C-GC and West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville will wrestle first at 5 p.m. Next would be B-B-E against WCA/A/B-E.

Below, this video player should work for wrestling...try it after 5 p.m.! The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team and the A-C-GC Falcons are the No. 3 and No. 2-ranked teams in Minnesota's Class 1A. Also, WCA/A/B-E is in the Guillotine "Lean and Mean" rankings.  **UPDATE: I found out you can't watch it directly on this blog. You have to click on the video player below to be re-directed to YouTube. Then it should work. It appears that the varsity action started right at 5 p.m. between A-C-GC and WCA/A/B-E.



That's all for now. I have a lot to take care of in order to be able to attend tonight's girls' basketball game in person!

*Update: through the 145-pound match, which is complete as of 5:25 p.m., A-C-GC holds a 31-6 lead over WCA/A/B-E.

*Update: through the first three weight classes, the B-B-E Jaguars have a 12-3 lead over WCA/A/B-E in the second dual of tonight at A-C-GC high school. Ryan Jensen just won a 2-0 decision at the 120-pound class. You can listen to the wrestling action via KKOK 95.7 FM out of Morris.

*Update: in the JV girls' basketball game, the Jaguars had a slim 26-25 lead with 13 minutes left in the second half. Six minutes later and they've opened up a 38-27 lead over Holdingford.

*Update: we are now in the 160-pound match, and Jordan Lohse has a 4-1 lead over Maximus Hanson in the second period. In the team score, B-B-E has a 36-9 lead over WCA/A/B-E. The Live Stream shows that 238 people are watching! *At the end of two periods, Lohse has an 8-3 lead. *Update: Lohse won by a decision, although I don't have the final score from the 160-pound match. WCA/A/B-E is running out of weights to use to close the gap. In the 170-pound match, Talen Kampsen has opened up a 7-1 lead late in the second period over Kade Olson.

*Update: the Jaguars JV girls' basketball team won 47-34 tonight against Holdingford. The varsity game should begin at about 7:20 p.m. It will also be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood.

*Update: Talen Kampsen clinched the team win for B-B-E against WCA/A/B-E with a win by decision in the 170-pound match. The team score is 39-12 as the 182-pound match is underway.

Time to pack up my gear and head to the high school.

**Early in the first half, the Huskers have a 10-4 lead in the varsity game. They've scored three straight points on free throws with 14 minutes to go.

**Update in basketball: at halftime the Jaguars have a 33 to 24 lead! It's impressive considering they trailed 12 to 4 early in the half.

More updates and final scores in a new blog post.




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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Border battle goes to the Jaguars

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team raised their profile in a big way tonight with a double-digit 73-54 win over visiting Paynesville Area. The Bulldogs (3-1) averaged 72 points a game through their first three games of the season. B-B-E entered the game with a 31.3 points-per-game defensive average, which meant something had to give.

The Jaguars made 10 more two-point shots than the Bulldogs, accounting for the biggest difference in the game on the stats sheet. B-B-E had four made three-pointers, while Paynesville had three made threes.

Luke Dingmann's career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds led the way for the Jaguars.

With 3:35 left, the Jaguars held a 67-50 lead after the Bulldogs scored four straight points. Earlier in the second half, Ashton Dingmann's three-pointer with 10:07 left put the Jaguars ahead by double digits for the second time of the night. The score was 52-41 at that point. Earlier, the Jaguars forged a 47-37 lead with 11:30 left on a shot from Luke Dingmann.

The JV Jaguars won 60-43 after holding a 27-17 halftime lead.


Below is a video clip shot early in the second half tonight:
 

The Jaguars boys' basketball team (4-0, 3-0) hosts Kimball Area on Friday this week in another Central Minnesota Conference game. The Cubs were 3-0 heading into tonight's CMC game at Royalton.

