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home : sports October 13, 2015

Vikes win Duluth tournament and championship showdown with GR
North Branch and Grand Rapids have been taking circuitous routes to a head-on collision this year.

The Vikings started a bit slow, missing their top player Courtney Selbitschka, as she recovered from a knee injury. But, since she has been fully integrated back into the lineup, the Vikings are on a roll, including winning a five-set thriller over Mississippi 8 power,  St. Michael-Albertville.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

CL spoils East's Homecoming, 62-13
It was not a happy Homecoming celebration for the Duluth East Greyhounds.  In a true team effort, seven different Wildcat players scored touchdowns and the Wildcat defense forced five turnovers as the Wildcats crushed the Greyhounds 62-13 Friday night at Ordean Stadium in Duluth.  The Greyhounds scored on their first possession of the game and the Wildcats responded with 62 unanswered points, including 27 in the third quarter alone.
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Wildcats win two M8C games
Chisago Lakes 7, North Branch 0
Junior Nick Pautz had four goals and an assist in an eleven minute stretch to lead the Wildcats to a 7-0 shutout win over the Vikings Tuesday, September 29 at North Branch.  The Vikings held the Wildcats off the scoreboard until six minutes remained in the first half.  The Wildcats scored three goals in a five minute stretch and two more early in the second half.

After Pautz scored the game’s first two goals, he fed senior Alex Marvin and Marvin scored with three seconds left in the first half for a 3-0 Wildcat lead.  Pautz scored two more times in the first five minutes of the second half and Wildcat head coach Mark Leigh began liberally subbing players into the game.  The Wildcats later added goals by freshman Bryce Burds and senior Jacob Carlson, the first goal of the season for both players.  “It was good to see Bryce and Jacob score,” said Leigh.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

'Cats split four, win big over Vikings
The Wildcat girls’ soccer team had four games in five days last week, by far their busiest stretch of the year.  The workload, coupled with injuries to key players, led to mixed results on the field.
Chisago Lakes 5, North Branch 1
Juniors Tara Knowles and Grace Kugel scored two goals each to lead the Wildcats to a 5-1 win over the Vikings Tuesday, September 29 at Chisago Lakes.  Knowles scored two early goals to get the Wildcats off to a fast start, the second one off a nice header. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Vikes and Wildcats stay in a pack at Duluth's Swain Invite
The Swain Invitiational is normally an appointment with rainy, cold weather and grueling hills for the North Branch and Chisago Lakes cross country teams.

“This was the first time in years that we have run at the Swain Invite in Duluth and haven't had to deal with bad weather,” Chisago Lakes Head Coach Ken Orwoll said. “Without having to deal with the weather all we had to deal with are all the hills.  The course is one of the hardest in the state.”

Thursday, October 8, 2015

North Branch humbled by undefeated Monticello
On Friday, October 1, it was a David versus Goliath proposition for the North Branch football team and they didn’t quite fare as well as the fabled David did.
Thursday, October 8, 2015

CL falls to unbeaten Monticello
The statistics don’t tell the story in the Wildcats 45-20 homecoming loss to the Monticello Magic.  Both teams put up over 450 yards of offense, the Wildcats had 20 first downs to 19 for the Magic and each team featured a player who rushed for around 200 yards.  The Wildcats had one more turnover than Monticello, and, while one of the turnovers came at a crucial in the second quarter, that isn’t the only reason the Wildcats lost.  The nearly 2,000 fans, most of whom stayed for the postgame firework show on a warm, clear night will tell you that it was penalties that doomed the Wildcats in this one.
Thursday, October 1, 2015

North Branch gives STMA its first conference blemish of 2015
St. Michael-Albertville has been head-of-the class of the Mississippi 8 Conference for over a decade now. They’re 71-5 in the last 10 years of M8C play, and hadn’t shown any signs of slowing down this year, getting off to a 4-0 start, including a win over last year’s conference champion Cambridge-Isanti.
Thursday, October 1, 2015

'Cats win OT thriller over Monti, play tight with SF & Denfeld
Chisago Lakes 4, Monticello 2
Nils Gulbranson and junior Trent Vugteveen each scored in overtime to give the Wildcats a 4-2 win over the Monticello Magic Tuesday, September 22 at Monticello.  

Senior Alex Marvin scored off a corner kick two minutes into the game, assisted by Nick Pautz, to put the Wildcats up 1-0. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Over 100 teams descend on Milaca for the annual Mega Meet; CL 10th gets second
The Milaca Mega Meet is unlike any other meet in the country. It brings together over 100 teams from all overthe region and puts some of the best runners on the course at the same time.

