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home : sports : sports August 28, 2014

Early soccer action positive for Chisago, North Branch squads
The Wildcats got off to a blazing hot start for the 2014 season last week. They went 2-0 in a tour of Northern teams, beating Grand Rapids in the season-opener 4-0 and Hibbing 6-1 in the follow up. In the Grand Rapids game, Aiden Tollefson tallied a hat trick and Miles Peterson added another goal. Ian Lawlor got the clean sheet in net.


Thursday, August 28, 2014


Proving golf isn't just an old man's game
When most people think of golfers, they picture older men in pleated slacks and stuffy polos with an arrogant attitude. Little do they know that there is a youthful revolution sweeping the game, and nowhere is that more evident than at Chisago Lakes Golf Course.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Area resident wins Minnesota Female Referee of the Year
Morgan Magnuson never played soccer growing up. She just watched her brothers play it. And from watching them run around on the pitch, she spawned an idea: refereeing the game as a side job.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thompson keeps it rolling, wins sixth straight
Although most of the leaderboard had a national flair to it in the 2014 Chisago Lakes Triathlon, one thing remained constant: David Thompson. The St. Paul native won his sixth straight CL Tri, coming in first with a time of 4:03:10, but he only bested the field by a minute this year. Last year, Thompson won the event by almost 12 minutes.
Friday, August 1, 2014

North Branch taps Champlin Park's Ferraro as new head football coach
The football coaching carousel continues to spin round and round at North Branch High School. Last month, Activites Director Brett Carlson announced the hiring of Sam Ferraro as the next head football coach, replacing Nick Nitti, who departs after three years.
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Vikings and 'Cats schedules likely to stay very similar after district alignments announced
Minnesota State High School League schools should no longer have a reason to travel far out of state to find football opponents or play less than an eight-game regular season football schedule. The League Board of Directors today unanimously adopted a plan that places all member schools with football programs into Districts. The members of each district will divide the district into sub-districts, and then create a full schedule for each team. In nearly all cases the placement of schools will not negatively affect traditional rivalries or preferred opponents.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lindstrom Loppet 5K results
A sultry morning didn’t deter 444 runners and walkers from crossing the finish line at Fairview Lakes Medical Center’s 26th annual Lindstrom Loppet 5K Saturday, July 12, in Lindstrom.  Proceeds of the Loppet go to Virginia Elizabeth Ferguson Nursing Scholarship fund, bike helmets for kids and health programs in local schools.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Top 11 stories of 2013-14 for CL and NB
I hope everyone enjoyed the sun and heat we had over the Fourth of July. It was some beautiful weather and was a welcome reprieve to have something go right on Mother Nature’s front.
Last week, I ran down the first six best moments from the high school sports season in 2013-14. There was individual accomplishments, team wins and plenty of things that were exciting this year. But, this week brings you the top five moments from the 2013-14 sports season.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Softball player makes good on target in the Stacy outfield
The Stacy Lions Club had a first...a ballplayer hit a homerun on May 28 and the ball went through an 18-inch hole cutout of an advertising sign, at the Doyle Memorial Stacy Lions ballpark.  The Mike’s Repair and Towing  sign has been at centerfield  for years-- but until Kyle Peck threaded the needle the notion of winning the $100 cash prize was just an urban myth.   Incoming Lions President Bruce Jaworski was almost as excited to hand over the prize money last week as Peck was to claim it.  Peck grew up in Stacy,  lives in Isanti now  and is a fielder for the Running Aces ball team.  He achieved this rare feat using  a “Monsta” bat.  Also pictured left is Mike Olson.    ***  The  Stacy Lions also extend a big thank you to Xccent for its help erecting the new play structure at the ballfields.  Xccent (of Wyoming) was super to work with and we really appreciate the help on site, the Lions stated.  Come out and enjoy the facilities and some great softball games during the major mens and womens softball tourney--  happening at the fields Aug 1-3 during Stacy Days.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Top 11 stories of 2013-14 for CL and NB
Welcome back to the annual top 11 high school sports stories of the 2013-14 season. I decided to officially change it to a list of 11 last year when I just couldn’t figure out only 10. It makes my job a bit easier and gives the readers an extra memory to think back on. Last year’s top spot went to then-junior Thomi Lee. She won the state championship in the 500 yard freestyle, becoming the first swimmer to take first place at state in Chisago Lakes history. This year, there were no state champions among the winners here, but there were a few near-misses and some great moments in competition that really defined what the Chisago County area, and specifically North Branch and Chisago Lakes High Schools are all about. Each season had plenty of highlights, so without further ado, here is the top 11 list for this past school year.
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Buboltz finishes in 22nd place for North Branch

Recently, when area golfers have made the state tournament, they struggle mightily at the grandiose meet. Golf is such a mental game, and even the slightest difference in a swing or approach can be the difference between a great day and a miserable day.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

North Branch sends five athletes to podium including a second place finish by Steele
The Vikings got five athletes to the podium (which generally means a ninth-place finish or better) at last week’s Class AA state track and field championship.  Junior Arik Steele had the highest finish for a Viking, coming in second in the 110 meter hurdles.  And after a seventh place finish at state last year, sophomore pole vaulter Mikayla Johnson vaulted 11’3” to take third place this year.  The meet took place at Hamline University in St. Paul on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7.
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Chisago breaks school record in 4x800 despite gully-washer rain periods
The Wildcat boys’ 4 x 800 team – consisting of seniors Andy Magnuson and Carson Velaski and juniors Carl Osterberg and Quinton Lee -- finished ninth at last week’s state Class AA track and field championship to get the last spot on the championship podium and set a school record of 8:08.28 in doing so. 
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Twelve North Branch athletes punch ticket to state
When the North Branch track and field team started its season, sending any double digit number of entrants into the state tournament would’ve been a lofty goal.
But with the year-end meet here, the Vikings are sending 12 athletes and they’ve far exceeded their goals for the season.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Disappointing sections end for CL
Section Playoffs
The Wildcat baseball team went into the Section 7AAA playoffs, the final section playoffs in Pat Collins’ career as a high school head coach, as the number two seed.  They had relied on power, good defense and enough pitching to amass a 14-4 overall record prior to the playoffs, but things came screeching to an abrupt halt a bit too early.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Gillach and Sullivan's path to state went through teammates
Thomas Gillach and Sheamus Sullivan had visions of the state tournament when they were paired up for sections to make a deep run.

They never imagined that it would involve officially eliminating their teammates from the section competition.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Five Wildcats participating at state tournament June 6-7
Two Wildcat individuals and one relay team will participate in this weekend’s AA state track meet, to be held at Hamline University in St. Paul.  Senior Andy Magnuson will be in the 3200 meter run.  Junior Emma Leah Trandahl will compete in the high jump.  And the boys’ 4 x 800 meter relay team of seniors Carson Velaski, Carl Osterberg, Magnuson and Quinton Lee will also get a chance to show their stuff.  Junior Zach West and sophomore Nick Bartz will attend as alternates for the 4 x 800 race.  The athletes earned their tickets to state at last week’s section 7AA track meet, held at Zimmerman High School on Wednesday, May 28 and Saturday, May 31.
The boys’ 3200 meter run (Magnuson) will take place at 9:20 a.m. on Friday, June 6.  The girl’s high jump competition (Trandahl) will start at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 6.  The boys’ 4 x 800 relay will take place at 9:25 a.m. on Saturday, June 7.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Three area golfers going to state meet after rain-shortened Section 7AAA tournament
It had been a bit of a drought since multiple golfers went to the state tournament from the Chisago County area.
Thursday, June 5, 2014


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