Central Minnesota Conference boys' basketball scores on January 26:
Kimball Area 44, Royalton 39
Eden Valley-Watkins 77, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 45
Maple Lake 43, Holdingford 39

Area girls' basketball scores on January 26:
Sauk Centre 64, Minnewaska Area 40
Montevideo 66, Melrose Area 46
New London-Spicer 52, Annandale 33
BOLD 71, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 63
Benson 36, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 17
Parkers Prairie 64, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 40
Pierz 53, St. Cloud Cathedral 40
Henning 69, Perham 57
Pine River-Backus 72, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 53
MACCRAY 60, Renville County West 51
West Central Area 54, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 50
Browerville 65, Bertha-Hewitt 27 (Tigers improve to 4-0)



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(LIVE VIDEO) Boys' basketball border battle

A battle royale will take place tonight as the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team hosts Paynesville Area in a Central Minnesota Conference clash of undefeated teams.

I'll get the video player embedded here later this afternoon. It will go live at 5:45 p.m. for the JV game.

Also, here's a link to view a home for sale in Belgrade: https://www.bonanzavalleyvoice.com/classifieds/category/real-estate.

AND! Here's the video player for tonight.



More to come.

*Update: the JV Jaguars led 27-17 at halftime. I don't have a final score for that game. The C-squad Jaguars lost their game, and I don't have a final score for that game either.

*Update: with about 10 minutes left in the first half, as many as 248 people have been watching the live stream.

*Update: in the varsity game, the Bulldogs have a 26-21 lead with 4 minutes left in the first half.

*More updates and final score in a new blog post.


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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Quite a night coming on Tuesday

A huge border battle of undefeated teams is coming this week Tuesday when the Paynesville Bulldogs come to town to face our B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team. Both teams are 3-0 overall, and both teams have designs on winning the Central Minnesota Conference title. The Bulldogs have ran with a high-octane offense so far this season that's averaged 72 points a game to this point.

The game will be live streamed by the B-B-E Broadcasting team. I'll get that video player posted tomorrow. The general link to the B-B-E Broadcasting team is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkh877XG0VK6CZXD7mPL95A.

Here's a short link to a COVID-19 story at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website, the latest data we have for our area: https://bit.ly/2MfM4DT.

In wrestling news...
I saw that the January 20 Guillotine state rankings were released last week, and I missed that until Monday morning (the 25th). It shows that Minnewaska Area has climbed to No. 4 from their initial spot at No. 5 in the January 10 preseason rankings. 

Also, Minneota climbed to No. 6, two spots higher than where they were in the January 10 state poll. The Vikings (4-2) have five wrestlers ranked in the Top 10 of their respective weight classes. They were defeated on Friday night at our home triangular by a 49-13 score to LPGE/Browerville.

The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team remains at No. 3 in the Top 10 rankings. Kimball Area, 4-0 in duals so far, remains at No. 9.

Another exciting piece of news to share: the Jaguars now have seven wrestlers ranked in the Top 10 of their respective weight classes!

And, I'll share this again, but here's a question with an exciting answer: how many lead changes did we have on Friday night in the wrestling match against LPGE/Browerville? The answer is eight. Eight! Yes, the match had eight lead changes. The lead changed hands after each of the final four weights were completed. Crazy.

More to come.




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Saturday, January 23, 2021

(HD VIDEO) Middle weights against LPGE/Browerville

Here's more video from last night.


The video features action from the 138, 145 and 152 pound matches between our B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville.

And for a mild change of pace, I'd like you to click on this video below and then skip ahead to the 10-minute mark. (The first 10 minutes wasn't very interesting.) If you skip ahead to the 10-minute mark, your mind will be blown away! Walter Cronkite explains the "Home of the Future" as what was predicted for the year 2001 from the vantage point of the 1960s. It is fascinating.




The video talks about having a computer in the kitchen, allowing the father to conduct work right at home as well as the children to do school work at home. And then let your mind wander back to 2021 and see where we're at with expanded work-from-home methods and "distance learning"!

Little did they know that the huge, huge computer monstrosity that's shown in the video, sitting in the middle of the kitchen, would instead be a small item that can lay on a person's hand: the SmartPhone.




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Friday, January 22, 2021

What a night! (VIDEO added)

In a nutshell...

Tonight at Pine River-Backus high school, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team picked up a big "statement win" by a 77-47 final score. It was a rematch of last year's Sub-Section 5A-West semifinal game that was also won by our Jaguars. B-B-E, who led just 27-21 at halftime tonight, is now 3-0 on the young season. A total of 13 Jaguars found the scoring column, and as a team, the Jaguars shot an outstanding 45 percent from the floor.