So it’s a feather in the cap to finish high in the meet, no matter what level you’re at. Head Coach Ken Orwoll decided to run his 10th graders at the 10th grade level, despite five of them consistently registering varsity scores for the ‘Cats during the regular season.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Wildcats struggling in Mississippi 8, working on consistency
The Chisago Lakes volleyball team has had a tough time getting wins recently.

“We seemed to start strong this season and competed well our first couple weeks, especially in our tournament at Big Lake,” Head Coach Brigitte Budahn said. “We ended that tournament fourth out of six teams. At the end of that tournament, though, Audrey Roy, our libero, suffered a concussion and was out the following week for our matches against St. Michael-Albertville and Buffalo. Although the girls on the team stepped up and filled Audrey's role as best they could, that week seemed to shake our confidence and team chemistry, which we are still trying to regain.”

Thursday, October 1, 2015

CL splits two games
Chisago Lakes 4, Monticello 0
Junior Grace Kugel continued her season long scoring binge, recording two goals and an assist to lead the Wildcats to a 4-0 shutout win over the Monticello Magic (8-4-1 overall, 3-3-0 conference) last Tuesday, September 22 at Chisago Lakes.  The Wildcats came out ready to play and quickly established control of the game.  Kugel scored off of a throw in at the eight minute mark to give the Wildcats a rare early lead.  Later in the first half, junior Lindsey Power played a beautiful across the field pass to senior Makayla Vogelsberg.  Vogelsberg then went a cross back to senior Julia Clarin, whose one time shot easily beat the Magic goalkeeper.  The Wildcats led 2-0 at halftime.  The second half was more of the same as the Wildcats continued to dominate the game and score some goals.  Junior Tara Knowles assisted Kugel on her second goal of the day and Kugel fed Power to complete the scoring and give the Wildcats a dominating win.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Vikings can't take advantage of turnovers, lose 34-0 to Princeton
The North Branch defense has struggled to force turnovers at times this year, and it has been their undoing in a few of their games to get the big stop.

Against the Princeton Tigers, though, the North Branch defense forced three turnovers. However, the Viking offense turned the ball over five times themselves, and it led to a 34-0 loss at the hands of the Tigers.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Vikings lose Homecoming late to Greyhounds
North Branch thought they had the perfect homecoming opponent scheduled for their festivities.

Duluth East had won only two games the past two and a half years, both over city rival Duluth Denfeld. They were coming off a three-game losing skid in which they were outscored 114-32. And they were fresh off of a near two-hour bus ride down to North Branch.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

North Branch conquers Cloquet; Wildcats staying around .500
The North Branch girls tennis team has had some tough sledding in the Mississippi 8 Conference this fall, but it hasn’t stopped them from competing in some of their out-of-conference match ups.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hickcox shines in commanding win over Big Lake
Senior quarterback Ethan Hickcox played his best game of the season as the Wildcats (4-1) dominated this one from start to – well, almost to the finish – and stung the Big Lake Hornets 35-23 last Friday, September 18 at Chisago Lakes High School.  Hickcox did it with his feet – carrying the ball 13 times for 104 yards and three touchdowns – and his arm, going 6 for 13 for 97 yards and a touchdown.  The Wildcats led 35-7 until the Hornets scored two touchdowns in the last minute of the game to make the game seem closer than it actually was.  “Ethan gets a little better each week,” said Wildcat head coach Bill Weiss.  “He’s got a good grasp of the offense.  He made a lot of audibles based on the look we were getting from the defense.  He is progressing very nicely as we continue on throughout the season.”
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Vikes blast through tourney
Only one hiccup kept the North Branch Vikings from having a flawless performance in their home tournament on Saturday, September 19.

The hiccup came in their opening match against familiar foe Princeton. The Vikings won the first set 25-21 before dropping the second 25-20. In the deciding set, the Lady Vikes toppled the Tigers 15-12.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Nine lead changes highlight wild win for Wildcats
In a catfight last Friday night at Princeton, Wildcat quarterback Ethan Hickcox scored on a two yard run with 56 seconds remaining to put the Wildcats up 37-35.  And with just seconds left in the game and the Tigers going for it on fourth down from their own 43, Wildcat lineman Dylan Wood burst through and sacked Tiger quarterback Tyler McAlpine to seal the Wildcat victory. They improve their record to 3-1 on halfway through the 2015 regular season.  “Dylan had a solid game,” said Wildcat head coach Bill Weiss, “and concluded it with a really big play.”
Thursday, September 17, 2015

Chisago Lakes drops two games to Rogers and Forest Lake
Rogers 2, Chisago Lakes 0
Mississippi 8 Conference foe Rogers set the tone for their game with the Wildcat girls’ soccer team with their physical style of play, keeping Chisago Lakes off balance and off their game.  Midway through the first half, the Royals scored off a breakdown by the Wildcats in their own defensive third and a relentless play by senior striker Courtney Henderson who scored to give the Royals a 1-0 halftime lead.  The second half proved to be more of the same as the Wildcats couldn’t generate any consistent offensive pressure.  Rogers, a senior led team, scored another goal midway thru the half and eased to a 2-0 home victory.  The game was played at Rogers last Thursday, September 10.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Vikings fall victim to Big Lake's Tanner Teige, lose 39-22
In previous years, teams tended to avoid shootouts with the Big Lake Hornets.

