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home : sports : sports April 24, 2015

Chambers toughs nasty weather to shoot under par

Although there hasn’t been any snow cancellations so far this golf season, the weather has been bad enough most of the time that the teams haven’t been able to get out on the links.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wildcats fall to St. Francis for first loss of the season
Chisago Lakes 4, Princeton 3
The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and shut down rallies in the sixth and seventh innings to squeak by Princeton 4-3 on Tuesday, April 14 at Chisago Lakes.  Mike Dunne drove in two of the four Wildcat runs as the Wildcats won their third straight game to start the season.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Another collapse haunts Vikings
The Vikings had already let one big lead slip away early this year against Hermantown, and it happened again when North Branch hosted Monticello on Tuesday, April 14.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

CL stumped in early season test versus last year's section champs
Chisago Lakes 19, Princeton 0 (5 innings)
The Wildcat softball team scored ten runs in the second inning on their way to a 19-0 drubbing of the Princeton Tigers.  Cassie Lynch led the way with her bat for the Wildcats, going 4-for-4 with five RBIs, including a two run homer in the fourth inning to cap off the Wildcats scoring.  Quinncy Zupko had three hits, including a double and Sami Sandretto drove in four runs.  Lynch allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out five in pitching a complete game shutout.  The game was played Tuesday, April 14 at Chisago Lakes High School.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Seventh inning rally vs Buffalo forces extras, but NB loses in nine
St. Francis 11, North Branch 1
The Vikings got down  early and never recovered against Mississippi 8 Conference foe St. Francis on Friday, April 17.
The Saints touched North Branch’s starter Nick Pilz for nine runs in the first and a 10th run in the second inning to take a commanding 10-1 lead.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NB boys track team impresses with 2nd place in Lakeville
With a bevy of quality teams in the field, the North Branch boys and girls track and field teams knew they would have their hands full at the Lakeville North Mega Meet on Saturday, April 18.

The boys rose to the occasion, coming in second place  out of 14 teams while the girls, battling an injury bug, came in 11th place out of 16 teams in the girls half.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hot bats only result in one weekend win for NB
If the North Branch softball team ever puts up 15 runs again in a game this year, chances are high  that next time they will win. The fluke loss came over the weekend to Hermantown in the second half of a double header that saw two northern teams come down and double dip against North Branch and Chisago Lakes.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

'Cats fall to STMA early in the season
St. Michael-Albertville 6, Chisago Lakes 1
Last year, the Wildcats and Knights played late in the season and the match essentially determined who the Mississippi 8 Conference champion was going to be.

The Wildcats won that one and wrapped up an undefeated conference season. This year, the road to be traveled is still long, but St. Michael-Albertville pulled into the early lead with a 6-1 win over the Wildcats on Tuesday, April 14.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vikes take advantage of Big Lake miscues, win first game of the year
North Branch 7, Big Lake 4
The Vikings got their first win of the year in a conference tangle with Big Lake.

North Branch took advantage of six Hornet errors. which led to four unearned runs for the Vikes.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CL suffers first two defeats, bounce back to crush Virginia
Rogers 5, Chisago Lakes 2
The Rogers Royals scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning without getting a hit and beat the Wildcats 5-2 last Friday, April 10 at Rogers.  Brooke Mueller had blasted a home run over the centerfield fence in the top of the fourth to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead.  But the first Rogers three batters in the fifth reached on a hit by pitch, an error and a walk.  One out later, another batter was hit by a pitch to drive in the first run of the inning.  An error and another hit batter drove in two more runs and the final run of the inning scored on a groundout.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Heads-up baserunning helps CL win season opener vs SF
Alex Smith scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Wildcat softball team opened the 2015 season by beating St. Francis 5-4 at Chisago Lakes Thursday, April 2.  The Wildcats went into the bottom of the fifth down 4-2, but some timely hitting and aggressive baserunning enabled them to score three runs and take the lead.  Wildcat head coach Brenda Carlson said, “That inning was a perfect example of how we can use our speed to make runs.”
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lee and Hindt win matching 400 meter events at STMA
The 400 meter dash proved to be the premier event for the Wildcats at the St. Michael-Albertville (STMA) Quadrangular held Tuesday, March 31 at St. Michael-Albertville High School.  Isabel Hindt won the girls’ race in 1:02.74, beating the second place finisher by 4.5 seconds.  And Quinton Lee won the boys’ race with a time of 52.95 seconds, nearly three seconds ahead of his opponent.  Overall, the host school dominated the day.  The Wildcat girls finished a distant second to STMA, barely edging out North Branch and Cambridge-Isanti.  And the boys came in a distant third behind STMA and Cambridge-Isanti and just ahead of North Branch.  The meet was moved from indoors to outdoors because of good weather.  “I bet you don’t hear that too often,” said Wildcat boys’ head coach Ken Orwoll.  “It was a great day to be outside.”
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Errors already costly for North Branch baseball team
Early season errors are always a problem for Minnesota baseball teams.