I have a fair amount of video to upload, so I don't know if I'll get much posted here until much later tonight. 

Here are the final scores for B-B-E's two wrestling matches:
#3 B-B-E 43, #8 Minneota 21.
#1 LPGE/Browerville 27, #3 B-B-E 26.

That's right! The Jaguars were within one point of the two-time defending state champion and No. 1-ranked Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville Wolves. The match featured multiple lead changes. It was a match to remember, and it was a rematch of last year's Section 5A championship that LPGE/B won 33-18. The Jaguars are now 6-1 on the season. The Wolves are 6-0.

Earlier this week, LPGE/B defeated Minnewaska Area 46-21.

Tonight, LPGE/B thrashed eighth-ranked Minneota. Late in that dual, the Wolves led 46-4. I don't have a final score for that.

I'll be adding quite a few video clips...this one was uploaded last Saturday night and I forgot to get it up this past week. This video features the Mark Jenniges win at 220 pounds against Minnewaska Area. 


*Here's a 14-minute video featuring the 126 and 132 pound matches tonight; Walker Bents and Ryan Jensen, respectively:




More to follow.

Area boys' basketball scores on January 22:
Lac qui Parle Valley 66, Minneota 56 (Eagles are 3-0)
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 58, Minnewaska Area 28
Melrose Area 76, Benson 55
Upsala 78, Swanville 50
Paynesville Area 73, Montevideo 59 (Bulldogs are 3-0)
Kimball Area 49, Dassel-Cokato 47
New London-Spicer 66, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 38
Renville County West 57, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 56
Russel-Tyler-Ruthton 77, MACCRAY 72
Royalton 50, Hinckley-Finlayson 36




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(LIVE VIDEO) B-B-E wrestling triangular vs. two heavyweights

Two heavyweights will be in town tonight for a much-anticipated triangular that begins at 5 p.m. All three teams competing are ranked  No. 8 or higher in the Class 1A polls.

The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team faces Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville and also Minneota. The Jaguars will wrestle first and third. The second dual will feature LP-GE/B and Minneota.

(VIDEO) Below will be the live video feed that will be active after 5 p.m.


More to follow.

**Update: the No. 3-ranked Jaguars made a big statement with a 43-21 win over No. 8-ranked Minneota. The Jaguars led 43-14 before the Vikings won the 220 and 285 pound matches by a decision and major decision, respectively.

It's no secret, however, that LPGE/Browerville is in a league of their own...we'll see how the rest of the night goes!

*Update: the Minneota-vs.-LPGE/B dual is complete as of 20:30. The Jaguars will soon take the mat for the final dual of the night.

**Tonight our boys' basketball team is at Pine River-Backus. They are winning by 20+ points late in the second half. That is awesome!!! I apologize for not getting the YouTube video up... the PRB high school is broadcasting it.

Other updates and final scores to follow in a new blog post.




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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Both basketball teams win

B-B-E's varsity basketball teams remain undefeated on the young season after tonight's Central Minnesota Conference action was in the books. On the home court, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team won 72-35 over Kimball Area. At Royalton, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team picked up a 51-26 win in their first road game of the year. 

The Royals fall to 1-1 on the season; they beat Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 59-37 in their season opener last Friday.

In the girls' basketball game, the Jaguars led 42-17 at halftime. Leading the way was Josie Knutson with 17 points, five steals and three rebounds. Also in double figures were Allisa Knight (10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals) and Karissa Jones (11 points, 11 rebounds).

In the boys' basketball game, the Jaguars led 28-13 at halftime. Ashton Dingmann led the Jaguars with 12 points on four three-pointers plus 10 rebounds. Also in double figures and scoring 10 points each were Kaden Pieper and Ryan Schwinghammer.

Conference scoreboard to follow

*Below, here's a video clip from the second half of tonight's girls' basketball game:

Also at Royalton tonight, the C-squad boys' basketball team lost 54-42.

