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home : sports : sports March 25, 2017

Boys fall short in section championship
The Chisago Lakes boys were disappointed they didn't win the section championship, but they still received a second place plaque.
The Chisago Lakes boys were disappointed they didn't win the section championship, but they still received a second place plaque.
For the third straight year, the Chisago Lakes boys basketball team was playing for a chance to go to the state tournament.
Thursday, March 23, 2017


Chisago Lakes fencers excel at state and national tournaments
Chisago Lakes High School juniors Alec Cull and Fred Thibodeau put on a lot of miles and achieved some significant results over three consecutive weekends between February 11 and February 25.  Both Cull and Thibodeau competed at the Fargo-Moorhead High School Fencing Invitational February 11 and the USFA Open tournament February 12. The following week, Thibodeau traveled to Kansas City to compete at the U.S. Junior Olympic Fencing Championships. And both fencers competed at the Minnesota High School State Fencing Championships February 25.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Wildcats playing for second straight state tourney campaign
After an up-and-down regular season that saw Chisago Lakes go on streaks of both the winning and losing variety, they are hoping their recent play is indicative of a long winning streak to come.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Chisago Lakes finds new AD in Hayley Lang
The Chisago Lakes School District announced they've hired Hayley Lang as the new Activities Director at the high school. Lang, who is currently an assistant principal at Southwest Junior High in Forest Lake, was previously a teacher and coach at North Branch High School. She was the head coach of the Viking volleyball team and an assistant for the Lady Vikes' softball team. Lang will be replacing outgoing AD Neil Fletcher, who announced his resignation last month.
Monday, March 6, 2017

Ertl finishes ninth in all-around, Olson and Fish gain valuable experience
The balance beam was the last event of the day at the individual state gymnastics meet on Saturday, February 25. The anticipation led to a highlight of the weekend for a few of the North Branch state meet competitors, but it also led to disappointment for another.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

NB's Sonnek headed to state
Freshman Austin Sonnek (132) will be the first Viking wrestler to go to the state tournament since 2014.  He pinned Tristan Johnson of Hibbing in the true second place match at last weekend’s individual Section 7AA tournament to earn his first trip to state.  The section tournament was held in Grand Rapids last weekend.  Sonnek will open the tournament during the 11 a.m. session tomorrow against junior Antonio Cortez of South St. Paul, the winner of Section 4AA.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wildcats get sweet revenge, end North Branch's season
A raucous standing room only crowd of over 1,200 people for last Saturday night’s section 5A semifinal game at Chisago Lakes Arena saw the third-seeded Chisago Lakes Wildcats take a 4-1 lead over the second-seeded North Branch Vikings early in the third period.  The Wildcats then withstood an intense Viking attack before coming away with a 4-3 win and a trip to their third section final game in the last four years.  That game is tonight versus the Monticello Magic at 7 p.m. at the arena in Elk River.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Three NB gymnasts going to state
The North Branch gymnastics team fell just short of their goal of making it to the state tournament, but they still sent three of their gymnasts to the individual state meet.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Vikings wrap up regular season with 4-1 win over CL in hotly contested game
Tim Moll scored at 9:08 of the third period to break a 1-1 tie and give the North Branch Vikings their first lead of the game over the Chisago Lakes Wildcats.  The Vikings added two more goals in the last two minutes of the game for a 4-1 win over the Wildcats before a standing room only crowd of over 1,000 on Thursday, February 16 at Chisago Lakes Arena.  It was officially a home game for the Wildcats, but the crowd was split about 50-50 between fans of the two teams.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Chisago Lakes-North Branch rivalry renewed tonight with Vikings on a roll
North Branch 4, Highland Park 2
Having played two games in the previous three days, a tired bunch of Viking hockey players trudged into Highland Arena in St. Paul to take on the St. Paul Highland Park Scots Tuesday, February 17.  “We were out of gas,” said Viking head coach Matt Cottingham.  “We were not on our ‘A’ game and didn’t know what was going to happen.”  But the Vikings have matured to the point they can win a game against an opponent they should probably beat even when they are not at their best.  Ryan Byrkit scored with just over six minutes left in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and the Vikings went on to win the game 4-2.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Princeton storms back to end Wildcats' season in overtime
Princeton 4, Chisago Lakes 3 (2 O.T.)
The Wildcat girls’ hockey team certainly went out with a bang this season.  In the Section 5A quarterfinals, the sixth-seeded Wildcats took third-seeded Princeton to two overtimes before the Tigers scored to beat the Wildcats 4-3.  The game was played a Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis last Thursday, February 9.  The loss ended the season for the Wildcats (7-19-0).  Princeton (19-8-0) is ranked fifth in the state in the QRF rankings.  They went on to play Breck in the section semifinals on Valentine’s Day and lost 2-1 to end their season.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

QUEENS OF THE HILL: The Chisago Lakes girls alpine ski team wins state title
The Chisago Lakes girls alpine ski team won the school's first ever team state championship on Wednesday, February 15 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, MN.

