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North Branch girls soccer punches ticket to state with big upset of Princeton
Eighth-grader Khyah Harper scored a golden goal with 6:48 left in the first overtime to give the sixth-seeded Viking girls’ soccer team a 2-1 win over top-seeded Princeton in the Section 7A championship game on Thursday October 20.  The win sends the Vikings to the state tournament for the first time in team history.  The opening round game in the state tournament will be held October 25, 26 or 27 at a site and time yet to be determined.  The section championship game was played at Chisago Lakes High School.
Friday, October 21, 2016

Lady Vikings playing for section title
For the first time in school history, the Viking girls’ soccer team will play in a section championship game.  The sixth-seeded Vikings beat the second-seeded Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers 4-3 in overtime in the Section 7A semifinal game this past Tuesday, October 18 in Duluth.  The championship game against top-seeded Princeton will take place tonight at Chisago Lakes High School at 7:30 p.m.  The Vikings beat eleventh-seeded Spectrum 6-0 and upset third-seeded Cloquet-Carlton 2-1.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

'Cats hold-off late charge from Duluth East, get fourth win
Most football fans know that turnovers can have a huge effect on the outcome of a game.  Last Friday night’s game against Duluth East was Exhibit A for Wildcat fans.
Thursday, October 20, 2016

'Cats use all their firepower early, fall to H'Town
Hermantown 1, Chisago Lakes 0
In the Section 7A quarterfinals, fifth-seeded Hermantown scored early in the second half and held off a furious Wildcat charge in the last few minutes of the game to win 1-0 and move on to the section semifinals.  The loss ended the fourth-seeded Wildcats’ first season under head coach Wayne Kugel.   Earlier in sections, the ‘Cats had beaten 13th seeded Zimmerman 15-0.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Wildcats aiming for state tourney
The Wildcat boys’ soccer team won both their quarterfinal and semifinal games in overtime – against Legacy Christian Academy in a penalty kick shootout and against Cloquet-Esko-Carlton on a golden goal – to advance, for the fourth time in school history, to tonight’s section championship game.  The section championship game was always scheduled to be at Chisago Lakes High School, so it’s just plain luck that the Wildcats are playing at home and will face off against the Duluth Denfeld Hunters at 5:30 p.m.  Denfeld beat Hermantown 3-1 to advance to the Section 7A final.
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Area teams crush competition at North Branch Invitational
The area girls cross country teams locked in a neck-and-neck battle last week at the North Branch Invitational held at North Branch Golf Course.
Thursday, October 13, 2016

CL swamps Princeton for first M8C win, shows well at true team
Chisago Lakes 101, Princeton 79
A slow start could have set the Wildcat girls swimming and diving team back far, but they rebounded quickly and never looked back in a dominating win over Princeton last week.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Defensive battle ends in last-second heartbreak for Vikings
Princeton’s Shane Fleury tossed a touchdown pass with only five seconds left in the game to snatch North Branch’s first chance at a win away from them in crushing fashion.
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Monti snaps Wildcats' three game win streak with 49-19 drubbing
A tight first quarter made it look like the game between the Wildcats and the Monticello Magic would come down to the wire.  But with big play after big play, the Magic built a three touchdown lead at the half.  The Magic pulled away even more in the second half and cruised to a 49-19 homecoming win over the Wildcats.  The game was played last Friday night, October 7 at Monticello Middle School.
Thursday, October 13, 2016

'Cats dethrone top-ranked Tigers on senior night
Chisago Lakes 1, Princeton 0
On a beautiful fall day for soccer, the number one ranked Princeton Tigers came to town looking to ruin Senior Night for the Wildcats.  But the Wildcats came up with their biggest win since beating top ranked Benilde-St. Margaret’s 1-0 in the state tournament several years ago, upsetting the Tigers 1-0.  The game was played at Chisago Lakes High School on Tuesday, October 4.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

CL wraps up conference schedule with two wins
Chisago Lakes 5, Princeton 0
Nile Gulbranson scored four goals in the second half as the dominant Wildcats tamed the Princeton Tigers 5-0 Tuesday, October 4 at Princeton.  Nick Pautz assisted on three of Gulbranson’s goals.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Vikings send pesky Wildcats to 11th straight loss
North Branch’s volleyball season has been up and down so far this year, with key wins at times and big losses at other times.
Thursday, October 13, 2016

CL beats Big Lake but loses Mohr
A 39 yard touchdown run by quarterback Henry Trost late in the fourth quarter put the Wildcats up 39-25, finally sealing the win against a pesky Big Lake squad and spoiling the Hornets’ homecoming.  The game was played on a beautiful night for football last Friday at Big Lake High School.
Thursday, October 6, 2016

North Branch done in again by their redzone woes
After not scoring for the first three weeks of the season, the North Branch football team thought they broke the seal last week in putting up nearly 30 points against Big Lake in a losing effort.
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Three shutouts highlight CL's week
Chisago Lakes 2, North Branch 0
The Wildcats took on the Vikings in a much anticipated Mississippi 8 Conference and Section 7A showdown Tuesday, September 27 at North Branch High School.  The Vikings have enjoyed a successful season to date and came in full of confidence that they could turn the tables on the Wildcats.  In the first ten minutes the Vikings had the better of the play, but strong defensive play by the Wildcats kept the Vikings off the scoreboard.  The Wildcats took control of the game at that point, but struggled to solve the Vikings high offsides trap and sweeping keeper.  Grace Kugel finally solved the riddle and sent a high arching ball over the top of the North Branch goalkeeper into the back of the net to put the Wildcats up 1-0 at the half.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Girls tennis on a roll before sections
The Wildcats are getting in their groove in the right time of the year.