Central Minnesota Conference girls' basketball scores on January 19/21:
Holdingford 66, Maple Lake 25
Kimball Area 47, Royalton 37

Central Minnesota Conference girls' basketball scores on January 19/21:
Paynesville Area 76, Maple Lake 50
Kimball Area 54, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 44
Eden Valley-Watkins 70, Holdingford 46



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(LIVE VIDEO) Girls' basketball vs. Kimball Area - and boys' hoops

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team hosts Kimball Area tonight in a conference game. Tip-off for the JV and C-squad games is at 5:45 p.m. The games are not open to the public. However, you can watch a live stream of the JV and varsity games below.

Click on this after 5:45 and it should become live


The Jaguars are looking to improve on their 2-0 start to the season.

The varsity game should begin at approximately 7:15 p.m.

*Update: with under seven minutes left in the game, the JV Jaguars hold a 41-21 lead over the Cubs.

The tip-off for the varsity game should take place at about 7:25 p.m.

*Varsity girls' basketball update: the Jaguars have built a 24-10 lead after 10 minutes of play.

**Boys' basketball update...if you click on the following (short) link, it should load up a Facebook Live player on your computer or Smartphone = https://bit.ly/2Y14sTN. With under 13 minutes to go, Kaden Pieper drained two free throws to give the Jaguars a 35-18 lead in the second half.

*Update: with seven minutes left in the game, the boys' basketball team has a 43-21 lead at Royalton.






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J Fund article

I may have mentioned it once before in recent weeks, but I haven't posted the link to this web article yet. If you click on the following (short) link, you'll be redirected to the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website and can read a story published in the Christmas issue on December 24, 2020. The story gives an overview of B-B-E's J Fund, which was established last year to provide a clear channel for private donations to be given to the district. (Link) https://bit.ly/394ICoH.

As an added bonus, a short video clip was added to the article from B-B-E's 2016 fall musical. What a wonderful musical it was! All students shown except one had graduated by May of 2019. The youngest in that group, Jesse Westaby, graduated in May 2020.




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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

(VIDEO) Wrestling Top-Five border battle

Below is video from the 120-pound match featuring B-B-E's freshmen Ryan Jensen.


Here's a video from the 126-pound match, which featured two state-ranked wrestlers who had state appearances in 2020. B-B-E's Walker Bents won the 106-pound state title.


The wrestling match between state-ranked bordering schools B-B-E and Minnewaska Area was held on Saturday afternoon at the B-B-E high school. The Jaguars improved to 3-0 with a 30-25 win.

The Jaguars host two-time defending state champion Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville and also Minneota this Friday night.





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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Tuesday night results

Here's the final scores from Eden Valley-Watkins high school tonight, where the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team traveled for a triangular. 

B-B-E 78, Osakis 3
B-B-E 66, EV-W 12

The Jaguars are now 5-0 heading into the toughest night of the season when they host No. 1-ranked Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville and No. 8-ranked Minneota.

A final score will be posted later tonight from the home girls' basketball game. I just learned that the JV team won 70-16 and the C-squad won 41-29.

Final score: B-B-E 79, Paynesville Area 43. The Jaguars are 2-0 to start the season.

More to post in the morning. I have a newspaper to put out that has some robust sports coverage in it - FINALLY!




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(LIVE VIDEO) Girls' basketball hosting Paynesville

It's halftime now of the JV game between the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team and Paynesville Area in a Central Minnesota Conference border battle. The JV Jaguars hold a 32-13 lead. Below is the live video player that you can watch right here on this blog.


The varsity game should begin at about 7:15 p.m.

Payesville Area has a new head coach and just two seniors on the roster: Brynn Johnson and Natalie Lieser. The Bulldogs are a junior-heavy team.

Halftime: B-B-E 38, Paynesville Area 23.

I just looked at the state polls released yesterday, and our girls' basketball team holds a No. 7 ranking! I'd have to really look hard and far back in the archives to see when we held a Top 10 state ranking!





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Monday, January 18, 2021

Dance season begins tonight (VIDEO)

The B-B-E/Paynesville Pirouettes dance team begins the 2021 season tonight with the Minnewaska dance triangular at MAHS. The third team included is BOLD.