They aren’t able to be outside constantly honing their craft, and it takes a few full speed games to get back into the groove.

North Branch’s yips, though, cost them in their first game of the year against Faribault.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Track and field kicks-off spring season with meet in Wisconsin
For both the Chisago Lakes boys and girls track teams, the season began for real last Saturday at the All-American Invitational, held at the University of Wisconsin River Falls.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Darling and Doble lead CL to 15th place finish
With a great regular season and sections in the book, the Chisago Lakes boys swimming and diving team took to the pool for one last time in the 2014-15 season for the state tournament at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center Thursday-Saturday, March 5-7.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wildcats fall just short of state tournament, lose 50-48 to upset-minded Hermantown
Just weeks after beating Hermantown by double digits at home, the Chisago Lakes boys basketball team took on the Hawks again,  Friday, March 6 in Duluth with much more on the line than section seeding.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Connell caps career with third place finish at state
At last weekend’s state high school wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Wildcat senior Dylan Connell came within seconds of getting a chance to wrestle for the AA state championship at 132 pounds.  But the referee awarded a controversial stalling point with 18 seconds left in Connell’s semifinal match against junior Jackson Sweeney of Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran to tie their match at 3-3, and Sweeney went on to win 6-3 in overtime.  Connell ended up finishing third, making this the third year in a row he has placed at the state tournament.  Connell becomes just the second Wildcat wrestler to place more than twice at the state tournament, trailing only Dan Dellwo, who placed four times in the mid-1990s. 
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wildcats sending eight athletes to eight state events
Eight athletes going to the state meet is a lot in any sport.

It’s plenty in swimming, but what makes the eight Chisago Lakes boys swimmers and divers so accomplished is that  nearly every athlete who earned a trip is going in multiple events. A few are even going in the maximum number of four events.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wildcat boys move to section final against H'Town
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Spring Lake Park towers over CL in section finals
Spring Lake Park 5, Chisago Lakes 0
The quest of the Wildcat boys’ hockey team to make a second straight appearance at the state tournament ended with a 5-0 loss to top-seeded and much bigger Spring Lake Park in the Section 5A championship game Thursday, February 26 at Isanti Arena.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Viking nasty defense allows only six first-half points for Cloquet
Jerome Huselid preaches defense to his team. The Lady Vikings had been in some low scoring affairs throughout the year, but they saved their defensive masterpiece for the first round of sections against Cloquet.
Thursday, March 5, 2015

North Branch gymnasts finish fourth at state tournament
Last year, the North Branch gymnastics team was just happy they made the state tournament. This year, the team didn’t worry about the bright lights or early nerves and got down to business right away.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Three CL grapplers heading to state tournament
Three Chisago Lakes Wildcat wrestlers won championships in Section 7AA – Teddy Pierce (120), Dylan Connell (132) and Kyle Schoenecker (160) – and will be at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul to participate in the state tournament this weekend. 
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wildcats one win away from state
Chisago Lakes 5, Princeton 3
Landon Lushanko scored a wraparound goal with just over three minutes remaining in the third period to break a 3-3 tie in the Section 5A semifinal game against Princeton.  Billy Knaak added an empty net goal with 11 seconds left, his second goal of the period, and the second-seeded Wildcats beat the third-seeded Princeton Tigers 5-3 to advance to tonight’s section championship game, 7 p.m. at Isanti Arena, against top-seeded Spring Lake Park.  The Wildcats are looking to go to the state tournament for the second year in a row, after making it to state last year for the first time since 1995.  The game against Princeton was played in front of a large crowd  Saturday, February 21 at Chisago Lakes Arena.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Linkert hits huge shot to lift Vikings
North Branch 45, Chisago Lakes 42
When Craig Walker and Jerome Huselid pit their teams against each other in girls basketball, it’s usually a knock-down, drag-out defensive battle. They both favor that side of the ball and they both enjoy low scoring games.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Two Wildcats earn top five finishes at the state tourney
Anders Brown and Ellie Frischmon had high hopes going into the state alpine ski tournament at Giants Ridge last week. They both had impressive regular seasons and successful section runs. They both were veterans of the state tournament. They both have skied Giants Ridge more times than they can count.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Vikings going to state tournament for second straight year
For the second straight year, the North Branch gymnastics team will be one of the last few teams competing in the state. And for the second straight year, the girls are just starting to hit their best stride as the state tourney is around the corner.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

CL boys end season on a tear
The last two games of the season were a chance for Chisago Lakes to prove their worth for the postseason.