With the regular season winding down, the Chisago Lakes girls tennis team has won seven of their last eight matches, and are looking to keep it rolling into sections.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Chisago Lakes fights through wet homecoming to beat Princeton 21-12
As a steady rain fell early in the Wildcat’s homecoming matchup with Princeton last Friday night, it looked like the Wildcats were going to turn it into a blowout.  They scored in their first two offensive plays of the game to go up 13-0.  On their next possession, a Wildcat player scored on a long run to apparently give the Wildcats a three touchdown lead while the game was in the first quarter.  But the play was called back because of an inadvertent whistle by one of the referees.  The Tigers went on to stop the Wildcats on that possession and what had looked like a blowout became a pretty tight matchup.  The Wildcat defense came up with two big plays late in the game and held off the charging Tigers 21-12 for their second win of the season.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

North Branch finally scores, still falls at homecoming to Big Lake 34-25
Going into their homecoming game, North Branch was one of only two Minnesota schools who hadn’t scored a touchdown after three weeks.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Chisago Lakes feeling their way through early season struggles
Rogers 103, Chisago Lakes 78
The Chisago Lakes girls swim team got a tough draw against the Rogers Royals last week on Thursday, September 15.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chisago Lakes races to early lead and doesn't look back versus NB
Early mistakes doomed the Vikings’ chances against the Wildcats last Friday.  The Wildcats took advantage of a short field after each of the first three Viking drives and Wildcat Cole Glenna scored on three short touchdown runs to give the Wildcats a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.  The Wildcats continued to add points and keep the Vikings off the scoreboard on the way to a 47-0 win.  The game was played at North Branch High School.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chisago Lakes battered by Elk River, 0-2 for first time since '11
The lethal Elk River rushing attack was on full display on Friday, September 9 against Chisago Lakes.
Friday, September 16, 2016

North Branch offense struggles; Vikes shut-out for second week
After knocking on the endzone door five times against Grand Rapids last week, but not getting in, the North Branch football team didn’t get close this week in a 24-0 loss to St. Francis.
Friday, September 16, 2016

Chisago Lakes volleyball team matches last season's win total
Chisago Lakes 3, Coon Rapids 2
Wins didn’t come by easy last year for the Chisago Lakes volleyball team.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Vikings volleyball goes five sets with SLP, lose 15-11 decider
Spring Lake Park 3, North Branch 2
With so much turnover on the North Branch volleyball team, there’s bound to be some learning experiences early in the season for the Vikings.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Wildcats score nine goals in two wins, go cold against CEC
Chisago Lakes 6, Grand Rapids 3
The Wildcats overcame some shoddy defense and exploded for five goals in the second half to beat the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks 6-3 in the season opener last Thursday evening, August 25 at Grand Rapids High School.  Nils Gulbranson led the way for the Wildcats with three goals.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Wildcats smoke Hermantown, tie with Cloquet in first games
Chisago Lakes 6, Hermantown 1
The Wildcats couldn’t have picked a much tougher matchup for their season opener.  The Wildcat seniors had never beaten the Hermantown Hawks, a perennial Class 7AA power and the ninth-ranked team in the state.  And the game was being played at Hermantown.  Led by senior Callie Hoff and her 25 plus goals from 2015, the Hawks looked to continue their dominance over the Wildcats.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

We'll miss ya Herb
There’s never an easy way to say goodbye to someone or to let go of someone. Especially when that person had a certain aura and presence about them.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Top 11 stories of 2015-16 for CL and NB (Part 2)
We are on to the second half of the Top 11 stories of 2015 and ‘16. Last week covered individual achievements, teams making deep runs in the sections and some exciting moments, but this week is even better.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Chisago Bulldogs top Rum River to earn spot in Region 1C playoffs
Chisago Lakes 3, Rum River 2
In the opening game of the Eastern Minny League playoffs against the Rum River Bandits, the Bulldogs scored three runs in the top of the first inning.  They didn’t score after that, but it didn’t matter.  In his best pitching performance so far this season, Kellen Reed pitched a complete game.  He allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits, walked four and struck out six to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-2 win.  The game was played at Brennan Filed in Hinckley on Saturday, July 30.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thibodeau turns in strong performance at national fencing championships
Chisago Lakes area fencer Fred Thibodeau had a strong showing in his first opportunity to compete at a national level.  Thibodeau finished 28 out of 147 fencers entered in the Men’s Epee U.S. National Fencing Championships Division 3 senior open event in Dallas, Texas.  In the Division 3 championship held July 5, Thibodeau advanced to the 4th round. He was trying to move to the final 16 when he lost 15-13 to eventual finalist and 8th place finisher Avo Reid of Washington DC.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Bulldogs doing well in playoffs after win over Nowthen
Braham 10, Chisago Lakes 7
Against the visiting Braham Snappers, the Bulldogs were within striking distance late in the game as they trailed 5-4 after eight innings.  But Braham scored five runs in the top of ninth to take a 10-4 lead.  The Bulldog offense fought back in the bottom of the inning, but their rally was stopped at three runs and they lost to the Snappers 10-7.  The game was played at Pat Collins Field at Chisago Lakes High School Wednesday, July 20.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Top 11 stories of 2015-16 for CL and NB
I’ll start this year’s top 11 list off with an apology on the late arrival. Typically, the list is done around the July 4th holiday, but with North Branch’s baseball team making a deep run this year, a lot of things got pushed back and this was the week that finally worked out.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Paine and Hyndman-Farrens win Toughman Minnesota in Chisago Lakes
After five years of the same champion under the old name, the newly-named Toughman Minnesota has now had two different champions in two different years.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

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