I haven't had a chance to catch up with the team or coaches other than some random conversations with team members this past winter. The squad has one senior, Kylie Terhaar.

Below is a video clip from January 3, 2019, featuring the B-B-E/Paynesville JV kick squad at the home dance comp. In this video, Kylie Terhaar is the team member who begins the formation in the back row on the far right.


Tonight's comp starts at 6 p.m., although it is not open to the public.

Next is a comp at NL-S this week on Thursday. It may be another week before I get a full dance season preview article put together for the press. We are doing our very best here.




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(VIDEO) B-B-E wrestling vs. Minnewaska

Here's more video from the battle of two Top-Five wrestling teams in Minnesota:


This was the end of the 152-pound match between B-B-E's Maximus Hanson and Minnewaska's Max Reichmann. It was very exciting to see two top-five teams battle one another in our home gymnasium! The win by Hanson put the No. 3-ranked Jaguars ahead 24-7. At that point, the No. 5-ranked Lakers were still within striking range. 

On Tuesday this week, the wrestlers travel to Eden Valley-Watkins for a triangular. The Eagles have two state-ranked wrestlers: No. 9-ranked Sam Nistler at 160 pounds and No. 8-ranked Austin Schlangen at 285 pounds.

Far too many irons in the fire now to get more posted here. Maybe later tonight!

Reminder: if you know anyone in Belgrade who may be missing a gray cat, please contact me. 

lifeinbonanzavalley@gmail.com

There's another gray cat that is also missing in Belgrade...but that one is still on the loose. Its owner is really sick with worry, grief and anxiety about it. I feel for them. Our cat once "broke out" by busting open a cracked window pane in a basement window. I would've never dreamed it could punch through the pane, otherwise I would've fixed it right away. Our family knows how it is to have a pet go missing. It's even worse in the winter. So, if you can, please keep your eyes and ears open in Belgrade.

To read more on that lost cat, click here: https://bit.ly/3bPRyzP.





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Sunday, January 17, 2021

(VIDEO) Construction progress at the elementary

Now I take a brief pause in sports reporting to bring you this video clip. It's "tangentially" related to sports reporting...see below.


This video was taken on Monday, December 28. That week the school was closed - both K-6 and the Jaguar Kids Connection programming. You can also see for a few seconds the work being done on Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin's house. That week they got a new roof! Everyone was so terribly excited and happy for them after what they endured on Halloween Night.

Some of you may recall that Mr. Goodwin is a retired coach at B-B-E who coached a long, LONG list of athletic teams across numerous sports in the Brooten Buccaneer and B-B-E Jaguar athletic programs. He became head coach of the Brooten boys' basketball program beginning in the 1984-1985 season. Mrs. Goodwin was a most loved and revered Home Economics teacher at Brooten and B-B-E high school. I don't remember the exact year, but in the late 1990s she was hired as Home Ec teacher at Sauk Centre high school, where she continues to work today.

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Incredible afternoon in Jaguar Country!

How awesome is this!

Today at our high school, two Top-Five teams met on the mats. The No. 3-ranked B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team hosted No. 5-ranked Minnewaska Area. B-B-E built a 27-7 lead before the Lakers stormed back in the upper weights.

Ahead 27-22, B-B-E got a huge win by a 4-2 decision by senior Mark Jenniges at 220 pounds to clinch the team win! It was a terribly exciting afternoon. 

Final: #3 B-B-E 30, #5 Minnewaska 25.

And noteworthy! Mark Jenniges earned his 100th career win during the NL-S triangular last night. Great job! 

Below is a video interview of Coach Mueller following today's huge win. Thanks, coach, for your comments!


More video to come later. I am going to Bucky's Bar with family to celebrate this win!

Here's the run down of the varsity match:

106: Brett DeRoo lost a 4-0 decision

113: Ethan Mueller lost a 15-4 major decision

120: Tanner Viessman won by fall (1:28)

126: Ryan Jensen won an 11-3 major decision

132: Walker Bents won a 1-0 decision

138: Tyler Jensen won a 5-2 decision

145: Blaine Fischer won an 18-0 tech fall (5:03)

152: Maximus Hanson won a 5-1 decision

160: Dylan Kampsen won a 5-2 decision

170: Talen Kampsen lost by fall (5:13)

182: Cooper Wold lost an 8-4 decision

195: Carson Gilbert lost by fall (1:26)

220: Mark Jenniges won a 4-2 decision

285: Bryce Feuerhake lost a 5-1 decision

Next for the wrestlers: they travel to Eden Valley-Watkins high school on Tuesday, January 19 for a triangular that also includes Osakis.

