Recap and Border Bell/Senior recognition

Time flies...It's hard to believe the dual season is on the verge of closing out. With the border bell battle Friday, we take on our horned rivals to the north. This season Coach Bono and crew have been on a tear, ripping off 13 straight dual victories and an undefeated record in the Big 12. That said there is plenty of wrestling left for these guys after Fridays match. The Big 12 tourney in the first week of March followed by the national championships in Cleveland St Patty's Day weekend.

Quick recap of the last few matches to get you up to speed...

-Jacks over Iowa St, 30-15...the Big Game was exciting and entertaining even for us Vikings fans. Earlier that day though over 2,200 fans gathered at Frost to witness history. Coach Bono's grapplers handed him the 100th victory of his dual career. Humble and gracious coach Bono witnessed to the crowd that it was the fans, coaches around him, wrestlers and his family that are the reasons for the success. As a fan I will say it…

MVFC Recruting Roundup

Finalizing #JacksNat18n

The new December signing day makes the February signing day feel different, but still super exciting for those of us who follow recruitment carefully.  For all of you wet blankets out there, yes, we don't truly know how good a class is until a few years down the road.  Yes, high school dominance doesn't always translate to college success.  However, getting new talent into your program is exciting and is something that should be celebrated.  These young student athletes are making a big decision and choosing to be a part of a culture, a program, and a tradition of success.  Lets celebrate that instead of raining on the parade.

With that being said, here are the additions from today's signing day.

RB: Jefferson Lee V, 5'9 190, Marshall, MN
FB: Mike Morgan, 6'3 210, New Lenox, IL (Lincoln-Way)
WR: Jadon Janke, 6'3 190, Madison, SD
WR: Jaxon Janke,6'3 195, Madison, SD
OL: Zach Collins, 6'3 297, Fridley, MN (Totino-Grace)

DE: Alex Parrella, 6'4 230, I…

Jackrabbit Men's Basketball Roundup

Over the last two weeks the Jack Rabbits have had their ups and downs. They were sitting atop the summit league standings until they got knocked off the conference mountain top by in state rival USD. This set back was short lived, the Jacks reclaimed their number one spot albeit with some help from Denver. The Jacks have gone a three-game winning streak since then but I’m sure they will be eager to return the favor when the Coyotes come up to Frost arena.
Rave- Jackrabbits Rout Western Illinois
There is not much to break down and analyze here, the Jackrabbits soundly beat Western Illinois by 28 points. This was not much of a surprise. The Leathernecks have been struggling this season with a conference record of 1-4. Overall, the Jackrabbits had seven players scoring in double digits.
Rant- Poor Offense versus USD
It is never an easy task to play a strong rival on the road such as USD. Unfortunately, against their[KW1] instate rivals the Jackrabbits turned in one of their weakest offensiv…

Jackrabbit Recruiting Update: Class of 2018 is Taking Shape

Yesterday brought three new verbal commitments the class of 2018 is rounding into shape.  The next signing period begins on February 7th.  The three most recent verbals will join Mike Morgan and Matt Borowicz in signing during the late period.  The Jacks netted a majority of their class in December but will likely add a few more players before all is said and done.

The newest verbals all came on Sunday and were spread throughout the day.

Fired up to join the Jackrabbit family! Thank you coach Stig, Brown and the rest of the staff for this opportunity!! #GoJacks🐰 — Alex Parrella (@alexparrella11) January 28, 2018 DE: Alex Parrella, 6'4 230, Iowa Western Community College

 Played TE and MLB in high schoolRedshirted his first year at IWCC and then played in 5 games in 2017 due to injuryVery athletic and his high school tape shows a nose for the footballDad, John had a 12 year NFL career and was the defensive line coach at Nebraska last year 

After discus…

Jackrabbit Football: Recruiting Update

It has been awhile since I've had the chance to share much news on football.  With only a handful of scholarships left, the late signing period doesn't have a ton of buzz around it.  However, the quality sure is there even if the quantity is not.   I know the coaches are really excited about the players who recently verballed and also about the ones who currently hold offers. 

Let's kick it off with the two most recent verbals.

DL- Matt Borowicz, 6'4 255, Lakeville, MN (Lakeville South)
Participated in the Minnesota Prep All-Star game Another big-framed kid that will be able to add weight and make an impact on the interiorSheds blocks well and locates the ball carrier
FB-Mike Morgan, 6'3 210, New Lenox, IL (Lincoln-Way)
First team All-State in the 7a Division1140 rushing yards to go with 20 TDsRuns hard, not afraid of contact, catches the ball well out of the backfield The Jackrabbits still have offers out to two linebacker prospects as well as a punter/kicker.


Men's Basketball Roundup: Jackrabbits Climb to the Top of Summit League Standings

Last week’s action saw the Jackrabbit climb to the top of the summit league rankings while going 2-0 against conferences foes at home. Overall, there is a lot to like about the men’s team. One game was a nail biter against Oral Roberts while the other was blowout win against an overwhelmed Denver squad as the Jackrabbits push their winning streak to seven games.
SDSU 78 – Oral Roberts 75
Rave – Key has been improving
During the game it was evident that the Junior guard has improved his play from earlier in the season. Key made smart decisions that night. Instead of driving down the lane into much larger defenders he penetrated then made on target and timely passes on offense. In fact, he lead the team with seven assists. His play contributed to the comeback the Jackrabbits made late in the first half.
Rant -Turnovers and Transition
The first half was back and forth with a quite few lead changes. But sloppy play helped the Golden Eagles build a near ten-point lead which they would hold un…