The western school featured a varied spread passing attack that wasn’t very common in smaller school football, and although they never quite had the talent to hang with the top, huge schools, they could always hang up plenty of points.

This year, however, the Hornets used a grinding rushing attack to pile up the points as they beat North Branch 39-22.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Vikings and Wildcats each search for identity at Norm Ayen Invite
North Branch
The North Branch girls team has been led for years by Rhianna Rinke, yet she is still just in her junior year and she is running as hard as ever.

She paced the Vikings with an 11th place finish at the annual Norm Ayen Invitational in Isanti on Friday, September 11. Rinke finished the 5K race in 20:27.9, just barely missing out on the top 10.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Chisago Lakes gets the upper hand in county rivalry

The critical play in the game between the Wildcats and Vikings took place early in the third quarter with the Wildcats leading 7-0.  The Wildcats faced third and 22 at their own 44 yard line.  Wildcat running back Corbin Lee ran right and was tackled after a three yard gain, which would have forced the Wildcats to punt.  But the Vikings were called for a personal foul, giving the Wildcats a third and four at the Viking 38.  On fourth and one from the Viking 35, Wildcat fullback Drake Gadbois took the handoff, burst up the middle and outran the Viking secondary to the end zone to put the Wildcats up 14-0.  “I don’t know where that speed came from,” said Gadbois.  “I think it was just the adrenaline that got me going.” 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Kugel nets four in romp of Denfeld
Chisago Lakes 4, Duluth Denfeld 0
If your name is Grace Kugel, then you have scored a goal for the Wildcat girls’ soccer team this season.  Kugel scored four times against Duluth Denfeld as the Wildcats shut out the Hunters 4-0  Friday, September 4 in Duluth.  The Wildcats have scored six goals in their first three games, all put into the net by Kugel.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Wildcats make early season progress
Coon Rapids 3, Chisago Lakes 0
Baby steps can be frustrating to take when someone wants  to leap instead, but they are still progressing nonetheless.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Girls impress at Early Bird Invite
Milaca Early Bird
Chisago Lakes Head Coach Ken Orwoll was hoping his runners could stay in packs this season and motivate each other to fast times.

Consider that hope a reality after the first meet of the year, the Milaca Early Bird on Monday, August 31.

The girls’ team finished in second place behind a trio of finishers that came in 10th, 11th and 12th within seven seconds of each other.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Lady Vikings drop match to Elk River
Elk River 3, North Branch 1
The Lady Vikes are still adjusting to life without Courtney Selbitschka in the early going of the 2015 season.

They have her younger sister, Cianna, filling in, but she just doesn’t bring the experience that Courtney has. It will make for a dangerous combination, however, when the elder sister returns from her knee injury in the next few weeks.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

'Cats hang with ER for a half
Only 100 or so Wildcat fans, including about 30 students, attended the Wildcat football game at Elk River last Friday night.  That’s smaller than the crowd that usually attends  away games.  And the fans, students and school administrators who stayed away missed a game that was pretty entertaining for much of the evening.
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Twin Community Fund helps upgrade Pumphouse Park
The Twins Community Fund was instrumental allowing the City of  Lindstrom to re-hab Pumphouse Park, installing a new ballfield, with warning track and fencing, and a hydration station will be completed soon.  There’s also a new restroom at the park, a basketball  hoop and in cooperation with the Soil & Water Conservation District a rain garden was put in.  The Twins awarded a total of $361,125 in this year’s round of field projects for kids,  and Lindstrom received $10,000.  Twins Community Fund grants range from $1,000 to $10,000 and the next round of applications begins January 2016.   Pumphouse Park project contractors included Peterson Companies, St. Croix Recreation and Century Fence. 
Thursday, September 3, 2015