*Update: here's a notice on a "lost cat" that we've temporarily dubbed the Jaguar Cat...found at the high school today during the wrestling match. (short link) https://bit.ly/39C09DH.




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Wrestling

The No. 3-ranked B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team hosts No. 5-ranked Minnewaska Area at 2 p.m. today. I've been traveling and haven't had a chance to post the video feed. My apologies.

Updates to follow.

**Update: the varsity match started at about 3:15 p.m.

**Through 113 pounds, the Lakers have a 7-0 lead.

At 120 pounds, Tanner Viessman won by pin in the first period to make the score 7-6.

*Through 152 pounds, the Jaguars are ahead 24 to 7.

Updates / final score to follow in a new blog post - with recap coming later tonight.




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Friday, January 15, 2021

Boys' basketball and wrestling season openers

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team defeated visiting Maple Lake by a 49-21 score tonight. After both teams shot poorly in the first half, B-B-E found some offensive rhythm in the second half to pick up the easy season-opening win. Sophomore Kaden Pieper led the Jaguars with 16 points, 13 of them in the second half. A total of 10 Jaguars scored tonight and all 15 players got in on the action.

The Jaguars led 22-7 at halftime. For the game, they had 10 steals which helped make up for a lackluster performance on the offensive boards. 

Here's video featuring the final five minutes of tonight's game.


At a triangular at New London-Spicer high school tonight, the No. 3-ranked B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team went 2-0 with wins over the host Wildcats and also the Paynesville Area Bulldogs. The Jaguars defeated Paynesville Area 70-3 and the Wildcats 50-21. Against Paynesville, the Jaguars earned 42 points off of seven forfeits (ouch).

The next action in Jaguar Country is a home dual wrestling meet tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 p.m. against Minnewaska Area. It was previously billed as a triangular, but now it will just include the visiting Lakers and our Jaguars. The dual is not open to the general public, but it will be live streamed.

*Just for fun! Here's a video clip from the photo shoot of the boys' basketball team last March following the season-ending playoff loss to Nevis at Wadena:


Three seniors graduated from that team, including Jackson Peter, who scored 15 points that night. He was the lone graduation loss from the top rotation on that team. Ironically, I ran into him at RJ's Mini Mart tonight after the game. I enjoyed a brief chat with him about this year's team. Needless to say, we are all excited about their potential!




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(LIVE VIDEO) Boys' hoops

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team opens the 2021 season tonight on the home court against Maple Lake. They are looking to improve on a 14-15 overall record from last season. They graduated just one player off of last year's main player rotation, although he was an integral cog in the wheel (Jackson Peter).

I can vividly remember the night of the Sub-Section 5A-West championship game. It was Wednesday, March 11, at Wadena-Deer Creek high school. That was the last "normal" day of our lives to date. The Jaguars lost 61-58. Everyone was anxious to see how Nevis would fare in the Section 5A finals two nights later, but that game never took place.

I'll get the video player embedded here before tip-off, which is at 6:30 p.m. The game is not open to the general public.

AND finally, here's the video...it's live as of 6:30 p.m.


Two minutes into the game, and the Jaguars have an early 8-0 lead.

Just shy of four minutes into the game, Luke Dingmann scored in the paint to make it 10-0.

With five minutes gone in the game, Maple Lake has five turnovers but no points.

With 12 minutes left in the first half, the Jaguars have cooled off from the field but continue to play tremendous defense. They are setting traps like no one's business!

With 11:05 on the clock, Ernesto Brown shot two free throws and made one of them to get the Irish on the board. B-B-E has an 11-1 lead, and four Jaguars have scored so far.

With 10:05 left in the game, Ryan Schwinghammer got his first bucket of the game to make it 13-1. Maple Lake called a timeout.