The girls finished with 152, nine points ahead of Lakeville North in second place. The 'Cats were paced by Ellie Frischmon, who came in fourth plae in the whol state. Hannah Stec earned CL's second top-10 finish at state with an eighth place run. Senior Mikayla Granfors had an amazing final career run and finished in 11th place in state. Hannah Janzig finished off CL's championship score with a 21st place finish.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Streaky Wildcats drop four M8C contests in a row, including Monti
The Chisago Lakes boys basketball team has been a streaky bunch this year. They opened the season with four straight losses before winning four of their next five games. Those winning ways were followed up by three straight losses before they rattled off five consecutive wins. In their latest streak, the ‘Cats have now dropped four in a row, including a one-point heartbreaker to Monticello, the team that ended their season last year.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Chisago Lakes wraps up regular season in fine form
The Wildcats wrapped up their regular meet season in the last two weeks with a Mississippi 8 Conference match up against Buffalo, and a tune up tourney at Cambridge-Isanti.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Wildcats High kick going to state
The dance team contest held at North Branch High School last weekend turned out as well as it could for Chisago Lakes High School Lakettes Dance Team-- pictured above celebrating its win in High Kick division.  The dancers advance to state at Target Center, Saturday, February 18.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

North Branch stays rolling at six in a row, including win over Princeton
North Branch 9, Becker-Big Lake 0
Sophomore Brady Meyer recorded his fourth hat trick of the season and playmaker Nick Fairbanks had four assists as the Vikings sent the Becker-Big Lake Eagles crashing to earth in a 9-0 shutout win Tuesday, January 31 at Princeton Ice Arena.  The Vikings scored six goals in the second period to blow the game wide open, and outshot the Eagles 40-13 for the game.  Viking goalie Trevor Mellen stopped all 13 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Neil Fletcher retiring as Wildcats' Activities Director at end of year
After a successful five year stint as Chisago Lakes’ Activities Director, Neil Fletcher will be calling it a career after the 2017 school year ends.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

GIRLS SKIERS GOING TO STATE!
The Chisago Lakes girls alpine ski team won the Section 7 meet this week to qualify for the state tournament in Giants Ridge next Wednesday. Ellie Frischmon won the meet.

On the boys side, Anders Brown won the individual race and will be going to the state tournament for his sixth appearance.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Vikings find out where they stand at Gymnastics True Team State
In the Mississippi 8 Conference, the North Branch Vikings rarely come across an elite Class A team. Big Lake had been in the past but they are a bit down this year. Cambridge-Isanti is an elite team, but they are Class AA and North Branch won’t see them in sections or state.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Nelson goes off and Gillach beats buzzer on wild Friday night
It was a wild finish when the Wildcats hosted the Cambridge-Isanti on Friday, January 27.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Vikings come out firing but 'Cats weather it and storm back for win
The Chisago Lakes and North Branch boys basketball teams faced each other a bit later in the season than normal, so they were both chomping at the bit to get on the court on Thursday, January 19.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Danceline hosts Mississippi 8 Conference meet at Chisago Lakes
Chisago Lakes High School DanceTeam earned the overall highest score in Mississippi 8 Conference competition, held Saturday January 14 at Chisago Lakes High School.  The finish was: Chisago, St Francis in second place and third place  was Rogers.  In the Jazz dance routine competition-- Chisago Lakes won third place in varsity, Rogers won second in varsity and St Francis took first in varsity jazz.  Junior varsity jazz division was won by Rogers, followed by St Francis and Chisago Lakes.  The High Kick routine contest was won by Chisago Lakes, followed by Rogers and St Francis.  The junior varsity kick was won by Chisago Lakes, followed by St Francis and Monticello ........There will be section finals held at North Branch High School February 4-- and teams that take first, second and third places in sections advance to compete at the state dance team meet,  at Target Center Feb 17 and 18.  Additional section competition photos are on the back page.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Vikings keep on trucking, Ertl and Olson break school records
Health has always been a concern for the North Branch gymnastics squad.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wildcats get first dual win of the year over Princeton; sixth at River Falls
Chisago Lakes has been steadily building their score up this year and although they won’t be knocking off any top teams anytime soon, the improvement has been visible.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Girls get top three sweep in morning MLK alpine ski race
The Chisago Lakes girls had a phenomenal showing at the ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Race at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Life after Carmen Backes begins for Chisago Lakes girls basketball, again
For the second straight year, Carmen Backes suffered a season-ending injury less than 10 games into the season.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