North Branch runs into high-powered St. Francis squad
St. Francis 42, North Branch 0
St. Francis has been on a steady climb the last few years. They used to be also-ran of the North Suburban Conference, but ever since the transition to the Mississippi 8, the Saints have started building a strong base in football. The Vikings found that out firsthand in their home opener on Friday, August 28.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Vikes open with sweep over Huskies
North Branch 3, Andover 0
The North Branch volleyball team picked up right where it left off last year and swept the Andover Huskies in quick fashion in their season opener  Thursday, August 27. The Vikings won 25-17, 25-23, 25-16. They were led by two familiar surnames, although the first name of one of them was different.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Gulbranson nets hat trick in win
Chisago Lakes 3, Grand Rapids 0
Nils Gulbranson scored three times to lead the Wildcats to a 3-0 win over the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks in the season opener, played at Chisago Lakes  Thursday, August 27.  But Gulbranson suffered a hand injury late in the game and was forced to miss last Saturday’s game against Hibbing/Chisholm.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Boys drop season opener up north
Mesabi East 1, North Branch 0
The Mesabi East Area Giants scored the only goal of the game with two minutes left in the second half to eke out a 1-0 win over the Viking boys’ soccer team in the season opener.  The game was played at Biwabik Friday, August 28.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Lady 'Cats split first two games
Chisago Lakes 2, Maranatha Christian Academy 0
There was no horsing around in the season opener for the Wildcat girls’ soccer team.  They completely dominated the Maranatha Christian Academy Mustangs.  Grace Kugel scored two second half goals and the Wildcats came away with a 2-0 win.  The game was played Thursday, August 27 at Chisago Lakes High School.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Ashley explodes onto the scene with three scores in a 21-20 win over Rapids
Kennedy Ashley saw plenty of playing time last year, but in a run-first offense, the wide receiver didn’t always get many looks.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Wildcats score 19 unanswered in thrilling comeback
What a way to start a season.

Trevin Nelson scored on a 13 yard run with just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter to give the Wildcats a 19-16 lead and they hung on for an amazing comeback win over the St. Cloud Tech Tigers last Friday, August 21 at Chisago Lakes High School.  The Wildcats trailed 16-0 at halftime, but scored 19 unanswered points in the second half, with quarterback Ethan Hickcox leading all three touchdown drives.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

North Branch scoreboard project comes to fruition
An effort that began last winter culminated last week in the installation of new scoreboards in the high school and middle school gyms. The centerpiece of the effort, the main scoreboard in the high school's large gym, includes a roughly 13-foot by 8-foot "jumbotron" monitor to pump up fans during home contests.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Chisago Lakes Sportmen’s Club annual picnic was held Sunday, August 9 in Chisago City. 6
Thursday, August 13, 2015

After advancing in playoffs, Chisago Bulldogs run into tough matches in regional play
Eastern Minny League Playoffs
Starter Jake Kari allowed one unearned run on three hits in seven innings of work, Miles Turk and Joe Kimlinger drove in two runs apiece and the Bulldog defense turned three double plays to lead the Bulldogs to a 6-1 win over the Nowthen Knights in one of the deciding games in the Eastern Minny League’s West Division playoffs.  The win sent the Bulldogs to the Region 1C playoffs and ended the season for the Knights.  The game against the Knights was played on Wednesday, August 5 at Larson Field in Cambridge.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

CL's 15U baseball team wins state
The Chisago Lakes 15U AAA Baseball team recently were victorious in the MYAS Gopher State Tier 2 Championship Game.  The Wildcats came back from a four run deficit to defeat Becker Bulldogs 8-7.  The game was played at Northwestern College in Roseville.  Pictured left to right front: Coach Craig Lindstrom, Kiernan Tollefson, Henry Trost, Noah Cameron, Connor Wilke, and Derrick Kluge. Back row Left to right: coach Matt Silver, Joe Ferris, Mitch Barrett, Troy Biernath, Nolan Silver, Jake Wojtowicz, Logan Crouse, Tyler Johnson, Ryan Biernath and Hunter Lindstrom.
Thursday, August 6, 2015

Bulldogs navigate through tough playoffs in Eastern Minny
Chisago Lakes 6, Rum River 5
With the Bulldogs and Rum River tied 5-5 in the top of the ninth in the opening round of the Eastern Minny League West Division playoffs, Hunter Lindstrom reached on an error, went all the way to third on an errant pickoff attempt and scored on a passed ball to put the Bulldogs up 6-5.  He then went out and pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to seal the win for the Bulldogs.  The game was played at Hinckley’s beautiful baseball stadium Saturday, August 1.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

With a new event name comes a new champion
For over a half decade, David Thompson had claimed the Chsiago Lakes Triathlon. He had close finishes and comfortable margins. The St. Paul native took on all comers every year.

This year, however, Thompson did not participate in what is now known as Toughman Minnesota, to defend his longtime crown, which left the win open for the taking.

There were a few top five finishers back from last year, and one of them made the big jump to the top spot.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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