They took on Princeton on Tuesday, February 10, knocking off the Tigers 64-53. Princeton is at the bottom of the pack in the Mississippi 8 Conference, but the Wildcats wanted to avoid a late season let down.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

State tournament a possibility for CL boys hockey team
Chisago Lakes 3, Cambridge-Isanti 1
The Wildcats scored three times in the first period  and hung on to beat Cambridge-Isanti 3-1, sweeping the season series with the Bluejackets 2-0.  The game was played Thursday, February 12 at Chisago Lakes Arena.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

CL with multiple hopefuls while Vikes trying to squeeze a few grapplers in
Wildcat senior Dylan Connell, ranked third in the state at 132 pounds, leads a trio of ranked Wildcat wrestlers who should not only make it back to the state tournament, but also have a good chance for at a high finish at state.  Sophomore Teddy Pierce, ranked fourth at 120, and junior Kyle Schoenecker, ranked sixth at 160, round out the trio.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Greene and Selbitschka reach 1,000 point mark in same week
When Sarah Greene and Courtney Selbitschka take the basketball court, there’s always a chance for scoring fireworks.

Greene is a non-stop scrapper with a high motor who scores points any which way she can playing for Chisago Lakes.

Selbitschka is a bit more of a finesse player, using sleek drives and pull up jumpers in her repertoire to score her baskets.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Boys alpine team headed to state, Frischmon going for girls
Giants Ridge can make or break a high school skier. It’s not only where the state tournament is held, but it’s also where the Section 7 meet is, which is Chisago Lakes’ stomping ground.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

CL wins first round of sections before falling to top seed Milaca
Rogers 34, Chisago Lakes 30
In their final dual against a conference opponent this season, the Wildcats had built a 30-18 lead over Rogers after Mike Bliskowski’s overtime win over Zac Aaherud at 182.  But, still facing holes in their lineup, the Wildcats had to forfeit the three upper weights and lost to the Royals 34-30.  The dual took place at Rogers High School on Wednesday, February 4.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Wildcats starting to play their best ball down the stretch
Jakob Lindquist can be a pretty streaky shooter for the Chisago Lakes boys basketball team.

He put in a career high 31 points against North Branch earlier this year when it seemed he couldn’t miss the basket. And against Monticello on Friday, February 6, the senior guard was nearly perfect from the field, helping the Wildcats down the Magic 65-54.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

CL keeps the good results rolling
Chisago Lakes 5, Cambridge-Isanti 0
Billy Knaak scored twice, Landon Lushanko had a goal and three assists and goalie Jake Dubose stopped all 28 shots he faced to lead the Wildcats to a 5-0 win over the Cambridge-Isanti Wildcats  Thursday, February 5 at Isanti Arena.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

North Branch Boys
The Vikings dropped three contests last week, falling to Rogers and St. Michael-Albertville in conference play and to Cloquet in a non-M8C match up.
Trey O’Day was North Branch’s leading scorer against Rogers, netting 12 points in the 79-54 loss. Cole Pearson added 11.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

'Cats season ended by Zephyrs
Mahtomedi 7, Chisago Lakes 1
What looked to be a highly competitive Section 4A quarterfinal matchup between the fifth-seeded Wildcats and the fourth-seeded Mahtomedi Zephyrs turned into a rout early on.  The lethargic Wildcats watched as Kaliey Heinl (yes, it’s spelled correctly) skated circles around them and scored four goals in the first 8:45 of the game.  The Wildcats seemed to shake off whatever was ailing them after the fourth goal and played the game that everyone had expected.  But they had dug themselves too deep of a hole and went on to lose 7-1, ending their season.  The game was played at St. Thomas Arena in Inver Grove Heights last Saturday afternoon, February 7.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ski teams finish with matching NWSC crowns
Perfection is hard to achieve, no matter the sport. Perfection is even harder to achieve in alpine skiing where the tiniest loss of an edge can result in a catastrophic crash.

So, when the Chisago Lakes boys alpine ski team finished their Northwest Suburban Conference schedule undefeated in five meets, it was something to be celebrated.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Lady Vikes fall short in shootout with Big Lake
Big Lake 143.85, North Branch 142.175
The Vikings gymnastics team saved their best for last, but it just wasn’t enough to beat conference power Big Lake in a dual meet on Monday, February 2.

The Lady Vikes traveled to Hornet country to finish up their regular season, and they registered their highest score of the season, a 142.175. Unfortunately for them, Big Lake scored 143.85 and narrowly beat them.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Wildcats lose two games to best M8C has to offer
St. Michael-Albertville 77, Chisago Lakes 47
Chisago Lakes girls basketball hosted fourth-ranked St. Michael-Albertville early last week.  They fared just about as well as every other Mississippi 8 Conference opponent has against the Knights, which is, not very well.

The Knights closest M8C game so far this year was a 24 point win over Cambridge-Isanti. “We knew going in that this would be our toughest competition of the season,” Head Coach Craig Walker said. “They are all very good athletes and we don’t match up well against them.”

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Lady Vikes earn two wins
North Branch 65, Zimmerman 41
Zimmerman wasn’t quite ready to play a team of North Branch’s caliber on Friday, January 30.

The Lady Vikings are a bit more talented and held a pretty big edge over the Thunder in most categories, and it showed on the court.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

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