CL splits first two in conference play
Rogers 82, Chisago Lakes 59
In their first foray into the Mississippi 8 this year, Chisago Lakes didn’t like what the found against Rogers. The up-and-coming Royals are 10-3 on the year, and they didn’t waste any time showing the ‘Cats what got them there.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Backes nearly breaks scoring record vs NB, tears ACL in next game
Chisago Lakes 84, North Branch 59
Carmen Backes clearly has the talent to set records for the Chisago Lakes girls basketball team.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Gymnasts come out of break with nice performance at Tropical Twist
The Chisago Lakes gymnastics team is in the middle of a rebuilding project, and they’ve been steadily climbing up to what culminated in a season-high score at the Big Lake Tropical Twist Invitational on Saturday, January 7.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Lawry goes off for CL in 6-4 win
Chisago Lakes 6, Holy Angels/Richfield 4
Jenna Lawry got a hat trick and more against the Holy Angels/RIchfield Stars.  She scored the last four Wildcat goals, all on the power play, to lead the Wildcat girls’ hockey team to a 6-4 win over the Stars last Thursday at Richfield Ice Arena.  Playmaker Madison Lundeen assisted on all four of Lawry’s goals.  For the Wildcats, a power play that had been largely nonexistent so far this season – converting just four of 35 chances – came alive against Holy Angels.  The Wildcats converted four of seven power play opportunities against the Stars.  “We have been working on the power play in practice,” said Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen.  “We already had nice passing, but we encouraged them to shoot more.  The turning point of the game was having the power play unit put in four pucks in the net like they did.”  And the Wildcats themselves managed to steer clear of the penalty box for the most part, killing off the only Holy Angels power play opportunity of the night.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

CL gets a massive win over Tigers to stay undefeated in section play
Chisago Lakes 5, Princeton 4 (O.T.)
In a key conference and section matchup, Darin Krueger scored 18 seconds into overtime to give the Wildcats a 5-4 win over the Princeton Tigers last Friday, January 6 at Princeton Ice Arena.  The Wildcats trailed 4-2 entering the third period.  Andrue Trelstad scored a shorthanded goal with less than five minutes to go to pull the Wildcats within one and Brandon Caudill tied it with a power play goal 90 seconds later to send the game into overtime.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chisago Lakes fends of surging North Branch
Cooper Hoheisel’s goal with 16 seconds left in the second period gave the Chisago Lakes Wildcats a 3-1 lead and proved to be the game winner as the Wildcats hung on to beat the North Branch Vikings 3-2 before a packed house split evenly between Wildcat fans and Viking fans Thursday, December 5 at Chisago Lakes Arena.
 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Lady 'Cats fall in Schwan Cup championship game
Cambridge-Isanti 2, Chisago Lakes 0
In the championship game of the Open Division of the Schwan Cup, scoring opportunities were hard to come by for both teams.  The Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets outshot the Wildcats girls’ hockey team 19-11.  The Bluejackets, a fellow member of the Mississippi 8 Conference, were able to take advantage of two of their opportunities and shut out the Wildcats 2-0  The loss snapped the Wildcats’ four game winning streak.  The game was played at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota last Wednesday, December 28.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Brown and Frischmon win the stacked pre-Christmas Wild Mountain Invite
Wild Mountain Invitational
Anders Brown and Ellie Frischmon have been at the elite level for so long, it was hard to believe they were taking part in their last Wild Mountain Invitational on Friday, December 23.

Friday, December 30, 2016

CL heating up at the right time
Chisago Lakes 6, St. Paul Blades 3
It took a true team effort for the Wildcat girls’ hockey team to pick up their first win of the season after eight straight losses.  Five different players scored goals for the Wildcats as they beat the St. Paul Blades 6-3 in front of the home fans at Chisago Lakes Arena on Tuesday, December 20.

Friday, December 30, 2016


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