Just under 10 minutes left, and Maple Lake has nine turnovers, no field goals and one free throw to their credit.

With under four minutes left, the Jaguars have really cooled off but have a 15-6 lead.

With 3:42 left, Peyton Winter drained a three-pointer for an 18-6 lead.

*Halftime: B-B-E 22, Maple Lake 7. No player has more than one field goal.

*Update: to start the second half, Maple Lake scored a field goal in the first minute to make it 22-9.

With 14:49 left, Maple Lake scored on a second straight layup to make it 22-11. B-B-E's Coach Anderson promptly called a timeout.

Then with 13:29 left, Luke Dingmann had two free throw attempts and drained both of them for a 25-11 lead.

*More updates in a new blog post.




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Snow day

School is closed today due to the weather. 

I don't notice poor conditions in the city of Brooten, however, on my walk to downtown, I lost my footing 4 to 5 times while walking down the street. The city plows are doing a good job of clearing the streets, but there is lots of ice out there. Much of the ice is covered by snow, which makes walking dangerous. I think we may see people getting fooled by conditions and either slipping on their feet, or slipping around in their automobile.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Girls' basketball season opener

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team won 64-25 at Royalton tonight to open the 2021 season and the Central Minnesota Conference schedule. They host Paynesville Area next Tuesday at the high school. The event is not open to the general public. I mistakenly said they host Kimball on Saturday, but the Kimball home game is next Thursday night.

Tonight against the Royals, the Jaguars held a 43-13 halftime lead.

Allisa Knight was leading scorer with 18 points on red hot 52 percent field goal shooting. Next was fellow senior Josie Knutson with 12 points, including a stellar five-for-six performance at the free throw line. Eight Jaguars landed in the scoring column, and as a team, they shot very respectable 41 percent on the three-point line (5-for-12). With free throws, the Jaguars were a modest 60 percent (9-for-15).

Royalton went 23-6 last season and won both contests with the Jaguars. They were sub-section runners-up on Section 6AA, falling to Albany 56-49 to end their season. Graduation hit them hard, as they lost seven very experienced, record-breaking, talented seniors last May. This year's Royals team has just five returning players with varsity experience, including two seniors, one junior, one sophomore plus a freshmen who moved into the Royalton district with prior varsity experience from a different school.




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Girl's basketball! (LIVE VIDEO)

A great friend of mine passed on the link, and here it is, to see tonight's girls' basketball action from Royalton. I had to plug it into a "link shortener" so it can be posted on my blog appropriately. If you click on the following link, it will redirect you to the video players, courtesy of the Royalton broadcasting team.

Link = https://bit.ly/3qsdXHP. The video will be posted via Facebook Live. However, I believe you can watch the video without having a Facebook account. I do not have Facebook, and I am expecting that I can still see the video player.

Tip-off for the JV game is at 5:45 p.m. with varsity to follow.

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team has seven seniors on this year's team: Karsee Kampsen, Jackie Lindsay, Liz French, Josie Knutson, Jozey Goodall, Allisa Knight and Karissa Jones. This is one of the most experienced B-B-E girls' basketball team to ever take the court for a new season. Kampsen, Linsday, Knight and Jones all have two or more years of varsity-level experience. They also have a wealth of extremely talented underclassmen to bolster the lineup.

*Update: I've got the Facebook Live video player to work. I hope you are able to as well. With under six minutes left in the first half, the JV Jaguars have a 25-6 lead.

At halftime for the C-squad game, Royalton has a 16-14 lead over the Jaguars. A three-point shot by B-B-E rimmed off at the halftime buzzer.

*Final score: the Royalton C-squad team defeated the Jaguars 28-27.

Here's another link you will want to bookmark. It's the "master schedule" for B-B-E's winter sports varsity teams! 

*Update: the tip-off for the varsity game should take place at 7:15 p.m. It appears that all things are on schedule from Royalton high school. The Facebook Live stream appears to work with no problems, and it is also available in high definition video. 

Once the games are complete, they are also archived at that Royalton Facebook page for later viewing.

More to follow later.

**Update for the varsity game: at halftime, the Jaguars have a 43-13 lead over Royalton.





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